Interview with Blowtique's Stylist of the Month: Nikki Coen

Nikki Coen, Blowtique’s Master Stylist, is a shining example of young talent. She is not only one of our top stylists and colorists, but she is a personal favorite among our clients due to her genuinely kind and deeply caring nature.

We love her so much that we’ve turned her into our main spokesperson. Hopefully you saw her under the WCIU You & Me spotlight during today’s segment on Blowtique’s new DIY Hair Camp. She was her naturally sweet and charismatic self!

Why do you love your job?

I love making people happy and making them feel good about themselves. It’s like that saying: “A woman’s hair is her crown.” There’s no better feeling than to make other women feel empowered. 

What is one way you like to make your client feel comfortable?

I like to start by trying to find out if they want to talk to me. If I feel like I can strike up a good conversation with them, I think that can make them feel comfortable and over time they will relax. I can help make them feel more at ease. I can let them know that everything is going to be good and fine. I know what I’m doing and I care that you get exactly what you want.

What’s your favorite Blowtique service? Why?

The Beach Wave because it looks really effortless. It’s really popular and hot right now. The look is very easy to do and everyone can rock it. Any kind of hair. Any kind of age. It looks good on everyone.

Unless someone wants it really neat, it can be messy and it lasts for days. You don’t have to brush your hair. It’s an effortless look that’s absolutely rockin’.

What is your favorite Blowtique product? Why?

I can’t pick just one!

  1. The Royal Blowout – you put it in your hair when it’s wet and it’s great for split ends. It’s also a good heat protector – It will keep your hair safe no matter the style.
  2. I love the Oribe Texturizing Spray – great for teasing hair and making the hair a bit rough. It’s perfect for Beach Waves because it gives a lot of volume. It also functions better than hairspray for up-styles because you can use at ends to tease it up.
  3. Creme De La Creme – Its great for a good bouncy blow dry. It has a medium hold but it’s not too heavy on the hair. It gives a nice texture – light and bouncy.

What is your favorite Blowtique memory?

We had an amazing summer night out – we went to Howl of the Moon. It was the entire Blowtiquestaff from both locations together and there was just loads of singing, dancing, and laughing. Everyone was in a great mood and there was no tension. Everyone was happy and in their comfort zone.

What’s your TV binge of the moment?

The Voice – USA! 

How do you feel about Miley Cyrus as the new judge? 

I think she’s great – I think she’s going to be good. Definitely different. There’s no harm having a bit of difference!

What album do you currently have on repeat?

ANTI by Rihanna. I can’t get enough of it. 

What would constitute as a perfect day for you?

I would surround myself with great people. Lately I’ve been really craving sushi, so we’d probably go to RA Sushi Bar before going out for fancy cocktails at a rooftop bar. I’d definitely want to go clubbing! Free drinks would be nice – and table service! Overall, I just want to surround myself with lots of luxuries!

For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

I am most grateful that I have my family with me – My brothers, sister, mum, and dad. I talk to them every single day. I moved to Chicago from Ireland about 10 months ago and I miss my family all the time, but I’m just happy that they’re well and good.

What are your favorite Chicago hotspots?

I love Wicker Park. There are some great bars around there and I love Big Star

I also love this rooftop bar called Estate. They always have great DJs and music. 

Whose hair do you envy? 

Blake Lively. She’s beautiful. Her hair looks so full with an even color. She always looks stunning. She could wear her hair without having it done and it would still look so cool.

What’s your go to hair style?

If I just couldn’t be bothered, I always put my hair up in a simple bun on top of my head. It’s usually messy and textured, but I make sure it’s deconstructed rather than actual bedhead. 

Take us through your daily beauty routine.

After I shower, I make sure to moisturize everywhere. For make up I typically wear foundation, concealer, and I contour a little bit. Some days, if I want to do it up, I’ll use some highlighter, mascara, and brown eyeliner to bring out the brown in my eyes.