By: Delanee Ensley

This month I had the honor of spotlighting someone who highlights a lot of characteristics that I believe are important for myself and Peony Publishing. Tricia Rivas is someone I have looked up to not only as a creative, but as a strong woman who has done amazing things for herself, her family, and her community. When I was in high school I had the privilege of being able to work as a receptionist for Tricia, at Trixies, her salon, and was able to learn and grow with the unwavering support of the Trixies family. It is my honor to introduce Tricia!

First things first – when did you know you wanted to be a hairstylist, and what steps did you take to get there?

“I have always wanted to be a hairstylist, as I come from a long line of hairstylists in my family. I attended La James School of Cosmetology in 1996 and the rest is history! Since then I have worked in a salon, owned multiple locations of Trixies, achieved my dream of working at New York Fashion Week, and mentored many staff members on their own journeys through the years.”

When was the moment you realized you wanted to own a salon?

“I worked for an Aveda salon in Ankeny for seven years but wanted to be closer to my home on the Southside of Des Moines. In order to make that happen, I decided to start my own business. I worked for myself for three years before opening the first Trixies location in 2010. We are still in the very same original location and have since owned two other locations and also included a boutique in our offerings.”

What does Trixies mean to you? What is your mission statement for Trixies?

“I truly believe hairstylists can change the world so I have tried to surround myself with team members that have that same vision. Owning my own salon is more than about “just doing hair.” It is being a part of the community and using my skills to give back. ‘At Trixies, our promise is to beautify the world around us through our craft, education, and relationships with our guests. We are led by our passion for giving back and pledge to leave an impact on our community. At Trixies, we will provide our salon and spa guests a personalized and 5 star experience. Our mission statement is HAIR. BEAUTY. PHILANTHROPY.’”

What new elements do you hope to incorporate into Trixies in the future?

“We plan to remain a customer service-centered business. While we will always use technology and trends to improve our systems, we will remain focused on people and giving the best experience in a world that may not always be so kind. The future may include Trixies culture and skills expanding into non-traditional markets like on-location work and in other facilities than a typical salon. “

Who is a female role model that you look up to?

Dolly Parton! Because she uses her platform and gifts to give back to those around her and to make a difference. When people talk about my life, I hope they say a lot more than she cut and colored hair.

What advice do you have for anyone looking to go into a creative field?

Find a mentor that is in your field of interest or something similar! It is so important to surround yourself with like minded people. 

As a female business owner, what is the most difficult challenge you have come across?

Not everyone is going to like you and your business isn’t going to be for everyone. The sooner you make peace with that, the happier you will be!

Just For Fun:

What is your favorite type of hairstyle/service to do?

Neither or none of the above, LOL. Makeup is my number one passion and favorite thing to do.

If you could do anything besides hair, what do you think you would do?

I am honestly doing everything I want to be doing right now. Owning a salon, working and coaching small businesses, and non-profit work.

What’s your favorite thing to do after a long day?

Veg out on the couch with my dog, oh oops, I meant to say Hubby, and watch Netflix!

When Tricia is not working at Trixies she is giving back through the non-profit she created, Dream Catcher Inc., which is “a non-profit group of licensed beauty professionals offering complimentary salon services to men, women and children who are chronically or terminally ill.” To read more about their story or find ways to contribute, please click on the embedded link! Tricia is truly someone who imagines what she wants, and isn’t afraid to achieve it. It was a true honor to be able to have Tricia as a spotlight for this month!

Follow her on Instagram!

Tricia Rivas (@tricia.ann.rivas)

Trixies Salon (@trixiessalonandspa)

Dream Catchers Foundation Inc. (@dreamcatchersfoundationinc)

Special Thanks to Katey Peters.