Story by Jeanette Wages
Photography by Jonathan Thorpe
Both men and women book weeks in advance for an appointment with Mauricio Rivero to get the latest and trendiest bobs, pixies or faded barber cuts. But once upon a time, they were lining up to see him on stage as the drummer for Crash Boom Bang.
Hair and music have always seemed to fit together naturally, but becoming a hairstylist wasn’t exactly the career Mauricio envisioned when he was jamming out on stage. He was a musician for a decade, touring as a drummer with The Army of Freshmen, before taking his first trip overseas to the UK with the band Bowling for Soup. He has also toured with The Plain White T’s and the Gin Blossoms.
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His love for hair began at a show in London. The guys in the band asked him to clean up the back of their hair before a show. Soon after, he was introduced to the apprenticeship program with PR at Partners. “My experience with being a musician and stage performer is what kick started my passion for trendy designer men’s cuts. Now I get to be the stylist I always wanted to go to.”
Don’t let Mauricio’s new career fool you into thinking he has stepped out of the spotlight. He now participates in famous hair shows, including London Fashion Week, and enjoys mentoring other young, future stylists as a Cutting Director at PR@Partner’s Academy. Melding his two passions together with style, you’ll never know if Mauricio just walked out of the salon or off stage after a great drum solo.
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