Rika is a junior stylist at Jay Andrews Salon & Spa and a recent Aveda Institute at Chapel Hill graduate and Raleigh native who has been passionate about the beauty industry from a young age. After graduating high school, she took her first job as a Beauty Associate for Benefit Cosmetics where she worked her way up and into a Counter Manager position for Erno Laszlo and Clarins. Working in the Skin Care industry for years has given her a very holistic approach to choosing what best suits her clients’ needs. This has played a large factor in choosing Aveda as a school and as a salon home to be able to share the gift of plant based products. In the following years she would go on to work with other brands such as MAC and Bare Minerals working in retail cosmetic sales and marketing thus cementing her drive to be a master artist in the industry. After 11 years of careful study, she made the decision to attend cosmetology school and further her education. With the Aveda Institute at Chapel Hill she was able to attend a plethora of advanced classes, lectures and workshops lead by stylists from all over the globe fueling her passion about learning new techniques to stay on trend.
In her spare time she loves reading, yoga and antique shopping in downtown Raleigh.