Thursday, June 18, 2015

Rodney Cutler of Cutler Redken Talks Life, Style and Balance

Rodney Cutler - Cutler Salons and Redken Brand Ambassador

Take two busy people and try to coordinate a simple phone conversation. Not easy to say the least. But if you are ever waiting for a return call, leave your cell on your desk and head into the ladies room … trust me the phone will ring! So, as I sprinted into my office I saw that it was none other than Rodney Cutler ringing to finally proceed with an interview that took just seven days to coordinate. Hey, he’s a super busy person and me - well I have no excuse. ;) I digress.

I answered the phone to be met by a warm and apologetic greeting. As I spoke to Rodney, I kind of got the feeling that he is the type of person who has 1,000 things going on in his mind, but has the unique ability to focus upon what’s right in front of him. We chatted briefly about the commonalities of a busy schedule and then dug into the true purpose of the phone call … probing the brain of one of the industry’s most successful and intriguing stylists!

Yvonne P. Mazzulo: Successful businessman, artist, writer, educator, Iron Man and dad -- you’re a modern day renaissance man and seamlessly navigate it all. What advice can you offer to busy dads toward the work/life balance?

Rodney Cutler: For me, work never feels like work, I love what I do. But, it’s vital to prioritize. Make a schedule for what’s important to you. For me it’s work [to provide for my family], family and exercise. I do very little socializing outside of work. 

As a stylist, we’re most familiar with your red carpet and runway work – gorgeous stylings at Fashion Week and you’ve stated that your esthetic is a fusion of hair and fashion. How does this translate to the everyday guy?

Rodney: The men’s market has changed so much. I find that men are curious, but don’t want to get stuck with the label of “metro”. I advise men not to be afraid to ask and to be yourself. (The advice of being yourself resounded throughout our conversation).

What do you see as on trend for guys this summer?

Rodney: Groomed and polished. Even men with facial hair are going for a more tailored look.

What encouragement can you offer to the guy who’s a little hesitant to update his style?

Rodney: Instead of a full overhaul, make small changes. I tend to dress more on the conservative side, but I like to add a little something of interest. For example, I’d purchased a pair of silver shoes that just simply didn’t work. However, I was able to buy a pair of silver laces and add them to a pair of black shoes. This gave my look a little edge without being over-the-top. Don’t be afraid to try something new or different, just be aware.

How do you find your own style? Do you have a muse?

Rodney: Instinct. I go with my own gut. Surrounded by fashion, I know what the latest trends are and I also know what’s going to work for me. Men tend to stay within their own comfort zone, be it product or fashion. Yet, we all have an instinct for what works for us. It’s just an issue of whether or not you act on it.

Parents, especially new ones, tend to have little time to spend primping and grooming. There’s a lot of support for moms, but it seems not so much for dads. What tips can you offer dads for a quick and easy grooming regimen?

Rodney: Read my Esquire column. (To this I laughed. But having read Rodney’s column, I can’t argue with that advice.)

Note: A very special thank you to Mr. Cutler for taking time from his schedule to share his expert advice with TME readers! We look forward to a future probing of the brain of one of our industry’s more interesting people.

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