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Conversations with the Inspiring Tiffany Smith

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiffany Smith.

Tiffany, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’d worked at a few salons. Some small and one very large salon. I’d grown as much as I could in the small salons and then started at the larger one in which I worked at for five years. In this time, I received a TON of education. Traveled across the country multiple times to train at Redken headquarters in New York City. I loved working there. But over time, I reached a point where I felt ready to be on my own! So, I made the jump and started my own business in a Phenix Salon Suite. I named my suite Ruby Sue’s Beauty Shop after my dog Rue… (her nickname is Ruby Sue). I’ve filled the room with pictures of her. She brings so much joy to my life which always gives me inspiration.

Has it been a smooth road?
Well, this is a female dominated industry. Working side by side with all women all day every day can be tough! Ive learned that when you encounter drama, negativity and unhealthy competition, remember that at the end of the day, your work is about you!! It’s about doing what you love and spreading that love. Don’t let the drama and negativity take you over. And competition is good but can become unhealthy. Remember that as women, we need to build each other up… not tear each other down. For me, I came across a lot of this in my career. It wasn’t easy but I got through it and learned a lot!

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Ruby Sue’s Beauty Shop story. Tell us more about the business.
I love hair. That’s that! Color, cuts, styles, extensions, weddings! All of it! I specialize in color and extensions. I primarily use Redken as I’m heavily Redken trained. And I’m so proud of that!!! I’ve spent a lot of time in training and I enjoyed every moment of it. I even find myself watching training videos in my downtime. I’m also trained in Babe Hair Extensions and just recently mastered a hand-tied method. Outside of offering great hair and fully enjoying the process, I’m an open book. My clientele is my second family and I love them so very much.

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking, in general? What has worked well for you?
First of all. Not one person knows everything. So, I’m a big believer in having lots of mentors. Lots of people you can talk to. That way you can get different perspectives and figure out what works best for you.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 7841 Wadsworth blvd suite 124, Arvada, Colorado 80003
  • Phone: 303-669-3430
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @rubysuesbeautyshop
  • Facebook: Ruby Sue’s Beauty Shop

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