Career Code: Nine Zero One's Co-Founders Share the Key to Their Success

In honor of Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power’s upcoming book, The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career ($17), we’re kicking off an interview series featuring 17 questions (in honor of the book’s 17 chapters) about the work lives of the most inspirational female leaders in the beauty industry.

The journey to success is rarely easy—we hustle and sacrifice to realize our goals, all the while knowing that the takeaway can only be as immense as the work we put into it. That certainly rings true for Riawna Capri and Nikki Lee, co-founders of Nine Zero One, who have managed to shape their craft into one of the most influential hair salons in the industry.

Still, the hairstylists also know that a positive, humble environment is just as essential to their business as work and ability. Balancing an A-list clientele (including Emma Roberts, Selena Gomez, and Vanessa Hudgens) with a hugely successful salon business might seem daunting or stressful, but the pair makes it work by fostering a familial, fun-loving atmosphere with their talented team. (That, and having an unrivaled eye for the coolest trends in hair color.)

But what else have Capri and Lee learned along the way? Keep reading to see what they look for in superstar employees, how they stay sane in the face of chaos, and more. 

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