Proprietor and Award-Winning Colorist | Monthly Contributor to Texas Lifestyle Magazine
Growing up in the Hill Country, Rory spent plenty of time in Austin and remembers loving the blend of urbanism and nature. Needing to see what the rest of the world had to offer, Rory headed to Chicago, where he spent seven years as a top-booked colorist and, later, owner of Tousle—a salon with a talented group of stylists and loyal clientele. Chicago Women Magazine voted Rory “Best Colorist,” and he was featured as a hair colorist on FOX’s Ambush Makeover and TLC’s A Makeover Story. Rory’s work and Tousle were also featured in Time Out Chicago Magazine and Chicago Social Magazine.
With the belief that hair is an art that requires embracing renewed skills, Rory puts time aside each year for taking in courses and encourages his employees to do the same, having expanded his knowledge through Sassoon (Toronto) and Wella (NYC), among many other institutes.
With a passion for beautiful hair and beautiful cities, Rory returned to Texas, and opened his upscale, urban salon—ROAR. Priding himself on offering his clients the best quality products, Kerastase is the signature brand for ROAR.
While ROAR plays off his name, Rory can’t think of a better word to embody the bold, fresh attitude of the salon, delivering an experience that’s naturally sophisticated and injected with glamour. “ROAR is all about hair and everyone should feel like there is an exclusive place they can go to have all of their hair needs met while receiving the highest quality of service and a unique salon experience—hair can reveal a lot about a person, and everyone deserves a fabulous haircut, style and color that makes them feel confident.”
When Rory isn’t styling hair, he can be found out and about in Austin seeking fabulous bands or gallivanting around the Greenbelt. Frequent travel is key to Rory’s inspiration: NYC, LA, and Miami are favorite destinations throughout the year, and exploring unique overseas experiences is necessary for fresh ideas.