Rick Diokno and his wife Claire are the ultimate beauty tandem. Claire does makeup, while Rick styles hair. And FYI, the two of them met way before they had their respective careers in the beauty department.
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"I was working in an architectural firm when I met her," starts Rick. "When she decided to study makeup artistry, I'd sit in her classes at night and it all seemed interesting to me. But when she started working, I noticed how long her working hours were and I started to miss her." Coming up with the best solution, Rick took the most unexpected step—he decided to study hairstyling.
"I studied under a French hairstylist, and then I actually began enjoying it. I loved how I can transform hair into a work of art, and how someone who feels ordinary can feel amazing with something so simple as a great hairstyle. It's incredible."
His career shift scratched a lot of heads, but the "absurdity" had no effect on Rick's determination. "My friends used to find it weird and amazing when I do their hair because I'm a guy's guy. I'm into cars and sports, then [suddenly] I'm recommending dry shampoo, curling irons, and hairspray," he shares. "I've actually done several of my friends' weddings and they always find my work fascinating. I just smile back because I [feel the same way]. Never in a million years have I thought that I'd be doing my barkada's hair."
And when he receives the usual set of assumptions for hairstylists, Rick pays it no mind. "I don't get upset when people assume I'm gay based on my profession either. It's a common stigma in our country so I understand. Many of my hairstylist friends are gay and I respect them."
It doesn't hurt that his wife Claire is there to support him either. Her being the reason for Rick's career shift harbors great understanding and support that set a true example. "My wife has always been my motivation and my rock. The fun thing about working in the same industry is that we get to talk about it and actually understand what we go through individually," says the hairstylist.
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And when it comes to building their own family, the pair works as a duo as well. In fact, their two-year-old daughter Chloe tags along at their shoots and client calls since they don't have help at home. "I'm so amazed at how well she adapts and behaves when we're at work. Seeing her smile and greet every talent, model, and client we have lightens the load. She's everyone's teddy bear and entertainer."
However, being in his line of work hasn't made his journey as a father any different. "The truth of what it's like to be a dad is that you're pulled in all directions. You need to fulfill your commitment to your career, child, wife, family, and yourself. Time management alongside the ability and patience to adjust is simply all I do, but there will be times when one or two things need to be sacrificed. [Here's where] compassion, good communication, and acceptance [come in]."