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Conversations with the Inspiring Nicole Celpa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Celpa.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Since an early age, I was interested in the fashion industry and colors, and art forms. I think of myself as having a creative mind and this led me to the hair industry. I have been working in the hair industry since 2001 and my passion for knowledge and finding ways to be creative has never stopped. In 2010, I moved to San Diego. At first, since my first language was Spanish, I had to deal with the language barrier, so I took English classes and in 2012, I became a California certified cosmetologist and started working at a local salon. During this time, I also became certified as a Barber. I always aspired to have my own business, so I made the transition and open Ncc Hair Studio.

Has it been a smooth road?
The road to success has been a challenge, but I continue to be motivated and dedicated to do what I love to do. My advice to other young women who want to enter the hair industry is to love what you do. You have to have a passion for your job and just “go for it.” The sky is the limit.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Ncc Hair Studio story. Tell us more about the business.
As a cosmetologist and barber, I strive to make people feel better about how they look. As specialized in men/women haircuts, texture, relaxers, perms, hair extensions, Brazilian blowouts, and colors such as highlights, ombre, and balayage.

Who do you look up to? How have they inspired you?
My first mentor was Diana Guzman, a salon owner and hair stylist, who gave me my first job as a cosmetologist. She helped become a better hair stylist and helped me gain confidence as I developed in the hair industry. I will always be thankful to her.


  • Women Haircut: $50
  • Men Haircut: $30

Contact Info:

  • Address: 2121 5th Avenue, Suite 209
    San Diego, CA 92101
  • Website:
  • Phone: 787-203-2008
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @hairbynickypr

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