Rita Rusk: Scotland’s first lady of hairdressing dies aged 75

Rita Rusk

Tributes have been paid to Rita Rusk, once dubbed Scotland’s first lady of hairdressing, after her death at the age of 75.

The acclaimed stylist, from Castlemilk, Glasgow, won multiple awards during her career.

Ms Rusk was notably named best hairdresser in the world four times by French magazine, Metamorphose.

A former colleague said she would be remembered as “one of the greatest female hairdressers in our industry”.

Writing on Facebook Glasgow-based Alan Edwards wrote: “Rita Rusk was a hairdressing pioneer in the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s.

“Rita was the first female, and the only Scot, to be crowned British Hairdresser of the Year alongside Irvine Rusk.

“Together they challenged the status quo in hair! Innovating, designing, creating and inventing were only a few of the gifts Rita gave to our industry.”

Mr Edwards worked with the Rusks for 10 years and said he would be “forever grateful” for the opportunity and all he learned from them.

He added: “So many great hairdressers have come out of the fantastic Rusk stable and have passed on so much creativity and knowledge to many other hairdressers.

“Our industry was very blessed to have had such an incredible hairdresser leave her mark.

“Rita lived a life and left a legacy. RIP Rita Rusk.”


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