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About Gocha Hawkins
Gocha Hawkins is an award-winning hairstylist and one of the newest cast members of "L.A. Hair."
Gocha is a Detroit, MI, native and has over 20 years of experience in the beauty industry. She received her cosmetology training at John M. Patterson State Technical College (now Trenholm State) in Montgomery, AL. Shortly after, she opened her 1st salon in Alabama and made a name for herself by creating stylish, short haircuts.
Gocha headed to Atlanta in 2010 and worked towards opening her new salon. Her reputation for striking color and cuts spread fast and soon her work was being featured in Sophisticate’s Black Hair, Style Q, Smooth Magazine and on the covers of Hot Atlanta, Salon Profiles, Salon Sense, Black Passions and Sheen.
Gocha is no stranger to the entertainment world! She has worked with a long list of celebrities including Nicki Minaj, Serena Williams, Beyonce, Keyshia Cole, Christina Milian, Kandi Burruss, Vivica Fox, Drake, Ja Rule, Pitbull, Mike Epps, Lil’ Jon, The Game, R. Kelly, T.I., and Kelly Rowland. She’s also earned credits for working on the sets of H&M and McDonalds commercials, the short film “Fit Arcade Gone Wild” and TV shows such as “Real Housewives of Atlanta”, “La La’s Full Court Life” and “Kandi’s Wedding”.
In addition to her impressive entertainment resume, Gocha also has over 10 years of experience in image consulting for the NBA. She’s worked for the Orlando Magic cheerleaders, the Miami Heat and Atlanta Hawks dancers as a key hairstylist.
In 2013, Gocha ventured into the retail business and launched a line of at-home styling products called Wrecklez. Gocha firmly believes in education and in developing cutting edge trends and techniques in the beauty industry; she regularly conducts training seminars at trade shows and conferences around the country.
Photo credit Will Sterling