Choose Beauty: John Simpson

By Maggie Mulhern | 12/10/2008 11:00:29 AM


North American guest artist for Goldwell, salon partner of Lewis Hair Salon in Pittsburgh and recipient of the North American Hairstyling Award in the Haircolor category in 2008

Year I Obtained My Beauty License: 1992, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Why I Chose Beauty:
Growing up, my life was filled with art and fashion. I started to play with my hair color by experimenting with  household products like Joy and Windex to come up with new looks.

I was on my way to college to study architecture and about a month before I was to leave for school I approached my mother to tell her I had decided to take a different direction and go to beauty school. The first time I walked into the smell of perm solution I knew I had made the right decision.
Throughout my career I understood the power of education. I started studying the greats. The color works of Annie Humphries and the Beth Minardi workshops showed me how the cut and color work simultaneously. I learned about the power of color placement. I hold these women in such high regard—they have helped me in my career.

As an educator, I am always asked why I use multiple formulas and how I make color choices. I think of hair as fabric. You may have vinyl, wool and cotton in the same head of hair, and understanding your product choice for each area will make a difference.
In my career, I’ve learned one needs to make mistakes to grow. One of my mottos is: “If you dream it, conquer it ... everything is possible.” It’s my way of saying, “don’t become frustrated when challenged with something new.”

My advice to any stylist or colorist is to realize there is always room to expand. There is always inspiration in photography, landscaping, architecture and even automobile design. The shapes, lines and color palettes can all be incorporated into our true love of hair. In addition, advanced education is essential. The most successful hair professionals are in that position due to hard work, self discipline and continuing education.




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Maggie Mulhern

Maggie Mulhern is the Beauty & Fashion Director at Modern Salon magazine.


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