Beauty legend you respect: Again, it’s hard to name just one. Certainly Sebastian founder Geri Cusenza—she was a brilliant, creative, genius hairdresser. She has such vision and I learned so much from her. I also have so much admiration for the late Diane Barbera, and for Terah Weeks and Jocelyn Zaco—all former members of the Sebastian Artistic Team. They were so talented and dedicated. I admire pioneers like Vivienne Mackinder, one of the first female artistic directors, and Lois Christie, the first female president of Intercoiffure. I admire leaders in publishing like Michele Musgrove of Modern Salon, Deborah Carver of Creative Age and Joan Harris of Canadian Hairdresser. All of these are self-made women. Nothing was handed to them and they all built incredible careers.
Choose beauty because: As my beauty school instructor told me, we have the power to touch people’s souls and change their lives. I thought I understood it at the time, but it really became clear when I started working behind the chair, then owned a salon. Then I saw another aspect of that power when I worked for C.B. Sullivan as an educator for Sebastian, and again when I began working directly for Sebastian, training other educators. I learned even more when I served with ISBN and now at jcpenney. I hope hairdressers understand that they really do amazing things for people. If you understand that and use that power wisely, you’ll have an incredible career.
Tip: Believe in yourself and be very clear about your goals. Write them down. Find a mentor. Be a mentor.
Quote or mantra: “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”—Jeff Sullivan