The founder of skincare powerhouse Dermalogica, Jane Wurwand proudly traces her beauty roots to Saturdays in a salon.
|Your Favorite Day:||Q||Today is a perfect example of my favorite kind of day. I am in here in Los Angeles, my day started with a work out because it gives me the stamina and strength to tackle everything I like to do. Then I had a business breakfast with the head of my board at UCLA (I like a working breakfast) followed by some work, some reading, and some writing. And tonite, we’ll have a family dinner because Raymond and I are taking our two girls to a Rolling Stones concert. I told them, “You are going to tell your grandchildren that you saw the Rolling Stones.”|
|Hidden talent:||An ability to pack light|
|Day-off pursuits:||Working out|
|Now reading:||“Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg|
|Title of your autobiography:||“Saturday Girl”|
|Industry Icon:||Vidal Sassoon, because I was present when he tipped the world right on its head.|
|Career Other than Beauty:||I would either be an Interior Designer and Decorator or an antiques appraiser with a specialty in Georgian jewelry. Perhaps I still will!|
As Jane Wurwand, Founder and Owner of Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute, watched her newly widowed mother work as a nurse to support four young daughters, a determination came to her. “Someone said to me a little while ago, that there is an event that happens to you at 10 years old that determines your life course, and I think it was my father dying. From that came my life’s work and real purpose of helping women develop a transportable skill and create financial independence. I learned a life lesson from my mum; whatever I was going to end up doing in life, it would be around being able to do something that was literally at my fingertips.”
Today, Wurwand has helped thousands of women train for and establish a career as skin therapists. Her philanthropic work has also assisted millions of women and their families around the world through the Dermalogica Foundation. “The skincare industry puts more women to work than any other industry. I want to use our industry as a blueprint for the power of vocational training and skill set training and entrepreneurship.” This drive to help women thrive started in a salon in her native England.
“I was 13 and I wanted my own money but the only one I could do legally was to deliver papers. I did it for six weeks and hated it. Then a school friend said the local hair salon would employ people to do laundry and such like. I went in (wearing my school uniform) and they asked if I had any experience, which makes me laugh, and I was paid a pound a day to do laundry, to wash and dry the perm rods, get stylists their lunches. And in the afternoon, I would go through the hair clippings and pull out all the fine pins and bobby pins, sterilize them and put them back on the stylist’s trolley. I wasn’t to be seen outside of the staff room because I was employed illegally. I loved it—I loved the camaraderie, the drama, the intrigue, I loved to hear all the stories; it was like a reality TV show. Then came the magical day when I was fifteen and a half and I was promoted to shampoo girl and I could be seen in the salon, on the floor. But before I could start, I had to shampoo every stylist and artistic director and manager—they all had to sign off. That taught me a work ethic: whatever job you do it’s important and do it really well.