Yolly ten Koppel Hometown: Zwolle, Netherlands
Industry Icon: “Trevor Sorbie. He taught me to to keep thinking out of the box, to keep exploring new ideas, and not to take myself so seriously, as well as that life is fun and hair is fun. Plus, by keeping the goal in focus, not to forget to enjoy the journey.”
Career Other than Hairdressing: Fashion editor (so Anna Wintour is lucky that I didn’t…)
Now reading: The Power of Fashion: About Design and Meaning, by Jan Brand, Jose Teunissen and Anne Van Der Zwaag
Your Favorite Day: Beautiful weather, being at the beach, or outside having dinner with friends…and with good wine.
Hidden talent: Healthy cooking
Day-off pursuits: Shopping, walking with my sister and her dogs, and cooking with friends.
Title of your autobiography:“The Good Life“
Motto: Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
In March, at America’s Beauty Show in Chicago, Yolly ten Koppel, Pivot Point’s International Creative and Technical Director, received Pivot Point’s L.E.O. Award. Pivot Point, an international network of beauty academies celebrating 50 years of superior instruction, named the prestigious award for the founder of Pivot Point, legendary hairdresser Leo Passage. The honor acknowledges Leadership, Excellence and Outstanding contributions in education. In accepting the award, ten Koppel said, “If I help educators become better teachers or teach students how to design hair or if I create a new hairstyle on a salon client—then I change lives. This is what I love to do. It is truly fulfilling, inspiring and makes every day a different experience.”
While her students can attest to her passion and empowering influence, ten Koppel shares that coming from a family of hairdressers—grandmother, mother and uncle—her naturally rebellious spirit balked at joining the family business. “I was a kid who didn’t want to follow what other people were doing,” she says. Today, she rebels by pushing the limits in hair design, by training students, hairdressers and educators to go beyond perceived boundaries and personal limitations. But, she also shares with students, that to break the rules, you need to have a firm foundation in technique.
“When I started working in the salon I figured out that this was really what I loved and what wanted to become,” says ten Koppel.”This gave me the motivation to go to cosmetology school and get my cosmetology diplomas. It was also where I did my apprenticeship (one day at school and four days working in the salon). I had two years of ladies basic training, and two years of basic training for men. Then, in the evening for two years I studied ladies advanced and two years of men's’ advanced.”