Career advice you’ve received: From my dad: do what you love, stay focused and don’t let anyone deter you.
Career advice you’ve given? Do what you love, stay focused and don’t let anyone deter you.
Your mentors: My father has always been one of my mentors. As a businessman, he always instilled the value of a strong work ethic, maintaining a high level of professionalism and following your heart to achieve goals. Vidal Sassoon has also been one of my mentors. Vidal Sassoon single handedly changed the world of women’s hair in the 60s by creating the now famous five-point cut on Mary Quant. I have read quotes and stories over the years on the impact architecture had on his style of cutting. I look to him as someone who truly followed and lived his passion and made a huge difference in the hair care category.
You mentor: My entire team at Ouidad. From the hair stylists in my salons to the certified stylists nationwide, I am a guide to many of these people.
Are there benefits to being a woman in beauty? Yes, we have a lot to offer our fellow women. When growing my business, I was often challenged by the successful men in hair care. I quickly learned to focus on my own career and bring my passion to the forefront of my business
Sacrifice and lesson: When I first started my product business with my husband, Peter, we had to move our distribution center to Connecticut. At the time, I had my salon in New York City. Our family home was close to the distribution center, so I had to spend the weeks in New York City and just the weekends at home with my family. I did this for 15 years. Luckily, my family was understanding and we learned to make the best of the situation.
Risk and reward: Entering the salon category and only offering curly hair services. I knew that so many curly haired people out there needed someone to help them understand their curls and teach them how to care for them. I have pushed that curly hair should be embraced year-round and can be gorgeous and care free. I am ALL about the curl and glad I took that risk in 1984 when I opened my first Ouidad Salon in NYC. I have learned that if you believe in your passion, you can and will succeed.
What does “work/life” balance mean to you? Since I work with my husband and daughter, I have always been challenged to maintain a healthy work/life balance. The minute I step out of work, I don’t discuss “work.” It is strictly my time with my family and time for my “life.”