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Women of Beauty: Laurie Daniel

October 14, 2011 | 1:18 PM

Laurie Daniel
Rita Hazan Salon

Color Artist/Educator
Clairol Professional

Women of Beauty: Laurie DanielFirst job in beauty: Brad Johns Salon, 1997

Licensed: LIBS Beauty School, Brooklyn, NY, 1997 

Three highlights of your career:

  1. I had just graduated beauty school and I was going into work at the Brad Johns Salon. A man was holding the elevator for me. When I looked up, it was Johnny Depp. He was going into the salon to get his color done for a movie he was shooting. I was frozen stiff!  I have been obsessed with him my whole life. That was my biggest star struck moment. A definite highlight for me!
  2. I had just been promoted at the John Frieda Salon, and I was asked to do the color for a celebrity makeover shoot with Sally Hershberger. It was my first shoot.  Needless to say, it was very exciting!
  3. Donating makeovers to the Comedy Cures Foundation to people who have suffered great traumas or illness. It gives me a sense of purpose knowing that what I do can really help people to feel good about themselves no matter what their circumstances.  It is that moment when the transformation is revealed after the makeover. Seeing the look in their eyes. That is the best feeling ever.

Beauty legend you respect: Rita Hazan, salon owner. She has builot a thriving business, celebrity clientele and brand.

Choose beauty because: It never gets boring. There is always room to grow. It can be extremely lucrative. There will always be demand.

Tip: Patience, humility and hard work pay off.  You may have to be an assistant for a while. This is where your education happens. Always remember this is a service industry.

Quote or mantra: If you want your dreams to come true, wake up.

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