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NOV 2018

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72 | BEAUTY LAUNCHPAD | NOVEMBER 2018 CAREER START My bibles were Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. At age 13, I would study the Vidal Sassoon photos, then blow out hair for all my mother's friends and neighbors. I started in the '60s, working in my brother's small Niagara Falls salon before moving to Manhattan, New York, in 1975. That's when I got thrown into the world of fashion and celebrities. SUCCESS SECRET Stay humble. Early on I realized that I'm in a service business. Even though our world has changed, I'm still doing magazine covers 40 years later because I maintain the same respect for clients. CELEB CLIENTS Everyone from Audrey Hepburn to Lady Gaga. Linda Evangelista was my muse. TYPICAL DAY Each is different, but most involve developing the vision of the R+Co brand that I cofounded and working on photo shoots. I'm in the salon 10 days a month. LOOK I LOVE Linda Evangelista's famous chop. I shaved off the back and left the front long, and love how it looked sexy no matter how it was groomed. TIP FOR NEWBIES Learn about the history of our great industry. Social media is an invaluable tool, but there's so much more to know than what shows up on your feed. CAREER START My parents used to host big dinner parties when I was young, and I always insisted on doing guests' hair at the table. I didn't have many tools back then, so I'd brush hair with a fork and tie ribbons as accessories. I knew at an early age that I wanted to be a stylist. SUCCESS SECRET Work hard and pay your dues. I studied for four years at a salon to master the basics before assisting Sam McKnight, then worked for free on photo shoots and editorial I could book to hone my skills. CELEB CLIENTS Adele, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Katy Perry, Margot Robbie, Sophie Turner, Rosie Huntington- Whiteley TYPICAL DAY The Oscars two years ago sticks out: I did seven girls starting at 8:00 a.m. and fi nished at 11:00 p.m. without a single break. LOOK I LOVE Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at the 2015 Met Gala. She wanted her hair loose and down, but I convinced her to go tight and sleek with a sharp side part and lots of shine-inducing gel. It was simple yet modern. TIP FOR NEWBIES Never copy another stylist's work. Taking inspiration is fl attering, but stand out in your own right. CAREER START I was assisting at a Florida salon after graduating from cosmetology school when a friend invited me to join her on a trip to New York. I walked into Oribe's salon on the 10th fl oor of the Elizabeth Arden building and it was like entering heaven. The manager said there was a spot opening on their team. Within two weeks I moved to Manhattan, New York, where I crashed on friends' couches and swept salon fl oors. SUCCESS SECRET Hustle. Pound the pavement—both literally and on social media. CELEB CLIENTS Elizabeth Banks, Gal Gadot, Dakota Johnson, Rachel McAdams TYPICAL DAY Some days I'm trapped in a dark windowless studio for 14 hours. Other days I get to work on celebs at the Academy Awards. LOOK I LOVE I did countless versions of a ponytail for Dakota Johnson at the 2015 Oscars, before settling on the perfect style that wasn't too sporty or stuffy. I love how her bangs frame her long neck. TIP FOR NEWBIES Master the skill you dislike most. I left beauty school thinking I'd never do a roller set, and that's all I did at Oribe for years! CAREER START I used to turn my closet into a salon so I could style my younger sister's hair. After high school, I unearthed an old VHS tape of me demonstrating intricate tress work. When my parents saw it, they agreed to let me go to beauty school. SUCCESS SECRET Never say no to any job, whether it's a 15-hour day, a non-paying gig, or styling hair on the set of a music video for an unknown band. The top people I know today are those I met when I was starting out. CELEB CLIENTS Kate Hudson, Paris Jackson, Jennifer Lawrence, Ruby Rose TYPICAL DAY I start by meeting with my managers to reconnect all the moving parts, from Beauty Coach TV to Nine Zero One Salon matters. Then I usually rush to a house call, maybe for Britney Spears or Jessica Simpson, before fi ghting traffi c to get back to the salon to see a client who's just fl own in for an audition the next morning. Sometimes I'm not home until 10:00 p.m., but it's worth it when you love your clients. LOOK I LOVE Nina Dobrev starred on "The Vampire Diaries" for seven years, so she couldn't change her look for a long time. When we were fi nally able to cut off her hair, the wait was so worth it. TIP FOR NEWBIES Assisting is crucial. Those extra years are like a post-beauty school master's degree. Put in the hours and you'll emerge with a solid book and client roster. Christian Wood @cwoodhair Mark Townsend @marktownsend1 Garren @garrennewyork Riawna Capri @riawna COURTESY OF STYLISTS

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