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NOV 2018

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NOVEMBER 2018 | beautylaunchpad.com | 75 CAREER START I fell into hair by accident. When I was 15, I moved to northern Virginia in the middle of summer and applied for a job at almost every business in the strip mall across the street from my apartment. The hair salon hired me and the rest is history! SUCCESS SECRET Be active in your search for opportunity. Coming to New York put me in the right place for what I do. CELEB CLIENTS Lady Gaga, Kyra Sedgwick, Allison Williams TYPICAL DAY When fully booked, I might see eight to 15 clients per day. I attract a lot of people who want fun, creative colors, so I'm able to use my imagination to conceptualize unique looks that best suit a client's skin tone and personality. LOOK I LOVE Lady Gaga requested this wig and it was a challenge to create. I love how it looks like deconstructed fi re. The texture and curls enhance the illusion of fl ames. We call it "The Phoenix." TIP FOR NEWBIES Be open. Inspiration can come from anywhere, including fi lm, art and nature. CAREER START From the age of eight, I knew I would do hair. SUCCESS SECRET There's no single secret. You have to really like what you do and learn how to be the best at it. CELEB CLIENTS Lupita Nyong'o, Amandla Stenberg, Serena Williams TYPICAL DAY Most days I wake up thinking about ideas for my haircare line, the Vernon François collection. I'm always prepping hair for shoots with clients and spending time with my four-month- old daughter. LOOK I LOVE The colorful updo I created for Amandla Stenberg. It only took 20 minutes to execute, and I made it up as I went along. TIP FOR NEWBIES Never be late for a client meeting. ecute and I made it up as I went Andre Walker @andrewalkerhair Aura Friedman @auracolorist Vernon François @vernonfrancois TIP NEW ope can any incl art a COURTESY OF STYLISTS; LADY GAGA: CHRIS CLINTON; AMANDLA: INSTAGRAM; HALLE: JON KOPALOFF/GETTY IMAGES CAREER START As a kid, I was infatuated with hair types and textures. I started playing with my mom's wigs when I was in the eighth grade, and she liked my styling so much she stopped sending them out to salons. SUCCESS SECRET I never thought of being a celebrity stylist—I just had a tremendous appetite for hair. Be passionate and people will take notice. CELEB CLIENTS Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry TYPICAL DAY I start my morning doing chores on my Wisconsin farm, then check email and handle [Andre Walker Gold System haircare] product line issues. When working with Oprah, I'll often land in one city and wake up in another. LOOK I LOVE Halle Berry's signature pixie. She had a shoulder-length bob when we fi rst met, and I thought her face was too beautiful for that much hair. TIP FOR NEWBIES Enter this business for the right reasons; it shouldn't be to get famous or work with celebrities.

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