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JUN 2016

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26 | BEAUTY LAUNCHPAD | JUNE 2016 To celebrate his 50 years in the industry, friends, colleagues and top up-and-comers share stories of how French helped shape careers. —FRANCESCA MOISIN C O N V ERSATI O N S The Legacy Of NICHOLAS FRENCH Humor "What do I love best about Nick? His brilliant sense of humor combined with an incredible passion for hairdressing. Once, Nick got bit by a scorpion while we were prepping for a show in Phoenix. He was in agony, but I remember he was more concerned about getting back to work than about this potentially life-threatening situation. He didn't want to let anyone down! What an incredible work ethic. While trying to nurse and comfort him, I managed to also call the poison hotline, and they asked, 'How long ago did the bite occur?' I said one hour, and they said, 'Don't worry, if he was going to die from this, he'd already be dead.' That's perhaps the only time I was with Nick that I didn't see him laugh. And in true form, the show went on. He gave it his full heart and soul, wowing the crowd. His creations are legendary, and his talent has been recognized both on the stage and in the studio, but I consider all the hours he's spent working in isolation his true victories. Making something beautiful that Instagram won't capture and the world may never see is mastery in action that requires courage, vision and discipline to achieve. Time and time again, my friend has proven that while fashion may be fl eeting, French's style is truly timeless." —Vivienne Mackinder, Founder of HairDesignerTV Staying Current and Relevant "I so admire French's work ethic. He's always been a leader in our industry. His personality and grace toward others are inspiring, and originality consistently shines through in the styles he creates." —Sonya Dove, Wella Professionals Top Artist

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