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JUN 2016

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JUNE 2016 | beautylaunchpad.com | 27 "All I want to say is 'Thank- you, Sir French.' His wit and candor never cease to amaze. And his heart and hands are still crafting some of the most exquisite images that continue to move us all." —George Alderete, Keune North American Creative Ambassador Avant-Garde Hair "I've been a devotee of the hair gods since I was young. Growing up, those deities included Vidal Sassoon, Trevor Sorbie, Gary Gerard and Leo Passage. They inspired my dream of becoming a hairdresser and encouraged me to relentlessly pursue my education. After I gained experience and began entering competitions like Alternative Hair Show and Intercoiffure, I found new mentors who further drove my desire to make a difference in this fi eld. In 2006, I attended NAHA for the fi rst time. That's when I met Nicholas French. The boundless avant-garde shapes and textures I saw him fashion rocked my world. For the fi rst time, I truly understood: Anything in hairdressing is possible. In 2008 I was further sparked by the extraordinary black and white hat shapes he sculpted out of hair. As my own work takes me further into avant-garde and conceptual hairdressing, Nicholas French remains one I consistently look to for ideas, drive and possibility." —Tres Benzley, UNITE Educator Conversations/ Profi les " HE THINKS ALONG A VERY ARTISTIC AVENUE when it comes to hair. Nick's avant-garde work is thought- provoking—and I imagine very time-consuming—it involves such intricacy. His skill using tress pieces and other materials designed to resemble hair speaks to his ingenuity. He's just a master. I think all of us in this realm know his name based on the depth and breadth of his work." —Tracey Devine Smith, Global Brand Ambassador for Affi nage Humility "We both know Nicholas not only as an amazing showman, but also as a friend. His father, Freddy French, was always his hero. He illustrates his humility by speaking of his dad with true admiration. He also shared his famous father's drive for fashioning gorgeous, groundbreaking hair, and he took that passion one step further, becoming an even bigger industry icon. He's touched the lives of so many fellow stylists, and with his new venture, the Skyfall Academy in Palm Springs, he'll continue stimulating the senses of all those with whom he comes into contact." —Christopher Dove and John C. Simpson, Cofounders of CoCre8 MORE RIGHT: HAIR: NICHOLAS FRENCH; PHOTOGRAPHER: ROBERTO LIGRESTI; MAKEUP: DAVID MADERICH; PRODUCTS: MATRIX

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