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JUN 2016

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28 | BEAUTY LAUNCHPAD | JUNE 2016 Conversations/ Profi les " IT'S A TRUE LEGACY, the history of Nick's life with his father. Growing up, watching him soar at award shows and industry events, helped me understand how this man's clock ticks and appreciate the sacrifi ces he made to be the best of the best in this fi eld. His style, mentorship and presence drew me in. Basically, he had me at hello. I have such respect for his continued dedication to our craft. His collections are like eye candy. As I watch him grow, his team seems to possess the same beautiful qualities, and they're a shining example of the next generation. Simply put, I thank him." —Stephanie Kocielski, Vice President of Education and Artistic Director for Paul Mitchell The Importance of History "1976 was both a good year for wine and auspicious meetings. Nicholas and I were working together at Glemby International in England. He was learning from one of the great teachers of the period—his father, Freddy— who'd also come into my life after World War II. Together, we next apprenticed for a budding 25-year-old pro who'd just moved from Israel. His name was Vidal Sassoon. One day Nicholas met one of my models, Carole, and after that introduction I lost a model and he gained a wife. Our friendship and professional working relationship has spanned 40 years. Perhaps the lesson here is that we Brits stick together! Over time, Nick has evolved his own singular style. His ingeniousness with wigs and fashion has long been exciting to watch. One of the hardest aspects of hair is continuing to stay creative year after year, but French has that bit of magic in his head and heart that will forever make his formulations unique." —Harold Leighton, Celebrity Stylist Life Lessons "Developing your hands requires practice; you must do something again and again until boundaries disappear. That's what Nicholas helped me understand. He's an encyclopedia when it comes to industry knowledge. Always willing to explore new answers to age-old questions of the craft, he often spends endless hours working in his basement—an intimate, creative space where he can let his mind wander free. Nick is a master storyteller. I could listen to him and that English accent for hours." —Sam Villa, Founding Partner of Sam Villa and Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Avenue LEFT: HAIR: NICHOLAS FRENCH; PHOTOGRAPHER: ROBERTO LIGRESTI; MAKEUP: DAVID MADERICH; PRODUCTS: MATRIX MORE

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