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JUN 2016

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30 | BEAUTY LAUNCHPAD | JUNE 2016 Conversations/ Profi les " AS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, he's simply an integral part of the Matrix education team. Recognized as one of the world's top hair designers, Nicholas touches us with his passion, humor and brilliant ability to reach all and teach all, whether via an intimate creative workshop or at a dynamic avant- garde show for thousands. His passionate desire to share his knowledge and inspire greatness in others is such a gift to our industry. Nicholas French truly is one of a kind." —Martin Dale, VP of Matrix Education HAIR: NICHOLAS FRENCH; TEAM: DANIEL ROLDAN, LASHA KELLER; PHOTOGRAPHER: JOSEPH CARTRIGHT; WARDROBE: COLLEEN MCCANN; MAKEUP: LAURA DEE SHELLEY AT EXCLUSIVE ARTISTS USING COLORESCIENCE; EXTENSIONS: SHE BY SO.CAP USA; PRODUCTS: MATRIX Matrix Inspirations "Nicolas and I have collaborated on several projects with Matrix over the years, from shoots to trade shows. His knowledge of hair and the history of our industry in itself are inspiring. He has taught this colorist how to do a chignon and how to hide a bobby pin, which surprisingly is no easy feat. He is always there to mentor and support stylists at every level. Nicholas is a true gem and legend in our industry. I am humbled to call him a friend." —Lenny Strand, Matrix Artistic Director "Born from hair greatness, Freddy French, Nicholas has taken hairdressing to a level even more incredible than his dad, which would make his father very proud. He is what the industry is truly about—helping the next generation to become better and paying homage to those who came before us. For me personally, Nicholas is an icon, mentor, teammate, but most of all, my very dear friend! Nicholas and I have shared many main stages, shows, trainings and photo shoots together—and I'm still in awe when I look over and I am there with him! "Nick has taught me to look at things differently—he said to make your creation your own, make it art, and have a high standard and sophistication to what you do in life. That understanding completely changed me. Thank you, Nicholas, for all you have done for the industry in 50 years and for me personally. You are incredible! Love ya, mate—I'm your greatest fan!" —Chrystofer Benson, Matrix Artistic Director and Founder of CBC

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