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FEB 2018

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FEBRUARY 2018 | beautylaunchpad.com | 81 "Upon graduating art school in Manhattan, NY, I moved to Florence, Italy, to continue my education. I wanted to be a fashion designer. To keep myself afl oat, I started cutting hair for all the students and their moms. My father had owned a salon where I spent my free time so I knew about the trade, but I only accidentally fell in love with the craft while living in Italy. I returned to New York and started working in salons, and one day a friend called in desperate need of a session stylist because the one on set had stormed off. I had zero experience but she said, 'I'll give you $750 for half a day's work,' so I hopped in a cab. The photographer and I hit it off and I started getting booked for more jobs. The day Trevor Sorbie hired me as an educator was what launched my work with celeb clients." "Freddy French was a famous London hairdresser who also happened to be my dad. Every weekend he'd take me to his salon in Curzon Place, which overlooked Hyde Park near Buckingham Palace, and I'd watch in awe the amazing artistry of him brushing, cutting and styling in his trademark fl amboyant manner. It was so beautiful and exciting, and it just got into my blood. I spent my formative years studying with my father and other mentors like Vidal Sassoon, and have been privileged to create hair for print, fi lm, pop videos, TV spots and royalty—namely, Princess Margaret. Working in this industry is rather like climbing a mountain: Just when you think you've reached the top, you turn around and there are three more peaks to ascend. The key is to have courage, grit and determination." "Being the son, nephew and cousin of stylists, I always had an interest in the industry. But it wasn't until I started beauty school in 1983 that the true love affair began. On that fi rst day, I experienced a sense of accomplishment and artistic expression, and it felt amazing. My fi rst photo session out of school was likewise a game-changer. We did before-and-after makeovers, and while the transformations were incredible and I had a blast, the real treasure was knowing I'd made someone look and feel fantastic." "My original dream was to become a hairdresser, work in a salon, dress how I wanted and make a living—that was it. In beauty school I became exposed to classes, shows and platform artists, and that revealed another possible career path within this expansive industry. I've had my fair share of ups and downs. I could make people laugh, yet at fi rst I wasn't very talented. I've opened salons and closed them. But Vidal Sassoon told me I was the greatest showman he's ever seen! What's most wonderful is getting to wear many professional hats." Mary Brunetti, celebrity stylist and owner of Brunetti Salon in Westhampton Beach, NY Nicholas French, celebrity stylist and artistic director for Matrix Rafe Hardy, artistic director for Sexy Hair Robert Cromeans, global artistic and business director for John Paul Mitchell Systems COURTESY OF ARTISTS AND MANUFACTURERS "I fi rst fell for the science behind this industry. I didn't become involved in professional beauty solely to be a colorist; I wanted to be a scientist, too. I sought to learn about the chemistry of color and which dyes and compositions would let me achieve the best results for the different types of hair and the situations we as colorists come across. I further fell for the industry because I loved the very notion of creating diverse color results; it's amazing the power we as colorists wield. I keep falling in love with this industry again and again—between my past work traveling and lecturing at major shows for Redken; developing the ARTEC color brand; and my present goal of increasing the industry's COLORBRAIN and helping to educate clients on the best products for them with my brand, Celeb Luxury." Leland, celebrity colorist and founder/CEO of Celeb Luxury

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