Beauty Store Business

DEC 2012

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What was your experience like on America's Next Top Model? Working on America's Next Top Model was a blend of my favorite things all in one place—hair, fashion and makeup, and each time was a new and fun expe- rience. Tyra [Banks] and I also worked on Vogue and Victoria's Secret shoots together. While on the America's Next Top Model set, we worked with up- and-comers who were hungry for the same type of career boost that I was fortunate to receive in my life—and that type of energy is contagious. Are you ever able to integrate your personal passions for photography and environmental activism into your career? I have been very blessed to incorporate many of my personal passions and environmental activism into my career and projects throughout the years. Not only have I been asked to photograph a number of my clients—such as Kim Basinger, Helena Bonham Carter and even the beloved Betty White with her dog—but I'm a part of every photo shoot that Mitch Stone Essentials does. It's at the Mitch Stone Essentials shoots that I get to bring my dream to life. While we have not yet identified a charitable partner for Mitch Stone Essentials, we know that there are so many deserving causes and we will work toward the goal of giving back in a meaningful way. I have had the privilege of working with Johnny Depp, U2's Bono and Greenpeace in the past on an environmental cause, and I feel that continuing to give—whether it be through time or extremely important. resources—is What do you consider the most rewarding aspect of being a stylist? Without a doubt, the most rewarding aspect of being a stylist is making people feel good about themselves. Whether you are a celebrity or not, every single one of us has insecurities and bad days. It makes my day to turn someone's feel- ings about themselves around by making them love their looks. A very close runner-up for the most rewarding aspect of being a stylist is the ability to share what I have learned from my mentors, and working to earn the title of mentor from others. What hair trends are on the horizon for 2013? The biggest trend is not a trend at all because it is timeless—healthy hair. Whether hair is short and edgy or long and sleek, whether worn in a ponytail to the grocery store or in an updo on the red carpet, there is one look that's always in style—healthy, shiny, sexy hair. That said, in magazines, online and on the silver screen you will see perfect ponytails, messy updos, extreme Louise Brooks-style bobs with severe bangs and very geometric shapes. Who do you most admire in the industry and why? One of the brands I admire the most in our industry is the Paul Mitchell [brand]. It has exhibited an integrity toward us as hair- stylists and toward our profession that is appreciated. It has put stylists first when other brands have not, and it has given back to its community and the world. Finally, what's the best piece of advice you have ever received? It's rare to receive advice that is "one size fits all," but the best piece of advice I was ever given is something everyone should heed. My dad used to always tell me, "You can do anything you put your mind too," and I have never believed differently. ■ Liz Barrett is an Oxford, MS-based freelance writer and editor. 62 December 2012 |

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