After celebrating Carolyn’s 17th year in the hair industry, and 8th year at Samuel Cole, we sat down with her for a one on one…
Q: How did you get started in the hair industry?
Carolyn: I’ve always had a natural inclination and intuition when it comes to understanding hair. When I was 5 years old, I had my first awful haircut. My hairdresser, at the time, cut my naturally curly hair very short, and I instinctively knew it was the wrong thing to do to enhance my curls…I “knew” wearing my hair longer would bring out the best in my curly locks. I was so sure that this was the right direction for my hair, I was able to convince my Mom to let me grow it out and even came up with a plan on how I could make it look amazing instead of unruly. Looking back, that was really the start of my career in the hair industry. That natural intuition, talent and affinity has continued to serve me throughout my career. It feels amazing to have spent so much of my life in a field that I love.
Even though I loved hair I felt going to college was a must and I began attending right after graduating high school. While I loved learning, I soon realized I was craving a deep understanding for a topic I was passionate about. I remembered the conversation I had at 16 when my mom allowed me to call long distance to Jose Eber Salon in Beverly Hills. Jose Eber was a leader in the hair industry at the time, and the manager took time to speak with me about how to begin a career in hairdressing. The passion I felt throughout my youth would serve to drive me to pursue my career. With my Aunt’s encouragement I knew I needed to sign up for cosmetology school. I’ve literally never looked back. [Read more…]