Best of Masters: Michael O'Rourke


When people mention icons of the professional beauty industry, Michael O'Rourke is certainly on the list. A truly inspiring visionary, Michael was the driving force behind the Carlton Hair Salon chain and the founder of Sexy Hair Concepts. A powerful presenter with a dynamic stage presence, Michael stays true to his first love: the hair artist. To see him in action is to know that beauty has no boundaries and that the professional beauty industry knows no equal.

Winn Claybaugh interviewed this loving, powerful man soon after Michael received NAHA's Lifetime Achievement Award.


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“Michael is industry royalty, and a bit of a rock star,” Winn Claybaugh says. “I have always enjoyed any interaction with Michael, so to capture his story for all to hear was a feather in my cap.”

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About: Winn Claybaugh is the author of Be Nice (Or Else!) and “one of the best motivational speakers in the country,” according to CNN’s Larry King, who wrote the foreword for the book. A national speaker for major corporations and a business owner for more than 30 years with over 16,000 people in his organization, Winn is the founder, co-owner, and dean of hair care giant Paul Mitchell’s school division. Under Winn’s leadership and in keeping with their unique culture of giving back and building self-esteem, the 100-plus schools in the nationwide network have donated countless volunteer hours and raised more than $15.2 million for multiple charitable organizations.