Best of Masters: Robert Lobetta Pt. 2


Robert Lobetta is known for his emotional power and raw energy, as well as being contemporary in thought yet remaining romantic at heart. His legendary career began in 1973 when Robert apprenticed with Ricci Burns in London. As Burns’ senior stylist and art director, avant-garde hair designs became Robert’s signature. Art took center stage when Robert became creative director for London’s famous Michael John Salon and went global in 1985 when he began working with Geri Cusenza of Sebastian International. In 1997, Robert became Creative Director of Sebastian and turned his artist’s eye to products and recreating the image of the company. Robert has been honored around the world and was even called the Salvador Dali of the hair world. He has been a student, a hairdresser, a salon owner, a product creator, a painter, an artist, a photographer, and a creative leader. Interviewed by Winn Claybaugh, Robert shares his concerns and dreams for the industry he loves. “Sitting in their home with Robert Lobetta and his beautiful wife Kay was like sitting with industry royalty. I don't think I’ve ever been so nervous for an interview, but I walked away knowing that I had captured genius.”

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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.