Though Thanksgiving Day has come and gone, the season of giving thanks has only just begun. We polled a few industry icons on what they’re most grateful for this year.
“I'm most thankful for my family and my friends, who are also family to me, all over the globe. I'm thankful for my work family—my team—who I spend many waking hours with. It takes a village and I'm very thankful for all these people in my life.” —Tracey Cunningham, Redken celebrity colorist
“I am most thankful this year that education in the classroom was the number one priority for hairdressers. Watching students grow and prosper is the fuel that keeps me grateful and excited to share my knowledge.” —Candy Shaw, creator of Sunlights Balayage
“I am most grateful for the love that I have in my life. The love that I have for hairdressing, my husband Jason Backe, dog Spencer and The Ted Gibson Artistic Team. I always say that I am only as good as the people around me. Boy, that's something to be grateful for.” —Ted Gibson, celebrity hairdresser
“I’m grateful to my immediate and Redken families, who allow me to have the opportunity to stand before an audience as a teacher and a messenger—a teacher with the willingness to learn, to share, to experiment and to grow from failure. I’m so grateful to be a hairdresser who chooses to be a teacher. Redken has made me who I am as a teacher today. I am thankful for my job, as my job has become my life—yet when I say that, I’ve got a big smile across my face because I wouldn’t want it any other way. Now it’s time to breathe in the future and breathe out the past. I don’t want to look back and regret chances I didn’t take.” —Sam Villa, Redken global artistic ambassador
“My amazing parents and siblings, who are always so supportive of all my endeavors." —George Papanikolas, Matrix celebrity stylist
"I am thankful to be alive and to be able to enjoy all the world has to offer. Waking up each day to new possibilities is amazing—all the additional parts are icing on the cake.” —James Pecis, Oribe global ambassador