Hairbrained: A Fond Farewell to a Friend

I met Jerry Gordon about 10 years ago; many knew him much longer and perhaps much better, but in those mere 10 years, he made a big impact on me.

Jerry was a link that connected me to the history and heritage of what we do; any time we met he would share stories from the past that would help me get clarity on the future. “You have to know where you've been to know where you are going."

He had a lust for life and a passion to share what he knew and believed to be true. He was dedicated to our craft and spent his entire life surrounded by the best hairdressers in the world, he literally knew them all.

All you had to do was name an Icon and Jerry would tell you all about them, their triumphs, failures and what made them who they were. Time spent with him was always time well spent.

Sitting in Jerry and Karen’s kitchen and chatting was a highlight of my visits to Chicago, I never left without having gained some insight that would help fuel my journey and help me stay committed to our craft. Jerry would always say, “I’ll never retire, I love this business” and true to his word, he was in the salon doing clients on the day before his passing.

Thank you Jerry, for being so generous with your life, and encouraging so many of your fellow hairdressers.

Your friend,


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