True Stories: Exclusive Interview with John Paul DeJoria

Welcome to the first of many blogs I’ll be writing for As Editor in Chief, I have had the opportunity to talk to some of the most fascinating people in our industry. Today, I’m happy to share a conversation I had with John Paul DeJoria a couple of months ago. I was working on a feature about his partner, Paul Mitchell, who died 26 years ago, and J.P. graciously consented to an interview. He was surprisingly candid, and he told me stories that he hadn’t shared with anyone up to this point.

History is important to me, and I believe that it’s important for you to know about yours. In our offices in New York City, we’ve got archival issues of American Salon going back to the early 1900s, and they’re filled with stories about beauty professionals who made a difference but whose names you might not know. Right now we’re in the middle of a massive redesign of American Salon, and when you see the July issue, you’ll notice a new tagline under the logo: Your Story Told Here.


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People love reading about other people. It’s why People magazine is still going strong after 41 years. So expect to read about the most fascinating people in our industry in the new American Salon and in this space every Thursday.

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