“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and Determination alone are omnipotent.” | Calvin Coolidge
Suzanne grew up in the hair business - she learned about persistence and determination from her mother and father, now in their 70s and still running the family salon in Pittsburgh, PA. She spent her childhood hanging out in this salon; it was an expansive and mercurial space where she was exposed to the panorama of human emotions. It cultivated in her a sense of curiosity and it taught her how to be real.
After studying business at university, Suzanne decided it was a no-brainer to learn the family trade. She enrolled in beauty school and simultaneously worked in the family's salon where she ran the front desk and distribution, organized educational events and learned to cut and color hair. She feels privileged to have learned from many of the masters in the industry and loves that her vocation is a craft she executes with her own two hands.
As the Creative Director, Suzanne believes Keri Gold’s purpose is to nurture and care for their guests. She’s also a strong advocate for community and pays particular attention to the mentorship of junior members of her team. She’s passionate about wanting everyone to reach their full potential; it can’t be all about one person, it has to be about what everyone can do together. She’s proud Keri Gold is a salon that fosters talent from a myriad of training schools and backgrounds.
Suzanne loves making people feel good - as a stylist in the salon she does this by making them look good, as a human out in the world she's certain, small acts of kindness can change someone’s reality for the better. Suzanne is also a yoga instructor with a conviction that beauty is a combination of mind, body and spirit.
Fun Facts about Suzanne:
Worst hair day ever: I try to be pretty easy about my hair and let it do what it wants. But, if it gets too long it really drags me down.
If you could have anyone’s hair: Halle Berry's natural curls.
Take a week’s vacation anywhere in the world: I’d go to Paris; it’s sexy and romantic, fun and sophisticated - Paris has it all!
Reading now: A River Sutra by Gita Mehta & Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen.
Words used by her colleagues to describe Suzanne: intense | curious | talented | experienced | particular | hard-working | observant, like a hawk! | super sweet.