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Professional Beauty Spotlight | Paul Labrecque, Entrepreneur & Celebrity Hairstylist

Jill Seiman & Paul Labrecque

Famed hairstylist Paul Labrecque added a fourth salon to his growing empire last month in New York City. The new 2,000 square foot salon and spa, located at Pier 60 inside the Sports Center at Chelsea Piers, features Labrecque’s signature menu of award-winning treatments (including Kevyn Aucoin makeup and Biologique Recherché skin treatments), a men’s barbershop, and a full service salon including the Paul Labrecque Blow Club—a new package-based blow out concept that threatens to lure me away from my beloved Drybar! .

As you can see I had a fabulous blowout in the new digs and a chance to chat with Paul and pose for prom pics. He’s quite the character and the salon is gorgeous, bright, and airy– a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Chelsea Piers is near and dear to me since I live only a few blocks away and got married in the complex 8 years ago. I couldn’t help but gush how much moms will love the opportunity to get pampered while their kids are at gymnastics or soccer. That’s my plan at least!

So how does a boy from Boston grow up to become one of the most celebrated names in the hair business? I asked Paul a few fun questions and just love his entertaining and inspiring answers:

Babble: You grew up in the hair business working for your aunt who owned a wig shop. Did you know immediately that you wanted to continue in the beauty business or did it take some soul searching?

Paul Labrecque: I always knew I loved hair. I played with all of my female cousins’ hair starting from the time I was very small. I learned a lot through experimenting with and styling them during my childhood. By the time college came around however, I decided to take a detour and become a teacher in addition to a hair stylist. It’s through teaching that I’m able to nurture tomorrow’s future stylists and that’s very exciting.

Babble:  It’s one thing to become a hairstylist, quite another to open your own salon, no less 4! What was your journey like and how did you decide you wanted to take your career to the next level?

Paul Labrecque: There’s actually never been a concrete plan—everything happened organically for me over the years. I’m lucky the building blocks seemed to fall into my lap, and my business partner and love, Brian Cantor, helped make all of this happen. It’s so exciting to open my first NYC downtown location at Chelsea Piers!

Paul Labrecque Chelsea Piers

Babble: What advice, if any, do you have for beauty entrepreneurs?

Paul Labrecque: My advice is be very careful who you go into business with. Only do something if it feels right to you and trust your instincts. I think if it’s meant to be, it will happen effortlessly while you’re working.

Babble: You believe in a “less is more” approach to beauty. Can you elaborate?

Paul Labrecque: Simply don’t over cut or over color your hair. This means I follow a principle of always doing the right amount of both of these things according to my clients’ natural hair texture, coloring and general lifestyle.

Babble: What’s your best tip for busy moms that don’t have a ton of time to spend on their hair?

Paul Labrecque: Just accept yourself! If your hair is naturally curly, have it cut to flatter the curls’ shape and texture. Or if you’re dark, add in some minimal highlights so that your roots aren’t dragging your look down or adding years to your face. It’s all about celebrating your natural beauty and taking a few steps at the salon to streamline your prep time in the morning.

Babble: What are some of your favorite products either for yourself or that  you recommend to your clients?

Paul Labrecque: Many things, but my favorites are: Santa Maria Novella soaps, Marvis Toothpaste in Cool Mint, Dunhill Cologne, and I could not survive an hour without Ban unscented roll-on deodorant!

Babble: What can we expect next from you?

Paul Labrecque: You never know! I would say expect the unexpected and make sure you’re the first in line to see my next Cabaret show— they always sell out fast and are very entertaining!

A true renaissance man. I hope you have the opportunity to check out the new salon and spa and perhaps Paul’s Cabaret show. I know you won’t be disappointed.

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