What do you do?
Jerome DeFazio

Where do you work and what is your title?
       I'm the owner, artistic director and hair designer at Jerome DeFazio Salon on 21st Street.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       As the artistic director, I’m responsible for educating my staff so that they know how to work with guests’ hair as a whole (cut/color/ perm). As an individual hair designer, I work with my guests to create and design the hair color and cut that fits their features and lifestyle. I am responsible for making people’s hair beautiful and healthy.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
       Twenty-eight years total. Four on the Westside.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
       I love the creativity it allows and the feeling I get when making people feel and look better than they ever expected.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
       I would make it mandatory for all to go through a two- to four-year apprenticeship before working on the floor and doing any guests.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       To be totally honest, not a thing. I went through a four-year apprenticeship with one of the best directors in the hair industry from Vidal Sasoon. They call it “Hairdressing Boot Camp.”
What makes working on the Westside special?
       The people, because they seem to be a lot more open-minded, allowing you to be free, to be yourself which opens you up to being more creative and more productive.

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