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Lifestyle: Hair By Karen and Laura with Impact Worldwide (impactww.com)

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Lifestyle: Hair By Karen and Laura with Impact Worldwide (impactww.com)

 

Impact Worldwide (impactww.com): How did you two get into doing hair?

Laura Ann Petruccelli: Karen [skolski] and I always had an artistic flare and an eye for fashion. We knew early on that we wanted to be stylists. Being cousins, we progressed alongside each other to various salons. Our first mentor was Frank Sparano. He was a great platform artist and educator. We often assisted him in shows for Clairol and Paul Mitchell. This truly sparked our interest.

 

Impact Worldwide (impactww.com): What inspires you?

Laura: The ever-changing fashion industry is our inspiration. Growing up together, we were influenced by our grandmother. Looking at her elegant matching hats, coats, gloves, shoes, and purses. And weekly visits to the hairdresser. Our grandfather, too with his custom made sharkskin suits and hats and cigars. That's when people really dressed up; for church, to go shopping, or visit for a cup of coffee. We loved that era. It had a touch of class. Our love of fashion, although entirely different, motivates our creativity. We embrace each other’s talents and tastes and feel we make an excellent team. We each bring our individuality into a combined effort of artistry. We bounce ideas back and forth. It works. Old movies and new rock stars are inspiring. From Marilyn, Jean, and Greta to Gwen, Madonna and J.Lo. We love them all. They each have an influence on style and fashion. Often we research back to those decades and ideas grow from there.

 

Impact Worldwide (impactww.com): Did you go to hairstyling school?

Laura: We attend educational workshops with the leading names in the Hair Industry. It is so exciting to go to Vegas and NYC together; then to take the latest techniques and incorporate them to make them our own. This is what we call "cutting-edge."

 

Impact Worldwide (impactww.com): What have been some of your greatest achievements in your career so far?

Laura: In the past we've had the opportunity to be involved in several fashion and runway shows with new designers such as Nicholas Arjona and David Jet Black Horse at different venues in NYC. Recently, we participated in the First Annual NJ Fashion Expo. We styled hair for Femenina Resort and assisted many other designers who were involved. It is wonderful being able to collaborate with the designers. But perhaps our greatest thrill thus far was our hair showcase at the Expo. We chose a ‘60s Vegas theme, along with the live Sinatra crooning singer, Anthony La Monte and designs by Nicholas Arjona. Hair was all updo ‘60s glamour with an edge, of course. We had the experience of putting it all together. We even got a walk down the runway. Wow! Runway is a whole different aspect of our industry. The energy of taking a girl, changing her hair, makeup and clothes; adding the music, sending her out into a total transformation… It's a rush! Runway hair, while having a theme, has no rules. It’s uncontrived. We work closely with the designers so as to compliment the line, not overshadow it. When it all comes together, it’s a great feeling. We also went to South Beach, Miami for a photo cover shoot for Talent in Motion magazine doing hair and makeup. This time we worked closely with the editor, photographer and model. Changing the look and mood between shots.

 

Impact Worldwide (impactww.com): Do you work in a hair salon, and also freelance?

Laura: Currently we both accept appointments at Daniards Hair Salon, 205 East Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood , NJ; 201-447-4980. We also freelance and are available for fashion, runway, photo and film work. Most of our work takes us into New York City. We love the energy and excitement of the city but it is so easy to get caught up. We like to "Keep it Real." And so far this M.O. has served us well. We have earned a loyal and trustworthy reputation which we have built on. Just like fashion comes full circle, what goes around comes around. It's important to be true to yourself and others, follow your passion and live your dream. Possibilities become endless, like our energy and love of this business.

 

Impact Worldwide (impactww.com): What are your future plans?

Laura: The future holds many things for us as this industry has so many outlets .We are always seeking, yet looking back, never settling. Twisting, reshaping, updating and dreaming and finding new and exciting venues for ourselves and our clients. We would like to someday be involved in Fashion Week NYC.

 

Check out our website: www.hairbykarenandlaura.com.

 

For more information about Impact Worldwide visit www.impactww.com or www.impact210themagazine.com

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