Personal Compass: Nancy Braun
The list of famous folks that have Nancy Braun on speed dial is a long one. From Jane Fonda to Jessica Biel and beyond, Nancy’s paintbrush has swept beachy and buttery blonde on many a beautiful head. Despite the glamour and glitz of her work world, Braun remains humble and focused—a colorist with a mission to teach the fine art of balayage. A method of coloring that emerged in Paris in the 1970s; balayage is the French word for “to sweep,” referring to the way in which the color is applied.
Braun grew up the daughter of a hairdresser in Louisville, Kentucky, and always loved being in the salon environment. What makes Nancy special is that she never forgets her roots—she credits her mentors, her education, and her mother with putting her on the path and helping her find her focus. Originally a haircutting specialist, balayage became Braun’s main focus after she saw a demonstration at a hair show and it lit a spark that continues to burn. She and her business partner, Roy Teeluck, co-own salons in Beverly Hills and New York. With brush in hand, Braun is a fan fave at hair color shows and education events, because she makes balayage easy to learn, and she backs it up with real-life success.
What time is your alarm set to wake you up in the morning?
5:30 and 6:00.
What’s for breakfast?
Cafe Mocha and egg white omelet.
First item you like to cross off of your list?
Which do you check first: email, Facebook, Twitter, or voicemail?
Balyage Artist Nancy Braun at work, doing what she does best.
What time do you go in to the salon?
How much time do you spend there?
9 hours a day Tuesday thru Friday.
What’s for lunch?
Shake, or a peanut butter power bar for a quick fix between clients.
Who do you wish you could have lunch with?
Daily fitness ritual?
Spin or personal trainer, sometimes yoga.
Biggest waste of time on a daily basis?
What do you do when slacking off IS an option?
Workout or bad reality shows.
When do you get your best ideas?
On the massage table.
Tell me something that would surprise me about you.
I can do a mean set of acrylics.
What’s for dinner?
Il Picolino, best restaurant in West Hollywood.
Do you cook, and what’s your favorite meal?
I don’t cook, and I'm a pizza-holic.
How do you unwind?
Hot bath and meditation.
What time do you go to sleep?
What do you love about your life?
Every facet from salon owner, to colorist, to educator, and most important is mentoring the future hairdresser.
What career would you have tried if you didn't become a hair colorist?
Stand up comedienne or geologist.
Find out more about Nancy at: http://nancybraunsalon.com/