Jan Arnold, Founder, CND, Los Angeles, California
A graduate of California University Northridge and the Fashion Institute of Technology in Los Angeles, Jan Arnold’s original dream was to pursue a career in fashion. Her life took a different path when her father, the late Dr. Stuart Nordstrom, developed the first cross-linked monomer formulation which create greater nail strength and flexibility. As a result of this discovery, Arnold and her brother Jim formed Creative Nail Design (now CND) in 1979. An innovator and a respected authority on nail technology, runway trends, and education, Arnold is also a recognized industry spokesperson in the and a mainstay at Fashion Week events in New York, London, Paris and Sydney. Today, CND products are sold in more than 8,000 salons and 50 countries around the world.
Do you believe a woman in the professional beauty industry can “have it all?” And, what does that mean to you?
“I’ve been in the industry for 33 years and I feel like it’s been the most amazing adventure—I have really traveled the American dream. Women in particular can have it all in this industry—we have an advantage. We love the products we represent and it’s not just that we believe in a brand, but in the concept and need behind the brand from first-hand experience. We have a unique position and insight into the brand and consumers we serve—we’re able to be passionate and enjoy the services every day.”
In the pursuit of “having it all,” what sacrifices have you had to make, if any?
“I think what it takes in “achieving it all” is hard work, first and foremost. Then it’s time, dedication and imagination. Your business consumes your life when you talk about these things. And if you allow it to take over your life, you make sacrifices. But if you make it a part of your life and bring your life into it, it becomes a passion/art form. For me, I have a husband and family who LOVE our business and love what I do, and they are a part of my world. I make sure they are also a part of the creative process. My wins are their wins. My failures—they own those with me as well. I think it would be a sacrifice if I felt like I had to do it alone, but I’m humble enough to realize to never ever believe it’s about you. It isn’t about you. It’s about the team behind me at home, at work and the synergy created. With that there are no sacrifices. It really depends on how you view your life and how you engage those around you.”