If someone were to write a book about your life, what would be an appropriate title?
She’s Still Climbing that Mountain: How I Did it in the Beauty Business
If you weren’t in the beauty industry, what would you be doing?
I would probably be on a horse farm. I adore them—riding them, washing them, hanging out with them, brushing them, and just sitting with them—such peace and beauty. Or I’d be teaching drama to kids in a private school somewhere. I would NOT be an accountant!
What are you working on now? What’s your next professional step?
Right now, I’m working on wonderful new additions to the Beth Minardi brand. I am planning another book about hair color and getting ready to tour the U.S. in 2014. I hope to someday be a part of my own advanced color academy where licensed pros can explore color deeply and, again, elevate what we do to an art form. I’d also like to continue to enhance my behind the chair work at the salon and to continue developing a top-rated salon color team. I’d like to be a part of the group working to take horses off the streets of NYC as well.
How would you like to spend your retirement?
I hate the word “retire.” I prefer “working differently.” I’d like to continue lecturing and teaching on a much less intense scale. And, I color hair because I LOVE it. I’d like to work at the salon four to six days per month, conduct webinars, and travel with my daughter. I don’t think I will ever leave NYC, but I’d love a comfortable place in the country where I might have a pool and bird feeders, trees and a fire place.
I want to remain healthy and active, and I will always have a cat or a dog and my wonderful circle of colorful friends—and hopefully a great guy with whom I can share it all!