Founder and Owner
Dermalogica, Inc., and The International Dermal Institute
Licenses: British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology, ITEC, California Estheticians License, Post-secondary Teachers License
Affiliations: Clinton Global Initiative member, UCLA School of Management board member, NAWBO/LA member, Step Up Luminary Member
As a teenager, Jane Wurwand worked at a salon in her native United Kingdom as a “Saturday Girl,” an entry-level apprentice that sweeps hair trimmings and sorts through and sterilizes hair-pins. But she fell in love with the business, and when she discovered skincare, she found the career path she would blaze. Today, Wurwand’s Dermalogica line is sold in more than 80 countries and her International Dermal Institute offers curriculum in 40 global locations. In 2011, Wurwand expanded her vision beyond skincare by establishing joinFITE (Financial Independence Through Enterpreneurship) to extend microloan to women in need around the world to help them establish businesses that can provide for themselves and their families.
Who was your mentor? “I have been very lucky to have had great teachers along the way, beginning with my own mother. My mother was widowed very young with four daughters, and never remarried—never even dated! Her sole focus was on creating the best possible life for myself and my three sisters. She told me from the beginning: “Learn how to do something.” And she meant actually DO something, since she herself was a Registered Nurse. I have learned a great deal from professionals in our industry as well. One of these was Eve Taylor, who truly created modern aromatherapy. Another was Ken England, industry great and Redken superstar who taught me. ‘Never believe your own publicity – you probably wrote it yourself.’ I also believe in the Buddhist concept of “Beginner’s Mind”. In this sense, every person and every situation is your teacher. Every day, just let your mind go blank, and start fresh. Without a lot of baggage. It’s amazing how much your creative process opens up when you don’t preface everything with a lot of presumptions.”
As a woman, what barriers if any did you come across during your professional growth? “The skin care industry is nearly 100 percent a woman’s arena. This makes it very different from hair care, where many salonowners and hairdressers are men. I feel that women working with other women is very powerful. As women, we respond to human touch in uniquely feminine ways, from a brain-chemistry standpoint. This can form the basis for powerful social bonds, and even political sisterhood.