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July 22 2014

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Beauty Sound Bites: Child’s Play

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laurent philippon

“I remember one of the first times I used a curling iron—it was on my friend and neighbor. The [barrel] got tangled in her hair and I had to unplug it very fast. I [eventually] had to chop a piece off to remove it.”

Lucky for the rest of us, a bump in the road at the tender age of 12 didn’t prevent Philippon from pursuing his passion for the craft. Perfecting his skills on the naive girls in his neighborhood in the small town of Oyonnax, France, would eventually blossom into a successful backstage and editorial career. It would also score him a gig with Bumble and Bumble—helping to develop some of the brand’s best sellers like Sumowax and tinted Hair Powders. When asked how his friend responded post-curling iron snafu, he said, “I think she was 8 or 9, so it was fun for her.” Somehow, I don’t think most models would be as understanding.

Above, a photo of Philippon (far right) from his childhood. To read the rest of his backstory, check out this month’s Beautiful Lives.

Photo: Courtesy of Laurent Philippon

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