This past weekend, Redken’s Global Artistic Ambassador Sam Villa took home the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award at The North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA). Sam strongly believes that behind every good leader there is a good team, because good leaders bring out the best in others. Sam has charted his entire career with this mentality, and motivates himself every day with the passion to teach others to be the best they can be.
Early on in his career, Sam’s father introduced him to his first hair show and taught him that helping others succeed and working hard with passion is the key to becoming successful… and he was right. So, in addition to being a Global Artistic Ambassador for Redken 5th Avenue, Villa started his own company to deliver even more digital and live education to the industry. He also designs ergonomically correct state-of-the-art tools that deliver maximum results with minimum effort, as well as, help reduce repetitive stress injuries for stylists.
In his acceptance speech, Villa credited the industry for his success – “I am not a genius, rock star or visionary… I’m just a messenger… a hairdresser motivated by the passion to teach other hairdressers,” he says. Sam also credited Redken during media interviews, a brand he has been involved with since 1996, as a pillar of his success, citing, “I am who I am because of Redken.”
Villa believes people buy people, and then they buy things, and is leading an industry-wide movement called #ArtistsSupportingArtists to promote the people in the industry to be the best they can be. It’s a movement and commitment to being positive on social media to build trust, confidence and success. To focus on smaller hands on classes to ensure quality learning. To spread awareness and promote membership of the Professional Beauty Association to uphold strong quality standards for the industry. To think, say and do things differently to add value behind the chair. Regardless of ego or brand affiliation, Villa believes the people of this industry can unify to elevate its standards and improve the state of professional beauty.
Many talented people have challenged and inspired Villa to be the best he can be – far too many teachers and mentors to list. They are the ones that hit the road every day with the promise to make others better. The individuals that know that leadership is based on inspiration not domination, on cooperation not intimidation. “And the most important thing teachers should remember is that we must never cease to learn,” says Villa.
Our most heartfelt congratulations from all of us at Redken to you, Sam. REDKEN LOVES YOU!
For a phone interview with Sam, or more information, please reach out to [email protected].