Q&A: Jay Michael Salon & Spa Owner Jay Michael

He’s an optimist, loves ice cream, and looks up to Vidal Sassoon and Frédéric Fekkai. Find out what else makes this successful Main Line business owner tick.

Jay Michael, 59, Bala Cynwyd
Owner, Jay Michael Salon & Spa

» Profession: I cut hair, which can be kind of unusual for owners who have multiple locations. But I’d never get away from the chair. I have a passion, and I can’t pull myself away from it. 

» Coolest thing about his job: The people. 

» Last thing he read: Keith Richards’ Life. You get a different impression about what he’s really like. He’s actually kind of a normal guy. 

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» Last thing he ate that he loved: Food is not a real major passion in my life, but I love junk. Ice cream is probably at the top of the list, and I love Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey.  

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» Role models: Vidal Sassoon or Frédéric Fekkai. They were pioneers in my business and created brands, which is a really difficult thing to do. 

» Perfect vacation: I’m not the lay-on-the-beach guy, so Paris or London. 

» What he likes most about himself: My optimism in life and in business. I’m blessed with a kind of personality where it’s hard to get me down. 

» Pet peeve: Negative people.

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» Country or rock? Rock. I love the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and Coldplay. 

» Ketchup or mustard? Ketchup … on everything.

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