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


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. 

» 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.

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

» Ketchup or mustard? Ketchup … on everything.

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