The Colorist

NOV-DEC 2015

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48 The Colorist | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015 | thecoloristmag.com true s ory Her mentors? The original Sebastian team. "I think of their stage productions during the '80s as some of the most creative at that time," O'Connor says. "They were unique on all levels— innovative and very inspiring." RONA O'CONNOR Goldwell Celebrity Colorist and co-owner of Lukaro Salon in Beverly Hills, CA, Rona O'Connor reveals where she fi nds her inspiration, the motto she lives by every day and what brought her to T e Golden State. WHAT INSPIRES HER "Life, fashion and the Pantone color of the year" LISTEN UP! PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY OF RONA O'CONNOR HER BIGGEST EXTRAVAGANCE? "Shoes—a very necessary accessory because you never know what you may need to walk into next." Rona O'Connor grew up in Toronto and is proud of her Canadian heritage, but she knew early on that one day she would call California home. "The idea of being surrounded by mountains, trees, sunsets and water was my California dream at 15," O'Connor says. "I knew it was the place for me when I studied several states in geography class." O'Connor met her husband, Luke O'Connor, while attending beauty school in Los Angeles and together the pair opened Lukaro Salon in Beverly Hills in 1992. With an impressive roster of celebrity color clients and frequent TV talk show and radio appearances, O'Connor has built a strong reputation as a beauty expert. "Independency, with no fear to follow my heart, has led me to where I am today," she says. HER MOST TREASURED POSSESSION? "Family memories" HER MOTTO? "Love what you do, every day." O'Connor's advice for young colorists? "Follow your heart, and don't think that when you've reached a goal that it's your f nal goal," she says. "Life is ever-changing; color is ever-changing; trends are ever-changing; and there is always something new to explore, learn and be inspired by to create something new." THE QUALITY SHE MOST ADMIRES IN OTHERS? Honesty O'Connor began her professional beauty career working as a makeup artist at a skincare salon. It was hair color, however, that truly ignited O'Connor's passion and catapulted her reputation. "Goldwell was the f rst color company I worked with in beauty school," she says. "It had a color palette that was f t for a painter—I could create anything!" When she's not at the salon tending to the tresses of Hollywood A-listers like Debra Messing, Heidi Klum, Brooke Shields and Blake Lively, O'Connor enjoys spending time on her other passions: photography, cooking, interior design, practicing yoga and enjoying the outdoors. "Happiness for me changes every day," she says. "I'm happy sitting next to the water, being surrounded by the sunshine and the color green, but I'm equally happy when I create a beautiful hair color. It all feeds my soul." FAVORITE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE Visiting Africa WHY? "Seeing happy faces in a challenging environment is extremely humbling." ? REGRETS "I have no regrets," O'Connor says, "and I never say, 'I should have.'"

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