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Mary Zatarain Interview Transcripts

June 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine

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Check out the Face to Face column with Zatarain in the June 2008 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

I got started in this industry by accident. I had graduated from college in foreign languages and had worked at the UN. It wasn’t making me happy and went home to New Orleans and started to work on my master’s and at a daytime job I ran into Edwin Neill and he ended up being my husband. As time went by, one of his sales people hairdressers wasn’t going to do a talk on skin care and they suggested I do it, and I studied up and went to a hairdresser meeting and did the presentation and was sweating. I saw how much interest there was, and how much there wasn’t available to learn here.

They said, “Why don’t you go check out other things?” Went to NY and looked at some companies. Did the same in Canada. Came back and got more involved with Christine Valmy and went through her school of training. Neill Corp. started putting skin care in hair salons (1973) and that wasn’t happening. I went off to Europe and studied some courses there and got to use my languages there. We started putting Christine Valmy skin care units in beauty salons. We handpicked 20 salons in Louisiana and Mississippi with up and coming clientele that would be interested. I got to train people. And it kind of fell into my lap that I would do training. We started training people on a regular basis. Again, an accident, I’m in a salon that we had installed and the manager said that she didn’t want to handle it and she suggested I take it over. The Right Face, 1976. 24 hours later, I was the owner of a skin care spa in Baton Rouge. I was doing that and still training people.

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