2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year, Marc Anthony has long been the go-to stylist for women around the world. Whether you’re a celebrity lighting up the red carpet, or an everyday woman just
wanting to look your best, you can count on this hair guru to deliver salon quality results that are easy on the wallet.
What started as a single salon has grown into an empire; what was the journey like for you?
Honestly, I think now, looking back if you would have told me I would be here today I would have thought … cool. With absolutely no idea what it would take to arrive ‘here.’ It’s best that I didn’t see the entire process; having it unveiled piece by piece not only made it all very exciting, it also made it much less daunting. From winning the World Champion Hairstylist at 19 to a brand with over 45,000 stores is a journey that still has me full of gratitude. So far, it’s been brilliant.
I understand your business is very much a family affair. What’s it like working with loved ones?
My grandfather was a hairdresser as were my parents. My sister and I began working there as our first job, so in a way all I know is working with family. That said however we are now a worldwide organization with many employees. So in truth, the family is much bigger now and when I have spontaneous barbeque or pizza lunches at work, we can’t all fit around the table … it’s still as much fun.
Last year you celebrated 20 years in Canada, what’s the secret behind your success?
The most important reason for our success is I believe in every product we create and they deliver amazing results. When I stand in front a celebrity, a client, a beauty editor or even buyer, I need to feel confident that the product will surpass their expectation. The confidence in our True Professional salon quality collections, along with my mission to ensure they are affordable and available at a convenience is one of the major reasons for our international success.
The beauty and hair care industry are hugely competitive; what makes your products stand apart?
I think the biggest reason we stand apart is that we never started off building a bestselling line of haircare. We began with making products for use in our salon and something that the customer could take with them to keep their hair looking salon fresh every day. Even though our distribution has grown substantially, we still keep the same philosophy in place. Create salon quality products and tested by our team of international stylists before we launch them into the world.
As we head into the hot, humid days of summer, what advice can you give us to combat the frizz?
The secret to frizz free in the summer is layering products. In the shower use our Hydrating Coconut Oil and Shea Butter Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner. A pro tip is to comb out your hair with the conditioner in it while in the shower to avoid over combing/brushing when done. Also, if you use a dryer keep the setting on medium. Too much heat adds frizz as well as real
damage. And remember the less you fuss the less you frizz.
You were born and raised in Canada, so your story truly is one of national pride. What advice would you give emerging Canadian entrepreneurs?
I would have to say passion is the most important thing to have. Self-motivation as well — there will be people that don’t believe in what you do so don’t let them bring you down. More than anything this is your dream and no one can take that away from you unless you let them. Perseverance also matters when you are an entrepreneur. What you dream today will not arrive tomorrow without hard work and determination.
To find out more about Marc Anthony and his line of professional quality hair care products, visit www.marcanthony.com