Today we’d like to introduce you to Darrel DeWitt.
Darrel, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I’ve always had friends in all different age groups, which is an important thing to me. By my late teens, I already had several older friends in the industry and started working at Paul Garcia’s a salon. I felt like I had found my passion and my people and started cosmology school soon after. My first year in the industry, I got the opportunity to do a fashion show for Fashion Disaster. That was the beginning of my love for fashion shows and editorial.
Paul decided to open a salon in Aspen and asked if I would be willing to help him open it. I jumped and the chance and said yes without really thinking it through. Aspen is not the easiest place to move to if you are a working person. Because I moved up there to work and not play, within a short period of time, I was able to become a “big fish in a small pond. I was given the opportunity to be the lead for Aspen Freestyle, which is the big fundraiser for the Aspen Art Museum and sponsored by Fendi. That leads to doing shows and editorials for Chanel, Christian Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Hyde Park, Denis Basso, Marchesa, and of course Fendi. I feel fortunate to have been given the opportunity to do many celebrities but my favorite are my working guests. When someone saves money to come see you, it feels much more rewarding.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Because I started in my industry at a young age, I didn’t realize how fortunate I was until I was watching my friends graduate from college and realized they didn’t really know what they wanted to do. It was very organic for me. It costs a lot of time money and continual education to be successful but work and my career have always been my priority.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I love to do color and cutting. Years ago, I was talked into specializing in one or the other. While it gave me the chance to make more money I really missed doing both! I’m known for being an outside-the-box hairdresser. I prefer not to follow trends and try to encourage my guests to be forward-thinking and try new things. I’m probably the most proud of the editorial and runway work I’ve done.
Can you share something surprising about yourself?
People that know me, because I’m an open book wouldn’t be surprised by much. I’m an upbeat positive type person so people might be surprised that my taste in music, art and fashion tends to lean dark.
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