BeautyView: Jessica Hammel, President, American Male

I met Jessica through The Professional Beauty Association (PBA), 5 or 6 years ago. Really, I met her thanks to my husband. He thought we would like each other – she is gorgeous, works in the beauty industry, is involved in a family business, and is super fun. What is there not to like? We stayed in touch through the years, and today we are finally working together: my Alchimie Forever products for men are in her American Male men’s grooming centers. Relationships are all about persistence and timing… and the timing seemed particularly appropriate for this interview, as the PBA is hosting its Distributor Executive Conference today and tomorrow, in Joliet, IL, where I am writing from, and where her brother Josh will present.

AP: What city were you born in? JH: Reading, PA.

AP: What city to do you live in? JH: Gladwyne, a suburb of Philadelphia.

AP: What is your middle name? JH: It was Lyn but now it is Hafetz my maiden name.

AP: What is your astrological sign? JH: Leo.

AP: What is something about you most people don’t know? JH: I am a die-hard Howard Stern fan.

AP: What is your most prized possession? JH: My family.

AP: If you could have dinner with the person of your choice, who would it be? JH: All my best girl friends, most who live across the country from me and I miss terribly.

AP: Describe your fashion style in three words maximum. JH: Eclectic.

AP: Do you wear a watch? If yes, what model? JH: All the time but I rarely look at it… it is a Breitling.

AP: Diamonds or pearls? JH: Diamonds!

AP: What is your #1 beauty secret? JH: Alchimie Forever’s Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask.

AP: What fragrance do you wear? JH: Hermes l’Orange Verte.

AP: Botox or not? JH: I think it is not for me.

AP: Hair color: natural or not? JH: Absolutely a lot of haircolor.

AP: What are your special diet tips, if any? JH: I try and drink hot tea in the evening instead of snacking. Sometimes it works…sometimes it doesn’t.

AP: What do you do for exercise? JH: Chase my kids.

AP: What are three things that you always have in your fridge? JH: Milk, Seltzer (actually my seltzer maker is probably my most prized possession next to my family) Coffeemate. I know it is kind of gross but I love it.

AP: What is your cocktail of choice? JH: Anything with cucumber.

AP: What is your secret to work/life balance? JH: I have only been working part time since I had my now 4 year old twins. I think it does give me good balance although I feel that work does suffer sometimes. I work with my family, so I am fortunate that they are very understanding.

AP: How many miles do you fly per year on average? JH: Very little since I had my kids.

AP: What are your three top tips for travel? JH: I always wear socks and a sweater and try to be nice to all the airline personnel.

AP: 3 songs on your ipod right now. JH: Most of my listening is either Howard Stern or 80’s alternative music which is kind of embarrassing to admit.

AP: What book are you reading right now? JH: Small Giants by Bo Burlingham.

AP: Quote to live by. JH: “90% of the things we worry about never happen.” My dad.

AP: What is your worst pet peeve? JH: People who lie about plastic surgery.

AP: What time do you usually wake up in the morning, and how many hours of sleep do you usually get? JH: I wake up around 6:30 and usually manage to get about 8 hours of sleep.

AP: What is your favorite thing about the beauty industry? JH: The opportunity we have to change the way a person feels about themselves.

AP: Least favorite thing. JH: I am often frustrated when I hear a salon professional say “I am just a stylist”; being a stylist is a great accomplishment, there are not many other professions in which someone has the opportunity to touch another person the way we do.

AP: Who is your mentor? JH: Jill Kohler, Penrose Academy.

AP: Words of advice for young women starting their careers today. JH: Don’t post crazy things on Facebook, Instagram, or other social media outlets. Your future employer looks at that when they are making hiring decisions.

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