A few of the things I like best about the US are entrepreneurship, dynamism, and people’s openness and willingness to share their stories. Jennifer Worley, Co-Founder/Owner & Chief Operating Officer of The Face Haus, embodies all three. I cold emailed her a long introduction email listing the many things I admired about her concept and story, and asked if we might meet for coffee in sunny LA. And we did, sharing stories about the beauty industry, new trends in the business, the joys and frustrations of owning our own businesses. I learned more about The Face Haus, the brainchild she had with two girlfriends, a concept she describes as “the Dry Bar of facials.” Focused on results-oriented, no frills, 45 minute treatments, her locations attract teenagers, men, and the traditional spa guest. With two locations and many more on the way, a family to take care of (along with a plethora of pets as you will see below), Jennifer still found time to share her story.
AP: What city were you born in? JW: I was born in sunny Long Beach, California.
AP: What city to do you live in? JW: I live in Pasadena CA with my husband, four kids, two dogs, rabbit (my least favorite housemate) and fish.
AP: What is your middle name? JW: Lisa, which strangely always reminds me of a porn star name from the 80’s.
AP: What is your astrological sign? JW: I’m a Cancer: motherly, creative and always in need of a comfy home base.
AP: What is something about you most people don’t know? JW: I worked as deckhand on an Alaskan fishing boat. True story.
AP: What is your most prized possession? JW: My sense of joy.
AP: If you could have dinner with the person of your choice, who would it be? JW: My great great grandmother Lucy Fox.
AP: Do you wear a watch? If yes, what model? JW: Nope. Viva la iPhone.
AP: Diamonds or pearls? JW: Rose gold.
AP: What is your #1 beauty secret? JW: Exfoliate and hydrate even if you’re low maintenance like me. And ALWAYS wear sunscreen.
AP: What fragrance do you wear? JW: Two favorites: Byredo bal d’afrique and Le Labo Rose 31.
AP: Botox or not? JW: Whatever makes people feel good about themselves. Definitely a little freaked out about the whole Botulism idea though.
AP: Hair color: natural or not? JW: Both rock!
AP: What are your special diet tips, if any? JW: Eat fresh whole foods.
AP: What are three things that you always have in your fridge? JW: Sparkling water, Lemon and Salam Oelek (if you don’t know what this is – GET IT!).
AP: What is your cocktail of choice? JW: My Face Haus partners and I have a tradition of drinking Jalapeño Margaritas with fresh lime juice for good luck.
AP: What book are you reading right now? JW: The Rosie Project and Boys on the Boat.
AP: Quote to live by. JW: “You do You.” My family chooses a motto each year and “You do You” won for 2015.
AP: What time do you usually wake up in the morning, and how many hours of sleep do you usually get? JW: It depends, and not enough!
AP: What is your favorite thing about the beauty industry? JW: People glowing with self-confidence.
AP: Least favorite thing. JW: Unreliability.
AP: Who is your mentor? JW: Anyone who inspires me to challenge myself.
AP: Words of advice for young women starting their careers today. JW: As my 15 year old would say “Haters gonna hate.” Surround yourself with inspiring supportive people, work hard, and get back up when you fail. And don’t forget to pause and enjoy what’s around you.