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Meet Janice LaTorre of Janice LaTorre Professional Hair Care in Andover

Today we’d like to introduce you to Janice LaTorre.

Janice, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started off at an Aveda salon and committed myself there for 12 years. During these years, I learned about culture, team work, and the importance of expanding my knowledge with advanced education offered through Aveda. In addition, I am certified by L’Oreal Professional, Aquage, Di Biase Extensions, Keratin Complex, Coppola Keratin Concept and Brazilian Blowout. In 2010, I branched out to NYC and started working part- time as a hairstylist in the Meatpacking District. Since then I have been maintaining a rotating schedule between both locations. In 2011, I left the salon I was dedicated to for many years in Andover, MA to begin my journey as a freelancer. Until 2013, I found the perfect location in Downtown Andover located at 24 Chestnut Street.

It was a long tough ride but I am proud of the hard work and dedication I put in to get to this point. I am humbled and honored to have received the “Best of North Shore” by North Shore Magazine consecutively from 2011 – 2017. I am a member of the Professional Beauty Association and I am proud to say my work has been published in magazines such as Hello Mr., Creem Magazine, and Carbon Copy to name a few. I have been a Rene Furterer backstage hairstylist during NYFW since 2013. Working backstage for Perry Ellis, David Tlale, Public School, J. Mendel to name a few.

Being so involved with the industry has giving me the opportunity to work with many agency models from all over the world. Outside of the Fashion world, I also have worked with various artists on music videos, independent films, as well as worked on location for Girl In A Coma, Eve to Adam, and Alex Sandar to mention a few.

Has it been a smooth road?
I think the toughest obstacle is finding the right location, environment and clientele. Once I had achieved this it became a bit easier. Clients were my number one advocates and if it wasn’t for their support I wouldn’t be anything.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Janice LaTorre Professional Hair Care is an established business in desirable downtown Andover and is by appointment only. I specialize in Men’s, Women’s, Children’s Haircuts, Color, Balayage Higlights, Keratin Treatments, Blowouts. I have a very loyal clientele for many years. The type of product that I use and carry are high end, natural, quality and not your typical products found in most salons. I stand behind my work and product choice 100%.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I feel like Andover is a great place for my salon business. The challenge is trying to grow the business. This salon could be a perfect place to start out especially as an assistant.

However, through the years the quality of upcoming stylist has changed and the commitment doesn’t seem to be there. In the beauty industry, you have to continuously work hard perfecting your skills and focus on building a base until you have a few key clients to get you moving and grooving.

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