Career Code: Lorri Goddard on Life as Hollywood's Go-To Colorist

In honor of Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power’s upcoming book, The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career ($17), we’re kicking off an interview series featuring 17 questions (in honor of the book’s 17 chapters) about the work lives of the most inspirational female leaders in the beauty industry.

Hairstylist Lorri Goddard knows a thing or two about spinning things into gold, literally—whenever you see a perfectly highlighted, flaxen mane on the red carpet, it's safe to assume that Goddard is the colorist behind it. Chloë Grace Moretz; Rosie Huntington-Whiteley; Kirsten Dunst; Mary-Kate, Ashley, and Elizabeth Olsen; and Reese Witherspoon are just a small sampling of the big names who rely on Goddard's expertise. (That time Kim Kardashian went platinum? Yep—that was Goddard.)

You'd think such an esteemed clientele would keep the stylist busy enough, but Goddard took her career a huge step further last year, partnering up with fellow stylist Christopher Bragg to open up the Goddard + Bragg salon in West Hollywood. Needless to say, it was already an It destination before even opening—and that reputation has only amplified in the months since. (A glance at Goddard + Bragg's star-studded Instagram feed should confirm that notion pretty quickly.)

Still, Hollywood's beauty industry is hardly a breeze—it's more of a hurricane, actually, perpetually moving at breakneck pace. So how does Goddard maintain a cool head and a thriving business? Keep reading to find out.

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