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Profession

Category:
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Personal Care Entrepreneur
Hairstylist
Salon Owner

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Sardines, Crackers
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Colorado
Favorite Quote:
Treat them for what they are and you make them worse, treat them for what they can become and you make them better.

Birthplace

Born:
2/15/1941
Birth Location:
Spartanburg, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Personal Care Entrepreneur
Hairstylist
Salon Owner

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Sardines, Crackers
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Colorado
Favorite Quote:
Treat them for what they are and you make them worse, treat them for what they can become and you make them better.

Birthplace

Born:
2/15/1941
Birth Location:
Spartanburg
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Biography

Hairstylist and salon owner John Atchison was born in 1941 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. As an adolescent Atchison moved to New York City and finished high school there. Atchison grew up in close contact with his extended family and was initially motivated to be a hairstylist by watching one of his aunts do hair at her own beauty shop.

After finishing cosmetology school, Atchison worked at several salons before landing an assistant stylist position at the fashionable Vidal Sassoon salon. Rising swiftly through the ranks, he was soon appointed manager and artistic director for the Vidal Sassoon salons in New York City. In 1976, Atchison branched out on his own with a salon in New York where his methods and techniques have been at the forefront of style. As a salon owner Atchison is a strong advocate for professionalism and has implemented apprenticeship and continuing education programs. Subsequently, Atchison went on to found a training center for hair care professionals as well as a line of products for African American hair. Through his organization, he has trained thousands of hairstylists in the United States and the Caribbean.

The John Atchison Salon now has two locations, New York and Los Angeles, and after 25 years as an owner Atchison is regarded as one of the premier educators in the industry. Atchison is a motivational speaker and lecturer, and has been awarded numerous honors including a citation from Modern Salon in 1999 honoring him as one of the 75 educators of the century. He is also a consultant to the New York City Board of Education's cosmetology program.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of John Atchison's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - John Atchison lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - John Atchison talks about his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - John Atchison talks about building relationships with his family members
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - John Atchison talks about researching his maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - John Atchison talks about his father's cab company, and the limousine business run by his uncle
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - John Atchison talks about his childhood love of cowboys
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - John Atchison recalls memories of growing up in Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - John Atchison describes his childhood hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - John Atchison considers what might have inspired him to own his own buisness
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - John Atchison lists the schools he attended in South Carolina, and describes a prophesy he received at church as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - John Atchison talks about moving to live in New York City as a teenager
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - John Atchison talks about attending school in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - John Atchison talks about working in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - John Atchison describes what motivated him to attend cosmetology school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - John Atchison describes the triumphs and challenges of attending cosmetology school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - John Atchison describes the cosmetology field, hair trends during his early career, and his first two jobs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - John Atchison talks about getting hired as an assistant at Vidal Sassoon Salon
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - John Atchison talks about resigning from Vidal Sassoon Salon, and his vision for African American haircare and styling
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - John Atchison describes how he was hired to work at Vidal Sassoon Salon in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - John Atchison talks about the challenges he faced as a trainee and manager at Vidal Sassoon Salon in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - John Atchison talks about opening his first hair salon, John Atchison Salon
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - John Atchison talks about how he built his clientele
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - John Atchison describes how his haircutting techniques contributed to his national recognition as a hairstylist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - John Atchison comments on clients that have aided his development as a hairstylist, including Camille Cosby and Minnie Riperton
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - John Atchison reflects upon his talent and haircutting techniques
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - John Atchison considers what makes a great head of hair
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - John Atchison talks about what he learned as a manager at Vidal Sassoon Salon, and how he applies those skills to the John Atchison Salon
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - John Atchison briefly reflects upon the maturation of his relationship philosophy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - John Atchison describes the experiences that led him to become an educator, and eventually create a training program for stylists
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - John Atchison talks about forming the Cultural Events Committee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - John Atchison talks about the development of the John Atchison Training Center
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - John Atchison talks about what inspired his hair care line
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - John Atchison reveals his plans for the future pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - John Atchison reveals his plans for the future pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - John Atchison reflects upon the state of African Americans in the hair care industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - John Atchison talks about his initial decision to focus on hair products over salon expansion
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - John Atchison talks about the significance of African American entrepreneurship in the hair industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - John Atchison makes an analogy of playing cowboys and Indians as a child
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - John Atchison reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - John Atchison narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - John Atchison describes photographs, pt. 2