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A Cut Above: 20 Questions With Sam Villa

Sam Villa

Author Sam Villa | Founding Partner of Sam Villa

Beauty Launchpad's Alyson Osterman-Kerr recently got some one-on-one time with Sam Villa to discuss life outside of hair.  Sam shares his biggest pet peeve, his greatest piece of advice, his secret talent and more.  Discover how Redken Education Artistic Director Sam Villa's life is a mix of beauty, golf and Led Zeppelin — and why he wouldn't have it any other way.

First thing you do when you wake up? I usually lie in bed for 15 minutes reflecting on the day before; then I think of the day ahead with a hot cup of coffee.

Last thing you do before you go to bed? Say my silent prayers.

Top song on your iPod? At the moment, I'm into Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven."

If your life were a movie, what would be its title? "Just Cut the Darn Thing!"

Secret talent? I'm a golfer.

Best thing you ever ate? Cacio e pepe.

Biggest pet peeve? Being late.

First job? Sweeping floors and shining shoes in my dad's barbershop.

Nickname? Pancho.

Favorite word? "Discovery!"

Celeb you'd most like to work with? Lady Gaga.

Worst habit? Not cleaning my glasses.

Favorite trait? My passion for teaching and sharing.

Biggest source of inspiration? My parents.

Biggest challenge? Trying to continually reinvent myself.

Most beloved possession? My tool company.

Greatest piece of advice? Given to me by my parents: "Be kind and take care of yourself."

If you weren't a hairstylist and an educator, what would you be? A sports coach.

Personal motto? "Just cut the darn thing!"

Best part about being in the beauty industry? The people I learn from every day.