Debra Penzone - Hair and Now


Once a month, C Magazine sits down with prominent Columbus figures to understand their vibe at 5:01. This month, we pulled aside Debra Penzone, President of Charles Penzone Family of Salons, to have her take a little off the top.

In what section of the bookstore can you always be found? I would be in the personal improvement or “self-help” section.

What is the craziest thing you have ever done with your hair? While a model for a school called Hair Force, the stylist got halfway through a haircut and realized that the back of my hair grew straight up. He had to get his clippers out and shave the back of my head.

What is the most important thing we need to teach our children?
It’s really important to motivate kids to get involved with the non-profit world. Giving back and volunteering are both so important. I don’t just write a check for these things; I go down there and really help out. It changes you and makes you feel better immediately when you care for other people.

What do you know now that you wish someone had told you during your school days? True beauty really does come from within. I went through a time when I didn’t see that and I thought it was all about the outside.

How many cups of coffee do you go through a day? I usually have two cups in the morning and then green tea the rest of the day. I love the warmth from a hot drink.

If you could wear one designer exclusively for the rest of your life, who would it be? Nannette Lepore. Sak’s has it. Her suits fit me right off the rack.

What one non-religious figure has had the biggest impact on the world? Picasso. I love Picasso. He completely changed the way everyone perceived art at the time.

What board game brings out your most competitive side?
Foosball. We would always play foosball when we were growing up with my brothers.
What is the role of the artist in society? To identify the beauty in something and to bring that out for others to see. I have to bring that out of someone, to bring their beauty to life.

What are you afraid of?
I’m afraid of running out of time. Time is getting on, and I really want to make a difference in the lives of the people around me.