21 April 2024

Sydell Miller: a life of beauty and grace

Sydell L. Miller, an extraordinary woman known for her innovations, generosity, and astute business sense, has died, leaving an invaluable legacy to the beauty industry she so profoundly impacted.

Estetica joins the world of beauty in mourning Sydell Miller. Sydell co-founded Matrix Essentials with her husband, Arnold Miller and became a leading innovator and philanthropist.

America’s Beauty Show at Cosmetologists Chicago posted a tribute, saying, “With a heavy heart, we share the news of the passing of Sydell L. Miller. Sydell was a pioneer in our industry and a cherished friend and mentor to many of us. Her innovation, generosity, and leadership legacy have left an indelible mark on our community. As we reflect on her remarkable life, let us honor her memory by continuing to inspire and uplift each other. Our thoughts are with her family during this difficult time. Please join us in remembering Sydell

A life full of accomplishments

Sydell is perhaps best known for founding the now iconic line of professional haircare products Matrix Essentials Inc. with her husband Arnie in 1980. Vavoom and System Biolage soon followed. The couple were also visionary as they opened and continued to grow their business in their hometown of Cleveland.

Sydell also believed that “beauty does not stop at the hairline”. Indeed, she developed the concept of “Total Image Consulting”, recommending that hair salons offer add-on beauty services, like skin and nail care.

After Arnie’s death, Sydell continued to build the company they had founded. After selling Matrix in 1994, she became Chairman of the Board at Aquage. She also dedicated more and more time to her attention to her countless philanthropic interests.

Sydell received numerous accolades and awards during her lifetime. Indeed, she was the first non-hairdresser elected to the National Cosmetology Association’s Hall of Fame, named one of the “Top 50 Women Business Owners in America” by Working Women Magazine, and received the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation Legacy Award, creating countless scholarships for cosmetology students. She served on the boards of the American Cancer Society of Palm Beach, BBSI, the Cleveland Clinic, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach Civic Association, and Palm Beach County United Way.

Express your condolences

Sydell’s family requests no food or flowers, but suggests instead that contributions be made to the following organizations in Sydell’s memory, carrying on her legacy: Cleveland Clinic Heart (give.ccf.org/heart). Mail Contributions: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, PO Box 931517 Cleveland, OH 44193-1655 or to Park Synagogue Arnold & Sydell Miller Family Campus (https://www.parksynagogue.org/donate). Mail Contributions to Park Synagogue, 27500 Shaker Boulevard, Pepper Pike, OH 44124


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