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Artist Bios

Actiiv Hair Science

Jamie’s teaching style blends expert education, hair loss science and all aspects of the ACTiiV brand. He travels the U.S. educating and inspiring salons and stylists on how to retail, promote and teach new innovations in the thinning hair market. With an extensive background in retail and operations, he guides salon owners and stylists to better serve their clients and salons. His classes simplify the innovative science behind the ACTiiV brand.

Actiiv Hair Science

As founder and creator of ACTiiV Hair Science, Jared hosts in-depth education courses that identify the root causes of hair loss and how revolutionary ACTiiV products help to restore hair.


Tone is a well-respected master barber who brings a wealth of clipper-cutting experience to the Andis® team. He has many celebrity clients and is the owner of the Ultimate Barber Lounge in Charlotte, NC.


Katie has been an Ardell® educator for over seven years. She has an eat-breathe-sleep passion for the beauty industry and a special love for the art of lash application. Katie believes there is ”lash frenzy” going on in the beauty industry, and she travels nationally spreading the Ardell message to professionals. Her classes inspire beauty professionals to be their best.


Come join the BaByliss® PRO Creative Team and "wrap your brain around" advanced clipper cutting to learn how to cut long hair and embrace disconnection within a haircut. You will be amazed by the latest techniques using some of the highest-performing tools in the industry from BaByliss® PRO, including: the Volare Clipper, the amazing J1, and Nano Titanium™ tools. Master the art of hair tattooing and learn from one of the hottest teams on the show circuit.

Barberology™ by BaBylissPRO®

Training for Cirepil since 2007, Stephanie has been active in the beauty industry for 19 years and currently owns a successful salon. She is an enthusiastic professional who inspires and motivates other professionals to be the best waxers they can be!

CosmoProf® Artistic Team | Cate “Miss Ruby” Torrealba

Meet Miss Ruby, an experienced hair stylist and makeup artist based in Los Angeles, California. Ruby began her journey in the world of beauty more than 13 years ago by studying and graduating from the original Aveda Institute in Minneapolis, MN and is now a member of CosmoProf’s newest team of influencers, the #CosmoPros. She specializes in styling for photo shoots, weddings, special events and red carpet glam.

CosmoProf® Artistic Team | Keon Washington | @keonthebarber

Keon the Barber is an upscale barber focused on the preservation and progression of the craft. He specializes in fading and designs and is known for his 1, 2, 3 fade technique.

CosmoProf® Artistic Team | Olivia Smalley | @omgartistry

Olivia "Miss OMG" Smalley is an in-demand celebrity hair and makeup artist out of Florida. Named one of Modern Salon's Top 100 Influencers, Olivia is a social media maven and blonde specialist.


Michael Harris is an award-winning hairstylist who specializes in runway and editorial hairstyling.  His works have been featured on many fashion week catwalks, including New York and Los Angeles, as well as published in several international publications.  Currently Michael styles and resides in the Los Angeles area.

Daryna Barykina

Daryna Barykina is a professional beauty photographer with over 10 years experience, who specializes in stylized vivid imagery focused on hair and makeup.Daryna’s work can be seen in major professional beauty magazines worldwide: Estetica (Italia), American Salon (USA), Salon Today (USA), Modern Salon (USA), Behind the Chair.com on paper (USA), Salon Opinion (Australia), Creative Head (UK), Hair’s How (Russia), Salon News Asia (Taiwan). She worked with such world renown brands as Matrix, Truss, Pravana, Framar, Cosmoprof, Nails Inc, Incredible Cosmetics, Mehron Cosmetics to name a few. Daryna is also known for capturing numerous winning entries of some of the major hairdressing competitions on the national and international level.  

Empowering You® | Amy Carter

As the owner of one of Indiana’s top salons and Co-Owner/Co-Founder of Empowering You Consulting, Amy knows what it takes to reinvent a business and train a leadership team to invest in long-term success. She has turned her knowledge into a passion for coaching salons and spas across the nation. Amy also loves to help salons and spas uncover goals and discover the “next steps” to success.


Marco is an accomplished professional who has owned and managed salons. He is a third-generation hairstylist who instinctively understands hair texture and movement, allowing him to push boundaries and limits with his free-form styles and texture-focused cuts. Marco continues to hone his craft "behind the chair” and has also styled hair for movie sets, editorial photo shoots and national advertising campaigns.


Glen is extremely proud to be a part of the Esquire Grooming Team. He believes that a great hairstyle can have a positive impact on anyone’s life and continues to excel so that he can provide the best education to other professionals. Glen is the owner of Prestige Hair Design in Leawood, KS. He received his cosmetology instructor license from Mitsu Sato Hairstyling Academy and has been a licensed cosmetologist since 2008.


Farouk Systems Artist Anna Cantu is out defying the ordinary. She pushes boundaries every time she touches hair. As a member of the Farouk Systems Global Artistic Board, Anna’s vision is to be the best, to create the best and to make her mark in the industry. On stage, Anna is a high-energy innovator. She uses the stage to bring a new and fresh take to everyone she teaches. Besides rocking the stage, Anna represented Farouk Systems in the Miss Universe and Miss Teen USA pageants. She has also appeared on different news/TV outlets and award shows. Anna earned the 2008 ‘Top Educator of the Year’ Award.


International Educator and Platform Artist for Farouk Systems, Bradley was introduced to the beauty profession at a very young age by his grandmother who owned a salon. Deeply inspired, Bradley perfected his talents at the Sassoon Academy before opening BOHO Salon in North Carolina. His passion for teaching inspired him to learn social media marketing to grow his salon and platform artist business.


With more than 25 years of experience, Rocky is a trailblazer for innovation in the professional beauty industry. As a Farouk Systems Global Board Artist, he is known for creating haute-couture hair on stage that can be easily translated into edgy, off-the-runway looks. He also produces progressive haircuts for trend collections and editorial pieces as an international educator. Some of his accolades include being awarded twice as 'Canadian Hairstylist of the Year' and styling for numerous high-profile events. Rocky has styled at Toronto Fashion Week and the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. He recently made a guest appearance on The Celebrity Apprentice as a CHI® Creative Artist.

Geno Stampora

Geno is a champion educator and industry expert, delivering exciting, humorous seminars that work. He is a NAHA Hall of Leaders Inductee who helps beauty pros achieve their full potential.

GIBS Grooming

Danny, aka “Success Addict,” is an extraordinary master barber, motivational speaker and consultant. He is a platform artist and educator who also owns three successful barbershops named Klippers Barbershop.


Jane Witmer is a full-time licensed Esthetician, Nail Technician and Freelance Makeup Artist. In addition to her full-time positions, she travels the East Coast of the U.S. and in Canada as an Educator for American International Industries. She instructs classes on wax, eyelash, and nail product lines. In the beauty industry for over 12 years, Jane passionately focuses on product knowledge, procedural quality, education, sanitation, and individual customer service to guarantee customer safety and satisfaction.


Mark has spent the better part of the last three decades devoted to the art of haircolor. Working closely with Beth Minardi, first as her protégé and then as her Color Director, he established himself as one of New York’s most sought after colorists. Mark’s major career turning point was when he assisted Beth Minardi in turning Rene Russo’s blonde locks to brilliant auburn for “The Thomas Crown Affair”. Since then, Mark has created one-of-a-kind looks for stars such as Rachel McAdams (“The Notebook”), Evan Rachel Wood (“Across the Universe”), Sean Penn (“The Interpreter”), Lily Rabe (“No Reservations”) and Bill Pullman (“Too Big to Fail”) to name a few. He has also been featured on TLC’s “A Makeover Story” and was recognized by Elle magazine for his “memorable brunettes.”


Ricardo is a stylist based out of Orlando, FL. He is a self-described jack-of-all-trades who shares stunning social media posts. Rick’s skills range from sun-kissed balayage to vibrants and pastels, earning him a spot on the Modern Salon 100.  

Kenra Professional®

Nina began her career 16 years ago in New Orleans, Louisiana as a Colorist. It was during this time that she recognized the need for stronger education of hair fundamentals in the hair industry. She has spent the last ten years in education, where she prides herself on being able to relate to any level of stylist. Nina has a strong passion for haircolor and hair texture. Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her skills in education, haircolor, hair styling, and makeup.  Being able to work with stylists nationwide is truly an inspiration to her.

Matt Beck

Matt is a business powerhouse. As the CEO/Founder of freesaloneducation.com and the Co-Founder of Salon Gratitude in New Hope, PA, he has spent over a decade educating beauty pros to success.

MVRCK™ by Mitch,Paul Mitchell®

Corey became a Paul Mitchell® educator in 2011 and has a passion for sharing his knowledge. He has employed and mentored over 700 barbers and cosmetologists and expanded his skills into all aspects of hairstyling. After working in various shops in New York and Boston, Corey attended school for barber styling, opening his first salon five years later. In 1990, Corey began cutting hair in a Brooklyn barbershop, where he swiftly developed a love for the hair industry.

My Amazing Hair Secrets®

Jason is the Global Education Director for My Amazing® and Hempz®. He is regarded as both cutting edge and an integral part of the hair profession. With 25 years of experience as a hair artist and master barber, his unique and innovative work has been on TV, film and in print. He has worked with top education companies, commanded high-profile shows and developed trend collections.

Nik Trowbridge | @niktrowbridge

Nik is a business mentor, educator, salon owner, salon systems designer, stylist, photographer, and mom. Her strong business understanding creates a roadmap to salon profitability. She inspires thoughtful leaders to grow businesses through their teams.

Nioxin® & Sebastian®

Joshua works as a stylist and educator at Mi Salon in Kentucky where he teaches classes on the latest trends. He specializes in cutting and prides himself to never stop learning. Starting his career as a barber in the U.S. Navy, he then attended Michael’s College of Hair Design. Joshua continued his advanced training with Vidal Sassoon, Redken 5th Ave., L.A. Colorist Convention, and the Wella® Studios in Milan, Italy.

Nioxin® & Sebastian®

As a current Nioxin® Design Team Member, Sofia co-owns Sofia’s Hair Design in Houston, Texas and travels to spread the “world” of Nioxin. She carries a classic yet modern approach to hair. Sofia has traveled abroad to Europe, Puerto Rico, and all across the U.S. to share her expertise in the thinning category. Her Wella® commencement in February of 2011 paved the way for her to craft hair at many national shows such as ISSE Midwest, ISSE Long Beach and Premiere Orlando. While studying to be a psychologist, she began to understand how she could merge her two passions through hair–by helping people look their absolute best and counseling them “behind the chair.”


In his over 40 years as a hairdresser, Joe has helped thousands of stylists and many professional manufacturers. He worked with one major manufacturer for over 30 years while owning six salons, a beauty supply and a training center. Joe co-authored “Passionate Salon Professionals” with Dr. Lew Losoncy. He was also a contributing writer to “On Becoming A Psy-Cosmetologist”, Dr. Lew’s bestseller. His greatest technical discovery is the use of bond-multiplying chemistry with lighteners and color services. Among Joe’s many clients are Olaplex® and Obliphica Professional®.

Paul Mitchell®

Lucas works behind the chair at the prestigious A Robert Cromeans Salon in San Diego, CA. As an International Trainer, he specializes in hairdressing while sharing his infectiously inspirational style and passion for the craft. 

Paul Mitchell®

Paula is a Los Angeles-based celebrity stylist, Paul Mitchell® National Educator, International Trainer and Focus Salon Hairdresser. She travels the world sharing the successes and possibilities available in the beauty industry. Her passion for education and love of people allows her to connect, whether one-on-one, behind-the-chair or on stage. Paula also has a passion for color and long hair styling.

Product Club®

With over 20 years of experience, Melissa is an American Board Certified Hair Colorist and Educator for Product Club® where she facilitates classes in color and cutting. She is a featured artist on two different educational highlighting DVDs from Product Club. Her diverse salon experience includes training all levels of stylists and being an Artistic Director, Color Director and Education Manager. Melissa’s work and makeover magic has been seen on ABC news and FOX TV’s “Starting Over.” She has worked backstage and at New York Fashion Week styling hair for clothing designers such as Diane Von Furstenburg, Thuy and others.


As a world-renowned leader in the salon industry, Rusk® is passionately dedicated to the art of hairdressing and represents unparalleled creative artistry and individuality in the professional haircare world. With a synergistic approach to cut, color and style and a complete range of high-performance products and tools, Rusk® empowers professional stylists and their clients to achieve extraordinary results.  

Sexy Hair®

Amanda is a salon owner with over 10 years in the industry. Her work has been on runways, on TV and in magazines. She is a versatile stylist with expertise in razor and scissor cutting and detailed, creative upstyles. Amanda believes in “paying it forward” and has broadened her skillset with courses in makeup application, esthetics, manicures and pedicures.


Sarai, a 12-year industry veteran, is a master colorist, balayage specialist, creative artist and independent educator. She co-created Free Flow education classes and teaches balayage, vivid and color correction techniques at U.S. salons.


Inspired by the art and science of hair, Mindi is a co-creator of Free Flow education and self-proclaimed "hair nerd.” She shares about hair and color in classes and owns Charmed Salon in Plymouth, MI.

Twisted Fringe™

As a salon owner and educator, Jennifer loves sharing all that she learns to help stylists grow their businesses with extended beauty for a flawless look. She quickly jumped on the Twisted Fringe Education Team and has never looked back. Since beauty school, Jennifer has had a love for extensions and everything they bring to clients.


Bilingual and dual-licensed, Juan 'Jay' Ramos breaks language barriers in haircutting education, making him an invaluable asset to the industry. A master of fading, cutting hair is his strongest passion, creating change with his hands and his favorite pair of Wahl clippers. Juan 'Jay' first started as a cosmetologist and is now a phenomenal barber. Skilled in cutting divers hair types and translating information well, teaching is ingrained in his skill sets.

Wella Professionals™

Whitney has a passion for all things beauty and was bred a hairdresser, with her mother working in the beauty industry for 30 years. She believes that options are endless with drive, passion and imagination.