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Artist Bios


Lala Chihaia is an innovative stylist specializing in bridal, braids and vintage hair styling. Trained in Europe and licensed in the United States, Lala has over 12 years of experience creating special occasion styles.

American Crew®

Justin is an American Crew® educator who works “behind the chair” in Chicago, IL. In 2010, he joined Team Crew and continues to focus on men’s cutting and grooming.


Eric is a successful barber salon owner, barber educator and platform artist based in Charlotte, NC. He has multiple competitive barbering victories, years of practical experience, an artistic eye and an approachable and easy-to-understand teaching style. Eric uncovers “hidden gems” of advice and translates them into profit. His entrepreneurial drive has also led him to produce his own line of instructional classes and DVDs.


Joy has been an Ardell® educator for 8 years. She travels the U.S. teaching salon professionals and makeup artists the classic Ardell® signature eye and brow. Her “love of lashes” makes her classes fun and informative. She specializes in strip lashes, individual lashes and brow techniques to help build profits.

Charles & Sharon Riser

Since opening THE TEMPLE in 2005, Sharon and Charles have graduated over eleven hundred students. Almost all have become licensed, and over 95% of those were employed upon leaving their program, generating over $20 million a year in revenue for the salons they have worked. They bring a unique perspective to the challenge of finding and hiring the next generation of employees.

Christina Kreitel | Artistic Team Member

Christina Kreitel is passionate about making people see their value and importance in life. She has cultivated a 25K+ following on Instagram and is a Social Stylist for the CosmoProf® Artistic Team. Christina was also a finalist on Kenra’s Guy Tang’s Hair Battle. She is the owner of Intrepid Studio Salon in Spanish Fork, Utah, where hair and books meet.

Clean + Easy®

Elham travels the world teaching for GiGi®. Trained in Switzerland, she makes waxing an art form that is safe, comfortable and easy to learn. She teaches waxing pros the tools and knowledge to be successful and profitable.    


A successful salon owner, professional stylist and Cricket® educator for over a decade, Nick offers a full-service perspective during his demos. He is known for his immense attention to detail and views each haircut as a work of art. Nick’s passion is very contagious and his step-by-step instructions are inspiring.


Tommy’s expertise and no-nonsense approach has earned him success as a stylist, educator and salon owner. He creates edgy, fresh designs and constantly challenges the status quo as a master of free-form cutting.


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.


Rob's a barber, shop owner and professional educator from Houston, TX. As a member of the Esquire Grooming Team and Farouk Creative Artistic Team, he uniquely communicates the language of barbering to fuel success.


Anna is an educator and platform artist for Esquire Men's Grooming and Farouk. As a salon owner, stylist and barber, she is very passionate about her work. Her personal philosophy serves as a guiding force in her career. “I love what I do and plan on sharing my love indefinitely,” she says.


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.


From NYC, Farouk Systems Artist Danielle welcomes in a new age of fashion and style! Danielle has been in the industry for more than 12 years and has been with Farouk Systems for over five years. From the stage to the salon, her vision of creativity inspires others around her. Danielle’s enthusiasm for using new techniques sets her apart and has gained her the respect of her clients and colleagues.


As salon owner, international artist, and one of the up-and-coming artists of Farouk Systems, Maggie incorporates the latest trends and styling techniques right off the runway to everyday clientele. Her skill as a colorist and cutting artist defies the norm and inspires other industry professionals to strive for excellence.

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.


Known as an expert in waxing, Paula has appeared in education videos for both GiGi and Clean+Easy. She is a licensed cosmetologist, esthetician instructor and nail technician who makes learning fun and takes the “fear” out of waxing. Paula loves to learn new things and improve her skills. She states, “I love this industry because it gives me the opportunity to be creative, bring a smile to someone’s face, or nurture students to success.”

Jacob Khan | Artistic Team Member | @jacobhkhan

Jacob Khan, owner of Jacob K Hair, is an Atlanta-based educator, stylist, entertainer and entrepreneur. Jacob lives by one professional rule: take what you do seriously, but never take yourself too seriously! For the past decade, he has been cultivating a brand that is educational, entertaining and unforgettable. "Cut, color, and comedy — these are the things that I am passionate about,” he says.

Johnny B.®

Dre’s passion for his craft helped him become a reputable platform artist and educator that is sought after nationwide. The collaboration of unique clipper cutting techniques and in-depth Woody’s product knowledge helps him motivate professionals on every level of the hair industry. Join Dre and Woody’s mission to build confidence, build creativity and build professionalism within the hair care industry. 


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.”


Mandy is the owner of a salon in Northwest Ohio and a guest artist for the Joico®/ISO Design Team. She is passionate about education and passing down her skills to other stylists. Mandy is inspired by her peers, co-workers, everyday clients, fashion, and so much more. She hopes to inspire others as much they inspire her every day. Mandy also works closely with some of the best stylists in the industry. She says, “Never say I can’t. Always say, I can and I will.”


Sherry is an internationally acclaimed celebrity haircolorist, award-winning color expert and salon owner with more than 20 years of experience. She has had the opportunity to work in-depth with Redken and L’Oreal, and she is now a member of Beth Minardi’s elite Minardi Artistic Colorists (MAC) team. She is an active board member of the Joico Color Council and frequently travels nationwide to train other beauty professionals in the art of haircolor. Through her work at her salon, Salon Ratay in Orlando, FL, she was named #1 haircolorist by Orlando Magazine. The bicoastal haircolorist also works at the acclaimed Gavert Atelier in Beverly Hills. Sherry’s work has been featured in the pages of publications such as Vogue, Modern Salon, American Salon and Behind the Chair. 


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.

Larisa Love | Artistic Team Member | @larisadoll

Instagram sensation, educator and CosmoProf® Brand Ambassador Larisa Love has taken over the beauty world. For all things beauty, her social media channels are the go-to places, and her technique classes are incredibly popular at shows. Larisa leads the charge of our Artistic Team and looks forward to shaking up the industry even more in 2017.

Malibu C®

Missy is an American Board Certified Haircolorist and a true icon in the professional beauty industry. She’s an expert in corrective color and a Certified Hair Loss Specialist accredited by the U.S. Trichology Institute. In her role as Global Creative Manager for Malibu C®, she advocates for education and empowers stylists worldwide with tools for success.

Malibu C®

Anthony is an Oklahoma-based Master Colorist. Working “behind the chair” in the professional beauty industry for over 8 years, he is a Certified Wellness Educator for Malibu C®. He educates at the national level, solving common and severe hair challenges. Anthony attributes his achievements to his unwavering desire for education. His appreciation for color formulations, cutting techniques and styling is what makes him stand out. His signature toolbox includes Malibu C’s Wellness Solutions, Scalp Therapy Wellness Remedy and Color Correctives. He graduated from Chad Barton’s School of Hair Design in 2007.

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.


Emmanuelle is a Moroccanoil Creative Design Team Educator who has been in the industry for more than 10 years. She frequently styles hair for Montreal’s wedding industry at a salon that she co-owns. Her experience includes having her work published in magazines and working at New York Fashion Week with many famous runway designers such as Zac Posen, Vera Wang, Carolina Herrera, Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier and more.


Manny's specialty is men's cutting. His work ethic and desire to teach have earned him a spot as a member of the tradeshow platform artist club. Manny took on the new challenge of holding workshops and seminars booked specifically for education after having been successful in the show circuit. He will always maintain “one foot” in a cosmetology school since he feels his strongest connection to the industry there. Manny attended the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica, CA, and he speaks English, Spanish and Italian.

Paul Mitchell®

Julian Perlingiero is a respected salon owner, hairstylist, educator, platform artist, creative director and principal of hairdressing academies. Julian believes that you must be willing to share your knowledge with others in any way possible. “Sharing is always much better than proving. What keeps me motivated is taking pride in what I do. I have a sense of obligation to give something back to others in our professional salon industry, since it has given me so many amazing opportunities. I sincerely hope to inspire others to help do the same,” says Julian.

Paul Mitchell®

Ashlea is true-to-heart when it comes to Paul Mitchell. After graduating school, she became a Paul Mitchell National Educator and moved to California to pursue her dream of becoming a stylist at A Robert Cromeans Salon and joining the Paul Mitchell Artistic Show Team. Currently, she truly lives her dream as one of the top stylists at A Robert Cromeans Salon, traveling the world as Angus Mitchell’s personal stage assistant, and doing in-salon classes as an educator.

Paul Mitchell®

Summer is an Honors Graduate of Paul Mitchell the School Esani, National Educator and National Color Educator for Paul Mitchell. Her passion is styling and elevating the standards of the beauty industry and those that love it.


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.  

Schwarzkopf Professional

Schwarzkopf Professional Creative Director Damien has carved a spot for himself in the hair industry as one of the most illustrious artists of his time. His portfolio includes the likes of A-list talent including Ryan Gosling, Olivia Munn, Krysten Ritter and world-class supermodels Magdalena Frackowiak, Abbey Lee and Liberty Ross, all of whom have looked to Damien to create their image-defining hairstyles. Damien has also appeared as a Certified Presenter on ABC, NBC and QVC, and as a Lead Stylist on “America’s Next Top Model.”  

Schwarzkopf Professional

As Schwarzkopf Professional North American Color Director, Rossa has become a multiple award-winning hairstylist, makeup artist and industry educator. She has also been featured internationally for her innovative approach to styling and design. In 2014, Rossa won a Contessa Award for ‘Master Colorist of the Year’ and a Mirror Award for ‘Canadian Hairstylist of the Year.’ As one of the original members of the Schwarzkopf Professional Essential Looks Artistic Team, Rossa has been in the industry for over 15 years.

Schwarzkopf Professional

Bobbi is a member of the Schwarzkopf Design Team who lives in PA. She balances her time between educating industry professionals and a full clientele as a busy salon owner, stylist and guest artist. Her passion for color and education led her to become certified as an ASK Expert for Schwarzkopf Professional. At the age of 18, she purchased her first salon in Maryland.

Schwarzkopf Professional

Genia is a talented celebrity hairstylist and salon owner with over 19 years of experience in the industry. As a member of the Schwarzkopf Artistic Team, her work can be seen on the runways at New York Fashion Week and on the red carpets for many award shows, including: The American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Country Music Awards, BMI Awards and BET Awards. 


As a Sebastian® Professional Design Team Member, Anthony travels the nation as a platform artist and educator to inspire professionals and share his knowledge. He has earned multiple national awards, including the NAHA 2007 “Avant-Garde” award and NAHA 2013 “Texture” award. Anthony believes the beauty/hair industry can be lifted to new heights through education.  

Sexy Hair®

Artistic Creative Director Rafe Hardy has a passion for teaching rivaled only by his passion for learning and enthusiasm for Sexy Hair®. As the company’s premier ambassador and official “face” of Sexy Hair, the 30-year veteran has gained an extensive global following. The charismatic hairdresser and educator travels all over the world, demonstrating his artistry, talent and motivational skills at hair shows worldwide. “I want to ensure that Sexy Hair continues to be an industry trendsetter — creatively, technically and visually," he says.

Sexy Hair®

Michelle has been building a highly successful and thriving career in the beauty industry for over a decade. She is a Sexy Hair Master Artist, Regional Education Manager, Institute of Courage Coach and Lead Stylist on the Sexy Rocks Team. Michelle’s motivation and drive stems from her love of helping people feel good about themselves. She is the owner of her own salon & spa, 40 Volume, in Savannah, GA.


As the VP of Marketing for Trionics®, Philice supports and educates hairdressers about Trionics’ products and has managed their brand makeover. She is the daughter of Marvin LeBow, president and owner of Trionics for 30 years.


Anastasia is an award-winning platform artist, certified master colorist, educator and a 26-year veteran in the industry. Her mission as a creative artist is beautiful, healthy hair. She is the creator and owner of The Colour Brigade Academy, teaching balayage, vivid and color correction classes in salons around the U.S. Her talent, love and passion have landed her work in magazines, 16 feature films, numerous commercials and news broadcasts. Anastasia's personal experience with Trionics® enzyme developers did more than raise her color and balayage to another level. It completely changed her life.

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.


As an educator with Wahl Clipper Company, Shelley’s desire is to encourage other stylists to consider the creativity that they can achieve with clippers. She is dual-licensed as a barber, cosmetologist and instructor. Shelley has always enjoyed using different tools to match each client's hair type and desired style. She also owns and operates Special Effects Hair Studio and The Men's Refinery BarberSpa in North Augusta, SC

Wella Professionals™

With over 30 years of experience as a stylist, Douglas is recognized for his signature cutting techniques, innovative styling and makeover genius. His work has appeared in hundreds of consumer and trade magazines. Douglas Carroll Salon, his first salon, launched in 1988. Today, his salon is still a multi-award-winning brand for its distinction and commitment to the craft of hairdressing. On multiple occasions, his salon’s photographic hairstyles have been awarded the distinctions of ‘Top 10 Most Published Salons in America’ and Salon Today’s ‘Top 200 Salons in North America.’