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Artist Bios

American Crew®

Adriana became a member of Team Crew in 2011. She specializes in textured cuts for men and is known for her trendsetting vision and extraordinary skill. Adriana prefers a classic look with a modern twist and takes inspiration from her clients’ fashion, culture and lifestyle to create their tailored looks. She works at Seventy Seven Salon in Portland.


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.


Timily has been with CND since 1998. Her primary goal is to educate nail professionals in all aspects of hand and foot beauty, helping raise the standards of professionalism throughout the industry. She brings her passion, love and knowledge of creating beautiful nails to every event that she attends.

Confessions of a Hairstylist,Jenny Strebe | @theconfessionsofahairstylist

Jenny harnesses the transformative power of hair to create visually arresting styles, from high fashion editorial looks to popular looks for the modern muse. She founded the leading blog and YouTube channel, The Confessions of a Hairstylist, and she is a go-to guru for hair how-to's. Jenny is also a published author of three hair tutorial books that are sold worldwide. She is a pioneer whose enthusiasm and commitment are inspiring.

Donna Bella Hair™ Extensions

Joining the Donna Bella Education Team in 2009, Shea travels throughout North America coaching stylists and sharing her extensive knowledge of hair extensions. With over 12 years of experience in the cosmetology field, she is an award-winning stylist from Jacksonville, FL. Her work has been featured in ad campaigns, several films and music videos.

Donna Bella Hair™ Extensions

Jennifer travels the nation sharing info on how to efficiently install beautiful extensions as an educator for Donna Bella. For over 10 years, she has taken classes throughout the East Coast to increase her knowledge. Her passion for the beauty industry began as a young child.


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.


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.


Melissa is a creative artist and executive educator for Farouk Systems. She travels around the U.S., specializing in upstyling, color and cutting. Recently, she traveled to Manila, Philippines for the Miss Universe Pageant. For the past 5 years, Melissa has been on the styling team for the Miss USA Pageants. She runs the Color Lounge Hair & Makeup Studio, her new salon, in Houston, TX. Melissa has also worked with Project Runway's Helen Castillo at her fashion show and at the Sherri Hill Fashion Show in NYC.


Eliaz absolutely loves color and being a hairstylist. With a passion for upstyling and cutting, he has been with Farouk Systems for five years and is an Executive Master Level Educator. Eliaz has worked at shows throughout the U.S. and at events such as New York Fashion Week, Miss USA, Miss Universe.


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.®

John focuses on detailed cuts and men’s shaving as a Johnny B. educator. He is a licensed barber who owns Dominion Cutting Company and raises awareness for charity by hosting the annual Broad Street Beard Battle. 


Megan has specialized in color and texture for more than 9 years. She continues to grow her love for designing beautiful hair as a Beth Minardi Artistic Colorist Team Member. The beauty industry and education are her true passions. Whether she is “behind the chair” or on a photo shoot, she is always full of creativity and exudes the brilliant architecture of hair design. “As the industry grows, so does the artist inside of me. Being a part of an industry that transforms people to look and feel beautiful is simply the most rewarding feeling. I aspire to change lives and spread joy,” says Megan.


Drea works from her heart. Her ability to connect with audiences is matched equally with her natural talent for hair. As an artisan hair designer, Drea’s diverse approach to hair stems from music, fashion, poetry, creation and art.


Chad’s most recent achievement is winning the 2012 North American Hairstylist Awards (NAHA) for ‘Hair Colorist of the Year.’ He currently lives in Dallas, TX, working in the Michael Flores Salon in Neiman Marcus in Downtown Dallas and the Amelia Paris Salon in Philadelphia, PA. Chad dedicates his time to recruiting new stylists to the industry. He recognizes the significance of finding mentors and credits his own success to that process. His work has been featured in many trade and commercial magazines in the US, Canada, Spain, Russia and Singapore. Chad’s work has also been published on many websites.


In the hair industry for 21 years, Christine has owned a salon for 10 years. From hair shows to photo shoots, she enjoys sharing her knowledge with stylists in the community and is passionate about all things beauty. She believes that the key to her success is honesty and education.


Criss-crossing the globe on behalf of Matrix® for the past 10 years, Matrix® Artistic Director Daniel Roldan has been hailed as a hair “rock star” in more than 40 countries. From India, Italy and Indonesia, to Prague, Spain, China and Dubai, this gifted artist has mastered the international language of beauty. Daniel strives to lift the skills and imagination of his fellow hairdressers in every corner of the world.

His soft-spoken, polished demeanor and substantial expertise have resulted in frequent television appearances, including The Today Show, Fox News New York, Montel Williams and Oprah. He is also sourced regularly by beauty publications like Allure, Glamour, Cosmopolitan and Seventeen, and by trade journals like American Salon and Modern Salon magazines. Among the “leading ladies” who have sat in his chair are Michelle Rodriguez, Justina Machado, Mena Suvari and Devon Aoki.


Martin’s skill as a stylist and color expert keeps him in high demand as a Matrix® educator. Over the past 20 years, he has participated in more than 85 national hair shows and 27 international shows. He is the owner of Martin’s Hair Design International and has served as an image consultant for the Telemundo network. He has also been a consultant for beauty pageants and transformed the images of pop artist Gloria Trevi and several Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.  


Robert joined Matrix® as an Artistic Educator and worked his way up to Artistic Director. He has fused his two passions—education and hairdressing, and he wakes up every day loving what he does


As an artistic director, session stylist, salon owner and industry leader, Danielle has worked in the salon industry for over 17 years. With a passion for texture and styling and “an eye” and knowledge of color, she prides herself in creating on-trend styles that are fashion-forward, but wearable to the everyday consumer. Her work has been recognized worldwide. She was a 2014 NAHA for Texture Finalist, a 2015 NAHA Editorial Finalist, and she is on the Artistic Team for Intercoiffure. Her work can also be seen in many consumer and trade magazines. 


Jessi’s passion for haircare and styling comes from her love for creating. Currently, she is at the Lab Salon in Victoria, British Columbia, which has been voted “Best of the City” by Victoria News for five consecutive years. She has also been able to work alongside many fabulous hairstylists, including Cindy Schaber, Leela Jacobs and Matty Conrad, whom have all encouraged her and helped elevate her career.


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®.

Olivia Miss OMG (@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.

Paul Mitchell®

Colin Caruso, Paul Mitchell® National Trainer and Focus Salon Owner, believes education should always be fun. He thinks the overall experience of learning is equally as important as the techniques learned. "Education is our arena for new ideas. It is our outlet, our chance to talk with other professionals about what excites us most–hair."

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. 

Phil Ring | Artistic Team Member | @phildoeshair

Philip Ring is a master of creative color and precision design. His unique view on the industry, along with photography and full multimedia skills, have led him to educate across the states and compete in numerous competitions. He will bring his specialized skills to our stages in 2017 as a member of the CosmoProf® Artistic Team.

Rob Cass

Rob Cass believes that changing the way you think will change the way you behave and change the way you earn. His renowned Salon Prophets brand of learning and inspiration supports owners and stylists in their quest for excellence, profitability and success. They help you build a business where your passion pays you.


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®

A relative newcomer to the industry, Josh brings great enthusiasm and high energy to every new experience. His dynamic personality and creative spirit has led to him become part of the Sexy Hair Latin Team. His work has been featured in many local fashion shows and was also part of a tenth anniversary celebration for Beauty and Art in Monterrey, Mexico. He is a true innovator who loves to put his own spin on classics, such as the bob haircut.  

Sexy Hair®

With 15 years of professional experience, Brandon specializes in color, cutting and extensions. As a Sexy Hair® educator and platform artist, his work has been in print, runway and TV spots. He works out of Shear Enlightenment Salon in Henderson, NV, where his dedication to his craft sets him apart from the pack. “I love being able to educate and talk to people from all over the world–and to show them that inspiration comes in many forms,” Brandon says.

Sexy Hair®

Anastacia’s success is exceptional and well deserved. She has earned many accolades and awards as a Sexy Hair® educator, including two trips to style hair at NYFW and a write-up in Modern Salon Magazine. Anastacia has a long list of specialties, including: haircutting, clipper cutting, men’s haircutting, razor cutting, color, editorial color, balayage, color correction, upstyling, weddings, wigs and hair pieces. She is also a part of the product testing group and men’s barbering team at Sexy Hair®. 

Sexy Hair®

A multi-faceted hair artist, Marc’s expertise includes straight-edge razor cutting, color and color correction, extensions, upstyles, avant-garde styles, classic and contemporary styling, and wig styling. He has an eclectic and impressive resume that boasts names such as E! Fashion Police, All-Star Weekend, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Margaret Cho, Andrew Byrd, Joy Rich, Bird of Prey, Charlotte Ronson, and more. He was also awarded 2009 RAW Hair Artist of the Year, 2016 Rising Star and 2016 Beauty Changes Lives Vidal Sassoon Scholarship Winner.


Joel resides in Miami, FL, where he is a TIGI® Talent Educator. In the industry for 19 years, he finds inspiration in fashion, magazines, art, music, and traveling.


Santos has been in the industry for 20 years and is inspired by teaching her staff and working with her clients. She currently owns Excellence New Image Salon of Baytown and co-owns Studio 31 Hair Lab in Houston, TX. She has worked alongside the Collective Color Team and has been in several events with TIGI, including World Release. Santos was born and raised in Baytown, TX.


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.

Vickie Preston

Vickie has facilitated great results for her clients as a business coach, life coach and motivational speaker. Her specialty is emotional intelligence and coaching beauty pros to get results by changing mindsets and behaviors.


A native of Chicago, Nieves has a background in both barbering and cosmetology. He has expanded his career as a business owner and educator. His skillful approach offers modern, original and simplified techniques that provide an uncomplicated understanding of using clippers. Several magazines including Modern Salon’s 2012 ‘Clipper Time’ have recognized him. He was also the recipient of the prestigious ‘Most Artistic’ award from the Chicago Cosmetologists Association in 2006 & 2007 and is fluent in both English and Spanish.


John brings his message of “neighborhood barbering” to his clients and students. He best sums up his dedication to men’s cutting and grooming for Woody’s: “I want to continue to grow my clientele, my education and my beard for years to come.”