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Artist Bios

American Crew®

A licensed barber with over 20 years of experience, independent stylist and brand consultant, Greg currently works and resides in Washington, D.C. His journey with American Crew® began in 1999 when he joined Team Crew and started teaching throughout the Philly area. He joined the American Crew All-Star team in 2001 and has represented the team at tradeshows, photo shoots and educational events. Greg has styled for the Duckie Brown show at New York Fashion Week, helped develop new education programs and served as a key mentor in the training process for Team Crew educators. In 2007, he received the acclaimed title of  ‘All-Star of the Year.’  He also works as an educator and serves as a lead instructor at the American Crew MENSWORK™ Academy.

American Crew®

With over 15 years of experience under his belt, Dennis has worked in high volume salons, full service salons and as an independent stylist. American Crew’s MENSWORK™ Method has provided Dennis with a foundation for men’s cuts and has made him a better hairdresser overall. He always dreamed of becoming an educator and joined Team Crew in 2013. His first year on the team, he was named "Team Crew Educator of the Year"–a recognition Dennis considers his greatest career accomplishment.


American Crew®

Matthew draws inspiration from other stylists and recognizes American Crew® as a leader in men’s grooming. He strives to stay on the cutting edge, and he is a fan of both classic shapes and bold styles. Matthew joined Team Crew in October of 2014. He’s been with Art + Science Salon for five years and is drawn to the MENSWORK™ Method and approach to cuts. He encountered American Crew for the first time after joining Art + Science Salon as an apprentice. Matthew attended Aveda Beauty School near his hometown in Detroit, MI.

American Crew®

Nikki is a true master of her craft and draws inspiration from old-school barbering techniques. Becoming a member of Team Crew in 2014, she currently oversees the shaving department and new employee training initiatives in her role as Assistant Director of Shaving at Groom for Men. Nikki takes pride in her ability to create different looks, ranging from avant-garde to classic. She values straight-razor shaving as a truly relaxing and exclusive experience for clients. Nikki attended the MENSWORK™ Academy in Denver in 2009. Under the guidance of American Crew® Technical Director Theri DeJoode and International All-Stars Erica Grabczyk and Patti Davenport, she began working at Groom for Men in Milwaukee, WI in 2005.


Kenny is currently the Lead Educator for Andis®. He is also a nationally known barber, stylist, educator and co-owner of a 12-chair salon, Main Attraction Unisex Salon, based in Philadelphia. As the barber for several Grammy award-winning artists, he has toured the world for Lady Gaga’s production team. Kenny's styling work has also appeared in films such as "Fantastic Four" and "Creed" starring Michael B. Jordan.


Featured in Aquage’s En Pointe, Aria and Muse collections, Donna is a nationally recognized and award-winning stylist. She’s been a NAHA Finalist for ‘Fashion Forward’ and her original hair designs inspire professionals while translating easily to the salon. With charisma and integrity, she communicates on many professional topics from salon promotion and marketing strategies to staff development and motivation. Donna is a successful salon owner in the Boston, MA area.


As an Aquage® Master Artist, NAHA finalist and salon owner, Shelly is an inspirational force in the professional salon industry and one of Aquage's most requested educators. She incorporates a diverse range of disciplines into her educational presentations. Her creative artistry has been featured in many Aquage educational collections, and she is an empowering leader at the Aquage Masterclass Academy. She works daily “behind the chair” as a salon owner and stylist. Shelly’s work has been showcased in multiple advertising campaigns, magazine covers and editorial stories.


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.




Gama specializes in men’s and women’s clipper cutting and styling. He has traveled all around the U.S. with the BaByliss PRO team, educating and sharing with hairstylists and barbers. After working for a few years as a world-class barber, his talents and passion became noticed. He then joined the BaByliss PRO team a few years ago. Gama studied in Puerto Rico and relocated to Massachusetts to start his career over 9 years ago.

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 employee.

Christina Kreitel

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. 


Angela “Angie” Turner brings almost 15 years of salon experience and a breadth of print and online works to CND®. Her passion and love for the nail industry is reflected in her teachings and is renewed with each new education opportunity. She hopes to continue to inspire and motivate her fellow nail professionals for years to come.

Donald Scott NYC

Rachelle is an enthusiastic and informative educator that has the ability to take audiences with her on hair journeys. With a love for the industry, she now owns three successful salons and continues to work “behind the chair” in all of the locations. Her true passion comes from sharing knowledge with other stylists. She has been a stylist working “behind the chair” since 1992. Rachelle has also been a salon owner for most of her career, buying her first salon at the age of 23.

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.

Empowering You Consulting

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.

Esquire Grooming

Residing in Atlanta, GA, Wallace is a National Educator/Platform Artist for the Andis Company. Through an opportunity with Woody's Quality Grooming, he became a Global Educator/Platform Artist. This experience extended his grooming product knowledge, making him a well-rounded educator in terms of cutting, styling and the business side of the industry. He joined forces with American Haircuts/Metro Men's Grooming where he gained the title of Director of Education. While getting back to his roots on the men's side of the business, he also maintains a female client base at his own business, The Barber Studio. 

Geno Stampora

Geno and his work have been featured in Modern, American, Salon Today, Nails, Nailpro, Dayspa, Launchpad, and almost every salon and spa trade magazine. Geno has owned, managed and worked “behind the chair” in his collection of salons. He has owned two beauty academies, where he also instructed. As an industry expert and speaker, Geno has educated industry artists and sales people all over the world. In 2009, Geno was inducted into the North American Hairstyling Awards Hall of Leaders.

Johnny B.®

Carlos is a leading Johnny B. educator and platform artist, traveling across the nation to share his passion for hair. Based in central Florida, Carlos has a unique blend of technical skills and creativity with an urban edge, which he brings to each of his classes. He presents his own modern take on classic clipper cutting techniques. Carlos is also an engaging educator dedicated to helping barbers and stylists perfect their barbering techniques while developing their own styles. He was introduced to Johnny B. in 2006 at the Premiere Orlando show.


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.”


Zoë represents the entire family of Joico® brands as a guest artist and works at the esteemed Kim Vō Salon in Beverly Hills, CA. At the acclaimed Minardi Salon in New York City, Zoë worked alongside the iconic Beth Minardi. While there, she helped train stylists nationwide during the launch of Beth Minardi Signature® shades. Zoë made a pact with herself at the age of 18 to do everything necessary to succeed in the beauty industry.


In the hair industry for 10 years, Ricardo is a “jack-of-all-trades.” He specializes in everything including: vibrant/mermaid colors, rich naturals, perfectly blended balayage, color melts, highlights and even barbering. With a special emphasis on styling to accentuate his cuts and colors, Ricardo incorporates every aspect of the industry into his work. He has a constant hunger for more education and is doing what he can to learn more and continually enhance his skills.

Kathy Jager

As a thirty-year industry veteran, Kathy shares her lifelong passion for the beauty industry. She is a motivational industry writer, author, educator and keynote speaker. Kathy helps professionals develop, master and remain committed to the beauty industry by providing valuable leadership and interpersonal skills that go beyond the beauty school program. She is a living example of how to create a lifetime career and helps professionals prepare for the journey.

Larisa Love & Phil Ring

Phil 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.

Larisa Love & Phil Ring

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 Beck is a haircutting expert with a business mind. He has worked with top stylists, companies and distributors, receiving recognition awards for artistic ability, dedication, knowledge and skill. As business coach, educator, founder of freesaloneducation.com and co-owner of Salon Gratitude in New Hope, PA, he has spent the last 11 years educating stylists to be more successful behind the chair. 


Jamal has created a buzz in the hair industry for nearly 20 years as a celebrity hairstylist and artist. He understands the needs of textured hair clients as a Mizani® Texture Expert, Ford ‘Top Ten’ honoree and Golden Scissors award-winning stylist. His playful and down-to-earth energy has led to him being a lead designer on the show circuit with a strong following. Jamal is the owner and creative director of Salon Lamaj in the Washington Metropolitan area and Lamaj in the City in the DC area.


Jamie began collaborating with Moroccanoil® to hone her true passion for advanced education and is a key backstage presence at New York Fashion Week. She is currently a Moroccanoil Creative Design Team Educator and a Master Stylist at LifeTime Fitness LifeSpa in Beachwood, OH. Jamie recently moved back to Ohio to be closer to her family and raise her son. In Manhattan, she held a Master Stylist position at Platinum Salon before pursuing a career in education at ARROJO Cosmetology School. “When I see the ‘light bulb’ go off in a stylist’s head and they go on to thank me, it makes me feel like I’ve made a little footprint in their career. Energy is contagious!”

My Amazing Hair Secrets®

In his 18 years as a hair designer, Jason’s innovative work has been seen on television, film and in print. Jason travels throughout the U.S. participating in a wide variety of venues from small classes to high profile shows. He is also a studio educator and regularly works on creating trend collections and formats. Jason began his career on the East Coast of the U.S. and earned both a barber and cosmetology license and through apprenticeship. “I consider myself an artist foremost and a businessman second. I have fine art training from the Maryland Institute College of Art and extensive hair training,” says Jason.

Nick Arrojo

With over thirty years in the craft, Nick has become a modern paragon of the industry. His signature razor-cutting technique is recognized and practiced worldwide. As a revered hairdresser, educator, and bright light in the business, Nick can boast exposure in the world’s best magazines, work with the world’s top fashion designers, and seven years as hairdressing host for TLC’s ‘What Not to Wear. He is an author and mentor, and through ARROJO education and collaboration with Goldwell and Empire, he shares his insights and inspirations with tens of thousands of fellow professionals each year.

Nikki Trowbridge

Nikki is a salon owner and the president of the Statements brand. She’s also an educator, business mentor, salon systems designer, stylist, photographer, and mom. She inspires thoughtful leaders to grow salons through their teams. Her firm understanding of the "business side of things” creates a “map” to company profitability. Nikki’s Statements brand includes an academy, online consulting firm, photography business, cosmetology school and salon. Her Statements salon is a 6,500-square-foot salon that houses 40 stations and 50 employees.


Emanuel’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. Emanuel 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. Emanuel attended the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica, CA, and he speaks English, Spanish and Italian.


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®

As a Paul Mitchell Advanced Academy Cutting Team Member, Jason is a highly skilled and talented international trainer and platform artist specializing in haircutting. With over 19 years of experience in men's haircutting, he helped develop the barbering and cutting curriculum for Paul Mitchell schools and currently serves as their cutting specialist. He is also a strong motivator who believes that the "sky is the limit" and enjoys helping professionals accomplish their dreams. He lives by this simple and successful philosophy: "Discover your passion, do what you love and surround yourself with like-minded people."

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.

Paul Mitchell®

LaDonna proves that a belief system and hard work is a sure recipe for success! For over 16 years, she has been part of the Paul Mitchell family under the direction of various distributors. She knows no barriers when it comes to hair texture and hair types. Having served as International Trainer and Platform Artist for Paul Mitchell, she spreads one of the messages of Paul Mitchell–diversity. Her most recent role as a Business Development Coordinator allows her to share that message. LaDonna shares, “I am honored with the achievements and accomplishments I’ve made. But I am also humbled because those ‘titles’ don’t mean anything when you haven’t touched a life or changed their behavior on a positive note by anything you’ve said or done. My goal is to build confidence and help others to excel through the belief that they can!”

Product Club®

For 25 years as the owner of Bombshell Red, The Salon, Toni has worked her own “hair magic.” She is currently a lead artist on the Product Club team, sharing her vast knowledge of innovative color placement and precision cutting. Toni is an American Board Certified Haircolorist who has trained extensively at the Redken Exchange and Vidal Sassoon Academy. She did makeup for New York Fashion Designer Byron Lars and styled hair for New York Fashion Week. Toni has managed the tresses of R&B singer Chrisette Michelle, R&B singer Teedra Moses, and CW News correspondent Sharon Carpenter. She was also the exclusive hair and wig designer for Winter Wonderettes, the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway musical. She's been featured in many magazines, including Essence, The Colorist, Latina, American Salon and Modern Salon.

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.  


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.


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. It is that same passion that drives her to spread the word about Trionics enzyme developers. Her personal experience with these products did more than raise her color and balayage to another level. It completely changed her life.