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Artist Bios


Guy Tang is a celebrity hair activist that inspires his community of #hairbesties with groundbreaking color techniques. His innovative spirit comes to life through his latest collaboration with #mydentity. “I love to bring modern, wearable trends to the forefront and help fellow #hairbesties feel confident using the colors and techniques I guide them through,” he says.

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.


John is a young, energetic barber from Miami, FL. As the owner of the thriving 13-chair Fine Line Barbershop, he earned his popular alias, "Mr. Fine Line.” His barbering competition experience includes: traditional styles, freestyle designs and even cutting hair in the dark, literally!   


Join Tara Dedmon as she teaches the Ardell method to "Lash like a Pro". Tara will inspire you with her passion for lovely lashes nad brows and will teach you Ardell strip lashes, individual lashes, Ardell brow and the latest edition to the Ardell Family, Ardell Beauty Make0up. Tara's class will release your inner "Lashionista". 

Artistic Team | Jacob Khan | @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.

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.

Artistic Team | Lala Chihaia | @lalasupdos

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.

Artistic Team | Leysa Carrillo | @leysahairandmakeup

Leysa Carrillo is a bilingual curly hair specialist from Las Vegas. She creates seamless blondes, vibrant color and transformative cuts. She has been recognized worldwide and has won numerous industry awards.

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.


Eric is an insightful team-building specialist, certified facilitator and sales educator. He brings 15 years of business leadership to Belvedere® and is a driving force behind their success. 

Bosley® Professional Strength™

As a Bosley® Pro Salon Training Specialist and second-generation hairstylist, Amy is exceptionally passionate about training stylists on fine and thinning hair, the art of styling and the integrity of exceptional service. She’s been in the haircare industry for 25 years.


Bold and polished, Texan Ann Mercer began her nail career nearly 20 years ago. She is a successful business owner, with a staff that respects her as a friend and mentor. Ann joined CND in 2009, specializing in all aspects of nails: from Brisa UV Gel and Liquid and Enhancements, to Pedicures and Shellac Power Polish. Ann excels in sharing her knowledge and skill with nail professionals, and is always eager to excite them with the newest innovations CND has to offer.


Tammy embodies the statement, “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Whether at work or play, she inspires, educates and shares her own styling innovations and techniques as a master educator and stylist. She embraces the latest trends and promotes the benefits of continued education.

Donald Scott NYC

As Artistic Director for Donald Scott NYC, Jason has taken his background in art sculpture and become one of the most sought after educators in the industry. He has over 20 years of experience as a hair designer in the beauty industry and over 15 years in education. He also trains individuals in salon classes and travels the world as a tool specialist. His knack for teaching people the rationale behind tools and the craft of hairdressing will inspire you to expand your creativity.  Jason is the proud owner of A Jason Clemons Salon, a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon in upstate New York.

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.

Esquire Grooming

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.

Esquire Grooming

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.

Esquire Grooming

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

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.

Farouk Systems

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.

Farouk Systems

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.

Farouk Systems

Monica is a Farouk Systems Creative & International Artist who travels the world sharing her love for the beauty industry and CHI®. Whether in a class, rocking the stage or having a one-on-one with a fellow artist, her passion and skill truly show as an educator and owner of Willems Hair Artistry in Fort Worth, TX.

Farouk Systems

Cynthia specializes in the art of color and corrective color. As a CHI® Elite International Artist and CHI® Executive Educator, her love for learning new ways of working with hair, color and cuts fuels her passion for sharing all that she discovers. She is a salon owner and stylist in Houston, TX.

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.


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.”

Jamie Dana | @jamiedanahairstylist

Jamie owns the luxurious three-chair salon, Pin and Plait Studio, in Orange County, CA, where she specializes in lived-in balayage and beautiful blondes. She also created the super successful online course Oh Hot GRAM to help stylists grow their business using Instagram. Jamie has a passion for connecting with other hairstylists and creating a community of like-minded artists.

Johnny B.®

Daniel Tran became a user of Johnny B. Hair Care products in 2012. Since then, his love for the brand and his passion for the industry, has allowed him to transcend into a great educator and business man. In the last couple years, Tran has opened his own business in Austin, TX, been featured in an online barber publication and participated in a web series. While doing all of this, Daniel has also managed to showcase his knowledge by traveling to various states on behalf of Johnny B. He presents the latest clipper cutting techniques at various types of events hoping to inspire and motivate those in the industry.


In the 2007 debut of  “Shear Genius,” Bravo TV’s reality competition for hairdressers, one of the genuine surprises was Ben Mollin. The tattooed, music-loving stylist was eccentric and humble. Now, he runs a boutique salon, with his wife and colorist Ann, called Bang Bang Beauty and Boutique. He hosts and judges the Supreme Salon Tour “Hairwars” and is a Joico® Guest Artist. As one of the most exciting and innovative hairdressers in the industry, he’s in demand for personal appearances, video projects and more. Ben was also featured in "50 Hairstylists," a book featuring the fifty most influential hairdressers in the country.


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.  


Jorge Morales has been in the beauty industry for 25 years. Originally from Pereira, Colombia, Jorge currently resides in NYC and co-owns Pilatos Hair Salon, where he secializes in precision cut and color techniques, long hair styling, braids and updos. His work of art has been highlighted in the Latin-American communities. Jorge has styled for beauty pageants, TV appearances, magazines, photo shoots, hair and fashion shows and NYC Fashion Week..


New York City based stylist and co-owner of Pilatos Hair Salon. Jaime is originally from Pereira, Colombia where his mother and grandfather started a pioneer beauty school and hair salon. He specializes in precision cut and color techniques, styling and long hair dressing. Jaime has worked events such as Fashion week, Telemundo and Univision, short films and music videos and is a beautician photographer. 


Cassie is a passionate colorist who loves formulating and styling for the latest trends. She is excited about the technical and creative side of color, giving her a lot of practical experience she can share with stylists. Cassie's journey started with Kenra Pro through Technical Support. She is now in the field as a Regional Education Manager where she continues to inspire and teach through her passion.


Chelsey is a hair artist extraordinaire who has extensive experience in weddings, creative color and precision cutting. She always strives to stay on the “cutting edge” of what's next and finally found her home as a Regional Education Manager with Kenra Professional. She went from maintaining a full clientele “behind the chair” to becoming the Education Lead at a prestigious institute in San Francisco, CA. Chelsey loves everything about hair and finds inspiration in music, art and nature.


The Keracolor Style Team consists of highly trained and accomplished artists from various backgrounds. Driven by passion, knowledge and the core belief of "hustle and stay humble," Keracolor’s renowned stylists have been featured all over the world, sharing education and unique techniques to help benefit all levels of artists.


As a successful Los Angeles Salon Owner Dan Csicsai recognizes the importance of education, continues to develop and grow the salon team, and shares his success with his audience. Wish several industry awards and numerous publications he is an artist you won’t want to miss! 


 “Mixing it up is what keeps it fun,” As a salon owner Robert has the ability to guide, empower and communicate with his audience of both English and Spanish-speaking hairstylists, he has become one of the most “precious resources” within the Matrix education family. 


Most noted for his unique vintage styling techniques Mustafa Avci reaches over 470K Instagram followers. Through collaborations, Mustafa continues to innovate and keep his work new with a twist on fresh!   


Tim is a Salon, Spa, and School Consultant as well as a Certified Social Media Trainer for SUMMIT SALON BUSINESS CENTER. Tim’s specialty in financial operations, digital marketing and leadership development has allowed him to work in many industries, cross-sector in companies across the country. Tim is the owner of Salon Herdis Salon and Day Spa located in Northampton, MA.

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.

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.


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® International Trainer, session stylist and artist, Noogie Thai has made his mark around the world in a very short time. Inspiring salon professionals from Tokyo to Zurich to Las Vegas, his gracious style is igniting a renewed passion for artistic styling. Noogie’s recipe for success involves being open-minded, grounded and welcoming every opportunity that presents itself.

Paul Mitchell®

From his work behind the chair to celebrity clients, music video shoots and shows all over the U.S. and abroad, Kelly strives to infuse the professional beauty industry with excitement. Kelly's notable clients include Wanderlei Silva and other top UFC fighters, Shannon Elizabeth, Stacy Keibler and Snoop Dogg. Kelly owns three salons, including a flagship location in Las Vegas, and he has his sights set on many more in the future.

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.

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.


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

British hairdresser Sharon Tranter is a highly respected member of the Schwarzkopf Professional Essential Looks Team. Sharon has over 20 years of experience in the industry and when not travelling throughout North America for hair shows seminars, photo shoots and NY Fashion week, she can be found behind the chair in Atlanta, GA. As a successful stylist and business owner Sharon's mission is to help others.

Sharon started her career at the age of fifteen in Oxford, UK on a bicycle. So driven by her desire to create hair, she let nothing stand in her way, come rain or shine, Sharon was seen pedaling through Oxford with a backpack full of perm rods. Today, that same desire is still very much alive; however, she has since upgraded to a car.

 Sharon loves to share the foundations of design principles and the geometry of cutting hair. Understanding the whole element of the hairdressing world is key to building your business. Sharon's classes are full of information and empowerment set in a light-hearted environment. The structured art form of hairdressing is Sharon’s passion.  She takes that same passion everywhere she goes, with the goal of openly sharing her knowledge and experience, thus increasing the potential of everyone she meets.

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

Tatum Neiderhiser is a 10+ year veteran to our Schwarzkopf Professional education team starting as a Schwarzkopf Professional ASK Expert and elevating to join the Schwarzkopf Professional Design Team. She lives in Kingston, PA, and literally grew up in our industry with her mother owning both hair salons and a small chain of beauty schools in northeastern Pennsylvania. Tatum started her training while in high school, attending beauty school at night. At age 16, Tatum began her professional journey in an assistant program that set her on the path of being the color nerd we know and love today. While attending Arizona State University she realized her true passion was in the salon, eventually opening her own salon and art gallery, as she believes the two worlds go hand in hand.

Today, in addition to education, Tatum works behind the chair 5 days a week in her boutique salon in Kingston where she is also the Creative Director. She has been a member of the Schwarzkopf Professional NYFW team and has also been published in many bridal magazines and blogs.

Tatum's main inspirations are nature, art, architecture, fashion, her 8 year old son and everyday women. She holds a great respect for celebrity stylists and the trends they set, focusing a big part of her career to educating clients and stylists alike to recreate these styles and trends themselves. All of these elements combine in the teaching style Tatum has curated which bring together a strong sense of both technical and theoretical information with a laid back, approachable perspective.


Jeffrey has a fresh, urban take on traditional techniques that encourages fellow stylists to push creative boundaries. On the Scruples® Education Team, he lives and teaches by the motto that all stylists are visual artists.


Samantha is artistic and known for accentuating the natural beauty of the skin. With an eye for detail, she creates looks that are perfect for individual style, ranging from fresh flawless natural makeup to dramatic high fashion makeup. She uses quality mineral and medical-grade face products to give makeup a clean, fresh base, which she says is her secret to a flawless makeup application.

Tabatha Coffey

Tabatha Coffey has devoted her entire professional life to achieving excellence in hair design and education. Bringing her years of hands-on experience to help struggling salon owners turn around their businesses in the Bravo series, Tabatha Takes Over. Tabatha Coffey is without question the golden girl of small businesses.


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.


Benny Machado is an experienced barber of 17 plus years from Newport News, Virginia. Benny joined the Wahl Education and Artistic Team (W.E.A.T.) in 2017 after winning the first Wahl Online Barber Battle competition.


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.


Hassan has enjoyed barbering for the past 23 years. He currently owns and operates his full service barber shop located in Philadelphia, PA and when he is not htere he is on the road for Woody's. Hassan loves to pay forward all of the great education he has had the opportunity to attend. "The day you stop learning is the day your career begins its ends. Never stop learning."