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Her work featured in Bridal Magazine and showcased on stage at Mercedes Fashion Week are just a few of the notable achievements of #mydentity Educator and Master Colorist, Amania Shawn. She believes that “just because you came from nothing doesn’t mean you can’t create something.”


In the industry for close to 20 years with an Instagram following of 50K – yet Noora still gets inspired daily by interacting with positive people and creating memorable experiences behind the chair. “I love to make women feel confident. After all, our power comes from confidence & I love giving women power.” 

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.


With 15 years in personal and corporate hair styling, Sean is an experienced barber and dedicated leader with a history of success in unique hair designs, barbershop management and business ownership. He currently owns two barbershops called TwinCutz and is active in several high-profile competitions such as New York Barber Battle 3 and Xotics Hair Battle. His film and TV work includes NYC Barber Battle 3 and NBC News.


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". 


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.


Ingrid has been a licensed esthetician for over 17 years, and she has been an educator for several years. She has a wealth of experience and an unparalleled respect for the industry and the education of its membership. Ingrid is also the owner of a successful waxing salon in the Ft. Lauderdale, FL area.  


Gina Cella has been with CND since 1999. Gina brings her passion and love of creating beautiful nails to each and every event she is involved with. Gina’s primary goal is to educate nail professionals in all aspects of hand and foot beauty, and to help raise the standards of professionalism throughout the industry. Don't miss the opportunity to enhance your skills and knowledge for creating beautiful nails.

CosmoProf® 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.

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.

CosmoProf® Artistic Team | Christina Kreitel | @christinakreitel

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.

CosmoProf® Artistic Team | Philip Ring | @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.

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.  

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


From New York City, Danielle welcomes in a new age of fashion and style as a Farouk Systems Creative Artist. She’s been in the industry for more than 20 years and with Farouk Systems for more than 15 years. Danielle has her finger on the pulse of global style trends, and her expertise makes her salon clients feel like they came off a runway. She is a true artist who knows how to make hair complement the beauty that her clients possess. Danielle has been featured in numerous trade magazines such as Modern Salon, Behind the Chair, and The Colorist, which highlighted her unique and creative custom color formulations and easy color corrections. 


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.


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.


Heather Joyner's waxing career changed the day she was introduced to GiGi. Heather has been teaching waxing techniques for over 5 years and she is excited to share GiGi's quick, clean and sanitary method of waxing. In Heather's class, you will witness waxing as a technical art and you will learn how quickly youo can expand your business and profits.


Rose began her career in a salon in downtown Cincinnati, over 8 years ago.  Her passion for the industry drove her to education, as she believes there’s always more to learn and master.  As a Regional Education Manager for Kenra Professional, Rose is able to leverage her knowledge and technical experience to share the newest techniques with stylists across the country.  She shares her enthusiasm with stylists daily, and it is that work with stylists that she finds her own inspiration. 


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.

Michael Gregg

Michael Gregg the Owner and Artistic Director of Heaven the Salon Experience has spent over 30 years in the beauty industry as a stylist, salon owner and Paul Mitchell Educator. Michael believes that education is the bedrock of the beauty industry and built Heaven the Salon Experience to reflect these core beliefs: "that educated, stylish and talented stylists who deliver superior customer service will create an exceptional experience for every guest". Michael has appeared in numerous beauty publications both in the United States and in Europe, additionally he has appeared on Lifetime Network providing make overs and commentary.

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®

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. 

Product Club®

Amanda has worked for Product Club® for over seven years and owns ReVive! Salon in Allentown, PA. One of her greatest achievements has been bringing education to the hands of stylists across the nation with Product Club. She has a great respect for the need to further the creative design skills and technical understanding of haircolor. After graduating from The Vision Academy, a Paul Mitchell School, Amanda opened her fashion-forward salon with an upbeat environment.


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.  

Sormé Cosmetics

Oscar J. Molinar III is no stranger to the beauty or the entertainment business. For Over 25 years, OJ Molinar has been helping men and women from all walks of life bring out the best in themselves. In 2014 Molinar was featured as a " On Air" Beauty Expert and Named Part of "The S A Live Glam Squad" for San Antonio's # 1 Daytime Talk Show on KSAT 12. Oscar recently moved to San Francisco and has expanded his makeup artist career into acting as well. Regularly appearing as a Beauty and Style Expert on stage and television, Oscar also travels as a Sorme Brand Ambassador and loves sharing his passion and knowledge of the makeup industry with fellow artists.

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Melanie has been behind the chair as a hairdresser for 15 years. She has always had a passion for educating other salon professionals. For two years, she educated at Paul Mitchell The School Columbus and assisted students in learning the basics of hairdressing and sanitation as it pertains to the salon industry. Melanie has owned a growing salon for 8 years and has consistently been educating her Team and other professionals along the way. Melanie understands the connection between sanitation/safety and quality guest service. Melanie is constantly striving to improve safety, sanitation and education in her salon. Melanie leads a salon that is passionate about the wedding industry. In 2017, Virtue Salon did hair and makeup services for 57 weddings. Melanie also holds extremely
high standards of guest care and safety in her salon.

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Lindsay is a recent graduate of Paul Mitchell The School Columbus. Lindsay left her career in the accounting world to fulfill her passion as a hairdresser and she couldn’t be happier. Lindsay is a naturally gifted hairdresser with an outgoing personality. She is much loved my guests and the Team. Lindsay has a passion to teach other hairdressers about sanitation and safety along with other technical skills. Lindsay hopes to play a larger role in the education classes offered at Virtue Salon. Currently, she will be presenting small portions and assisting as the education offerings grow, she has been behind the chair for two years. Lindsay is passionate about upstyling and participates in the weddings at Virtue Salon. She also helps to lead the continuing education offerings specifically about upstyling. Lindsay was formally a CPA and helped to educate in her previous profession.

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Amy has been behind the chair for over four years and was a vocational school graduate from Pioneer CTC, the same school that her salon owner, Melanie graduated from ten years prior. Amy moved to Columbus to go to college following cosmetology school and ended up falling in love with the beauty industry. Amy is an excellent public speaker due to her college education and passion for the industry. Amy loves to learn new things and implement them in the salon. Amy finds that her growing clientele often loves the cleanliness of the salon at Virtue and Amy knows there is a strong connection behind safety/sanitation and success. Amy is a specialist with hair extensions and blonding. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of hair color and hair extensions with other professionals.

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Sarah has been behind the chair for eight years and has been at Virtue Salon the entire span of her career. Sarah is a fully booked hairdresser with a true love for education and sharing her knowledge with others. Sarah is a master haircutter and is very knowledge in the areas of salon safety and sanitation. Sarah has a huge amount of knowledge about the salon industry as a whole. Sarah was a graduate of Paul Mitchell The School Columbus and has constantly pursued higher education in haircutting, makeup, hair color and business. Sarah also inspires her team with makeup and hair ideas for photoshoots and more.

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Kendra has been a hairdresser for 11 years and she has a large amount of experience. Kendra was an instructor at the Paul Mitchell School in Columbus for several years and recently came back to the salon. Kendra takes safety, sanitation and technical skills very seriously. Kendra has a way of breaking down information for all people to understand and retain. Kendra is a skilled hairdresser and presenter. Kendra is the Artistic Director atVirtue Salon and teaches the Apprenticeship Training Program and loves to help studentsget the most out of their education experiences.

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Allison has been a licensed cosmetologist for 11 years. Allison has a diverse career history as she has worked around the country at amazing salons. Before returning to Columbus, she spent most of her time in New York City and Atlanta. Allison is a master of her craft and loves to teach. In her time outside of the salon she is a yoga instructor and has strength in leadership. Allison is a strong communicator and loves to mentor younghairdressers. Allison has a strong presence as a stylist, colorist and haircutter. Allison has a love for session styling and works largely with photoshoots in Ohio.


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.


Miguel Rosas is known for executing intricate designs and portraits, along with his postivie attitude, bringing new ideas and the ability to intrigue others while educating and demonstrating new haircutting techniques. Creative and innovative with his hairstyles and designs. Miguel joined W.E.A.T. to provide education that opens your eyes to different ways to cut hair.


A barber of 10 years and a barbershop owner for 3 years, Richard Silvestro has teamed with Woody's in educating professionals on the newest trends, techniques and products in the beauty and barber industry. A licensed cosmetologist and barber, Richard's personal story will inspire you and his craft will amaze you. Join Woody's and Richard for an hour of men's grooming at it's finest.