Kingston, NY Salons
Love Hair Salon
Philadelphia Salons & Stylists
Admirations Hair It Iz
Mirror & Mantel
Juju Citrus Salon
Anthony’s Barber Shop
John’s Old School New Skool Barber
New York Salons & Stylists
Just Because…Hair Therapy Salon
Antonio Soddu / Studio 522
Sulon Hair Studio
Dop Dop Salon NYC
Make me Dreadful
Body & Soul Hair Studio
Nathan Schorr, Independent Stylist
Lulu Santiago, Independent Stylist
Jose Montanez, Independent Stylist
Gabrielle Fishman, Takamichi Hair
Efthemia Stefanou, Independent Stylist
Denver Salons & Stylists
Aveda Pure Talent Salon
Meet some of our volunteer stylists:
Tia Ashe, Owner of Love Hair Salon (Kingston, NY)
Tia Ashe is an entrepreneur and the owner of Love Hair Salon located in Kingston, NY. She has over 15 years of experience and is trained and professionally licensed to perform various hair replacement techniques including extensions, wigs and custom hair pieces.
While working at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, as a registered nurse in 2010, she decided to follow her passion and obtain her cosmetology license. During that time she simultaneously opened her first salon. Her goal was to create a trendy, fun and relaxed space in the Hudson Valley where all women of multi-cultural backgrounds would feel comfortable and excited to have their beauty services rendered.
Tia has participated in many hair replacement courses to hone her skills, recently receiving wig certification with celebrity stylist Tokyo Stylez. She has also obtained a Novalash Extensions certification. In addition, she has also studied under Jaylon Aaron, the creator of the 3-part sewin and Willa Kennedy who is most known for her infamous vixen sewin. Tia views education as a vital tool in the beauty industry and attends a variety of classes across the county with various stylists every year to stay up-to-date with current hair trends.
In 2016, Tia will be launching her very own hair extension line called Genie in a Bottle, which will consist of the highest grade virgin wefted hair along with maintenance products.
Tia has been featured in local publishing’s including Ulster Magazine and Kingston’s Happenings. Her salon was also covered by the Hudson Valley News Network for Love Hair Salon’s Annual Look Your Best for Academic Success Day, in which she along with her staff and friends provided a day of free services to school age girls in low income households to prepare them for the new school year.
Tia hopes to expand her knowledge and share her love of transforming beauty to make women of various backgrounds feel beautiful inside and out.
Katie Cook, Owner of Mirror & Mantel (Philadelphia)
Born and raised in this city, Katie has a real passion for Philadelphia. Katie began her training at the Jean Madeline Institute in Philadelphia and furthered her education with Bumble & Bumble in New York, later working as a network educator for them. She completed extensive color training with Wella, and a large amount of educational training with Aveda, Lakme and American Crew. Katie was featured in InStyle Magazine for ‘Best Haircut in Philadelphia’ in their Ultimate Beauty Blackbook. Katie takes a natural approach to hairstyling. She places emphasis on getting to know her clients in order to determine what the perfect style for them would be. She believes in highlighting her clients natural texture and beauty while encouraging them to elevate their style. Katie channels her interest in art and the creative process into crafting the best results for them. She is compelled to continue to evolve with fashion in the hair industry and genuinely adores working in this business.
Cecily Gaffney, Stylist at Mirror & Mantel (Philadelphia)
Originally from southern Georgia, Cecily relocated to Philadelphia from New York to start her career in 2002. Through her previous interest in, and study of, photography she developed a passion for the craft of hairdressing in the images she saw. Cecily was specifically drawn to the classic beauties and vintage styling of the 20′s, eagerly seeking to recreate the beautiful images from a time of thoughtful hairstyling. Cecily first trained at the Jean Madeline Aveda Institute in Philadelphia, and continued her training both with Wella and Bumble & Bumble in New York. Additionally, she worked as the Network Educator for Bumble & Bumble at Luna Salon for seven years. While working at Luna, Cecily was featured in Philadelphia Weekly’s Style profile section. She has an amazing skill and passion for color. Following a philosophy that men and woman are more likely to style their hair if it ‘just works’, she strives to give her clients hairstyles that naturally shift into the next stage and effortlessly fall into place.
Carol Thomas, Just Because…Hair Therapy Salon (Brooklyn)
Carol Thomas is revered by her clients, many of whom travel from New Jersey and Manhattan, as the queen of hair health.
Suzette Boozer, Sulon Hair Studio (Brooklyn)
Alexander McQueen, Gwen Stefani, Kerry Washington and many more have had the pleasure of working with Fashion and Celebrity hairstylist Suzette Boozer. The Brooklyn-bred Stylist and salon owner has successfully created a wide range of celebrities, fashion designers and models to the season’s must-have looks and has even helped set hair trends. The visionary has delivered cutting edge hair styles for her clients over the years in every facet of media including print magazines, television, film and music videos. Oftentimes she has created hairstyles that provide sex appeal by cleverly adding a hint of sportiness to the looks for youth appeal.
Jo Blackwell, Dop Dop Salon (Manhattan)
I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a hairdresser, and in fact, I entered beauty school at 15. By 17, I had graduated, moved to Houston, Texas and started my career at a salon called Visible Changes. Two ex-New Yorkers, John and Maryanne McCormack, owned the salon, and it was serendipitous that I just happened to walk in one day and got a job. I spent over six years with them learning and experiencing with incredible structure. When I moved to New York, I spent the next six years in unabashed creativity at the John Dellaria Salon.
Then in 1996, I opened my own salon in SoHo called Dop Dop Salon. We used ARTec, like we did at both Visible Changes and John Dellaria. I became a platform artist for them and when L’Oréal Professionnel purchased ARTec, they got me and my team. It was a great transition for me to go from ARTec to L’Oréal Professionnel. I always say that God has me where I need to be at every moment, and if I don’t fight it and go with it, I end up where I need to be.
So after over six years of incredible structure with the McCormacks, and over six years of unabashed creativity with John Dellaria, I was finally able to marry the two at Dop Dop. I think of what we do as artistry with an edge. We’re extremely creative and extraordinarily tasteful.
After 25 years in the industry, both behind the chair and on stage, I have learned that we are all on the same team. We’re one colorist, and we share the same goal – to make our clients look and feel better than they did when they came in. Never forget why we’re really in this business. It isn’t to compete. It isn’t to debase one another. It’s to make a positive difference in people’s lives.
Theresa Adams, Dop Dop Salon (Manhattan)
Theresa Adams is a Hair Stylist at Dop Dop Salon, located in New York’s fashionable Soho neighborhood.She is also a National Artist for L’oreal Professionel, specializing in balayage and creative color.Theresa has been a part of the hair industry for over a decade. Working behind the chair and behind the scenes for television and fashion. Theresa entered the beauty industry as a make up artist working in theater and then as a fashion editorial hair stylist. Theresa has presented onstage for Behind the Chair, New York I.B.S., Long Beach I.S.S.E, and at Intercoiffure to name a few. She has worked New York Fashion Week for designers like Betsy Johnson, Carlos Campos,Narciso Rodriguez, and many others. Her work has been featured in both hair industry and beauty industry publications.Sharing color techniques with other stylist to help grow their artistry and business is what drives Theresa as an educator.“Beauty is being the best possible version of yourself on the inside and out” Theresa strives to share this with her clients. Creating looks that are unique to each individual,so they can be the best version of themselves.
Nathan Schorr, Independent Stylist (Brooklyn)
Nathan has been doing hair in NYC since 2009. With experience in uptown and downtown salons, photo shoots, and fashion styling, Nathan has a broad range of beauty and style references. 1960′s hair, fashion forward styles, and short women’s hair cuts are some of his favorite looks to create. Bringing out everyone’s individual beauty is why Nathan is attracted to this industry. Born in NJ, Nathan has been living in NYC for seventeen years.
Gabrielle Fishman, Stylist at Takamichi Hair (Manhattan)
Gabrielle began her training at a Paul Mitchell school and received advanced studies at the Vidal Sassoon academy in London, developing a mastery of hair geometry and structure. Her haircuts and color are specifically customized to the client’s texture, head shape and lifestyle, assuring a unique look that is low maintenance, enhances the client’s personal style, and evolves in the following weeks rather than simply growing out. Gabrielle’s approach is informed by a deep appreciation of art and aesthetics and is committed to continued education and service to her community.
Erika Bansen, Owner of Make Me Dreadful (Brooklyn)
Testimonial: “To say Erika is talented, is an understatement. She is an artist. She is brilliant. She will give you exactly what you are looking for. Her work is clean, and she works at a rapid pace. I get so many people amazed at the fact that my dreads are 7 months old. They look like I’ve had them for years. I could not have asked for a better stylist. She created my vision. I love what she does. I highly, highly recommend her. She has a great personality to boot. Get your dreads placed and maintained by Erika!! You will be so happy you did!” – Sarah M.
Kimberly Johnson, Co-Owner of Body & Soul Hair Studio (Brooklyn)
Kimberly Johnson seized upon an opportunity in 1998 when she stepped from stylist to the helm of the great Body & Soul Hair Studio where she is elated to be part owner. The New York native is no stranger to Cosmetology as she crafted her skills 10 years prior to entrepreneurship. She is having the time of her life accomplishing what she loves! Giving clients that quality of happiness through looking and feeling awesome. It is a blessing for her to give back through Community Service by empowering and uplifting individuals through hair care. Kim says “there is nothing like a Funky Fancy Up-do and a Short and Sassy cut!”
Delsie Carter, Co-Owner of Body & Soul Hair Studio (Brooklyn)
Delsie Carter is a passionate Salon owner/wellness coach from Norfolk Virginia. She has been in the cosmetology industry for the past 25 years. It has always made her heart full and grateful to see a client leave her chair feeling like she or he can take on the world solely because of the excellent service she has provided and the lifting words of encouragement she spoke while serving them. She loves to style long hair and pin it up into artistic masterpieces. She also has a passion for sculpting very short styles into classic works of beauty. She realized a long time ago that ‘giving’ on every level was her calling in life. Understanding that her gift was God-sent and that she was under obligation from her creator to share it with the world. Her cosmetology career gave her a wonderful opportunity to use this gift.
Lulu Santiago, Independent Stylist (Manhattan)
My name is Lulu Santiago I was born in Manhattan, NY and raised in Newark, NJ. I’ve been a licensed cosmetology for over 13 years. Hair is my passion, I love to witness the confidence boost a person has when their hair looks good. I love to create beauty.