SPECIAL GUEST JUDGE: MAGGIE MULHERN, MODERN’s Beauty & Fashion Director
NYC based Editor and Art Director for Modern Salon Magazine and modernsalon.com. Maggie joined MODERN in the 1980’s and has spent more than 3 decades covering the professional beauty industry around the world. In addition to writing articles, Maggie travels globally as a beauty journalist to report on the latest beauty trends, products and techniques. Known for a keen eye, Maggie has judged hundreds of national competitions including NAHA, and international competitions such as Wella’s International Trend Vision and Goldwell Color Zoom among others. As an Art Director, Maggie is responsible for hundreds of magazine covers and thousands of inside pages and features for Modern Salon and it’s sister publications. Among her many professional passions is ARTIST SESSION, the 2 day workshop she founded which offers direction and inspiration to hairdressers interested in learning how to do successful photoshoots and how to get published. A graduate of Boston College, Maggie is the author of Great Looks (Doubleday) and, in the few minutes of spare time she has left, is working on a book for children that has NOTHING to do with beauty.
CELEBRITY STYLIST: OLIVIA SMALLEY , Colortrak’s Artistic & Technical Director
Olivia Smalley, founder and CEO of OMG! Artistry, found her passion in the hair and makeup industry. Some of the names you will find on her client roster include Paris Hilton, Nick Jonas, Tara Reid, Opening Acts for the Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears Intimates Line and New York Fashion Week to name a few. Olivia has had her work published in Maxim, Oxygen, Men’s Exercise, and is now an Official Hair and Makeup Artist for GUESS Brand in Florida. In addition to the talent she was born with, she has crafted her skills in a way that allows you to be the canvas for her art. Olivia has written articles for Skin Care, Makeup and Spa Professionals, LNE Magazine. OMG! Artistry launched a full service freelance agency for artists and clients alike. OMG! Hires professional hair and makeup artists to work on projects for celebrities, social events, advertising/editorial media, fashion shows, photo shoots, private events and much more, on location. www.oliviasmalley.com
SPECIAL GUEST JUDGE: ALIX CLYMER, Founder of the Unicorn Tribe
Alix is a true ARTIST behind the chair, on canvas, and pretty much anything else she can paint! Founder of The Unicorn Tribe and Owner of The Unicorn Tribe Salon she is the leader of The Age of The Artist Movement. Winner of Scruples #scruplesnyfw, Bio Ionic #mybigbreak Finalist, and three time BTC One Shot finalist 2015. Published in Modern Salon, American Salon, and Behind The Chair magazines. Her motto, “Live out loud with no apologies!” now reaches a community of over 150,000 followers on Instagram alone. Today, Alix continues to push the boundaries of creativity inspiring thousands!
RICARDO SANTIAGO, Colortrak Brand Ambassador
Ricardo Santiago is an Independent Studio Salon Owner with over 10 years of experience, based out of Orlando, FL. Ricardo began his career in the Beauty Industry barbering while still in High School. At the time, Ricardo did not realize the path that barbering would lead him into, and the great success that he would achieve. Ricardo studied Business in College and later transitioned into the Army where he proudly served our country and still continued to perform barbering services. It was during his time in the Army that Ricardo realized that hair was more than just a hobby or a “side job”, but rather his passion. Shortly after, due to an injury, Ricardo was honorably discharged from the Army. Upon his return home to Sarasota, FL, Ricardo decided to follow his dream, and enrolled in Cosmetology School.
Ricardo has been fortunate enough to have been surrounded by some of the best talent in the Industry. Through hard work and dedication, Ricardo became the youngest Master Hair Stylist and Colorist at the salon in Sarasota, FL where he got his start at the age of 25. He now specializes in all textures and types of hair, but with a special focus on custom coloring, dry cutting, texturizing and barbering. Today, Ricardo has completed various certification programs and has achieved significant recognition from the community for his outstanding client work. His achievements continue to attract the attention of top industry players, as he continues to get approached and recruited by different brands and companies in the industry.
ALEXANDREA VILLAREAL, Colortrak Brand Ambassador
Based out of Temecula CA, Alexandrea Villareal is a highly sought after Hair Stylist and Master Hair Colorist for her color creations and jaw dropping hair extension transformations. With over 7 years of professional experience, Alexandrea is an internationally published hairdresser. Her work was most recently featured on a 6-page spread in New Hair Trends Magazine. Alexandrea has gained major exposure in the last couple of years by publicizing her most amazing transformations through social media. Her carefully drafted Instagram portfolio and celebrity clientele, have helped Alexandrea reach new heights in her career. In a recent interview, Alexandrea proclaimed her love and commitment to the industry with this comment, “The hair industry has completely changed my life, and it is so much deeper than most people think. This industry is who I am, and I couldn’t imagine my life without it. The feeling of making someone feel beautiful and to inspire someone to follow their dreams is truly the best reward“.
SHONDA BROADUS, Colortrak Brand Ambassador
Born and raised in Union, SC, Shonda Broadus was lucky enough to discover her love of all things hair, art and fashion at a young age. She made clothes from scratch and turned them into works of art, she would do all her friend’s hair for special events and social gatherings. She did it all for fun, and for the passion of creating beautiful things! It was her creativity and her passion for hair that lead her to pursue a career in the beauty industry. After getting married and becoming the mother of two beautiful children, Shonda enrolled and completed Cosmetology School at the young age of 21 in Beaufort, SC. She went on to work for a few different salons where she gained mass amounts of experience and got to build an amazing clientele, before opening hair own business in 2011.Today, Shonda is the Owner and Educator of Color Me Rad Salon in Beaufort, SC. She has built a reputation as an innovative and talented Master Hair Colorist, who not only has perfected existing techniques in the industry, but also creates her own. Shonda is now committed to teaching other hair stylists how to achieve their own success in the beauty industry by hosting high level classes that arm stylists with new skills to help them attain their client hair goals. Shonda’s work has been featured by Modern Salon and Beauty Launchpad online, as well as a special feature by Beauty Lauchpad Magazine.
RACHEL LA’ROUX, Colortrak Brand Ambassador
Rachel La’Roux is a Hairdresser and Vivids Color Specialist with 13 years of experience behind the chair, based out of Salon Rache in Campbell, CA.Rachel’s work was voted as one of Hot Beauty Magazine’s “2015 Top Ten Pictures of Summer” for Into the Woods. In addition, Rachel is the owner of the Instagram “feature” page @LollyPopLocks and co-founder of the Lolly Pop League Movement. The league is a community of stylists embracing their love of “candy inspired hair” with a commitment to working together to eradicate hair shaming and bullying from the online community. The league promotes hashtags such as #BeSweet #NoHateHere #KeepScrolling and #StopBullyingSpeakUp. Other recognitions include: 1000 or Bust Leader & Alumni, and Colortrak’s Summer of Color: Color Melt Category Winner for (Peachy Color Melt).
CAMERON LESIEGE, Colortrak Brand Ambassador
Cameron LeSiege is an internationally published hairdresser and artist based in New York City. He believes that when we are connected to others we become better people. This value has helped him to inspire and motivate future industry professionals in addition to building a solid reputation for earning the trust and confidence of his clients. He has trained under leading names in the industry for more than 7 years and has been an educator for the Paul Mitchell School in Jacksonville, FL since 2012, specializing in color and long hair design. Cameron has a passion for creating hairstyles that are youthful and polished, which translates both in his editorial work and behind the chair.He has received numerous awards including Bangstyle’s Artist to Reign Supreme and Paul Mitchell’s Next Top Photo Stylist. Cameron recently made it as a finalist out of more than 47, 000 entries for the Editorial Shot of the Year category in behindthechair.com’s ONE SHOT Awards (the largest hair awards event with the most entries in history). Cameron’s work has been featured by industry giants such as Modern Salon, Behind The Chair, American Salon, Estetica, ELLE Magazine, YOU Magazine, Salon Opinion, LaPalme Magazine, New Hair Trends, Hair’s How, Creative Head Mag, Sam Villa, Pro Beauty, and Bangstyle.His love for education and the beauty industry led him to the position of Beauty Editor for Iridescent Magazine and Bridal Beauty Magazine.
BRI BIRD, Colortrak Brand Ambassador
Bri Bird is an Educational Director at Do the Bang Thing Salon in Denver, CO. She is forever a student of her craft, Hairstylist, Makeup Artist and aspiring Photo/Videographer. Bri’s passion for hair began as a child, when she would spend the afternoons sweeping hair in her grandmother’s salon. She loved watching the transformations that her grandmother was able to achieve, the relationships she built, and the happiness she brought to her clients by making them feel beautiful. Fast forward to today, Bri Bird’s specialties include both men and women’s hair cutting and color. She particularly enjoys balayage, ombre, color melting, and bright fashion tones. Bri is also certified in Perfectress Hair Extensions. When she’s not at the salon, Bri continues to immerse herself in the industry by working on hair pieces, hair and makeup for photoshoots, and runway presentations. Bri is also dedicated to constantly evolving and keeping up with the latest trends by traveling to the nation’s top beauty trade shows. In an interview with Colortrak, Bri said, “I live and breathe this industry; I have a love and passion for it that can’t be stopped. Even if I won the lottery I would still be behind the chair.”