Donnie Ray - NY ARTISTIC TEAM MEMBER
Donnie Ray was born and raised in a small town in beautiful South Carolina. At the tender age of 5, he began his career as the family stylist - French braiding his aunt's long locks. After manifesting looks for his entire family and prom dates, Donnie set off for the Marine Corps, where he learned discipline, attention to detail and the importance of hard work.
Inside him was the dream of being a high-level, professional stylist. Aware of this, he began working under Hisao Oe (of Peirre Michelle) at Hopscotch Salon in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he worked his way to Creative Director. Then his career took off! He studied in London with Vidal Sasson, and eventually went to work for the industry greats such as Bumble and Bumble as a Network Educator, Aveda, Vivian Mckender and has landed Prive!!
His work has been seen on the runways with designers Millie, Betsey Johnson, Monique Lhuiller. His clientele includes Cherl Hines and Dana Parish; he has done styling for T.V. shows such as Regis and Kelly and Ricki Lake.
Not only will you see his creations in Vogue, Town & Country and the New York Post, you'll see his artistry walking the streets around us. His is a master at creating styles to fit any attitude, combining classic shaping with freestyle razor techniques.
Donnie currently shares his gifts as a stylist and a member of the Prive Artistic Team and a stylist Prive Salon, NYC.
He is constantly finding inspiration in bringing a touch of southern comfort to the big city.
Jenny has said that her inspiration for doing hair is Elvis Presley. "The man revolutionized style, hair, music: the works! I fell in love with his pomp!" Her favorite thing about working in a salon is the actual salon itself: it has the most amazing atmosphere. She has worked with clients such as Mickey Rourke, Chris Hournbrook from Poison The Well, and Darren Brass from Miami Ink. She's worked at New York Fashion Week for Heatherette, Mercedes Swimsuit Week, Miami Fashion Week, Ocean Drive Magazine, Map Magazine, and more!
Jenny loves being a hair stylist because it's something that never stops growing and moving forward with fashion. There are no stop signs when it comes to doing hair and growing as a professional! She strives to always make her clients feel excited and fulfilled, as if dead weight was taken from their shoulders and they were just revived back into an organic atmosphere.
Johnna Rightmyer - TN PREMIER TEAM MEMBER
Johnna has been a stylist in the industry for 9+ years, is the owner of Juel Salon & Spa in Franklin, Tennessee and is a member of the PrivĂ¨ Education team. Whether using the latest cutting techniques or coloring the next palette, you will always be refreshed and updated while in her chair or in one of her classes.
Notorious for researching the latest trend online and hopping a plane to hone her skills, Johnna has taken numerous classes led by the industryâ€™s most sought-after platform artists. She is not only behind the chair but has been seen on television in Nashville, backstage at the Dove Awards and many fashion shows.
Educating others is very important to Johnna and pushes her to stay at the top of her game. She loves sharing her knowledge and experience with others and thrives on teaching not only the craft, but the business building skills that will allow the craft to become a dream. As she likes to say, you can never grow unless you plant the seed for someone else.
Johnnaâ€™s inspiration among many things is the streets of NYC,she says â€śI love how many diverse styles can saturate one city block and all I have to do is sit back and take it inâ€ť.
Nikki Pittam - LA TBD
Justus Kerr - NV ELITE INTERNATIONAL TEAM MEMBER: Justus has been a "Hair Artisan" for over 15 years, and an educator for 9 of those years. In those 15 years he has developed a strong passion and hunger for the hairstyling industry. His inspiration comes from watching and learning from those that are more experienced. He is currently living in beautiful Las Vegas.
Justus has had the privilege of working with many celebrities, such as: Bette Midler, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Tilly, Jasmine Guy, Aaron Carter, and Jamie Lynn Siegler, just to name a few.
Madison Jane Throughout Madison Jane's life an unstoppable attraction to art, creativity, and people led her toward the glorious industry of hair. As a teen, despite others advice, Madison went with her gut feeling and tested out of high school during her junior year to became a licensed hairstylist by the age of 17. Early on she found her love not only behind the chair but also being involved in every outlet this beautiful hair world has to offer.
At the mere age of 20 she found herself on the creative team with Alterna haircare. There she realized when you can teach something you can truly own it. That â€śahaâ€ť moment in her student's face is something she lives for. She believes there's no such thing as too much education and is always in search for new techniques to advance herself. Sassoon in Chicago and hands on training with Martin Parsons have been highly beneficial for her as a growing artist. Her admiration for Prive surfaced while researching haircare companies and advanced education, she is extremely inspired by the culture and creative energy. Over the past 7 years Madison Jane makes every effort to continuously push her limits within her industry while keeping the integrity of her work strong.
Not only does she find tons of inspiration throughout today's fashion but is also highly influenced by iconic vintage silhouettes we've all come to know and love over the generations. She has had marvelous opportunities to have her work, whether it be freelance or educating, follow her all over the US as well as Canada and Europe. You can find her hairstyles gracing the pages of subculture magazines such as Min Boudoir, Tattoo Energy, Atomic Bombshells, and Temptress. As well as at events like Baby Phat's runway show for Germany's Next Top Model 2010, New York and LA fashion week, and more recently had one of her hair styles strut the red carpet during the 2013 Emmys. She's had the honor to tame the manes of many lovely vixens including, but not limited to, Masuimi Max, Tera Patrick, and Andrea Grant.
Madison Jane believes through her craft she can express a lifetime commitment to a more beautiful and positive world.
Kristin Cicala - LA PREMIER TEAM MEMBER
Kristin is an LA native and started her career in hair design in `97. She spent years at Toni & Guy as part of their artistic team and as an educator which built her foundation and sparked her interest in fashion. She has gone on tho have her hairstyles published in major fashion magazines such as Vanity Fair and Teen Vouge. She has worked with various celebrities and musicians the likes of Kelly Lynch, Tory Burch, Marley Shelton, Ashlee Simpson and The Flaming Lips as well as participating in numerous fashion shows. Kristin is an internationally traveled being and has a joy of life. She continues her innovative styling and design techniques through the breath of artistic living
Nicole Hartmann - LA (Color) Nicole Hartmann is a celebrity hairdresser from Munich, Germany. As a second generation stylist she started her career at the age of 16. Nicole moved quickly into the spotlight by competing and winning both national and international competitions. She was one of the youngest hairdressers to successfully complete a Master Degree in Hairdressing, which allows her to open salons throughout Europe.
Los Angeles has been her home since 2000 and she is currently working at Prive Salon. Nicole's work has been featured in magazines like American Salon and The Colorist. She's worked on movies and Television shows such as She's got the Look, America's next Top Model and Plain Jane. A passion for education has led her to become a platform artist for Schwarzkopf USA and National Ambassador for OSIS.
Her knowledge as well as her ability to communicate with others has made her a valuable member of the Schwarzkopf educational team since 2003. She's traveled throughout the United States to teach and educate. Nicole is inspirational to others, loves what she does, believes in her abilities and continuously strives to improve.
Lisa Bryant - LA PREMIER TEAM MEMBER
Lisa began her career at Toni and Guy Hairdressing Academy in Santa Monica, California. Her passion for hair was refined through complete structure in her cuts and an eye for style and detail. Since then she has worked in top salons in LA. While auditioning for a position at Prive', she was told by the man himself that she had "perfect technique." Lisa later made the decision to refine and share her skill as a full time educator for Toni&Guy. She is now located at Hairroin Salon in Los Angeles where she continues to educate for both Hairroin and Prive'.
Lisa also continues to collaborate and shoot with local artists in the Los Angeles area. You can see her work in such magazines as Bisous and Zoe Magazine, and on celebrities such as Sarah Carter and Shana Halligan.
Lisa continues to find inspiration in the classics, her past, and certain street styles. "My goal is to try and stay current and innovative without getting watered down by trends. Fashion continually recycles itself, so stay true to who you are and you will always be original."
Ryan Crupi - LA California born and raised, R Y A N C R U P I has used his childhood influences from the streets of East LA where he grew up to shape his ever-evolving life. His rapid success story spawns from an array of unique experiences that define his ongoing achievements.
R Y A N C R U P I grew up in a family of hairstylists. His mother and father, fatefully meeting at beauty school, were Ryan's first exposure to the business. Though Ryan may not have been interested in hair as a child, a friend's introduction to BMX would be the unique start to Ryan's own inclination of becoming a hair stylist. Ryan's natural aptitude toward BMX racing lead to a lucrative career; he eventually turned Pro and soon after, Ryan's father started a bicycle parts company titled, Crupi Parts. Ryan has since been involved in creating a line of custom Low-Rider Beach Cruisers inspired by his Los Angeles roots.
Shortly after his retirement from the BMX circuit at age 17, Ryan shifted his focus to design. Initially a hobby, his passion for design turned into a multi-million dollar clothing company. Ryan's lack of experience in the fashion industry had no bearing on his determination and self-discipline. While most would push duties they are unfamiliar with onto others more skilled, Ryan took it upon himself to learn every aspect of owning and operating his clothing business. Ryan's line attracted such attention, that soon he was creating designs for an impressive range of celebrity clientele.
Naturally, Ryan's personal style has garnered him the attention of many. In August of 2010, Ryan was approached to release a Signature Series Limited Edition "Chucks" All-Star sneakers each signed and numbered. With 1976 sneakers available, signifying his birth year, the shoes were marketed through the power of word-of-mouth and exclusively to the greater Los Angeles area. Within 7 weeks of being available to the public, the sneaker was in such high demand it sold out.
Ready to take on his next challenge, Ryan went back to his roots and tried his hand at hair styling. In an unheard of 2-year time frame, Ryan is one of the industries most sought after hair stylists. His ability to bring to life beautiful, effortless hair and a genuine concern for his clients, has earned him a well-deserved reputation. Given his will to succeed and refusal to fail, this is only the beginning for R Y A N C R U P I.
Trent Magnano (Kyle Donaldson) - LA Trent Magnano was born and raised in Campbell, California; a small town in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Influenced by the world renowned stylist, Robert Cromeans, Magnano began taking on peopleâ€™s hair at the tender age of fifteen, enticing potential â€śclientsâ€ť with his innate abilities and his unparalleled passion. Magnano received his professional license at eighteen from San Jose City Cosmetology School and landed his first job as a licensed stylist at Five Color Cowboy, a popular salon in San Jose.
It was at Five Color Cowboy, where he trained under stylists Jasmine Lazzarino and Johnny Granada, that Magnano honed his skills and discovered his own niche within the realm of styling. Five Color Cowboy led to Big Jimâ€™s Barber Shop, and by twenty-one, he decided that the next step for his career would be to move to Los Angeles. Immediately Magnano landed a coveted spot working in celebrity stylist Chris McMillanâ€™s salon in Beverly Hills; however it wasnâ€™t long before he yearned for the camaraderie of the barber shop.
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Neil Gogoi - NY PREMIER TEAM MEMBER
Neil Gogoi is fast becoming one of the most sought after hair stylists in the fashion industry. Having already worked in many different sectors of the industry, Neil began his career with the prestigious Toni & Guy Hairdressing UK.
Moving to Ireland in the spring of 2003 Neil's skill and creativity quickly grew. Combined with his unique ability to understand the key points to making people look and feel fantastic, he broke into session styling after winning 1st prize with his photographic entry to Toni & Guy Ireland's national "Raw Style" competition. Recognized for his extraordinary talent and infectious personality Neil has built up an impressive portfolio as a freelance stylist.
In an ever changing industry Neil has worked on a wide variety of editorial, advertising and media projects that have seen his career expand across Europe and to the USA. Along the way he has collaborated with international brands such as L'Oreal, Wella, Clairol, Alpaparf and Aussie to name a few, as well as some leading photographers, directors, stylists and make up artists.
Inspired by his multicultural heritage and extensive travels, Neil has acquired invaluable knowledge and experience which have driven his creativity and distinctive style. As part of his varied schedule Neil also presents educational seminars to aspirational hairstylists and make up artists, attends to private clientele and works closely with editors for magazine features giving tips and tricks to create the perfect look. Neil believes that achieving the "perfect look" can make a person feel fabulous inside and out.
Neil continually shares his skill, experience and passion for the industry, making him the natural choice for those seeking individual attention, precision and flair that are strong trademarks of his work.
What she truly enjoys about working downtown is the diversity and the quirky, cool vibe. She loves the mix of flavors and colors that translates into a free style;
she gets inspired by it everyday and makes her feel like the ambassador of the American "je ne sais quoi".