Donnie Ray Allen 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.
Maxine Josie With over 15 years in the salon industry, Maxine has integrated her technical abilities as a stylist with her drive for higher education.
She is now a designer at Folicle (a salon) in Cleveland, Ohio and part of the acclaimed Privé Artistic Team. She is enthusiastic about their products and how they continue to maintain their high standards and integrity.
As a Privé educator, she is currently traveling to different parts of the country, where she is able to pick up new and current trends and innovative techniques to share with both the stylists and the clients.
Justus Kerr 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.
It's what keeps Justus growing as a senior stylist and also why he chooses to share his vision and dedication with others as an Elite member of the Privé Artistic Team.
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 “aha” 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.
Kat Bishop Kat Bishop has worked in the many beauty facets from Haircutting, Session Styling, and Make Up Artistry. She started as a proud alumnus of the Paul Mitchell Partner Schools and was honored with The Salon Association (TSA) Beacon Award Top 100 Nationally Recognized Students. She has also had the opportunity to work along side some of the best and most influential names in the beauty industry.
Her advance education and training began with Aveda in New York City and since she has continued her education nationally, such as Vidal Sassoon Advanced Academy, Paul Mitchell Academy and Prive Advanced Academy. With over 13 years of combined experience in hairstyling & makeup artistry, it has lead her to session work for editorial shoots, television, corporate clients and celebrities including Cheryl Tiegs, Supermodel Emmie, Olympian Medalist LoLo Jones, and Mariel Hemingway. In addition for her love of haircutting & hairstyling, she also a proud team member and shares her passion as a Cloud Nine Brand Ambassador. Outside of Cleveland, she continues to travel and be a long-time participant styling hair backstage for runways at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York, Miami, and Berlin.
Kat is not only behind the chair, she is always on the go, creating and staying on top of the trends. She finds her inspiration in the cities she travels to and working along side other passionate hairstylists. She believes you must stay active and current in this industry. "Just like fashion, hair trends shift and become more innovative. You have to continue to learn, develop, and share that with your fellow hairstylists and deliver it to your clients.
Amber Cannon Inspired by our world, creating with passion.
Amber began cosmetology school at 15 and worked in two successful salons over the course of 9 years in her hometown of Charlotte, NC; Starting as an assistant and working her way up to a master stylist, doing new stylist training and in salon education. She attended the Vidal Sassoon advanced academy in Chicago for ABC Cutting & Mens Barbering where she found a new passion for cutting hair; followed by Privé cutting classes as well as continuous research from online stylist communities to attending classes at hair shows for new techniques. She started becoming very intrigued with styling and began taking advanced classes for editorial and session styling, as well as attending many hair shows for constant inspiration and education, and sitting in on Look & Learns from editorial stylists. She has attended the Davines Ion Studio Editorial Class in NYC, the Nick Arrojo Editorial Class in NYC, the Privé Academy in NYC and worked alongside their design team for the past 3 New York Fashion Weeks (2013-2014).
She is currently based in Nashville, TN with a move to NYC in the works for fall 2014. Her burning desire for this industry and advanced education has given her confidence on an entire new level and is reflected by the work she produces and work ethic, which in turn has presented her with some wonderful opportunities and jobs. She is now currently freelancing as a session hair stylist for film/tv, music videos, print, runway, photo shoots and live performances, while still keeping a steady amount of clients on the side to fulfill her desire of cutting and coloring hair.
She is motivated by her passion and continuously traveling for jobs, networking, and marketing herself to see where her talent can take her in this amazing and ever changing industry.
Kristin Cicala 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 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.
Christopher Marrero Hailing from Dutchess County, New York, Christopher always new that the hair industry would be calling his name. His career began when he relocated to New York City in late 2002.
Over the next decade he went on to work at top salons such as Bumble and Bumble, Cutler, Ion Studio and John Sahag. He can currently be visited for cutting and styling appointments at L’appartement Privé on 5th avenue in New York, NY. Some of his clients have included: Rachel Zoe, Kate Upton, Nicky Hilton, Sarita Choudhury, Katie Lowes, Jennifer Morrison, Martha Plimpton and Frederique Van Der Wal. You may also see some of his work in publications such as the NY Daily News, The Huffington Post, Fitness, Emmy and Cosmopolitan Magazines.
Trent Magnano 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 people’s hair at the tender age of fifteen, enticing potential “clients” 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 Jim’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 McMillan’s salon in Beverly Hills; however it wasn’t long before he yearned for the camaraderie of the barbershop.
In 2010 Magnano co-founded The Proper Barbershop, which has since become one of Los Angeles' premier spots for men's grooming. A celebrated barber, known for his technique and style, he has recently added the role of educator to his resume, partnering with Privé in leading classes across the country.
Daniel Winter Born and raised in southern California. After acquiring a job at Salon Sessions Studio in Pasadena, Daniel quickly felt a passion and love of hair and the art behind it. After hair school, Daniel took a job as the Artistic Director of Structure Hair Salon in Rancho Cucamonga. Learning quickly that knowledge was key to success in the industry, he began learning and absorbing from everyone around him. After a few years, he decided to hone his skills even further and began working exclusively with an all male clientele at the Proper Barbershop in Los Angeles, California. Having worked with and educated for some of the best companies in the industry such as James Albert, Hattori Hanzo, Xotics and Privé, Daniel strives to learn daily and reciprocate his knowledge to the industry.