Ted Gibson, Host

Industry Icon

Ted Gibson is one of the most sought-after editorial, runway, and celebrity hair stylists in the business. He is known for toiling over the tresses of celebrities including Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Debra Messing. As an influential stylemaker Ted is also tapped to contribute to segments on shows like The Today Show and as the hair expert of TLC’s What Not to Wear.


Nancy Braun

Owner of Balayage by Nancy Braun

Nancy Braun is the owner of Balayage by Nancy Braun, a Beverly Hills hair salon focused on superlative color and hair care. Her branding of the Balayage technique has been honed to the level of an art form and her approach has made her one of the most sought after colorists in the industry. The combinations of Nancy’s color expertise, Balayage artistry and outstanding teaching skills have made Braun an icon in her field. As Director of Technical Services at L’Oreal USA Corporate, Braun helped launch INOA, DiaColor, and other well-known L’Oreal Professional brands. She also innovated and developed the Balayage Education standard for L’Oreal Professional, helping make beautiful hair just a little more beautiful.


Jo Blackwell-Preston

L’Oréal Professionnel Artist, Owner of Dop Dop Salon

Jo Blackwell-Preston is a world-renowned colorist, educator and owner of Dop Dop Salon. As a Color Council member for L’Oréal Professionnel, Jo has been featured for Majirel and DIA campaigns. Not only known for her haircolor creativity, she is a mentor for the LP salon network, and her development program Talking RISKS is one of the most requested within all markets. Jo is on the Board of Directors for Intercoiffure North America, and has received many accolades over career, including the prestigious Chevalier Award, Personality of the Year from Intercoiffure North America, Educator of the Year from the International Haircolor Exchange and an Emmy Award for her collaboration with Sesame Street.


Chrystofer Benson

Matrix Artistic Director

Chrystofer Benson is highly respected in the professional beauty industry for his, exceptional creative vision, communication skills, and technical talent that clearly defines him as an industry leader, a MATRIX Artistic Director and Global Design Team Member. He has also launched his own brand of products and education at CBC – Chrystofer Benson Collective - HAIRCBC.com


Shelley Gregory

L’Oréal Professionnel Brand Ambassador

Shelley Gregory is a native of Las Vegas and based there as a colorist/stylist. She has been perfecting her craft for over 15 years, recently gaining recognition and going viral with her pastel hair creations.


Maggie Mulhern

Beauty & Fashion Director, Modern Salon

Maggie Mulhern, is the NYC based Editor and Art Director for Modern Salon Magazine and modernsalon.com. She has spent more than 3 decades covering the professional beauty industry. Maggie travels globally to report on beauty trends, products and techniques. Known for a keen eye, she has judged national competitions and is responsible for multiple magazine covers.


Johnny Ramirez

L’Oréal Professionnel Brand Ambassador

Johnny Ramirez is a talented celebrity colorist working in Beverly Hills since 2002. In 2013 alongside business partner, Ahn Co Tran and opened the doors to one of Los Angeles hottest salons, Ramirez | Tran Salon. Due to Ramirez technique and passion, he has quickly become one of the most sought after hair colorists in the country, every few months he travels the country to see his existing client base. He executes each look with artistry and vision all while creating his trademarked "lived in color" so that each client leaves the salon feeling beautiful and confident.


Jason Backe

L’Oréal Professionnel Brand Ambassador

Jason Backe is one of the most sought after hair colorists in New York as well as co-owner of Ted Gibson Advanced Academy with partner Ted Gibson. From editors and models to actresses and executives, clients love Jason’s color for its chic and complimentary wear ability. As the L’Oreal Professionnel Brand Ambassador Jason was one of the first colorists to adopt their revolutionary ammonia-free INOA hair color. He is also in extremely high demand for VIP events, educational seminars, trade shows and in salon classes.


Darren Oram

Education Director, L’Oréal Professionnel & L'Oréal Professional Products Division Academies

Darren has been part of the hairdressing industry for over 28 years, with over 20 years specialising in hair education. For the last 5 years he has been Education Director for L’Oréal Professionnel in the UK, as well as managing the UK multi-brand L’Oréal Academies. Darren is delighted to be part of the very first USA L’Oréal Color & Style Trophy and is looking forward to meeting the finalists in NYC this June!


Anh Co Tran

L’Oréal Professionnel Brand Ambassador

Anh Co Tran, co-owner of Ramirez | Tran Salon in Beverly Hills, is an expert celebrity hair stylist. Specializing in vanguard cuts and classically beautiful styles, Tran carefully balances precision, movement, and texture for each and every client. Tran’s clients include Dior, Chanel, Gucci, and Top Shop. His editorial work spans the globe having worked with Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, In Style US/UK and Vanity Fair to name a few.


Ammon Carver

Hairstylist, Owner of Ammon Carver studio in NYC

Nominated 5 times by the North American Hairstyling Awards for Editorial Stylist of the Year, Ammon recently brought home the Master Stylist of the Year Award. Ammon is one of the most highly regarded hair stylists in the business. In addition to building his loyal clientele at the Ammon Carver Studio in New York City, he has lead as Artistic Director at Matrix for over 12 years and recently been named Creative Director for L’ANZA Healing Haircare, leading direction of editorial images and celebrity style content.


Alain Laroche

Director of Professional Development, L'Oréal Professionnel & Pureology

Alain Laroche has been a beauty industry professional for well over 35 years. Beginning his career as a hairdresser, his passion and creativity lead him to his current position as the L’Oréal Professionnel & Pureology Director of Professional Development in Canada. Alain is responsible for the strategy, development, and execution of all training, education programs, national events and key salon business programs, ensuring they with our corporate goals and brand vision.


Kris Sorbie

Global Artistic Director, Redken

Kris Sorbie has become one of the most influential color experts and educators in the industry today. In 2014 she was named Icon of Color for being the originator of Ombré color techniques; a prestigious honor awarded for the first time by Intercoiffure. Two-time winner, seven-time Nominee and Finalist of NAHA (North American Hairstyling Awards) Master Hairstylist and Avant Garde categories are just a few of the accolades Kris has been awarded. Recognized for many years as a world-renowned leader in cutting-edge hair color techniques, an expert in the field of long hair and up-styling; she raised the bar in the art of finishing, has been lead stylist on many NY and LA Fashion Weeks, a guest speaker at TeenVogue Fashion University NYC and a judge for NAHA as well as many other Hair Styling Awards.


Matthew Morris

Owner, Matthew Morris Salon and Skincare

Matthew Morris is known for being a quick-change artist, having the ability to morph clients into endless looks with ease. With an understanding of classic beauty, technical excellence, and healthy hair, the world renowned luxury brand, Kerastase, found Matthew to be their perfect match. As an Artistic Director for Kerastase, their TECH team was created, paving the way for them to provide advanced education. Matthew is an artist, a designer, and a visionary who enjoys opportunity to institute new techniques for artists.


Heath Grout

L’Oréal Professionnel Artist

Heath Grout held the position of US Creative Director for global hair brand TIGI. After nearly 2 decades of representing Toni & Guy and TIGI at Fashion Week, Heath is now a Cutting Council member with L’Oréal Professionnel U.S. Heath’s photography is where is true passion lies, he has been featured in more than 40 hair trade publications and countless fashion magazines. Students that span 18 different countries find Heath to be inspiring - for his extensive technical knowledge, and effortless style of teaching at seminars and industry events all over the world.


Jennifer MacDougall

L’Oréal Professionnel Artist

Originally from Canada, now living in NYC as a Beauty Influencer/Celebrity Hairstylist. Jennifer has styled hair for Naomi Campbell, Alexander Wang, Georgina Chapman, Parker Posey, Joan Rivers, Melissa Rivers, Chiara Ferragni, Alan Cumming, Judith Light, Rachel Bronsnahan, Katherine Jenkins, Daphne Oz and Jerry Seinfield. Jennifer won NAHA Colorist of the Year award (twice consecutively) and was Awarded Canadian Master Hairdresser of the Year. Most recently she has worked with Project Runway, Project Runway Allstars, Project Runway Juniors, Fashion Police, Good Morning America, Extra TV. Gucci, Vogue, Cosmo, Vanity Fair, Elle and Marie Claire.