Born and raised in Florence, Italy, Leonardo discovered his love of hair while working at a local salon as a teenager. He began his formal training in 1986, where he, as kismet would have it, met his future business partner Marco Santini. Like many Florentines before him, he set out for a new life elsewhere and soon thereafter landed at London’s prestigious salon Alan International. After continued travel and education, Leonardo moved to New York in 1994, where he began working at the famed salon Bumble&bumble. Between building a large clientele and educating fellow hairdressers, Leonardo cultivated a tremendously successful editorial career that can still be witnessed in countless ad campaigns, editorials, and runways across the globe. In 2008, Leonardo opened ION STUDIO NYC where he continues to challenge his craft and nurture hairdressing’s next generation. Follow Leo @leonardomanetti
Marco’s illustrious hairdressing career began in his hometown of Florence, Italy, when at the age of sixteen he decided to satisfy a creative urge. After his initial year of training, Marco, like his business partner Leonardo, pursued a formal education at London’s Alan International before bringing his refined craft back to his birthplace where he became an educator at the renowned Paolo Chirivi Salon. He then continued honing his own skill set in Spain under Luis Llongueras and in 1994, moved to New York where he built a loyal clientele at The Spot hair salon. Simultaneously, he pursued an editorial career by assisting industry legends Eugene Souleiman, Orlando Pita, Sam McKnight, Neil Moodie, and Ward. Marco’s work soon caught the eye of Bumble&bumble founder Michael Gordon, and by 1997, was one of the famed salon’s most successful stylists. His work has appeared in Vogue, Glamour, Marie Claire, V Magazine, and Dazed and Confused, as well as on a swath of runways. In 2008, he opened ION STUDIO NYC where he continues his journey both in and out of the salon.
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Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Shelby began her hairstyling career at age twelve working at her cousin’s hair salon where she got an early peek at the art of sweeping and shampooing. During this time, she was inspired by the artistry and technicality of hairdressing and was moved to pursue her formal cosmetology education which she completed in 2010. With a desire to expand her craft behind the chair and in the editorial world, Shelby relocated to New York in 2012. Refining her skills under some of New York City’s most sought after hairdressers, she has, for the past five years, been heavily involved in the New York beauty industry with work published in Nero Magazine, InStyle, and has fostered a client list including Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, model Liu Wen, and producer Mark Ronson.
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Alessandro knew from an early age that hairdressing was his future. Born in northern Italy, close to the Dolomiti mountains and lake Garda, in a very small village, he graduated cosmetology school at seventeen. After a period in Spain, he moved to Milan where he gained experience in several different salons, before working for the prestigious salon Orea Malia for a decade. During his time in Italy’s fashion capital, he worked with many fashion designers and stylists. He also worked in collaboration with Universal Italia, MTV Italia, and Deejay TV. Alessandro's clientele includes celebrities, musicians, and actors, and he also served as the exclusive hairdresser for Italy’s most prestigious football team, the International F.C. His penchant for men’s grooming paved his way to becoming a key educator with the Wahl Clipper Corporation with whom he still has a relationship. Alessandro is excited to continue expanding his talent in NYC, and with ION STUDIO . Follow Alessandro @alessandrocomai
Hailing from Montpellier, France, Yannick first flirted with becoming a hairdresser at age of twelve when, after his mother refused to bring him to the salon, he began experimenting with cuts and color on himself. His natural inclination for the craft soon had his friends clamoring for his styling skills, but it was nearly a decade later that his fate was sealed. After his first haircut from a professional at twenty-one ended disastrously, he realized his untrained eye had the potential for greatness. He pursued a formal education in his hometown and then continued honing his skill in both Europe and the United States. Along the way, he toured Europe as part of a rock band and continues playing music while also catering to an impressive salon clientele.
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Colin’s hairdressing career began at the age of six when, to the delight of his dexterously challenged mother, he taught himself to french braid. After moving to New York in 2003, Colin attended the Aveda Institute and apprenticed at Antonio Prieto Salon for two years where he was first exposed to the world of editorial hairdressing. Seeking more opportunity, he began a varied career at the famed New York salon Bumble&bumble. It was there that he honed his skills behind the chair, on set, backstage, and as an educator. Never being satisfied, Colin also pursued his Bachelors degree in Art and Architectural History at Columbia University which he completed cum laude in 2015. During these years, he assisted famed hairdressers Guido Palau, Jimmy Paul, and Laurent Phillipon, worked backstage in New York and Paris on shows such as Marc Jacobs, Ric Owens, Alexander Wang, and Hood by Air, and styled celebrities from Rosario Dawson to Taylor Swift. He is happy to call ION STUDIO NYC his home and continues to focus his efforts on his dedicated salon clientele.
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Originally from Mexicali, Mexico, Nylza moved to New York by way of California in 2012. After several years dabbling in fashion styling, Nylza decided to pursue a career in hairdressing and attended Soho’s Aveda Institute. With a continued passion for session work, she worked full-time as an editorial hairdresser before making the decision to develop herself further under the mentorship of the seasoned stylists of ION STUDIO NYC. Nylza now enjoys a chair of her own and has quickly developed a dedicated following. Follow Nylza @nylza
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Born and raised in Melbourne Australia, Tim Nolan has an impressive hairstyling career spanning 15 years. Starting out at one of Melbourne's most prestigious salons, Tim completed a four year apprenticeship in 1999. During this time he honed skills that would eventually contribute to his career as an accomplished stylist and colorist. After making a name for himself in Melbourne, Tim's thirst for knowledge and inspiration took him to London, where he began a successful 4 year stint at Tommy Guns. In 2010, Tommy Guns moved him to their New York City location, where he spent three years building a loyal clientele and exploring the editorial world. Over the years, Tim has amassed an impressive list of celebrity clients including Jared Leto, Lilly Cole & Lou Reed. His work has been featured in many publications including Esquire, Glamour, New York Times Magazine, and Elle. Follow Tim @timmnolan
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Born and raised in Naples, Italy, Mariano has been a hairdresser for over twenty-five years. He began apprenticing at the age of twelve and by seventeen had moved to an upscale salon in the heart of Naples. His exposure to advanced techniques and stylists Aldo Coppola and Llongeras in Milan, ignited a thirst to learn more and the desire to explore more of the world. In 1992, Mariano moved to New York where his lifelong passion for music and art eventually led him to Suite 303 at the infamous Chelsea Hotel where he worked for sixteen years. After five years playing congas with Organic Grooves, Mariano co-founded Turntables on the Hudson, one of New York’s first late night outdoor parties where he moonlighted as a DJ for thirteen years. After retiring from his music career in 2010, Mariano dedicated himself to hairdressing completely and joined lifelong friends’ Leonardo and Marco’s team at ION STUDIO NYC.
Kimberley Pierce has quickly become one of the most accomplished and sought after colorists working in New York. Twice named to Allure Magazine's Best Colorist list and as a recommended Colorist by Refinery 29, Kimberley began her career at the celebrity-filled Sally Hershberger at John Frieda Salon in West Hollywood where she focused her creative energy on perfecting the French highlighting technique, Balayage, specializing in healthy blonde hair and color corrections. After her time at John Frieda, Kimberley decided to bring her talents to New York City to pursue a career in the editorial field. While at ION STUDIO NYC, Kimberley has worked on top editorial campaigns including Hermes and Guess, and her work with top modeling agencies has resulted in numerous ads and editorial features in various magazines including American Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Dazed and Confused, Harper's Bazaar and she has contributed to articles on Vogue.com and Glossier.com. Her celebrity clientele is as far ranging as Arizona Muse, Caroline Trentini, Natasha Lyonne, and Chloë Sevigny. Her focus however, continues to be her salon clients and mentoring the next generation of colorists. Follow Kimberley @kimberley_pierce
Emaly has always had a passion for hair and an instinct for color, so its no surprise that, since beginning her career at the age of sixteen, she's developed her own unique style from a myriad of coloring techniques. Emaly’s work strikes the ideal balance between wearable color and current creative trends and can be seen on the pages of Numero Russia, Refinery29, Vogue, and Playboy. Emaly trained for two years under ION STUDIO NYC's master colorist Kimberley Pierce and worked closely with legendary colorist Laurie Foley on New York Fashion Week shows like Alexander Wang. She continues to grow as an artist, hone her skills as a professional, and is thrilled to be a part of the ION STUDIO NYC family. Follow Emaly @emaly_b
Despite a variety of interests, including the greenest of green thumbs and a degree in writing, David’s consideration has always been the aesthetic. After six successful years as a personal shopper, he realized he desired a career that was increasingly technical and hands on. David spent two years training with top colorists at John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman before relocating to ION STUDIO NYC in 2013, refining his techniques under editorial colorist Kimberley Pierce. His work has been featured in numerous runway shows including Carolina Herrera, Libertine, Akris, Desigual, and BCBG Max Azria. Follow David @davidmarshek