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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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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With the natural world as an unending inspiration, Angelica truly wants to make her clients feel like their hair is harmonious with their being. She comes to Ion with 10 years experience working at the John Sahag Workshop, where she learned to cut hair and built a clientele using the dry cutting technique. The environmentally sustainable salon concept as well as the creative and open atmosphere are what drew Angelica to ION STUDIO NYC. Always looking for new designs and shapes, and giving classics a twist are what drive her as a stylist to achieve individuality in her work. Her studies in herbal medicine creates a new dimension in her intrinsic approach to style.
MONROE DEL SOLE
As an East Coast native, Monroe started out as a Broadway and TV actress where she became fascinated with the process in which hair can be used as a tool to develop on-stage characters. She wanted to apply the craft as a way to transform her clientele while being able to perform behind the chair with her passion of hair artistry and her personality that displays true stage presence.
Monroe had extensive training and education specializing in haircutting and precision razor cutting at Arrojo Studio Soho. Other credits include Vogue, New York Fashion Week, Broadway Bares at Hammerstein Ballroom and is proud to have experienced training with Vivian Mackender, Heather Chapman Hair, and Paul Merritt.
“There is no better feeling than watching my clients smile with confidence when they see their new style.” Follow Monroe @shearsforfearsmonroe
Alex's journey as a hairstylist started up a ways on the Hudson in Poukeepsie, New York 10 years ago. Her hunger to train with the elites of hairstyling gave way to her seeking out various disciplines within the industry: she traveled to London and Toronto where she mastered the Sassoon precision scissor haircut and color techniques, trained under Hairbrained founder Gerard Scarpaci, received razor training at Bumble and bumble NYC, and furthered her cutting education at Redken NYC.
Armed with an arsenal of the diverse backgrounds she trained under, she went on to seize every opportunity to share her passion for the craft and became an educator and platform artist demonstrating haircutting on stage in front of audiences of thousands at events such as IBS NYC, ISSE California, ABS Chicago, Premiere Orlando, Elevate Hair and Hairbrained Video Awards.
In the last 5 years working as a creditably prolific hairstylist in New York City, her experience not only brought her to the platform stages but also to New York Fashion Week and into the salon setting where she specializes in makeovers, short haircuts, creative & edgy hairstyles, bangs/fringes, and layers that enhance natural waves & curls within the hair. Follow Alex @alexandraefst
Kat's expansive career in hairstyling started in 1999 when she joined the hair institution Bumble&bumble at their original flagship salon in Midtown, NYC. She quickly blossomed as a stylist and at the young age of 23, she dove into the world of entertainment working on sets freelancing while also continuing to cultivate her clientele within the salon.
As she persisted in pursuing her path as a hairstylist, her ambitions took her across country and she busied herself by working bicoastally deeply immersed in Hollywood & Entertainment: cutting hair for celebrities, designers and executives such as Fran Drescher, Amy Hargreaves, Marc Ecko, Catherine Malandrino, Kieran Culkin, Diane Haughton and working on shows such as The View, Wendy Williams, Hoda and Kathie Lee, Good Morning America, Excess Hollywood and more.
Whether she is on a movie set, on-location at a photoshoot for publications or with her clients in the salon, she is extraordinarily diligent in her work and her razor sharp focus is solely on her subject. No client is turned down, as she welcomes any challenge thrown her way and the extreme care she takes with each creation shows through in her work. Follow Kat @katswork23
ANDREW DAUM CHUNG
Andrew has almost a decade of experience in the hair/fashion industry and a very impressive resume. He started off as a shampoo boy at major hair academy in The District of Columbia. After completing the apprenticeship program with Toni&Guy, Andrew knew there was so much more out there to experience in the hair world so he packed his bags to move to other major cities in Asia and USA. Completing the infamous Park Jong Chan academy in Seoul, Korea he has blossomed his career to new heights.
His sensational work ethic and talent lead him to work alongside major legends in the industry such as Kim Hwan, Hun Van Ngo, Garren, Danielle Priano and Troi Olivierre to name a few. Having the right mentors molded him into the hairstylist he is today, consistently working with Victoria’s Secret, CASPER, ELLE magazine, BAZAAR and much more. If Andrew is not working on set, he is behind the chair with major clients such as Adriana Lima, DJ Illenium, Song Joonki and more. Follow Andrew @andrewdaumchung
Antonia Kousountidis was born and raised in Queens. At the age of 14, she fell in love with hair dressing and began to pursue her passion. She found a job at a local salon where she learned the basic skills of the trade. She observed how happy the clients were after their services and wanted to bring that joy to people's lives as well. At 16, she moved to another local salon where she continued to hone her skills as an assistant until she graduated high school. From there, she furthered her education at the Aveda Institute New York and Sassoon Academy Toronto.
After finishing her education, she worked at a top New York salon in the Flatiron District before moving to Ion Studio. Specializing in haircutting, Antonia brings precision and professionalism to every one of her clients. Follow Antonia @antoniahair_
Tommy came to New York and was swept up into the world of hair when he took his apprenticeship with celebrated hair stylist John Dellaria at his salon in SoHo. Under the guidance of Dellaria's eccentric and often experimental take on hair artistry, Tommy discovered his appetite for designing shapes & color that suit the face, body, personality and lifestyle of each unique client.
He continued on to advance his own haircutting styles and honed in on his love for the subtleties of coloring: whether it is indulging in the glorious shades and tones of a gloss or a single process, or the dimensional depths of foil highlights, to the carefully placed hairpainting techniques of balayage. At his core he loves developing a connection with his clients and thrives on the demands and energy of his fast-paced, busy days in the salon. His personality and natural charisma have gained him the loyalty of his committed, discerning clientele. Follow Tommy @tommywrightstyle
Katie began her career in the arts over 15 years ago in Atlanta, studying fine arts and art history. After earning her BFA she moved to Chicago where she started her journey in cosmetology at the Aveda Institute. Since then she has traveled the country and worked in successful salons in Los Angeles, Chicago, and now New York City as a stylist, colorist, mentor, and educator. She has a passion for precision cutting, and has done extensive training with Aveda, Sassoon, and most recently has been training with Allilon to build on her skills and elevate her standard of hair cutting.
Katie is also a certified Davines trainer, and is incredibly passionate about sharing information, continuing to learn and grow, and pushing beyond the limits of her comfort zone. Follow Katie @katiemcclusky
Evan Sollars has been coloring hair for nearly a decade. He has received training from NAHA-winning hair artists such as Deborah Gavin and John Simpson, and his work experience includes coloring hair and educating at a L'Oreal National Academy. Since relocating to New York City in 2014, he has worked alongside industry leaders in downtown salons consistently named "Best of NY" by TimeOut and "Top 100 USA Salons" by Elle Magazine. Most notably, Evan attributes his apprenticeship under acclaimed editorial colorist Victoria Hunter as his aesthetic genesis.
Before becoming a colorist, he studied fine art, including charcoals and oil painting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. This education proves invaluable to Evan who uses his artistic eye and knowledge of color theory in his designs.
A hair painting specialist, Evan enjoys creating both subtle, natural looks as well as full transformations. His signature hair, whether bold or understated, has smooth textures, soft gradated colors, and an unmistakable effortless quality that is both individualized and fundamentally beautiful. Follow Evan @evanthecolorist
From the age of 18, Seiko took a very extreme liking to color. The naturalness, and full of movement looks she can create is what made her most noticed starting out in one of the top salons in Tokyo, Japan. She quickly became the busiest and most noticed colorists in the city, which led her to teaching seminars and private classes for color companies, Japanese fashion magazines, and advertisements. This fueled her to make a move to NY and study under the "God of color" Michael Murphy.
Seiko now splits her time both in select cities on the east coast and in Japan.
'Seiko takes mousy-colored and muddy browns and paints in layers of golds and chestnuts and warm and cool umbers, for dark hair with drama and depth. Colleagues describe her as a kind of color savant: “She sees things no one else sees.”’ [Philly Mag]
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Shannon is a blonding specialist that has been working in the hair industry for over 15 years.
With experience ranging from editorial work, being an educator for multiple global brands to having an extensive clientele who seek her out for her vast knowledge of innovative techniques, she uses her intrinsic understanding of hair to give her clients color that is congruous with their unique character. Her ability to connect to an individual on an empathic level better allows for a harmonious marriage of a person's true personality and their stylistic goals.
"Look! Look! Look deep into nature and you will understand everything."
- Albert Einstein
With nearly a decade in the industry, Alicia DiMaggio started her career in her hometown Uppsala, Sweden.
With big passion and heart for the profession, she was always looking to grow and challenge herself. After receiving extensive education in the field and many years of experience in the salon, she discovered Davines - a brand that drew her in because of their commitment to sustainability and creativity. She soon became an educator for Davines and found fulfillment in also helping other hairstylists grow and be better. As an educator, Alicia’s global perspective paired with her innovative, yet clear approach offers hair professionals an enriching educational experience.
Alicia’s collaboration with Davines set her on a journey that would soon change the trajectory of her career. Through Davines, she connected with Joseph DiMaggio and Shokunin Clik - collaborating with him and later styling numerous industry and Fashion Week shows - from New York to Thailand. She is currently based in New York City and calls ION STUDIO her homebase while continuing to travel internationally. She works as a color director with Shokunin Clik and brings her innovative sensibility to the salon; with her clients, she enjoys the duality of creating not only extremely natural tresses but also fashion-forward color & styles that is heavily influenced by her creative mind. Follow Alicia @alicia.dimaggio
Gail has about a decade of experience in the hair industry and never stops learning & taking classes. Her background in training includes brands such as Davines and Aveda.
She has worked hair shows in Las Vegas in 2015, was featured in Florida Magazine as one of the best hairstylists of 2017, worked internationally as a hairstylist in France & London, and is now back to working stateside in high gear as a colorist specializing in healthy hair color: she focuses on the condition of the hair as she believes beautiful hair color starts with healthy hair.
She is a painting specialist and a lover of reds. Follow Gail @bett3rincolor
Tanya Rae is a bridal, celebrity and fashion makeup artist based in NYC.
Tanya’s passion for the artistry of makeup began sixteen years ago whilst assisting the iconic makeup artist, Sandy Linter. Since then Tanya has had the pleasure of working with some of the top names in the industry in a variety of different fields.
Tanya’s individualistic approach at “bringing out the beauty” in her clientele has given her a reputation for having a sharp eye and the makeup artist you call when you’re after “flawless style”. This has made her a favorite among clients such as Bette Midler, Kelli O’Hara, Megan Hilty, Roxanne Assoulin, and jazz-legend Annie Ross. Follow Tanya @tanyaraebeauty