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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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
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.
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
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
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
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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Molly Van Tassel
COLORIST / GROOMING
Hailing from the foothills of the Rocky’s, Molly Van Tassel’s career has, since its infancy, been charged with the spirit of creativity. This creative bent makes its way into all aspects of her work, whether with an inspired approach to a classic blond highlight or an Instagrammable color melt. This malleability of mind and affable nature bely a discipline instilled by her military careered father and the fourteen years spent training to become a nationally competitive figure skater. Breaking with the rigors of her skating career at the age of fifteen, Molly began sneaking to Metal shows, got her first of many tattoos, and began her exploration in the craft of hairdressing on the heads of her newly minted social circle.
After studying at the Paul Mitchell Academy in Virginia, Molly moved to New York in 2012 and put her knowledge to work as a stylist and colorist and has been honing her skills since. Currently, she is a certified Davines trainer and is now happy to call the haircare brand's flagship salon her home away from home. Follow Molly @hairbymollyvantassel
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
Born & raised in Southern California, Angela knew at a young age that she wanted to be a hairdresser. She graduated high school at the early age of 16 and accelerated through cosmetology school straight into a salon - by the age of 21, she was ready to take hairdressing to the next level. She set her sights on the fashion industry in New York City and started working for Bumble & Bumble where she was first exposed to the world of styling and fashion shows. Thereafter, she joined the team at Whittemore House as a cutting and styling specialist while also teaching the apprentice program. Helping to color wigs and extensions for Victoria Hunter who is the famed colorist for Guido Palau, she naturally fell into working for Guido full time and left the salon to travel the world working backstage on all of the shows for major fashion houses from Dior, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana to Alexander Wang & Balenciaga among many others.
The next few years were spent at the forefront of fashion as it was happening, and it became the inspiration that made her who she is today. Guido taught her how to look at the model, create shapes & understand suitability. She brings this knowledge to her own freelance career working in editorial, beauty & red carpet events.
In the midst of her years cutting & styling, she also developed a love for color and hair painting. She loves creating beautiful dimensional brunettes and natural sunkissed highlights on all tones and textures, especially curly hair. She uses her talents to give her clients a natural yet elevated version of themselves. She is excited to be at ION Studio where her creative independent spirit is embraced. Follow Angela @paintedbyangela
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
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