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meet our speakers

We are so excited to welcome our 2019 speakers. From salon ownership, social media, celebrity clients, to incredible educational platforms, we hand selected each speaker knowing the wealth of knowledge they bring is going to positively impact your business.

 

EMBER RETREAT 2019 SPEAKERS

 
 
 
 
 
 
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jamie dana

Jamie is a hairstylist, salon owner, and educator based out of Orange County, CA. Not only does Jamie work in the salon, but she is also an educator in the hair industry who teaches hairstylists how to use social media to grow their businesses through her online course and by traveling around the country to teach at hair shows. Jamie was named by Modern Salon one of the Top 100 People to follow on Instagram for 2017. She has a passion for connecting with other hairstylists and creating a community of like-minded artists. Jamie is excited to get to hang out with other amazing boss babes and get to know each and every person!

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piper de young

Piper is a makeup artist, YouTube vlogger, and co-founder of @blendgatherings, a community driven hairstylist and MUA meet up in Southern California. She started her career behind the counter with philosophy and furthered her artistry skills as a makeup artist for MAC. She later took a leap of faith and established herself as a freelance makeup artist. Piper also has a background in Marketing and Graphic Design. With a passion for digital media and cosmetics, Piper is a social media and beauty lover with a sharp eye for trending design. She enjoys connecting with small creative businesses/entrepreneurs looking to establish their brand identity and showcase their work while effectively engaging with their audience.


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dawn bradley

A hairstylist for nearly two decades, 9 years as an entrepreneur, Dawn worked tirelessly to grow and build her very own sustainable and profitable business. After experiencing major burn out and a scary trip to the ER, things had to change. Learning to be strategic to maintain her profits while not overworking herself, Dawn now teaches others how to work smarter not harder. Dawn is an accomplished stylist that welcomes her guests into an environment of trust, comfort and beauty. She believes that thoughtful communication is the way to provide her guests with stunning results and an enjoyable experience in her salon. In London, England, Dawn trained under and worked alongside one of the best teams in the industry, and was featured in London’s Lifescapes Magazine for both hair and makeup. While later working in Sydney, Australia, Dawn became the principal colourist for an award-winning salon that featured the recipients of Australian Hairdresser of the Year and Salon Team of the Year. Dawn’s passion for continued education later took her to Paris, where industry leaders taught her the latest European techniques and trends..

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laura chihaia

Lala, known as the face behind “Lala’s Updos” brand, is an educator for bridal, braided and vintage hair styling. With over 13 years of experience, trained in Europe and United States, published in all the prestigious magazines, Lala got known globally through her upstyling skills and her quick and innovative techniques. She immigrated in United States in 2006 with a small kid, no money and no knowledge of English. 13 years later, working 3 jobs for 9 years and raising her kid in the places she worked, Lala chased all of her dreams and turned them into reality, building a platform and brand recognized internationally, and being an inspiration for many inside and outside of the hair industry.


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amber o’hara

Amber O’Hara started in the beauty industry 20 years ago where she began assisting in Hollywood among the best celebrity colorists. She quickly realized she wanted to take her knowledge and experience to the coastal communities Orange County. She spent the last 17 years building a loyal clientele while training many assistants and arming them with the tools to build their own clientele. After Training in New York to become a network educator for a bumble and bumble she educated in Salon for years. That training opened up the door for her passion in education. From there she became a board-certified colorist and dove deep into theory and the science of color, expanding her knowledge even more. This is where she took one of her first balayage classes and started developing her technique. As the brainchild behind The Business of Balayage She spent years developing curriculum, training over 50 educators and traveling nationwide teaching. After selling her shares of The Business of Balayage in 2017 she went on to open her first salon , Gold and Braid Salon. While creating her new education company House of collaboration where she has mentored over 100 independent educators to build their education brand, she has also worked with brands and manufacturers to develop their in house curriculum. She was chosen by Modern Salon to be top 100 stylists to follow in 2018. As an independent educator she is dedicated to the growth and acces to independent education in this industry.

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jessica shakir

Jessica has been working as a Makeup Artist + Hair Stylist in the Fashion + Beauty Industry for over 19 years. Some of her celebrity clients include Carrie Keagan, Karlie Kloss, Kevin Bacon, Jane Lynch, Rachel Hunter, Colbie Caillat, Sylvestor Stallone, Selma Blair, Dean Cain, The Backstreet Boys, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park + more. As a TV Beauty Expert, Jessica is regularly featured in national TV segments on shows including FABLife on ABC, The Dr. Oz Show, VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live + JUCE TV in addition to local segments for FOX, KCAL 9. With being newly + happily married, Jessica Hoffman - now Shakir!- is also excited to write + speak about Bridal Beauty + maintaing a healthy lifestyle that radiates happiness + joy! Jessica was the Key Makeup Artist on VH1’s The Big Morning Buzz Live, and has worked as a makeup artist on set of The Talk, Wendy Williams,The Gossip Table, Katie, Bethenny, America’s Next Top Model + The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.Her work has also been featured in various magazines including Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, Marie Claire + The Hollywood Reporter. Her philosophy on beauty is this: “Authentic beauty begins in the soul and works its way outward, it is something to be unveiled rather than applied.” Jessica loves helping women look + feel gorgeous, but she’s most passionate about helping women live a life that is truly beautiful.


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shanda wallace

Shanda has been doing hair for half of her life! Can you say #expert? Once completing Toni & Guy Academy at the ripe age of 17, she knew she had found a love with this industry. She pursued advanced education with her salon in Phoenix, Arizona where she became a senior stylist. After 6 years of hairstyling, her draw to the heartbeat of hairdressers began to grow. Along side working behind the chair, she became a licensed Cosmetology Instructor and found great joy in training future stylists. After 15+ years of hairdressing, opening The Harbor in Los Angeles is a dream come true- bringing many of these loves together in one place of her own.

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ashley fierro

Ashley Fierro is a make-up artist and expert beauty educator who specializes in editorial and fashion media, red carpet, professional athletes and luxury brides. Creator of Business of Makeup®, Fierro teaches students from all over the world how to take their creative passion and turn it into a full-time career. Her experience spans over a decade. With a fresh, natural approach to beauty, Fierro inspires artists and students of all experience levels. She resides in San Diego, California but travels worldwide to work with clients and educate.


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kimberly kennedy

Kim is an award winning hairstylist, wife & mom who loves helping other hairstylists learn how to run the business side of things....‘cause lets be real..it’s so much more than just hair! She is the creator & founder of Next Level Hairstylist and has an online course teaching hairstylists the key elements to running a successful business without feeling overwhelmed. Being a busy mom, she is all about working smarter not harder and teaches you ways to achieve a healthy salon-life flow. She truly believes we rise up together & can hardly wait to meet you!

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tara hainsworth

Tara is the owner of Hainsworth & Co. Salon in Arizona. She has been a hair designer for 10 years. Behind the chair she specializes in beaded weft as well as hand tied extensions, natural hair coloring, master cutting and styling. She also specialize in educating clients on how to Become Masters Of Their Own Hair as well as educating her fellow stylists how to teach their clients the same techniques. She strives to create a beautiful luxurious hair experience when a client sits in her chair. Her mission is to help clients understand how to care for their hair and is determined to hold the Hair Designer name at the highest standard.