introducing the amika stylist collective: a team of visionaries who are breaking boundaries + rewriting hair rules in the amikaverse + beyond. independently, each one of these elite artists offers their own unique style, diverse background + industry-leading experience. together, they’re an empowering force that fuels the exciting future of amika pro artistry + education.
WASHINGTON D.C. METRO AREA@yenedamtew
Yene Damtew is an ethiopian-american salon owner and hairstylist, with nearly two decades in the industry. passionate about a holistic beauty approach, she blends business, education, and hairstyling, impacting her celebrity clientele and aspiring stylists. based in Arlington, VA, her aesthetics salon prioritizes client needs. featured in key publications and honored as a hair raiser by ulta beauty, Yene aims to expand into lifestyle spheres, championing inclusivity while excelling in her field.
LOS ANGELES , CA@thejesjewel
meet Jes Jewel, the talented queer color specialist and celebrity stylist at LA's acclaimed butterfly loft salon. a long-time brand influencer, Jes crafts popular salon and styling content. drawing from 90s roots and LA's artistry, she delivers stunning platinums, creative colors, and unique hair transformations. with a painting background, Jes brings fresh creativity to trends, making styles more wearable and everyday looks more imaginative.
Pekela Riley is an award-winning stylist and educator. influencing fashion, beauty, and the 'textureverse'. her approach with textured hair shines in vogue, essence, allure, and beyond. Pekela’s clientele includes high-profile celebrities, and she works to enhance each individual's unique beauty. a 3-time naha nominee and texture artist of the year winner, her salon pk secured elle magazine's "top 100 salons in america." Pekela is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion.
LOS ANGELES, CA@salsalhair
meet Salvador Salcedo, a skilled hairstylist with a remarkable journey from Mexico to the US. with over two decades' experience, sal has crafted iconic hairstyles for celebrities, embracing hair as self-expression. nova arts, his inclusive salon, fulfills his dream. through #hairtour, he transforms hair, shares knowledge, fostering empowerment. Sal's mission? empowering others through expertise and passion. his journey from Mexico to the US reflects in his transformative work, making waves in the beauty industry.
Eric Vaughn, rev salon's owner in Houston, holds 14 years in beauty. renowned for miss texas usa and miss texas teen usa collaborations, he styles contestants for national stages. featured in modern salon, beauty launchpad, elle, allure, and more, showcasing his artistry. a mentor fostering talent in his salon, he cherishes roles as husband to Tony and dad to twins, Harlow and Monroe. Eric’s industry excellence matches his dedication to family.
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