FOUNDER

 
Amber O’Hara started in the beauty industry 20 years ago where she began assisting in Hollywood and Beverly Hills among the best celebrity colorists in the business. She quickly realized she wanted to take her knowledge and experience to the coastal communities of south Orange County and build her clientele. She spent the last 17 years building a loyal client base 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 color theory and the science of color, expanding her knowledge and passion even more. This is where she took one of her first balayage classes and started developing her expertise in Balayage. A Couple years later Balayage took the industry by storm and a lot of clients were coming in needing a color correction based on previous balayage applications that weren’t perfected yet which gave her the idea to start teaching, combining her passion for Balayage and education. As the brainchild behind The Business of Balayage She spent years developing curriculum, training over 50 educators and traveling nationwide meeting hairstylists from all over. After selling her shares of the business of Balayage in 2017 she went on to open her first salon , Gold and Braid Salon in mission viejo , CA. While creating her new education company House of collaboration where she has mentored over 100 independent educators trying to build their education brand, she has worked with brands and manufacturers to develop their in house curriculum. She was chosen by Modern Salon to be too 100 stylists to follow in 2018. As an independent educator she is dedicated to the growth and acces to independent education in this industry.

Amber O’Hara started in the beauty industry 20 years ago where she began assisting in Hollywood and Beverly Hills among the best celebrity colorists in the business. She quickly realized she wanted to take her knowledge and experience to the coastal communities of south Orange County and build her clientele. She spent the last 17 years building a loyal client base 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 color theory and the science of color, expanding her knowledge and passion even more. This is where she took one of her first balayage classes and started developing her expertise in Balayage. A Couple years later Balayage took the industry by storm and a lot of clients were coming in needing a color correction based on previous balayage applications that weren’t perfected yet which gave her the idea to start teaching, combining her passion for Balayage and education. As the brainchild behind The Business of Balayage She spent years developing curriculum, training over 50 educators and traveling nationwide meeting hairstylists from all over. After selling her shares of the business of Balayage in 2017 she went on to open her first salon , Gold and Braid Salon in mission viejo , CA. While creating her new education company House of collaboration where she has mentored over 100 independent educators trying to build their education brand, she has worked with brands and manufacturers to develop their in house curriculum. She was chosen by Modern Salon to be too 100 stylists to follow in 2018. As an independent educator she is dedicated to the growth and acces to independent education in this industry.

AMBER O'HARA

To learn more about how you can work with Amber to develop your own independent education brand CLICK HERE

To learn more about booking a Balayage and blonding class or participate in her online balayage series with amber click below

For appointment or salon inquiries check her out at  SALONGOLDANDBRAID.COM

 

lead collaborators

 
 
From the shampoo room to the boardroom, Nina L. Kovner took the world of pro beauty by storm with her thoughtful attention to detail and never-ending tenacity. After 26 years of conquering obstacles in an ever-changing business landscape and helping to build one of the most recognized professional hair care brands in the world, she respectfully walked away from a career at the top to help small business owners and artists discover and live their purpose with passion and empower their businesses. Now, as Chief Awesomeness Empowerer at Passion Squared, she wakes up every morning asking herself… “How I am going to help the people I love create more awesome today?”     About Passion Squared   We know that awesome businesses and the passionate owners who lead them are created from the inside out. At Passion Squared, we go straight to the heart of the matter to help you gain clarity so you can build an awesome business, brand and life through our online coaching programs like A School for Owners and Social Beauty Intelligence On Demand. We are passionate about eliminating confusion and chaos around how to create, build, grow + empower creative passions + dreams. Our focus is online + offline marketing, strategy, brand development and personal empowerment, wrapped in a lots of love + awesome dust.

From the shampoo room to the boardroom, Nina L. Kovner took the world of pro beauty by storm with her thoughtful attention to detail and never-ending tenacity. After 26 years of conquering obstacles in an ever-changing business landscape and helping to build one of the most recognized professional hair care brands in the world, she respectfully walked away from a career at the top to help small business owners and artists discover and live their purpose with passion and empower their businesses. Now, as Chief Awesomeness Empowerer at Passion Squared, she wakes up every morning asking herself… “How I am going to help the people I love create more awesome today?”

About Passion Squared

We know that awesome businesses and the passionate owners who lead them are created from the inside out. At Passion Squared, we go straight to the heart of the matter to help you gain clarity so you can build an awesome business, brand and life through our online coaching programs like A School for Owners and Social Beauty Intelligence On Demand. We are passionate about eliminating confusion and chaos around how to create, build, grow + empower creative passions + dreams. Our focus is online + offline marketing, strategy, brand development and personal empowerment, wrapped in a lots of love + awesome dust.

nina kovner

Brenda Amaral is a salon owner, VP of Education for Coastline Enterprise, Co-Founder of KoLAB education, and an evaluator for the American Board of Certified Haircolorists.    She is the co-creator of Color Freaks, a four day class that covers the chemistry of hair and haircolor. Thousands of stylists have passed through this class in the past 16 years in which she has been teaching it. Brenda has a passion, love, and endless energy for the hair industry and the people that work in it. She has experienced almost every aspect of it from being a receptionist, stylist, platform artist, as well as manufacturing. Her goal in life is to share her information and help as many stylists as she can to make more money and have a blast while doing it!

Brenda Amaral is a salon owner, VP of Education for Coastline Enterprise, Co-Founder of KoLAB education, and an evaluator for the American Board of Certified Haircolorists.

She is the co-creator of Color Freaks, a four day class that covers the chemistry of hair and haircolor. Thousands of stylists have passed through this class in the past 16 years in which she has been teaching it. Brenda has a passion, love, and endless energy for the hair industry and the people that work in it. She has experienced almost every aspect of it from being a receptionist, stylist, platform artist, as well as manufacturing. Her goal in life is to share her information and help as many stylists as she can to make more money and have a blast while doing it!

BRENDA AMARAL 

Anny claims she’s been a hairdresser her whole life, with an early passion for styling hair. Officially her career began at age 17 and her love of the industry is still going strong 20 years later.  Most of Anny’s knowledge and skill has been gained through years of hard work and dedication to her practice. She went straight from beauty school to working on the salon floor building and extensive clientele. She has developed a keen ability to think through problems and find solutions, putting her at the top in her field for color correction and creative color techniques like Balayage.  After spending two years working as a national Balayage Educator for The Business of Balayage, Anny discovered her passion for helping others gain confidence in their technical skills. For Anny, educating is not work, it’s purely fun. She enjoys creating a relaxed environment where people feel comfortable asking questions and interacting and learning with one another. Be warned that she thinks she’s pretty funny - that’s still to be determined.  Anny has perfected the “natural look” and incorporates a multitude of techniques to create that perfect blend. She offers techniques and solutions to create beautiful, dimensional color on our everyday clients - grey hair, thin hair, curly hair, short hair. Very few unicorns ever enter Anny’s world!  Anny loves the actual business of hairdressing and has spent the better part of her career implementing different business techniques to grow her own business behind the chair. In 2018 she will be opening her first salon and can’t wait to grow a strong and successful team using all of the techniques she’s been putting in to practice for years. She truly thrives on helping others achieve their goals and feel empowered.

Anny claims she’s been a hairdresser her whole life, with an early passion for styling hair. Officially her career began at age 17 and her love of the industry is still going strong 20 years later.

Most of Anny’s knowledge and skill has been gained through years of hard work and dedication to her practice. She went straight from beauty school to working on the salon floor building and extensive clientele. She has developed a keen ability to think through problems and find solutions, putting her at the top in her field for color correction and creative color techniques like Balayage.

After spending two years working as a national Balayage Educator for The Business of Balayage, Anny discovered her passion for helping others gain confidence in their technical skills. For Anny, educating is not work, it’s purely fun. She enjoys creating a relaxed environment where people feel comfortable asking questions and interacting and learning with one another. Be warned that she thinks she’s pretty funny - that’s still to be determined.

Anny has perfected the “natural look” and incorporates a multitude of techniques to create that perfect blend. She offers techniques and solutions to create beautiful, dimensional color on our everyday clients - grey hair, thin hair, curly hair, short hair. Very few unicorns ever enter Anny’s world!

Anny loves the actual business of hairdressing and has spent the better part of her career implementing different business techniques to grow her own business behind the chair. In 2018 she will be opening her first salon and can’t wait to grow a strong and successful team using all of the techniques she’s been putting in to practice for years. She truly thrives on helping others achieve their goals and feel empowered.

anny vandriel

Rachel Bagan is a Los Angeles-based graphic designer and branding consultant who believes in building better brands through thoughtful, intentional design. A Las Vegas native, Rachel moved to L.A. in 2009 in pursuit of a design career and a (debatably) milder climate. She holds a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and spent her post-grad years working as a designer at Omgivning, an architectural design firm that specialized in the historic rehabilitation of Downtown LA.  In 2017, she stepped out her own and founded   Play Grnd  , a full-service design firm headquartered in the heart of Northeast L.A. Professionally, Rachel is committed to a holistic branding approach and to clean, playful design. Personally, Rachel is committed to her two rescue dogs, Luna and Shadow, and to frequent, excessive pizza consumption.

Rachel Bagan is a Los Angeles-based graphic designer and branding consultant who believes in building better brands through thoughtful, intentional design. A Las Vegas native, Rachel moved to L.A. in 2009 in pursuit of a design career and a (debatably) milder climate. She holds a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and spent her post-grad years working as a designer at Omgivning, an architectural design firm that specialized in the historic rehabilitation of Downtown LA.

In 2017, she stepped out her own and founded Play Grnd, a full-service design firm headquartered in the heart of Northeast L.A. Professionally, Rachel is committed to a holistic branding approach and to clean, playful design. Personally, Rachel is committed to her two rescue dogs, Luna and Shadow, and to frequent, excessive pizza consumption.

rachel bagan

Cynthia started her career in the mid 90’s at an upscale North Dallas salon following in the footsteps of her family. She has since taken part in starting numerous salons, today Blush at Bishop Arts is where she calls home and where she shares her love of education and our industry with her amazing staff. Cynthia attributes her career to her persistence, strong work ethic, as well as lots and lots of support from family, friends and her clients.  Education is not new to Cynthia. In fact, it has been a fundamental pillar in her business from the beginning. Whether it be educating her clients, staff or friends, education is where her passion lies and why she was such a compliment to the Business of Balayage team for 2 years. As a strong lead educator, she is constantly on the go traveling the country, as well as hosting classes in her salon for leading industry professionals such as the Business of Balayage, Sam Villa, Elizabeth Faye and many more. This clear passion to expand her career in education started in 2010 upon hiring her first full time assistant, and realizing the pure joy that endeavor brought her. Now as she embarks on her own independent education journey, she brings with her a very unique experience of inspiration, passion and a love for sharing her sought after signature looks!  Cynthia’s specialty behind the chair is in creating dimensional balayage work for her clients, and the creative artistry that goes along with creating natural looking yet breath taking blended tones.

Cynthia started her career in the mid 90’s at an upscale North Dallas salon following in the footsteps of her family. She has since taken part in starting numerous salons, today Blush at Bishop Arts is where she calls home and where she shares her love of education and our industry with her amazing staff. Cynthia attributes her career to her persistence, strong work ethic, as well as lots and lots of support from family, friends and her clients.

Education is not new to Cynthia. In fact, it has been a fundamental pillar in her business from the beginning. Whether it be educating her clients, staff or friends, education is where her passion lies and why she was such a compliment to the Business of Balayage team for 2 years. As a strong lead educator, she is constantly on the go traveling the country, as well as hosting classes in her salon for leading industry professionals such as the Business of Balayage, Sam Villa, Elizabeth Faye and many more. This clear passion to expand her career in education started in 2010 upon hiring her first full time assistant, and realizing the pure joy that endeavor brought her. Now as she embarks on her own independent education journey, she brings with her a very unique experience of inspiration, passion and a love for sharing her sought after signature looks!

Cynthia’s specialty behind the chair is in creating dimensional balayage work for her clients, and the creative artistry that goes along with creating natural looking yet breath taking blended tones.

cynthia valdez

Audrey Inskeep began her career in Boise, Idaho in 2002; however, it wasn’t until 2008 that her passion for color began. After discovering her love for beach-inspired hair, she spent the following decade honing her knowledge and skillset to master the techniques needed to produce natural, sun-kissed tresses. In 2016, Audrey began her education career with the Business of Balayage. The following year she joined House of Collaboration as an independent educator.     Audrey is the owner of Salt + Sage Hair Studio and spends her time either behind the chair or traveling the country teaching. She has a love for the learning process and a clear enthusiasm for sharing her expertise to help inspire and empower other stylists with practical, technique-based education. She currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband. You can find her on Instagram  @AudreyInskeep

Audrey Inskeep began her career in Boise, Idaho in 2002; however, it wasn’t until 2008 that her passion for color began. After discovering her love for beach-inspired hair, she spent the following decade honing her knowledge and skillset to master the techniques needed to produce natural, sun-kissed tresses. In 2016, Audrey began her education career with the Business of Balayage. The following year she joined House of Collaboration as an independent educator.


Audrey is the owner of Salt + Sage Hair Studio and spends her time either behind the chair or traveling the country teaching. She has a love for the learning process and a clear enthusiasm for sharing her expertise to help inspire and empower other stylists with practical, technique-based education. She currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband. You can find her on Instagram @AudreyInskeep

audrey inskeep

India Dunn is an activist and an advocate for self-care in the beauty business.  Igniting prevention of burn out through owning the true of power of the craft of hair and beauty. She is an influencer in her community and her industry, calling for the awareness of anxiety, depression and addiction's powerful grip on our artists.  India currently works behind the chair in her own salon and as a mentor to salon owners and beauty experts in all stages of their careers. As a visionary in the selfcare field she has brought an added value to the craft of hair and beauty by asking the artist to care for themselves so they can continue to care for others.  That in asking to embody the true nature of the art, a beauty professional can see their work is so much more than just a haircut or makeover.  India has experience speaking to and motivating groups for brand education, and supporting hands on educators and salon owners. She has trained groups for burn out awareness and provides tools for prevention, and loves bringing this much needed information to beauty schools.

India Dunn is an activist and an advocate for self-care in the beauty business.

Igniting prevention of burn out through owning the true of power of the craft of hair and beauty. She is an influencer in her community and her industry, calling for the awareness of anxiety, depression and addiction's powerful grip on our artists.

India currently works behind the chair in her own salon and as a mentor to salon owners and beauty experts in all stages of their careers. As a visionary in the selfcare field she has brought an added value to the craft of hair and beauty by asking the artist to care for themselves so they can continue to care for others.

That in asking to embody the true nature of the art, a beauty professional can see their work is so much more than just a haircut or makeover.

India has experience speaking to and motivating groups for brand education, and supporting hands on educators and salon owners. She has trained groups for burn out awareness and provides tools for prevention, and loves bringing this much needed information to beauty schools.

india dunn

Meet Katie who specializes in dramatic transformations resulting from hair extension services. Katie is passionate about her clients, and educating other stylists through her previous positions as a Hotheads Extensions Educator and Hairtalk Extensions Ambassador.  Katie followed her passion to become a sought-after stylist by attending the prestigious Aveda Institute in 2003. After moving to Dallas shortly after graduation, Katie has become one of north Texas’ premier stylists, attending and becoming certified in numerous balayage courses where she caught the eye of Amber because of her passion for excellence and her willingness to pay it forward with other stylists. Her professionalism is unparalleled and on top of that she is one sharp cookie. Katie opened her salon, Abstra(kt) Studio, in Frisco, TX in 2016. She hosts classes for her staff and area stylists on the regular, and has established Abstra(kt) as the go-to destination in North Dallas for advanced education in the hair industry.

Meet Katie who specializes in dramatic transformations resulting from hair extension services. Katie is passionate about her clients, and educating other stylists through her previous positions as a Hotheads Extensions Educator and Hairtalk Extensions Ambassador.

Katie followed her passion to become a sought-after stylist by attending the prestigious Aveda Institute in 2003. After moving to Dallas shortly after graduation, Katie has become one of north Texas’ premier stylists, attending and becoming certified in numerous balayage courses where she caught the eye of Amber because of her passion for excellence and her willingness to pay it forward with other stylists. Her professionalism is unparalleled and on top of that she is one sharp cookie. Katie opened her salon, Abstra(kt) Studio, in Frisco, TX in 2016. She hosts classes for her staff and area stylists on the regular, and has established Abstra(kt) as the go-to destination in North Dallas for advanced education in the hair industry.

Katie Tellor