JANIE TONGUE – DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
Following in her mother’s hairdressing footsteps, Janie has always been passionate about hair & fashion which in turn, inspired the opening of her own salon in Winter Park, Florida back in 2004. It is there that her passion for ‘always doing the right thing’ inspired her award-winning styling team to even greater heights of success. It is her infectious enthusiasm to help others succeed and her ability to educate, manage, plan and create a first class service environment that has been recognized throughout the hairdressing industry.
She has passionately worked alongside hairdressing icons such as Vivienne Mackinder, Mary Brunetti, Sherri Jessee, Faatemah & Brent Hardgrave to name just a few and brings her own special brand of positive, creative energy to everything she does. She loves, in particular, Editorial Hair and Hair Extensions and is currently the Director of Education for Fort Lauderdale-based Aqua Hair Extensions. Her friendly, fun-loving yet always professional nature is what epitomizes her growing reputation as one of the most exciting, upcoming and personable educators in the hair industry today. With a cheeky smile, she assures her peers and clients alike in her best English accent, “Trust Me, I’m British!”
BRENT HARDGRAVE – ARTISTIC EDUCATIONAL AMBASSADOR
Brent Hardgrave, the Artistic Educational Ambassador for Aqua Hair Extensions. Brent has been a professional stylist and colorist since 1994. He graduated with honors from Capelli, an Intercoiffure School and is considered an expert in the hair extensions arena. His work has been seen in music videos, movies, magazines (including a recent issue of Modern Salon) and on television and high-fashion runways.
Brent has offered hair extensions to his clients for more than 10 years and currently works for the Jamison Shaw Salon in Atlanta, Georgia. Brent’s hair extensions clients include celebrities and the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders.
SAMANTHA SHARPLESS – EDUCATOR
With nearly 10 years in the industry, holding cosmetology licenses in two different states, Samantha has a true passion for hair extensions and the limitless transformation they can produce. Her constant willingness to grow and transform herself in and out of the industry, shines bright through the fun, creative energy she brings. She loves to share her passion and knowledge with other stylists; “I have the privilege of being a part of the best industry in the world, who’s else can say they make people look and feel beautiful every day? So instead of competing with one another, why not learn from each other and grow together.”