MEET OUR TEAM
We are proud to have brought on and trained the best of the best in our industry, each with their own specialty in our team.
OUR LEADERS
AMBER O'HARA
CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Amber grew up in the industry with aunts, uncles, and cousins who owned and still own beauty salons. She knew from an early age that she wanted to do hair, so she started her career at the age of sixteen. She’s been working in the industry now for over seventeen years. Her dedication, responsibility, knowledge, talent, and loyalty have endeared her to a very appreciative client base.

Trained under top celebrity colorists and a network educator for Bumble and bumble (where she was also instructed in color workshop), Amber continues to be dedicated to education and growth. She has trained and helped many assistants to go on to become successful hairdressers.

Amber appreciates the freedom Bayalage provides–especially being able to “paint the hair” and create looks using the natural laws of hair color. She believes in the importance of sharing knowledge and wants to share hers from her vast experience behind the chair.

LAKE FOREST, CA
NATIVE STUDIO SALON
@ AMBEROHARAHAIR
LINDSAY RYFFEL
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
Lindsay is delighted with all things color. Educated in a variety of techniques, she recognizes the rejuvenating potential of color and possess the ability to create signature colors, custom blended to suit each clients’ unique pigments.

As an individual, Lindsay started with a degree in Sociology but always knew she would return to her true passion as a hairstylist. As a stylist, Lindsay continues to seek out and gain knowledge. Each class stimulates her creativity and allows her to evolve and progress. She is inspired by like-minded, passionate artists and is constantly working not only to further develop her craft but share her passion for creating the impeccable sun-kissed look of Balayage. She enjoys being exposed to and talking with her diverse clientele and finds she is fascinated with the life-stories of others, learning something from each of them.

She combines her love of travel and culture when exploring Europe and much of the United States to continue her education. Constantly evolving herself and honing her skills is something she believes is imperative in order to bring the latest trends & techniques to her students and clients’ alike in her native Southern California.

LAKE FOREST, CA
NATIVE HAIR STUDIO 
@ LINDSAYRYFFELHAIR
KAILI BOOS
DIRECTOR OF EVENTS & ENGAGEMENT
Kaili is our Director of Events & Engagement as well an owner at The Business of Balayage. Kaili has worked previously as a social media manager and leader of social engagement. Kaili and her partner Natalie, worked with the founders of The Business of Balayage, Amber and Lindsay to help create their business and brand from the ground up. A short year later, they joined forces full time in order to keep up with the demand they were getting from within our industry.

Kaili, having a specialty in marketing and having helped to develop and guide over 20 brands, has co-developed our Business Workshops as well as our Instagram & Social Media classes to help stylists and salon owners alike build their business behind the chair.

EVENTS@THEBUSINESSOFBALAYAGE.COM
NATALIE BOOS
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & OPERATIONS
Natalie is our Director of Marketing & Operations as well as being an owner and our acting CFO. Natalie’s career began in marketing, as a web and graphic designer working in Los Angeles. After completing her Technological Entrepreneurship & Management degree with honors at Arizona State University’s Fulton School of Engineering, Natalie went on to start her first Start-Up & Marketing agency based in South Orange County.

This is where Natalie, her partner Kaili & the founders of The Business of Balayage crossed paths, Amber and Lindsay hired Natalie & team to help create their business and brand from the ground up. A short year later, they joined forces full time in order to keep up with the demand they were getting from within our industry.

Natalie, having a specialty in small business mentor-ship and having helped develop and guide over 30 brands, has co-developed our Business Workshops as well as our Instagram & Social Media classes to help stylists and salon owners alike build their business behind the chair.

Natalie is also a Business and Marketing contributor for American Salon Magazine.

@NATALIE.BOOS
NATALIE@THEBUSINESSOFBALAYAGE.COM
OUR EDUCATORS
JUSTIN KAMM
LEAD CUTTING EDUCATOR
Justin Kamm started his career in august 2005, he knew quickly that education was going to be the backbone to a long and successful career as a hairstylist. He began to learn to cut hair from a variety of different companies to create his own, some being; Bumble and Bumble, Toni & Guy and Arrojo.

The unguarded razor is a favorite of his tools to use because of the multifunctional uses to get blunt and textured looks along with dry refinement cutting. Early in 2012 he was introduced to Davines, wanting to be apart of a company that shared the same passion, culture, creativity and knowledge, he joined their cutting team. Shortly after he and a friend started Heart and Art, the mission was to share their love for the unguarded razor, all things hair and helping other stylist become comfortable with using it.

In 2016, he joined The Business of Balayage to create The Business of Razor Cutting series in order to continue sharing the love of this tool with our industry.

@justinkamm_theyoungamerican
{PHOTOGRAPHY CREDIT: RUSSELL MAYES}
KATIE TELLOR
LEAD EXTENSIONS EDUCATOR
What happens when small town values and work ethic meet big city style? Meet Katie who specializes in dramatic transformations resulting from hair extension services. Katie is passionate about her clients, and education other stylists through her previous positions as an educator for both Hotheads and Hairtalk extensions.

Katie followed her passion to become a sought-after stylist by attending the world reowned Aveda Institute-Minneapolis in 2003. She got her first taste of Dallas on a spring break trip with her family in the 8th grade and she became a Texan in her heart, long before she actually moved there after completing her training.

Katie has become one of the north Texas' premier stylists, on to open her own salon/ Abstra(kt) Studio in Frisco, an upscale suburb of Dallas She attended and became certified in The Business of Balayage courses where she caught their eye because of her passion for her craft and her willingness to pay it forward with other stylists. Her professionalism is unparalleled and on top of that she in one sharp cookie, and she leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes.

@katietellorhair
ANNY VANDRIEL
LEAD EDUCATOR & EDUCATOR MENTOR
Anny’s fascination with hair stemmed from a young age, her bald Barbies and crimper covered in plastic hair spoke to the fact that she had already found her purpose and was now seeking out her skill.

While she started a career as a hair stylist at 17, she was also determined to graduate college and try on a few other careers before accepting that her calling was truly behind the chair.

Anny’s unique perspective on her career is that she takes on the daily challenge of altering, not only her clients’ outside appearance but their inner perspective of themselves. Her work is not only about making her clients look beautiful but to create an environment where her clients can feel beautiful too.

While she has had immense education and worked alongside incredibly talented stylists over her career, she believes that where she learned the most about her artistry was practicing it behind the chair. Her passion to share what she has learned and to save others time in building their careers is what has inspired Anny to move toward education.

She believes that the vibrant energy within the industry today, is contagious and that in order to truly participate, she must now offer her skills as an educator. Anny’s passion for education is only matched by her desire to help others teach what they have learned.

SAN DIMAS, CA
(503) 704 5578
STUDIO NINETEEN
WWW.THEBUSINESSOFBALAYAGE.COM
@ ANNYVANDRIEL
LINDSEY MCPHERSON
LEAD EDUCATOR & ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Lindsey’s passion for hair painting started the moment she stepped out of beauty school. Starting as an assistant for The Business of Balayage founders, Lindsey was trained by the finest in the industry and has since refined her skills to the point where she has become of our most powerful educators.

Her passion for Balayage surpasses what she can bring not only to her clients in the chair but what she can bring towards this platform of education. Exquisite skill, creativity and technical balance is at the foundation of her focus and career, and this is exactly what she provides her direct clients.

She believes that in order to be genuine to the artistry of the industry, it is her responsibility to bring a completely custom and unique experience to each of her clients, in the end- the look on each of their faces is what makes her dedication worth every minute.

LAKE FOREST, CA
(949) 422 3355
NATIVE STUDIO SALON

WWW.THEBUSINESSOFBALAYAGE.COM

@ LINDSEYLOVESBALAYAGE
KARA VAN HOOGENSTYN
LEAD EDUCATOR & ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Kara’s love of Balayage and coloring is rooted in her in-depth study of color theory. Her first position behind the chair opened her eyes to the power of color​, ​which fueled her desire to pursue a deeper education in th​e​ specialty.
Kara believes that Balayage and hair painting are reshaping the industry​, in that a new level of​ creativity that is unlocked in​ practicing these techniques, taking a technical practice into new creative heights. The custom look that ​this artistry provides,​ offer​s​ a look to her clients as unique as each of them. Kara explains “Balayage marries together creativity and technical skills unlike any other coloring techniques​ today.”

When a clients steps out of the chair feeling more like a piece of art than a customer, ​she believes this is when she has done her job. In her time as an educator, she feels the most influential when she can show her students how to escape the fear of using their creativity and show them how to use the​se​ tools to reach new heights in their careers.

LAKE FOREST, CA
(949) 413 9417
NATIVE STUDIO SALON
WWW.THEBUSINESSOFBALAYAGE.COM
@ KARALOVESHAIR
CYNTHIA VALDEZ
LEAD EDUCATOR
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 is has been a fundamental piller in her business from the beginning, whether it be educating her clients, staff or friends, education is where her passion lies and why she has been such a compliment to our team. This clear passion to expand her career in education started in 2010 upon hiring her full time assistant, and upon realizing the pure joy that endeavor brought her.

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. While this is what she loves to do, she prides herself on being of an era within our industry that required stylists to be a jack of all trades, and that she is also known by her clients to give a mean blowout, a stunning up-style, cutting and braiding as well.

SALON & LOCATION: BLUSH AT BISHOP ARTS
DALLAS, TX

TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT CALL : (214) 941-4557
@CYNLOVESBALAYAGE
AUDREY INSKEEP
LEAD EDUCATOR
Originally from Boise, Idaho, Audrey began her hair career in 2002 with very little knowledge about coloring. She began experimenting with basic foil highlights and various technical guides and geometric patterns, but was never satisfied with technique alone. They didn't seem to allow her to create natural, sun-kissed hair, like that of a child whose spent hours playing in the summer sun. After years of feeling restricted by these basic techniques, she discovered a field of coloring which gave her the creative freedom she had always dreamed of having—balayage. This discovery awakened an exhilarating passion for hair.

Balayage has given Audrey an immense desire to learn and help others become better stylists through education and hands-on experience. She has a keen ability for discovering each individual’s hair “thumbprint.” With an in depth knowledge of the laws of color and years of experience learning how to create organic, customized colors, she is an expert at accentuating the natural beauty found within her clients.

Audrey runs a salon in Sandy, Utah. When she’s not working, she is immersing herself in the vast world of technique and product knowledge to hone her abilities.

HOURS AVAILABLE: 
Tuesday – Saturday 10AM to 7PM
SALON & LOCATION: Hair by Audrey Inskeep
9600 S 300 E Sandy, UT 84070

TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT CALL OR TEXT 208.724.7180
@AUDREYINSKEEP
SAMANTHA GRAY
LEAD EDUCATOR
Samantha is a talented and passionate stylist & educator who truly loves her career. Striving to create a total look that will make her clients look & feel their best is her passion. She hand crafts customized looks by combining techniques in both cutting and color to suite each guest as an individual always considering the hair type, skin tone, face shape and lifestyle of her guests. Samantha’s style is versatile and eclectic ranging from chic precision to textured with an edge; pretty boho or boldly beautiful. Her motto is “Love Your Hair”.
Starting early in her career in 2001 with training in Sassoon precision cutting she has continued to attend extensive training with many of the best in the business at Bumble and bumble, Sassoon Academy, the Wella Studio, Unite Academy, Aveda, Arrojo, and more, on techniques including hairpainting and balayage, razor cutting, advanced color techniques and styling. Samantha spent a decade as the director of education at a large salon sharing her love and dedication to the craft of hair with her peers. As a Wella Certified Master Color Expert and former educator for the brand, she is extremely knowledgeable on color theory and placement.
Samantha competed in Las Vegas at Wella’s North American Trend Vision competition in the top 7 finalists for the 2013 US Color Category and has experience working backstage at both NY and LA Fashion weeks as well as local shows and editorial photo shoots. Samantha loves to challenge herself technically & creatively and is a lifelong student of her craft.


SAN MARCOS, CA
(760) 717 6415
STUDIO.S.GRAY@GMAIL.COM
STUDIO S

SAMANTHA GRAY ON FACEBOOK

@SAMANTHAGRAYHAIRSTYLIST