Linh Phan, @bescene
Linh Phan, aka @bescene to his 340k Instagram followers, began his journey in a basement coloring and styling hair. Challenging the norm from the start, his innovative and visionary approach to color earned him a loyal industry following and client base. Now, a world recognized industry leader, he has created the successful personal brand and salon: BESCENE, with a studio in Kensington, M.D. In just a few years, his beautiful ombré, balayage and metallic work, as well as his gift for color correction have made him a social media and industry favorite. He took home the 2016 #ONESHOT AWARD for #HOTSHOT Color Shot of the Year. This year, Linh has taken his passion for education on the road, teaching his favorite tips and tools including his social media insight with salon pros across the US, and is a member of the BTC Team.
Zach Mesquit, @platinum_perfection
Zach Mesquit, or @platinum_perfection to his 204k Instagram followers, is a master blonding specialist based in Orange County, Calif. Zach thrives on challenging himself by pushing the boundaries of conventional blonding and experimenting with color formulas. After graduating from cosmetology school in 2013, Zach used social media to showcase his work by consistently featuring dramatic before-and-after, stunningly bright platinum blonde hair, which is how he has earned the title “King of Platinum Blondes” (and a spot on the BTC Team). A major inspiration for Zach’s innovative toning variations comes from his love of crystals and the brilliant reflective subtleties that are unique to each one. An artist at heart, Zach is grateful to have a career in which creativity knows no bounds and that he is part of an industry that is ever-evolving.
Josie Vilaynanh, @josievilay
Josie Vilaynanh (@josievilay to her 211k followers) is the owner of Hairology Studio located in Winnipeg and a savvy social media influencer focused on creating gorgeous blondes of all shades and tones! She has been a licensed hair stylist for eight years and counting! Josie is a three-time winner of the prestigious Canadian Hairstylist Awards and she has been published internationally. In 2018, Josie was selected to be part of the BTC Team. Josie’s drive and passion for hair is endless, she hopes to inspire stylists throughout her journey.
Amy McManus, @camouflageandbalayage
Amy McManus, better known to her 132k followers as @camouflageandbalayage, has 27 years’ experience in the beauty industry. She has been a salon owner for 11 years in Massachusetts owning and operating Trinity Salon. When Amy is not working behind the chair at her salon she is networking with other salons to share her techniques and approach to balayage to inspire other passionate stylists. Amy is a two-time BTC #ONESHOT nominee and in 2018, she was once selected as part of the BTC Team. Her down-to-earth personality makes her very relatable to other stylists as she brings a relaxed style to her education classes conveying real life triumphs and failures.
Ian Mayer-Marszalek, @ianhairspray
Schwarzkopf Professional National Corporate Trainer USA
Ian Mayer-Marszalek began his career using Schwarzkopf Professional color in 1999. His immersion into the world of Schwarzkopf Professional started in 2004, where he became a certified ASK Expert trainer for the organization. From there, he became Regional Education Manager, developing the Northeast territory of the USA. After 6 years, he was promoted to the role of National Corporate Trainer / PPS ASK Manager USA. Ian’s passion for color is relatable, inspiring and contagious. Once you meet Ian, you will never see color in the same way! Ian is responsible for guiding the quality of technical training and the development of new education innovation launches. As the lead technical trainer of the organization, Ian conducts the Royal Master Academy program for the USA, while also being a featured artist within academy locations.
Michelle Finlayson, @michellefinlaysonhair
Schwarzkopf Professional Canadian Essential Looks Artist
Michelle Finlayson is a multiple award-winning stylist and a member of the Schwarzkopf Professional Essential Looks platform team. With over 15 years of industry experience, she’s worked not only behind the chair but also backstage at NYFW, session styling for photoshoots and as technical color educator. Michelle’s genuine passion and personality have also landed her as a guest expert presenter on Canadian CityTV, a nationally televised talk show Cityline, where she shares expert advice while doing audience makeovers, allowing her to connect with the real client in the chair. Michelle is no stranger to the stage and platform, speaking to the latest innovations, coloring and trends for hairstylists across the country each year. She has also become known for her styling and finishing classes, teaching her personally designed programs at the Schwarzkopf ASK Academy in Toronto. Michelle continues to showcase her talent and creativity through national competitions most recently taking home back to back wins at the Contessa Awards for Master Colorist of the Year 2017 and 2018.