Faces of the Battle


kim2.1Kim Vo
Master Colorist
Kim Vo led his salon team in winning Battle of the Strands 2011 & was host of last year’s competition. Kim is known as a judge of hit series Shear Genius, featured in several TV Shows & multiple publications, with Vogue Magazine naming him “the Best Blonder in the business”. Also known as the Master Colorist to the stars, Kim’s transforming experience in Battle of the Strands 2011 drew his passion to help expand the reach of the competition for other salons in the US & the rest of the world to experience!
amytn2Amy Michleb
Red Door Spa National Director of Hair Color
An average week in the life of Amy? Aside from all the paperwork that goes along with the corporate world position at Red Door Spa, she runs around styling hair backstage at runway shows, inspiring with seminars and presentations, working magic on photo shoot sets, coiffing the hair of top beauty editors, and everything in between. For almost 2 years she has been named one of North Americas Top 10 Platform Artists alongside her husband and stage partner Woody Michleb. Her seminars and classes are a must see in education and inspiration for all levels of stylist and her love for the industry shines through while she is teaching.


Michael O’Rourke
Platform Artist & Educator
A powerful force with a dynamic stage presence, Michael O’Rourke is the driving source behind some of the trendiest and most unique products in the industry. His latest product line is Rock Your Hair. Michael is one of the most beloved and sought after artists and is known as the “hairdresser’s hairdresser.”
DusanGranteDusan Grante
Master Educator
A true master of all things hair. Dusan’s dedication has led him all over the world to master his craft. With over 15 years of elite styling background, Dusan has been recognized by many notable celebrities, professional athletes, and politicians. He is the exclusive stylist to Maya Soetoro-Ng. As a former Creative Director for Vidal Sassoon, Dusan Grante is now the Creative Director for his own salon, Arthur Christine. Dusan provides a decade of education and salon experience. He has taught and worked alongside some of the leading hairdressers throughout the world. Adding a technical and creative direction that excites stylists globally.
Fashion Beauty Photographer
BABAK – Fashion Beauty photographer – longest running hair fashion photographer in the industry, published world wide and won over 50 awards in US & Canada for the many Hair awards. BABAK Has photographed rock bands, move stars appeared on many TV shows and currently resides in New York City. “Icons are made by great photographs” says Babak – “Its very important to do great photos that tell a right story and stand the test of time.”
kari-kischKari Kisch
Battle of the Strands – Creative Director
With a natural gift for predicting style trends, Kari took her talents to MAC Cosmetics as a corporate trainer for more than 50 retail venues across the country. Her work has graced the pages of GQ, Real Simple, MORE, and Natural Solutions. She’s been featured on television and is routinely requested for style consultations on such dignitaries as first lady Michelle Obama. Celebrity clients have included Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, and Carmelo Anthony. She’s styled with Kim Vo, is regularly seen behind the scenes at Mrs America, and with agencies around the globe.
lisa-marieLisa Marie
Farouk Systems Inc: VP of Shows & Education
Since 2008, Lisa Marie has overseen numerous national and international trade shows, and recently worked as the Director of Shows & Education. Prior to becoming Shows Director, she spent several years as one of Farouk’s top Creative Artists and Educators.


farouk-shamiFarouk Shami
Farouk Systems, Inc
Farouk Shami arrived in America in 1965 with $71 in his pocket and through education and determination achieved the American dream. In 1986, he invented the first ammonia-free hair care system which secured his first patent. From that moment, Shami’s mission became creating a company that was environmentally responsible, promoting education and adhering to the highest ethical standards to save clients’ and hairdressers’ lives. He collaborated with NASA scientists to produce ceramic thermal tools, hairdryers with low EMF (electromagnetic fields) and a line of hair tools that features nano silver, which eliminates up to 650 forms of bacteria. Farouk Systems, Inc. employs over 2,000 people and exports CHI and BioSilk hair and skin products to over 100 countries worldwide.
john-harmsJohn Harms
Millennium Systems International
John Harms, Founder & CEO of Millennium Systems International, has been designing award-winning software and educating the beauty industry since 1987. John’s “hands-on” approach has allowed him to learn and understand what owners and managers need, to run their businesses more effectively. John was the first to educate business owners on key growth indicators and how software is more than a front desk tool. John was awarded one of the Top 40 Entrepreneurs under the age of 40 by NJ Business Magazine. Millennium was profiled on CNN and CNBC during the “Pulse on America Segment”, which discusses Innovations in Technology. Today Millennium is utilized in thousands of businesses in over 38 countries; operating with approximately 100+ employees worldwide. Millennium currently runs its corporate headquarters out of New Jersey and its international office is based in the U.K.
woody-michlebWoody Michleb
Platform Artist & Educator
With almost 30 years in the beauty industry, Woody Michleb is a is a renowned platform artist and educator, and respected leader in hairdressing, he has a salons in Canada, a product line and he also has a product line, “By Woody Michleb”. His current position is as the Creative Director for Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, as well as holding the title as National Director for Hair Style. His role includes deciding the direction of the image and trends for the company, as well as being the face of the company to the media, providing creative direction for the teams participating in Fashion Week and other events.
Diana-SchmidtkeDiana Schmidtke
Celebrity Stylist
Diana Schmidtke has quickly become known as a force behind the men’s grooming revolution. Her portfolio has been shaped by her work with some of the most prestigious clients among the entertainment and beauty industries, spanning red carpet, editorial, film, and brand relations. Because of this, her artistry and knowledge of craft have been discovered and in demand by a global audience that seeks to embrace, understand, and converse over the handsome aesthetic.
James Harris
Platform Artist
James Harris is a creative and innovative force in the world of hair fashion. His reputation and distinctive talents have enabled him to display his hair designs on center stages in New York, Rome, London, Paris, Johannesburg, the Ivory Coast, Brazil and the Caribbean. His work has graced platforms throughout the world for L’Oreal, Revlon, Soft Sheen-Carson, Mizani, Motions and Kizure. James has worked with various celebrities including; Celia Cruz, Patti Labelle, Ivana Trump, Tyra Banks, Diana Ross, Vanessa Williams, Jennifer Holiday and Princess Alexandra of Greece, and his work has been featured in Essence, Ebony, Vogue, People, and American Salon, to name a few.
peter-cardonPeter Cardon 
Platform Artist
Peter Cardón is an internationally renowned hairstylist who is passionate about all aspects of his profession. For over three decades, he has owned one of San Juan’s top salons. Peter has a devoted clientele made up of celebrities and loyal fans who recognize his exceptional talent and good taste as an avant-garde designer. A well-known Platform Artist, Peter has performed in Latin America, Europe and Asia. Throughout his career, Peter has devoted countless hours to Puerto Rico’s Beauty Association and has mentored many of Puerto Rico’s top professionals. Known for his exquisite taste and his grasp of the total look concept, Peter is a favorite of the Latin press and top designers who actively seek his trend-setting styles.


lisa-yamasaki3Lisa Yamasaki
From working with high-end salon in Tokyo, she came to the US and founded J’s Hair Studio and Academy in Los Angeles in 1996. In2007, she was featured at the main stage of 2012 and 2013 ISSE Long Beach, IBS New York and Las Vegas, Chicago Midwest ISSE and the Yokohama Arena Japan.