May 26, 2016
It was pretty amazing to host a SOLD OUT Sam Villa Design Trend Class on Monday May 16th. Several alum were here for the class, including one special grad, Joseph Longmore who works for Sam Villa as a Show Ambassador now! We always love to get caught up with our grads!
The most exciting part of having Sam in the house is that he stayed here after the class for a private meet and greet/ seminar with Summit Students and recent grads! He showed the students a variety of tips and tricks for styling, up-styling, and cutting. He also gave them the benefit of his experience with a long career in the industry! After the seminar, he stayed to shake hands and pose for selfies with the students!
We really love Sam around here, especially his tools. In fact, we love them so much that every cosmetology student kit contains Sam Villa brushes, combs, blow dryer, flat iron, clips, shears, texturizing shears, razor and DVDs! Sam has a special relationship and commitment to what we do at Summit Salon Academy. Our students are given access to Sam Villa on Demand, which contains tons of training videos that inspire!
From Redken: Known as the hairdresser’s hairdresser, Sam was chosen as the industry’s Favorite Platform Artist and Educator at the prestigious Stylist Choice Awards in 2007 and again in 2011. Sam possesses a unique blend of technical and artistic skills – a contagious spirit that draws people in and makes them want to learn.
Sam has more than 30 years teaching experience and is currently at the top of his game as Redken’s Education Artistic Director and Chairman of his own digital education and styling tools company. Part of the Redken family for the past 16 years, Sam is in constant demand at international and domestic trade shows and in-salon programs where his progressive teaching approach enables stylists to absorb new techniques quickly and for practical use in the salon. Sam is a lead Facilitator at the Redken Exchange in New York City where he teaches a variety of design and trend sessions to salon professionals from around the world. Sam is also part of the team that trains the entire Redken artist network worldwide.
Sam Villa now has a complete line of digital education and premium styling tools under his own name. His products are designed to complement his teaching techniques and deliver career enhancing and ergonomic benefits for the stylist. Sam graduated from Ponce Beauty School in San Mateo, California. Growing up in his Dad’s barbershop, Sam never considered the hair industry as a career choice until he saw his first hair show and it changed his mind forever. Sam went on to open Avant Hair Studio, an award-winning salon in the San Francisco Bay area, which he called home for 20 years.
Thank you Sam for inspiring our students! This was not an experience that they will soon forget!