Thank you to all of our #unitefamily who traveled from around the world to join us for #globalsessionVI ! We hope you are just as inspired as we are by all of you! Your enthusiasm, passion and love of the craft — and products — is infectious, and the support and admiration shown to each and everyone in the community is second to none. We can’t wait to continue to see all of the magic that everyone creates throughout their journeys. Until next time, XOXO.


SATURDAY September 21

EARLY CHECK-IN  Noon – 6:00pm

Get checked in early at our check-in kiosk

The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter – Solana Room
910 Broadway Circle // San Diego, CA 92101

WELCOME RECEPTION  – 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Kick off the weekend – mix & mingle with UNITE and the
Global Session Artistic Team

The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter – Garden Terrace
910 Broadway Circle // San Diego, CA 92101

*Tickets Still Available

SUNDAY September 22

CHECK-IN 8:30am – 10:00am
SHOW TIME 10:00am – 5:00pm

Balboa Theatre
868 4th Ave. // San Diego, CA 92101

The official start to GLOBAL SESSION at the historic Balboa Theatre. Experience first-hand the creative process of editorial & session styling, and on-stage cutting, styling, and barbering from some of the greatest artistic directors and session stylists in the industry.

SUNDAY September 22

*Must be 21 and over to attend

Parq Night Club
615 Broadway // San Diego, CA 92101

Halloween is coming early this year! Join us for a Pre-Halloween party at the PARQ Nightclub. Come dressed to impress in your best costume – prizes will be awarded to the top three costumes.

*Party is included with each Global Session Ticket. Extra tickets are available and sold separately.

MONDAY September 23

SHOW TIME 10:00am – 3:45pm

Balboa Theatre
868 4th Ave. // San Diego, CA 92101

Global Session continues on with day two. Join the Global Artistic Team for more innovative demonstrations. Plus, get up close and personal with a special panel of influencers who will share their knowledge and help you
build your brand, socially.

+ Optional

TUESDAY September 24

CHECK-IN 8:30am to 9:00am
WORKSHOP 9:00am to 5:00pm

The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter – The California Ballroom
910 Broadway Circle // San Diego, CA 92101

Join Dale and other industry veterans for a special NEW one-day Paramount Leadership workshop packed with tools to build and brand your business, and yourself. Work directly with them on leadership, laws & regulations, social content & optimization and so much more. Ideal for both salon owners and stylists.

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY September 24 & 25

CHECK-IN 9:30am to 10:00am
WORKSHOP 10:00am to 5:00pm (both days)

UNITE Academy @ Headquarters
2870 Whiptail Loop E. // Carlsbad, CA 92010

Join UNITE’s Creative Director, Gary Baker, for a two-day course of creative techniques and tips to prepare stylists for runway hair. All attendees who complete this course will be invited to join the UNITE team at NYFW.


Creative Director Gary Baker oversees all of UNITE’s branded shoots, heads up training and coordinates fashion week teams. Gary is an award-winning, internationally recognized session stylist, educator and platform artist with an impressive career spanning more than three decades, during which he has established himself technically and creatively in the art of hair. Gary travels the world sharing his inspiring and creative techniques, creating show-stopping looks at fashion weeks with designers like Burberry, Dior and Belstaff, and working with an A-list celebrity clientele, including Muse, Depeche Mode, Cate Blanchett and royalty all over the world. His experience and knowledge of the industry are a huge asset to his role as creative director for UNITE Hair, where he forecasts trends and collections, creating a positive impact and direction in the UNITE education program, visual direction, and photographic campaigns.

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Karine Jackson started her career in her parents’ salon in the small Australian town of Wollongong, then worked across Australia and the UK, including a stint at Charles Worthington salon, before eventually setting up her own Covent Garden salon in 2003—Karine Jackson Hair and Beauty—the first London salon named certified sustainable. In 2007, she won London Hairdresser of the Year in the British Hairdressing Awards, and also won the Fellowship Consumer Image of the Year in 2011, Most Wanted Hair Trend in 2015, and Hair Magazine Colour Expert of the Year and Hair Heroine awards 2018. In 2017, Karine was elected president of the Fellowship for British Hairdressing. Just a few other mentionable: Karine introduced Organic Colour Systems in 2007 to give clients a more eco-friendly alternative, and in 2016 she launched vegan hair services. Karine is also a bridal hair specialist, and has appeared on stage at the National Wedding Show and worked on many bridal magazine covers. She has also appeared on The One Show and in publications such as Marie Claire and The Observer, and she holds the L’Oreal Colour Specialist Degree, putting her in the top 1percent of L’Oreal colorists in the UK.

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With more than 35 years of hairdressing experience and a member of the British hairdressing awards hall of fame, Paul Stafford is recognized as one of the most consistently innovative hairdressers of his generation. Using his passion for music, art and subcultures, Paul combines classic techniques with street-style savvy, breaking rules and challenging conformity in an understated, modernist way. He has traveled the world with his team, demonstrating techniques and educating thousands of hairdressers as global creative director for Denman. Paul’s shows are emotionally charged and steeped in the influences and inspirations from his Belfast upbringing, often receiving standing ovations and editorial praise. Paul and his head colorist Aidan Bradley are delighted and honored to be invited back to share their ideas at Global Sessions.

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Melissa Timperley

Melissa Timperley is the owner of Melissa Timperley Salons in Manchester, England, and one of the most exciting names to watch in the international hair industry. Since opening in 2016, her salon has won awards for Best Client Experience as well as being voted Best Independent UK Salon and Best New Salon Business. Melissa’s career started at Vidal Sassoon in Manchester as an apprentice at the age of 16. She’s now known for her perfection and attention to the smallest detail, and has a string of creative and color accolades and awards to her name, including Wella Master Colour Expert and the National Hairdressers Federation Best Male Photographic Look. She was also a Fellowship for British Hairdressing F.A.M.E. Team Member in 2016. In the last two years, she has created four personal show collections and been involved in six fashion shoots, demonstrating her work around the globe from the UK, America and South Africa.

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With more than 25 years of experience as a salon and session stylist globally, Diego Miranda has earned himself a distinguished reputation as an expert cutter and stylist. Trained in Paris, Diego has a passion for creativity, which is reflected in his diverse career. He has held the titles of salon educator and director in New York City, artistic director in Paris, personal hairstylist in Monaco, editorial hairstylist in Dubai and commercial hairstylist in London to name a few. He began session and red carpet styling in 1989, working with a range of French actors including Vincent Cassel and Monica Bellucci. In 2006, he moved to New York, where he worked in Trini, Roy Teeluck and Julien Farel salons and built up his celebrity credentials, styling an eclectic mix of stars from Emma Stone, Scarlett Johansson and Sigourney Weaver to David Bowie, Naomi Campbell and Julia Roberts. He now travels between the UK, New York, France and Dubai working with some of the industry’s most respected photographers, directors, editors and talent on films for technical cutting, red carpets, advertising and editorial shoots for global titles such as W, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.

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Brendan O’Sullivan is a UK-based session stylist and owner of Brendan Salon. He works on commercial and editorial projects across the fashion, beauty and music sectors all over the world. Skilled in all areas of hair design, Brendan draws on his expertise and knowledge gained from decades of experience. From his work with international publications like Cosmopolitan, Vogue Italia, Paris L’Official, Velvet, Elle and Tattler to his styling at fashion weeks all over the world, to events like the Cannes Film Festival, he has done it all. Designers like Cynthia Rowley, Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith have used Brendan to complete their runway looks. Brendan has been part of the UNITE family for the past five years and is especially looking forward to presenting at global session.

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Jason Liddiard, co-founder and partner of Jason Liddiard Hairdressing, has more than 25 years’ experience in cutting hair, during which he has also educated throughout the UK, Europe and America. As an award-winning stylist, Jason has a natural flair for cutting and presenting which he honed via education at Vidal Sassoon in London. He finds educating to be fundamentally rewarding to both the teacher and the student as it “allows true creativity to be discovered by both.” Jason is part of the UNITE artistic team and a returning artist at Global Session.

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The founder and creative director of the Matthew Curtis salon chain, Matthew Curtis has established himself as one of the decade’s most accomplished hair stylists with his work on many high-profile beauty and fashion campaigns. A veteran in runway and editorial styling, Matthew has created and worked on looks for prominent designers like Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Ted Baker, Jenny Packham and others. His work has been featured in numerous publications including Vogue, Marie Claire, Glamour, GQ and Elle. Matthew is a driving force within fashion and beauty worldwide and regularly sought after for his advice on the latest runway and everyday trends in hair.

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Narad Kutowaroo

Narad is a creative, London-based session stylist. His diverse career has taken him around the world styling chart-topping artists and award-winning actor and actresses such as Clean Bandit, Joanne Froggat, Anya Taylor Joy, Jodie Whittaker, Iskra Lawrence, Darren Criss, Maddison Beer, Amy Jackson, just to name a few. Narad can often be found styling backstage at both haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion weeks, as well as educating as a platform artist. He has proudly been working with UNITE since 2015, making this his third Global Sessions.

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This year will be Shaun McGrath’s third Global Session. He delivers a unique blend of hair fashion/sculptural art using primarily hair from the salon floor and found fibers to build his creations using the canvas of the human head. Shaun forged his hairdressing path by establishing notoriety through the arts with a number of exhibitions throughout the UK and Australia of his wig works, before gaining the attention of the wider hair community. At the time, he used objects to create the aesthetic of hair, but as his craft evolved it became more about using the hair to create an object, which was then set against the human form. In 2018, Shaun won the Australian Hair Fashion Award for Avant-Garde Hairdresser of the Year with a collection entirely built of hair taken from salon floors. He strives to continue to create ever more complex hair creations, challenging himself and the industry while engaging with the greater hair community.

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Artistic director and platform artist Renee Africa is based in Whistler, British Columbia. With more than 30+ years of experience in precision cutting and session work, her vision, technical ability, and enthusiasm for the fashion industry has influenced her to look at not only strong, classic shapes, but to expand into the avant-garde genre as well. Education has taken Renee around the world as an international educator with UNITE. Her strong passion for helping stylists succeed continues to fuel desire to share her knowledge. Renee recently cut and styled a major winning Contessa collection and currently is co-wig designer and head of hair for the Vancouver Opera Association’s Festival Season.

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Jesse discovered he had a gift and a passion for cutting hair at a young age. Since his beginnings as an apprentice under leading educators, Jesse has understood how vital education is to the success of a hairdresser. As a believer in continuing education, he has completed advanced training from UNITE and several other professional hair care companies. Nine years ago, Jesse partnered with a life-long friend to start their own salon, Moss Hair Studio in Eugene, Oregon. Jesse is passionate about using his 20 plus years’ experience to give stylists the knowledge, tools and the inspiration they need to succeed in the beauty industry. He educates at the UNITE Academy and in salons and special events internationally.

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With a strong background in education, Arianna has exceptional knowledge of design, technique and curriculum. Her career started with Vidal Sassoon in Beverly Hills CA, and was followed by a move to NYC as Academy Director and Lead Educator for a well-known industry brand. Here Arianna honed her skill for building curriculum for cosmetology, advanced academy education and teaching others.
With over 20 years’ experience, Arianna strives to create modern timeless looks that utilize her strong technical skills and ability to develop individualized styles that stylists want to learn and clients love.

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Matt Stark

Creative artist Matt Stark has specialized in men’s hair for the past 10 years, delivering front-cover collections and working backstage at major fashion weeks across the globe. In 2011, Matt became the youngest-ever barbering director of the prestigious London department store, Harrods. Matt has showcased for GO247 at UNITE Global Sessions in San Diego and London, and is a UNITE and GO247 educator. His trademark style features natural texture and shape, always making hair look effortlessly cool.

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Manolo “Manny” Padron is a modern men’s stylist and grooming aficionado. Trained in NYC as a master barber and cosmetologist, Manny is an entrepreneur and owner of Substance Salon and Barberspa in Rutherford, New Jersey. He’s inspired by art and beauty, and is passionate about modern men’s culture and grooming education. Manny works with men’s fashion brands as a session stylist at New York Fashion Week, and seeks inspiration from the runway to the streets. Behind the chair, he helps men cultivate a winning style to complement their success and lifestyles. Manny’s 20 years of experience and hard work have earned him a reputation that is reliable and dependable as one of the most sought-after men’s stylists on the East Coast.

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Barber and cosmetologist Elle Majors has specialized in men’s grooming and fashion for the majority of her almost two-decade career. In 2005, she became an educator for an international men’s grooming brand, and began exclusively grooming men. For the past 15 years, she has traveled nationally, teaching stylists how to style men’s hair; presenting trends, and showing them how to build their men’s business in classrooms and on stage. Her passion for men’s grooming crossed into business ownership in 2009 when she opened her first barbershop. Since then, she has continued to grow and develop her business skills in creating salons, barbershops, and businesses outside of the industry. Currently, she is educating nationally for the luxury brand GO247 by Unite.

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Graham Nation is a Los Angeles-based hairstylist born in Baton Rouge, and raised in Denver. He attended the Aveda Institute and worked in Colorado for two years, becoming a staple hair icon in his town. With a desire to push his limits and evolve, Graham made the move to Los Angeles. Shortly after his arrival in LA, he met Ken Paves and quickly bonded over fashion, love for editorial hair and pushing boundaries. During his time in LA, he worked behind the chair, but spent every spare minute on sets, building a name and sharpening his craft. Pulling inspiration from New York City and London, he creates classic styles with an edge and “undone cool” for his clients. With all the polished looks coming out of LA, he prefers to “rough the look up a bit” for a personalized sense of freedom and individuality. Graham’s celebrity clients include Victoria Beckham, JOJO, Eva Longoria, Ashanti, Pia Mia, Madelaine Petsch, Shenae Grimes-Beech, Carly Chaikin, Denise Richards, Mary J. Blige among others.

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AKA Dom Dom. Born and raised in Malibu, California, Dom grew up surrounded by the glam and glitz. Unaffected by the hype and naturally rebellious, anyone who knows Dom knows he has a style all his own. He channeled his raw creative energy into becoming a successful hair stylist in a very short time. Everyone has great teachers along the way and Dom is no exception. He owes gratitude to Christina Rocha and Andy Lecompte for taking him under their wing, Renato Campora for hiring him to assist on photo shoots and last – but certainly most important – Mr. Chris McMillan for all the support since day one!

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Marissa Marino started her career as Ken Paves’ first assistant, where she received invaluable training in everything from coloring and styling wigs to how to thrive under pressure. The international perspective she gained while traveling the world for showcases informed her practice, and some of her earliest clients were recognizable names like Eva Longoria, Victoria Beckham and Ashlee Simpson. She has a knack for understanding exactly what her clients want and delivering beyond their expectations. For nine years, she worked at the acclaimed Nine Zero One salon in West Hollywood, and was responsible for setting many trends in the hair industry. In 2013, Marissa joined Selena Gomez for her Stars Dance World Tour, and again in 2016 for her Revival Tour, where she styled hair for nightly performances. She has also contributed to high-profile red carpet events and editorial shoots. Today, her celebrity clients include Selena Gomez, Olivia Holt, Jessie James Decker, Jennifer Morrison and Marina Diamandis.

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Michelle Zeller Porumb

Michelle Zeller Porumb, also known as Mane Ivy, has worked in salons since she was 14. Michelle has seen it all behind the chair and as a salon owner, adapting with the ever-changing industry. Her vision was to build a brand and create a vibe using social media as a free, limitless platform to teach stylists to work smarter, not harder. In just two years, she has built an empire with Mane Ivy and her famous tags: #manechick and #dontbeasidechick. She has some of the most sought-after images in the industry through the top beauty platforms in social media. With a demand from stylists to learn the “Mane Way,” Michelle announced the Mane Way Education Tour in 2019, with more than 20 stops all over the U.S. This is just the beginning for the Mane Ivy brand, with much more to come.

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Join UNITE for a weekend of inspiration, innovation and imagination.

+ Halloween Party


(Two-day ticket price includes Halloween Party admission)




(Two-day ticket price includes Halloween Party admission)









Enjoy GLOBAL SESSION group rates on select hotels. Rooms available starting as low as $169 per night.

Simply click and book for special rate. But hurry, limited rooms available.

Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

910 Broadway Circle
San Diego, California 921011

 Courtyard San Diego Downtown

530 Broadway
San Diego, California 92101

 Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown

1430 Seventh Ave
San Diego, California 92101
(800) 293-.8384

Or call to book using code UNITE GLOBAL