/// SAN DIEGO, CA /// SEPTEMBER 22-23, 2019
Join the UNITE Global Artistic Team at the Historical Balboa
Theater for a weekend of inspiration, innovation, and imagination.
Artistic directors, editorial stylists & tastemakers from around
the world come together for a powerful performance of
creative transformations and technical demonstrations.
Kick off the weekend with UNITE and the Global Session Team on the terrace of the Westin Gaslamp. Mix and mingle while enjoying complimentary cocktails and appetizers.
*Limited tickets available.
GLOBAL SESSION – DAY ONE
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.
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.
GLOBAL SESSION – DAY TWO
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.
PARAMOUNT LEADERSHIP – NEW ONE DAY WORKSHOP
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
RUNWAY READY – TWO DAYS
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.
/////// MEET THE ARTISTS ///////
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.read more bio
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.read more bio
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.read more bio
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.read more bio
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.read more bio
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.read more bio
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.read more bio
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.read more bio
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.read more bio
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.read more bio
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.read more bio
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.read more bio
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.
Twice-nominated Scottish Male Hairdresser of the Year James Hughes is part of UNITE’s International Artistic Team. Cutting hair for friends and family while growing up in Glasgow is where James first discovered his talent for hairdressing, and after completing his training and a short stint as a stylist in a Scottish-based salon chain, he traveled to Australia, where he became manager at one of Sydney’s top salons. Returning to Scotland in 2011 with a strong reputation and a healthy client waiting list, James opened James Hughes Hairdressing Salon and went on to win various awards and accolades, including Scottish Salon of the Year. As a UNITE artistic team member and educator, James travels across Europe and America working as a platform artist, and session stylist at NYFW.read more bio
/////// BARBERS ///////
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.read more bio
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.read more bio
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.read more bio
/////// GET UP CLOSE & PERSONAL ///////
with Our Special Tastemaker Panel
TICKET PRICING – SEPTEMBER 22 & 23
(Two-day ticket price includes Halloween Party admission)
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(Two-day ticket price includes Halloween Party admission)
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