Our Artists

Francesco Fontana


Francesco Fontana is a leading Toronto stylist and image consultant with more than ten years of award-winning experience to his credit. He is one of the stars of Style by Jury, the W Network’s number one show and Canada’s most watched fashion makeover program. At 32, Francesco is the youngest stylists to be featured in more than 50 televised episodes of high fashion television.

His training includes studio experience in Milan, Italy and London, England and he has a range of professional awards and credits to his name including being a member of the junior national hair team for Canada where he competed as one of the world’s top stylists. He was nominated for Newcomer of the Year in 1994 and Ontario hairstylist of the year 2002 at the Contessa Award in Toronto and has held numerous top level positions at leading salons. Even more recently he was a judge for the Contessa's, one of the most prestigious competitions in Canada. Francesco shares his expertise with hair product manufactures and training institutions as an educator.

Cheryl Gushue


Cheryl Gushue is a multi-award winning North American makeup artist and global educator.  Cheryl has won several Canadian and North American Makeup Artist of the Year awards the most current being in 2015.  She got started in the business as a fashion designer twenty years ago then shifted her artistic skills to the beauty industry.  After many years of cosmetic retailing and working in the salons, she turned her talents to freelance and broadened her horizons to all types of beauty and fashion related work.

She is a media beauty expert with many television appearances on makeover shows. Cheryl has been a spokesperson for L’oreal Paris, done media tours for major brands. She often provides interviews with magazine publications for her expert advice.

She has developed and taught makeup programs at college level and presented at beauty shows in New York, LA, Vegas, Mexico, MIami, Chicago, Berlin, London and Paris.

Working with some of the top stylists in the hair industry from around the world Cheryl maintains a strong reputation in the business for her professionalism, knowledge, and creativity.

Her latest role as Saks Fifth Avenue for Toronto Queen St.  Eaton Centre, Canada uses her talents as the Beauty Ambassador for the cosmetics department as well as a personal shopper for your head to toe needs.

 Whether its presenting, working backstage, doing photo shoots, writing, wardrobe styling, creative direction, designing, teaching or creating a personalized look for her clients, Cheryl enjoys every aspect of fashion and beauty and loves to provide beauty advice and confidence to industry professionals and consumers.

Martin Truong


Martin Truong is the Co-Founder and Master Barber at Eikonic House of Barbers in Brampton, Ontario. Years ago, after obtaining his cosmetology license, he was inspired by the art of barbering and quickly realized that there were no official avenues to continue his education.

In the years that followed, his passion for the craft and unwavering desire to innovate has led him to develop the Eikonic Barbering System - a method of men's haircutting that combines traditional techniques with the advances of modern technology.

At the core of the Eikonic Barbering System is it's respect for foundation and structure - universal elements and techniques any aspiring barber-stylist would need in their repertoire for infinite creativity. In addition, his proprietary techniques for fading and blending have borrowed it's roots from his other passion of the visual arts. Ideologies such as cross hatching, pointillism, perspective and geometry takes centre stage resulting in precise, efficient and trend-setting styles. These same proven techniques have been used to train the Artistic Team of Expert Barbers at Eikonic House of Barbers.

Early in his career, Martin has been fortunate to have wonderful mentors who have led him down the right path of education. Today he is ready to give back and share his secret to success and help passionate stylists and fellow barbers build a successful mens business. Martin looks forward to personally meeting all of you.

Named top 200 Best Managed Salons in North America - Salon Today

Ambassador to Mizutani Scissors

Featured in Canadian Hairdresser, Bride and Groom Canada, Modern Salon Magazine


Rocky Vitelli


With more than 25 years of experience, Toronto-based Rocky Vitelli serves as a trailblazer for innovation in the professional beauty industry. Inspired by fashion, he believes that hair has a direct influence on the success of an overall look. Vitelli is known for creating haute couture hair on-stage that can be easily translated into edgy, off the runway looks.

As a Farouk Systems’ international educator and platform artist, Vitelli produces progressive haircuts that are often used for trend collections and in editorial pieces. Some of his accolades include being awarded 3 times as Canadian Hairstylist of the Year,  awarded 2014 Canadian Editorial Hairstylist of the Year, 2015 Farouk Systems Editorial Stylist and also has been  styling for numerous high-profile events. Vitelli can be found styling at New York and Toronto Fashion Week as well as the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.   Vitelli is a regular Guest on Shopping Channel Canada, Vitelli also made a guest appearance on The Celebrity Apprentice as a CHI Global Board Artist. Back in Toronto, Vitelli spends his days bringing worldwide fashion to his clientele as Artistic Director at Locale J Salon in Thornhill Ontario

Luigi Di Tacchio


Owner/ Studio Director of Inception Hair Studio. Luigi has been refining his craft through practical and artistic design on a national (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver) and international level (Usa, Italy) for the past 20 years.  His passion as a creative stylist has given him the honor in representing Canada at the World Championships on three different occasions (Moscow, Chicago, Paris).  In 2015 he had the honor of winning the 2014 Artist to Reign Supreme Award from Bangstyle.  Being a L’Oreal Professional portfolio artist for the last 10 years has encouraged his growth as an educator and his inspiration of the latest trends from around the world.

Under his guidance and distinct knowledge of a professional coiffeur, Luigi has trained and educated a team of award winning stylists. He is artistically involved in magazine covers and featured spreads.  As a stylist in the advancement of hair design, Luigi best describes his philosophy through a timeless quote by Abraham Lincoln “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

Krysten Ashley Garrod


Krysten-Ashley has spent the last 13 years honing her craft, educating herself in every way possible. Her Passion for hair is evident in the beautiful hair she creates. She has trained extensively internationally, including workshops in London UK, Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, New York and Toronto.

As a Guest Artist for the National Artistic Team for Goldwell Canada for over five years, she enjoys sharing her knowledge with others. Additionally, Krysten-Ashley’s passion also extends to commercial and editorial competition work. As a published artist, she has competed in various hair competitions over the years, including Mirror and Contessa Awards as well as Goldwell Colorzoom. Some of her competition and publication highlights include:


2007 Contessa Canadian Salon Team Semi Finalist

2014 Colorzoom Global Partner Category Finalist (Canada)

2015 Colorzoom Global Partner Category Finalist (Canada)

2015 Colorzoom Global Partner Category Silver Winner (Canada)



2016 Contessa Canadian Colourist Semi Finalist

2016 Contessa Ontario Hairstylist Semi Finalist

2016 Contessa Ontario Hairstylist Finalist

2016 Mirror Awards Colourist of The Year Finalist

2016 Notable Awards Beauty and Style Finalist Nomination


Salon Magazine March 2016

Estetica China Magazine January 2016



Yahoo Style Online November 2015

Marilyn Vendittelli


Co Owner of INdustry Hair in St. Catharines. Marilyn Vendittelli is an award winning Hairstylist in both provincial and national competitions, winning awards for women's hair cutting, styling and Colour, as well as men's hair cutting and bridal up-dos.  Marilyn is also an educator at Niagara College teaching cosmetology to the up coming generation of stylists.

Her most recent accomplishments include 2 awards at the 2016 Contessa awards.

- Canadian Champion Fan Favorite of the year 2016

- Canadian Champion of Session Stylist of the year 2016

- Finalist in Session Stylist of the Year Contessa 2017

- Finalist in Worldwide photographic Competition for HairCut of the Year for Behind The Chair 2016 #oneshot Hair awards

- Finalist in Contemporary Classic 2016 Mirror Awards

- Work has been published worldwide

David Vendittelli


Co Owner of INdustry Hair in St. Catharines.

As one of 16 people (2014) worldwide to receive Goldwell Colour Masters status. David has won many provincial and national competitions for women's styling, colouring and cutting.  David's most recent accomplishments include an amazing performance at the 2016 Contessa Awards, where he finished as:

- Semi Finalist in Candian Colorist of the Year 2016

- Finalist in Fan Favorite of the Year 2016

- Canadian Champion of New Hairstylist of the Year 2016

- Semi Finalist in Canadian Colorist of the Year 2017

- Work has been published Worldwide

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