After entering cosmetology school at the young age of 15, Shelly Van Pelt knew hair was her business. Through a co-op program with her high school in Ann Arbor Michigan, she completed 1500 hours and went straight to work refining her cutting skills at Master Cuts. After 4 years, she decided it was time to move on. Wanting to study color and extensions, she found the Queen of Color and King of Extensions,Jesse and Flo Briggs at the Yellow Strawberry in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Now at the Yellow Strawberry for 5 years, Shelly has appeared in New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Sun Sentinel, Gold Coast Magazine, Modern Salon Magazine, and Hairs How. Side by side with Jesse and Flo she helped create the S Wave Thermal Set and the Caribbean Dream Relaxer which has taken her to the stage of every major show in the country teaching new retexturizing and finishing techniques. She has done multiple videos, photo shoots, fashions shows, editorials, and even judged hair contests. At the end of the day, Shelly Van Pelt says ” Bring it on!” It was a joy interviewing this Professional, and also feel the passion, determination, and drive that she has!
For the past decade Claudia Diesti has built her reputation on education not ego. She’s done this by traveling the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, France and the Orient training with the industries leading artists. Claudia is herself an American Board Certified Hair Colorist, an INOA color educator for L’Oreal Professionnel and her knowledge of Redken, Kerastase, Great-Length Extensions, and Keratin Straightening is extensive. Her work has been seen in Salon Today, Modern Salon, American Salon, Miami 944, Wellington the Magazine, Ocean Drive, In Fashion Magazine and Vive.
Claudia works behind the chair four days a week at the trendy Generations Hair Salon in Wellington Fl. The salon is equipped with the Minardi Perfect Lighting System; which provides colorists with most exact and pure light (3500 Kelvin) necessary for creating the right color indoors.
Claudia also creates runway looks in Miami for designers such as Escada, Perry Ellis, Nikki Hilton La Perla, Zac Posen, Nichole Miller, Custo Barcelona, Laundry By Design, Ashley Paige, Rebecca Taylor, Castle Starr, Lotusgrace, MaxStudio.com, Stella & Jamie, Betty Bangs, Carolina Brasil, Tricia Fix, Cory Couture, Sheiki Jeans, Marzia G. and Project Runways Jay McCarroll for venues Genart, Mercedes-Benz and Ocean Drive.
During the last four years Claudia’s focus has been the VERN Ambidextrous Cutting System; this incredible both-handed, interlocking shear system makes her unique and defines her as an artist. Her dream has always been to work for Versace at New York Fashion Week.
Claudia was filmed for THE REAL HAIR TRUTH on December 7, 2009