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!
Claudia Diesti In Documentary
Local Wellington hairstylist Claudia Diesti has made her mark styling runway hair for photographers and fashion designers, and now her experiences will be included in a 2010 documentary about the industry.
Diesti has lived and worked in Wellington for 11 years, and over the past four years has styled runway hair for designers such as Nichole Miller, Zac Posen, Nikki Hilton and Perry Ellis. “I love the fast-paced, intense pressure needed to handle runway work,” Diesti said. “The audience’s perspective is so calm and well planned. Most don’t see the chaos behind the stage, but that’s where you’ll get noticed.”
Diesti’s accomplishments caught the eye of Joseph Kellner, producer of the upcoming documentary The Real Hair Truth. She was asked to speak about her rise from a young girl who came to the United States with nothing, to her passion for advanced education — an education that has taken her across the U.S., to Europe and Asia.
The documentary will show the ups and downs of the industry and includes interviews with Rusk International Educator Phil Stone, YellowStrawberry owner Jesse Briggs and Tampa’s Scott Bentley. All the proceeds will go to scholarships for advanced education, books and tools.