At the Academy of Hair Design we invest in what benefits you the most. We believe education is the key to a successful and rewarding career. Our Owners and Co-Founders Ron and Jean and Joe and Shelly Gitthens are also founders and partners of Duncan Brothers Salons, which was established in 1969 and have many years of knowledge and understanding in what it takes to succeed in the salon industry. We are determined to develop the very best education available for our students, which is why our students get the very best salon placement possible upon graduation. Our biggest investment is our team of dedicated staff that are passionate about inspiring the next generation. We have a combined 254 years of experience and can be trusted to be a part of your journey. Members of our staff were trained and certified before the school was opened by Toni and Guy, beginning in the early 90's through 2007. We then began a partnership with Sassoon Academy School Connection and Nuts and Bolts Business Cirriculum. The Academy of Hair Design was the very first Sassoon Academy School Connection program in the country beginning in 2007 and continued until June of 2012, where we contracted with Sally Rogerson and SR Education, former Global Artist and Education Director for Vidal Sassoon Academy to be the Academy Art Director until June of 2013. In August of 2013 we became one of 3 test schools for Eric Fisher's Prosper U Business program and began to train with Aquage, Goldwell US and KMS California. In 2014 our staff was certified and began to teach American Crew Barbering. Members of our staff travel to the Goldwell/KMS Academy's in New York City and Santa Monica periodically for additional training as well as having some of the best Educators in the country visiting our Academy multiple times per year. Some of the recent names include, Rebecca Heile-Goldwell US, Daniel Rubin-Goldwell US, Simon Miller-KMS California, Shawna Parvin-Goldwell US (Sept 2016) and Sonna Brado-KMS California (Nov 2016). We look forward to being a part of your present and future success!!
Joe has been in the hair industry for over 30 years. He has taught at the Academy of Hair Design since the school opened in 2005. Joe’s passion for teaching is unmistakable and it shows in the caliber of students that graduate from the Academy. His students are prepared to enter a salon and work at a professional level. Joe believes that continued education is the key to staying on top of new trends. Joe is also passionate about teaching our business course "Prosper U", and about teaching the students the importance of being a salon professional in business. He has taken numerous classes and is certified with Sassoon ABC Cutting and Coloring, American Crew Men's Barbering, Aquage, Goldwell, KMS IQ Cutting and Toni&Guy. Joe has a vast knowledge in cutting, coloring and barbering.
Tara was a student in our basic cosmetology program in 2010 where she learned the foundations of hair design. Upon her completion she remained at the school and received her Master Instructors license and is now teaching our basic students the fundamentals of cutting and coloring. Tara is passionate about helping the students get a strong start and is a favorite among them all! Tara has completed Sassoon ABC Cutting and Coloring, American Crew Men's Barbering, Goldwell US and KMS IQ Cutting training. Tara worked as our front desk coordinator but has found her true passion lies in teaching. She loves the ability to help others achieve their dreams and making everyone beautiful while doing it!
Jeffery began his career here in Oklahoma City in the early 80's, but had a passion to travel and work with some of the best training programs in the industry. Jeffery moved to New York in 2001 and worked for Sassoon New York and multiple times with Fashion Week NYC untill 2010. From there moved to Los Angeles where he worked with a Sassoon Connection School Academy, Nick Berardi and fashion week Los Angeles. He made the decision to move back to Oklahoma and began to work with us here at the Academy in 2015. Jeffery's years of experience, world travel, and passion for fashion make him a favorite with our students! Jeffery also has been instrumental in helping our students have opportunities to become involved in local fashion and charity events.
Ashley will be one of the first people you meet at the Academy! She came to us in July of 2015 with a background in Marketing from the University of Central Oklahoma and a love for fashion and social media. She is responsible for all of our tours and student outreach. She builds strong relationships with the students during their time here at the Academy and is always eager to share any knowledge she has about photography and social media with our students. Ashley loves her career at the Academy of Hair Design and has been such an inspiration to all of us!!