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 Tarnacki-Master Instructor and Academy Manager
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 and being a hairdresser that can build a lifelong career in our industry. Joe is also passionate about teaching our business course "Prosper U", developed by Eric Fisher, and helping the students understand the importance of being a salon professional in business. He has taken countless continued education 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 and human relations. Joe is someone who has given each student 100% every day and an instructor no one forgets.
Savannah Derritt-Master Instructor, Color Director, Makeup Artist/Instructor.
Savannah attended Academy of Hair Design and began her career in hairdressing working predominately at Duncan Bros. Salon, Quail Springs. Savannah is passionate about all aspects of being a successful hairstylist/make-up artist and now instructor. She has attended many advanced education classes with Goldwell, KMS, Aquage, Prosper U, Hot Heads, Brazilian Blow Out, Nick Arrojo, and was certified in LA by, James Ryder Makeup and has been featured in multiple editorial photo shoots while on set, working with James in LA. Not only is Savannah our hands-on Color Director, teaching students everything they need to be successful with color services in the salon, she has put together an amazing make-up curriculum for students who aspire to take their desire to do makeup to the next level. Savannah has been such a great addition to our team!
Jeffery Floyd-Master Instructor, Basic Cutting, Aquage Styling and Up-styling.
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 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. You won’t meet a guy who cares about people more than Jeffery and we are grateful to have him on board!
Ashley Enderson-Admissions Director and Marketing
Ashley will be one of the first people you meet at the Academy! She came to us in July of 2015 with a degree 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!!
Kari Coppedge- Duncan Bros Salon Color Director, Goldwell Educator.
Kari is a guest artist at AOHD, from Duncan Bros. Salon and works hand in hand with our education team writing our color curriculum and coming in from time to time to teach color theory and or advanced techniques. Kari began her career with Duncan Bros. Salon nearly 2 decades ago. At age 15 she began as an assistant, she was eager to be a part of the team and to learn everything she could about being a successful stylist from her family and mentors she grew up admiring. She graduated from the Academy of Hair Design in 2009, as 2 time Nuts and Bolts Student of the Year and has gone on to earn many other awards every year in the salon. From there she has continued her passion to grow and to invest in the careers of many aspiring hairdressers in the salon and AOHD. There is literally no on more passionate about Goldwell and hair color than Kari and we are grateful for her contribution to our team.
Taylor Gentry- Master Instructor, Basic color, American Crew men’s barbering.
Taylor also began his career at AOHD, going on to be a successful hairdresser in the OKC Metro. Taylor always had a strong desire to teach, but wanted to be sure he was grounded in his career before making the move to become an instructor. Taylor is passionate, brilliant and instrumental in writing and putting together our class schedules and curriculum and teaching our students cutting and coloring techniques and working to ensure they know and understand how important it is to be compliant with state board and able to pass their exam. Taylor is a bright light in our school and our students absolutely LOVE HIM and we are thrilled to have him on our team!