The NextGen team representing Matrix Professional will share their interpretation of the theme “Exposed” on the Beauty Changes Lives Experience fashion runway, Sunday April 29, during America’s Beauty Show.
Meet the Matrix Professional team here:
Matrix Professional Mentor, Danielle Keasling: Owner of Salon Karma in Bluffton, S.C., Danielle is a four-time NAHA nominee and Intercoiffure member. Her work has graced some of the world’s most elite fashion and hairstyling publications including In Style, Marie Claire, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Modern Salon and American Salon. Danielle believes success is based on consistency. She says, “I will never inspire others by being perfect, but I can share my imperfections and help stylists combat daily challenges whether it is a salon contract gone wrong or a stylist wanting to reach for the stars and enter NAHA. It’s all perspective and drive. Be thankful for what you have, be fearless for what you want, and always reach out to me for anything I can do to help you in this industry.”
Matrix Professional NextGen Team Members:
Amanda Epstein: Becoming an Artistic Educator for Matrix Professional was a game changer for Amanda. Co-owner of Lave Om Studio, she enjoys working behind the chair, in the editorial environment and on the platform inspiring other hairstylists. Amanda is passionate about pursuing learning opportunities and enjoys continually pursuing new levels of excellence. “There’s always room to grow and if you think you’re done learning, you’re already done,” she says.
Katie Fortna: Prior to becoming a Matrix Professional Stylist and Artistic Educator, Katie cultivated her knowledge of color, artistry and balance while earning a degree in Interior Design. Katie has a passion for inspiring people both emotionally and creatively, and brands herself by finding the right balance between fashion-forward hair colors and classic styles. When she is not behind the chair or teaching her craft to others, Katie enjoys volunteering as her church's barista and cutting hair at local outreaches.
Jessica Warburton: Jessica worked in the military doing counter intelligence work until she was diagnosed with late stage cancer. Her cancer diagnosis intensified a lifelong interest in hair and beauty and opened the door to a new career. During chemotherapy, Jessica taught other women how to style their wigs and apply false eyelashes. She believes that something as simple as a haircut has the power to change lives. She currently creates out of a suite in the Los Angeles area. When not in the salon, Jessica enjoys spending time with her four parrots and at the Disney parks.