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Matrix Announces Three New Artistic Directors: Dilek Onur-Taylor, Michael Albor and Michelle O'Connor

Elizabeth Jakaitis | February 21, 2017 | 1:13 PM
New Matrix Artistic Directors Dilek Onur-Taylor, Michael Albor and Michelle O'Connor.

Matrix Vice President of Education Martin Dale has announced the selection of Michael Albor, Michelle O’Connor and Dilek Onur-Taylor as the brand's newest artistic directors. The three artist educators were inducted into the Matrix education family at the recent Elevate Me Artist Training in Cancun. In their new roles, the trio will be responsible for maintaining the company’s high standards of professional training, and will play a key role in crafting Matrix trends and imagery for professionals and consumers.

The owner of The Loft by Michael Albor, Michael is one of Boston’s top stylists and salon owners, and winner of numerous “Best of Boston” awards from Boston Magazine. He’s earned 12 North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) nominations for Hairstylist of the Year, Editorial Stylist and Master Stylist, and in 2016 won the Editorial Shot of the Year category. His salon earned a spot in the Salon Today 200 for four consecutive years. In recent years he’s served as a Matrix artistic educator, sharing his real world and editorial skills with colleagues worldwide.

A former dancer, salon owner, session artist, and platform artist and educator with Mizani, Michelle O’Connor was recently appointed one of the creative directors for The Salon By InStyle at JCPenney. In 2016, she won the NAHA for Texture. In her prior role as an artistic manager with JCP salons, she participated in education, trend and media photo shoots and television appearances, and in live celebrity and fashion show events. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including MODERN SALON, and she has appeared on talk shows, such as Good Morning Miami, and she worked at the Oscars in L.A.

Dilek Onur-Taylor’s ability to motivate, lead and inspire hairstylists stems from a 25-year career as an artist, salon owner and leading Joico educator. Also recently named creative director for The Salon By InStyle at JCPenney, Dilek embodies a vast skill set and a limitless imagination, making her the perfect mentor to both up-and-coming and fully established stylists. She was a NAHA finalist in 2013 in the Texture category and in 2016 in the Avant Garde and Texture categories. In 2014 she won the NAHA award for Texture and in 2016 she took home the NAHA award in the Contemporary Classic Category. Her work has appeared in numerous beauty publications, and she has participated in a number of live celebrity and fashion events and appeared as a beauty expert on national television spots.

“These three individuals are extremely passionate, dedicated, talented and creative,” says Dale. “We are thrilled to welcome them to our team of artistic directors, and we look forward to experiencing their fresh vision and new ideas.”

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