Meet the Individuals Behind the Industry's Leading Brands

Richard Mannah

Richard Mannah, international guest artistic director for Joico.

My main goals with the company are: To represent the brand with excellence, be creative, and to use my platform to educate and inspire everyone around me.

The reasons I chose to join this brand are: I love everything about the brand and very much enjoy working with the Joico team.

I get inspired by: Art, architecture and sea life.

I’m happiest when: I’m on the beach.

My favorite way to unwind is: Taking a vacation somewhere warm and having some beach time.

My top vacation destination is: Mykonos.

My favorite film is: Cinema Paradiso.

My Starbucks order is: Iced latte.

I work in professional beauty because: I love making people look and feel more confident.

RELATED: Nikki Lee Dishes on Her Top Shades for Actress Emma Roberts

Jeffrey Davidson

Jeffrey Davidson, CEO of JD Beauty (owner of the newly acquired Ouidad brand).

My main goal with the company is: To make Ouidad the most successful, well-loved brand for the professional curly/natural market.

The reasons I chose to join this brand are: We thought adding Ouidad to our existing JD Beauty brands was a natural fit—our team of experts can add tremendous marketing and product development knowledge to this incredible brand.

I get inspired by: Being around fun, smart and dedicated people.

I’m happiest when: I’m part of a team that is growing businesses.

My favorite way to unwind is: Participating in and watching sports.

My top vacation destination is: Florence, Italy. I love the food.

My favorite film is: Good Will Hunting.

My Starbucks order is: Decaf cappuccino with soymilk.

I work in professional beauty because: I like the people and I always have fun.

RELATED: Celebrity Colorists Share their Most In-Demand Formulas

Colette Grigorians

Colette Grigorians, senior global brand manager, Alterna.

My main goal with the company is: To continue the long- standing tradition of creating the best products for our loyal community of stylists, distributors and consumers. Our formulas are what made Alterna a globally recognized luxury brand, and our formulas will continue to lead to our success.

The reasons I chose to join this brand are: I knew that now was the time to get involved—it’s very exciting to be part of a group that’s taking this brand to the next level.

I get inspired by: The people I work with every day.

I’m happiest when: I’m near the water! I love the beach.

My favorite way to unwind is: A couple of scented candles, a nice glass (or two) of wine and a good book or reality television show.

My top vacation destination is: Thailand.

My favorite film is: Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet.

My Starbucks order is: Grande iced skinny vanilla latte.

I work in professional beauty because: For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved anything beauty-related; at one point, I even wanted to own a salon. I think hairdressers are amazing and I admire their talent. The professional beauty industry does not dictate who or what you should be; it’s creative, inspirational and aspirational. I feel so lucky that I’ve been able to find my home in this industry.

PHOTOS: Blue Hues Are Poised to Take Over Your Color Station

Ryan Pearl

Ryan Pearl, brand ambassador for Redken.

My main goals with the company are: To grow both Redken’s brand and my personal brand, as well as share my knowledge and skill set with other colorists around the world.

The reasons I chose to join this brand are: I’ve worked with Redken ever since I started doing hair 12 years ago, and have gone to countless Exchange classes. I love the whole line and the hair community that the brand represents.

I get inspired by: Seeing people walk down the street in New York City and analyzing what I could do to switch up their hair color.

I'm happiest when: I’m enjoying football season.

My favorite way to unwind is: Going to the gym or playing with my dog.

My top vacation destination is: Algarve in Portugal.

My favorite film is: A Bronx Tale.

My Starbucks order is: Flat white and a brownie.

I work in professional beauty because: I love helping people look and feel their best, and making connections w​ith my clients that develop into friendships.

 

[Images: top to bottom courtesy of Richard Mannah; Kevin Luchman; Alterna and Redken]

Tell us what you think! Leave a comment...