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Meet The Team

A Sassoon Instructor is unique, passionate about their craft and educated to the very highest standards in the Sassoon proprietary methods; they love their subject and are absolute perfectionists in their specialist field. Undertaking rigorous initial training that is continually updated, each Sassoon Instructor has excellent subject knowledge that they deliver with pace and interest. They develop minds and talents in a nurturing, engaging way to help you achieve your full potential.

Traci Sakosits
Traci Sakosits

Traci Sakosits

North American Creative Director

Traci Sakosits

North American Creative Director

Traci Sakosits
Biography

North American Creative Director, Traci Sakosits started her training at Sassoon in New York in 1992, where her talents were soon recognized and she moved swiftly up the ranks. She transferred to the Beverly Hills Salon as a stylist in 1994 and was promoted to Assistant Creative Director two years later. The call to teach came quickly, and Traci then moved to the Los Angeles Academy in 1997, where she has been based for the last 15 years. While in Los Angeles, she earned the roles of Creative Director and Regional Creative Director, before being appointed the role of North American Creative Director in April 2012 as a result of her passion and dedication to Sassoon.

As North American Creative Director, Traci coaches and inspires all the Sassoon stylists in the Salons and Academies across the country. Her calm temperament, incredible talent and giving personality make her the ideal person for this role. Traci’s position also includes leading shows and seminars around the globe, presenting the latest collections on beauty runways and styling Sassoon editorial shoots. Thousands of fellow hair professionals and students have been empowered by Traci.  "From the very start of my career, I knew I wanted to teach. I love the idea of carrying on the Sassoon ethos,’’ said Traci.

What inspires you
  • My son, whose eyes are always wide open
  • The creative process
  • Photography  “…capturing a moment in time”
Who do you admire
  • Creative people who are courageous and giving
Top tip
  • Surround yourself with a great network of people who have high standards and are willing to share knowledge and skills
  • Practice makes perfect
  • Education is the key to success and ongoing education can raise the level of hair design
Richie Rivera
Richie Rivera

Richie Rivera

North American Color Director

Richie Rivera

North American Color Director

Richie Rivera
Biography

North American Color Director, Richie Rivera started his Sassoon career at the Los Angeles Academy in 1992. He then went on to complete his apprenticeship at the Boston Salon in 1993, where he has been based for the last 19 years. During Richie’s time at Sassoon, he has worked as Salon Color Director and East Coast Regional Color Director before earning the prestigious role of North American Color Director in April 2012. In this role, Richie has the ultimate responsibility of educating and developing the next generation of colorists and tinters in all the North America Salons and Academies.

Over his 20 years with Sassoon, Richie has gained a reputation for being a gifted educator, who captivates his audiences while teaching the renowned Sassoon color techniques. Frequently representing Sassoon internationally, from Japan to Brazil and everywhere in between, Richie spends much of his time showcasing Sassoon collections and leading countless shows and seminars. Additionally, his talent behind the chair has led to a fiercely loyal clientele in Boston, where he continues to see clients on a regular basis.

What inspires you
  • Art
  • Fashion
  • "The Youth”
Who do you admire
  • People who help others
  • Anybody who can fix anything
Top tip
  • Continuing education
  • Dedication
  • Be humble
Randall Broussard
Randall Broussard

Randall Broussard

Senior Cutting Instructor

Randall Broussard

Senior Cutting Instructor

Randall Broussard
Biography

With a Sassoon career spanning over 25 years, Randall’s passion for the brand and the industry is evident in each course he leads. He started as a student at the Santa Monica Academy and worked at Sassoon Salon locations throughout the country - Beverly Hills, Chicago, Scottsdale and San Francisco – before returning to Santa Monica in 2001.

Between inspiring his students in Santa Monica, guest teaching at the London Academy and leading seminars throughout North America, Randall’s extensive knowledge combined with his patient teaching style make him one of the most sought after instructors in the company.

What inspires you
  • The people in my life
Who do you admire
  • My parents
Top tip
  • Be yourself
  • Go out and earn it. Nobody owes you anything
  • Take care of yourself; it’s a physical job
Colton Jones
Colton Jones

Colton Jones

Assistant Creative Director

Colton Jones

Assistant Creative Director

Colton Jones
Biography

Colton began her journey with Sassoon taking a Comprehensive Cut course at the Santa Monica Academy in 2008. Upon graduation, she began working and training in the Atlanta Salon, where she qualified as a stylist in 2010 and in 2012, was promoted to Top Stylist.

After realizing her passion for teaching, Colton accepted a position at a beauty school in Atlanta. “I gained valuable teaching experience there, but my heart was with Sassoon,” Colton said. Staying true to her heart and her beginnings in the industry, Colton left Atlanta in May 2014 and is now thrilled to be a Cutting Instructor at the Santa Monica Academy.

What inspires you
  • Music
  • Traveling to new places
  • Encountering genuine passion in other people
Who do you admire
  • My Grandfather
Top tip
  • Don’t be afraid to take risks
  • Always remain humble
Holland Wells
Holland Wells

Holland Wells

Colour Instructor

Holland Wells

Colour Instructor

Holland Wells
Biography

Throughout her early life Holland was very creative and had a passion to serve people in some way.  Then in her early 30’s she came to the realization that she could combine both by doing hair and started on her journey in the beauty industry.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Holland knew that if you’re going to do hair in LA and get the best education and opportunities then you go to Sassoon Academy.    After graduating the cosmetology program she continued her years of training at Sassoon Beverly Hills, quickly realizing that she had a passion for color and decided she wanted to become a Color Instructor at the Santa Monica Academy.  So in 2019 when an opportunity presented itself and a position became available, Holland was ready and honored to step into the role of Color Instructor. 

What truly inspires Holland is giving back all of the knowledge and skills she has gained throughout the years from the talented instructors who have inspired her.  She feels honored to be a part of the journey for the new cosmetology students every day.

What inspires you
  • Brookland and Londyn, my two beautiful daughters.
  • Surrounding myself with hard working and dedicated people doing what they love, no matter what that is.
  • Making people smile
Who do you admire
  • My mother and Father
  • People who give back, wanting nothing in return
Top tip
  • Never settle 
  • You can do anything you put your mind to
  • Have a little faith 
Al
Al

Al

Instructor

Al

Instructor

Al
Biography

With a career in cosmetology that spans over 40 years, Al has a strong passion for teaching and a passion for helping his students achieve their goals. During his tenure in the industry, Al has served as President of the Associated Cosmetology Teachers Association, State Board examiner at Riverside Community College, holds two Life Credentials in Cosmetology and now holds the position of State Board Instructor at Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica.

Student success is the primary focus of education; therefore as a teacher today, Al aspires to model values and professionalism in the classroom.  He considers working at Sassoon Academy a privilege, as he feels he works alongside some of the greatest artists this profession has to offer. Al love’s positive quotes and one of his favorites is “Don’t worry trying to impress people; just focus on how you can add value to their lives.

Stephani Patterson
Stephani Patterson

Stephani Patterson

Head of Cosmetology

Stephani Patterson

Head of Cosmetology

Stephani Patterson
Biography

Stephani leads the only Sassoon Academy Cosmetology Department in North America, singlehandedly recruiting the elite group of students who want the best career foundation available.  Counting 30 years with Sassoon Academy, Stephani’s sincerity shines through all her recruiting sessions as she personally completed the Cosmetology Program in 1980. Due to her firsthand experience, she provides exceptional insight into a program that shapes the careers of the next generation of hairdressers. Stephani’s commitment to sharing the Sassoon philosophy inspires hundreds of future hair professionals each year while ensuring the continued success of the Cosmetology Department in North America.

What inspires you
  • New trends
  • Art
  • Music
  • Our Sassoon team
Who do you admire
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Chanel
  • Robin Roberts
  • Alexander McQueen
Top tip
  • Always remain professional
  • Always continue to seek great additional education throughout your career in this industry
  • Always do your very best and remain kind to all who work with you, to all who work for you and to those that are your clients