Team

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.

Lisa Baber
Lisa Baber

Lisa Baber

Creative Director

Lisa Baber

Creative Director

Lisa Baber
Biography

Lisa joined the Chicago Salon in 2002, having been initially attracted to the dedicated training that Sassoon offered. After quickly establishing herself as a successful Stylist, Lisa started her ascent to Creative Director by expanding her repertoire of skills and becoming involved with creative events in and around the Chicago Salon. Her commitment fully paid off in 2008, when she was promoted to the position of Creative Director for the Chicago Salon. Lisa brought her infectious enthusiasm and winning personality to this role and led this Creative Team with great style and passion, until being offered the position of Creative Director of Seattle in 2009.

Along with leading the Seattle salon’s Creative Team, Lisa is deeply involved with teaching and sharing Sassoon education. She frequently demonstrates Sassoon technique at trade shows while inspiring students who attend Academy courses in Seattle.
 

What inspires you
  • Traveling to new places
  • Tree-houses (recently stayed overnight in one)
  • Exploring the natural beauty of Seattle
Who do you admire
  • My mother
  • Elizabeth Hartley
  • Jiro Ono
Top tip
  • A good haircut is more important that what you are wearing.
  • Most people over wash their hair; you should only wash 2-3 times a week
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
Carmen Gallander
Carmen Gallander

Carmen Gallander

Color Director

Carmen Gallander

Color Director

Carmen Gallander
Biography

Carmen Gallander joined Sassoon as an Apprentice at the Washington DC Salon in 2001. She spent four years in DC and made quite an impact on her clients and colleagues. As a result, she was offered the position of Educator in 2005 and moved to the Santa Monica Academy to teach budding and seasoned color specialists from around the world. Carmen excelled in this role, receiving recognition and accolades, such as the 2008 Sassoon "Teacher of the Year" in North America. She remained in the Santa Monica Academy until accepting her current position as Assistant Color Director for the Seattle Salon in 2009.

Carmen splits her time between her loyal clientele, teaching Sassoon Academy courses in Seattle and inspiring the Salon’s color department.
 

What inspires you
  • Art exhibits at Seattle Art Museum
  • Nature – trees, wood, fish, birds, sunsets, greenery and flowers
Who do you admire
  • Rooney Mara
  • Top Sassoon Color Directors - Peter Dawson, Leona Curran & Lucus Etcitty
Top tip
  • Don’t shampoo color for 48 hours
  • Strong shades like red shouldn’t be shampoo more than 3x a week
  • Most people shampoo too often, only shampoo when the scalp gets oily
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