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Last updated: December 12, 2017

Go “On Tour” with the Stylists Behind the Stars

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1 Day, 6 Classes, 9 Artists


So you’re totally digging Kim’s beachy highlights, Miley’s rooted blonde and that killer romantic updo you saw on the pages of Pinterest. What formula does Jen’s stylist use? How do you up your barbering game? At this year’s BTC “On Tour” classes, there’s definitely something for everyone.



And EVERYONE can come, because here at BTC, we know that education is your greatest tool! So for 6 whole classes, featuring 9 amazing artists, this completely unprecedented day of education is available at an unbelievable price: General Seating $150; Premium Seating $200; and VIP Seating $295.


When: March 14th, the day right after our 16th Annual Stylist Choice Awards
Where: The
legendary Chicago Theatre


This once-in-a-lifetime educational event, hosted by BTC’s very own Mary Rector-Gable, will teach you the best tips, tricks and techniques from some of the biggest names in the hair game.


The Lineup

1. “Balayage & Ombré” with George Papanikolas


2. “Women’s Cuts & Styles” with Sally Hershberger


3. “Waves & Braids” with Sarah Potempa


4. “Bridal Styling” with Stephanie Brinkerhoff (Hair & Makeup by Steph)


5. “Men’s Grooming” with Mark Bustos and Matty Conrad


6. “Editorial Styling” with Jenny Strebe (@theconfessionsofahairstylist) & Richard Mannah


Want a few more details? Get the scoop on this amazing day of education!


“Celebrity Balayage & Ombré”
George Papanikolas



Celebrity Colorist George Papanikolas’ color transformations of Kim and Khloe Kardashian launched a lightening revolution. George pioneered the “beach-style” highlighting techniques that have evolved into today’s popular ombré and balayage techniques. He’s been singled out as one of the country’s top colorists by InStyle, Allure and People, and has worked with many of Hollywood’s hottest “It” girls—including Miranda Kerr, Megan Fox, Hayden Panettiere, Jessica Stroup and Minka Kelly. George is not only bi-coastal, working at Andy Lecompte Salon in West Hollywood and Rita Hazan in NYC, but he also regularly spends time working in Dubai. George is Matrix’s Celebrity Colorist.


“Victoria’s Secret Waves & Braids”
Sarah Potempa



In 2015, stylist Sarah Potempa had everyone talking when she styled those bombshell beachwaves at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show—she and her crew created amazing, personalized looks for 47 of the world’s most beautiful Angels! An in-demand celebrity stylist, Sarah’s work has graced the pages of Vogue, Vanity Fair, Esquire and W, and she’s styled for celebrity clients like Elizabeth Olsen, Lea Michele, Evan Rachel Wood, Rose McGowan, Julianne Moore and Jake Gyllenhaal—she’s even styled the President! In 2010, Sarah founded her own tool company, the Beachwaver Co., and personally invented the cult favorite Professional Rotating Curling Iron, The Beachwaver® Pro, which has already won five awards including Allure’s Best of Beauty.


“The Shag”
Sally Hersheberger



Every decade has its iconic haircut. In the ’60s, it was Vidal’s geometric bob. In the ’70s, Farrah’s feathery layers. And without a doubt, the early ’90s belonged to Meg Ryan’s “Sally Shag”—the layered haircut that is as perky as the actress who made it famous. The artist was Sally Hershberger, a tough and talented woman who has rightly earned the title of America’s first female rock star stylist. (She’s worked with Joan Jett and Courtney Love, along with Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise and every single supermodel since the ’80s.) She’s an accomplished session stylist (including shoots with Annie Leibovitz and Helmut Newton) and a successful salon owner with three salons located in the fashion and style epicenters of L.A., New York’s Meatpacking District and Manhattan’s Upper East Side. To this day, her signature layered, disheveled, careless-looking haircuts are the standard for girls with attitude.


“Celebrity Color”
Justin Anderson



As the Vogue-anointed “Rising Star of Blonde Hollywood,” celebrity colorist Justin Anderson works with some of today’s hottest celebs like Miley Cyrus, Kelly Osbourne, Emma Roberts, Leighton Meester, Jennifer Aniston, Ireland Baldwin, Nicola Peltz, Kim Basinger, Kirsten Dunst, Kristin Cavallari, Jenna Elfman and LeAnn Rimes. After growing up in sunny SoCal, where he became captivated by the sun’s effect on hair, Justin eventually apprenticed under two of Hollywood’s leading blonde experts, Johnathan Gale of the Serge Normant Salon and Sheri Roman of the Art Luna Salon. Justin now works at the Chris McMillan Salon in Beverly Hills.


“Perfectly Imperfect Updos”
Stephanie Brinkerhoff



Virtually overnight, Stephanie Brinkerhoff went from a small town girl from Utah to a bridal superstar. At just 27 years old, she’s one of the most sought-after bridal updo stylists in the world. Better known by her social media moniker, Hair & Makeup by Steph, Stephanie’s non-traditional bridal upstyles are seen by her more than 5 million Pinterest followers. Her debut book, published by, “Elegant Upstyles for Today’s Bride,” has sold more than 3,000 copies. Steph’s knack for creating on-trend looks keeps her busy with her brides-to-be and so does her work as BTC’s resident Bridal and Upstyling Expert.


“Men’s Grooming”
Matty Conrad



Matty Conrad—aka “the World’s Most Interesting Barber”—has been a top stylist in the industry for 15 years.  Borrowing from both traditional barbering and modern men’s hairstyling, his own style of heritage barbering has put him at the vanguard of men’s grooming in North America. His barbershop, Victory Barber & Brand, opened in 2010 to critical acclaim and has been cited as one of Canada’s best barbershops by multiple publications. Matty, now a Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS+ Brand Ambassador, was named “Coolest Barber on Instagram” by Details and GQ magazine;  in 2014, he won Canadian Men’s Hairstylist of the Year Award; and last year, he even took home the coveted Big Shot Men’s Shot of the Year Award at BTC’s #ONESHOT Hair Awards.


“Men’s Grooming”
Mark Bustos



Stylist & Founder of the #BeAwesomeToSomebody Movement Shares the Finer Points of Men’s Grooming


For stylist Mark Bustos, everyday clients can range anywhere from fashion designer, Phillip Lim and NASCAR Driver, Jeff Gordon to the likes of 8-year old Isabella, living on the streets in the Philippines. Founder of the #BeAwesomeToSomebody Movement, Mark has created a way to mix his passion for hair with his compassion for those in need—every Sunday, he gives humble a new meaning by giving free haircuts to the homeless. He’s been featured in The New York Times, CNN, ABC World News, GQ, Forbes and Vanity Fair and is a full-time Hair Artist at Three Squares Studio in Manhattan and Gumdrop Hairdressing in Montclair, NJ.


“Runway to Reality – Editorial Styling”
Richard Mannah



Awarded London Hairdresser of the Year 2011/2012 by the British Hairdressing Awards, legendary editorial stylist Richard Mannah has earned himself a special place among the superstars in the industry. Regarded as one of the world’s leading long hair specialists, Richard works major fashion events, traveling the world to head shows for both New York and London Fashion week. He has collaborated with esteemed London designers such as Giles Deacon, Todd Lynn, Vivienne Westwood, Donna Karan and the renowned Tommy Hilfiger. His work can be seen in influential publications like British Vogue, Elle, Company, Grazia, Creative Head and The Journal. 


“Runway to Reality – Editorial Styling”
Jenny Strebe



Fusing her talent for hairdressing with her devotion to education, stylist Jenny Strebe founded leading blog and YouTube channel, Confessions of a Hairstylist. After three years, she’s carved herself a niche as the go-to for hair how-tos, with 1 million views on YouTube and a combined social media following of 60,000. In 2015, Jenny won the Hot Shot Award for Braid Shot of the Year at BTC’s #ONESHOT Hair Awards. With more than 14 years of experience, Jenny travels to various salons across America, sharing insights and new techniques with her fellow stylists.



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