Spotlight on Educators: Cale Horibe

Meet Cale!


Hi Everyone! This week I'm so excited to introduce you to S•R Educator and the chillest guy I know, Cale Horibe. 

I first met Cale back when I was Creative Director at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica and he was a student. His passion for his newfound craft was undeniable. and a few years later when I was looking to expand the S•R team I couldn't wait to add him to the roster! 

A big thank you to Cale for taking time to chat with us!

Tell us about your background and how you got into the hair industry...

My grandparents were hairstylists and my Dad is currently a stylist/salon owner in Hawaii. Growing up everyone would always ask me if I was going to be a hairstylist someday like my father, and honestly it was probably the last thing I thought I would ever do. But here I am! I got into the industry 11 years ago and had no idea if I would like it or not. I recall throwing my doll head down the stairs when trying to learn the curling iron. It wasn't until we started cutting hair off that I actually started enjoying it.  

How did you become an S•R Educator? 

I met Sally as a cosmetology student at the Vidal Sassoon Academy.  Since graduating I've always been involved in education, whether it was taking classes or teaching them, so when I heard Sally was starting her own company, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to join the team.  

What is your favorite part of being an S•R Educator?

There are so many positives to being a part of the S•R team it's hard to choose just one. Getting intensive training from Sally is any hairstylist's dream come true. Learning the Women's, Men's and Creative programs has changed my salon work. I feel more clear and concise in my approach and as a result have been able to maximize my schedule.  

What is your favorite SR Education memory?  

I love meeting new people and seeing so many hairstylists who are so excited and passionate about learning. There's nothing better!

Spotlight on Educators: Kristen Henry

Meet Kristen!


S•R Educators are such an integral part of the S•R Education Program. My team is the absolute best! I thought it would be fun to let them introduce themselves starting with the absolutely amazing Kristen Henry!

I first met Kristen when I was the Senior Creative Directer at the Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica. And let me tell you, she was a superstar from day one. 

She has always amazed me with her talent and skill, but more than that she is always perfectly prepared for every single class. I admire her professional attitude, drive, and super high standards. She is a great educator,  leader, and champion of the S•R Education Program. She believes in developing quality education for all just as much as I do!

Kristen will be out on the road heading up classes for me in Chicago, Petaluma, Reading and more.  Go take a class with her...I promise you won't regret it! 

Tell us a little about your background/how did you get into the hair industry?

I've been in the industry for almost 17 years. I started at 18, right out of high school. I was always more creatively inclined and gravitated towards building and styling things with my hands. Hair just felt like a perfect fit. I started educating for Toni & Guy about a year out of cosmetology school where I was an ambassador and focused on product knowledge and hairstyling. That experience helped me develop my teaching style and become comfortable presenting in front of a group. After that I then moved on to teach for L'Oreal Professionnel. There, I was a national Artist and a national Train the Trainer. During this time I also taught in-salon haircutting and coloring seminars, as well as trained other L'Oreal Artists to teach the company's biannual collections.  

How did you become an SR Educator?  

In 2007, while working at the Bellus Academy in southern California as their lead haircutting instructor, I was sent to the Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica for teacher training and met Sally. She worked with me extensively on how to properly lecture and demonstrate haircuts. In 2012 when Sally decided to expand S•R Education and bring on additional educators I jumped at the chance to be part of the team. She has been my greatest mentor and I'm both thrilled and honored to represent her company. 

What is your favorite part of being an SR Educator?

I love being able to teach a haircutting system I believe in, while working with like-minded hairdressers. I know how effective our cutting system is and being able to share it with other hairdressers is extremely rewarding.  

What is your favorite SR Education memory?  

My favorite memories have been seeing the hairdressers taking our seminars get excited about the haircuts they produce during our hands-on workshops and the pride they feel in their accomplishments. There's nothing better!

Spotlight on Educators: Ryan Lewis

Meet Ryan!


This  week we're chit-chatting with Ryan Lewis, SR Educator, stylist, and all around great guy.

I first met Ryan when he was a student at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica. Between his enthusiasm for his newfound craft, impeccable manners, and his willingness to always jump right in I knew one day he was going to make something of himself and I was right!!!

Ryan is an integral part of the SR Education team. His passion as an educator is evident in the time and care he takes with his students, while still pushing them to be the very best stylists they can be. He's always ready to help out a pal and his fantastic sense of humor ensures there's never a dull moment when he's around. 

Ryan will be hitting the road this summer teaching classes with me in Madison, Nashville, Petaluma, and more. Be sure to take a class with him. I promise you won't regret it!

-- Sally

Tell us a little about yourself  and how you got into the hair industry?

I'm originally from Denver, CO. I first started doing hair back in high school, cutting my friends' hair and bleaching their tips. I figured out pretty early on it was something I genuinely loved to do. I went to cosmetology school (where I met Sally!) and have been doing hair professionally for about 15 years...and I have to say I am more in love with my career now, then when I first started. Over the years I have been an ambassador for TiGi and a network educator for Bumble and Bumble, but I have really found my home in education with Sally.  If I am not doing hair, I am taking pictures, playing golf, or hanging out with my Boston Terrier named Frank.   

How did you become an SR Educator?  

I met Sally in 2002 when I was attending the Sassoon Academy. Over the years I was invited back to speak to the graduating classes and would run into Sally. In 2015 I took over the education program at Saulino Smith Salon and found myself needing one of my first mentors again. I was running into the same problems over and over and decided it was time to improve my teaching technique. The S•R Education Program was exactly what I and the salon needed. So when Sally asked me to join the S•R Education team I jumped on board! 

What is your favorite part of being an SR Educator?

My favorite part is without a doubt meeting so many unique hairdressers that are so passionate about wanting to perfect their craft. 

What is your favorite SR Education memory?  

It has to be traveling with the S•R Education team for the first time. I never knew what it was like to fly with people who have so many frequent flyer miles. They knew every trick in the book to make flying more efficient. I'm pretty sure Sally was already sitting on the plane, while I was still taking my shoes off for TSA.