BENJAMIN JAY is a second-generation hair stylist who has been in the salon industry since he was 14. Having started working with his father, he fell in love with the business and customer service aspects of a salon and decided to follow in his mother’s footsteps and attend beauty school, being the first student to enroll in Paul Mitchell the school Chicago.
His passion for branding, business, art and giving back led him to do multiple Paul Mitchell the school tours, sharing his success formula with future professionals all over the country. His 2012/2013 school tour resulted in raising $25,000 in just 4 months for charities such as the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation, the Morris Animal Shelter, No Limits, and the Children’s Miracle Network just to name a few.
Benjamin is the owner of the HAIR LOFT ltd, which is the number one Paul Mitchell salon in Chicago. His visionary thinking, leadership and passion for business has helped the HAIR LOFT Ltd see a 44% increase in less than 5 years and surpass the $1M mark in revenue.
Benjamin was a National Educator with John Paul Mitchell Systems and has developed the FORM + FUNCTION Salon Education, which has become host to some of the best advanced education offered in the beauty industry by industry icons such as DJ Muldoon, Sally Rogerson, Ira Pope Sage and Noogie Thai.
“Never bet against passion because passion builds potential into reality.” — BENJAMIN JAY
CHRISTIAN AWESOME began his career in the hair industry in a unique way. While studying at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, he traveled with his band around the midwest playing shows and giving haircuts to band members. He then attended and graduated from Paul Mitchell the school Bradley. After deciding that Chicago would be the place for him to reach his fullest potential, he joined the Paul Mitchell the school Chicago team for their initial opening in 2008. Christian is currently the lead cutting specialist at PMTS Chicago and a member of Paul Mitchell Schools Advanced Academy team, allowing him to travel the country certifying Learning Leaders for the cutting program.
In addition to teaching in the schools, Christian is a Stylist and Education Director at the HAIR LOFT ltd in Chicago's River North neighborhood. Through a commitment to high standards and strong systems, he's been able to help the salon build a strong team of passionate and talented stylists.
"When I was new in the industry I was fortunate to have the right people guiding me. I educate because I believe in paying it forward. I do so by growing and mentoring the next generation of hairstylists and entrepreneurs. To help people find and reach potential they may not know they have " — CHRISTIAN AWESOME
After gaining her initial training at Paul Mitchell the school Orlando, Shannon went on to become a national educator with John Paul Mitchell Systems and top talent at Mikel's The Paul Mitchell experience in Tampa, Fl. In 2011, Shannon joined the HAIR LOFT ltd and Form + Function teams in Chicago and quickly ascended to become a key part of the team. She won the HAIR LOFT ltd's Visionary Award for 2015 to acknowledge her becoming the salon's Top Stylist and become the color education director.