2017 Main Stage Presenters!
Kim Kimble has developed a niche for creating scene-stealing, high concept looks adorned by the likes of Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Shakira, Mary J. Blige, Sade, Britney Spears, Jada Pinkett Smith and even the iconic Miss Piggy among others.
Kimble’s innovative styles and techniques have been featured internationally in the pages of fashion and beauty’s chicest titles – everyone from Vanity Fair and Allure to InStyle, Essence, Glamour, Elle and Vogue have called on Kimble to create cover-worthy hair designs. She’s worked with such renowned fashion photographers as Patrick Demarchelier, Gilles Bensimon, Mario Testino, Annie Leibovitz, and Matthew Jordan Smith, and her work has appeared in national ad campaigns for blue chip brands including Pepsi, Neutrogena, Nike, CoverGirl, McDonald’s and L’Oreal.
Kimble’s quietly confident manner may belie her fierce drive and determination – committed to making an indelible mark on the beauty and entertainment industries, her creative vision, extensive knowledge and authoritative, yet relatable approach have proven to be a winning combination.
Justin Thomas is a platform artist and educator with Hattori Hanzo Shears.
Justin has been referred to as the "Prodigy" by his peers in the industry. His refined style and countless hours of training & collaboration with some of the biggest names in hairdressing have gained him much notoriety. With a boastful clientele of models, actors, and A-List musicians, his work is admired around the globe both on and off the set. People come from all over the world to have Justin Thomas bring a new and exciting approach to their style.
Some of Justin's must-have products include: Ibiza cork round brushes, Enzo Milano clipless curling irons, J Beverly Hills styling products, and Dikson ArgaBeta Oil.
Collin started his career in 2011 at the Glen Dow Academy located in downtown Spokane. After graduating he went on to work at 14th and Grand where he trained under Douglas McCoy. Then relocated to Seattle in 2012 where he then worked at Seattle Magazine's "Best Salon in Seattle" SEVEN Salon, and while there trained under the world renowned Graham Breakwell. After some time there he realized that the salon environment wasn't the right fit for him so in 2014 he started working at the Scotch Pine Barbershop.
There he learned that a barbershop was about peers and friends coming together to create community and fellowship. In 2015 he became an educator for Baxter of California, a premier men's grooming line, traveling the west coast teaching cutting techniques at various barbershops. Collin is now venturing out on his own creating a uniquely 'him' barbershop community in the Downtown Spokane area.
A born artist with creative juices constantly pumping, Naja is a classically trained chef and New Jersey native who grew tired of "smelling like onions" and having to work every holiday and weekend. So she turned her chef coat in and headed out west. With only $300, a dream and one stipulation for her new career…"that I could wear my own clothes," she landed in Los Angeles, California.
Naja got her start in the spa business. Her first job in the new City of Angels was the front desk coordinator at a luxury spa. She soon fell in love with the whole spa industry, seeing spas as "the modern day hospital" providing true preventative care that yielded tangible results in skin conditions and overall well-being.
After a few years of booking other peoples' clients, it was time to build her own clientele, so she decided on manicuring school. In her first week after being licensed, she made back all the money she invested into schooling by selling holiday gift certificates for future nail services. Some of those gift recipients are still her clients today.
With a manicurist license in her hand and no longer confined to a uniform, Naja secured at job a one of West Hollywood's top nail salons where she studied the Egyptian method of reflexology. Currently Naja is a Level 3 Intuitive Reflexologist. She quickly earned the position of lead manicurist and started offering luxury manicures for HBO's celebrity packed gifting suites, along with exclusive in-home spa parties.
Naja made her mark in 2007, when she opened her own salon, Extremedys Hand & Foot Spa, a high end nail spa in West Hollywood California. Pioneering the whole Minx Nails craze, along with specializing in reflexology pedicures, it quickly became an LA "hot spot" with frequent celebrity visits from M.I.A, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Missy Elliott, Eve, Brandy and Mena Suvari.
For decades Rafael Montua has traveled the world, living his passion of the Beauty Industry. His experience spans all aspects of the business including, fashion, runway, editorial work, product development and education. Rafael spent his childhood in his Mothers salon, watching and learning about the industry first hand.
He attributes his creativity to his mother, who began bringing him to hair shows at the age of 15. Rafael s passion continued to grow stronger with each passing day. Rafael worked in several salons throughout Europe and Central America before deciding to take a leap of faith and move to the United States. Throughout his 20 s, he spent most of his time between New York and Miami where he mastered the art of hair design creating looks for television, print, and runway.
Today Rafael resides between Costa Rica and Florida, with his wife and young son and baby daughter. He is often utilized for his vast knowledge of haircare and chemistry and is currently involved with product development of several haircare, skincare, and cosmetic lines. He continues to hold great importance and pride in the loyal, international clientele that he has built in his travels, but his true passion is education. He is famed for his unique and adventurous approach to training.
He values that he has been able to create the successful career of his dreams and his goal is to teach others to do the same.