Color Team

Color Team

Members of the Advanced Academy Color Team train and certify Paul Mitchell Schools' Learning Leaders in our unique color system, which focuses on placing color in relation to the haircut. Team members also lead the Advanced Academy color classes, including 3-Day Contemporary Color Foundations3-Day Accelerated Color Evolution3-Day Contemporary Cut and Color Foundations, and 3-Day Accelerated Cut and Color Evolution.

Kristy Watkins
Lead Color Specialist

Kristy Watkins Kristy Watkins began her career in the beauty industry after graduating from Paul Mitchell The School Costa Mesa in 2001. She assisted at the Richard Michael Salon for a year before becoming a full-time stylist. She spent a total of ten years at the salon, with two years managing the salon, before she felt a call to contribute to the growth of today’s young hairstylists and decided to move into the education branch of the beauty industry. She is currently a Color Specialist at Paul Mitchell The School Costa Mesa and a member of the Paul Mitchell Advanced Academy Team, where she teaches in schools across the nation and inspires Future Professionals to find their passion.

Abraham Bayron

Abraham Bayron grew up assisting in his family’s salon, which created his foundation in hairdressing, color, and makeup. He is the Clinic Classroom Leader at Paul Mitchell The School San Antonio and a Color Specialist for Paul Mitchell Advanced Education. Next to his love for being behind the chair is Abraham’s passion for education and contributing to the success of current and Future Professionals in the beauty industry.

Wendie Kelley

Wendie Kelley joined the industry in 2004. She worked as a Future Professional Advisor and Color Specialist at Paul Mitchell The School Sacramento before her current position at Paul Mitchell The School Arkansas as the Color Specialist and Phase Two Leader. Wendie enjoys furthering her education, and has taken classes for hair extensions, air brushing, the dōTERRA® AromaTouch® Technique, and Paul Mitchell Advanced Academy classes in cutting, color, and makeup. She is certified as a level 4 Skill Specialist in cutting, color, texture, and makeup and is a certified massage therapist. Wendie is passionate about helping others and has volunteered with the American Cancer Society and the Boy Scouts of America.

 

Tyson Noriega

After graduating from Paul Mitchell the School Salt Lake City in 2010, Tyson started his cosmetology career at Lunatic Fringe Union Heights Salon. While working behind the chair he sought opportunity to educate at Paul Mitchell the School Ogden. He's been named Paul Mitchell the School's Next Top Stylist 2015 and Paul Mitchell's Color Outside the Line's 2016 Best National Entry. Also has been featured in several trade magazines. He now educates at Paul Mitchell the School Salt Lake City and still works behind the chair. 

Nikki Ramos

Since joining the industry in 2005, Nikki Ramos has explored her passion for hair by studying at advanced academies including Paul Mitchell and Vidal Sassoon in London. With a dedication to excellence, she became highly certified in all presentation and technical skills, making her a multi-talented Learning Leader Advisor and Color Specialist at Paul Mitchell The School - Sacramento and Advanced Academy team member.

Kate Russell

Kate Russell worked for five years as a Brocato National Educator before becoming a Learning Leader at Von Curtis Academy (now Paul Mitchell The School - Provo). She has done print work and TV commercials, owned a successful salon, and served as a Paul Mitchell National Educator and PAC team member. Kate is integral in color curriculum development and program implementation, including the Paul Mitchell Cutting System. She is a breast cancer survivor and avid fundraiser for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Cassandra Sanchez

Cassandra Sanchez has been a stylist since 1992, spending 13 years in salons where she built a great clientele. Her photo shoots have appeared in Newport Coast magazine and she has done television work with comedian George Lopez. She completed advanced training with Vidal Sassoon and several color companies before becoming the Color Specialist at Paul Mitchell The School - Costa Mesa. Cassandra loves sharing her knowledge and training instructors on the Paul Mitchell color systems.

 

Vanessa Torres 

After graduating from Vogue College of Cosmetology in San Antonio, Texas, in 2002, Vannessa Torres started her career behind the chair. She worked at Mia and Maxx Hair Studio (2002–2006) and The Salon and Spa at Saks 5th Avenue (2006–2008). For the next six years, she continued her education by attending Paul Mitchell specialist trainings in color, cutting, texture, and makeup. She worked at Paul Mitchell The School San Antonio (2008–2011) and then joined Paul Mitchell The School Arlington, where she serves as Education Leader and Skill Specialist. In 2008, San Antonio’s 210 magazine named Vannessa one of the most recommended up-and-coming stylists to see, and in 2012 she assisted at the Paul Mitchell Schools Caper event. 

 

Phil Wood

Phil Wood has been part of the beauty industry since 2002, and he joined the Paul Mitchell family in 2004. With a firm belief that education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world and our industry, Phil enjoys his role as a Learning Leader and Theory, Cutting, and Color Specialist at Paul Mitchell The School Boise. Phil also owns a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon in the heart of the arts district in downtown Boise. As an Advanced Academy Educator, he proudly shares his passion, dedication, and love for education with his school, his salon, and the Paul Mitchell networks.

Color Team

Color Team

Members of the Advanced Academy Color Team train and certify Paul Mitchell Schools' Learning Leaders in our unique color system, which focuses on placing color in relation to the haircut. Team members also lead the Advanced Academy color classes, including 3-Day Contemporary Color Foundations3-Day Accelerated Color Evolution3-Day Contemporary Cut and Color Foundations, and 3-Day Accelerated Cut and Color Evolution.

Kristy Watkins
Lead Color Specialist

Kristy Watkins Kristy Watkins began her career in the beauty industry after graduating from Paul Mitchell The School Costa Mesa in 2001. She assisted at the Richard Michael Salon for a year before becoming a full-time stylist. She spent a total of ten years at the salon, with two years managing the salon, before she felt a call to contribute to the growth of today’s young hairstylists and decided to move into the education branch of the beauty industry. She is currently a Color Specialist at Paul Mitchell The School Costa Mesa and a member of the Paul Mitchell Advanced Academy Team, where she teaches in schools across the nation and inspires Future Professionals to find their passion.

Abraham Bayron

Abraham Bayron grew up assisting in his family’s salon, which created his foundation in hairdressing, color, and makeup. He is the Clinic Classroom Leader at Paul Mitchell The School San Antonio and a Color Specialist for Paul Mitchell Advanced Education. Next to his love for being behind the chair is Abraham’s passion for education and contributing to the success of current and Future Professionals in the beauty industry.

Wendie Kelley

Wendie Kelley joined the industry in 2004. She worked as a Future Professional Advisor and Color Specialist at Paul Mitchell The School Sacramento before her current position at Paul Mitchell The School Arkansas as the Color Specialist and Phase Two Leader. Wendie enjoys furthering her education, and has taken classes for hair extensions, air brushing, the dōTERRA® AromaTouch® Technique, and Paul Mitchell Advanced Academy classes in cutting, color, and makeup. She is certified as a level 4 Skill Specialist in cutting, color, texture, and makeup and is a certified massage therapist. Wendie is passionate about helping others and has volunteered with the American Cancer Society and the Boy Scouts of America.

 

Tyson Noriega

After graduating from Paul Mitchell the School Salt Lake City in 2010, Tyson started his cosmetology career at Lunatic Fringe Union Heights Salon. While working behind the chair he sought opportunity to educate at Paul Mitchell the School Ogden. He's been named Paul Mitchell the School's Next Top Stylist 2015 and Paul Mitchell's Color Outside the Line's 2016 Best National Entry. Also has been featured in several trade magazines. He now educates at Paul Mitchell the School Salt Lake City and still works behind the chair. 

Nikki Ramos

Since joining the industry in 2005, Nikki Ramos has explored her passion for hair by studying at advanced academies including Paul Mitchell and Vidal Sassoon in London. With a dedication to excellence, she became highly certified in all presentation and technical skills, making her a multi-talented Learning Leader Advisor and Color Specialist at Paul Mitchell The School - Sacramento and Advanced Academy team member.

Kate Russell

Kate Russell worked for five years as a Brocato National Educator before becoming a Learning Leader at Von Curtis Academy (now Paul Mitchell The School - Provo). She has done print work and TV commercials, owned a successful salon, and served as a Paul Mitchell National Educator and PAC team member. Kate is integral in color curriculum development and program implementation, including the Paul Mitchell Cutting System. She is a breast cancer survivor and avid fundraiser for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Cassandra Sanchez

Cassandra Sanchez has been a stylist since 1992, spending 13 years in salons where she built a great clientele. Her photo shoots have appeared in Newport Coast magazine and she has done television work with comedian George Lopez. She completed advanced training with Vidal Sassoon and several color companies before becoming the Color Specialist at Paul Mitchell The School - Costa Mesa. Cassandra loves sharing her knowledge and training instructors on the Paul Mitchell color systems.

 

Vanessa Torres 

After graduating from Vogue College of Cosmetology in San Antonio, Texas, in 2002, Vannessa Torres started her career behind the chair. She worked at Mia and Maxx Hair Studio (2002–2006) and The Salon and Spa at Saks 5th Avenue (2006–2008). For the next six years, she continued her education by attending Paul Mitchell specialist trainings in color, cutting, texture, and makeup. She worked at Paul Mitchell The School San Antonio (2008–2011) and then joined Paul Mitchell The School Arlington, where she serves as Education Leader and Skill Specialist. In 2008, San Antonio’s 210 magazine named Vannessa one of the most recommended up-and-coming stylists to see, and in 2012 she assisted at the Paul Mitchell Schools Caper event. 

 

Phil Wood

Phil Wood has been part of the beauty industry since 2002, and he joined the Paul Mitchell family in 2004. With a firm belief that education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world and our industry, Phil enjoys his role as a Learning Leader and Theory, Cutting, and Color Specialist at Paul Mitchell The School Boise. Phil also owns a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon in the heart of the arts district in downtown Boise. As an Advanced Academy Educator, he proudly shares his passion, dedication, and love for education with his school, his salon, and the Paul Mitchell networks.