FRANCESCO FONTANA - Hair Stylist, Owner
Francesco Fontana is a leading Toronto stylist and image consultant with more than 20 years of award-winning experience to his credit. He was one of the stars of Style by Jury, the W Network’s number one show and Canada’s most watched fashion makeover program. At 32, Francesco was the youngest stylist to be featured in more than 50 televised episodes of high fashion television.
His training includes studio experience in Milan, Italy and London, England. He has a range of professional awards and credits to his name, including being a member of the junior national hair team for Canada where he competed as one of the world’s top stylists. He was nominated for Newcomer of the Year in 1994 and Ontario Hairstylist of the Year 2002 at the Contessa Award in Toronto and has held numerous top level positions at leading salons. Even more recently he was a judge for the Contessa, one of the most prestigious competitions in Canada. Francesco now shares his expertise with hair product manufactures and training institutions as an educator.
KRYSTEN-ASHLEY GARROD - Elite Master Stylist/Blonde & Colour Specialist
Krysten-Ashley has spent the last 17 years honing her craft, educating herself in every way possible. Her Passion for hair is evident in the beautiful hair she creates. She has trained extensively internationally, including workshops in London UK, Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, New York and Toronto. Krysten-Ashley is a fully trained stylist, including cut and styling, but is a specialist in blondes, balayage and color correction.
As a Guest Artist for the National Artistic Team for Goldwell Canada for over seven years, she enjoys sharing her knowledge with others. one of the classes she teaches is a specialized blonde technique, including her signature balayage technique, a service she has been wowing her clients for years with. Additionally, Krysten-Ashley’s passion also extends to commercial and editorial competition work. As a published artist, she has competed in various hair competitions over the years, including Mirror and Contessa Awards as well as Goldwell Colorzoom.
2007 Contessa Canadian Salon Team Semi Finalist
2014 Colorzoom Global Partner Category Finalist (Canada)
2015 Colorzoom Global Partner Category Finalist (Canada)
2015 Colorzoom Global Partner Category Silver Winner (Canada)
2016 Colorzoom Global Partner Category Gold Winner (Canada)
2016 Colorzoom Global Partner Category Finalist Silver Winner (Global)
2016 Contessa Canadian Colourist Semi Finalist
2016 Contessa Ontario Hairstylist Semi Finalist
2016 Contessa Ontario Hairstylist Finalist
2016 Mirror Awards Colourist of The Year Finalist
2016 Notable Awards Beauty and Style Finalist Nomination
2017 Contessa Canadian Colourist Semi Finalist
2017 Contessa Ontario Hairstylist Semi Finalist
2017 Contessa Canadian Colourist Finalist
2017 Mirror Awards Colourist of The Year Finalist
2017 Mirror Awards Ontario Stylist Finalist
2018 Contessa Master Colourist of The Year Finalist
2019 Contessa Master Colourist of The Year Finalist
2020 Contessa Master Colourist of The Year Semi-Finalist
PRISCILLA MEDEIROS - Hair Stylist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist
Your hair is your best accessory and transforming your hair can transform your life! Priscilla has 15 years experience in all facets of the esthetics's and the hair industry along with once owning her own Salon on trendy Queen Street West, West Salon and Spa. Priscilla also teaches advanced classes in both extensions and up-dos.
Areas of expertise include:
- Trained with the Vidal Sassoon system
- Kevin Murphy (styling)
- L’Oreal Professional (colour/styling)
- Hot head Extensions
Over the last five years, Priscilla has also been involved with the ITF Childhood Cancer Society, a Charity very close to her heart.
MICHELLE LEVESQUE - Senior Stylist
With over 9 years of experience in her craft, Michelle joined Studio Fontana from Qi Salon in 2016. Michelle is trained in precision haircutting, having enrolled in extensive Vidal Sassoon Advanced Cutting courses at the Toronto Academy. She has continued her colour education with Goldwell at the Toronto Academy. She completed upstyling seminars and in Salon Education for various chemical services, smoothing treatments, tape in hair extensions and product knowledge. She specializes in keratin treatments, currently favouring Goldwell's Kerasilk. With a variety of smooth to curly hair textures within her growing clientele, Michelle is always customizing services, techniques and at home hair care recommendations to best suit her clients.
CONOR CAFISO - Platform Artist
ENZO ANGIOLA - Hair Stylist
Enzo specializes in all aspects of creative cutting! His technical knowledge of traditional and progressive cutting techniques is at the forefront of hairdressing for both women and men. He believes haircutting is undergoing a resurgence of individuality, which is reflected by his bespoke approach to cutting and styling. Enzo's love for hairdressing began at an early age, freelancing and working in numerous salons. Striving to learn all he could about the art of hair styling, he gained invaluable experience working photo shoots and hair shows. In 2001, he accepted a position at the internationally acclaimed Toni & Guy salon, training with the top hairstylists in the company. He quickly came up through the ranks to become a high level Stylist. His passion for styling is enhanced by his love of developing, nurturing and training future stylists... always continuing to explore new directions and unfettered levels of artistic freedom.
EM TRAVER - Blonde Specialist & Master Stylist
Em found the hair industry in a search for a career that would merge her past ventures in fashion, science, and DIY bathroom bleach jobs (no judgement here). She specializes in platinum blondes and colour corrections, and loves executing cuts that work with her clients' natural texture for wash-and-go styling and an undone vibe.
JANET ARMSTRONG - Hair Stylist & Master Colourist
Janet started her hair journey at Studio Fontana over 3 years ago as an assistant. She went on to train at the Aveda Institute in cut and colour, graduating January 2017, before returning to Studio Fontana to apprentice under Francesco Fontana. While completing her apprenticeship program, she continued to seek out learning opportunities having finished the Iconic Barbering class and Goldwell Master colourist class. Her true passion lies in perfecting a variety of skills from foil work (highlights/balayage) all the way to tailored mens cuts. Fully certified since June 2018, Janet continues to grow and stay current while building her career where it all started for her, at Studio Fontana.
MEG RYAN - Hair Stylist
Having always been interested in all aspects of hair, Meg decided to take the leap and move to Toronto, enrolling in Marca college in 2012. Later that year, after graduating, she started her career at Evolve Hair Studio, apprenticing then moving on to becoming a busy stylist, focusing her talents and interests into exclusively cutting and styling hair. With the move to Studio Fontana, Meg is expanding her knowledge and exploring the hair world with fresh eyes.
Meg’s passion lies in finding looks that accentuate the client’s natural texture, creating the most suitable shape for the client and matching their look to their lifestyle. With training at Vidal Sassoon in Toronto and Deva Curl in New York, Meg can help you achieve the look you want at the studio while transitioning flawlessly to your everyday life with customized product selection and at home styling tips and tricks. Whether it’s long flowy layers, sharp and short precision cuts, or bespoke mens styles, Meg just loves to cut hair!
JENN HOVINGA - Lash Extension Technician, Esthetician, Makeup Artist
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