Instructors

Ryan Tokko
Ryan Tokko THE HAIR SHOP FOUNDER
"I will never stop creating and designing education and hair extension techniques for your success!"

As the Founder of The Hair Shop, Ryan Tokko has brought both innovation and exceptional education to the hair extension industry for over 30 years. With the creation of numerous application techniques and tools, he has always understood that education is key to unlocking a successful career. While teaching classes, he enjoys getting feedback from his students so that we can develop The Hair Shop into a brand you’ll continue to know and love!

Heather Smith LEAD EDUCATOR – HOLLYWOOD
"There is nothing more rewarding than teaching! It's inspiring to play such a big part in your careers."

Having worked with The Hair Shop since 2008, Heather Smith has trained directly under The Hair Shop’s founder working tirelessly to become his protégé in leading education. Professionally trained by Paul Mitchell systems, she understands the necessity of enthusiastic and passionate learning. Her career highlights include working as a national platform artist, presenting at Toni & Guy’s Photogenic Awards, and coaching hundreds of cosmetologists from all over the world. Heather uses her fresh perspective to develop products, classes, and materials to further advance the hair extension industry.

Joy Ho INSTRUCTOR & PARTNER - SAN FRANCISCO
"I'm always striving to learn more and believe education is such a fulfilling and rewarding attribute of life."

Precision. Focus. Perfection. These words represent the core values of Joy Ho. Her vivacious energy and humility, combined with over 20 years of experience allows her to educate stylists to become successful in the business of hair extensions. She strives to teach expert and precise application so her students can deliver the best extension experiences to their clients. She dedicates her time behind the chair at Salon Bravissimo in Sacramento and is managing partner of The Hair Shop, San Francisco. Joy holds countless certifications from Sassoon Academy and Goldwell and is a WELLA Master Color Expert.

Robert Aganza INSTRUCTOR & MANAGER - SAN FRANCISCO
"It's incredible to transform a person with wigs and extensions. I love teaching and sharing trade secrets."

Robert has been in the beauty industry for over 20 years owning a high-end salon in Las Vegas and later holding a coveted position as Artistic Director for Salon Bellagio at the Bellagio Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. His passion, experience, and expert knowledge has made him a trusted educator throughout the years. He loves playing a part in building people’s confidence. Having had a professional stage career in dancing, Robert pays special attention to symmetry, flow, and form when designing an extension look. He also holds a WELLA Master Color Expert certification, specializing in color matching and the use of multi tone extensions to create an amazing natural result.

Mary Lee
Mary Lee INSTRUCTOR & MANAGER - NEW YORK
"Education is pivotal for a successful career. I'm honored to be part of our ever-growing, certified family!"

Mary has over 12 years of professional hair and makeup experience in New York. Originating at Arrojo, she has trained with Sassoon, Toni & Guy, WELLA, and specialized wig styling to perfect precision cutting, intricate color methods, and styling techniques. Later becoming a freelance artist, she gained experience in notable editorials, photoshoots, and red-carpet events. She believes having the ability to transform someone’s hair dream into reality is one of the greatest gifts one can offer as a professional hairstylist. Her love of creative and technical transformation motivated her to specialize in extensions, wigs, and hairpieces.