MICHELLE (Formerly Amber)
Owner/ Creative Director
With a strong penchant for fashion and style, Michelle's (Amber) desire to become a colorist began at a very young age. She began her career and her talents were quickly picked up by L'oreal working on platform and teaching as an educator for L'oreal on her color knowledge. With over 10 years of experience in the salon industry, she has become one of the most sought after colorist in NYC. Before opening Brush, Michelle (Amber) worked at Frederic Fekkai's flagship salon on Fifth Ave NY as one of the top senior colorist. She has built a strong network of loyal clients and with high-end, elite clientele, she has worked on clients including Sigourney Weaver, Kelly Rowland, Bon Jovi, Daniel Boulud, Princess of Rome Georgina Chapman, Jill Zarin, Amy Schumer, Patricia Heaton, Kelly O’Reilly, and Linda Fiorentino. She has also worked closely with international renowned model agencies such as Ford, Elite, Wilhelmina, and Next. In addition to these accolades, Michelle (Amber) was one of the educators for Fekkai’s training program, traveling nationally to educate new recruits as well as giving seminars on newest color techniques and trends.
With a very demanding and fashion forward clientele of NY, Michelle's (Amber) clients can expect a personal experience and tailored color that suits each individual's needs and lifestyle. One of Michelle's (Amber) specialties is the Balayage technique for highlights, a technique that only a handful of colorist in NYC have mastered. From her keen sense Michelle (Amber) is always setting the trends on hair color and giving women a new accessory they can wear everyday. For these reasons she has obtained a large clientele traveling from all of the country to receive her services.
Moving to NYC with dreams of being in fashion, Kimberly went to FIT. It was there that she realized that beautifying women is very personal, specific to lifestyle and important for self image. A career in hair was the obvious choice for her. Kimberly started in the industry working along side with Oribe, a world renowned stylist. While there, she to experienced couture shows at the Louvre in Paris, celebrity weddings, music videos for Jennifer Lopez, and international travel for fashion magazines. With over 15 years in the industry, Kimberly has worked with Oribe and Serge Normant for John Freida. Before joining Brush, she was a top colorist for Frederic Fekkai in Soho and in the past 7 years built a strong following of clients. With Kimberly’s extensive knowledge in the industry, she has worked on runway shows, as well as campaigns for MuiMui and L’oreal. Her celebrity clients include Stephanie Seymour, Dree Hemingway, actresses Penelope Cruz and Amanda Seyfried. Kimberly has also been awarded 5 out of 5 stars for “Up and coming colorist of NYC” in Allure Magazine. “Never stop growing with my clients” are words that Kimberly lives by. Believing that inner beauty shines through everyone.
A texas native, Ronnie grew up sweeping hair in his mom's beauty salon. After graduating from film school in 2006, Ronnie moved to New York to pursue his inherited passion for the beauty industry. He began his career at the esteemed Ted Gibson Salon, progressing from color assistant to senior colorist in a few short years and quickly becoming one of New York's premiere colorists. Ronnie's work has appeared on the covers of Seventeen and People magazine; on-screen for Kate Plus 8, The Rachael Ray Show, Dr. Oz and What Not to Wear. He has also appeared on camera for a national televised ad campaign for Suave and an upcoming TLC makeover reality show. Ronnie's high profile clientele currently includes Kate Gosselin, Patina Miller and Matthew James Thomas. He specializes in all aspects of hair color and has been certified from the Loreal Academy Soho in balayage hair painting. Ronnie strives to give his guests their perfect hair color, while having as much fun as possible in the process!
Amanda believes in her mother’s motto: "when you look good, you feel good!" At twelve years old, Amanda started experimenting with hair color on her sisters and developed a passion for crafting hair color shades. At nineteen, Amanda moved to New York from Wisconsin to attend cosmetology school at the Carsten Institute. Upon graduation, Amanda was taken under the wings of two Parisian colorists at Serge Normant John Frieda that specialized in the balayage highlighting technique. Amanda yearned to further her hair color education and relocated to Frederic Fekkai on Fifth Avenue. At Fekkai for 5 years, Amanda trained under some of New York’s top colorists and creative directors. Amanda has learned extensive color knowledge and expertise on the balayage technique from working at Fekkai. Amanda prides herself on creating gorgeous multi-dimensional color that you will love.
George constructs color work that is both beautiful and sophisticated- tailored to each client’s intrinsic beauty, individual style, and desired aesthetic. George began his career as a colorist in Philadelphia, after receiving a chemistry degree from Villanova University. His gentle approach and ability to understand his guests’ needs has made him one of the most sought after colorist in the Philadelphia area for the past 15 years. He has been able to share his education both locally and nationally for Aveda. Sought after for his ability to create the perfect, custom hair color for his clients, George specializes in bringing natural placement, dimension and variation to every color—from sun-kissed blondes to radiant brunettes.
Moving to NYC at a young age to pursue a career in modeling, Aaron found that his passion lied behind the camera instead of in front of it. Soon after, he graduated from the Arrojo academy and began to study color at Frederic Fekkai. While at Frederic Fekkai on 5th Avenue, he advanced through the apprenticeship program faster than many other apprentices before him. He obtained his certification as a L’Oreal Professional Artist. Aaron is known for his consistency on delivering detailed, elegant and easy to maintain color for any and all clientele that sits in his chair!
Being a California native, Erica likes to bring the same laid back experience to her clients. The Californian moved to New York in 2010 to pursue a career in hairdressing. Erica has taken her interest in the arts from the canvas to hair, always playing with different mediums of art and working with her hands, its no wonder she decided to become a colorist! After graduating from Carsten Institute, Erica began her career working at Frederic Fekkai with world renowned hairdressers for almost 8 years. Erica Trained under the artistic director and some of the best colorists in the industry. Erica gained experience and knowledge, being trained to specialize in the balayage technique. Erica become a colorist shortly after and worked at Fekkai’s flagship salon on 5th Avenue and then relocated to Fekkai Soho. Erica has mastered creating natural sun-kissed looks, rich brunettes and fierce redheads. Erica believes that color should compliment the hair, not cover the client’s natural beauty!
A New York native, Natalia Rojas has been in the salon industry since the age of 14. Trained at Paul Mitchell, she prides herself in maintaining the integrity of her clients' hair while delivering vibrant reds, icy blondes, and rich brunettes. Natalia honed her skills as a specialist in balayage through ongoing education with the L'Oreal institute of Soho, and is committed to staying current on industry trends. Focusing on each individual client’s attributes, Natalia tailors color to suit a client’s eyes, skin tone and lifestyle. Natalia brings a distinctive level of skill, service and sass to her clientele!
Danielle graduated from Aveda Institute of New York in 2014, where she was an Ambassador for Aveda Institute. Since then, she has worked and trained under renowned colorists at Frederic Fekkai for 3 years. Danielle came to Brush to train under the Creative Director Michelle Hong and further her skills in balayage. It was no surprise that with Danielle's amazing expertise she quickly moved from senior apprentice to designer colorist. With Danielle's ever-growing art in balayage there is no doubt she will become one of New York's most sought after colorist!