Under the tutelage of Principal Instructor and Artistic Director, Thi Nguyen, the academy is an opportunity that cultivates, challenges and equips new talent to reach for a higher standard. To have been personally mentored and guided by some of the most renowned and respected stylists in the industry is what inspires Thi to nurture the talent of those carefully chosen to perpetuate the art of hair.
Supervised classes utilize models and empower talent with core tools necessary to thrive as well as the values that reflect the W Salon culture. The academy regimen concludes with a private showcase where newly deemed stylists present a personal hairstyling collection of living art created around talent, skill, a solid foundation and the artistic appreciation of their craft necessary to begin successful careers.
**Models needed for all hair services Mondays at 9am. Academy pricing will apply. Appointments fill quickly, please call 808-943-2700 to schedule.
W Salon’s unique academy was created by Thi using his innate gift for hairstyling along with knowledge, techniques and personal experiences accumulated during his extensive 20 year career. Thi began as a Paul Mitchell and L’Oreal Educator as well as platform artist. He was promoted to West Coast Regional Director for Liberty House/International Premier Salons prior to being recruited by Aveda Malama as their Artistic Director. He had the honor of being mentored by 2 of the original founders of Toni & Guy, James Morrison/Laini Reeves (Morrison) and the privilege of training directly and personally with Mark Hayes-International Director UK at Vidal Sassoon, Orlando Pita-editorial/celebrity stylist, Ted Gibson-editorial/celebrity stylist, David Adams-InternationalColorist UK and Antoinette Beenders-Aveda Global Creative Director.