At the age of 17 Adrienne moved into Center City for high school and then a year of school at The University of the Arts. Realizing that her “academic” career wasn’t going as planned Adrienne discovered hairdressing as way to make ends meet. She quickly established herself as a competent and successful stylist working at two well-known Philadelphia salons. Working in the city for ten years and reaching a ceiling in her career, Adrienne moved to New York to reinvigorate her passion for hair. Spending nine years in Manhattan, she split her tenure between two salons; Lance Lappin Salon and Cutler Salon.
At Cutler, Adrienne specialized as a senior hair colorist and worked on a varied clientele, magazine makeovers, and in professional development. During this time she also made the association with Product Club, a hair coloring accessory company. Her position as Artistic Director requires her to develop new hair coloring techniques for the company. She travels nationwide to promote these concepts through her DVDs and educational classes. Becoming an entrepreneur and salon owner has been the culmination of her long and storied career in the salon industry, but in a way, is a new beginning.
Adrienne is right most of the time, which she finds highly satisfying; she also likes eating microwave popcorn, crafting, and singing made up songs to her son Leo.
A self-taught barber from his college days, hairstyling was a perfect fit for Carlos to becoming a salon owner after a varied professional career. After completing cosmetology school in Philadelphia, Carlos made his way to New York City landing an apprenticeship at the highly acclaimed Cutler Salon. During this time he sharpened his skills and honed his vision working at the salon, and on numerous photo shoots, fashion shows and related events. After graduating to full time status as a hairstylist, and assuming the role as operations manager, Carlos felt the time was right to step out on his own.
With a desire to venture into entrepreneurship, and start a family, Carlos and his wife Adrienne made the decision to move back to the local area to embark on a business partnership. Working hard to create an inviting space for clients to feel welcome and embraced, the salon door opened and with it a new beginning.
If he’s not vacuuming, touch-up painting, or otherwise satisfying his OCD complexities; Carlos assumes the role of business administrator. In his off time he loves to mow the lawn and weed, leaf blow, and do odd jobs around town. Carlos also promotes an annual competitive bicycle race, the Historic Riverton Criterium, in his hometown of Riverton, New jersey.
Born and bred in the Lehigh Valley, Adam’s first love was music but after a year at Berklee College of Music Adam’s mom suggested he might be better suited to being a rockstar hairstylist. So dropping the drums and sticks for a brush and a blow dryer Adam completed cosmetology school and began working as an apprentice in his hometown.
Working in Bethlehem for a few years proved to be a great training ground for Adam. His blossoming career then took him to New York and back, during which time he established a strong foundation in both and haircutting and coloring. He also honed his hairstyling skills working many fashion shows at NYC Fashion Week and on editorial projects
He’s been fortunate to work on photo shoots and productions for the likes of Modern Salon, LaunchPad, PaperCut, Bravo TV’s Gallery Girls, Project Runway All-Stars, Vogue, and QVC. Adam is also an educator travelling around the country working for a hair color accessory company.
In Adam’s free time he play’s the drums, rides his bmx in the bowl, listens to music and washes his BMW. He also loves great food and traveling.
Born and bread in the heart of South Philly, Melissa began doing hair as early as fourth grade, not on her peers but on their parents! After graduating from high school she earned a basketball scholarship to Immaculata College. Torn between cosmetology school and a more formal education, Melissa chose the latter. After two years it dawned on her that perhaps she should have chosen the former.
Upon completion of cosmetology school, Melissa burst onto the local scene in Philly working for two salons in center city. After an eight year tenure, marriage and two children a perfect opportunity came along in the form of part owner/stylist at a local salon.
After a three-year stint, Melissa found the balancing act of home and work life a challenge and she bowed out from the business graciously. Working part time for Hush has provided Melissa with the perfect zen. If she’s not getting her kids ready and off to school or doing hair here at the salon, you’ll find Melissa in the gym every morning at 5:30, dining out, or spending quality time with her family.
Born in Hampton, Virginia, and raised in Philadelphia, Princess always had dreams of being a hair stylist. At age four, her daycare class went on a field trip to a high-end salon, and the moment she walked through the doors she knew what she was destined to be. After high school, and in a bit of a shift, she enrolled in college majoring in Mass Communications aspiring to be on television or radio. She soon realized her heart wasn’t in it. She did, however, find out her soul was in the beauty industry.
She enrolled in cosmetology school, and it was during this time that she stumbled up Hush Salon for a one-day field experience, as part of her studies. Immediately after graduating, Princess began working with us an assistant stylist in training. After two and half years of apprenticeship she progressed to a full time stylist, and hasn’t looked back since
When she’s not at the salon she’s in front of the mirror taking selfies, or making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for her son Shannon. She’s a huge fan of Rihanna, but also likes the silky smooth voice of Anita Baker.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Toby grew up with hairdressing in his blood given that his mother was a hairstylist for over thirty years. With his future career never in doubt, Toby did choose to venture out of the bubble in pursuit of a law degree from Temple University. Quickly recognizing this, the experience provided him with what he already knew and destiny prevailed.
Cosmetology school was essentially a pass through having learned the ropes much earlier. Upon completion, Toby took a series of advanced learning classes with established and recognized educational training institutions, until settling down with a permanent position in Center City.
Working for almost a decade for others, Toby found the bug to reach out on his own. He found instant success outside the city purchasing a failing salon and making it profitable in three years. Developing keen entrepreneurial skills he also launched his own hair care line, became a spokesperson on QVC, and started an international consulting company for the salon industry.
Having established financial success and an impeccable reputation Toby went on to launch an independent salon in Philadelphia (Tabu Salon and Spa). Though relatively short lived his success continued with a loyal following. After more than twenty-five years, working at all levels with multiple responsibilities, Toby landed at Hush to a more grounded and focused hair only approach.
In his spare time,Toby likes to entertain with his partner, spend time in Florida at his condo, and hit the scene with his fabulous friends signing autographs.
Originally from South Jersey, Courtney began her professional career as an elementary school teacher with a degree from Stockton College. After teaching fifth grade for a year she saw the writing on the chalkboard and quickly realized her career needed redirecting. Putting all that time and effort into education had nothing to do with her next choice.
After living in Santa Monica for a couple of years, Courtney headed back to the East Coast to begin hairdressing career, ironically, the same profession as her mother. She then went on to work at premier salon in the area, beginning as an assistant, to then becoming a full-fledged stylist. Working ‘down the shore’ for four years eventually ran its course and Courtney found her way to us!
Now living in Fishtown with her cat Milo, Courtney no longer sees sandy beaches but the bustling landscape of buildings and people. Being immersed in this area provides her with the urban sensibility for creating great hair.
When she isn't doing hair you will find her at a local yoga studio, painting or visiting the Art Museum for inspiration. Cooking is also her thing, and kind of like hair color, she is always cooking up new recipes!
Born in Glens Falls, New York and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Sarah is about as East Coast girl as you can get. After completing high school and attending Arcadia University which included studying in France and London, she graduated with a BS degree in Sociology.
Immediately following graduation, she dropped everything (including her life savings), on a trip to New Zealand with a pack on her back and her fingers crossed. What was supposed to be a seven week holiday, turned into a four year adventure through Australasia, Thailand, Singapore, Burma, and Vietnam. Her adventures took her to tending grapevines in the vineyards of New Zealand to herding beef cattle in the wide open expanse of the Northern Territory, Australia to snorkeling with sharks in Koh Tao, Thailand.
It was while working in the small brewpub, Sprig & Fern, in the beach town of Nelson, NZ, an Irishman with a really nice coat caught her eye. With a little Dutch courage, she asked him out and year later, John took to his knee on the picturesque beach of Kaiteriteri.
Returning to Philly as newlyweds, Sarah found the health and beauty industry calling her name. After years of being covered in mud and dust, she immersed herself in the world of salon and spa culture.
Now living in South Philly with their two dogs, Elvis and Molly, and two cats, Jameson and Rosie, they are one big happy family. When not rocking it out at the front desk, you’ll find Sarah digging thru thrift stores for that unbeatable vintage find, noodle deep in the perfect bowl of phở, or training to improve her half marathon time.
Assistant stylist in training.
Assistant Stylist in training.