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.
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.
From just outside Philly, Norristown to be exact, Amy started doing hair in high school, and messing up her friends’ hair like so many other kids did who “knew how to do hair.” With a knack for creativity, Amy jumped with both feet in to the arts and spent two years bouncing around in higher education. Faced with the daunting task of figuring out her future, she took a sideways step into the art of hair.
It was in cosmetology school that Amy first heard about Hush, and if we can pat ourselves on the back, it was from a friend who had a great experience with us. After completing the curriculum she knew exactly where her first stop would be in the interview process. The rest is history, kind of.
Amy spent two years working at Hush assisting, learning, and getting educated in the nuances of becoming a professional stylist. Earning her stripes was a labor of love, commitment and long nights.
When not thinking about her next highlighting foiling pattern, or chasing boys, Amy like to run, like Forest. She’s done a number of competitive races and loves to exercise. She also like to dance, draw, and has been known to throw a couple back once in a while.
Assistant Stylist in training.
Born and raised in Malvern, PA, Jay spent his childhood in the salon environment. His father owns, and still operates, a salon in Paoli. As you might expect, his first job was manager of the sweeping department. He expanded his role during high school to shampooing, working the desk, and chief trash taker outer. After high school Jay flew the coop to Drexel University for Business Marketing. Around this time Jay also branched out into the full-fledged world of hair styling.
After three years in college, Jay took a bit of a turn and landed in cosmetology school. After finishing this up he landed at an established salon in Philadelphia where he applied his talent. Excelling in both men’s and women’s’ hair, he developed a loyal following. His business skills, developed at Drexel, allowed him to parlay his abilities into a managerial position, where he ended up playing two roles. Deciding being behind the chair was where he wanted to be, Jay stepped out and into his role at Hush.
When Jay isn’t perfecting his craft behind the chair, he enjoys traveling, playing with his rescue Pittbull-mix, and working on renovations to his new home in South Philadelphia. By the way ladies, and guys, he’s engaged. Jay’s also kind of a hunk, and he wants you to know that he was captain of his Rugby team in high school and college.