STEEL Team – 18|8 Educators
Our in-house education team is here to help make you the best you can be. Meet the team that keeps our company rock solid.
Kristen started doing what she loved 14 years ago behind the chair before she started at 18|8. Initially hesitant about committing to men’s after a career in women’s hairdressing, she quickly fell in love with the company and moved up quickly from center level to management and is now the National Director of Education, leading the STEEL Team. Kristen developed the 18|8 training systems focusing on ways to help stylists and barbers connect and create shapes to enhance their creativity. Doubling as an American Crew educator, Kristen thrives on helping the stylists and barbers at 18|8 grow in their craft and reinvent themselves every day behind the chair.
Gerome grew up in Compton, CA where he first realized that cutting hair is truly an art form after his friend messed up his hair during a ‘free’ session. From there he made it his mission to become the expert he is today. Building up an exclusive VIP clientele of celebrities and athletes in Southern California, Gerome moved to Las Vegas to follow his life long dream of becoming a salon owner and entrepreneur, building a team and growing a business. Now the Lead stylist at the 18|8 Costa Mesa location and a STEEL Team educator, Gerome continues his passion for team building and brings energy and enthusiasm to the team.
Allison has been a licensed cosmetologist for four years, with two years behind the chair at 18|8. Early in her career, after repeatedly seeing male haircuts done incorrectly, she made it her goal to emphasize and develop an expertise in all aspects of men’s grooming. Now an educator and trainer with the 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon STEEL Team, she has thrived in her leadership role as an 18|8 STEEL Team Trainer.