Sam Villa

Global Artistic Ambassador

Motivating, creative, passionate, energetic, inspiring – these are just a few thoughts that come to mind when you are speaking of Sam Villa. Known as the hairdresser’s hairdresser, Sam was chosen as the industry’s Favorite Platform Artist and Educator at the prestigious Stylist Choice Awards in 2007 and again in 2011. Sam possesses a unique blend of technical and artistic skills – a contagious spirit that draws people in and makes them want to learn.
Sam has more than 30 years teaching experience and is currently at the top of his game as Redken’s Education Artistic Director and Chairman of his own digital education and styling tools company. Part of the Redken family for the past 16 years, Sam is in constant demand at international and domestic trade shows and in-salon programs where his progressive teaching approach enables stylists to absorb new techniques quickly and for practical use in the salon. Sam is a lead Facilitator at the Redken Exchange in New York City where he teaches a variety of design and trend sessions to salon professionals from around the world. Sam is also part of the team that trains the entire Redken artist network worldwide.

Sam Villa now has a complete line of digital education and premium styling tools under his own name. His products are designed to complement his teaching techniques and deliver career enhancing and ergonomic benefits for the stylist. The Sam Villa® DVDs are a Redken artist resource and can be viewed at The Sam Villa brand of styling tools are available through Redken distributors and Salon Centric stores nationwide in the US and Canada.
Sam graduated from Ponce Beauty School in San Mateo, California. Growing up in his Dad’s barbershop, Sam never considered the hair industry as a career choice until he saw his first hair show and it changed his mind forever. Sam went on to open Avant Hair Studio, an award-winning salon in the San Francisco Bay area, which he called home for 20 years.

Sam’s accolades include Favorite Platform Artist and Educator (2007, 2011) and Favorite top-five finalist (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010); Redken Platform Artist of the Year (1998); Master of the Craft Award from the Art & Fashion Group (1992); and finalist in the North American Hairdressing Awards in the Classic Category (1991).
Education Upcoming Events
  • 07/08


    Go ahead, create outside the lines! Classic shapes reinvented. Diversity through color placement. Styles with hidden potential. Get up close and personal with Sam Villa and Justin Isaac. By combining contrasting elements, core structures morph to create different looks. Long and short... softness and strength... curly and straight... glamorous and edgy...

    The contradictions merge seamlessly to create high fashion, highly-wearable styles. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination!

    404 5th Avenue 2nd floor (37th St corne , New York

  • 08/26

    Design Master Class

    Sam Villa | Philip Barwick | Jorge Joao

    Feeling burnt-out and stuck in boring hair rut? Break out of that routine and shake it up! Tap into your inner creative designer! This 3 day journey will inspire you to create the shapes you’ve been dreaming of! Discover the ingredients of creative, out of the box haircutting,manipulate your cutting tools in new ways. Refresh your creativity and stay on top of the latest creative cutting trends! This interactive session focuses on advanced cutting techniques, disconnection, asymmetry, free hand, and creative use of your tools. Escape the safety zone an get unstuck!

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