Creativity & Quality

The team at haircolorconcepts is vastly growing so that we may cater to the needs of our clients. Our team is dedicated to providing you with a user-friendly, modernistic, experience.

We strive to be the best! Our customers rave about our coloring techniques, haircuts, hair styling, hair extensions, make-up artistry, hair & scalp rejuvenation treatments, and keratin treatments.  Our professional team makes recommendations for your customized experience using the most recent and latest hair trends and techniques.  Scheduling an experience at haircolorconcepts is a decision you will not regret. You will find a team dedicated to making you look as beautiful on the outside as you are on the inside.

the-team

Discover the Team at haircolorconcepts

Alvaro Sousa

Alvaro Sousa

Owner & President

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My family and I migrated from Portugal to Lowell, Massachusetts. Since I was young, I was always interested in technology, so after high school I started working at a computer company, Wang Labs. While working as a computer technician, I enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering Program, and about four years later I left and started my own computer business. It was during those early years that a friend recommended I should attend cosmetology school.  I soon discovered I had an artistic ability for cutting hair and fell in love with it.  After graduating from cosmetology school, I began my hair styling career at Salon Vergados where I worked for nine years.  It was at this salon that I established myself as a stylist with a strong work ethic and a responsible manager. I credit my success at this salon to the salon owner, my mentor, boss and great friend, Nick Vergados.

In 1993, I left Massachusetts and moved to South Florida.  Here I worked at two salons, Sam Jon’s in Wellington and Chenzo’s in Boca Raton. Sam Jon and Chenzo Balsamo provided their guidance, mentoring and friendship in helping me strengthen my skills in becoming a successful business entrepreneur.

In 1998, I briefly left my hairstylist career to become a part-owner of the restaurant Club 251 in Palm Beach (one of the top night clubs in South Florida at the time), moving on to become the managing partner of the night club until early 2000.  In the year 2000 I joined haircolorxpress, a new franchise company headed by Chenzo Balsamo, Pasquale Benasillo and Larry Feldman. As Director for Salon Development and IT division, I helped build salons from the ground up which included training salon management and operations of the franchises. The company changed its name to haircolorxperts before being sold in 2003.

My business partner Gary Israel, and I purchased one of the franchise salons in Coral Springs FL in late 2003, two years later I bought the salon from Gary and became an independent sole proprietor under a new salon name, haircolorconcepts. In addition to running the salon, I provide consultant training solution systems to salon owners with a customized plan to manage their future growth in a successful business.

Victoria Kelley

Victoria Kelley

Master Colorist/Stylist - Artistic Dir. & Manager

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Victoria Kelley is the multi-talented artistic director and salon manager. After establishing herself in Pennsylvania in the 1990’s, Victoria stepped up to the big-time in South Florida taking a position as stylist and manager at Mainly Color Hair Salon from 1997 till 2002. Seeking further opportunity and growth as associate manager and lead stylist, she relocated to the haircolorxperts chain as part of their novel, upscale franchise format. In November 2003, Victoria joined Alvaro Sousa as his artistic director and salon manager when he purchased one of the salons, creating an independent vision and renaming the salon to haircolorconcepts.

Throughout her career Victoria has maintained and enhanced her skills with a long list of advanced training with well-regarded cosmetology companies such as Goldwell, Bumble and Bumble, PureOlogy, Schwarzkopf, Redken among many others. She continued to enhance her skills by learning Keratin treatment techniques, advanced blowout methods, hair extensions techniques and permanent makeup application.

Feeling herself fortunate in life, Victoria has regularly volunteered over the past six years with the Woman and Children in Distress organization, providing free haircuts, styling to those in need and bringing in co-workers to join in the generosity of spirit. Victoria Kelley brings nearly 20 years of hair artistry and salon management knowledge to help train haircolorconcepts staff in exceptional hair styling and customer service. Her attention to detail and mastering of skills in cutting, coloring, and styling allows her to bring out each male and female client’s unique look.

Shannon Harris

Shannon Harris

Master Colorist/Stylist & Manager

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Shannon Harris wanted to follow her passion and take advantage of her strengths as both an artist and stylist, so she attended Carolina Beauty College shortly after graduating from high school. Once she successfully completed her certification, she began her stylist career at Tony & Guy, a departmentalized salon in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was here that she realized she wanted to specialize in color. She took the initiative and went through a full year of professional training in all chemical work.

Shannon is now a Master Colorist and Manager at haircolorconcepts in Coral Springs, FL. Through continuing education and a drive to perfect her skills she is certified in Coppola Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy, Ultratress Hair Extensions, Goldwell, and WELLA. Shannon is truly one of a kind person and an experience with her will leave you with a lasting effect of true positivity. Shannon prides herself in her ability to Color Correct botched hair, improve the functionality of highlights and lowlights, and offer extreme product knowledge to better equip your at home hair care needs.

Luz Dandrade

Luz Dandrade

Master Colorist/Stylist & Manager

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Luz was born and raised in Cali, Colombia. Her family migrated to Bethlehem, PA where graduated from Allentown School of Cosmetology. Luz started working with Genesis Salon in Bethlehem, PA where she acquired her cut and color experience within the Hair & Beauty industry.

Luz enjoys furthering her skillset with constant continuing education. Two things that are most rewarding to her as a hair stylist is making people look and feel good about themselves. She enjoys a good challenge whether it’s a great haircut or a fabulous hair color makeover.

In 2014, Luz joined the team of colorists at haircolorconcepts. She enjoys every opportunity to attend continuing education and retain the knowledge presented. Luz prides herself in her ability to perform color corrections, deliver amazing haircuts, execute keratin treatments, and provide exquisite results with formal styling. Luz is completely in love with Wedding Hair and constantly acquires the latest techniques to make every bride feel special on their day.

Jackie Coyle

Jackie Coyle

Master Colorist/Stylist

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Jackie began her journey in the hair and beauty industry as an assistant to the artistic director of The Edge Salon in Plantation, FL while attending Sheridan Technical College in Hollywood, FL. After graduation, Jackie’s persistence and drive for continuing education brought her to various cities and venues where she continued to acquire the latest and most recent techniques to better assist her client’s needs.

Jackie became a member of the team of colorist at haircolorconcepts in 2010. When she works with a client, she takes into consideration their natural features while using her professional knowledge of different color and cutting techniques to bring out the best customized experience.

Jackie truly adores her career and nothing makes her feel better than using her artistic ability and creativity to make her client’s hair amazing. Jackie feels that an experience with her is sure to be a good time. Her specialties include, color corrections, ombre/balayage, precision cutting, and keratin treatments.

Kevin Harrilal

Kevin Harrilal

Colorist/Stylist & Director of Marketing

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Kevin Harrilal began his journey into the Hair & Beauty Industry by divine intervention. After leaving his Public Relations job of 2 years with a local non-profit organization, he began working in the Finance & Marketing Department of a prestigious South Floridian salon, LeSheek Glam Studio. During a transitional period between salon assistants, Kevin began assisting the Master Stylist on the salon floor during peak hours. After two months of assisting, the owner of LeSheek Glam Studio offered Kevin a full scholarship to attend Cosmetology School.

During his attendance at Sheridan Technical College, Kevin assisted with the planning and execution of “Haircuts for the Homeless” with a local non-profit organization, Jubilee Center of South Broward. He graduated with a Certification of Cosmetology from Sheridan Technical College at the top of his class and was awarded “Student of the Month”. A couple months later, Kevin was invited by the Advisory Board of Cosmetology to be a guest judge for the Skills USA Cosmetology Competition.

Kevin is part of our haircolorconcepts team as a Color Specialist and Director of Marketing & Social Media. He prides himself in his individual skill set for Coloring, Cutting, and Styling hair. His specialties include Color Correction, Balayage/Ombre, Color Blocking, Wedding/Special Occasion Updos, and Precision Cutting.

Angelica Carrillo

Angelica Carrillo

Master Colorist/Stylist & Dir. of Hispanic Dev

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Angelica was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. In her mid-20s she migrated to the United States and settled in Fort Lauderdale, FL. During her adolescent years, Angelica knew that her career path would be one that enabled her to use her love for art and creativity. Before becoming a colorist she majored in Art History and later completed her degree in Psychology. In her early 20s she began working as an assistant to a prominent hairstylist in Bogota, Colombia while she attended Pivot Point Hairdressing Academy. After migrating to the U.S, she began work as an assistant at Vintonio’s Salon in Boca Raton, FL. After assisting for a couple months, she became a member of the team of colorists at haircoloroconcepts in 2004.

Angelica’s constant persistence for artistic creativity drives her daily functions by pulling from her past experiences. Angelica travels the world in search of the lastest trends and techniques stemming from art and fashion. Her past experiences allowed her to live in Barcelona, Spain and train under a European style salon.

In her daily functions, Angelica pulls resources from her memory to execute amazing and eclectic hair colors and cuts. Angelica strives to deliver detailed results to her clients by bringing individuality and finesse to each hairstyle. Angelica has a passion for education and attends classes geared towards perfecting her hair coloring and cutting techniques. She also serves on the Administration of haircolorconcepts as the Director of Hispanic Development to assist with the progression of appealing to a more diverse clientele. Angelica hopes to continue to develop her skills both in her artistic and director functions.  Her specialties include, color corrections, ombre/balayage, keratin treatments, and customized haircuts.

Denissa Lopez

Denissa Lopez

Makeup Artist & Colorist/Stylist

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Denissa Lopez, a licensed cosmetologist, was born and raised in Vieques, Puerto Rico.  After graduating cosmetology at Instituto de Banca Y Comercio she started working at Professional Hair and Beauty Salon in Vieques. Her employment lasted a little over 5 years. While at PHBS she refined her skillset to specialize in Hair Coloring, Keratin Treatments and professional Make-Up application.

In the Summer of 2015, Denissa got another job at Kirsis Hair Designs in Groton, Connecticut where she kept expanding her knowledge and experience working with all types of hair. In 2016, Denissa wanted her impact on the Hair & Beauty Industry to leave a lasting effect and involved herself with Education. Her passion to educate up and coming Hairstylists and Make-Up Artists lead her to Make-Up Seminars and Beauty Trade Shows to remain relevant with the latest trends in the industry.

Currently, Denissa is a part of the team of Colorists at haircolorconcepts in Coral Springs, FL. She enjoys Specialized Color Placement Application, Balayage/Ombre, Total Color Transformations, and Day & Night Make-Up. Denissa believes that she is a young, fresh voice and is willing to take this industry by the horns and make the most of it.

Kaitlyn Valenz

Kaitlyn Valenz

Colorist/Stylist

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Kaitlyn has always immersed herself in artistic settings, allowing her creativity to thrive. In the fall of 2016, she began attending Sheridan Technical College to study cosmetology. During her time at Sheridan Technical College, Kaitlyn participated in the SkillsUSA Competition for both the Cosmetology Contest, where she received an honorable mention, and the QuizBowl Tournament, in which her team continued to the State competition where they took first place.

Although Kaitlyn enjoys all aspects of the industry, she has a special passion for event hair styling and makeup. She greatly enjoys being the creator of unique looks that enhance her client’s natural beauty and allow them to feel the most elegant and comfortable in their own skin. Kaitlyn is now a part of our successful hairstylist and colorist team and envisions herself as a successful member in the industry, taking advantage of all opportunities to further her education and enhance her natural talents.