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Combining her instinctive ability in the world of fashion and her never-ending quest to push the limits of creativity, Melissa is truly an inspirational artist. Coupled with her graceful stage presence and her unique approach to everything she does, Melissa has an unforgettable style all her own. Her internationally acclaimed photo work is published worldwide and her superior talent with multicultural hair has earned her the prestigious North American Hairstylist of the Year award. She walk’s her talk as she attracts a dedicated and diverse salon clientele including some well known Hollywood celebs. Melissa also creates for some of the fashion world’s top designers at major runway shows and has worked as a session stylist featured repeatedly as a leading artist in numerous John Paul Mitchell Systems educational videos and ad campaigns.
Whether headlining solo or sharing the stage with others Melissa makes a statement all her on her own! As a leading educator and Master Associate platform artist for John Paul Mitchell Systems for the past 25 years her performances have encompassed the USA, Canada, Mexico, The Caribbean,
Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Italy, England, New Zealand, and multiple appearances in Austria, Germany, Japan and Australia.
Melissa is also a member of Hollywood’s elite LOCAL 706 Hair and Make-up Union and has her work featured on the hit show “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE”, “AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL”, “DANCING WITH THE STARS”, “ AMERICAN IDOL”, “AMERICAS GOT TALENT” and “HANNAH MONTANA” to name a few.
Her images have been published in magazines such as Modern Salon, American Salon, Canadian Hairdresser, Launch Pad, Passion, Cut and Dry, Beauty Inc., Latina, Teen Vogue, Culture, Teen People, Vibe and Maxim magazine. She has been a Learning Leader, an Advanced Academy Instructor and is regularly featured as a guest artist at the Paul Mitchell The School around the country. Melissa’s contribution to developing and launching Paul Mitchell The School’s Advanced Academy Courses lead her to personally developed a 3 day hands-on course called Fotoworks that teaches hairdresser’s the art of executing successful photo shoots. Melissa is a featured headliner in classrooms and on stage each year at the Paul Mitchell Signature Gathering in the USA as well as internationally. Her most recent achievement was an invitation to participate in the world famous Alternative Hair Show in London.
To watch Melissa in action it becomes apparent that her patience, perseverance and attention to detail is what makes her one of the most dedicated hair designers as well as teachers in our industry. Her success in the salon with her clients as well as with her models on stage is a direct reflection of her personal commitment to mastering the art of building outstanding relationships as well as mastering the craft. “The quality of service we provide is a way of honoring their trust and loyalty in us. I feel both blessed honored to love what I do and I thank GOD everyday for the gift of helping people feel amazing both inside and out!”

As an ex-gang banger who’s career started off in the construction world, the last thing Abe Barron ever imagined he’d become was an inspiration in the hairdressing world.
Given an ultimatum by his mother to join the navy or go to beauty school, Abe choose the obvious. After a rough start and discouragement from many including his own instructors he was told “Not to aim so high “ when it came to his aspirations to work with one of the industries leading icons. Proving everyone wrong abe beat the odds, broke all stereotypes, and has since become one of the most successful hairdressers and educators in our industry. His persistence earned him a position next to JOHN PAUL MITCHELL SYSTEMS’ artistic director Robert Cromeans both on and off stage. Abe was one of robert’s first assistants and artistic team member as well as an integral part of designing educational programs and training new talent for a A ROBERT CROMEANS SALON.
His work has been seen in numerous salons, classrooms, schools, videos and on stage internationally for JOHN PAUL MITCHELL SYSTEMS as an educator as well as serving as Artistic Director for UNITE. His credits also include work on fox’s hit television show “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE“ and the “AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS”.
As a successful hairdresser with a thriving guest list of his own, Abe has opened three salons with over 65 team members. He continues to work behind the chair and educate on stage with his partner Melissa Jaqua , Co-owner of their San Diego based salon, THE WORKSHOP. Talented, full of humor and endlessly inspiring to others, Abe Barron always leaves an unforgettable lasting impression on everyone he meets!
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Posted on May 9, 2014 at 8:20pm 0 Comments

BELIEVER'S WEEKEND 2014 is open for registration now !!!


The Believer’s Weekend Jesus + Hair academy will take place on June 29 & 30, 2014 in San Diego, California at THE WORKSHOP. This is the salon / educational spaceand home of Melissa Jaqua & Abe Barron. 


Our intention is to create a very special one of a kind event that…


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At 5:58pm on May 10, 2011, NICO DONIELE said…

HI BEAUTIFUL..  i just looked at thos photos on the main page and i was thinking hm.. those look like melissas work.. beautiful...haha  how great.. !!

p.s we got nominated for NAHA :) so excited.. check it when you can Hair body and sol salon.. Myself and the owner Beth :) love youxo



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