Our Global Team

Edwin Johnston

EDWIN JOHNSTON

  • Nanaimo, British Columbia
  • KMS California Global Creative Director

KMS California Brand Artistic Director, Edwin Johnston, has been a member of the KMS California Artistic Team for over 18 years. During his tenure with the company, he has traveled the world, conducting seminars and educational events in Australia, New Zealand, China, England, Hong Kong, Spain, The Netherlands, Norway and throughout North America. Edwin is responsible for developing many of the current KMS educational programs and his creative direction has influenced numerous KMS Campaigns.

Born in Belfast, Ireland, Edwin has trained globally and today calls Vancouver, Canada home. Among his many accomplishments, Edwin received the prestigious North America Hairstyling Award (NAHA) in the category of “Master Hairstylist” in 2012, previously winning the Contemporary Classic category in 2005. He has also received the Contessa Award for “Canadian Hairstylist of the Year (2010),” “Canadian Master Hairstylist (2013),” “Canadian Session Hairstylist (2011)” and is a record four-time recipient of the “British Columbia Hairstylist of the Year.” In addition, his work has been featured in the world’s leading fashion and hair styling magazines including, “Vogue,” “Elle,” “Flare,” “Behind the Chair,” “Hairdressers Journal International,” “Salon Magazine,” “Modern Salon,” and “Estetica International.” Edwin and his wife, Fiona, have co-owned one of Canada’s top salons, “The Cutting Room Creative,” since 2000.

Michael Crispel

MICHAEL CRISPEL

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • KMS California Lead Artistic Director, Canada

Owner of Earth a Salon by Michael Crispel in Toronto Canada, Michael has immersed himself in the downtown hair and makeup scene. Michael’s training in precision cutting, styling, and make-up artistry have led him to create cutting edge looks in his Yorkville salon, as well as, in television and photography for the past 23 years. His progressive style and humble attitude gives clients and other artists a fresh perspective on hair design. His goal is to inspire and motivate the next generation of “up and coming” hair stylists to strive for the highest standard in the industry by developing strong design techniques and focusing on the details. In aligning himself with KMS California brand, Michael is able to take leading edge products and techniques and apply them to both the salon and the classroom, providing students with their foundation cutting to allow them to progress in the industry.

Michael Crispel

RODICA HRISTU

Talent weaved with passion and love, covered in color, and sliced in foils, wrapped in perseverance and hard work! That’s who Rodica is! Mastered her craft, foil by foil, by challenging herself to new dimensions every time she would touch a canvas. For years, she’s been a leading colorist not only in a top salon in Toronto, but in the industry.

Rodica is currently a senior North American Artistic Director and a Global Master. She has been involved for many years with Goldwell education, beginning as a Goldwell Technical Associate growing her way to platform work in both shows and Academy seminars throughout North America. She later expanded across the World to as far as Europe and Asia, supporting Goldwell education on an International level. She has been the key colorist in many launches such as Goldwell Mexico, Elumen Canada, and Goldwell Styling for Canada and a solid presence in most of the Global Color Zoom shows around the world. There is an obvious passion and confidence in Rodica and she believes that being an exceptional colorist is not only about coloring hair or about creativity and experience; it is a combination of all elements and based on knowledge, visualization, and emotion.

Michael Crispel

TIMOTHY SWITZER

“Everyone has one thing to teach you about yourself and the industry, if you will listen,” says Timothy Switzer. Switzer strives to share the success strategies he has learned as owner of and a stylist at Timothy and Co., where he challenges the rules of the hair industry on a daily basis. Timothy is a Global Color Challenge Winner in the Partner Category and has many other industry accolades behind him including being named Color Zoom Master in 2013! Collaborating alongside the winners to create the new 2014 collection, Timothy says, “mentoring the team as they cleverly created a beautiful new collection for Goldwell was such an honor.”

In 2013, for the third time, Timothy was nominated for a NAHA award in the Contemporary Classic category. Other achievements include 2010 North American Hairstyling Awards [NAHA] Finalist in the Fashion Forward category, as well as being a finalist in the Contessa Awards, Mirror Awards, and competing in the Toronto Allied Beauty Association. At the 2012 Contessa Awards, Timothy won Makeover Colorist and Master Colorist. In 2013, he had the honor of winning Session Stylist of the Year as well. His innovative work has appeared in many leading Canadian and U.S.A trade publications. Timothy shares his freethinking philosophies about hair coloring and precision cutting, delivering creative techniques with a creative edge to help you retain any client.