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About Shirley Gordon

Shirley Gordon - High Fashion Hair Stylist“True Passion Never Dies….. It Lives to Breed Success” 

As a top stylist for Wella, and with decades of training and experience under her wing, Shirley Gordon is a trend-setting force in the hair industry whose name is represents the highest level of vision, style, edge and innovation.
An eleven-time nominee and 2008 winner of NAHA, she is a magnet for leading hair and fashion publications, including Modern Salon, American Salon, Salon Sense, Essence, In Style, Allure.  Her work has also appeared in major ad campaigns for Clairol and Wella.  Shirley is the recipient of the 2013 & 2011 North American Wella Trend Vision Award.  These prestigious accomplishments and awards solidify her name as one of the top influences in the hair industry.
Shirley is on the official stylist team of Intercoiffure America, the most prestigious organization in today’s hair industry.   She embraces this membership and recognizes the importance of surrounding herself with successful people.  She appreciates the opportunity to network with Intercoiffure businesses and train under the directorship of mentors like Vivienne MacKinder.
Shirley has had the pleasure coiffing celebrities such as Vanessa Williams, Chaka Khan, Venus & Serena Williams, Robin Givens, Diana Ross, Selena Ebanks, Robinne Lee and political and media influencers including Valerie Jarrett and Mellody Hobson.  Shirley was also the on set stylist for Black Entertainment Television’s Rip the Runway and BET Awards.
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Early Life: As a young girl, growing up with 11 siblings (7 girls & 5 boys), Shirley was highly intrigued as she watched her mother style the hair of her 6 sisters.  Before long, Shirley was recruited as her mothers back up.
This was the unofficial start of what would turn into a lifetime fulfillment of true passion.  Shirley knew at an early age that God had blessed her with a special talent and “magical” hands to perform that talent.  This was her “Ah Moment” and she knew, without a doubt, that she wanted to design hair. Upon graduating from Rockville Beauty Academy, Shirley further pursued her education in hair care, training at the Vidal Sassoon Academy.  This further validated the mastery of the “Artist”.
In early 1992, Shirley’s inspiration reached a new level as she became an entrepreneur and opened her first salon, Strands Hair Studio, in Silver Spring, MD.   As her clientele expanded and business flourished, her desire to globally share her talent became more evident.   This was the beginning of a journey that birthed many exciting opportunities for Shirley, including becoming a Master Artist/Platform Stylist for Clairol.
Since then, Shirley has graced the stages of many of the Hair Industry’s most prominent shows and has traveled internationally to display her talent.  When she is not dedicating her time creating a range of designs at Strands, she welcomes every chance to broaden her education.  Whether she is designing a vintage 60’s coif, a sassy sleek modern look, or a futuristic cutting edge design, her display of extreme confidence, effortless skill and flawless presentation, make her a “force to be reckoned with” among today’s hair industry.
Shirley is currently working on a few new horizons.  They include: Debuting a series of “How To” DVDs; Introducing “Shirley G’s Coiffure Care”, a product line for all hair types; An exclusive Strands Hair Boutique in New York; and Designing hair for TV and Film.  In her spare time, she is dedicated to her husband and family and delights in gourmet cooking.[/expand]


Strengthening Knowledge….Enhancing Creativity….Inspiring Imagination

Staying educated is the key to success. Shirley Gordon devotes time to train under some of the top icons in today’s hair industry and holds many professional certifications. Shirley shares her knowledge as a Wella Professionals representative and teaches classes to stylists at her salon, Strands Hair Studio in Washington, DC, and globally.
“Through my own personal experiences, I have learned the importance of enhancing my creativity and increasing my range of knowledge. My journey continues as I balance teaching the fundamentals and expressing the importance of having the freedom to imagine. Having talent of such magnitude and the power to educate others presents opportunities of great success, not just for me, but for those aspiring stylist under my guidance. I have immense gratitude for this gift that I willingly share with others.” – Shirley Gordon
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Captivating Cut & Color:
Learn how to create a masterpiece image utilizing the hand painting and bayalage technique, and mastering a creative cut.
Classic Cutting: Mastering the basic principles of haircutting is the first step to grow your career to a level of extraordinary design. Learn cutting terminology, experience layering, one length haircuts, choosing the best cut for a face, and much more.
Classic Cut & Color: Refine practical skills, enhance your knowledge, and awaken to the world of color, while applying the basic principles of cutting.
Creative Cutting: Learn the latest techniques using the razor and trimming scissors. Exceed the limits of basic cutting and dive into your creative imagination.
Creative Cut & Color: Unleash your confidence and discover your potential as you explore creative color techniques. Learn to overcome tough coloring challenges and enhance styles with a daring, creative cut.
Creative Long Hairdressing: Release your fears and learn the latest approach to dressing long hair with ease. Backcombing, pinning and classical techniques will compliment your work of art.
Color to Style: This intense and inspiring course motivates the creation of innovative and dynamic hairstyles. Shirley shares the latest techniques from magazines and international hair shows.
Shirley on Tour: Experience Shirley, up close and personal with a customized course tailored to the needs of your salon and stylists. Small classes with personal attention offer an opportunity to free your imagination! (by special appointment only)
Artist to Artist: In this private training session, learn to achieve dynamic magazine editorial and celebrity red carpet style. Study techniques and analyze styles to recreate images. Instruction on extensions, lace front & custom wigs. (by special appointment only)[/expand]


This behind-the-scene short documentary follows Shirley Gordon’s journey as she becomes the 2013 Wella TrendVision Gold Award Winner.

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Shirley Gordon – High Fashion Hair Stylist | Electronic Press Kit & Portfolio – Spring 2014
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