Beauty industry trailblazer and entrepreneur, Stephanie Luster, has made it her business to inspire others to use their platforms to walk in their purpose. Whether it’s expanding creativity behind the chair, mastering platform artistry and specific techniques, or scaling your business for maximum success, she is determined to provide the tools necessary to assist in creating legacy. Her reach spans internationally, having traveled all over the world educating stylists and consumers on one of the world’s most sought-after topics – hair.
As President and Director of Education of the Chicagoland based Essations family brand, Stephanie not only handles the day-to-day operations, but she is also responsible for educating a team of stylists and professionals who work on behalf of the brand. With more than 26 years of experience in the industry, Stephanie uses her expertise to propel the brand and stylists to the next level. “My experience with making products (including the chemical compounds and structure), combined with my extensive knowledge of hair come together to make me an expert in the industry. I can analyze and understand both the product make up and the hair's potential reaction to it all at the same time. That's my edge.” She works side-by-side with chemists and suppliers to develop, test, and manufacture products that promote healthy hair.
In addition to product development, Stephanie has a passion for building industry leaders and is dedicated to sharing her expertise to assist stylists in reaching and maximizing their potential. She has worked relentlessly to develop several programs that not only reach back to up-and-coming stylists, but also assist veteran stylists with elevating their brands and increasing salon revenue. Stephanie looks forward to using her platform to continue motivating, educating, and mentoring others while building a legacy for her children.