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Testimonials

Chris Baran’s Education Systems are the Harvard of Hair Design. Simply the best A-Z must have skills training available to salon professionals. Fuel for Design and Fuel for Finishing are for everyone from right out of school or 30 years in the business. The impact of learning the cause and effect of the principles can and will make the difference between being an average stylist and a highly successful stylist.

Valerie Arnold, Training Facilitator, Aarcardi The Salon

Valerie Arnold, Training Facilitator, Aarcardi The Salon

I am an educator with The Salon Professional Academy in Colorado Springs, and we are implementing your DVD training system. WOW WOW WOW, did I say WOW? You made me stay up all night… watching your hand positioning, figuring out what product you were using, and so on. And I loved your technique for placing Marcel waves. I tried your suggestion of placing the iron a 1/2 inch below the crest of the wave and hello PERFECT. Thank you soooooooooo much!

Genesis Skawski, The Salon Professional Academy

Genesis Skawski, The Salon Professional Academy

I have never seen the caliber of expertise, knowledge and facilitation that Chris has. He brings to light the what, why and how of haircutting and styling [making it] stimulating, fun and easy to understand. With this system as your foundation, you have the perfect springboard of skills and confidence to create anything you can imagine! We include his DVDs in our apprentice program, and it is very effective! To anyone who needs a fresh look at what they do everyday, and the brand new stylist as well, I couldn’t recommend a better way to get ahead.

Ruth Roche, Pureology

Ruth Roche, Pureology

This is exactly what this industry needs!

Suzanne Sturm, VP Training and Digital Education, Redken 5th Ave and Pureology

Suzanne Sturm, VP Training and Digital Education, Redken 5th Ave and Pureology

Science is the understanding of principles. Art is the skillful application of principles. Chris is one of the few who has mastered both the science and art of the Principles of Design and of Finishing. I believe him to be a brilliant educator and a creative genius. Those who aspire to be extraordinary hairdressers will do well as his students.

Michael Cole

Michael Cole

About Us

Chris Baran

Chris Baran

Super Fantastic Wow President — Chris Baran is an artist in worldwide demand. As Redken’s Education Artistic Director, Chris develops the core curriculum for Principle Based Design & Finishing for the US and global training programs and is one of the key facilitators for Redken’s Train The Trainer Program, both internationally and domestically. Chris is a multi-award winner of Hairdresser of the Year, Avant Garde Hairdresser of the Year, Master Hairdresser of the Year, and Educator of the Year in Canada and the U.S. At Canada’s Mirror Awards he has been recognized as International Stylist of the Year and received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Chris was honored with the ABBIE™ for Best Educational Program.

Rita Baran

Rita Baran

Rita is the heart of the machine behind the art. If you ring our phone, there’s a good chance she’ll be the one to answer. She comes from over 30 years experience owning, managing, and directing the finances for salons. She parlayed that experience into a successful consulting firm, providing services to salons, hairdressing associations and chain accounts to improve technical and business performance.

Lee Baran

Lee Baran

Insightful words about this fella.

Adrian Taverner

Adrian Taverner

Adrian Taverner is an award-winning independent cinematographer and screenwriter with a background in creative writing and design, photography, and DJing. Adrian worked in the film industry in Vancouver, migrating from post audio to loc audio to locations to grip to practical effects and back to post on what feels like half the shows to come out of BC in the last fifteen years. In 2009 he moved to New York so he could wear all of those hats at the same time, adding a few more like camera and steadicam op. As part of the team, he shoots, gaffs, grips, mixes, writes, web-admins, and creates most of the brand imagery. He and producing partner Lee Baran have won some Telly awards. He loves it all, which is a good thing if he’s going to continue supporting his writing habit.