The Colorist | 30 Under 30

Colorists Worth Watching


Finding and cultivating new talent is essential if our industry is to thrive. That’s why we spent the last year asking salon owners and hair color manufacturers to help us find 30 colorists age 30 and under who show great promise.

Will one of them be the next Beth Minardi or Jason Backe, the next Sue Pemberton or Kim Vo? Only time will tell, of course, but we expect big things from the young people who made our list this year. You might want to remember their names.

Sammy Van Valkenberg | L’Oréal Professionnel

knew that she wanted to work at Jet Rhys Hair Salon in San Diego because they specialize in color, which was her passion in beauty school. With her career on the fast track right now, she looks forward to becoming an educator and senior colorist with a full book. In the meantime, she’s marketing a new service called Sunkissed Ribbons, which she describes as a balayage highlight.