Costa Mesa
academy team

Rachel Brumbaugh

Regional Academy Director

Describe the moment you knew your future was in the beauty industry:

I went to beauty school when I was 16 years old, so I have always been lucky to be in our industry. I'm glad I had the early start and feel very fortunate for everything I have had the opportunity to experience in hairdressing since then.

Where did you go to school? When did you graduate?

I went to Bruno's Academy of Beauty in Ypsilanti, MI. Graduated beauty school in 1999.

For what skill(s), service(s) and technique(s) do you consider yourself an expert?

I have always been very passionate about hairstyling, and I love to work on photo shoots and share ideas with my team and students. It is so important for us all to stay inspired no matter how long we have been in the industry and how far we go in our careers. I will always keep my hands in hair somehow!

What is the best industry- or technique-related advice you have ever been given?

Bruno Mascolo gave me the best advice I have every gotten which has helped me so much in my career. He told me, "Make sure to focus on and utilize the strengths of everyone on your team, and be there to support them in areas they are still growing in." It is important to acknowledge and appreciate all of the unique skills and personalities each person brings to the table, and that is what makes a great team.

What is the best industry- or technique-related tip you can offer students?

Love what you are doing! If we are passionate and enjoy what we do every day, we are sure to be successful at it.

What is your favorite part of working at TONI&GUY?

I feel constantly supported and inspired by my cosmetology school students, peers, and mentors. We have a genuine sense of team and community within our company, and we are committed to helping each other succeed in reaching all of our individual goals. It is great to be in such a motivating and positive environment every day.

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school director?

I enjoy every day, and I feel grateful that I have the opportunity to support our academies on the West Coast as a Director but still stay active in hairdressing and education on our Artistic Team. Both aspects of my career are so important to me. I have the perfect balance here at TONI&GUY while always continuing to learn and grow as a mentor and a hairdresser with the support of my cosmetology school team.

Kat Austin

Admissions Director

Describe the moment you knew your future was in the beauty industry:

I have always known that I had a love for this industry since I was a little girly girl. I became a licensed hairdresser and eventually moved in to the Admissions Director position here at the TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy in Costa Mesa, which I have a huge passion for. It is extremely rewarding to help others follow their dreams and step into our industry with the great foundation that they get here at our cosmetology school.

For what skill(s), service(s) and technique(s) do you consider yourself an expert?

Having a passion for beauty and loving people. I always make sure to do my best to give everyone a spotlight experience when they come in to our cosmetology school.

What is the best industry- or technique-related advice you have ever been given?

To do all things through love and good intentions.

What is the best industry- or technique-related tip you can offer students?

It's OK to follow your dreams even if you're' stepping outside of the box. Everyone's a star and deserves the right to twinkle.

What is your favorite part of working at TONI&GUY?

I love our positive energy and I love our students, no one's too cool for school here!

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school director?

I have two: the first day I was hired and our Grand Opening party. It was so exciting to be there in the beginning, and I've loved every day since then. It is amazing to wake up every day and know I am going to go to work and have fun!

Christina Lombardo

Financial Aid Coordinator

Describe the moment you knew your future was in the beauty industry:

I started out as a makeup artist for Lancôme and the MAC cosmetics in my early 20s. I have always been passionate about the beauty industry. Eventually, I realized that working in Financial Aid for a beauty school gave me to opportunity to help others reach their goals in the beauty industry while still having opportunities to stay inspired and active in my own makeup work at the same time.

For what skill(s), service(s) and technique(s) do you consider yourself an expert?

I have 8 years of experience administering financial aid.

What is the best industry- or technique-related advice you have ever been given?

Never stop learning.

What is the best industry- or technique-related tip you can offer students?

Be fearless in your goals.

What is your favorite part of working at TONI&GUY?

Working with the students and team.

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school director?

Our cosmetology school's teamwork, positive energy, and environment make it fun for me to come to work every day!

David Evans

National Education Director

Describe the moment you knew your future was in the beauty industry:

I knew I would be in the beauty industry when I found myself coloring all my friends' hair in high school.

Where did you go to school?

I went to a traditional beauty school where I learned very little about how to do current hair fashion and more about doing dated hairstyles. I later went to a TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy in London where I began to truly understand hairdressing.

For what skill(s), service(s) and technique(s) do you consider yourself an expert?

I am equally comfortable with cutting, styling, and coloring hair.

What is the best industry- or technique-related advice you have ever been given?

Best technical advice: Use your mirror; it gives you the ability to see the balance and texture of the whole look.

Best industry advice: Find people who have achieved what you want to achieve, and learn from them.

What is the best industry- or technique-related tip you can offer students?

My best industry advice: Be flexible and learn as much as you can about as many different topics, so that you are comfortable communicating with a larger variety of clients.

My best technique-related tip: You will never know how far too far is until you go there; when you think you are done, texturize a little more.

What is(are) your go-to teaching style(s)?

I find most artists are predominantly visual and kinesthetic. I always teach students as intelligent people who are looking to learn something new. I will always give positive reassurance with any critique.

What is your favorite part of instructing?

I enjoy seeing the growth and success of our cosmetology school students and graduates.

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school student?

My favorite beauty school memory is really just the memory of going and hanging out with my new friends.

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school instructor?

My fondest memory as a instructor is every graduating class and the amazing encouragement they give me to keep doing what I am doing.

Sarah Pyle

Education Director

Describe the moment you knew your future was in the beauty industry:

I played the violin in kindergarten, and my teacher had a daughter who was going to cosmetology school. She was so cool, with her Madonna bracelets and Cyndi Lauper hair. I wanted to be just like her... Then, when I was in the 4th grade, and went to get my hair cut for school pictures — I had hair down my back and wanted it cut to my shoulders — I left with a bowl cut. I still look back on that school picture and cringe. Worst haircut ever. I thought to myself, 'I could do better than this.' So I did.

Where did you go to school? When did you graduate?

There were no TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academies in my area at that time, so I attended a Paul Mitchell School and graduated in 2006. I knew while I was in school that TONI&GUY was the company I wanted to work for.

For what skill(s), service(s) and technique(s) do you consider yourself an expert?

I love cutting and styling hair, blowdrying and updos, and photoshoots.

What is the best industry- or technique-related advice you have ever been given?

Never stop learning. When you feel like you know everything, it's time to get out of the business.

What is the best industry- or technique-related tip you can offer students?

Successful people are the ones who say yes when everyone else says no.

What is your favorite part of working at TONI&GUY?

The passion that everyone feels for this industry. We are all constantly growing and learning as hairdressers ourselves and are able to pass that passion on to the students attending our cosmetology school.

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school director?

The pride and confidence on our students' faces when a technique finally clicks. The excitement they share when their vision comes to life at a photoshoot or our Student Soiree. Graduates coming back to share their success stories with us. Really, just the privilege to share in the experience of the incredible journey that our students begin on their first day at our cosmetology school.

Courtney Day

Cosmetology Instructor

Describe the moment you knew your future was in the beauty industry:

When I would get excited seeing amazing hair images and have fun trying to recreate them while putting my own spin to it.

Where did you go to school? When did you graduate?

Golden West Community College. Graduated September 2001.

For what skill(s), service(s) and technique(s) do you consider yourself an expert?

Hair coloring.

What is the best industry- or technique-related advice you have ever been given?

Once you make a mistake, you will learn what not to do. Every situation — successful and not so successful — gives you an opportunity to grow.

What is the best industry- or technique-related tip you can offer students?

If you are passionate about something, don't give up. Always work toward your goals, and never be afraid to learn and grow.

What is(are) your go-to teaching style(s)?

Interactive group activities. I am a firm believer in always practicing teamwork and being fun and creative. These are all elements that build successful leaders and artists.

What is your favorite part of instructing?

Watching our cosmetology school students grow and become successful hairdressers.

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school student?

I loved just making a set of friends who were passionate about hairdressing and getting started in a career that I absolutely love!

What is your fondest memory of your time as a beauty school instructor?

Watching the first group I worked with hit their 1,600 hours and become beauty school graduates. Also, demoing color techniques to my first group of students and getting to share my passion of haircoloring.