Mixing the Fundamentals of Design with Edwin Lombardi

Edwin Lombardi


Founder of BeautyMastermind

Original Sebastian Platform Artist


A true visionary with over 35 years of experience, Edwin Lombardi visited Federico on April 7th to present his class “Mixing the fundamentals of design”. This advanced education class included a live demo and a hands-on session with a select group of students utilizing mannequin heads.  The class focused on texturizing techniques to create a modern classic style.


Sonya, a student who attended the class appreciated the simplistic nature to the presentation, “he takes the fundamentals and simplifies them by removing all the fluff, to create completely attainable designs. He can take these simple ideas and combine them into something that looks almost impossible to do.”

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 Edwin who has worked with some of the biggest names in industry got his start at age 17. Fresh from beauty school, Edwin was given the opportunity to do a two year intensive training program that included private training from Sebastian founder, Geri Cusenza.

Working as platform artist, Edwin traveled the world as a member of the original Sebastian design team. Throughout his storied career, Edwin was a pioneer in the industry utilizing video education and eventually became an Artistic Director for Sebastian creating seasonal hair collections with other industry icons Geri Cusenza and Robert Lobetta.



Edwin gave a homeroom presentation the following day that included a dramatic transformation of one of our own students.

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Modern Foundations with Andrew Carruthers

Andrew Carruthers
Co-Owner of Lunatic Fringe
SAM VILLA Educator


Andrew Carruthers presented his Modern Foundations class in Federico’s advanced training room on February 16th and 17th. As the Education director for Sam Villa and co-owner of Lunatic Fringe, Andrew spends much of his time traveling and presenting to many of the industry’s top professionals.














Students, Alumni and local salon professionals were introduced to his technique of conjoining foundational techniques with fashion trends. “I love to take tiny sections and create flawless graduation. I also love taking the entire top of the head, compressing it into one section, and taking a razor to it.” Andrew believes that there is more than one way to skin a cat, “One of my biggest pet peeves is when we are told this is the right way to do something, because in the end there are many ways to get an end result.” Students appreciated the intimate atmosphere which left time for plenty of hands on education.


Q & A with Andrew Carruthers

Do you any advice for new stylists?

The wide variety of paths that we have in our industry can be overwhelming… especially to extremely motivated stylists. Dip your toes in a lot of different opportunities when you are young you find an initial direction to go. Don’t worry if it’s the right direction, you can always alter your course layer… every experience you have feeds the next.


What are 3 words you would use to describe yourself?

Passionate, Relatable, and Honest


What is your most rewarding memory in the Industry?

The first time I saw James Morrison cut hair… it wasn’t even the haircut that he was doing, it was how he approached the hair. You could see elegance, confidence, and passion just in a way he picked up the section and held his scissors. It was the moment that I knew what type of heart I wanted to convey through my hairdressing.




Gerard Scarpaci: Advanced Education 2014


Gerard Scarpaci
ARROJO Educator
Co-Founder of Hairbrained.me

Gerard kicked off his career as a hairdresser at Vidal Sassoon NYC, and in 2010 he joined the ARROJO team. After 20+ years of experience in the industry, Gerard was classified as a well-known, world-class hair stylist and educator who has cemented his place as a true visionary.



During Gerard’s 2-day visit to Federico, he demonstrated two Advanced Razor cutting techniques. He led a class for current Federico students and another for Federico alumni and local salon professionals. Both classes focused on advanced razor cutting and editorial styling, creating a look that incorporated disconnection and inside-out layering.


This live session of Advanced Education included live model demonstrations by Gerard and hands-on mannequin sessions where our guests were able to then recreate the look with Gerard closely observing. Once the cuts were complete, our guests were able to dress and pin there cuts to create an editorial, edgy look that featured iron work, braiding and hair padding.


Here’s what some of the participants had to say about the class…

“I have already taken sculpture here at Federico but every educator has a different look on the techniques of cutting. Gerard gave me a whole new perspective on cutting hair.”
“The class exceeded my expectations. Learning a very technical way of cutting will help me to be a more consistent stylist.”
“I love that I was taught a new approach to some old techniques”

Federico Advanced: Gerard Scarpaci

Gerard Scarpaci will be at Federico presenting an advanced cutting class for Alumni and Salon Professionals Monday, January 13. Gerard is a world-class hair cutter and educator who has helped shape the Aveda curriculum, cementing his place as a visionary hairdresser.gerard_revised

Interested in attending?
Students contact Leticia Campaz in Student Services 916.929.4242 ext.203
Salon Professionals/ Alumni contact Kimber Bootay 916.712.8026.

Study Abroad: Tokyo, Japan

A group of nine very lucky students left October 16, 2013 for “The Land of the Rising Sun,” Tokyo, Japan. After an incredibly long International flight, the students hit the ground running! Throughout their journey the students got to sightsee, learn about Japanese Culture, and engage in Japanese traditions but most importantly the students got to be a part of several educational opportunities that were presented at the Yamano Beauty College by instructors and founder, Jane Aiko Yamano.

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After settling in, the students and chaperones adventured off for an exciting 
exploration throughout the city of inspiration, Tokyo.

Their destinations included: The Meiji Shrine, Sushi Zanmai Cooking School, Tokyo Tower, Hakone National Park, Yamano Beauty College, Yamano College of Aesthetics, Tokyo Disney and the International Beauty Forum.


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The girls received hands-on training from skilled instructors at the Yamano Beauty College as well as the Yamano College of Aesthetics.

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While visiting the Yamano College of Aesthetics, the students and chaperones got to experience a day in the life of Japanese Culture by receiving an ultimate makeover that included hair and makeup along with being clothed in beautifully designed, 12 layered Kimonos. 


During their tour throughout Tokyo, Federico Students got the opportunity to meet students from other schools as well as meet students from different countries. During their trip they also visited two Pivot Point Academies in Tokyo.

For more Images of the ladies exploring Tokyo, Japan please visit our Instagram page: @FedericoBeautyInstitute

HASHTAGS: #studyabroad #beautiesabroad


It has been a pleasure!

Congrats to our Esthetician graduates. It has been a pleasure having you ladies around campus. We really hope to see you all soon!

Cassandra B.

Alicia Q.

Anai R.Eryssa G.Sierra M.