Shannon King served as an ambassador for Redken on stages across the country and around the world. These experiences make Shannon’s ability to inspire fellow stylists to explore their creativity and build on their technical skills to selecting and developing strong international artistic teams. King began his educational career working with such manufacturers like Paul Mitchell, American Crew, Mizani, Aro-Sci, and Clairol. Shannon also develops curriculum for classes, then he trains the trainers who implement the curriculum. Shannon’s energy and passion for learning makes his programs effective. He says, “People learn better when we’re having fun.”
When he’s not teaching, Shannon consults on video and photo shoots; he serves as a company spokesman for education, trends and techniques Shannon demonstrates his special gifts in classes as small as 15 and trade shows drawing over 3,000. He also enjoyed facilitating at the Redken Exchange in New York City and the Redken Symposium in Las Vegas where over 10,000 international salon professionals.
It seems that Shannon King was predestined to be a hair stylist. Born in Baltimore to parents who were both stylists, King grew up in the salon industry and, eager to follow in his parent’s footsteps, began working in Baltimore straight out of beauty school while attending Towson University for business. Early in his career, Shannon became an educator, inspiring fellow Stylists to explore their creativity and build on their technical skills. Company leaders quickly recognized his talents as a trainer and also his knack for performing, and made Shannon a National Educator in 1998. Then, as International Artistic Leader, it was his job to help develop curriculum for classes in the US and Europe while training the more than 100 educators who deliver the curriculum.
Shannon was also one of an elite group of facilitators at the Redken Exchange in New York City. In this role, Shannon trains up-and-coming Stylists from throughout the country and internationally at the Exchange’s state-of-the-art education center in Manhattan, NYC. His talents have allowed him to do training’s and stage shows in countries like England, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Jamaica, Trinidad, Korea, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Jamaica, Mexico, Australia, South Africa, China, and Singapore. Recently he worked on the Oprah show doing make-over’s. King has lead the education team for Soft-Sheen Carson, the largest ethnic hair care company in the world with a very talented team of salon professionals and session artists to deliver world-class education to salon professionals and consumers alike. From there Shannon became the Global Director of education and training for Matrix developing and delivering training to the 1600 educator supporting 57 countries around the world. Shannon has begun leaving his legacy. A world-respected salon educator, teachers’ trainer and hair designer, King’s extensive career in the professional beauty industry has already reached many heights. At ERGO Research, King oversees the development of the company’s North American educational curriculum and trains the trainers who implement the curriculum.
He also directs the ERGO Artistic Team for creative and technical presentations as well as for hair fashion trend photo collections. Shannon has recently become a member of the Keune Studio Team here in the United States where he will facilitate design, styling, and training programs and shows all across the country. Keune is a global organization with 88 years in business. Keune has always been committed to elegance, creativity and contemporary hair-fashion. Now as President of Shannon W King Consulting and Training LLC, King consults and works with many organizations in the beauty industry to develop, train, and support their education, marketing, and recruiting initiatives. His expertise in training and education are utilized by many to evolve and their own training infrastructure and systems. In between all the travel, training, and performing, Shannon always goes back to the salon. “I love being behind the chair. That’s where it all starts, and that’s where it all comes together.”