About Us

Innovate Salon Academy was founded in 2009 by a small group of successful stylists and salon owners who wanted introduce a fresh way of educating students.

Innovate Salon Academy is an award-winning beauty academy dedicated to the principle of creating a spirited learning environment to give graduates a leading edge in the beauty industry.

Strong relationships are important to us, which is why we offer an excellent education to include integrity, leadership, values, professionalism and ethics. We create opportunities to change our student’s lives while enhancing their personal and professional career.

We specialize in advanced training and have built a reputation for innovation. Having won Modern Salon’s national Excellence in Education and Global entrepreneur of the year awards.


It is our mission to offer a quality education and positive learning environment providing all students the knowledge, skills and inspiration for a successful beauty career. Thousands of students have graduated from our industry-focused programs and become successful stylists and estheticians. Innovate Salon Academy offers a strong reputation and excellent graduate outcomes allowing you a rewarding career in the beauty industry.

It is our vision to be the educators behind your personal achievement and the inspiration to help you achieve your goals of a successful career. Call us today, and check out a short video on how Beauty Changes Lives.

meet the team


John W Sickles


John has worked for over 36 years in the Beauty Industry, both as a stylist and salon owner. John was nominated for the prestigious 2008 Global Entrepreneur and Salon of the Year award, which recognizes and honors leading salon owners who consistently demonstrate extraordinary business and entrepreneurial success in the areas of salon leadership, general management, financial prosperity, marketing & promotion, and who contribute to the salon industry and their community. The Jon Lori Salon has been in business for 32 years and has 35 employees.

Donna Hernandez


Donna Hernandez is a Co-Owner at Innovate Salon Academy. Donna is a Certified Redken Colorist and a Certified Redken Design Artist, with more than two decades of experience. At the Academy, Donna has had the opportunity to fine-tune her own creative prowess while sharing her expertise with eager students. Donna is very proud to say that Innovate Salon Academy is the only cosmetology school endorsed by Redken 5th Avenue.

Donna boasts, “The educators at Innovate will get the job done. They will give our students the education they need and deserve to create top 20’s in our industry!”
In addition to heading up the education team at Innovate, Donna also owns Color Bar 51, where she still works as a stylist.
With 15 years experience in salon ownership and operations, Donna has a deep understanding of exception guest and student service. Not only will you receive a top of the line education, but also a truly unique student centered experience.

Sean J Sickles


Sean Sickles is co-owner of Innovate Salon Academy and has been licensed as a cosmetologist, working in the industry for over 15 years. Born into the beauty industry, Sean’s passion is to grow industry leaders by empowering women and men to create confidence in others, to find their artistic identity, perfect their craft, and love what they do.
Sean simply states, “Not only is this career financially rewarding but waking up every morning doing something you love in a culture that changes on the daily and accepts everyone… is simply inspirational, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Sean has been instilling confidence while educating students and guests in new styles, techniques, and trends to provide the ultimate educational experience with exceptional quality. Sean has trained at the famous REDKEN Exchange, Pureology, Bumble & Bumble University in NYC, and Vidal Sassoon Academy in Miami, FL. In addition to being a REDKEN Certified Master Hair Colorist and Certified in Principal Based Design, he holds over 40 Certificates of Achievement, and is extremely well versed in all aspects of Hair Color, Keratin Treatments, Hair Straightening, and Precision Cutting.


Susan Amorosi Guido



Dorean Shaw

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Karen Young

Lead Classroom Educator

格伦·扬在创新学院评为领先的教育家和过气从第一天金沙集团官网网址我们的门打开是,在2009年她奉献给特殊的教育,这是在创新提供的10月5日,住在这里,她的爱人一起分享她的知识与她的学生是无法比拟的。凯伦在教学ADH创新原则,广泛的培训。这些原则上包括基础设计和外观进行认证。她已加入成为认证Redken的调色师精英队伍。 karen've走遍整个非洲大陆,并插入基于Redken的训练多次纽约市。也油然而生,她在泥地和彩妆德美乐嘉Designory接地。

Suzanne Savage

Lead Esthetics Educator

Suzanne Savage trained for her educators license at Innovate Salon Academy and joined the team in 2012 as The Director & Lead Educator of our Aesthetic Department, Suzanne has been in the industry for over 35 years. She is a Licensed Aesthetician/Cosmetologist and Educator. Prior to joining the Innovate team, Suzanne worked as a Spa Director for a large full service day spa, salon and gym. She has over 25 years hands on experienced both working in the Medical and Spa Aesthetic field.
Her biggest passion in life is helping others to feel good about themselves and provide them with the education to do so. “Education is power and being an educator you have the opportunity to empower many.” This is the reason why she entered into the world of Aesthetic Education.

Angela Curbelo

Lead Salon Area Educator


4985 Stelton Road ( Hadley Ctr )
South Plainfield, NJ 07080


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25 Scotch Road
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