Creative Director Derrick Rutherford has assembled an elite team of trained professionals whose talent and flair have become notorious throughout the industry.

The Hair Design and Spa teams are comprised of Salon Manager Ally Overland, Esthetician Francesca Garaffa, Directors Derrick Rutherford & Julio Rodriguez, Master Stylist Adam Bailey & Alicia Contini, & Jon Dobbie Salon Stylists Jennifer Mizzi, Tazmin Smith, Dayaxna Morales Bergantino, & Apprentices Vivien Paragi, Emma Porcellato, Erika Fletcher and Lorenda Rouse.

Each member of the team is critical in the overall success of the salon and all members work together to create the best possible environment for our clients.

If you prefer to book an appointment with a specific member of the team, please make your preferences clear at the time of booking.

2. Frances Garaffa

Francesca Garaffa

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Esthetician – Frances is truly one of a kind. She is a master of her craft and has a loyal following of skin care enthusiasts. She specializes in all esthetics including eyelash and brow tinting, traditional and airbrush makeup. She has educated for OPI nail enhancements and is a highly skilled Dermalogica Specialist. Her friendly calm demeanor will put you right at ease and is the perfect person to visit while processing for hair colour.

4. Derrick Rutherford

Derrick Rutherford

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Creative Director – Derrick is recognized as one of Canada’s leading stylists and is part of a new generation of hair designers responsible for shaping today’s hair industry. As part of the Matrix International Design Team, Derrick travels the globe sharing his creativity and precision cutting techniques with stylists eager to expand their knowledge and skill. Derrick’s talent coupled with his friendly personality and warm stage presence makes him a popular, sought-after instructor. Derrick has advanced his own career through active participation with the Matrix Education Team and has reached the highest level of achievement, serving now as a member of the distinguished Matrix International Design Team. Derrick puts his belief into action at his own salon where as Artistic Director, he nurtures and coaches his artistic team, helping them achieve the highest level of confidence within their own sense of creativity. Oprah Winfrey – Makeovers for “Locks of Love”, Sundance Film Festival – Premier Magazine and New York Fashion Week – In Style Magazine are a few of the examples of how Derrick is living proof that stylists have the ability and opportunity to take their talents beyond the salon and onto the international stage.

5. Julio Rodriguez

Julio Rodriguez

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Artistic Director – Julio started his career as a stylist back home in New Jersey. Our resident Jersey Boy developed his love of colour in Fine Arts, and has since become a sought after colour specialist. With his attention to detail in ‘blonding’ and corrective colour his clientele quickly grew. Julio’s career highlights include styling the hair of Hispanic megastars such as Michelle Rodriguez and Pilar Montenegro for People Magazine (Español), for their 50 Most Beautiful Latin Issue. Julio has worked backstage for Imitation of Christ at New York City’s famed Fashion Week and Boston’s Disco Ball with Betsey Johnson. His educational work for Matrix as a Guest Artist has taken him to every major city across the United States and abroad to Europe including the Czech Republic, Hungary and Italy. Julio continuously works on photo shoots, and has been published in Modern Salon, Salon Magazine, Canadian Hairdresser, as well as European magazines. Julio continues his drive for education with his work as an Artistic Director for Matrix haircolour. “I love the hairdressing industry because it allows me to create beauty on a different canvas daily, either working behind the scenes with models or with our wonderful clients in the salon!”

Alicia Contini

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Master Stylist – Alicia’s precise cutting and colouring techniques make her a breathe of fresh air in our salon. Alicia is new to Guelph from Edmonton and loves to socialize as well as meet new people. She makes everybody in her chair feel at home with her bubbly and energetic personality. With over 10 years experience Alicia provides creative and edgy looks to prove to her clients she loves what she does. Alicia is now accepting new clients!

Adam Bailey

Master Stylist – Adam is one of our most senior stylists with over ten years in the salon industry. Over the years he has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of hair care. This allowed Adam to further develop his passion for hair colour and highlighting, especially while working with all types of blondes. Adam loves creative cutting and bringing out each of his clients’ unique edge.

Jennifer Mizzi

Stylist – Having studied fashion design Jen enjoys doing research on the latest fashion & hair trends. Jen has a particular interest in high fashion avant-garde and anything unique or different. With her positive, friendly and outgoing demeanour in combination with her close attention to detail Jen is great at making her clients look and feel their best. Jennifer is now accepting new clients!

Lorenda Rouse

Apprentice – Lorenda Rouse’s Finished her hair schooling at Voila Instutite in Kitchener and since then has learned various different techniques from our directors. She specializes in up-do’s and curling techniques. Lorena is now accepting new clients!

Emma Porcellato

Apprentice – Emma is currently a high school student studying cosmetology at John F. Ross with aspirations of being a hairstylist. She specializes in up-dos and curling techniques. Emma is now taking new clients!

Vivien Paragi

Salon Manager – Vivien Paragi’s passion for hair stemmed from watching hair professionals transform their guest. Vivien graduated from Conestoga College in marketing & advertising and utilizes those talents with our social media. In addition to her expertise in marketing, Vivien’s strong leadership and teamwork skills make her a fundamental component to the daily operations of the salon. Viviens’ outgoing and friendly personality,  combined with our professional training makes her an integral part of our team.

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Tazmin Smith

Stylist – Tazmin is our up beat and outgoing personality that keeps up with the latest trends to give you the latest styles. She has been in the industry for over 5 years and has been a hair show competitor on multiple occasions. She loves to work with fun bright colours as well as doing anything to bring out your natural beauty. Tazmin is now accepting new clients!

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Erika Fletcher

Stylist – Erika has worked in the industry for 6 years and has helped her old salon compete in hair shows nationally. She has had training with product lines such as Matrix, Aveda, Moroccan Oil and Goldwell. Erika is always looking to expand her knowledge and is currently taking precision cutting and colouring classes from Derrick and Julio. She loves to keep up with current trends and make her client feel beautiful inside and out! Erika is now accepting new clients!


Dayaxna Morales Bergantino

Stylist – Dayaxna grew up in Cuba, coming from a family of hairstylist she has always loved to make people look and feel great. With over 13 years in the world of up-styling she is all about being your own kind of beautiful. She loves music and dance, as a zumba instructor, she has always encouraged her students to be happy and to have fun. She Enjoys Make overs and listening to her guests every need. Dayaxna is now taking new clients!

Jon Dobbie

Master Stylist

From a humble salon in his parents’ basement to fashion week in Australia, international award winning stylist Jon Dobbie has mastered hairstyling, makeup, skin care and advanced coloring techniques. Following a circuitous path that includes high fashion hair styling to Reiki Master to advanced beauty education consultant, he has learned and lived all that it means to be beautiful inside and out. These masteries and practices have given him the wisdom, techniques and passion for the beauty industry that he currently embodies and shares in his services here at Valentini’s.

He is able to interpret, envision, create an respond to the individual wants and needs of his clients on a personal level.

Beyond this, Jon ensures that each customer learns the nuances of their hairstyle to replicate and adapt their salon look on a daily basis. The products, tools and techniques become part of the client’s repertoire.

Jon has worked with and for Kevin Murphy, as well as taught advanced styling, cutting and coloring techniques at Your Space Academy and L’Oreal Professional and various other companies.

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