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

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.

Derrick Rutherford

Derrick Rutherford

Creative Director

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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.

Julio Rodriguez

Artistic Director

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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!”

Erika Fletcher

Master Stylist

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Erika has worked in the salon industry for ten years. She has advanced training with product lines such as Matrix, Aveda, Moroccan Oil, Kérastase and Goldwell. She excels in all areas: colouring, cutting and styling, after extensive training with our creative and artistic directors. She specializes in blondes and extensions, but has a passion in working on all areas of hair. She consistently continues expanding her knowledge in order to make her guest feel beautiful inside and out. Her positive outlook, sweet demeanour and killer skills makes a highly sought after stylist.

I love the satisfaction of making people happy with my passion for meeting the hair wants and needs of my guests.

Alicia Contini

Master Stylist / Makeup Artist

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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 15 years experience Alicia provides creative and edgy looks to prove to her clients she loves what she does. She specializes in short hair and loves to add her creative edge to every fun short hair look. Alicia is now accepting new clients!

I became a hairstylist to pursue my passion, to be able to connect and relate to all individuals.

Callie Cabral

Stylist / Makeup Artist


After completing a high school co-op, I realized I had found my calling. With strong mentorship from both Julio and Derrick, I feel I have excelled farther than I could have imagined — not only with hair but also makeup artistry. My greatest achievement to date is being recognized by my peers with a NAHA finalist nomination for MakeUp Artist of the Year and semi-finalist in the same category for the Contessa Awards.

…And I’m just getting started!

Vivien Paragi



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Vivien started her career as a hairdresser at Valentini’s as a full apprentice and has been mentored by Derrick and Julio. She has been in the hair industry for 8 years and is confident in her craft. Her skill sets in unique colouring and cutting compliment her fun and vibrant personality. She has attended many classes and is always expanding her knowledge of the industry’s latest trends. These classes have allowed her to specialize in balayage techniques and blonde applications. She also loves transforming her guests with extensions and specialized smoothing treatments.

I have been in the hair industry for 8 years and am confident in my craft.

Lyndsay Rundle

Junior Stylist

Lyndsay has always had a dream of being a hairstylist. Since she was a little girl all she wanted to do was everyone’s hair. Her goals are to make everyone feel beautiful and welcome in the salon! Lyndsay is currently working on reception and apprenticing alongside Derrick and Julio. She will be attending La Luma Academy in January where she will continue to grow her love for the industry. When Lyndsay is not at the salon, you will find her on the rugby pitch!

I am on my journey to becoming a hairstylist because I love making people feel confident and beautiful!

Cassia Cupelli

Junior Stylist

I chose to become a hairstylist because I believe that hair has a huge role on people’s mental and physical health! Everyone deserves to look and feel absolutely stunning! I love how personal and how relationships are created in this industry and how much we all grow as a team and family!

I specialize in blonding, colour, fine hair and blowouts!

Frances Garaffa

Salon Coordinator

Frances has accumulated several decades of experience in the beauty industry in various capacities. Whether it be as a make-up artist, aesthetics educator for OPI and Matrix, or currently as salon coordinator. She is dedicated to providing the highest level of service to each guest.

The difference is in the details and my commitment is that everyone experiences that difference at Valentini Har Design.

Ariel Amber

Social Media & Marketing

Ariel has become our social media specialist after having a variety of experiences and training in the salon industry. Ariel’s passion for showcasing both interior and exterior beauty grows as she learns new and exciting ways to create content and engage virtually with our guests. Ariel is also an in-house model for Valentini Hair Design and can often be found in the salon prepping for photoshoots or around town with local photographers collaborating with like-minded businesses in the area.

My passion for showcasing both interior and exterior beauty grows as I learn new and exciting ways to create content and engage virtually with our guests.

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