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

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.

5. Julio Rodriguez

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!”

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.

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


Callie has been our team for two years. She came as a co-op student and was then taken under Julio’s mentorship. Working along side with him she excels in colour and is also a sought after make-up artist. This young talent gives 100% in everything she does.

Caring and grooming cattle as a young child on my family farm made me realize how much I love creating styles with hair.

Kaitlin Adair



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Kaitlin has been making people feel beautiful for eight years and has recently joined our team. Her love of the hair industry began in high school and has grown leaps and bounds since then. Even after her formal training was completed, Kaitlin has continued to expand her knowledge by attending numerous trade conferences and courses presented by well-known names in the industry. Kaitlin loves to find the perfect blend of colour, cut and style to emphasize a client’s beauty. Her bubbly personality make her a perfect addition to the salon team!

I love making people feel exceptional and being a stylist allows me to do that while enhancing a client’s beauty.

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.

Allyssa Hepburn



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Allyssa, a graduate from La Luma Academy here in Guelph in 2017 has since been in the salon industry for two and a half years. She now continues to learn from our directors and our talented team. Specializing in balayage and long hair styles, Allyssa is consistently educating herself in the latest techniques  so that each client always receives the very best experience in her chair. In her free time you will find her going out and spending time with friends and family as well as enjoying time at the gym or outside on long trail walks.

I became a Hairstylist because I enjoy transforming not just how the client looks, but how they feel.

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