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With five North American Hairstyling Award nominations, one win, a stack of iconic hair color images and a devoted following of hair color stylists and students-including Bravo TV’s Tabatha Coffey, Shear Genius Winner Anthony Morrison and Canadian Hairstylist of the Year Chad Taylor-it would be natural to be intimidated by the talent and skills of Sue Pemberton. And yet, with her warm and generous spirit and straightforward approach to teaching color, there’s nothing remotely intimidating about her. And that’s the point. “I love to learn and I love to share,” says Sue. “Above all, I love to take the complication out of color and make it accessible and understandable to everyone. Then we can all share in our passion for this art form.”
Originally from the UK, Sue now makes her home in the U.S.A, where she serves as an independent color educator and expert, and as the International Artistic Director for Joico Vero K-PAK color. Known for strong, vivid color artistry that seamlessly blends fashion and innovation, Sue creates the hair color designs for Joico’s ads, seasonal collections and corporate imagery, as well as for magazine photo shoots and hair fashion shows.
Sue Pemberton conducts classes worldwide, and draws crowds to the stages at notable hair expos around the world, including ISSE, America’s Beauty Show, the International Beauty Show, Premiere Orlando, Cosmoprof Hong Kong, Canada’s ABA Show and the Sydney Expo in Australia. Her work has appeared in every top trade publication, including Modern Salon, American Salon, Behind The Chair, Launchpad, Colorist, Estetica UK, USA & Asia, Irish Hairdresser and Hairdressers Journal UK. In 2007, she won the hair color category at the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) and has been nominated as a finalist in that category five times. Color pros in the know collect her educational DVDs and hair color manuals, and her most recent DVD release-J-Color-was an instant best-seller.
Sue has also been a driving force for hair color behind the scenes. She was instrumental in the development of Joico’s Vero K-PAK Color, a revolutionary brand that reconstructs as it colors. Vero K-PAK Color products are used by top color professionals worldwide, and Sue continues to work with Joico’s research and development team to create innovative new products and technologies within the Vero K-PAK Color family.
With her mastery of color chemistry, practical and advanced application techniques, salon artistry, fashion and real-world wear ability, Sue Pemberton is the colorists’ color pro-an expert, an artist, a mentor and a leader. And best of all? She’s a person who can dazzle you with her artistic vision, teach you to raise your color game to unimaginable new levels. Here’s to Sue and her passion for promoting the art of incredible hair color.