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Eugene Cardamone

Owner & Director

Eugene Cardamone, Director and Owner of Shear Ego International School of Hair Design has had an illustrious career in the Hairdressing and Cosmetology industry. After the boyhood dreams of following in his father's footsteps and becoming a police officer, or being a pro-athlete, Eugene reflected on his fond memories of visiting barber-shops with his father and realized he had an interest in the field. Knowing he was anxious to establish a career path, he began to explore the world of Hairdressing and Cosmetology. Eugene was introduced to the Peter Webb School of Cosmetology, directed by Peter Webb himself, a World Supreme Hairdressing Champion. The education Eugene received at this school helped to stimulate and motivate his aspirations in the industry. After all, the creative aspects of this field suggest that the earning potential is limited only by one's performance, skill and drive! Completing the beauty school program, Eugene then began an apprenticeship of sorts, under the tutelage of his mentor, C. Anthony Cotroneo at a local Rochester salon, Frantoine's. Learning the hands-on practical cosmetology basics through to advanced hairstyling and coloring techniques, Eugene continued to hone his craft. He then took his work out into the world - literally world-wide, traveling extensively through Europe working for many of the most prominent beauty industry product manufacturers, Redkin, L'Oreal, Wella and Schwarzkopf. Eugene also led numerous platform demonstrations in color techniques and hairdressing basics to thousands of stylists and potential hairdressing students. Eugene's professional credentials also include owning the Shear Ego Salon and Spa and Men's Club of Pittsford, which is recognized as one of the finest salons in upstate New York. While a successful business in its own right, the salon has also led to additional opportunities to showcase the exciting Hairdressing and Cosmetology industry. Eugene has produced multiple beauty shows at nightclubs, fashion shows, country clubs; advanced educational training programs for leading beauty product manufacturers; and, international training seminars with the Shear Ego International Artistic team. His perpetual desire to improve the cosmetology industry propelled Eugene to implement a training program that, among other things, required young stylists to shadow and assist an established Shear Ego stylist for one year before taking the floor on their own. The impact of Shear Ego's revolutionary training could be seen by the swelling numbers of satisfied clients, but also with the ever-increasing collection of stylist applications Shear Ego was receiving. It was evident that Rochester's hairdressing community wanted more of Shear Ego's progressive education and training. In 1986, Eugene responded to that demand by establishing Shear Ego International School of Hair Design. Shear Ego prides itself on the quality of education offered to its students and the fact that the school is in a position to offer students very exciting educational opportunities not available elsewhere. "With each class we strive for excellence and to provide students interested in the cosmetology or barber-styling or nail technology or esthetics industries a quality education and an opportunity to excel in an industry that is both stimulating and rewarding." While labor intensive and filled with rules and regulations, Eugene prides himself on running a successful cosmetology school that strives for excellence. Shear Ego International School of Hair Design is rapidly being recognized as one of the finest beauty schools in New York State. The school was honored to lead an HIV awareness seminar in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago which also led to a successful program offered through the school providing licensed barber-stylists with an added certification in HIV safety. The creation of the Shear Ego International School of Hair Design came from a desire to give back to an industry that has served Eugene well over his career.

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