International Stylist & Image Consultant, Salon Owner
Manuel Colmenero was born near Barcelona in southern Spain and is known by most simply as Manolo. Manolo studied at Epallargas in Taragonna, Spain, an academically-focused and highly-acclaimed vocational school, and graduated with honors at only 16 years old.
After graduating in 1983, Manolo simultaneously worked as a stylist and attended L’Oreal’s Academy and earned specialized certifications in style cuts and color chemical composition and application. He also completed product knowledge training for Kérastase and obtained noteworthy certifications as a make-up artist and image consultant.
While still living in Spain, Manolo worked as an associate under the world-renowned Lluís Llongueras, whose original styling method revolutionized the hairdressing industry. From 1985 to 1992, Manolo served as the Artistic Director for two Llongueras Salons, not only working the salon, but handling managerial responsibilities and building the business aswell. Manolo was chosen by Llongueras as one of only 20 stylists from all over Spain for the distinct honor to provide stylist services at the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona.
Manolo left his native country in 1992 to bring his talents as a hairstylist and image consultant to the U.S. market place. He was the first to introduce the U.S.to the Llongueras styling method. While working as Artistic Director for a high-end salon in Dallas, helearned to speak English and attained his Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Miami in 1998.
By 1999, Manolo was working, teaching and producing hair shows that set the trends for those in his industry to follow. Inspired to broaden his career vision, he launched the first Manolo Salons, a premium full-service salon offering a wide range of image consulting, hair, spa and beauty services, located in the fashion and retail center in Dallas, Texas.
While establishing his own name and successful salon, Manolo maintained his relationship with Llongueras. In November of 2005, Manolo opened the first Llongueras Salon in the U.S. in the exclusive University Park area of Dallas. Alongside his wife Elva, he managed the salon until 2013, when the name changed to Manolo Salons, and Elva assumed managerial responsibilities and took over leading the team of stylists.
In 2014, Manolo joined the Lakmé USA Educational Team. As Creative Artist, Manolo will assist National Director of Education, Arda Itez in facilitating presentations and shows in the markets throughout the United States.
The many years of working with Llongueras, traveling through Europe, Mexico and the U.S. have given Manolo a truly global perspective for the definition of style. Even with more than three decades in the beauty industry, Manolo remains a pioneer for continuing education and innovative techniques that inspire clients and other salon professionals worldwide.