Sam Trapino - Owner & Operator

Owner and operator of IO Salon, Sam has been in the hair industry for over nineteen years. Having moved to Atlanta in 1995, Sam has excelled as a professional in arguably one of the top salons in the nation, Van Michael Salon.

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In his fourteen years of employment his experience and expertise is unparalleled in his field. As co-director of education, platform artist, show team member and manager of over 115 staff members Sam has been in a unique position to learn his craft. Having trained in some of the finest institutes in the industry i.e. Vidal Sassoon London, Toni and Guy USA, The Redkin Institute New York, The Aveda Institute New York, and Bumble and bumble University New York, Sam has honed his craft specializing in hair cutting and styling.

Industry leaders have celebrated Sam's dedication to his craft repeatedly. Voted best hairdresser in Atlanta by the national Elle Magazine in 1998, voted best hairdresser by Allure Magazine in 2001 to date "deemed the king of the Bob", and voted best hairdresser by Atlanta Magazine 2003. Sam's unequivocal dedication to the art of hairdressing coupled with his knowledge in the hair business has given him the tools to build one of the premiere salons in the region.

When Sam is not working behind the chair he enjoys yoga, meditation, biking, scuba diving in exotic destinations and quality "quiet time". He is also an avid gardener and handy man, who likes to stay busy working on projects around the home.


Jillyan Trapino - Stylist

Jillyan has been a passionate hairdresser for ten years. She was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Moved to Atlanta in 1998 and started hercareer at VanMichael Salon in Buckhead.

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She completed both cycles of their extensive hair cutting program in her first year of employment, and followed up with advanced educators training. Joining the Education Team, she headed the styling division of Bridal and Formal events. Among the many things she takes pride in is her extensive experience working with brides and bridal parties on and off site. Some of the other events include providing services for the cheerleaders of the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Hawks for three seasons, including photo shoots and formal events.

Having so much love for New York City, she attended several courses at the Redken Academy and trained at the Bumble and bumble University, which landed her the position of Network Educator at IO Salon where she now calls home! Recently she completed the master cutting and color techniques training program with Schwarzkopf.

When Jilllyan is not behind the chair, teaching or training; she's at home being the loving mother that she is, to her two beautiful children Jianna and Max.


Nathaniel LaFera - Master Stylist & Colorist

Nathaniel has over a decade of experience in the industry, studying and perfecting his craft across the US and Europe.

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Being an educator and platform artist for Aquage, Balmain Hair Extensions, and Italy Hair Fashions gives Nathaniel a broad background in the beauty and hair industry. This leading edge, retro stylist was trained extensively to have a solid foundation in precision hair cuts using both dry and free form techniques. In addition to this, he has expansive knowledge in implementing hair extensions, creating natural looking color enhancements, and providing the latest, Keratin Smoothing Treatment. His deep love of the industry and strong desire to pass his experience on to his clients makes him a believer that there is a great hairdresser in all of us. His classic training and artistic eye will give you the look you have always wanted and deserve.

Nathaniel, a second generation stylist, shares his life with his beautiful and talented wife of 5 years, Heather. His after salon hours are filled with his passion to help and socialize with others. He assists in providing hair solutions for Atlanta Operas' cast, is a coach for youth basketball, helps children at Georgia Burn Camp, plays adult basketball, golf and poker. He's a fun, easygoing and vibrant addition to IO Salon.


Heather - Stylist



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Leah Rivenbark - Assistant



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Paige Burns - Junior Stylist



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