Ideas man, visionary and hard working dreamer, Andrew Todd an expat from Britain came to the U.S. in 1981 with $200 in his pocket and a plan. His creativity and his love for helping people look and feel their best catapulted him to success at an early age. Andrew founded diPietro Todd with his wife Kim and flourishes as the creative leader of the company. He finds ultimate joy in cultivating cutting edge talent and has forged a one of a kind culture and presence in the hair industry. 25 yrs. later he is proud of his vision—–diPietro Todd Salons + Academy.
Co-Owner Mill Valley, Academy Educator, Stylist
Amita Moticka started her hairdressing career at the age of seventeen. She completed her apprenticeship at Vidal Sassoon in Los Angeles. Upon completion, she began the teacher training program while working for Vidal Sassoon. After just a couple of years, Amita was fortunate enough to travel around the world to teach and work as a Platform Artist for Vidal Sassoon.
Amita came to diPietro Todd salon in 1997, where she lended her expertise in helping create Development, the assistant training program she would later become the Director of. Once the Development program began to thrive, Amita moved to New York to pursue her creative outlets such as film, videos, photo shoots, and numerous runway shows for designers such as Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Tula, and Betsey Johnson. Amita continued to travel to California on a regular basis to maintain her clientele on the west coast.
Over the years, Amita has had the pleasure of styling the rock n’ roll locks of James Hetfeild (Metallica), Sammy Hagar (Van Halen), members of Wilco, Cake, Dieselhead, and Jolie Holland just to name a few. Amita also toured with the legendary band, Journey, as their personal hairstylist.
In 2004, Amita reunited with her partners at diPietro Todd, Shelley Mohr, Kim and Andrew Todd, and created the diPietro Todd Academy. Several years later, she now spends most of her time in San Francisco. When she is not traveling as an educator she is busy with a full clientele. In 2013, Amita became co-owner of the mill valley salon.
L'Oréal Professionnel Portfolio Artist
Shelley Mohr’s love for coloring hair began in 1992 at San Francisco’s top salon, diPietro Todd. It was there that she received her training as a color specialist and continued on to successfully build and maintain a large clientele at diPietro Todd’s Mill Valley location. With her remarkable talent and intense passion for hair, Shelley not only became an educator but soon thereafter was promoted to Director of Color Education for diPietro Todd’s training program Development. Shelley has been influential in the training of diPietro Todd’s future color professional and, thus, instrumental in the growth of diPietro Todd Salon’s five locations.
In 2004, Shelley partnered with Kim and Andrew Todd, along with Amita Moticka, to create the diPietro Todd Academy. As Director of Color Education for diPietro Todd’s professional academy, Shelley has developed a color curriculum that covers all aspects of color training and involves visual, written, and practical applications. She has also helped produce hair and fashion events representing L’Oreal Professionnel, Kérastase and Shu Uemura, as well as seasonal collections and photo shoots for diPietro Todd.
One of Shelley Mohr’s major achievements to date has been her involvement in the L’Oreal Professionnel Creative Team as one of their featured Portfolio Artists. She has had the honor of working on multiple national collections and the opportunity to travel all over the country educating at salons and V.I.P. events, including trade shows and, most notably, Intercoiffure and The International Hair Color Exchange. Most recently, Shelley has been asked to teach on the Master’s Stage, showcasing L’Oreal Professionnel’s new premier color line, INOA.
Shelley has also been featured in professional industry magazines such as HairColor & Design, Modern Salon, Launchpad, and American Salon, covering topics ranging from salon business to color education and creativity.
When Shelley is not teaching or traveling, she is in the salon working with her clients, continuing to further her exploration of and passion for redheads, power blondes, rich brunettes, and corrective color.
Peter’s love for his craft and decades of experience with some of the top talent in the world make him an invaluable part of the diPietro Todd team.
Born in England, Peter began his career as an apprentice with legend Vidal Sassoon. Training at the original Bond Street location in London with Vidal himself, Peter witnessed the hair revolution inspired by Sassoon first-hand, and was one of only 40 people who were trained to do some of the most sought-after haircuts.
Peter went on to open and manage salons for Sassoon in Canada and San Francisco before opening his own salon, Circles.
When he met Kim and Andrew Todd in the late 1980s, the chemistry was instant. He decided to join diPietro Todd, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Academy Educator, Colorist
Cares Mills began her hair coloring career in 1992 in New York City. After spending 3 years between Manhattan and Beverly Hills at Louis Licari Color Group, she joined the diPietro Todd Color department when she moved to SF in 1995. Currently, Cares is the Assistant Academy Director of Color for diPietro Todd Academy and also upholds the title as Artist for the Matrix/Logics Education Team.
She specializes in dimensional highlights and is known for her distinctive knife-based highlighting technique. Over the years, she has had the pleasure of working in film and television throughout Los Angeles and San Francisco with many famous models, actors, and musicians, but finds working with her everyday clientele the most rewarding.
Academy Educator, Colorist
Michael always knew what he wanted and to the surprise of no one achieved it in record time. One month out of high school he started as a colorists’ apprentice at our Mill Valley location and four years later, after having trained in all salons, became a staff member at Palo Alto in 2005. While assisting in Palo Alto, Michael connected quickly with the staff and clients. He spends his time behind the chair working on the many of the Penninsula’s top Venture Capitalists, Philanthropists, executives, professors, doctors, lawyers, dot coms, and many lovely housewives. Having spent the majority of his time with diPietro Todd in Palo Alto, there is no doubt that Michael feels at home here.
Just a few years after building a demanding clientele, Michael joined the Development Program as a color teacher and now oversees Palo Alto as the Department Head for Color. Michael enjoys wearing many hats at diPietro Todd. Michael is well versed in corrections, creatives, foil work, tinting, relaxers, and balayage services, but is known most well for his power blondes, and soft brunettes, natural redheads.
Michael thrives on working in a teaching salon such as diPietro Todd and draws inspiration from his peers as well as pop culture, high end fashion, and music. He simply loves this constantly evolving industry.
A Native to San Francisco, Coco has always taken advantage of the rich art and culture the city has to offer. Her career in the beauty industry began as a fashion major at the Academy of Art University. While she spent her summers and free time training and working as a makeup artist, she soon realized that hair was the next art to master. With her well rounded knowledge of fashion and beauty, she aims to help you find a haircut that best suits your aesthetic and lifestyle.
Erica first came into the beauty industry with aspirations to become a makeup artist, until realizing the amazing palette surrounding women’s faces…their hair! Since then Erica has been making women feel beautiful with her hair color skills for 7 years with diPietro Todd Salon. She believes your hair is your number one accessory which can be changed by seasons or simply keeping a classic beauty look. Her favorite part of her day is making women smile and giving women more confidence with beautiful, healthy, shiny hair color.
Rachele is a Marin County native and has had an intense passion for fashion and beauty all her life. She received her formal training at diPietro Todd Salon and has been with the company since 2001. She is known for her unique ability to create the most natural and beautiful highlights on both blondes and brunettes. She is well know for her ability to smooth and straighten hair by doing the keratin complex service on her clients. Her favorite part of her job is connecting with clients on a personal level and developing lasting relationships with them. Rachele’s innovative and artistic approach to hair color, paired with her bubbly personality will give you an amazing color experience and leave her clients with gorgeous results.
As a young kid growing up in Sonoma county, Kristy always wanted to be in the beauty business. She started off in the industry as a makeup artist. She spent her time working for various makeup companies and working on shoots, theater sets and film. When she joined our team at diPietro Todd, she was instantly drawn to hair color. She uses her extensive training in skin tones to find the perfect shade. From sunny blondes, to rich brunettes, and every color in between she is determined to find the right hue for everyone.
When Kristy is not behind the chair she loves to see live music and travel anywhere sunny with a beach she can lay on. She is very inspired by nature and loves using highlighting techniques to mimic gradient sun-kissed looks.
Justin has been with Dipietro Todd since 2011. Raised in rural Northern California, Justin is a force of nature — a whirlwind of energy, enthusiasm, and positivity, with a radiant smile. He is passionate about healthy hair and healthy living. Whether you are a beachy blond, natural brunette, or red head, Justin’s holistic approach will make you look and feel your best.
Having started his career in hair over 13 years ago, Paul has developed a diverse clientele. His easy going personality, creative vision, and attention to detail makes him able to give his clients a distinctly personalized and recognizable look. Paul’s work is continuously influenced by his interest in a wide variety of music and design; ranging from creative/modern to contemporary classic styles. When Paul is not at work, you can find him surfing at the beach.
Growing up in Ohio, Hayden still has her mid west roots but has acquired some California wings. Hair has always been a part of Hayden’s life since she can remember.She was always sneaking scissors to give her doll a new haircut, having her friends over early in the morning to style their hair before school and spending hours practicing her sisters updo for prom. Her passion only grew as time went on and after completing her BBA inMarketing she decided to fulfill her dream and goto cosmetology school. After getting her license in 2009 she worked for two years as a stylist in a small salon in Ohio but always knew she wanted more. She came to San Francisco to visit a friend in 2011. She was so inspired by the city that when she got back to Ohio she packed up her things, booked a one way ticket to SFO and never looked back. She joined the diPietro Todd family in2012 and knew from the moment she set foot in the door that it was going to be her home.Hayden takes extreme pride in her work and truly enjoys creating unique looks that are tailored to each client’s features and lifestyle.She believes that people should never stop learning and makes a constant effort to further her education.
Born in the Bay Area and raised in Taipei, Sabrina is a jazz musician who’s played in SF, NY, and Japan – on the radio, TV and DJing in clubs. For Sabrina, cutting hair is like playing jazz: both are built by careful composition and improvisational arrangement; both are defined by rhythm and pace. Sabrina sees in shapes and songs – and for her, uncovering and realizing the perfect cut for you – the harmony between of the shape of your hair with the shape of your face – is what drives her and moves her.
Trish has always been on a quest to follow and develop her true passions – whether it be connecting with people, living in the moment or finding outlets for artistic expression. From growing up on a small horse ranch with years of piano and French horn lessons, to art classes at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, to traveling abroad for several years as a professional athlete, to the wine and food industry, Trish came to find her career here in Mill Valley as a hairstylist.
After receiving an extensive education and invaluable experience at diPietro Todd Salon for over 8 years, she left for a few years to start her own salon. After realizing that diPietro Todd is “home” and where she feels most inspired, Trish returned to her diPietro Todd family.
From this array of experiences, Trish brings a vibrant and friendly personality and a chic urban style. While keeping up with current trends in fashion and hair, she is known for her authenticity, truly listening to her clients’ needs, and having a broad spectrum of clientèle. She has a passion for it all – creative edgy short cuts, long sexy layers, the textural beauty of curly hair and men’s barbering.
Styling hair is what initially sparked Victoria’s interest in doing hair. Her goal is to create a look that not only looks good but also makes her client feel beautiful. She is constantly looking for inspiration in the things that surround her in everyday life and feels lucky to love what she does!