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 Walnut Creek, Stylist
Dylan Ponicsan joined diPietro Todd in 1996, via Beverly Hills. He’s been a teacher, a mentor and is now co-owner of our Walnut Creek salon, having recently been voted “Best Hair Salon” by the readers of Walnut Creek Magazine. With a passionate work ethic, an artistic eye and a love for what he does, Dylan has, and will always have a very loyal following. “I love hair. I’ve been doing it long enough that I don’t know how to do anything else”. That’s fine by us – we’d like to keep him here for a while.
Co-Owner Walnut Creek, Colorist
Maggie was born and raised in Seoul, Korea and moved to Los Angeles when she was 15. She has always loved fashion and began her studies at a Los Angeles design school for fashion. There she learned her passion was for textiles, mixing prints, patterns and colors instead of design itself. She enrolled in the Vidal Sassoon Academy to learn more about styling and make-up to pursue a career as a stylist. There she discovered the world of hair color and fell in love..
She began her career in 1987 at Vidal Sassoon in Beverly Hills. After 10 years in Los Angeles, she moved to San Francisco and started her path at diPietro Todd. She quickly worked her way to becoming one of the lead colorists in the company and is now a partner at our Walnut Creek location.
Maggie is a true city girl and enjoys the hustle and bustle of big cities. She draws inspiration from people watching and has a strong sense of feel, good intuition and a sharp eye. Maggie brings these traits to her work and along with her 26 years of experience, she has a clear vision for her clients and combines different techniques to keep her work unique and special for each client. Maggie has seen the profession grow from once being a ‘back of the salon service ‘to becoming a leading specialty. She is proud and excited to be a colorist. Maggie also loves puppies.
Originally from Salinas Valley, Gilbert Estrada was raised by parents who were hairstylists and business owners. Very determined and having an interest in the hair industry at a young age, he obtained his cosmetology license before graduating high school and moved to San Francisco to attend business school. Shortly after graduating, he began at diPietro Todd to pursue his passion in color and currently works at the Walnut Creek location.
Gilbert is always striving to be a master of his craft by continuing to attend color classes and extended education so that he can achieve great color on his clients while keeping the hair in excellent health. He is also a texture specialist in both perming and smoothing treatments.
Development Educator, Colorist
Annie graduated from CSU Chico with a degree in Journalism and Art History in 2006. After graduation, she quickly decided to pursue her lifelong passion for hair. She went on to study color at Paul Mitchell The School in San Diego and as much as Annie loved the beautiful beaches of Southern California, she realized that she’s a Northern California girl at heart. Annie moved to San Francisco and joined the diPietro Todd team in 2008 and has since submerged herself into an exciting career as a colorist. Annie loves connecting with her clients and bringing out their natural beauty. She excels at perfecting a unique, individual color tailored to each of her clients. Annie’s blondes do have more fun.
Nona grew up with a family of artists and designers and is a third generation hairdresser. Watching her mom and aunt design beautiful costumes at a young age made her realize that she wanted to be in the beauty/fashion industry. Her mom taught her that true beauty comes from individuality.
Nona received her bachelors of fine arts in Fashion Design and Illustration and graduated from Paul Mitchell beauty school. She is always continuing her education and has taken courses with Toni and Guy in London and Nick Arrojo in New York. Nona is the Creative Director at diPietro Todd and lends herself to wardrobe/costume design for hair shows and photo shoots. She specializes in all lengths of hair, extensions and avant garde styling.
San Francisco native, Evelyn, always had an intuition that she would be great at hair. From a young age, Evelyn excelled when coloring and cutting family members, which subsequently inspired her to pursue the hair industry. After attending cosmetology school, she embarked on her apprenticing journey at diPietro Todd to become one of our very own colorists. Evelyn draws upon her Mexican heritage to channel inspiration through her work from the colors of her culture and surrounding nature.
Caroline started her career with diPietro Todd eight years ago. In that time she has worked at the Union Square salon and is currently at the Walnut Creek location. Caroline has risen to the level of Master Colorist and is known for the “better than natural” looks she creates for clients. According to Caroline, “There’s nothing more beautiful than healthy looking hair”.
Jenn began at diPietro Todd’s flagship salon in Union Square in 2001 and quickly strengthened her skills as a colorist. Based on her belief that continued education is important to one’s success behind the chair, she became an educator of the Development training program in 2004. By 2009 this passion for training resulted in a promotion to the Assistant Director of Color Education. When the Walnut Creek location opened in 2009 she decided that a change in her surroundings was another professional growth opportunity. She has loved helping build a new salon with the partners of diPietro Todd and is grateful to have a job that she loves showing up to everyday.
Being a musician in high school means having an image to uphold. Mikey was always able to creatively express himself through numerous hairstyles and so it was that his journey with hair, began with music.
He draws much of his inspiration from the worlds of fashion, music and pop art and takes great pleasure in knowing people can walk out of his chair with their heads a little higher. Mikey “listens” to his clients’ hair and helps them to look the way they feel.
Shyla Lane, stylist.
Linh is a prime example of “following your dreams.” She was born and raised in the Bay Area and realized the culture of the fashion industry was embedded in her from the start. Although she embarked on a different path initially, she ended up right where she was meant to be – behind the chair. Linh attended San Francisco State University to pursue her degree in business management while supporting herself in school as a metal smith. With a little support from her previous mentor, her dream of becoming a hairdresser was soon to become a reality she would now make for herself. Long before she attended hair school, she would find any opportunity to cut; whether it be friends, neighbors, or loved ones, she always knew she had an eye for balance.
After attending the Paul Mitchell School, Linh immediately came to diPietro Todd to start her career. By submerging herself in the education offered to her in-salon and out-of-salon through Rene Furterer and dPT, she was able to experience Fashion Week as a stylist in 2016 for Orla Kiely and Gold by MISHA. She prides herself in bringing the best out in her clients and helping them to create day-to-day styles that make them feel confident.