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Destination Education

Destination Education

We’re bringing JOI to the world with a 7-day learning extravaganza designed to lift stylists to a whole new level. Watch industry stars in action; learn how to grow your biz; rock out at cool theme parties; and take in the hottest trends, tips, and dynamic demos. It’s a play-cation you’ll never forget.

Where: The ultimate all-inclusive 7-day educational experience in Punta-Cana, Dominican Republic
When: January 13-20, 2018
Why go?

  • Luxurious tropical location
  • 5 star accommodations
  • Education classes with industry legends, icons and hair heroes. Cutting, coloring, business building and more
  • Evening events
  • Networking with hundreds of hairdressers from around the world

Click on the following link to sign up for this unique event! >>ONLINE REGISTRATION<<




Based on a standard room, double occupancy.


  • Hotel for 7 nights at The Level at Melia Caribe Tropicale
  • Full breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks plus 24 hour room service
  • Unlimited international and domestic alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages
  • All-access to education classes (Color, Cut, Trend, Master Class, Business Building and more) taught by master stylists and industry legends
  • All-access to daily activities and evening events
  • Non-motorized water sports: catamaran, windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling
  • Other Sports: fitness center, tennis court, beach volleyball, aqua aerobics, ping pong
  • Internet (Free WiFi available 24/7)
  • Applicable taxes and fees
  • Special discounts available exclusively for guests of Destination Education: 20% discount on spa treatments. One (1) complimentary green fee per day at Cocotal Golf & Country Club. Use of golf cart


Vivienne Mackinder (headliner)
Much like the way her horses transport her to a world where nature inspires the colors and shapes of her hair creations, Vivienne Mackinder’s images transport hairdressers to a world where creative talent is only limited by one’s imagination. Founder of and seven time winner of the North American Hairdresser Awards (NAHA), Mackinder has worked alongside
some of the most respected names in professional beauty. Vivienne’s skills and passion for her craft are continuously recognized in an ever-changing industry despite the rapid turnover of trends. Mackinder was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from NAHA in 2009, the International ICON Award from the Irish Hairdressing Federation in 2011, the Leo Passage Educator of the Year Award from Intercoiffure in 2012, the Visionary Artist Award in 2013 as well as the AIPP Best Commercial Award in 2014.

Tracey Hughes (headliner)
A Certified Speaking Professional, Tracey Hughes has motivational business programs essential to the hairdressing, beauty. An expert in communication skills, education methodology, presentation abilities, with core strategies in small business, leadership and team culture, Tracey is highly skilled at engaging an audience. As the recipient of 4x Educator of the Year and 4x Excellence in Education, Tracey’s strategies are motivational, informative, concise and relative. An inspiring personal journey of her own, Tracey will empower each individual she has the pleasure of connecting with. Headlining the most coveted global events, Tracey has presented to over half a million across Australia, China, Dubai, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, UK and the USA.

David Murray
European Design Team Member David went straight from school at 16 to a coveted apprenticeship with Peter Mark, a premier Irish salon chain. He has four Irish Hairdresser of the Year titles among his impressive collection of awards and in May 2015 he picked up the prestigious title of ‘Irish Icon Hall of Fame,’ in recognition of him scooping the Irish photographic award a record
three times. Being a Senior JOICO Design Team Member, he is excited to be involved in a group boasting the best in the business. “In this team I have found the same passion for hairdressing that I have always had,” he explains. Some of his many awards: 4 time winner Irish Hairdresser of the Year, 3 time winner Best of the Best Awards, Awarded Irelands favorite Platform Artist/educator, Recipient of Irish All Star Award, Artistic team of the Year, Irish Hall of Fame and Media Award.

Ryan Nicoletti-Dowd
With nearly 20 years’ experience in the hairdressing industry, European Design Team member Ryan Nicoletti-Dowd’s experience and awards speak volumes. Trained by Harrington’s, Ryan’s hard work, determination and passion for hairdressing led him to win the L’Oréal Colour Trophy London and Southern Hairdresser of the Year at the 2012 British Hairdressing Awards. Ryan is the owner of Wigg Hairdressing, a boutique salon nestled in Henley Upon Thames, Oxfordshire.

Denis de Souza
Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Denis de Souza has been educated all over the world, developing a passion for hair color and an international eye for style at a very young age. Denis worked at the illustrious Andy Lecompte Salon in West Hollywood, California, for many years until in 2016 he opened “Mare Salon” in West Hollywood. Denis’s clientele is made up of the most discerning of the LA fashion and entertainment set including Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, Rachel Bilson, Nicole Richie, Lucy Hale, Ryan Kwanten, Alexander Skarsgard, Emily Van- Camp, Eric Dane, Paul Gross, Jacqueline Bisset, Vanessa Redgrave, Illeana Douglas and Gina Gershon, just to name a few. “With their demanding work schedules, I help them continue to set trends and be on the forefront of fashion while also developing a stunning healthy look that is natural with minimal maintenance and up-keep.”

Paul Norton
Truly dedicated to his craft as well as his celebrity clientele, Norton is as in-demand with his Beverly Hills and greater Los Angeles clientele as he is with all the Hollywood talent that see him at Sally Hershberger Salon in West Hollywood, CA. He has created lusciously dazzling looks that have graced the covers and pages of Allure, GQ Style, People, Redbook, Glamour, New You, Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, AdWeek, Sports Illustrated and many more. As a hairstyling expert, Paul has appeared in broadcast segments and programs such as Access Hollywood and The Doctors, and been the feature-hairstylist on TLC’s Randy to the Rescue and E! channel’s Opening Act. His celebrity clientele, for whom he’s created amazing red-carpet and magazine cover looks for includes: Ashley Greene, Diana Agron, Brooke Shields, Adrian Brody, and long-time client Robin Wright.

Ben Mollin
Owning and operated his first salon by age 21, Mollin has always been very versatile, working on photo shoots, movies and runways and events like the 2007 VH1 Save the Music Hair Gala, throughout his career. On a more national stage, his “big break” came when he debuted his talents to the world in season one of Bravo-TV’s “Shear Genius,” the reality competition for hairdressers. In 2011 Mollin founded and opened “Ben Mollin Education” a salon and education center located in Griffith, Indiana. The mission has been simple: to put out high quality work, make the customer feel beautiful and welcomed, and the best advertising is a happy customer.

Larisa Love
Instagram sensation and educator Larisa Love has taken over the beauty world. Her social media channels are the go-to places, and her technique classes are incredibly popular at shows. She owns Larisa Love Salon in Los Angeles, CA.

Phil Ring
Phil Ring is a master of creative color and precision design. His unique view on the industry, along with photography and full multimedia skills, have led him to educate across the USA and compete in numerous competitions. He is a stylist in Providence, Rhode Island USA and proud member of the CosmoProf Beauty Artistic Team.

Ricardo Santiago
In the hair industry for 10 years, Ricardo has been called the “Jack of All Trades,” specializing in everything from vibrant/mermaid colors, to rich naturals, to perfectly blended balayage and highlights. With a special emphasis on styling to accentuate his cuts and colors, Ricardo incorporates every aspect of this industry into his work as another weapon in his arsenal, down to his barbering roots. He has a constant hunger for more education and is doing what he can to learn more and better improve his skills in hopes of passing that knowledge onto others.




The Level at Meliá Caribe Tropical is an all-inclusive beachfront resort on Bávaro Beach. The resort is surrounded by lush gardens and the stunning natural beauty of the Caribbean


Meliá Caribe Tropical sets the standard for all-inclusive resorts. In a process of continual improvement, this is the place where you can enjoy impressive facilities, the spectacular Bávaro Beach, swimming pools and tropical garden surroundings.

Guests of The Level at Meliá Caribe Tropical have access to the whole hotel Meliá Caribe Tropical, a luxury hotel at Punta Cana that features two areas with YHI Spa, fine dining, 9 swimming pools (including Meliá Caribe Tropical), a casino, golf course and fully-equipped gym.




THE LEVEL Standard Suite: Suite with king size or double beds, sofa bed, garden or pool view, terrace or private balcony.
(All fees and taxes included. Based on a standard room, double occupancy.)



THE LEVEL Standard Suite with Jacuzzi
Suite with king size bed and Jacuzzi, garden or pool view, and private terrace or balcony. $35 USD/ guest

THE LEVEL Junior Suite
Junior Suite with king size bed and a sofa bed, Jacuzzi , garden or pool view, equipped with sliding door in the bedroom for greater privacy, and private terrace or balcony. $130 USD/guest

THE LEVEL Grand Suite
Grand Suite with king size bed, suites are equipped with living room with a sofa bed and dining room, terrace or private balcony. $560 USD/guest




What’s included in the $1895/guest package? (Based on Double Occupancy in Basic room)

· Hotel for 7 Days at The Level at Meliá Caribe Tropical
· Full breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks plus 24-hour room service
· Unlimited international and domestic alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages
· All-access to education classes (Color, Cut, Trend, Master Class, Business Building and more) taught by master stylists and industry icons
· All-access to daily activities and nightly events
· Non-motorized water sports: catamaran, windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling
· Other Sports: fitness center, tennis court, beach volleyball, aqua aerobics, ping pong
· Internet (Free WiFi available 24/7)

Do you offer any other packages besides the $1895 package?

No. We are offering one simple all-inclusive package to ALL guests (both stylists and non-stylists). You may of course, choose to upgrade your basic package to a single occupancy package and/or upgrade your room.

Can I bring a guest?

Absolutely. If you wish to bring a guest, please select a “Two Guest – Double Occupancy” reservation at time of booking. Please note the package price is the same for non-stylists as it is for stylists.

Can I bring my kids?

Yes, but please note the following: The Level at Meliá Caribe Tropical defines minors as any guests under 18 years of age. Each room with guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied, in the same room, by an adult who is over 18 years of age. If you are a parent traveling with a minor child, it is highly advisable to obtain a notarized letter from the other parent confirming they are in agreement that you are traveling out of country with the child. If you are under 18 years of age traveling with an adult over the age of 18 who is not your parent, grandparent or legal guardian, it is highly advisable to obtain a notarized letter from your parent, grandparent or legal guardian confirming they are in agreement that you are traveling out of country with this adult.

How do I Pay? What payment types are accepted?

Once you have completed your reservation, your room and attendance is reserved! Please note all information is kept confidential. Payment in full is ideal, however, if you wish to spread out your payments, a non-refundable deposit of $500 USD (per guest) will be charged at the time of booking. The balance due will be charged according to the payment terms available. Note: all payments are non-refundable.

What if I have to cancel my reservation?

Cancellation Policy: All payments are non-refundable. However, we can change guest names until November 17th, 2017 at no charge. Thereafter this date, charges will apply. The purchase of travel insurance is highly recommended.

Can I upgrade my room?

Yes. The basic package is based on Double Occupancy in a Standard Suite. If you wish to upgrade, please select your room preference during reservation. The corresponding cost of upgrade selected will be added to your total.

What documents are required for this trip?

A valid passport is the required form of documentation for traveling to Dominican Republic. In order to avoid delays and misunderstandings, we strongly recommend that you travel with a passport valid for six months after your arrival date. It is the participant’s responsibility to inquire if you will need a VISA to enter Dominican Republic. Any guest traveling without proper documentation will not be allowed to board the plane and no refund will be issued.

What if I want a room to myself?

If you would like to room on your own, please be sure to select “One Guest – Single Occupancy” at time of reservation. Note the package price for a single occupancy booking is $2575 per guest based on a Standard Suite.

What if I want an adjoining room?

If you would like an adjoining room please contact Maria Martins directly at: 1-800-267-4676 ext. 227 before completing your reservation. While we cannot guarantee, we will do our best to accommodate your request. Additional fees may apply. Available 5 days per week 9:00am-5:00pm eastern standard time (service offered in English/French/Spanish/Portuguese/Italian).

When is the deadline to register?

We strongly encourage booking with us as soon as you decide to vacation with us for the best selection of rooms. The online reservation deadline is 12:00AM (midnight) EST on Saturday, September 30th, 2017.

Can I attend any class I want regardless of which brand I carry at my salon?

Absolutely. As a Guest at Global Destination Education 2018, you may attend any class you want free of charge.

How much free time will there be?

As little or as much as you want! The education classes and social gatherings are encouraged but entirely optional.

How do meals and beverages work?

All meals, snacks and beverages (non-alcohol / alcoholic) are included in your package price. For more information, please refer to the hotel’s website

What is the dress code?

The dress code at The Level hotel is casual. As a general rule, we recommend business casual attire for dinner dining and attending education classes (no beachwear), more elegant attire for special evening events and casual/beach wear for daytime/“free time”. Note that most restaurants at the resort have a no shorts, no sleeveless shirts (men) and no flip-flops policy.

What currency should I bring?

USD is widely accepted in Dominican Republic. The Level at Meliá Caribe Tropical hotel also accepts major credit cards.

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