Being raised by a dedicated hairstylist/salon owner, Derek was introduced to this industry very young. His passion for hair grew more and more growing up in the salon atmosphere and being surrounded by so much ambition. He attended Paul Mitchell the School right out of high school. Using what he learned over the years at his mom's salon, he wanted to continue growing outside of his "comfort zone." He worked in places like Ulta and Warren-Tricomi Salon from being an assistant to styling and kept feeding his drive to succeed. In 2010, Derek started using Instagram to its fullest potential, continuously promoting himself and his newly owned salon "Genesis Hair Boutique." With a growing reputation of creating phenomenal blondes, effortless hairstyles, and 10 years of experience, Derek still thrives to grow in his craft and motivate his team daily.