More Than a Pretty Face

Author, Platform Stylist, Business Woman, and International Educator

Toni Love is an international platform stylist and educator, holding instructor's licenses in Cosmetology and Barbering; she is a Certified Instructor and a twice-published author. A graduate of the Hair Design Academy, Toni has taught students in both private and public schools. She currently owns Toni Love's Training Center L.L.C., located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Her book, Tips To Passing The Cosmetology State Board Exam, can greatly improve the odds of passing the state board exam. She also authored The World of Wigs, Weaves and Extensions, a must-have for all successful stylists using artificial hair. Released December 2001, and published by Milady Publishing, it can be purchased directly from Toni and is available in topnotch bookstores like Books-A-Million, Barnes & Nobles and Border Books as well. Additionally, Toni is a contributing writer for Milady's Standard Textbook of Cosmetology.

Ms. Love has an extensive background in higher education, which is reflected in her writing and teaching. A graduate of Alabama's Stillman College, she holds a degree in business administration and management. Toni continued her education by earning a Master's Degree from the University of West Alabama and went on to obtain additional training as an educational specialist from Alabama A & M University. Toni has also completed the cosmetology instructor's program at Shelton State Community College.

In addition to these degrees, Toni holds the following credentials and credits:

  • Board Certified Professional Cosmetologist

  • Board Certified Cosmetology Instructor

  • Certified Barber

  • Platform Artist

  • Educator - Private and Public Sectors

  • Author of Wigs, Weaves and Extensions

  • Author of Tips to Passing the Cosmetology State Board Exam

As an educator, Toni has traveled extensively to areas such as London, England, where she served as the International Commentator for Hawaiian Silky Products. She has also worked as a platform stylist for Sally's Beauty Supply and has performed at many major trades shows:

  • Proud Lady Beauty Show in Chicago, IL

  • ICE Show in Los Angeles, CA

  • Bronner Brothers International Hair Show in Atlanta, GA

  • International Beauty Show in New York, NY and Long Beach, CA

  • Midwest Beauty Show in Chicago, IL

  • Hair Shows and Schools:

  • Washington, DC; New Orleans, LA; San Antonio, TX; Austin, TX; Birmingham, AL; Tuscaloosa, AL; Eutaw, AL; Greensboro, AL; Meridian, MS; West Point, MS and many more.

For 2 years, Toni served as the Director for Advanced Programs for Dudley Cosmetology University (DCU), one of the nations most advanced training institutions. While there, Love's vision for the future for DCU was to welcome all hair care professionals from all cultures. Diversity was the key, and "we wanted and encouraged more diversity, more cross-cultural training and interaction." Toni, a firm believer in continuing education, now owns Toni Love's Training Center L.L.C.

Toni's Employment History

  • International Educator & Commentator

  • London, England

  • Shelton State Community College

  • Instructor: Cosmetology, Barbering, Nail Technology

  • Sally Beauty Supply

  • Platform Stylist and Educator - prepare models for hair shows and teach product knowledge and techniques. Models included such names as Houston Rockets Dancers, Planet Funk Dance Team, and other professional agencies.

  • Greene County Board of Education

  • Cosmetology Teacher - grades 10 through 12

  • Generations School of Beauty

  • Cosmetology Instructor

  • U.S. Army Reserves, Cadet; Platoon Leader

  • Supervised soldiers; Managed weight control program for overweight soldiers.

  • Burroughs Beauty Bar, Greensboro, AL

  • Managing Cosmetologist - prepared schedules, Bookkeeping, Basic Cosmetology

  • Owner, Professional Image Styling Salon

  • Moundville, AL (1995-2000)

  • Owner, Toni Love's Training Center, L.L.C.

  • Atlanta, Georgia (2002 - Present)

Other Affiliations:

  • Professional and Business Women's Club: Member & Honoree

  • Alabama Education Association

  • Who's Who Among American Teachers (2 years)

  • Independent Beautician and Barber Association

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

If you are the owner of a beauty salon, barbershop, beauty school, or a beauty supplies store, you understand the need to educate your employees about the beauty industry. Toni is eager to assist you in achieving the highest level of success obtainable in this field through the use of education and is available for product knowledge and specialty classes.

Toni is also a favorite by brides for weddings, achieving that special look that only a bride understands is necessary to achieve the ultimate look for this auspicious occasion. Her stylist skills are also popular for proms and other formal occasions, television, movies, modeling agencies (fashion shows) and home services. Due to her busy schedule, Toni is available by appointment only.