Academy Staff

While our team comprises many nationalities they all share a passion for style, great service and a desire to share their vision with the next generation of world-class hairdressers.
Emma Kareliussen, Creative Director

Emma is Swedish and has lived in Barcelona since 2002 and has more than 20 years experience in her field. She has worked all over the world, from Stockholm to London and Dubai, and is the the owner of WIT.  Emma is constantly on the lookout for new professional challenges and she regularly collaborates at the New York and Madrid Fashion Weeks. Emma gives regular training sessions around Spain specialising in colour techniques and is Creative Director and owner of Barcelona Hair Academy.  

Cecily Doyle, Administrative Director

Cecily is British and has lived and worked in Barcelona since 2000. She has a degree in English Literature and Spanish from the University of Leeds UK and over 20 years experience in Administration and Management.  Cecily is owner of Barcelona Hair Academy which she started with Emma Kareliussen in 2014.

Elisa Palloni, Educator

Elisa is Italian and has been working as a hairdresser, teacher and makeup artist for over 20 years. Elisa has taught at various academies in Italy and has worked in salons around the world and she is now Senior Stylist at WIT  and a educator at Barcelona Hair Academy, educating beginners and professionals alike. Elisa also regularly works on fashion and film shoots, in television and theatre.

Egor Lushov, Educator

Egor is originally from Kaliningrad, Russia.  He graduated from the Baltic Federal University with a degree in Public Relations and after deciding to leave grey rainy Kaliningrad and move to Barcelona, he began studying hairdressing at Barcelona Hair Academy and hasn’t looked back since. Egor is now Senior Stylist at WIT  and an Educator at Barcelona Hair Academy.

Ricardo Graça, Educator

Ricardo is Portuguese and has been working as a hairdresser, teacher and makeup artist for over 10 years. Ricardo has experience working at a number of academies in Barcelona and has also worked on fashion shoots, television and theatre. Ricardo has been an educator at BHA for many years, teaching Beginners students and professionals alike.

Marc Du Toit, Educator 

Originally from South Africa, Marc has 13 years of hairdressing experience under his belt. 7 of those were spent in London where he had the opportunity to train in well known academies such as Sassoon and L’Oreal where he completed his Colour Specialist Degree. He also went on to compete in the L’Oreal Men’s Image Awards coming 3rd in the UK. Marc is a Senior Sytylist at WIT Gracia and  an Educator at BHA. Marc is extremely passionate about hairdressing and an great all round stylist.