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Johnny Plant was appointed the Artistic Director for Evolve in 2014. He is personally responsible for designing Evolve Extensions+ and developing, along with his team, the E5 hair cutting system.

Johnny is a respected leader and innovator and has served on many artistic teams for leading manufacturers throughout his career in the beauty industry. He has also appeared in major shows in the US, Canada, and Europe. In addition, his photo work has appeared in many consumer and trade magazines.

Johnny belongs to many top professional organizations including Intercoiffure and is thought by many of his peers to be an artistic genius. He also demonstrated these skills for several years when he served as the Texas State Artistic Director.

Johnny and his wife, Carolyn, own the Plant’s Salon + Hair Restoration Center in Amarillo TX.

“My mission is to develop, expand and share the artistry and craftsmanship of the professional beauty industry to aid women with fine and thinning hair issues.”

Evolve Artistic Director, Evolve Educator


LuLu Benavidez is recognized as a leader, educator, and innovator in today’s beauty industry. With an intense dedication and a remarkable combination of creative and technical skills, LuLu has inspired thousands of her fellow professionals. She has traveled throughout North America, Europe and the Orient in quest of knowledge and has become an acclaimed international and dynamic platform artist. As the featured artist on main stage for leading international beauty shows, LuLu freely shares and fully commits her artistic imagination and unique creative insights with her peers. 


Along with her stage appearances, LuLu is in great demand as a lecturer and teacher. Her high energy and relentless discipline for continuous education has taken her time and talent to such professional associations as National Cosmetology Association (NCA), and as a founding member of the prestigious Professional Beauty Association (PBA), formerly (TSA), Board of Directors and past First Vice President. This dedication has earned her an induction into the prestigious family of Intercoiffure America.


LuLu’s hair creations have appeared editorially in over sixty issues of leading international fashion journals. Her work was recently featured in the Latin magazines, Salon Plus and Vibra Salon also in Elle Magazine as the Best Color Salon in the Southwest.  LuLu’s The Salon and Day Spa was recognized among the top 200 fastest growing salons in Salon Today magazine. Her salon was awarded the Hispanic Heritage Business of the Year. The most recent honor bestowed to LuLu was the Henry B. Gonzales Award presented to her by Congressman Nick Lampson. Finally she was honored to do the 1st Lady’s hair, Laura Bush, on her visit to Galveston for the commissioning of the USS Texas submarine and in on call for the many actors and artists who perform at The Grand 1894 Opera House.


Her professional alignments as a platform artist combined with her conception and execution of total trend releases and technical systems development has been contracted by such leading manufactures as Zoto’s, Wella, Matrix, and the Latino Fashion Group. Lulu was instrumental in developing the Matrix CRAFT Cutting System and currently uses the CRAFT as a standard of training for her staff. Lulu’s latest association is as an educator and platform artist with the Artistic Council of Evolve.


Her staff serves a large and full spectrum of clientele at her recently renovated contemporary salon. LuLu’s the Salon, Inc. in Galveston is a 4200 sq. ft. full-service salon and is in its 36th year of business.

Evolve Educator, Owner-Evolve Elite Salon

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