Dennis Gebhart Bio

Dennis Gebhart

Dennis Gebhart has dedicated over four decades to helping salon professionals understand and master their craft.

As a protégé of the hair color pioneer and legend, Sam Lapin, Dennis honed his skills at a young age. This led him to collaborate with industry icons in 17 countries and work with leading hair color manufacturers not only in education but also in product development. In fact, he played a significant role in developing some of the most renowned hair color brands in the salon industry.

In addition to his extensive industry experience, Dennis and his wife own and operate a successful salon and spa called Hair Color Guru in Southern California. This hands-on experience lends authenticity to his training methods.

Overall, Dennis Gebhart brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table, making him a trusted and experienced resource for professionals in the salon industry.

Dennis expanded his expertise in the hair color industry by acquiring extensive training in industry education and facilitation. This allowed him to work closely with renowned individuals, including Jim Rohn, Blair Singer, John Maxwell, and Chris Widener, gaining valuable mentorship in public speaking and leadership training.

Driven by his unwavering dedication, Dennis contributed significantly as one of the key architects of the world's leading liquid demi brand's educational model. For 16 years, he served as their Senior Mentor. In 2010, Dennis joined a hair color company considered a leader in the Netherlands, where he took on the role of their National Educational Training Consultant.

Capping his notable journey, he founded his own consulting company in 2014, known as Guru Village, which prides itself on being a "brand-neutral" educational institution. Guru Village offers diverse platforms for learning, including pre-recorded webinars on their website, online training through a state-of-the-art "Virtual Classroom," and live/in-person training sessions at their training center in Montclair, CA, as well as at various "host" Salons throughout North America.

Since establishing Guru Nation in 2014, our global company has been at the forefront of facilitating education in over a dozen countries. Serving as a hub for valuable educational For information, you can visit our website at

In addition to our educational initiatives, we also offer consultation services to various companies in the Salon Industry. Our expertise lies in training trainers, product development, and designing effective education formats. Drawing inspiration from Bernice McCarthy, acclaimed author of "Engage and Hold On, You Lost Me," our founder acquired extensive knowledge in adult learning by completing the Certified Instructional Design Trainer program at 4Mat.

Renowned as a highly sought-after trainer in the Professional Salon industry, our mantra epitomizes our training philosophy: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn." What sets us apart is our unique "Whole Brain Learning" approach, which encompasses the foundational aspects, conceptualization, technique, and application choices, culminating in achieving exceptional results.

With our dedication to education and expertise in the Salon Industry, we are committed to helping individuals and businesses thrive in an ever-evolving landscape.

Dennis Gebhart Book

In 2022 Dennis published "Captain Color vs. the Pigment Pirates: A Handbook for the Modern Colorist" Forty-plus years after his journey as a hair colorist began, he records his findings and lessons in an easy-to-read guide on mastering hair color and being the best stylist you can be. Gebhart challenges the many belief systems and marketing stories that have confused colorists for ages and "rocks the boat" of conventional thinking, confronting misinformation and setting new hair colorists on a better path of understanding, clear thinking, and success in their hair color careers. Get the book here

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