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Carl Glorioso – Salon Owner

Carl Glorioso

Director of Education

Jason York – Owner

Jason York


Summit Salon Academy Kansas City is owned by experienced industry salon leaders Carl and Jason. Elevating the industry one artist at a time is our passion and leaving it better than we found it is our mission. that students are the future of the beauty industry. Summit Salon Academy Kansas City prepares students for a successful career. Each day at Summit Salon Academy Kansas City begins with one question: "What difference will you make in the world?"


Carl Glorioso – Salon Owner

Independence College of Cosmetology was started in 1960, by Leila Cahoon and her husband Don Cahoon. The college resides in a large facility in historic Independence, Missouri with ample free parking. The school's goal was to provide a world-class education so the students and graduates can provide a superior level of customer satisfaction. Independence College of Cosmetology provided the skills and knowledge for graduates to pass the State Board exam and be prepared for careers anywhere in the world. New owners Carl Glorioso and Jason York, are humbled to be able to carry on a 60-year tradition. With a fresh vision and a passion for the industry, starting with a new name Summit Salon Academy Kansas City and soon to be newly renovated. Carl and Jason are excited to elevate the industry one student at a time. (From the right: Leila Cahoon- founder, Carl Glorioso- new owner, Don Cahoon- founder/husband, Bruce Cahoon- son, Linda- Director, Jason York- new owner)

Our community of salon professionals and faculty reflect a world of talents. Summit Salon Academy Kansas City focuses on issues that matter - and teaches you to reach inside yourself for the strength, skills, and confidence you will develop to face them. Through intelligent communication and superior technical training, you are asked not only to study leadership, but to demonstrate it.

Summit Salon Academy Kansas City utilizes a performance-based system to teach future service providers how to provide an exceptional guest experience and enhance their earning potential. Summit Salon Academy Kansas City marries this performance-based methodology with the latest technical training to provide the most innovative and advanced Cosmetology School experience available in North America.



Summit Salon Academy Kansas City is a L’Oreal Professional school. We love to “Challenge our Talents” and “Get Inspired” with the industry’s leading resource for learning. L’Oreal’s artistic team is comprised of award-winning facilitators and they are often on-site at our Kansas City academy. As a L’Oreal School, Summit Salon Academy Kansas City offers technical training supported by principles of design and color. L’Oreal’s exclusive Principle Based Design and Color system explores an approach to hair design from the foundation to the finish.

We also partner with Dermalogica, Glo, Essie and MUD Make-up Designory.



Summit Salon Academy Kansas City student kit includes Sam Villa’s professional ionic blow dryer, the straightening iron, and a myriad of his brushes and combs.

Motivating, creative, passionate, energetic, inspiring… these are just a few thoughts that come to mind at the mention of . Known as the Hairdressers hairdresser, Sam has been chosen as the industry’s Favorite Platform Artist and Educator at the prestigious Stylist Choice Awards in 2007, 2011 and again in 2012. Sam possesses a unique blend of technical and artistic skills — and a contagious spirit that draws people in and makes them want to learn!



Summit Salon Academy Kansas City is a Pivot Point member school. Pivot Point is the most widely accepted cosmetology training in the world. It has been translated into thirteen languages and is used in over 70 countries. Pivot Point uses a methodology that allows learning at the emotional, visual, analytical and manual level.

Our delivery tools are interactive, providing students and educators with the most current in depth knowledge of art and design theory, as well as practical exercises and communication skills. 

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Have a question? Call the admissions office directly at (816) 252-4247

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