The Team at Branford Academy Of Hair & Cosmetology

Welcome to Branforad Academy

Branford Academy Of Hair & Cosmetology employs only top notch instructors who possess the knowledge and skill to help you fulfill all of your dreams in such a competitive industry.

The Academy is managed as Branford Academy Of Hair & Cosmetology and is owned by Diana Leonardi

Academy Director,
Head of School.
Diana Leonardi

Diana oversees the general Academy operations including financial aid, admissions and administration. She graduated from State Academy in 1983 and has worked as a stylist since her graduation. In 1990 she opened her first salon and has owned, managed and operated it. In 2001, Diana founded Branford Academy Of Hair & Cosmetology with the hopes to not only educate young men and women, but to pass down to them the knowledge she has obtained throughout her life and career as a cosmetologist.


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Branford Academy of Hair & Cosmetology is proud to offer a staff of passionate, hard working and talented instructors who want to help you make your dreams come true. Don't trust just any esthetician school. Choose Branford Academy!

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Diana Leonardi is a leader in Cosmetology education. She started Branford Academy of Hair & Cosmetology in 1999 in a small house and grew it into two beautiful campuses. The first in Branford and the next one in 2020 in Bridgeport Ct.

Diana started her career at the the age of 15 watching her uncle cut hair in his barber shop and allowing her to take clients by the time she was 16.

Over her career she has owned her own salons & still is educating herself in our industry. In 2021 she spent 3 months in Italy honing her skills and bringing new and creative ideas back to the states.

Diana’s passion has always been providing the best education and resources, so students can Change Their Futures Through Beauty.

Candice received a Bachelor’s of Science from Southern Connecticut State University and has over 10 years of experience in corporate customer service and client retention. Candice has always been passionate about self care and skin care and has been a licensed esthetician for the past 3 years. She received her esthetics certification from Paul Mitchell The School and is licensed in New York State and Connecticut. She is very passionate about her craft and focuses on continuing her education in the esthetics field by attending trainings and seminars. She has trained with Dermalogica and Glymed Plus The Skin Institute as well as Joelle Lee were she was trained on multicultural skin care and hyperpigmentation. Her main goal is to help individuals feel comfortable and confident in their skin. Candice specializes in skin discoloration and is certified in aromatherapy, microdermabrasion, lash lift/tint, paraffin treatments, brow shaping, detox body wraps and waxing.

Hailing from New York, Anthony Diaz is a force to be recognized. Blessed with talented hands that have created some of the most creative designs, this young man is one of the tri state up-coming famed barbers. His creations are fantastic, new and energetic.

Joe Scott is a licensed Master Barber and has been cutting for over 30 years. He is the owner operator of the Shear Success Barber and Salon located in Stratford Connecticut.

His mastery of the clippers and shears, coupled with the ability to cut, blend and style men, women and children keeps him in demand. His passion for barbering led him to become an educator. This has allowed him to instruct and guide the next generation of licensed professional barbers.

Joe prides himself on staying current in all the latest hair trends, styles and new advancements in the barbering community. Joe is not afraid to use color and incorporates techniques, such as airbrush to enhance the haircut. He is also one of the few barbers in Connecticut that is offering solutions for bald and or thinning hair for men.

Erica draws upon twenty years of experience in the beauty industry , beginning her career as a makeup artist. Erica graduated from Brio Academy and became a licensed Esthetician. She is currently a Connecticut state licensed esthetician, eyelash extension artist and professional makeup artist. She continues to work in all aspects of the beauty industry as well as being an esthetics educator at Branford Academy of Hair & Cosmetology. Erica is trained in eyebrow lamination, henna brows, brow shaping by hand and dermaplaning. Erica specializes in clinical grade chemical peels and anti-aging skincare techniques. She is certified in and continues her education with Dr.Dennis Gross Skincare, Dermalogica and SkinCeuticles. She believes that everyone should gain self confidence through self care and wants to share her love of the beauty industry with others.

Professional, Certified, Celebrity Makeup Artist, Instructor and Educator with over 30 years experience in the Industry. Joby Rogers is a Principle Makeup Artist Educator and Instructor at several Beauty and Cosmetology Academies & Schools throughout New England. Joby has worked in all facets of the business including Celebrity clientele, MakeUp Education, Fashion, Print, Runway, Film, Television, Photography, Instruction, Weddings, etc... Joby Rogers’s Makeup Artistry has appeared in Rolling Stone magazine, People magazine, Marie Claire, Forbes, NY Fashion Week, Essence, USA Today, London Now, New York Post among others.

Dwight Christie master natural hairstylist has created runway worthy hairstyles for over 14 years his unique experience has lead him to becoming a instructor due to his strong client following Dwight owns and operates D’styles beauty bar in Hamden ct which allows his students to learn the most current techniques.