Elite Salon Distributors, LLC was founded by Jerel Hess in 2002. He is one of the industry’s leading executives with over 30 years of experience. Hess is the third generation in his family to participate in the professional hair beauty industry totaling over 120 years in experience. In addition to servicing thousands of salons his family is credited as one of the innovators in-house education and introducing technology into the salons.

Elite Salon Distributors, LLC is a boutique distributor that specializes in a limited number of companies.

This was a choice Hess made when he started in 2002. Additionally, Hess refuses to carry any diverted product lines. You will NEVER find an Elite Salon Distributors product line in a drug chain, grocery store or mass merchandiser. “Stylists lose their credibility when the professional product line that they presented to their clients is carried in the mass market,” explains Hess.

Elite Salon Distributors is vastly different than its competitors. The founder and president of Elite Salon Distributors is out in the field daily servicing accounts, talking to salon owners/stylists and generating new business. This unique approach to selling enables the salon owner or stylist to have direct communication with Hess. Whether it is writing a business plan, designing an ingenious retail promotion, or instructing stylists/salon owners on the most effective way to sell and promote a retail line, Hess has the talent and expertise to help you grow your business. No salon is too small or too big for Elite Salon Distributors. However, nothing is more satisfying for him than helping a small salon grow and flourish. One of the principal goals of Elite Salon Distributors is to provide salons with the necessary resources to compete in today’s exceptionally competitive retail environment. Furthermore, Hess strongly believes that stylists are not given the recognition and respect that they deserve. With this in mind he strives to bring improved professionalism to the industry in hopes of elevating its standing.

Elite Salon Distributors has the experience, skill set and foundation to provide salon owners with their everyday product requirements including inventory control, on-going education, business plan needs, and salon design or expansion.

Whether you have been in the industry for many years or just starting out, Elite Salon Distributors is ready to help you maximize your revenue and profit goals!


I have been using Lisap haircolor for one year now and am very pleased with it. We were Redken color all the way previously and we do not miss it. Doing business with Elite Salon Suppliers is always a pleasure and their pricing is very fair. Jerel, the president of Elite, is easy to deal with and will always try to accommodate us. Being a salon owner these days is challenging because the salon suppliers are large companies that really are out of touch with the small independent salons. If you want personal service dealing with the owner of your supplier, I recommend Elite and Lisap Haircolor.

Les Scott, Artistic Director of 10 West Salon Chagrin Falls, OH

Salon Stewart would like to take the time and thank Elite Salon Distributors for the excellent service and consistent show of professionalism in the beauty world. We have been in business for over 26 years and confidently place E.S.D. at the top of the list for distributors. Along with prompt shipping and support, E.S.D. offers the world’s top hair color and professional haircare products available. Also, the education and support is 2ND to none, Salon Stewart has received over 12 educational training classes on all aspects of the business and has benefited from each one in multiple ways. Without hesitation, Salon Stewart officially recommends Elite Salon Distributors as a business partner for advancement and growth in today’s beauty industry. Sincerely, David Stewart

David Stewart, Salon Stewart, Riverview, Michigan

What Elite Salon Distributors are doing for its salon owners and hairstylist is so unique to this industry and so needed. They are single handily building salons personal knowledge and techniques to enable them to build a better long term cliental. They are offering 4 shows, 2 have already taken place and they have been very informative, entertaining and very intimate.
I have worked with other supply companies and none have provided me with this much knowledge of their product. Our salon is very small and we do not carry much product and most companies do not even service us. But Jerel is there every 3 weeks regardless. When he told me about these classes I was excited, I have been to there class before. But I think these classes/shows are a step up. Elite has definitely thought throw exactly what they want us hairdressers to walk away with “A confident hairstylist who knows their supply line”. I cannot say enough about Jerel, Jodi and Jerry. They care about their salons and building a great future with them. If you have not been to one of Elite classes please go you will not disappointed at all, in fact you will walk away knowing they are a company you want to do business with.
Thank you Jerel, Jodi and Jerry Shayla Strand of Hair

Jodi & Jerry Shayla, Strand Hair Design, Flat Rock, Michigan