Rafael Burgos



Salon Lofts
9460 W Linebaugh Ave
Loft 20
Tampa, FL 33626
(813) 323-1797


Rafael Burgos is an extraordinady creator with an eye toward the future. He began his professional career as an assistant to a stylist,  where he became aware of his passion for the art of beauty. He has worked and trained with world renowned teams such as Toni & Guy, Redken, Goldwell, Davines, and many more.

He grew up in a large Venezuelan family that, in addition to Rafael, included twelve siblings, who have all distinguished themselves in the community as teachers, stylists, doctors, engineers, administrators, lawyers, businessmen, and government functionaries. The values that encouraged the success of his brothers and sisters were nourished in a home full of love, understanding, and affection. He began his professional career by helping his sister who was a stylist. In her beauty salon, he became aware of the passion that he felt for the art of beauty. Nonetheless, he felt a competing passion for education as a means of contributing to the betterment of his community. Thus, he became a teacher without forgetting his first passion, the art of beauty.

He started his career in education as a volunteer at the Centro Penitenciario de Menores de Los Cortijos where he taught illiterate children to read. Later, he organized the event, Una Familia Para Mi En Navidad, at the Casa Hogar Domingo Sabio; the goal of the event was to ensure that orphaned children would receive cards, pictures, toys, and clothes from various families in the community. The event was designed to facilitate a larger goal: finding adoptive parents for the children.

He also worked for Venevision, the channel of Latin beauty in Venezuela. He had the opportunity to share and enjoy the knowledge of Osmel Sousa, specialist in capturing the beauty of the Venezuelan woman, allowing him to work with excellent actress Amalia Pérez Diaz, international models and artists, among others. He shared experiences with outstanding make-up artists and hair stylists like Juan Carlos Aguilar, Monica Ponce, and Andres Tobar.

Rafael moved to America in order to continue his careers, obtaining his license in Cosmetology. He acquired new techniques with Toni & Guy, GUTI – The Premier Beauty & Wellness Academy, Avera, Rock Star Hair Extensions, Redken, Kerastase Paris, L’Oreal Paris, Phyto, Bumble and Bumble, and many others. He assisted at The Alternative Hair Show-London, Premiere Hair Show-Orlando, and Bourjois Spain-Madrid. Since then, he has worked for the Disney Corporation and with Ana Molinari, one of the most prominent cosmetologists and business women in South Florida. Today, he is committed to his professional career as a stylist in Clearwater, Florida with the goal of continuing his professional and personal growth. In the United States, he also earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education and a teaching certificate for Spanish.  He has taught at several institutions including the Catholic Preparatory College, the University of Central Florida, and the IMG Academies.

His personal philosophy as both educator and stylist is:

“Stop thinking about past bad experiences in order to enjoy the good life of the present.”