Sam Alter grew up in suburban South Orange, New Jersey. There, his career began as a theatrical makeup artist. Sam's widespread interests included visual art, classical piano, and competitive International Latin Ballroom dance. After developing an impressive artistic portfolio, he was accepted into Boston University’s prestigious College of Fine Arts. At Boston University, Sam took a variety of courses in the arts and finished with studies in Hispanic Language and Literature.
Upon graduating, Sam realized that his true passion was for styling hair and makeup. He chose to further his education, and completed schooling at Blaine School of Cosmetology in Boston. After this, he began a competitive apprenticeship at the esteemed Jean-Pierre & Co. Hair Salon in Boston. He was able to build a significant clientele and was hired as a full time hairstylist.
Currently, Sam resides in New York City where he can stretch his imagination as far as possible. He occupies his daily time enjoying a flourishing business with a growing clientele. Sam keeps his skills sharp by attending classes at the Goldwell Academy in New York, as well creating and designing full concept hair and makeup pieces. Working with renowned photographers and other artists has lead Sam to New York Fashion Week and many other international opportunities. Sam freelances traveling all over the world doing editorial photo and video shoots and wedding hair and makeup. His classical art background and high level education allow him to bring a unique perspective to his field. His love for his art is evident in the high quality of his work. Sam has a true passion for hair and makeup design.