Our talented team of stylist have never been afraid to make waves. They travel the world, equipped with Sexy Hair cutting and styling skills, with the goal of making the world a sexier place through education and supreme styling.
Rafe HardyArtistic Creative Director
Hardy is literally the "face" of Sexy Hair, attracting a global following as he demonstrates his great artistry and motivational skills at hair shows all over the world. The charismatic, award-winning hairdresser and educator was hired as platform artist by the Sexy Hair founder in 2000 and studied under him for over a decade, working his way up through the ranks as master educator/platform artist, then director of the The Sexy Hair Santa Monica Academy, Sexy Hair's premier educational facility, before reaching his current position in 2007. As the Artistic Director, along with spreading the Sexy Hair message worldwide, he frequently meets with consumer and trade magazine editors to brief them on all things product related. Most recently, Hardy has been the lead role in creating the looks for the Charlotte Ronson show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York for 2 years in a row. With an appearance on QVC, and media events for Cosmopolitan, In Style and OK! Magazine, Rafe Hardy has helped take the Sexy Hair brand to the next level of Hollywood stardom.
A former salon owner with over 25 years experience in the professional beauty industry, Hardy oversees Sexy Hair's creative team, creating and teaching stylists the company's twice-yearly haircut collections and developing new show formats. In collaboration with Sexy Hair Director of Education Stephanie Polansky, Hardy is also responsible for the curriculum at the The Sexy Hair Santa Monica Academy.
Dawn AtkinsonMaster Artist
For Dawn Atkinson, hairdressing is an art form. Her tools of the trade are like brushes and the people she styles serve as a canvas. Even after more than a decade in the industry, she still loves being able to channel her creativity and ingenuity to give clients new looks and carry out their vision of what they want.
Hard working and dedicated, Atkinson is proud to have had the opportunity to showcase her talents in several high profile assignments including working backstage at a New York Fashion Week runway show, The Revolution (Cirque De Soleil) and Sexy Hair ad campaign photoshoots. Her work has also been featured on Modern Salon and Beauty Launchpad magazine.
One of the things she loves to do is share her knowledge and experience with other hairstylists. “Seeing their [hairstylists] passion and excitement when I am teaching new things is so rewarding,” says Atkinson.
Her own passion for education has led her to become a coach at the Sexy Hair award-winning Institute of Courage. She has also presented on stage as a Sexy Hair Master Artist at numerous trade shows including Premier Orlando, Chicago Midwest Beauty Show and several regional hair shows across the country along with numerous Sexy Rocks and Tribe of Style events.
“Work hard and dream big,” says Atkinson. “You can have anything and do anything you put your mind to and believe in yourself because dreams do come true.”
Tammy CountermanMaster Artist
With over 30 years in the industry, Tammy Counterman is an accomplished hair artist with many talents. Not one to settle, she has honed her craft by successfully taking on many roles: Salon Owner, Regional Education Manager, New Hire Coach, and Sexy Hair Master Artist. She has received a Regional Manager of the Year award and has never stopped working to perfect her own craft. Tammy is known for her expertise in cutting, multi-dimensional color and impeccable upstyles.
The opportunity to build a lucrative career from the ground up is what originally attracted Tammy to hairdressing. A former nurse, she also loved that, in addition to being a true artist, she could still care for people and make them feel great about themselves. “I love cutting and styling hair and seeing what I can create,” she says. Along with her talents, Tammy’s passion for going the extra mile has earned her a loyal clientele base. She realizes that no matter how much skill you have, the care you put into your work is most important.
Tammy hopes to leave a legacy as someone who made a difference in people’s lives. She currently volunteers to cut hair for the underprivileged and organizes fundraiser style shows for local colleges. Her professional goals include owning the building that houses her salon, opening a second salon and continuing to build her career with Sexy Hair. Her ultimate dream is to run fashion shows and judge beauty pageants.
Steven MelitoMaster Artist
A veteran stylist and owner of Sivana Salon in Saint James, New York, Steven Melito is a force in the industry. His charisma, passion and creativity have made him a highly regarded and sought after artist who has inspired hairdressers around the world. Awarded Sexy Hair Master Artist of the Year in 2010, Steven has also served as lead instructor at the Institute of Courage and an international stage artist for Sexy Hair. His work has been seen in the pages of Modern Salon, American Salon, Hair and Now and Passion Magazine and on the runways of New York Fashion Week for Badgley Mischka, Oscar de la Renta, and Charlotte Ronson.
“Human connection, artistic expression and meaningful personal interaction make up my work days—which hardly feels like work. Choosing this career was the best decision I ever made,” says Steven. Known for his dynamic stage shows, he hopes to ignite this same passion in his audience while encouraging fellow stylists to be mindful and more imaginative in their craft. He considers himself “a creative, out-of-the box hair cutter and styler.”
Steven doesn’t plan too heavily for the future, believing that it’s better to focus on the immediate. Doing something great for at least one person and always having a thankful spirit is what he strives for on a daily basis. Steven feels the path he has taken is one of the most challenging and fulfilling he could have chosen. “I haven’t looked back for a second,” he says.
Rod SicklerMaster Artist
With over 34 years as a stylist, Rod Sickler is one of the industry’s most accomplished artists. He is an owner of four salons with over 75 employees. As a Sexy Hair Master Artist, he was awarded the very first “Sexy Hair Master Artist of the Year” and the only “Sexy Hair Lifetime Achievement Award” ever presented. Originally becoming a hairdresser as a way to finance acting school, these days, Rod employs his showmanship regularly by performing one of the most exciting, crowd-pleasing platform shows in the business. His work has been featured in such national magazines as In Style, Elle, Allure, People in Espanol, Harper’s Bazaar, Lucky, Self, American Salon, Modern Salon and featured in Salon of the Month in Beauty Launchpad to name a few.
Rod is a consummate educator, traveling the world to help develop up-and-coming Sexy Hair artists. However, unique cutting systems and styling are only part of what he has to offer fellow hairdressers and those just starting out. Rod lends his invaluable knowledge as a successful businessman, teaching business and marketing classes that inspire stylists to build lasting careers and market their talents in the most effective and profitable ways.
With unrivaled passion, Rod works tirelessly to expand his knowledge and perfect his craft. When he’s not behind the chair, he replaces his shears with a harmonica as the front man of Rod Sickler’s Radio 6 Band. He also gives back as the producer and director of charitable fundraising shows such as “Rod Sickler's Red Hot Winter" & “Rod Sickler’s Red Hot Summerfest.” His long-term goals include opening new salons and creating good, stable jobs in his community.
Nadirah VolpeMaster Artist
Sexy Hair Master Artist Nadirah Volpe is a versatile stylist with over a decade in the industry. A natural artist, she spent her childhood drawing, sewing, painting and giving her dolls makeovers. Today, she is an in-demand LA hairdresser, who has built a reputation on her extensive knowledge of styling tradition and exceptional technique. She’s done hair for the B-52s, and her work has been featured in Hot Rod Magazine, Beauty Launchpad, Modern Salon, and Salon Centric as well as on the runways of New York Fashion Week and Los Angeles Fashion Week.
Traveling the world to educate and motivate fellow artists is something Nadirah never thought she’d be doing. “I am truly blessed to be able to see the world and make people beautiful everywhere,” she says. Inspired by the styles of classic beauty icons as well as Los Angeles’ diverse and ever-changing trends, Nadirah aims to create aesthetic balance in her work. She is a perfectionist with a talent for understanding exactly what her clients are asking for.
Nadirah’s future goals include broadening her skills set in makeup artistry and sharpening her expertise in dry cutting. She hopes to become licensed in New York, which would allow her to work on both coasts. Becoming an accomplished session stylist is also on Nadirah’s to-do list. She would like to leave a legacy as someone who made the world a better place and inspired with her art.
Michelle RouzerMaster Artist
Michelle Rouzer has been building a highly successful and thriving career in the industry for over a decade. Michelle is a woman of many hats, including; Sexy Hair Master Artist, Sexy Hair Regional Education Manager, Institute of Courage Coach and Lead Stylist on the Sexy Rocks team. She is also the owner of her own salon-spa, 40 Volume, which was voted “Best of Savannah” for 2013 and named the official salon for Savannah Fashion Week.
Michelle has gained a loyal following with her ability to “take the fear out of getting your hair done” and make her clients feel comfortable. “I have so many clients that have come to me so afraid because someone in the past has scarred them. I’m very good at listening to what someone wants and giving them exactly what they envision,” she says.
She is empowered by the passion that her colleagues have for the industry and loves to share that excitement with the up-and-coming stylists whom she teaches. Michelle credits all those who have taught her and helped her grow professionally and hopes to pay it forward by helping others.
Melanie KnappMaster Artist
Melanie Knapp knows how to bring it! With over fifteen years of experience in the beauty industry, this creative, energetic and highly motivated entrepreneur knows how to raise the bar and excel at everything she sets out to do.
For Knapp, quality and reliability are instrumental in the industry, which is why she chose Sexy Hair as one of the products she carries in her salon, Melanie Knapp Salon in Glastonbury, CT.
“What attracted me to Sexy Hair was that all its products deliver what they promise,” said Knapp. However, she soon learned to love Sexy Hair’s education program which is why she became part of its education team.
Now, whether it’s onstage as a platform artist or teaching at a class, Knapp likes to share her experience and knowledge with others. “Never be greedy with knowledge,” says Knapp. “Share it and your experience and understanding will grow.”
Mary RamseyMaster Artist
Even though she grew up on a 200-acre farm and still lives in rural Indiana, Ramsey has her feet firmly planted in the world of beauty. As a Sexy Hair master artist since 2000, she travels regionally conducting hands-on classes and also owns a salon, where hair coloring is 85 percent of her business.
“This profession has given me the creative outlet I need as well as the satisfaction of helping clients love themselves by bringing out their beauty. Helping someone create a confident outward appearance is a great gift,” says Ramsey, who’s been a hairstylist for 27 years and has a daughter graduating from beauty school.
“My clients love to change their style, and they keep me on my toes.” These days, she’s most enthusiastic about teaching. “That’s the most rewarding part of working for Sexy Hair: motivating other stylists to expand their knowledge and reviving their passion for this industry. I feel like I’m making a difference.”
Lonn Bogart Jr.Master Artist
Lonn Bogart is an accomplished stylist with many successfully years as a stylist—his passion for the industry is undeniable. As an in-demand educator, he’s traveled all over the world training hairdressers and inspiring them to love their craft. He has held many prestigious positions, including Regional Education Manager, New Hire Coach, Master Artist and Lead Artist for Sexy Hair. Lonn was a recipient of Sexy Hair’s “Regional Education Manager of the Year Award,” and during his tenure as a Lead Coach at the Institute of Courage, the academy won two consecutive awards by Beauty Launchpad as “Best Academy.”
Creating unique styles for every client is Lonn’s mission, and designing hair has served as an outlet for showcasing both his talent and skill. His expertise in dry cutting and color lets him envision the perfect look for each new person who sits in his chair, based on that individual’s lifestyle, mood, and career. Lonn takes the time to educate his clients on how to style their own hair at home because as he says, “I never get referrals on a ponytail.”
Forward movement is a constant theme in Lonn’s life. He plans to continue his legacy as a tough, but caring and compassionate educator by becoming a motivational speaker. He also dreams of opening his own boutique hair salon, showcase the “Lonn Dean Blow Out” and design his own hair tools. “I am the luckiest person to be able to do what I love and share it with others. It is truly an amazing experience, and I’m grateful for the opportunity,” he says.
Laura HickenbothMaster Artist
Laura Hickenboth started her professional career in 2006 and has never settled for less than the best. A Sexy Hair Master Artist and salon owner, she has made transforming people into better versions of themselves the foundation of her career as a stylist and educator. Laura has been recognized as a “Sexy Hair Rising Star” in Behind the Chair magazine, named Sexy Hair Educator of the Year 2010, and worked behind the scenes of numerous fashion shows and photo shoots. Her work has been featured on the runways of New York Fashion Week and in Launchpad, Behind the Chair, BE and Modern Salon Magazine.
Laura touches her clients’ lives with her ability to “foresee what could be, enhance features and diminish areas of insecurity.” She loves to see clients enter her salon as one person and leave stronger and more confident. This is one of the pleasures she gets when volunteering with Look Good Feel Better, a program that provides beauty services to women undergoing cancer therapies. For years, she has coached hundreds of women on how to look great and lift their spirits.
A certified cosmetology instructor and platform artist, Laura thrives on connecting with fellow artists, too. She feels happiest when on stage, sharing her expertise and passion with her audience. “I have always wanted to teach. Helping others achieve their goals is a very rewarding aspect of my career,” says Laura. At her salon, Premier Beauty Bar of Edmond, she works to help each member of her staff achieve a greater level of creativity.
Fittingly, education is integrated into Laura’s long-term goals. She hopes to double her salon staff, eventually open a second salon and partner with a cosmetology school. She also aspires to found her own Sexy Hair academy, continue traveling worldwide to educate other stylists, and perform on stage to ignite her own passion for hair design in others.
Kelly BileddoMaster Artist
During her 9 years as a stylist, Kelly Bileddo has racked up an impressive list of accomplishments. Owner of Salon Antebellum in St. Louis and a Sexy Hair Master Artist, she is a member of the Advisor Committee of National Academy of Arts, even becoming a model for their latest campaign. This year, she produced her first hair show, and she and her staff were chosen to style for the LOUD Hair Show at St. Louis Fashion Week. Most recently, she has begun doing hair for the Style Network’s Resale Royalty.
Kelly’s success can be attributed, in part, to her commitment to education. Continuously expanding her skill set, she has developed expertise in all hair types and texture techniques. She has earned countless certifications, is currently working toward her barber’s license, and has spent years training in Sexy Hair’s Structure in Motion cutting system. She loves using her skills and creativity to help clients boost their self-esteem and project inner beauty. “I enjoy giving the confidence of style and sexiness,” she says.
Helping others thrive and grow in the beauty industry is also Kelly’s passion. She thrives on touching people lives with positivity and prides herself on being patient and understanding with her students. Kelly conducts an associate program through her salon, taking on new stylists who have the potential to be great artists and working with them for 6 months. This program helps them develop business skills and poise while they build a clientele.
Kelly has big plans for the future. She hopes to continue to grow her business and become the go-to artist for local photo shoots, fashion shows and special events. She would like to travel internationally with Sexy Hair and be a driving force in the company’s growth while becoming more education oriented with her salon staff. In the long term, Kelly dreams of launching her own product line with tools and accessories that will make the lives of hairdressers easier.
Josh PerezMaster Artist
A relative newcomer to the industry, Josh Perez brings great enthusiasm and high energy to every new experience. His dynamic personality and creative spirit have led to his becoming a part of the Sexy Hair Latin team. This extraordinary group of artists will be spearheading education efforts in several Spanish speaking countries around the world on behalf of Sexy Hair.
Having fallen in love with the industry at a very young age, Perez loves to inspire others by sharing his knowledge and experience every chance he gets. Josh is a true innovator who loves to put his own spin on such classics as the bob haircut.
His work has been featured in many local fashion shows and was part of a tenth anniversary celebration for Beauty and Art in Monterrey, Mexico. Josh Perez lives by the motto “a body in motion stays in motion.” His favorite Sexy Hair product is Smooth & Seal.
Jimmy MeltonMaster Artist
Jimmy Melton is an accomplished stylist with almost 25 years in the industry. In addition to his role as a Sexy Hair Master Artist, Jimmy has been a salon owner, served as a Director of Sales, and is currently Director of Education for Kerry Mac Salon and Spa in Columbus, Georgia. He has worked to master his craft over the years with advanced training in texturizing and permanents. Jimmy has also been to Hairdresser Boot Camp to learn about salon management and all aspects of salon operations.
Putting his heart into every aspect of his work is what sets Jimmy apart from the pack. Hairdressing is something he always felt he was meant to do, and he still enjoys it more and more every day. He prides himself on doing the best color, cuts, extensions and upstyles on all hair types. “I truly care about my clients and how they look,” he says. Jimmy hopes this ethos will earn him an even stronger client base and propel him as an educator.
Jimmy lists being a part of the Sexy Hair team of educators as one of his greatest professional achievements because it has allowed him to become a platform artist and train up-and-coming talent. He plans to continue to sharing knowledge in the future, inspiring fellow stylists to live and work authentically.
Javier RiveraMaster Artist
With over 25 years of experience in the hair industry, Javier A. Rivera has had quite a fulfilling career. He has served as an educator, stylist and master artist for Sexy Hair and continues to utilize his extensive knowledge to train up and coming professionals.
From in-salon classes, to main stage – Rivera has done it all. As a master artist, Rivera has traveled extensively on behalf of Sexy Hair sharing his knowledge about the products, brand and culture with others. He’s also a top performing artist that has led shows in North America, South America and Europe.
Rivera is a successful salon owner with a diverse and extensive clientele. This knowledge and experience makes him an expert on how to establish and grow a business.
Rivera realizes that life is too short to worry about the small things and believes in the Sexy Hair brand. His favorite product: Soy Renewal.
Ian BrowningMaster Artist
Browning got into the hair industry while waiting to go to Navy boot camp, sweeping up hair at a salon for extra money. “I bailed on the Navy and started beauty school because hairdressing looked like fun,” he says.
He started at Sexy Hair in 2000 and became Sexy Hair’s 2009 Master Artist of the Year. Known for his strong sense of street style, Browning represents Sexy Hair internationally, sees clients at Salon Lujon in Fullerton, CA, and is equally at home doing hair on fashion runways and for prestigious publications including Allure and Cosmopolitan.
In regard to doing hair, it’s all “hands on deck” for the Browning family. His wife of 12 years is a hairdresser and so is his 20-year old daughter. Even his 3-year old son looks like he has a calling for the profession. He chuckles as he recalls his son imitating his moves as he cuts doll heads.
His proudest hair moment? “When my daughter passed the state cosmetology boards and became part of our amazing hairdressing family.”