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 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.
Stephanie PolanskyDirector of Education and Shows
Before joining the Sexy Hair team, Polansky served as Head of Global Education Innovation for KMS and was the Senior Manager of Education Development at Pureology. She also served as Director of Education for eight Ecotage Day Spa and Salons where she managed more than 230 stylist’s education and training. A former hairstylist, Polansky also served as a Platform Artist for Redken and was selected to be a facilitator for the program “Everything’s Included” at the Redken Exchange in New York City. She later went on to serve as their Manager of Education Development.
With over 25 years in the industry Polansky’s career goal was to work for a company who had a family environment and supported each other’s goals and dreams.
“I'm delighted to be part of a team whose passion for the company can't be measured,” says Polansky. “The energy of the education team is intoxicating and the minute I met all of them I knew I was home. I'm looking forward to an extremely long and successful future with Sexy Hair.”
Polansky is responsible for the growth and development of over 120 educators who execute over 4,000 events a year around North America. Along with creating the curriculum for the entire world Polansky also manages over 37 shows and events a year.
Matthew CalabroSr. Training and Development Manager
Missy CroquartArtistic Training Manager
Born with a heart for artistry and a head for business, Missy Croquart has tallied up an impressive number of accomplishments in her twelve-year career. Her resume lists the History Channel’s American Pickers, New York Fashion Week, Los Angeles Fashion Week, music videos, photo shoots and celebrity styling. She also runs international trade shows and serves as Sexy Hair’s Education Training Manager, helping create and develop education and train its team of stylists worldwide. “If I could give just one piece of advice, it would be to go for it. Don’t wait, don’t be afraid, and don’t think about the what ifs.”
This unfettered ambition has led to excellence in the craft itself as well. A Master Artist, Croquart specializes in razor cutting, scissor cutting, upstyling, extensions, 3-D color, and multi-textured hair, and has completed advanced courses in Redken Advance color training, Pro-Design Advance product and business training, Matrix Global Academy NY, and all Sexy Hair Academy programs.
As an educator, she embraces the opportunity to develop new education that will ignite excitement for the brand and cultivate growth within our stylist community.
“I love leaving people feeling inspired, and feeling the freedom of dreaming, believing, and achieving.”
As a Sexy Hair master artist, Croquart is Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified artist.
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.”
Kelly BilledoMaster 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.
Lonn BogartMaster Artist
There is no hair dilemma Lonn Bogart Jr. can’t solve. A second-generation hair stylist with more than two decades of professional experience under his belt, he can take a client’s problem and immediately offer a solution.
“Where others become silent, I give clients a realistic outlook on their hair,” says Bogart.
His talents in solution hairdressing manifest themselves in a client-focused approach. He enjoys listening to everyone’s stories from behind the chair, and translating those tales into a tangible sense of style.
Bogart has a special place in his heart for teaching. He is an instructor/coach at the multi-award winning Sexy Hair academy and loves to serve as an instructor at the semi-annual educator trainings.
This love of transformation extends to every part of his life. Never one to become complacent, he currently owns his own salon, Lonn Dean Salon in Shavertown, PA, and is looking toward opening more businesses in the coming years.
Laura HickenbrothMaster Artist
Laura Hickenboth never settles for mediocre, and has the career accolades to prove it. One of our Master Artists, she was recognized as a Sexy Hair Rising Star by Behind the Chair Magazine and named Sexy Hair Educator of the Year in 2010. Her tireless behind-the-scenes work in both print and runway has been rewarded with features in Beauty Launchpad, Behind the Chair, BE and Modern Salon Magazine.
Gifted with an exceptionally relatable personality, Hickenboth thrives on transforming people into a better version of themselves. There is nothing she loves more than seeing her clients leave the salon stronger and more confident than the way they entered. This altruistic sensibility led her to become involved with Look Good Feel Better, a public service program that teaches beauty techniques to people with cancer to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.
“I am inspired by people who overcome incredible feats, against all odds, and achieve their goals,” said Hickenboth.
If she weren’t a hairdresser, she would want to work with burn victims and create prosthetics, transforming lives through art as she does with hair.
A true renaissance woman, Hickenboth is an expert in razor cutting, scissor cutting, formal styles, extensions, multi-textured hair, and avant-garde. She puts these talents to use in her own salon, Premier Beauty Bar, in Oklahoma City, and plans to expand the multi-service concept to include both a barbershop and spa area.
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.”
James “Jimmy” MeltonMaster Artist
A 27-year veteran of the hair industry, James “Jimmy” Melton never tires of “making the world a prettier place one head of hair at a time.” As a Sexy Hair master artist, his work has been featured on both television and the runway, as well as in the salon.
He specializes in scissor cutting, formal styles, color, extensions, in addition to completed training in permanent texturized design and management. He utilizes the latter in his role as Director of Education at Kerry Mac Salon and Spa in Columbus, GA.
Melton’s personal mantra is “the mind is like a parachute – it only works when it’s open.”
“I’m happiest behind the chair creating art or onstage, inspiring other stylists and sharing my knowledge as a Sexy Hair educator.
What differentiates Sexy Hair from other brands?
“In my opinion, they are always innovative and manage to stay ahead of the curve.”
As a Sexy Hair master artist, Melton is Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform certified.
Mary RamseyMaster Artist & Region Education Manager
What Mary Ramsey loves most about being a Sexy Hair educator is the opportunity to inspire – and inspire she does. As a Master Artist for Sexy Hair she has garnered a strong reputation not only for her many talents behind the chair, but for her infectious positivity as well. She believes in giving back to the community, helping stylists develop skills, achieve professional goals, and express their unique creativity through the work.
Ramsey works out of The Finishing Touch Salon in Angola, Indiana where she has acquired a cult following for her pristine color techniques and straightforward consultations.
“I am honest about what can and cannot be done safely and how long it will take.” Her impressive 34 years of professional experience have also made her an expert in scissor cutting, razor cutting, long hair and curly long hair.
She looks forward to sharing her gift with others for many years to come, as she continues to travel, teach and motivate.
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.
Michelle RouzerMaster Artist & Region Education Manager
Michelle Rouzer’s successful career began in 2003, stemming from a desire to help others gain confidence in who they are and what they do. In the past 14 years, she has built her brand producing looks in runway and print, and traveling the world as an international artist and educator for Sexy Hair.
Always evolving, Rouzer is working toward expanding her salon 40 Volume Salon & Spa while opening a second salon and growing her region to 20 certified Sexy Hair experts. She is an instructor/coach at the multi-award winning Sexy Hair academy and loves to serve as an instructor at the semi-annual educator trainings.
She was also hand-picked to work backstage at the 2016 Miss World pageant. Styling 117 contestants from all over the world leading up to the crowning.
Proficient in all areas, her main focus is cutting and manifesting her client’s vision. She’s gained a loyal following from her ability to make her clients feel comfortable.
Her salon was named Best of Savannah in 2013. “I listen! I have the ability to hear what my client truly wants and desires. When I get up in the morning, I look forward to seeing my clients and getting to help them feel beautiful and happy.”
Advice she lives by: Never stop reaching for your dreams. Figure out what you want and don’t stop until you make it yours.
Brandon ArthurPlatform Artist
If Brandon Arthur wasn’t a hairdresser, he would be an architect. Both interests stemming from an innate understanding of, and attraction to, design. “I love art and hair is where art meets structure,” says Arthur. The extra bonus of his chosen career is the ability to open people’s eyes to their own beauty through a hair style.
Now with 15 years of professional experience under his belt, he has seen his work showcased in print, runway, and television spots.
Arthur specializes in color, cutting, and Hairdreams extensions, working out of Shear Enlightenment Salon in Henderson, Nevada, where his dedication to the craft sets him apart from the pack.
“I love what I do for a living and my work shows that,” added Arthur.
As a Sexy Hair educator, he’s able to share this passion with other stylists. “I love being able to educate and talk to people from all over the world – and to show them that inspiration comes in many forms.”
Arthur is a Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified Sexy Hair artist.
Tena BreeggermannPlatform Artist
Cutting, coiffing, and styling hair for more than 13 years, Tena Breeggeman was drawn to the industry by the intricacies of the craft itself. “At my core, I am an artist. I have always loved playing with hair and serving people; this career allows me to be fulfilled in all aspects.”
She specializes in cutting fine hair types as well as curly textures, and is skilled at formal styling, having completed specialty trainings in both advanced and editorial styling.
“My clients have told me that I am the only one who has taught them how to do their hair at home. This is very important to me – that they not only leave my salon feeling great, but they also know which products and techniques they need to use to achieve that style at home.”
Breeggeman balances her love of the craft with business savvy, putting her advanced courses in business building and employee training to use in running her own salon.
As a Sexy Hair educator, she values the opportunity to share the wisdom she has accrued from all these experiences with other stylists.
“I love being able to work with people from around the country, helping them become better at what they do day in and day out.”
Breeggeman is a Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified Sexy Hair artist.
Claire BoydPlatform Artist
Blessed with an exceptional sensibility and creative vision, Claire Boyd continues to establish herself as one of the top stylists in her field – but her passion for hair stems from an even deeper place. “I have always known the power a hair artist holds; I wanted to be a part of that movement.”
Each day begins with a moment of gratitude for the opportunity to touch and transform lives at Lori’s Day Spa, where she works in Dale, IN.
Specializing in short haircutting and upstyling, one of Boyd’s proudest moments was winning a barbering competition where the prize was a hands-on class with Matty Conrad. She enjoys being on the other side of the proverbial desk as well, confessing her happiest moments to be when she’s onstage or in a training, instructing other artists as part of our education team.
“I love being able to rejuvenate fellow stylists in their career. If they take one thing from me, I hope it is to show up to work every day with compassion and focus – doing that will take you far!”
Boyd is a Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified Sexy Hair artist.
Lelia BacaPlatform Artist
Artistry runs in Lelia Baca’s blood. A third-generation hairdresser, she is unshakable passion for her craft and is always looking forward to the next challenge. “I’m never afraid to try new things and will be the first to cut someone’s hair if they want a new look.”
This enthusiasm also propels her penchant for learning and continuing to grow her talents.
Specializing in a wide array of techniques, she loves being able to share this expertise with other stylists as a Sexy Hair educator. “What I hope other stylists learn from me is to be creative and excited to learn more.”
Her talents and dedication were rewarded when she received the Golden Shears Award. She specializes in razor, clipper, hair color, short hair cutting, highlighting and perms.
Working out of JCPenney in Pueblo, CO, Baca is excited to start traveling internationally and to one day soon see her work featured in trade magazines.
She is a Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified Sexy Hair artist.
Josh BrownPlatform Artist
Growing up in the hair industry, Josh Brown always knew he wanted to be a stylist. “I have always loved helping others feel better about themselves!” Every morning he looks forward to catching up with his clients and helping to bring out their inner beauty.
A certified master colorist and bayalage expert, he is known and appreciated for his brutally honest approach, taking all aspects of his clients’ lives into account to give them the style that best fits their lifestyle and budget. This doesn’t mean he believes in playing it safe. He’s a creative soul and expresses that through his artistry.
“I love current hair trends. I love that we are breaking rules and thinking outside the box.”
Happiest when traveling, Brown revels in his role as a Sexy Hair educator, sharing his passion with stylists of all different backgrounds. His salon, Josh Brown Studio in Peoria, IL, was top retailer for Sexy Hair in 2015 and is on its way to being the top salon in central Illinois.
What I hope other stylists learn from me is you can be the best hairdresser in the world but live in a town of 50, investing in your education and staying humble will take you extremely far,” says Brown.
Brown is a Demo, Hands-on, Backstage Management and Platform Certified Sexy Hair artist.
Katrina CahillPlatform Artist
From working backstage at New York Fashion Week to behind the scenes at photoshoots, Katrina Cahill is an indisputable perfectionist when it comes to her work. That impeccability has made her a standout success in the hair community.
“I will do something 1,000 times until I think it’s perfect, and always go above and beyond to make the look happen,” says Cahill.
It’s garnered her recognition from multiple print outlets and online blog, and earning her Sexy Hair’s Shining Star Award for her work in runway, print, TV, and the salon.
Working out of Shag Hair Salon in Robinson, PA, Katrina specializes in formal styles, extensions, color, and all types of cutting – and never stops taking classes to hone-in and enhance her skill set.
In addition to her extensive experience behind the chair, Cahill’s fun, outgoing personality makes her a great addition to the Sexy Hair team.
“What I hope other stylists learn from me is to never stop taking classes. It will help you continue growing and developing as a stylist which is really important.”
Cahill is a Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified artist.
Lauren CullenPlatform Artist
In her 15 years of professional experience, Lauren Cullen has carved out a niche for herself in perfecting the balance and texture of a look. “I have almost a 6th sense about my clients’ needs. I look forward to learning what’s new in their worlds. I listen, and with this information I figure out how I can help them. I love helping them feel amazing with something that is so easy for me to give them.”
This genuine interest in others extends to her work as a Sexy Hair educator, where she is lauded for her clarity and relate-ability.
As dedicated to continuing her own education as she is in teaching, Lauren has completed Summit Salon courses, Pravana color classes, and is certified in Nova Lash eyelash extensions.
Her favorite thing about Sexy Hair is the focus on products that really work, enabling stylists to work smarter, not harder. One day she hopes to become involved in the product development process, but for now she is focused on running her successful Illinois salon, Teased Salon Suite.
Cullen is a Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified Sexy Hair artist.
Nicole DubravskiPlatform Artist
Most people don’t know Nicole Dubravski was a bit of a whiz kid (she took her SATs in the 7th grade and took part in a John Hopkins University program), but they see the fruits of that brainiac labor in her work. Refusing to let her clients get stuck in a rut, she strategically creates a hair plan to give each client something new and exciting every season.
“I wanted to work in a field where I can create, grow, and help others,” says Dubravski. “As a hair artist, I get up in the morning and look forward to working with other artists, touching lives, and being creative.”
It also helps that she’s an expert in several different techniques, including razor cutting, precision cutting, editorial styling, multi-texture hair, color, and balayage extensions.
Boasting multiple accreditations, Dubravski has continued her post-grad education with classes at the Nicholas French Naha seminar, Aquage master classes, education at the Bond Academy, CoCre8 webinars, Brazilian Blowout certification, and Sexy Hair Academy courses.
She draws on this knowledge when traveling the world as a Sexy Hair educator.
“I love being able to empower hairdressers. Turning ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’ is the biggest compliment I can receive.”
Dubravski is a Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified Sexy Hair artist.
Amanda FatorPlatform Artist
With over a decade of experience under her belt, Amanda Fator has put together an impressive editorial portfolio. “I love to create. I love the endless possibilities of hair artistry and the almost instant gratification of transformation.”
This cool girl creativity has come in handy. It garnered her a dream gig styling fashion designers The Blonds September 2016 during New York Fashion Week.
She specializes in formal and editorial styling, color, and scissor cutting, where her fastidious nature enables her to create exactly what she and the client have envisioned.
An ambitious dreamer, Fator relishes her role as a Sexy Hair educator, where she gets to inspire stylists to grow outside their comfort zone. “Anything worth doing isn’t easy,” she adds.
Lance GinesPlatform Artist
Born to be a stylist, Lance Gines started cutting his classmates hair at the age of fourteen and never looked back. Now in the third decade of his career, he still walks into the salon excited to make people look good and feel great.
Specializing in razor cutting, shear cutting, clipper cutting, and creative styling, Lance has taken extensive advanced classes in all areas of cosmetology as well as become a licensed instructor. “I seek out every opportunity to gain knowledge and create new techniques. I have been accused of being a walking cosmetology dictionary.”
He loves being able to share this knowledge with other stylists as a Sexy Hair educator, hoping to help them realize the gifts they have and to enjoy everything they do.
Lance was voted Best of Boise where he works out of Dv8 salon. He also has an extensive background in fashion styling for print and has been featured regularly as a hair expert on morning TV.
He is a Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified Sexy Hair artist.
Elizabeth GopwaniPlatform Artist
Liz Gopwani derives the most satisfaction from the end result of her work – and the reaction it elicits from clients. “My favorite moment is when a client looks at my face and can tell that I’m happy, in turn making them ecstatic to see their hair.”
Gopwani has worked in just about every setting, from production and TV to photo shoots and the stage, specializing in hair extensions and avant-garde hair. What sets her apart from other stylists is her instinct and ability to see the bigger picture, and to think outside the box to achieve a desired aesthetic.
Her goal is to continue the path to become one of our academy instructors.
“What I love about Sexy Hair is that it still believes in education and how it plays a large part of growing one’s skill set. That’s one of the reasons I love working with them so much and enjoy being an educator.”
Gopwani is a Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified Sexy Hair artist.
Christyn HanniganPlatform Artist
Working behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week or connecting with her clients in the salon, Christyn Hannigan’s passion for the craft comes through. “I am a very artistic person, and I love helping others to find their inner beauty.
“It brings pure joy to my heart when a client who comes in crying, with their self-confidence failing, can leave with a smile on their face, and proud to be who they are.”
Believing that no matter where you are in your career, you can always work on perfecting or adding to your skill set, Hannigan has completed post-grad training in full body waxing, I-Tip hair extensions, manicures/pedicures, clipper cutting, ear candling, and makeup application.
She specializes in formal styles, braiding, color, and hair transitions/makeovers.
“I love taking hair trends and translating them into a more ‘everyday client wearable’ art.”
Danielle JacobsPlatform Artist
When Danielle Jacobs embarked on her career almost a decade ago, she never thought she’d be traveling the country for work – but travel she does. Fashion shows, hair shows, and television spots have taken her coast to coast and a few spots in between.
These opportunities inspire her work as a Sexy Hair educator.
“I hope other stylists can learn from me to always aspire to do more and improve themselves. I also hope to show them that there are no limitations because of how small of a town you’re in, the size of your salon, or what kind of school you went to. You can always dream big and bring new inspiration to even more rural communities.”
Specializing in scissor cutting, formal styles, and styling and finishing, Jacob’s completed post-grad training in LOX hair extensions, Pravana color training, Redken color training and styling, Tigi bridal makeup training, Ulta advanced color, and Kenra styling.
What I hope other stylists learn from me is that there are no limitations because of how small of a town you are in, the size of your salon, the school you went to; you can always dream big and bring new inspiration to even more rural communities.”
Jacobs is a Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified Sexy Hair artist.
Brian JensenPlatform Artist
Brian Jensen got into hair because he wanted to help people become the best version of themselves. Mission accomplished! Opening his salon, Jensen & Co Salon, he has already been voted Best Stylist five years in a row by Reno News & Review. “I take the time to focus on detailing with every client to make sure I exceed not only their expectations, but mine as well.”
When he’s not transforming the people of Nevada, Brian can be found behind the scenes at fashion week. He has worked with fashion designers Charlotte Ronson, Betsey Johnson, and The Blonds. He has also worked photo shoots, news spots, commercials, and music videos.
Jensen’s areas of expertise include short women’s cutting, men’s barbering, color, extension, and Balayage. He has completed advanced courses in Redken Exchange Color, Michael Cole OTT, and is Keratin Complex certified.
He admires Sexy Hair’s commitment to innovation and hopes to ignite that passion for personal growth in other stylists as well in his role as an educator.
“I want stylists to learn that hair is a serious art form, but can also be fun and playful,” he adds.
Jensen is a Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified Sexy Hair artist.
Amanda KimballPlatform Artist
Amanda Kimball’s passion for hair started at just four years old, when she decided her Barbie dolls should have bangs to match her own. As she got older, she moved on to cutting and styling her cousins’ and friends’ hair. “I love being able to change looks and bring people’s inner beauty out.”
Now, in the 15th year of her professional career, she has worked in both print and runway, styled hair for the 2016 Miss World pageant, and is proud owner – along with her husband - of Twisted Scizzors Salon in Cary, North Carolina, where she received a Movers and Shakers award in 2015.
Emphatic about the need for continued education, she has completed numerous advanced training courses and specializes in razor cutting, clipper cutting, Balayage, precision hair cutting, and all areas of color, including in-depth color correction. She also enjoys her work as a Sexy Hair educator.
“Our mind is like a parachute – it always stays open, and our industry changes by the minute. We need to keep taking new things in all the time.
Kristen LentzPlatform Artist
Kristen Lentz has been building her career for almost a decade, working in runway, print, and behind the chair at Salon Plus, Inc in Springfield, MO. Specializing in formal styles, shear cutting, and clipper cutting, she’s been told by clients that she has a great “Can do, let’s find a way to fix it” approach to her craft.
Lentz has been blessed with a full roster of long-time clientele, and wakes up every morning excited to hear their stories. “I love learning about people, and helping them feel better from the inside out.”
She specializes in upstyles, shear cutting and clipper cutting in addition to Goldwell and has Matrix hair coloring classes under her belt.
As a Sexy Hair educator, she hopes to inspire a genuine love in the artistry of hair.
“I love being able to connect with stylists and work in the fast-paced show world.” That’s something she would like to do more of in the coming years as she continues to grow her business, goals that fall right in line with her personal mantra, “Aspire to inspire.”
“What I hope other stylists learn from me is genuine love of this career and desire to help them succeed,” added Lentz.
She is Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified Sexy Hair artist.
Danielle LeePlatform Artist
Danielle Lee was on track to become a special needs education teacher when she discovered her passion for hair. She and a friend gave a bullied classmate a makeover, inspiring an emotional reaction and newly discovered confidence in the girl. “I wanted to give that feeling to everyone after that. It was the best feeling to know you made someone feel good about their self again, and gave them that outer glow they had been missing.”
OuterGlow is now the name of the salon and spa she runs in Conway, SC, where it has been recognized for offering a special needs haircut night each month.
Lee has also worked on Dancing with the Stars and behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week for fashion designers Indashio and Betsey Johnson.
Her areas of expertise lie in extensions, color, razor cutting, avant-garde styling, and wig cutting and styling. She brings a unique perspective to her craft as a leukemia survivor.
“I have experienced the lowest point you can reach in life – I couldn’t work, I hated my body, I had no hair, and felt completely ugly. I can remember how that felt, so when someone sits in my chair with insecurities or feelings of hopelessness, I can connect with them in a way other stylists might not be able to.”
As a Sexy Hair educator, she hopes other stylists realize from her that if you stay true to your dreams and dedicate yourself to your craft, you can push through any obstacle that might arise.
Lee is a Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified Sexy Hair artist.
Marc MapilePlatform Artist
An art history major, Marc Mapile originally approached hairstyling as a creative outlet, never anticipating he would one day be traveling the world as a celebrity stylist. Ten years into his career, he wakes up every morning eagerly awaiting the comforting smell of hairspray in the air.
The day he told his parents – who had hoped he would follow them into the medical field – what he did for a living, he pointed up to a billboard on Sunset Blvd. and said, “I did that.”
A multi-faceted hair artist, Mapile’s areas of expertise include straight-edge razor cutting, color and color corrections, extensions, upstyles, avant-garde styles, classic contemporary styling, and wig styling.
He has worked extensively in print, runway, television and film, amassing an eclectic and impressive resume that boasts such names as E! Fashion Police, All Star Weekend, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, F*&% the Prom, Margaret Cho, Andrew Byrd, JoyRich, Bird of Prey, and Charlotte Ronson, amongst many others.
Mapile’s awards have been equally plentiful: 2009 RAW Artist Hair Artist of the Year, 2016 Rising Star Award Sexy Hair, and 2016 Beauty Changes Lives Vidal Sassoon scholarship winner.
He thrives in the culture of Sexy Hair and loves being able to share the latest techniques with other stylists as an educator.
“I enjoy teaching other stylists how to simplify and be more efficient with their craft. Passion, persistence, and perspiration go a long way.”
Mapile is a Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified Sexy Hair artist.
Tiffany MasseyPlatform Artist
An artist in the truest sense of the word, Tiffany Massey’s passion for hair stems from the creative design aspect of the craft. “Bringing colors, cuts, and shapes together to create a look is the most amazing, fulfilling process.”
She is blessed with an eye for capturing each client’s full persona in a style and insists upon impeccability in her process. “I don’t stop until it’s perfect. My passion is my drive. I take pride. I care.”
That drive led Massey to establish Structure Hair Studio in 2008. The salon is described as a place “where hair, design, and hospitality meet” – a description that could easily be applied to her.
A self-purported “forever student”, she specializes in color and formal styling and has completed advanced training in Microdern, IOC, Pravana color and Matrix color, and is Lox certified.
What I hope other stylist learn from is that you need to fully invest in your work and really take the time to learn why you do the things you do.”
Massey is a Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified Sexy Hair artist.
Heather MorrisonPlatform Artist
Heather Morrison is a driven artist with almost a decade in the industry. Striving to be an “open-minded stylist,” she thrives when artistically challenged and relies on the moods and energy of her clients to guide every service. Heather aims to inspire others while allowing her fellow stylists to influence her with their creativity. Her work has been sought after for many on-location weddings, beauty pageants for the Miss Ohio contest, and local photo shoots.
Formal styling and scissor cutting are where Heather shines. She has also worked to broaden her skill set with advanced training in everything from hair extensions to lash extensions. Heather’s goal every time she steps behind the chair is to make her client’s day brighter by building strong bonds and maintaining a compassionate attitude. She is happiest in the salon and looks forward to going to work every day. “It’s the only place I lose track of time and never feel worn out mentally,” she says.
Heather is open to the possibilities of the future and sets no limits for professional success. Inspired by Sexy Hair Master Artists Mary Ramsey and Jesseca Turner, Heather dreams of becoming a platform artist, traveling with the company and sparking her own brand of enthusiasm for the industry in others across the globe. In the long term, would like to become a vital part of the Sexy Hair family and own a thriving business some day.
Jenifer MikelPlatform Artist
Owner of her own boutique salon in Walnut Creek, CA, Jenifer Mikel thrives on providing each client with a unique experience. “I wanted an outlet to be both creative and make people feel good about themselves.”
One of those rare people who is exceptional at everything she undertakes, she specializes in a multitude of techniques including hair extensions, scissor cutting, coloring, highlighting, bonding, and Brazilian blowouts.
She puts this varied skill set to use outside of the salon as well, in runway and photo shoot work.
Mikel loves being able to work with so many different stylists from all over the world as a Sexy Hair educator, sharing her expertise while expanding her own knowledge base.
She would like to continue this path and teach internationally. “We grow more when we respect each other and learn from every experience.”
Mikel is a Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified Sexy Hair artist.
Josh PerezPlatform Artist
A perfectionist to the core, Josh Perez has been recognized as both Master Artist of the Year and International Master Artist of the Year. “I never thought I would be doing what I love and getting paid for it. When I wake up in the morning, I look forward to delivering the best experience for each client every single time.”
Even after 12 years in the industry, he continues to evolve as an artist, believing you should never turn down a new opportunity - no matter how challenging it might seem at the start. This commitment to advancement earned him the Personal Growth Award from Sexy Hair.
Perez specializes in razor cutting, scissor cutting, and clipper cutting, and is working toward opening his own barbershop, while continuing to work as a Sexy Hair educator.
“I love being able to travel and educate others. I hope to convey to other stylists that dedication to your chosen field allows for a greater experience,” he adds.
Where is he happiest? Behind the chair, of course.
“What I hope other stylists learn about me is that being dedicated to what you like allows for a greater experience.”
As a Sexy Hair master artist, Perez is Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management, Platform certified.
Christian RivetPlatform Artist
Amy RobinsonPlatform Artist
Amy Robinson’s unique talent for knowing exactly what a client wants stems from 15 years in the industry and a naturally intuitive eye.
“I look at the whole picture! Bone structure, skin color, the texture of their clothes, movement of the hair, personality, and time management,” says Robinson.
This attention to detail has resulted in a loyal list of clientele in the salon as well as the fashion world at large, where her work has been featured in print campaigns and on the runway.
In addition to her expertise in razor cutting, scissor cutting, chemical relaxing, and extensions, Robinson specializes in formal wigs for Tipton theater and is a Redken color expert.
Her proclivity for specificity extends to the classroom, where she shares her knowledge as a Sexy Hair educator.
“I love being able to not just say how to do something or say this product does this or that…but to actually get into why it works and why it does what it does. I love giving stylists tools to make their everyday life easier.”
Robinson is a Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified Sexy Hair artist.
Jacob RodriguezPlatform Artist
Jacob Rodriguez has one of those true artistic temperaments that was immediately drawn to the detailed work that goes into hair design. “I loved the artistry and creativity of the craft. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”
His decade in the industry, along with his remarkably high energy and steadfast drive, has afforded him a strong clientele at Alicia’s Salon in Temple, TX. He has also been a featured artist at regional and international hair shows, along with Sport Clips and Great Clips conventions.
Specializing in razor cutting, scissor cutting, upstyles, color, and men’s grooming, Rodriguez has also completed post-grad training in color, styling, and Keratin smoothing. He is well known amongst his peers for his ability to make a client feel comfortable in his chair and exceed their expectations.
When he’s not in the salon, he’s traveling the U.S. as a Sexy Hair educator.
“I love having the opportunity to travel to so many different states and educate and engage with all levels of stylists,” says Rodriguez.
His talent was recognized with a Sexy Hair Shining Star Award in 2014.
“If other stylists were to learn just one thing from me, I hope it would be the importance of continuing education and the way that advanced learning impacts your success behind the chair.”
Rodriguez is a Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified Sexy Hair artist.
Michelle RohrerPlatform Artist
A salon owner and stylist with 14 years of experience in print, television, and behind the chair, Michelle Rohrer started developing her craft at a young age. “I always had a great passion and drive for understanding my hair and I just loved styling and coloring hair.”
Her salon, Michelle’s Beautique, recently won Philadelphia’s Couple’s Choice Award, a reflection of both her talent and her winsome personality.
“I get up in the morning and look forward to seeing all my wonderful clients. To me they are more than clients. I am always honored to be part of their big life moments.”
As her business continues to grow, she plans to expand the space to include a holistic salon and spa. Rohrer’s extensive work with curly hair has gifted her with a great understanding of how it works. She also specializes in upstyling and color as well.
Believing that you should never stop learning and pushing yourself, she revels in her role as a Sexy Hair educator.
“I love that Sexy Hair has products that do what they say and education that never quits.”
Rohrer is a Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified Sexy Hair artist.
Sara SeverinPlatform Artist
Sara Severin believes anything worth doing in life is worth doing with love. “I became a hairstylist because I wanted to make a positive impact in people’s lives by enhancing their beauty. Every morning, I look forward to meeting with my clients and giving them the best experience possible.”
This altruistic approach has served her well, earning her a loyal following and recognition as the top stylist at Cielo Salon in Medford, Oregon. She would like to open her own salon in the near future, as well as expand her editorial portfolio.
Unafraid of a challenge, Severin has racked up a resume’s worth of advanced training, including Brazilian blowout, Great Lengths extensions, Pravana color, Matrix color, Wella color, Paul Mitchell and Go-24-7.
She specializes in curly hair, long hair, barbering, fashion color, color corrections, wedding hair, and makeup.
She enjoys sharing this expertise in her work as a Sexy Hair educator.
“I love being able to inspire others. I hope to give other stylists the skills they need to work smarter and not harder.”
Severin is a Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified Sexy Hair artist.
Roxanne SprinklePlatform Artist
Roxanne Sprinkle’s initial love of hairdressing sprang from her stylist grandmother, who decided to get certified at the age of 50. “My grandma always let me watch and help and that really instilled an intense passion and drive in me from the time I was very young.”
Sprinkle got a much earlier start than her mentor, attending the local beauty college when she was just a junior in high school, balancing both work and classes her senior year. That work ethic and dedication to her craft has never waned in her ten years as a professional hair artist.
She has completed post-grad advanced training in Redken color, tape tab extensions, certified keratin complex, and the salon summit program, and specializes barbering, drastic changes in cut or style, and formal styling.
Sprinkle puts this skillset to use behind the scenes at runway events and photo shoots, and behind the chair at Elle Marie Hair Studio in Alderwood, WA, where she was named Employee of the Year in 2016.
One of her biggest accomplishments is overcoming her fears to become a Sexy Hair educator.
“I love being able to be real with the attendees of my classes – for them to know that I am a stylist encountering the same troubles they experience, and we can all learn and grow together.”
She is a Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified Sexy Hair artist.
Anastacia WagnerPlatform Artist
Anastacia Wagner’s success in the industry is exceptional and well-deserved. “I do not just offer a haircut, color, and style; I give my guest a customized service to fit their personal style and desired result.”
Wagner likes to educate her guests on how to maintain and ensure their investment through product knowledge and skills training, giving them the tools and techniques to best showcase their hair.
This impeccability has earned her a plethora of accolades and awards, including two trips to style hair at NYFW and a write-up in Modern Salon Magazine. She is also a part of the product testing group and the men’s barbering team at Sexy Hair.
Ever the perfectionist, Wagner has a long list of specializations, including haircutting, clipper cutting, men’s haircutting, razor cutting, color, editorial color, Balayage, color correction, upstyling, wedding, wigs, and hair pieces. She loves being able to inspire and reignite passion in other stylists as a Sexy Hair educator.
“What I hope other stylists take from me is the confidence to follow your heart and your dreams – that there is nothing you can’t do and everything you can.”
Wagner is a Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified Sexy Hair artist.
Nicole VanHattenPlatform Artist
Owner of Envy Salon in Jacksonville, Alabama, Nicole VanHatten was nominated for 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year as well as claiming the number two slot in the county’s Readers’ Choice Awards.
When she’s not behind the chair, VanHatten can be found behind the scenes at fashion week or on set for television and photo shoot styling. Despite a hectic itinerary, she always looks forward to expanding her salon’s space and staff roster, citing her personal mantra, “Why not? You only live once.”
A master cosmetologist, VanHatten has completed advanced training in the Redken Specialist Program, Sam Villa classes, and Bayalage. Her areas of expertise are scissor cutting, clipper cutting, coloring, formal styling, and styling.
She never dreamt she would be on stage doing platform work, but excels in her role as a Sexy Hair educator.
“I love that we are always growing and adapting, and I love being able to learn from – and teach – stylists from all over the world.”
VanHatten is a Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified Sexy Hair artist.
Krystel WaitePlatform Artist
Krystel Waite was an editorial make-up artist when she fell into hairstyling – and never looked back. Eight years later, she continues her work in print, runway, and radio chronicles, and even opened her own salon, KDM Coiffure et Maquillage Urbain in Quebec, Canada.
Not one to sit and wait for life to happen, she plans to open a second salon space within the next five years. Given her entrepreneurial spirit and hustle, it should come as no surprise that her personal mantra is WWTBD – What Would Tyra Banks Do.
Specializing in razor cutting, scissor cutting, styling, color, make-up, and extensions. This versatility is part of what drew her to Sexy Hair in the first place.
“I love that we offer so many different techniques and high-quality products. I hope to use my platform as an educator to share my knowledge and passion with other stylists.”
She loves meeting new people and working for Sexy Hair.
“As an educator, I love to share knowledge with others and meet different hair dressers and hope others will be inspired with my work.”
Waite is a Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified Sexy Hair artist.
Ingrid YoungPlatform Artist
Ingrid Young’s resume might list 17 years of experience, but her career really began in the third grade, when she started utilizing hair as a means of self expression. “Every morning I look forward to changing the way people look and feel about themselves.”
Fortunately, she has plenty of opportunities to do so in the salon, behind the scenes at fashion shows, and on set for photo shoots.
Her drive has translated into recognition at Great Clips Salon in Palm Springs where she works and has received awards for Brand Excellence, Record Customer Counts, Record Sales Week, and 30/30.
Comfortable with all hair types, Young specializes in razor cutting, scissor cutting, formal styles, extensions, color, multi-textured hair, and locs.
She has also completed post-grad training in skin care, manicure, and management. She plans to put this experience and education to use when she creates her own product line and publishes a book.
She’s already a resource for other stylists in her role as a Sexy Hair educator.
“I love being able to inspire and encourage other hairstylists, and display my art and passion for hair. What I hope to convey is that you always have to push yourself and keep learning with an open mind.”
Young is a Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified Sexy Hair artist.
Diane ZahuranecPlatform Artist
Laser-focused and goal-oriented, it took no time at all for Diane Zahurnaec to carve out a niche for herself in the hair world. “Dedicate yourself to the industry and to being committed and watch how your personal business will grow.”
She’s speaking from experience. Her Fort Lauderdale salon, Hello Beautiful, opened its doors and within a year business was already booming. Every morning, she wakes up excited to make the most of her business for both clients and staff.
This commitment to excellence extends to her education, where Diane continues her post-grad training in annual Redken Exchange courses, classes by Tabatha Coeffy, extension techniques, and Summit Seminars. Her areas of expertise include upstyles, extensions, blonding, and textured haircuts. She was able to put this entire skillset to use when she was invite to work behind the scenes at the Ms. World competition.
Diane credits her role as a Sexy Hair educator for her continued motivation and drive.
“I love being able to reconnect with other successful, career-driven stylists – to share and reignite my own passion and respect for the industry and our craft.”
Zahurnaec is a Demo, Hands-On, Backstage Management and Platform Certified Sexy Hair artist.