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
With over a decade in the industry, Missy Croquart has made it her mission to inspire and educate stylists worldwide. In her many leadership roles, including Sexy Hair Regional Education Manager, International Master Artist, Academy Coach, and now the Education Artistic Training Manager, she works tirelessly to develop the talents and business of new artists and accounts in the professional beauty industry. Missy is also an in-demand artist with an impressive resume that includes LA Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week, music videos, photo shoots, live performances and international work spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.
As the Education Artistic Training Manager for Sexy Hair, Missy’s main responsibilities include working to creatively strategize, launch and maintain new or existing classes, programs and products. She effectively manages high level projects, builds and develops meaningful relationships with stylists and account partners, and coaches and trains educators worldwide while maintaining a consistent corporate message.
Her many travels have benefited Missy’s clientele as well. Bringing back inspiration and influences from around the world allows her to create unique, cutting edge looks for every guest who sits in her chair. Her thorough understanding of face shapes and the geometry of cutting hair and upstyling have also earned her a loyal following.
Added to Missy’s long list of accomplishments is an equally long list of awards. She was named Regional Education Manager of the Year 2012 and was recognized for being a certified volunteer with the American Cancer Society’s Look Good Feel Better program. Dedicated to lifelong education, Missy is working to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration to add to her Associates in Arts degree in Liberal Arts.
Staying true to her personal mantra “Dream, Believe, Do.” Missy is currently working toward advancing her degrees which she hopes will one day catapult her to a Vice President role. Directing, launching and growing a brand through technology and education is one of Missy’s main aspirations. She hopes to leave a legacy of inspiration, dreaming and believing and to empower young women to be leaders, entrepreneurs and successors.
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.
Lauren CullenPlatform Artist
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 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.
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
Tena BreeggermannPlatform Artist
Claire BoydPlatform Artist
Lelia BacaPlatform Artist
Josh BrownPlatform Artist
Katrina CahillPlatform Artist
Nicole DubravskiPlatform 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
Elizabeth GopwaniPlatform 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
Brian JensenPlatform 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
Danielle LeePlatform Artist
Marc MapilePlatform Artist
Tiffany MasseyPlatform Artist
Heather MorrisonPlatform Artist
Jenifer MikelPlatform Artist
Josue PerezPlatform 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
Christian RivetPlatform Artist
Amy RobinsonPlatform Artist
Jacob RodriguezPlatform Artist
Michelle RohrerPlatform Artist
Sara SeverinPlatform Artist
Roxanne SprinklePlatform Artist
Anastacia WagnerPlatform Artist
Nicole VanHattenPlatform Artist
Krystel WaitePlatform Artist
Ingrid YoungPlatform Artist
Diane ZahuranecPlatform Artist