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Our Team

Our Team

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.

Stephanie Polansky
Stephanie Polansky

Stephanie Polansky

Director 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 Calabro
Matthew Calabro

Matthew Calabro

Sr. Training and Development Manager

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Missy Croquart
Missy Croquart

Missy Croquart

Artistic 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 Atkinson
Dawn Atkinson

Dawn Atkinson

Master Artist
Rod Sickler Salon and Spa Loda, Illinois With Sexy Hair for 11 years

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 Billedo
Kelly Billedo

Kelly Billedo

Master Artist
Salon Antebellum St. Louis, MO With Sexy Hair for 11 years

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 Cullen
Lauren Cullen

Lauren Cullen

Platform Artist
Teased Salon Suite Mokena, IL With Sexy Hair for 0 years

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Lonn Bogart
Lonn Bogart

Lonn Bogart

Master Artist
Lonn Dean Salon Shavertown, PA With Sexy Hair for 15 years

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 Hickenbroth
Laura Hickenbroth

Laura Hickenbroth

Master Artist
Premier Beauty Bar Edmond, OK With Sexy Hair for 9 years

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 Knapp
Melanie Knapp

Melanie Knapp

Master Artist
Melanie Knapp Salon Glastonbury, CT With Sexy Hair for 11 years

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 Melton
James Melton

James Melton

Master Artist
Kerry Mac Salon & Spa Columbus, GA With Sexy Hair for 13 years

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 Ramsey
Mary Ramsey

Mary Ramsey

Master Artist & Region Education Manager
Finishing Touch Pleasant Lake, IN With Sexy Hair for 17 years

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 Rivera
Javier Rivera

Javier Rivera

Master Artist
Copoli Salon Lexington, MA With Sexy Hair for 17 years

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 Rouzer
Michelle Rouzer

Michelle Rouzer

Master Artist & Region Education Manager
40 Volume Salon Savannah, GA With Sexy Hair for 12 years

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 Arthur
Brandon Arthur

Brandon Arthur

Platform Artist
Studio Salon Las Vegas, NV With Sexy Hair for 6 years

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Tena Breeggermann
Tena Breeggermann

Tena Breeggermann

Platform Artist
Hair Therapy Shakopee, MN With Sexy Hair for 6 years

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Claire Boyd
Claire Boyd

Claire Boyd

Platform Artist
Lori's Day Spa Dale, IN With Sexy Hair for 7 years

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Lelia Baca
Lelia Baca

Lelia Baca

Platform Artist
Empire Salon Pueblo, CO With Sexy Hair for 6 years

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Josh Brown
Josh Brown

Josh Brown

Platform Artist
Josh Brown Studio Peoria, IL With Sexy Hair for 6 years

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Katrina Cahill
Katrina Cahill

Katrina Cahill

Platform Artist
Shag Hair Salon McKees Rocks, PA With Sexy Hair for 7 years

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Nicole Dubravski
Nicole Dubravski

Nicole Dubravski

Platform Artist
Sakari Forty Fort, PA With Sexy Hair for 10 years

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Sharon Elliot
Sharon Elliot

Sharon Elliot

Platform Artist
Salon 405 Kissimmee, FL With Sexy Hair for 13 years

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Amanda Fator
Amanda Fator

Amanda Fator

Platform Artist
Studio S Redding, CA With Sexy Hair for 6 years

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 Gines
Lance Gines

Lance Gines

Platform Artist
DV8 Salon Boise, ID With Sexy Hair for 9 years

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Elizabeth Gopwani
Elizabeth Gopwani

Elizabeth Gopwani

Platform Artist
Sexy Hair Makeup.com Las Vegas, NV With Sexy Hair for 7 years

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Christyn Hannigan
Christyn Hannigan

Christyn Hannigan

Platform Artist
Salon Gio Island Lake, IL With Sexy Hair for 8 years

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 Jacobs
Danielle Jacobs

Danielle Jacobs

Platform Artist
Textures Hair Salon Wyoming, MI With Sexy Hair for 6 years

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Brian Jensen
Brian Jensen

Brian Jensen

Platform Artist
Jensen & Co Salon Reno, NV With Sexy Hair for 5 years

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Amanda Kimball
Amanda Kimball

Amanda Kimball

Platform Artist
Twisted Scizzors Cary, NC With Sexy Hair for 6 years

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 Lentz
Kristen Lentz

Kristen Lentz

Platform Artist
Salon Plus Springfield, MO With Sexy Hair for 6 years

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Danielle Lee
Danielle Lee

Danielle Lee

Platform Artist
Casey & Company Salon Conway, SC With Sexy Hair for 7 years

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Marc Mapile
Marc Mapile

Marc Mapile

Platform Artist
Dej Salon Sherman Oaks, CA With Sexy Hair for 6 years

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Tiffany Massey
Tiffany Massey

Tiffany Massey

Platform Artist
Structure Hair Studio Dahlonega, GA With Sexy Hair for 6 years

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Heather Morrison
Heather Morrison

Heather Morrison

Platform Artist
Imageworks Wheelersburg, OH With Sexy Hair for 4 years

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Jenifer Mikel
Jenifer Mikel

Jenifer Mikel

Platform Artist
Fenchy's Beauty Parlor Austin, TX With Sexy Hair for 9 years

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Josue Perez
Josue Perez

Josue Perez

Platform Artist
Alter Ego Hair Studio Escondido, CA With Sexy Hair for 10 years

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 Rivet
Christian Rivet

Christian Rivet

Platform Artist

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Amy Robinson
Amy Robinson

Amy Robinson

Platform Artist
Absolutely You Salon Indiana, IN With Sexy Hair for 7 years

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Jacob Rodriguez
Jacob Rodriguez

Jacob Rodriguez

Platform Artist
Alicia's Salon Temple, TX With Sexy Hair for 5 years

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Michelle Rohrer
Michelle Rohrer

Michelle Rohrer

Platform Artist
Michelle's Beautiqe Exton, PA With Sexy Hair for 7 years

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Sara Severin
Sara Severin

Sara Severin

Platform Artist
Lotus Hair Body & Soul Medford, OR With Sexy Hair for 5 years

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Roxanne Sprinkle
Roxanne Sprinkle

Roxanne Sprinkle

Platform Artist
Elle Marie Hair Studio Lynnwood, WA With Sexy Hair for 5 years

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Anastacia Wagner
Anastacia Wagner

Anastacia Wagner

Platform Artist
Studio A Tucson, AZ With Sexy Hair for 5 years

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Nicole VanHatten
Nicole VanHatten

Nicole VanHatten

Platform Artist
Envy Salon Jacksonville, AL With Sexy Hair for 7 years

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Krystel Waite
Krystel Waite

Krystel Waite

Platform Artist
KDM Coiffure Sherbrooke, QC With Sexy Hair for 5 years

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Ingrid Young
Ingrid Young

Ingrid Young

Platform Artist
Great Clips Palm Springs, CA With Sexy Hair for 5 years

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Diane Zahuranec
Diane Zahuranec

Diane Zahuranec

Platform Artist
Hello Beautiful Salon Fort Lauderdale, FL With Sexy Hair for 7 years

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