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Meet Our Educators

Nikki Lowery

Nikki Lowery

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

Nikki Lowery’s devotion to education is a testament to her strong desire to inspire those around her. By immersing herself in opportunities to grow, Nikki has traveled the world from New York to Milan, participating in New York Fashion week studying under industry leaders:  Allen Ruiz, Jon Reyman, and Peter Gray. Certified by Hairdreams, Dream Catchers, and Coppola. Television appearances on Charlotte Today, and Good Day LA. Magazine recognition in Domino, and Weddings. Nikki sets an example for what it takes to continually take your craft to the next level – FOCUS. Nikki believes focusing on choices equals underlying success. As Director of Education for Modern Salon & Spa Salon, Nikki created an evolving education program to support the growth of stylists both professionally and personally. When Nikki started in the industry in 1998, she knew right away she had found her niche. She has set an inspiring path in place for others to follow her example – FOCUS does lead to success.

Sean Foley

Sean Foley

CUTTING SPECIALIST & CREATIVE LEAD

Sean’s passion for education comes from his desire to challenge and inspire others. Sean is always pushing himself to grow through his own advanced training and education. Since starting his career in 2006, Sean has had the opportunity to train with some of the industry’s top stylists and education companies. Including:  Aveda, Arrojo, Gerard Scarpaci, Ricardo Dinis, and with Jon Reyman and his team for New York fashion week. Sean’s training through Aveda earned him the title of Haircutting Purefessional. Sean is excited to be a part of Hafezi Collective team and look’s forward to sharing his knowledge with other industry professionals.

Jordan Haller

Jordan Haller

STYLIST EDUCATOR

Jordan has been a licensed cosmetologist since 2012. She has had the opportunity to train with lots of different influences in the salon industry including Vidal Sassoon, Gerard Scarpaci, Ricardo Denis, Tipi Shorter, Platinum Seamless Hair Extensions, and many others. Jordan is extremely passionate about always continuing to learn and grow in the salon industry. She is also very passionate about educating others because she feels keeping others people motivated and bringing to light their full potential is so important. She loves watching people learn new things, seeing “light bulbs” go off, and “ah-ha” moments. Jordan believes it’s so important to stay passionate about what we do.”

Valieta V. Mati

Valieta V. Mati

Stylist Educator

Val joined the industry professionally in 2006, and started her career at Modern Salon & Spa in Charlotte, North Carolina. Val’s passion to educate stems from the leaders in her life that have inspired her. Val is a go-getter and always willing to learn and share her knowledge with others. “In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn”. Val’s certifications include: Advanced Color Training, Hair Color Magic, NYC Academy, Red Chocolate with David Adams, Keratin Coppola, Co-Director of Education for Modern Salon & Spa and Hafezi Collective, Color Magic with Lupe Voss in NY and NC, Styling with John Reyman, Cutting with Hauns Carpella, Advanced Cutting with Gerard Carpeci, Texture with Tippi Shorter, and Dream Catchers. Magazine recognition in Bride, Weddings, and Peachy. In addition to Val’s passion for advanced color education, she loves styling for weddings and the runway!

Jessica McGuire

Jessica McGuire

SPA EDUCATOR

Jessica has been an Esthetician since 2007 after completing the Aveda Institute’s Esthiology training program. “I went into this field with the intention of giving to people what they need for health and wellness, not just for the skin but the body and mind as a whole.” Since then she has been growing upon this mission through education and experience. With training from top industry professional such as Aveda, Chanel, Waxing Queen Lori Nestore, and The Broadmoor Resort. “I believe education is an outlet, not just for furthering ones knowledge but to fully immerse yourself in your passion, inspiration and excitement for what you intend to give to the world. This passion for giving is why I started educating.”

Emily Bunn

Emily Bunn

STYLIST  EDUCATOR

Emily has been in love with the haircare industry since a young age.  Education and inspiring others has also been a lifelong joy. Emily feels that her passion for being an educator comes from all of the mentors and individuals she has learned from along her journey as a hair stylist. Inspiration is contagious and educating other stylists to be the very best they can be in a tough industry is her calling. Emily has trained under industry leaders Roby Powers and Nina Rubel for TIGI, Matthew Swinney and Oscar Bond for Lanza, Steven Ward, and Arsalan and Arezo Hafezi. Emily’s favorite area to teach and perform in the salon is hair color. She developed a strong understanding of the laws of color beginning in cosmetology school and loves to teach others about the science behind it.  She also enjoys demonstrating and teaching learners about the many amazing products Organic Pure Care offers and the versatile ways in which they can be used. She practices effectively teaching all types of learners and perfecting her techniques.

Dante Pinto

Dante Pinto

BUSINESS EDUCATOR
In 2013, Dante started with Modern Salon and Spa after transitioning from retail and he immediately fell in love with the industry. After expressing interest in the business aspect of salons he was inspired to become apart of the management team. With hard work and attending multiple leadership development courses, Dante became invested in growing and coaching salon teams which organically transitioned into educating for Hafezi Collective. Dante loves working and educating in the industry because it is always evolving and you must stay current with all the new trends which in return expands my overall knowledge. He specifically loves teaching 4Mat and helping leaders identify how to connect with their teams and create engaging courses to bring back to their organizations!
Jocelyn Rhodes

Jocelyn Rhodes

STYLIST EDUCATOR
Jocelyn became a stylist in 2014. She loves the beauty industry because it is always growing and evolving, and she is excited to be a part of it every day. She became an educator because she loves being able to share what she loves and see lightbulbs go off in others. Her specialties include product knowledge, textured hair, salon culture and theory. Jocelyn trained at the Aveda Institute after receiving a background in Natural Hair Care. She has also received training with Organic Pure Care Color and Skin Care, Kripa Makeup and Cutting through Hafezi Collective.
Katherine Underwood

Katherine Underwood

STYLIST EDUCATOR
Katherine loves making people feel amazing about their hair, and finds her career in the beauty industry very rewarding. She has been a beauty professional since 2013, and enjoys expressing her creativity through her work. Katherine specializes in extensions, and has trained with Platinum Seamless and Dreamcatchers extensions. She loves educating other stylists on how to improve sales by communicating awesome hair care to their clients. She loves seeing others she teaches and works with grow and succeed.
Kydie Bennett

Kydie Bennett

STYLIST EDUCATOR
Kydie loves working in the beauty industry because it creates a space for people to feel beautiful inside and out. “Beauty is a powerful thing, and to be part of helping someone feel beautiful is amazing. It is my goal to affect someone’s confidence and happiness, and make them feel great in every way!” Kydie has been a beauty professional since 2012, and she specializes in blondes, color and balayage. She has training ranging from Aveda, Color Magic, Platinum Seamless extensions, Keratin, and cutting classes with Gerard Scarpaci, to advanced training in Italy with Organic Pure Care. She loves sharing the gift of knowledge and helping build and encourage others.
Mae Mlo

Mae Mlo

STYLIST EDUCATOR

Mae has been a stylist for ten years and has trained with Carolina Beauty College, Modern Salon & Spa and Organic Pure Care in Italy. She specializes in balayage, color, cutting and styling. Mae loves that she is able to meet and connect with others while sharing her passion for beauty and helping people look and feel beautiful. Mae believes in the importance of continued education in the beauty industry. She is excited to be an educator because she loves learning about new techniques, trends, products and ideas from other mentors and educators and then sharing with others.

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