the salon stylists
ajadvanced stylist hair stylist since 2014 joined bijin in 2016 AJ earned her Cosmetology degree from Bellus Academy in Manhattan, Kansas, and is also a certified makeup artist. She attended Wella Triple Craft Cut class with Stephen Moody, Kerastase Parisian shag and blowout classes, and several Wella color workshops. AJ has also styled hair and done makeup for Kansas City Fashion Week. She specializes in blowouts, updo styles and blonding techniques. “My current obsession is the foilayage look and long bob cuts.” Fun fact: "I’m a total product junkie. I have an over the top makeup collection at home!"
hair stylist since 2016
joined bijin in 2016
Alexis graduated from Johnson County Community College. She was named Student of the Year and also made the President’s Honor Roll. Alexis attended National Wella Trend Vision and the North American Hairstyling Awards ceremony in 2016. She attended Wella Triple Craft Cut class with Stephen Moody. Alexis enjoys pixies and shorter hairstyles, and likes trying new techniques on clients to keep it fun and interesting. She loves the blondes, and is currently mastering highlighting and Balayage methods.
Fun fact: “I’m obsessed with Selena Quintanilla. I have the MAC collection in mint condition!”
hair stylist since 2008
joined bijin in 2008
Amber graduated from the Regency Beauty Institute and has advanced her haircutting skills by attending Saco Salon Workshop, Vidal Sassoon Workshop by their International Creative Director Mark Hayes, Men’s Hair Cutting by American Crew, and V76 Men’s Hair Cutting by Vaughn Acord. Amber has a versatile and eclectic style. She specializes in long layer, creative and classic haircuts and loves the creativity of hair coloring and highlighting. She enjoys creating natural looks like Ombre and Ecaille achieved with Balayaging.
Fun Fact: “I was obsessed with Ziggy (David Bowie) as early as first grade.”
associate and studio manager
hair stylist since 1998
joined bijin in 1998
Amy has completed classes with Sam Villa, Kris Sorbie, Oscar Bond, Vaughn Acord, Jill Leitz, Justin Issac and Dhaniel Doud. She has participated in the Wella Color Correction Class in L.A. (as well as in-salon workshops) and Vidal Sassoon’s ABC Cut Course and additional workshops with Traci Sakosits, Richie Rivera and their International Creative Director Mark Hayes. At Bumble & Bumble University (NYC), Amy participated in Styling your Career/Color Workshop, Network Educator I and II/Design Workshop and Design Studio. She has also attended NAHA (“the Academy Awards of Hairdressing!”), BTC Cut and Color in NOLA and the Chicago Hair Show numerous times. Amy is passionate about getting the details right and consulting with clients which enable her to fine-tune a specific look from a photo to suit her clients.
Fun Fact: “I went to State Typing Competition in high school. 80 WPM!”
hair stylist since 2012
joined bijin in 2019
Andra graduated from Eric Fisher Academy in Wichita, KS and then moved to Chicago to apprentice at Trio Salon under Anne Coconate, former Assistant Color Director for Sassoon. She returned to teach at Eric Fisher Academy, where she also became a national trainer for ProsperU and a video stylist for Style with Knowledge training series. Andra’s education includes classes with Oscar Bond, Pope the Barber and Gerard Scarpaci. She has also taken Wella’s Triple Craft Class with Stephen Moody, Aquage Masterclass Academy and L’Oréal Color Connections. Andra loves bold color changes, as well as natural, enhancing highlights. She also enjoys cutting bobs and showing clients how to achieve a great sense of style at home.
Fun fact: “I shampooed Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter’s hair and felt my Kindergarten heart flutter!”
hair stylist since 2007
joined bijin in 2012
Brooke’s background includes: Wella Color Class, Vidal Sassoon Cutting Class taught by their International Creative Director Mark Hayes, Fringe Bang Class with the Kérastase International Creative Director Nina Dimachki, Vaughn Acord’s Men’s Cutting Class, Jeff Haymes' Women’s Cutting Class, Kelly Cardenas’ Salon Business Class, Kérastase Product Knowledge and Alexandra Matiz’s Wella Color Class. Brooke loves to do dry cutting (once the haircut is established) so she can see where the hair will naturally lay—everyone’s hair lays uniquely different. Fun Fact: “I enjoy spending quality time with friends and family, and time away to the lake.”
master stylist, educator and retail consultant
hair stylist since 1996
joined bijin in 2000
Chloe received her Cosmetology degree from the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica, CA; shortly after, she took on an apprenticeship at Doyle Wilson Salon (on Melrose Avenue) in Los Angeles. Chloe has attended numerous courses at Bumble & Bumble University (NYC) including Educator Workshops and worked at Planet Salon on Melrose Avenue in Beverly Hills until relocating to Kansas City. She has also trained with celebrity stylist Garren at the R&Co Education Center in Miami, FL. Chloe has been an integral part of bijin’s Advanced Training Program and continues to teach several classes a year.
Chloe is passionate about hairstyling and cutting and is an expert on advising her clients on the products that are best-suited for them.
Fun Fact: “Many celebrities frequented Doyle Wilson Salon where I worked early on—Faye Dunaway, Charlize Theron, Winona Ryder, Beck, Dixie Chicks…”
danaadvanced stylist hair stylist since 2014 joined bijin in 2016 Dana graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Human Services, and added to her education with a Cosmetology degree from Bellus Academy in Manhattan, KS. Dana attended Wella Triple Craft Cut class with Stephen Moody, Kerastase product and blowout class, and several Wella color workshops. She has a true passion for cutting hair and making the ideal haircut for each client. “I favor a fun highlight and/or balayage to create the perfect blonde bombshell whether in the summer or fall.” Fun fact: "I’m a concert addict and even have a dedicated bucket list that I check off after every concert!"
erikasalon stylist hair stylist since 2013 joined bijin in 2017 Erika earned her Cosmetology degree from the Paul Mitchell School. She attended Kerastase fringe and Parisian shag classes, Oribe Signature Cutting class and several American Crew workshops. Erika excels in men’s cutting and styling, bob haircuts and highlighting with balayage. “I enjoy doing natural looking, lived-in styles and colors as well as creative looks.” Fun fact: “I know every word to Fergalicious!”
graceadvanced stylist hair stylist since 2016 joined bijin in 2016 Grace completed her education with both a Cosmetology and Esthetics degree from Johnson County Community College. She attended Wella Triple Craft Cut class with Stephen Moody, Kerastase Parisian shag and blowout class, and several Wella color workshops. She loves doing highlights and balayage, and short, fun shag cuts are her favorite. Grace’s goal is to make clients feel best about themselves while they are in her chair. Fun fact: "A green thumb runs in my family. Vegetables are my specialty."
hair stylist since 2014
joined bijin in 2014
Julianne came to bijin in 2014 with a degree from the JCCC School of Cosmetology. She is Keratin certified, has taken a Martin Parsons Upstyling Class in Austin, TX and has participated in the Wella workshops offered through bijin’s Associate program. Julianne enjoys tuning in to webinars—specifically, Balayage webinars. Julianne loves creating haircuts with styles built into them as well as finding that perfect customized hair color for her clients. “I love big, sexy hair! Long layered styles are my fave!”
Fun fact: “I never missed watching these TV shows as a kid: Tiny Toons, Golden Girls and the Chicago Bulls!”
katyanneadvanced stylist hair stylist since 2015 joined bijin in 2015 Katyanne graduated in 2015 from Paul Mitchell School in Wichita. Her education also includes Long Hair Styling and UpDo Styling with Pamela Peretti, V76 Men’s Cutting Class, Robert Vasquez Styling Class, Cutting with Paul Mitchell’s National Educator Skyler Marsh, Paul Mitchell’s Caper Event and Wella Cut Craft with Stephen Moody. Katyanne loves to create a full look tailored to her client’s needs and she enjoys working with textured hair and wigs; her updo styling and finishing skills set her apart. Fun fact: “Before I started doing hair, I went to school on a vocal music scholarship.”
liviaadvanced stylist hair stylist since 2011 joined bijin in 2012 Livia graduated from Xenon International Academy and has completed several classes including: Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatments, Vidal Sassoon Cut and Color Class with Mark Hayes, Kerastase Styling and Fringe Bang Class with International Creative Director Nina Dimachki, Wella color training class with Global Artist Sonya Dove, Vaughn Acord Men’s Cutting, R+Co and Oribe styling classes and Cutting Class with Hatori Hanzo educator and Elevation H International Creative Director, Cole Thompson. She also attended the American Crew Men’s Workshop. Livia specializes in Coppola Keratin services and is very knowledgeable about the best type of treatment for each client’s hair needs. She also loves styling hair for special occasions. Fun fact: “My other passion in life besides my family is horses. I grew up competing in eventing and hunter/jumpers, and am currently working to get back into it!”
hair stylist since 2005
joined bijin in 2005
Madison has taken advanced courses in cutting, coloring and styling. She participated in color classes from Redken and Wella’s Essential Coloring class in Los Angeles, as well as classes taught by renowned artists including Dhaniel Doud, Kris Sorbie and Jill Leitz. She completed the Fierce Conversations and Styling Your Career courses through Bumble & Bumble University in NYC and Men’s Haircutting Techniques from American Crew and Vaughn Acord. Madison has taken workshops with Vidal Sassoon’s International Creative Director Mark Hayes, Fringe Bang Class with Kérastase’s Nina Dimachki and Advanced Coloring Techniques with Wella’s Alexandria Matiz. Madison is passionate about her profession and enjoys thorough consultations so “the hair fits the lifestyle.”
Fun fact: “I’m the youngest of six kids!”
hair stylist since 2000
joined bijin in 2000
Mandy’s background includes: Advanced Color Training from Justin Isaac, Redken, Bumble & Bumble, Color Correction from Wella, and Hair Cutting with Sam Villa, Oscar Bond and Mark Hayes. She participated in a four-day Cutting Class from Toni and Guy (Dallas, TX) and Vaughn Acord’s Men’s Cutting Class at bijin. Mandy loves highlighting to achieve natural, well-blended blondes and has a passion for doing hair coloring. She likes doing short haircuts, creative cuts and different-length bobs as well.
Fun Fact: “In high school, one of my drawings from art class was chosen to be shown at the Hidden Glen Art Festival.”
mersadesadvanced stylist re-joined bijin in 2021 Mersades graduated from the acclaimed Eric Fischer Academy in Wichita, KS, where she also grew up. She was a standout in the school and was chosen to enter the student competition in the North American Hairstyling Awards. Mersades has attended cutting workshops with the International Creative Director for Vidal Sassoon, Wella Color Workshops with Alexandra Matiz, Sonya Dove, and Sassoon’s Richie Rivera. She also participated in the Triple Threat Foilayage Class with Ashley Norman. For five consecutive years starting in 2015, Mersades was a make-up artist, model, or colorist in Wella’s National Trend Vision Competition. She stays up on the latest trends (and sets them!) in haircuts, color and fashion by constantly researching and remembering to always be a student. Currently, she specializes in sun-kissed colors, fashion color and color blocking. She also loves to cut women’s short hair and specializes in fine textured hair which play into her “very detailed” nature. Fun fact: "I adopted my dog, Diggles, many years ago when I was an associate at bijin!”
advanced stylist hair stylist since 2006 joined bijin in 2010
Michelle is certified in “Hotheads” Hair Extensions (tape-in extensions, sew-in extensions and hair wear volumizers), Evolve Hair Solutions (adding volume on top of the head — all 100% human hair for added length, volume and color enhancement). Michelle is also Keratin Smoothing Complex certified. She loves to continue her education and enhance her craft through various classes including: Wella color classes, the Fringe Bang class with the Kerastase International Creative Director, R & CO product knowledge, and a color class taught by Sonya Dove. Michelle approaches each client with an open and honest attitude and is passionate about always learning more.
Fun Fact: Michelle loves transforming her clients just as much as she loves transforming herself on halloween! You have been warned!
nanimaster stylist and educator hair stylist since 1999 joined bijin in 1999 Nani has extensive cutting and coloring training—attending workshops from New York to San Diego, Chicago and LA as well as local, in-house workshops. She attended Bumble & Bumble University, Redken Exchange, Wella Color classes and the Chicago Midwest Show. She has participated in workshops with Laurent Philippon, Howard McClaren, Mark Hayes, Oscar Bond, Jill Leitz, Justin Issac, Dhaniel Doud, Sam Villa, Chris Sorbie, Nick Berardi, Vaughn Acord, Nina Dimachki and Alexandra Matiz. Nani has trained with celebrity stylist Garren at the R&Co Education Center in Miami, FL. In addition, she has styled for KC Weddings dress magazine, Fashion for a Cause and Tomboy Fashion Show. Nani has been a Network Educator for Bumble & Bumble and an Educator for bijin Studio wigs and toupee Stylists. Nani is passionate about making each client feel beautiful and confident, creating the “whole or complete experience; from start to finish. Fun Fact: “I drive the lawn tractor in exercise clothes and my Fatbaby cowboy boots.”
hair stylist since 2005
joined bijin in 2007
Natalie believes in constantly staying current with the very best in education, training, and fashion, and vows that all guests look fresh and updated. Cutting for texture and face shape is her specialty, as well as natural balayage and advanced foil highlighting. She graduated from Toni and Guy Hairdressing Academy in Dallas, Texas, and quickly grew into a leader at bijin. She enjoys traveling; looking for the next inspiration to bring back home. Natalie’s most important education includes:Men’s Haircutting with celebrity stylist Vaughn Acord of V76, Photoready with Eli Mancha, Classic Coloring with the Doves, Styling Fundamentals by Bumble & Bumble, Balayage with Kris Sorbie, Oribe Signature Cut/Textured Styling with Christian Ceja, R+Co Expo with Howard McLaren, Contemporary Color with Sam Villa and Vidal Sassoon Classic Cutting with Traci Sakosits. She is certified in Arrojo American Wave and Arrojo Hair Painting as well as Razor Cutting with Nick Arrojo. Natalie has completed both Wella Color Correcting and Creative Color classes.
Her published work includes competition in the 2012 North American Hairstyling Awards, Ink KC and Indulge KC.
Fun fact: “I love to surf!”
hair stylist since 1992
with bijin from 1992 – 2009 & rejoined bijin in 2019
Shelby’s interest in hair first started with his childhood dog Buffy who let him curl the hair in her ears and the rest is history! As a cosmetology graduate in 1990, he first joined bijin in 1992 as an Associate Stylist. He took a nine year break to own his own salon and bijin is happy that he has returned!
His impressive resume includes: Network Educator for Bumble and bumble, Aveda, Vidal Sassoon cutting classes, and salon owner. Along with numerous shows and workshops, Shelby attended the Session Master Stylist program with hair guru, super stylist Luigi Murenu. With his extensive training and background he helped to create the bijin advanced education program. Harper’s Bazaar magazine named him one of America’s hottest colorists.
Apart from mastering the craft of hairstyling, Shelby also mastered the craft of consultation and listening skills. His passion is to help clients create a hair plan in order to evolve their look by working with what they have naturally. He loves prescribing the right products to be able to recreate the look at home and work with their personal lifestyle.
Fun Fact: “My first concert I attended was KISS — when i was 6 years old!”
hair stylist since 2003
joined bijin in 2004
Stacie’s extensive background includes the following: Cosmetology degree from Superior School of Hairstyling, Goldwell Advanced Color Workshop, Eric Fisher Hair Show in KC, Michael Cole (Step-Up) Seminar, Wella Advanced Cut and Color, Redken Symposium in Las Vegas, Chicago Midwest Show, Vidal Sassoon Class, L’Oréal Professional SOHO Academy (NYC), World Famous Edward Tricomi Dry Cutting and Up-do, Bumble & Bumble University (NYC), Redken Platform Artist (Sam Villa, Kris Sorbie, Nick Berardi workshops), Miami Color Show with celebrity stylist Kim Vo, American Crew Workshops and “Fashion for a Cause” Charity event in KC. Stacie has trained with celebrity stylist Tom Priano at the R&Co Education Center in Miami, FL and also has completed the Vidal Sassoon Advanced Cutting Workshop with Mark Hayes, Vidal Sassoon Advanced Color with Richie Rivera, the Vaughn Acord V76 men’s cutting class at bijin. She is American Wave certified (Chicago).
Fun Fact: "I put KETCHUP on my KETCHUP!"