Sonja has more than thirty-five years of experience in the beauty industry. She has owned and operated a full service salon for over thirty years. She was a product manager for a major manufacturer for eight years, a technical educator for ten years and a sales manager in a nine state territory for eight years. She has been able to showcase her wide experience and in-depth knowledge in every façade of the industry.
Sonja has had extensive training and has studied at Gerrard's in San Francisco, Annie Smith Academy in Toronto, Canada and she graduated from Redkin 5th Avenue in New York. During her eight years of travel for the industry, Sonja taught in salon clinics, demonstrated as a platform artist, instructed PK Knowledge courses and taught hair color classes for four major manufacturers.
Heather started chasing her dream in 2006 when she entered the beauty industry. After obtaining her cosmetology license, she decided to continue her education in the esthetics department, gaining as much work experience and education to build her knowledge and strength as a stylist. She is passionate about hair and she loves teaching others. She has taught both cosmetology and esthetics. She enjoys learning the newest trends and mastering new techniques. She had the opportunity to spend three years in South Carolina working at a salon that ranks in the Top 100 salons in the United States. She had continued education classes and product knowledge on several different color and product lines. She always try to improve her skills.
She holds a cosmetology license in four states and her educator's license in two states. She also holds an esthetician license as well. She is ready to make teaching her full time career. She looks forward to preparing students to become successful designers and love what they do. That way they will never have to really work a day in their lives.
Jodi is one of our Illinois licensed cosmetology instructors with broad experience in both real-world application and student training. Jodi earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Greenville College and has been a hair stylist for 37 years. She is the salon owner of The Hair Co. in Vandalia, Illinois where she has an extensive clientele. Well-travelled with wide-ranging education, Jodi has advanced color training from Los Angeles, California, as well as extensive barber class discipline in Salt Lake City, Utah. Additionally, Jodi has taken retail management courses in St. Paul, Minnesota, salon management classes in Chicago, Illinois, and esthetics courses in St. Louis, Missouri. Just recently, she attended classes at the Scruples test salon for in-depth training in color.