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MEET THE

MASTER EDUCATORS

This collective of educators brings a variety of specialties, expert experiences and powerhouse personalities. hairtalk® Master Educators are part of our family and when you attend one of our classes, you instantly feel their passion. Their love for art and education resonates as they share the tools and techniques to guide you in building a strong foundation in hair extensions. Above all, they inspire and encourage you, the stylist, to become a well-rounded pro no matter the artistic platform you choose.


Victoria Casciola

@vickicasciola

Artistic Director, Platform Artist and Senior Master Educator

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Las Vegas native, Victoria began her love affair with hair at age 10 and earned her cosmetology license before graduating from high school. She is the hair extensions expert and has completed full applications in under 10 minutes. Victoria specializes in “tragic transformations” and creating jaw-dropping editorial looks. She floats effortlessly and flawlessly from behind the chair at Hotbox Salon in Las Vegas, NV to platform, education, product development and editorial work. Her work has graced the covers and pages of top influential magazines such as W, More, Paper, InStyle, Modern Salon, Behind The Chair and many more. Victoria believes a successful stylist and educator must constantly grow and forever be open to learning. Always inspired by other stylists she in turn is herself, an inspiration.

Las Vegas native, Victoria began her love affair with hair at age 10 and earned her cosmetology license before graduating from high school. She is the hair extensions expert and has completed full applications in under 10 minutes. Victoria specializes in “tragic transformations” and creating jaw-dropping editorial looks. She floats effortlessly and flawlessly from behind the chair at Hotbox Salon in Las Vegas, NV to platform, education, product development and editorial work. Her work has graced the covers and pages of top influential magazines such as W, More, Paper, InStyle, Modern Salon, Behind The Chair and many more. Victoria believes a successful stylist and educator must constantly grow and forever be open to learning. Always inspired by other stylists she in turn is herself, an inspiration.

Alicia Iannone

@liciebaby

Senior Master Educator and Platform Artist

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Alicia Iannone began her beauty career in 2009 and few years later joined the hairtalk® team as an educator and platform artist. Today, Alicia is known for her extension expertise and spends most of her days styling her full client book at William Robert Salon in Cherry Hill, NJ. When she’s not behind the chair, her passion for educating and inspiring other stylists is the driving force taking her on the road to teach. Alicia is known as an expert in “blonding” and balayage with hairtalk extensions and has certified hundreds of stylists across the country.

Alicia Iannone began her beauty career in 2009 and few years later joined the hairtalk® team as an educator and platform artist. Today, Alicia is known for her extension expertise and spends most of her days styling her full client book at William Robert Salon in Cherry Hill, NJ. When she’s not behind the chair, her passion for educating and inspiring other stylists is the driving force taking her on the road to teach. Alicia is known as an expert in “blonding” and balayage with hairtalk extensions and has certified hundreds of stylists across the country.

Hilary Rotunno

@extensionmama

Master Educator

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Hilary was in 9th grade when her mom arrived from a salon appointment and told her the salon owner was looking for a shampoo attendant...she started a week later and never looked back. She’s been officially behind the chair since 2007 and after attending a hairtalk® Tape Master Certification decided this was the brand she wanted to work with and began her journey as a Master Educator. Hilary believes that all great teacher are always learning and her passion for inspiring other beauty professionals is always present in her classes.

Hilary was in 9th grade when her mom arrived from a salon appointment and told her the salon owner was looking for a shampoo attendant...she started a week later and never looked back. She’s been officially behind the chair since 2007 and after attending a hairtalk® Tape Master Certification decided this was the brand she wanted to work with and began her journey as a Master Educator. Hilary believes that all great teacher are always learning and her passion for inspiring other beauty professionals is always present in her classes.

Jaqueline Figueroa

@hairplaylv

Senior Master Educator and Platform Artist

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Jaqueline’s passion for hair and beauty has existed as long as she can remember. She began doing hair and makeup for local Las Vegas magazines and her career took off. She’s worked on countless movie sets, runways, tradeshows and education events over her career mastering a wide range of hair craft but tape-in extensions is always her most requested service behind the chair at Hotbox Salon in Las Vegas, NV. Jaqueline piloted the hairtalk bilingual education program with our team and certified hundreds of stylists in the US, Honduras and Dominican Republic in English and Spanish. She believes in “always learning, always growing” and “changing lives, one head at a time”.

Jaqueline’s passion for hair and beauty has existed as long as she can remember. She began doing hair and makeup for local Las Vegas magazines and her career took off. She’s worked on countless movie sets, runways, tradeshows and education events over her career mastering a wide range of hair craft but tape-in extensions is always her most requested service behind the chair at Hotbox Salon in Las Vegas, NV. Jaqueline piloted the hairtalk bilingual education program with our team and certified hundreds of stylists in the US, Honduras and Dominican Republic in English and Spanish. She believes in “always learning, always growing” and “changing lives, one head at a time”.

Lauren Fenley

@lauren_fen

Master Educator

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At the age of 10, Lauren already knew that beauty would be her business. Before Google even existed, she’d checkout every library book she found on hair and makeup. She decided on vocational high school so she could start her beauty career as quickly as possible. Lauren became an extension educator in November 2015 and took her passion and knowledge of hair extensions to the professional stylist community. She is known as the extension expert in Salisbury, Maryland where she transforms her clients at Do or Dye Hair Studio. Lauren sets the bar high for her competition and brings it full circle by actively participating in a charitable program that makes wigs for children who suffer from hair loss so to call her inspirational is an understatement.

At the age of 10, Lauren already knew that beauty would be her business. Before Google even existed, she’d checkout every library book she found on hair and makeup. She decided on vocational high school so she could start her beauty career as quickly as possible. Lauren became an extension educator in November 2015 and took her passion and knowledge of hair extensions to the professional stylist community. She is known as the extension expert in Salisbury, Maryland where she transforms her clients at Do or Dye Hair Studio. Lauren sets the bar high for her competition and brings it full circle by actively participating in a charitable program that makes wigs for children who suffer from hair loss so to call her inspirational is an understatement.

April Allen

@spoiledstylist

Master Educator

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April, a busy salon owner at Spoiled Spa and Salon in Vancouver, WA, wife, and mother of two, she left her career in sales after meeting a beauty school director who redirected her career path and led her to hair and beauty. In November 2015, her love of extensions launched her career as an educator and she continues to share her knowledge of extensions while drawing inspiration and perspective from her clients. She says, “my clients give me an amazing perspective [in my personal, family and business life] that I would never have received with my upbringing alone.” April is a fun, loyal, and hardworking tape-in extension expert who’ll leave you inspired and excited about your stylist career.

April, a busy salon owner at Spoiled Spa and Salon in Vancouver, WA, wife, and mother of two, she left her career in sales after meeting a beauty school director who redirected her career path and led her to hair and beauty. In November 2015, her love of extensions launched her career as an educator and she continues to share her knowledge of extensions while drawing inspiration and perspective from her clients. She says, “my clients give me an amazing perspective [in my personal, family and business life] that I would never have received with my upbringing alone.” April is a fun, loyal, and hardworking tape-in extension expert who’ll leave you inspired and excited about your stylist career.

Heather Rafalski

@heather_0630

Master Educator and Hairwear Expert

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Heather’s love for the hair and beauty world didn’t start at a young age, like most hairstylists. Instead she was the mouthy, middle child, “TomBoy” sister who had no clue what to do after high school. All she knew was that college was not for her and she enrolled in cosmetology school where she discovered her passion. Heather was licensed in 2004 and since then has received training and education from a number of industry leaders. After years of managing and styling at high end salons, she made a name for herself as a hair extension and hair enhancement expert at Onyx Salon in Saline, MI. In 2015 Heather was certified in tape-in extensions and later began her education career. She loves being able to meet so many amazing stylists around the country and be a force in elevating their careers.

Heather’s love for the hair and beauty world didn’t start at a young age, like most hairstylists. Instead she was the mouthy, middle child, “TomBoy” sister who had no clue what to do after high school. All she knew was that college was not for her and she enrolled in cosmetology school where she discovered her passion. Heather was licensed in 2004 and since then has received training and education from a number of industry leaders. After years of managing and styling at high end salons, she made a name for herself as a hair extension and hair enhancement expert at Onyx Salon in Saline, MI. In 2015 Heather was certified in tape-in extensions and later began her education career. She loves being able to meet so many amazing stylists around the country and be a force in elevating their careers.

Arleny Aponte

@hairbyleny

Master Educator

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Arleny is a 10 year veteran hair stylist and currently works behind the chair at One11 Hair Studio in Miami, FL. Her creative identity began when she was studying architecture and fashion design and soon created her hairstylist brand identity, “HairByLeny”. Thanks to her studies, Arleny navigates modern concepts and techniques in innovative ways allowing her to achieve colors and textures in any hair type. Much of her motivation has been driven by her family’s experience with breast cancer and has devoted her career to helping women who’ve experienced cancer-related hair loss which is the main reason she decided to specialize in ​​hair extensions. Today, as an educator she loves sharing her knowledge and helping stylists conceptualize new styles in extensions by recognizing there are no creative limits.

Arleny is a 10 year veteran hair stylist and currently works behind the chair at One11 Hair Studio in Miami, FL. Her creative identity began when she was studying architecture and fashion design and soon created her hairstylist brand identity, “HairByLeny”. Thanks to her studies, Arleny navigates modern concepts and techniques in innovative ways allowing her to achieve colors and textures in any hair type. Much of her motivation has been driven by her family’s experience with breast cancer and has devoted her career to helping women who’ve experienced cancer-related hair loss which is the main reason she decided to specialize in ​​hair extensions. Today, as an educator she loves sharing her knowledge and helping stylists conceptualize new styles in extensions by recognizing there are no creative limits.

Nichole Daley

@nicholedaleybeauty

Master Educator

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Nichole fell in love with beauty very young and after graduating from Paul Mitchell the School Spokane began building her clientele, quickly establishing herself as an extension expert with a specialty in sew in weft. She connected with another like-minded stylist who mentored her and they eventually became business partners as stylists and educators. She currently is a studio owner in Coeurd’Alene, ID. Nichole believes in surrounding herself with positive people who inspire her to continuously become a better version of herself. She is always learning and encourages every stylist she meets to be the kind of stylist who supports others.

Nichole fell in love with beauty very young and after graduating from Paul Mitchell the School Spokane began building her clientele, quickly establishing herself as an extension expert with a specialty in sew in weft. She connected with another like-minded stylist who mentored her and they eventually became business partners as stylists and educators. She currently is a studio owner in Coeurd’Alene, ID. Nichole believes in surrounding herself with positive people who inspire her to continuously become a better version of herself. She is always learning and encourages every stylist she meets to be the kind of stylist who supports others.

Robin Lennon

@thehairgoalshoney

Master Educator

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After realizing the corporate world was not for her, Robin “took a beat” to consider what she truly loved. Being an artist at heart and having an obsession for all things beauty, she immediately discovered her calling. She always approaches her clients at Abstrakt Studio in Dallas, TX asking about their #hairgoals and no matter where the conversation goes, one thing is certain; her clients always leave happy because her hair goal is about making them look and feel fabulous. Robin loves to teach and her passion for inspiring other stylists is her driving force in class since part of her #hairgoal is to support other stylists in their career path.

After realizing the corporate world was not for her, Robin “took a beat” to consider what she truly loved. Being an artist at heart and having an obsession for all things beauty, she immediately discovered her calling. She always approaches her clients at Abstrakt Studio in Dallas, TX asking about their #hairgoals and no matter where the conversation goes, one thing is certain; her clients always leave happy because her hair goal is about making them look and feel fabulous. Robin loves to teach and her passion for inspiring other stylists is her driving force in class since part of her #hairgoal is to support other stylists in their career path.

Hadeel Khaireddin

@hustlehairstudio

Master Educator

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Hadeel began her beauty career and love affair with hairtalk® in 2015. Fast forward just 5 years...she’s a hairtalk® Master Educator and multi-method extension expert. Raised by immigrant parents, she credits her work ethic to her dad who taught her she could manifest anything she wanted in life by “putting the work in”. Hadeel is a natural and inspirational educator and creative. She spends free time listening to podcasts on self-help and adult education topics, that is when she is not hanging with her 3 sisters or taking care of her home and “plant babies”. Hadeel “just [wakes] up every day insanely grateful for every little thing, and [tries] try to work the hardest [she] can so the universe can reward [her] when it deems [she’s] earned it.

Hadeel began her beauty career and love affair with hairtalk® in 2015. Fast forward just 5 years...she’s a hairtalk® Master Educator and multi-method extension expert. Raised by immigrant parents, she credits her work ethic to her dad who taught her she could manifest anything she wanted in life by “putting the work in”. Hadeel is a natural and inspirational educator and creative. She spends free time listening to podcasts on self-help and adult education topics, that is when she is not hanging with her 3 sisters or taking care of her home and “plant babies”. Hadeel “just [wakes] up every day insanely grateful for every little thing, and [tries] try to work the hardest [she] can so the universe can reward [her] when it deems [she’s] earned it.

Caitlin Essing

@sirenstylist

Master Educator

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Caitlin, a stylist, an educator, a wife and dog mom to Atlas, began her career in 2010 discovering her fascination with extensions and education early on. Caitlin began mentoring stylists between clients at the very first salon she worked in. She coached on technical skills, salon etiquette, marketing and goal setting. In 2013, she began her educator and platform artist journey with Michael O’Rourke’s Rock Your Hair team, teaching haircutting techniques and it's this that she credits perfecting her ability to create the perfect blended extensions with...and we know that's no easy task! Her passion for educating and inspiring other stylists led her to form a competition free community via social media and other channels because she believes all stylists can be successful and she's devoted to being a part of that success. In 2016, after experimenting with many extensions brands, she was introduced to hairtalk® and shifted her career focus to hair extensions. Today, she is a multi-method Master Educator with hairtalk® and all her clients are extensions, wig or hair replacement wearers. When she's not doing hair, she's creating social media content, marketing her business online or walking “Atlas” on the beach with her husband.

Caitlin, a stylist, an educator, a wife and dog mom to Atlas, began her career in 2010 discovering her fascination with extensions and education early on. Caitlin began mentoring stylists between clients at the very first salon she worked in. She coached on technical skills, salon etiquette, marketing and goal setting. In 2013, she began her educator and platform artist journey with Michael O’Rourke’s Rock Your Hair team, teaching haircutting techniques and it's this that she credits perfecting her ability to create the perfect blended extensions with...and we know that's no easy task! Her passion for educating and inspiring other stylists led her to form a competition free community via social media and other channels because she believes all stylists can be successful and she's devoted to being a part of that success. In 2016, after experimenting with many extensions brands, she was introduced to hairtalk® and shifted her career focus to hair extensions. Today, she is a multi-method Master Educator with hairtalk® and all her clients are extensions, wig or hair replacement wearers. When she's not doing hair, she's creating social media content, marketing her business online or walking “Atlas” on the beach with her husband.

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