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MEET OUR TEAM OF

MASTER EDUCATORS

Our collective of educators bring a variety of specialties, experiences and powerhouse personalities. Hairtalk Master Educators are part of our family and when you attend one of their classes, you instantly feel their passion. Their love for art and education resonates as they share the tools and techniques needed to build a strong foundation in hair extensions. Most importantly, 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, Vicki Casciola began her love affair with hair at the young age of 10 and earned her cosmetology license before graduating from high school. Vicki is THE hair extensions expert and has completed full applications in under 10 minutes. She specializes in “tragic transformations” and floats effortlessly from behind the chair to platform, education, and editorial work. Vicki believes a successful stylist must constantly grow by being inspired. Her work has graced the pages of top influential magazines such as W, More, Paper, InStyle, Modern Salon, Behind The Chair and more. If you are lucky enough to attend one of her classes, prepare to be blown away.

Las Vegas native, Vicki Casciola began her love affair with hair at the young age of 10 and earned her cosmetology license before graduating from high school. Vicki is THE hair extensions expert and has completed full applications in under 10 minutes. She specializes in “tragic transformations” and floats effortlessly from behind the chair to platform, education, and editorial work. Vicki believes a successful stylist must constantly grow by being inspired. Her work has graced the pages of top influential magazines such as W, More, Paper, InStyle, Modern Salon, Behind The Chair and more. If you are lucky enough to attend one of her classes, prepare to be blown away.

Alicia Iannone

@liciebaby

Senior Master Educator and Platform Artist

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Alicia Iannone began her beauty career in 2009. Several years later she joined the hairtalk® Extensions 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 there, her passion for educating and inspiring other stylists is the driving force taking her on the road to teach. A highly requested educator, Alicia has taught over 50 hairtalk® certifications classes, certifying hundreds of stylists across the country.

Alicia Iannone began her beauty career in 2009. Several years later she joined the hairtalk® Extensions 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 there, her passion for educating and inspiring other stylists is the driving force taking her on the road to teach. A highly requested educator, Alicia has taught over 50 hairtalk® certifications classes, certifying hundreds of stylists across the country.

Tucker Cinalli

@tuckerjstyle

Field Education Director and Senior Master Educator

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Tucker is a southern New Jersey native who discovered his creativity as a child by rearranging furniture for family and friends. Tucker says his mom “never tried to…walk the ordinary” and encourages him to be true to himself before anything. In 2014, he joined the hairtalk® team as Master Educator and Platform Artist. He has certified over one thousand stylists, all while presenting at industry tradeshows, styling content shoots, and maintaining a full book of clients. A powerhouse of style and creativity, Tucker says he wants people to remember him as someone who made them smile.

Tucker is a southern New Jersey native who discovered his creativity as a child by rearranging furniture for family and friends. Tucker says his mom “never tried to…walk the ordinary” and encourages him to be true to himself before anything. In 2014, he joined the hairtalk® team as Master Educator and Platform Artist. He has certified over one thousand stylists, all while presenting at industry tradeshows, styling content shoots, and maintaining a full book of clients. A powerhouse of style and creativity, Tucker says he wants people to remember him as someone who made them smile.

Jaqueline Figueroa

@hairplaylv

Senior Master Educator and Platform Artist

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Jaqueline Figueroa has had a passion for hair all her life. She began doing hair and makeup for local Las Vegas magazines. She has worked on movie sets and runways shows. In time, she has mastered a wide range of hair craft and tape-in extensions is her most requested service. She believes in “Always learning, always growing” and “changing lives, one head at a time”.

Jaqueline Figueroa has had a passion for hair all her life. She began doing hair and makeup for local Las Vegas magazines. She has worked on movie sets and runways shows. In time, she has mastered a wide range of hair craft and tape-in extensions is her most requested service. 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 existed, she’d checkout library books on all things hair and makeup. She decided on vocational high school to start her beauty career as quickly as possible. Lauren joined the hairtalk education team in November of 2015 and took her passion and knowledge of hair extensions to the professional stylist community. Known as the extension expert in Salisbury, Maryland, Lauren sets the bar high for her competition. She brings it full circle by actively participating in a charitable program that makes wigs for children who suffer from hair loss.

At the age of 10, Lauren already knew that beauty would be her business. Before google existed, she’d checkout library books on all things hair and makeup. She decided on vocational high school to start her beauty career as quickly as possible. Lauren joined the hairtalk education team in November of 2015 and took her passion and knowledge of hair extensions to the professional stylist community. Known as the extension expert in Salisbury, Maryland, Lauren sets the bar high for her competition. She brings it full circle by actively participating in a charitable program that makes wigs for children who suffer from hair loss.

April Allen

@spoiledstylist

Master Educator

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A busy salon owner, wife, and mother of two, April Allen left her career in sales after meeting a beauty school director and being drawn into hair. In November of 2015, her love of extensions propelled her to join the hairtalk education team. April shares her knowledge of extensions while continuing to draw inspiration and perspective from her clients. She says, “my clients give me 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 is sure to leave you with a plethora of knowledge.

A busy salon owner, wife, and mother of two, April Allen left her career in sales after meeting a beauty school director and being drawn into hair. In November of 2015, her love of extensions propelled her to join the hairtalk education team. April shares her knowledge of extensions while continuing to draw inspiration and perspective from her clients. She says, “my clients give me 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 is sure to leave you with a plethora of knowledge.

Heather Rafalski

@heather_0630

Master Educator

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Heather Rafalski’s love for the hair and beauty world didn’t start at a young age, like most hairstylists did. Instead she was the mouthy, middle child, “Tom Boy” sister who had no clue what to do after Highschool. All she knew was that college was not for her. Heather decided to enroll in Cosmetology school and that is where her love and passion began. Heather has been a licensed cosmetologist since 2004 and has received training and education from some of the Top Leaders of the industry. After years of working and managing high end salons, she made the move to owning her own salon suite. Now, in 2020, Heather will be opening the doors to her very own salon! In 2015, Heather became certified in Hairtalk Extensions and later that year became a Master Educator in Hairtalk Extensions. Heather currently travels all over the country educating stylist as well as working all of the Tradshows. Heather loves having the opportunity to meet so many amazing stylists and take part in elevating their career.

Heather Rafalski’s love for the hair and beauty world didn’t start at a young age, like most hairstylists did. Instead she was the mouthy, middle child, “Tom Boy” sister who had no clue what to do after Highschool. All she knew was that college was not for her. Heather decided to enroll in Cosmetology school and that is where her love and passion began. Heather has been a licensed cosmetologist since 2004 and has received training and education from some of the Top Leaders of the industry. After years of working and managing high end salons, she made the move to owning her own salon suite. Now, in 2020, Heather will be opening the doors to her very own salon! In 2015, Heather became certified in Hairtalk Extensions and later that year became a Master Educator in Hairtalk Extensions. Heather currently travels all over the country educating stylist as well as working all of the Tradshows. Heather loves having the opportunity to meet so many amazing stylists and take part in elevating their career.

Arleny Aponte

@hairbyleny

Master Educator

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Arleny Is a hair stylist and educator with more than 10 years of experience. She specializes in color, balayage, cuts and hair extensions. Her creative identity began when she was studying architecture and fashion design. Her interest in the professional beauty industry sparked fairly quickly, and she soon created “HairByLeny”- her brand identity as a hairstylist. Thanks to her studies, Arleny handles modern concepts and techniques in an innovative way allowing her to achieve colors and textures in any hair type. Part of her motivation of being a hairstylist has been to help women who have gone through cancer and hair loss raise their self esteem. This is the main reason why she decided to specialize in ​​hair extensions. Today, she is a Hairtalk Master Educator and loves sharing her knowledge and demonstrating that there are no creative limites when conceptualizing new styles.

Arleny Is a hair stylist and educator with more than 10 years of experience. She specializes in color, balayage, cuts and hair extensions. Her creative identity began when she was studying architecture and fashion design. Her interest in the professional beauty industry sparked fairly quickly, and she soon created “HairByLeny”- her brand identity as a hairstylist. Thanks to her studies, Arleny handles modern concepts and techniques in an innovative way allowing her to achieve colors and textures in any hair type. Part of her motivation of being a hairstylist has been to help women who have gone through cancer and hair loss raise their self esteem. This is the main reason why she decided to specialize in ​​hair extensions. Today, she is a Hairtalk Master Educator and loves sharing her knowledge and demonstrating that there are no creative limites when conceptualizing new styles.

Katie Tellor

@katietellorhair

Weft Expert and Master Educator

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Katie began with a solid foundation of education at the prestigious Aveda Institute in Minneapolis. When she finished there in 2003, she was just getting started. Understanding the importance of not only initial training, but continuous ongoing education is what sets Katie apart. From LA to NYC, she left no stone unturned when it came to fine tuning her skills and blazing a trail in the Dallas market. Katie was one of the first in the north Texas area to become an expert at hair extensions and balayage color treatments. She joined the hairtalk team as a Weft Expert, and was a key part of developing then new Weft Collection Products as well as curriculum. Katie also educated for The Business of Balayage and teaches her signature blonding technique with House of Collaboration for different events for the American Board of Certified Colorists

Katie began with a solid foundation of education at the prestigious Aveda Institute in Minneapolis. When she finished there in 2003, she was just getting started. Understanding the importance of not only initial training, but continuous ongoing education is what sets Katie apart. From LA to NYC, she left no stone unturned when it came to fine tuning her skills and blazing a trail in the Dallas market. Katie was one of the first in the north Texas area to become an expert at hair extensions and balayage color treatments. She joined the hairtalk team as a Weft Expert, and was a key part of developing then new Weft Collection Products as well as curriculum. Katie also educated for The Business of Balayage and teaches her signature blonding technique with House of Collaboration for different events for the American Board of Certified Colorists

Nichole Daley

@nicholedaleybeauty

Master Educator

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Nichole Daley’s love for this industry came at a very young age. After graduating from Paul Mitchell the School Spokane she began building her clientele as a booth renter, which fit her personality and style. I found a like-minded, senior stylist who had a similar style and business platform who would mentor me over the next 2 years in addition to my running my own business behind the chair. Over time, that relationship soon turned into a business partnership leading us into the education field of both of our specialties, blonding and extensions. These experiences have lead up, and built the stylist that I am today and brought me to my career with Hairtalk. Nichole is a believer in finding people who inspire you to be better than you were the day before. She never stops learning, and encourages all to be the stylist that supports others.

Nichole Daley’s love for this industry came at a very young age. After graduating from Paul Mitchell the School Spokane she began building her clientele as a booth renter, which fit her personality and style. I found a like-minded, senior stylist who had a similar style and business platform who would mentor me over the next 2 years in addition to my running my own business behind the chair. Over time, that relationship soon turned into a business partnership leading us into the education field of both of our specialties, blonding and extensions. These experiences have lead up, and built the stylist that I am today and brought me to my career with Hairtalk. Nichole is a believer in finding people who inspire you to be better than you were the day before. She never stops learning, and encourages all to be the stylist that 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 loves. An artist at heart with an obsession for “all things beauty”, she was led to hairdressing and immediately recognized it as her calling. When clients ask Robin about #hairgoals, she dives right in with all the right Q’s. What is their version of fabulous hair? What is their daily hair routine? Describe their version of hair nirvana. Wherever the conversation may wander, one thing in certain: clients are in the hands of a great listener whose objective is to find a style that aligns with their answers. And the same goes for all classes she teaches. You’ll leave her classes with a giant smile and plenty of your best self's sass.

After realizing the corporate world was not for her, Robin took a beat to consider what she truly loves. An artist at heart with an obsession for “all things beauty”, she was led to hairdressing and immediately recognized it as her calling. When clients ask Robin about #hairgoals, she dives right in with all the right Q’s. What is their version of fabulous hair? What is their daily hair routine? Describe their version of hair nirvana. Wherever the conversation may wander, one thing in certain: clients are in the hands of a great listener whose objective is to find a style that aligns with their answers. And the same goes for all classes she teaches. You’ll leave her classes with a giant smile and plenty of your best self's sass.

Cassandra Erickson

@blondebynoon

Master Educator

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Cassandra credits her California roots for her Love of Hair Extensions. As a Weft Extension Expert for 18 years, Cassandra Began her career in Huntington Beach, California where she focused on perfecting Blonding & Beaded Weft Extensions. She absolutely loves being able to transform a guest from the outside in and believes Hairtalk Extensions will help you do that every time. Being an educator for Hairtalk has allowed her to do that even more. She now resides in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where she is full time Hair Stylist , Wife & Mother.

Cassandra credits her California roots for her Love of Hair Extensions. As a Weft Extension Expert for 18 years, Cassandra Began her career in Huntington Beach, California where she focused on perfecting Blonding & Beaded Weft Extensions. She absolutely loves being able to transform a guest from the outside in and believes Hairtalk Extensions will help you do that every time. Being an educator for Hairtalk has allowed her to do that even more. She now resides in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where she is full time Hair Stylist , Wife & Mother.

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