Connie McKnight loves being a stylist because she loves her clients. "I have the best, most amazing and down-to-earth clients!" She also loves the creative side of her work. "Cutting hair is like drawing, and coloring is like painting. So every day I get to come to work and do art. It's awesome!" Connie has been a stylist since 2006, was a stylist for Gary Manuel and an Educator at the Gary Manuel Aveda Institute.
Connie has designed hair and done hair internationally in Minneapolis and London and worked behind the scenes as a hair stylist for runway models during New York Fashion Week in New York City. "There are fashion shows going on all over the city, you are racing to get from show to show. Your models are racing from show to show as well. There are celebrities watching your shows....It's very fast-paced and sooo exciting!" Connie's continuous study of current and classic fashion, combined with the mastery and love of the industry gives her the ability to work with individuals and helps create a look that is customized for them. "I love that I've gotten to do all these amazing things with my career but even better is how it influences my work in Poulsbo, bringing my client the best hair cuts, color, and foils that rivals any NYC, London or Paris salon."
Mindy Robinson, a graduate of Gary Manuel Aveda Institute in Seattle, has a special knack for connecting with her clients. "I enjoy working with clients — they are my biggest inspiration." Mindy is up to the challenge of working with different hair styles & types. She encourages her clients to discuss their vision of the creative process. Mindy specializes in coloring — including fantasy, foils and balayage. She continually studies the latest techniques and stays current with trends so she is able to offer her clients a wide variety of services. "The best part of my job is helping clients feel they are their best selves."
In Mindy's spare time she loves spending time with her family & new puppy. They love going to movies, concerts and taking long walks.
You can see some of Mindy's work on her Instagram: @hairbymindyrobinson.
Nichole is passionate about hair as well as building meaningful relationships with the women who sit in her chair. She graduated from the Gene Juarez Academy in 2004 and has devoted herself to extensive continuous education in both cut and color techniques in the years since. She has a comprehensive understanding of color theory and stays current on all trends in fashion and hair. She is skilled in blonde-ing, gray coverage, dimensional brunettes & reds, and both short and long styles.
Aside from being incredibly knowledgeable in her trade, Nichole is most commited to connecting with each client to learn about their individual needs, wants, and lifestyle then providing them with the hair that fits best. Her goal when you leave her chair is that you feel heard, understood, and have your day made! She is happy to deliver lively conversation, dive deep about life, or let you sit in peaceful quiet while you treat yourself at the salon.
Nichole was born and raised in Kitsap County and loves the community she lives in. When she isn't behind the chair - Nichole loves spending time with her busy 2 kids & husband, her big crazy extended family, hanging out with super cool girlfriends, exploring all the beautiful spots in the PNW, finding and devouring the best nachos she can find, and always looking towards the next adventure she has planned. And she can't wait to meet you!
You can see some of Nicholes's work on her Instagram: @hairbynicholemerry.
Genuine, vivacious, trustworthy....more than just hair.
I completed the very comprehensive and thorough training program provided at Gary Manuel Aveda Institute, Seattle, in 2012. I have intensely loved doing hair, caring for, and making people feel beautiful for as long as I can remember.
If I had to use one word to describe myself, it would be Passionate! I am passionate about people, life, and good hair! While you are with me we will talk, laugh, cry, pray, whatever you need...and of course you will always leave with fabulous hair. Really getting to know my client's personality and lifestyle helps to create the best look for each individual. It is very important to me to not just achieve an amazing look, but to maintain the integrity to your hair. I will provide you with great products and styling techniques you can use at home.
To further my knowledge and continually keep up with the latest trends, I regularly seek advanced training classes. I have a strong understanding of color theory and applications as well as precise cutting techniques for short and long styles of curly, wavy and straight hair.
You can see some of Renitas's work on her Instagram: @renitashairapy.