Our Talented Stylists & Staff in Denver
Nicki Wenz Co-Owner: Esthetician / Makeup artist
As co-owner of Zandi K Hair and Skin Studio, Nicki Wenz has been practicing her craft since 2001. Nicki has been recognized as “Best of” Denver for brow shaping by multiple local publications. Her expertise as a makeup artist was recognized nationally in 2005, at which time she became one of only twelve national makeup artists for Aveda. As a makeup artist, Nicki has done countless stage trade shows including Aveda Congress and Aveda Master Jams. Nicki has also worked doing makeup with Aveda’s team at New York Fashion Week, Chicago’s Gold Coast Fashion Week, and L.A. Fashion Week, and her work has been published on Vogue.com. As a national artist she has traveled all over the country doing photo shoots as well as educating future makeup artists. As an Aveda educator, Nicki has taught over 100 professional makeup classes in the US, as well as Canada. In the salon, Nicki is best known for her fast body waxing, precision high arched brow shaping and relaxing facials. As a client, you can always see Nicki to get your makeup done for a special event or even just a lesson to learn new techniques or a seasonal up date for your makeup.
“Your brows should frame your eyes, make them the focal point. They should match your personality; soft and subtle, high and fierce, or somewhere in between.”
Faye Zandi Co-Owner: Hair Stylist
While Faye’s background includes a bachelors degree in Finance and big business corporate experience, her true dedication and passion is, and always has been in the salon industry. She has over 13 years of industry experience as a hairstylist and color specialist, with most of her experience being in the AVEDA network. She has passion for education and has continued to expand her skill base by taking advanced training classes, including AVEDA collection classes where she has been fortunate to learn some of the latest and most cutting edge cut and color techniques. She brings all of this education back to her staff and clients at Zandi K. Hair and Skin Studio. Her industry experience also extends to new talent training and client education, which allows her to provide the highest quality service to her clients and to cultivate the highest level of talent in her team. As a business woman, Faye has been recognized by MSCD’s Center for Innovation as Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010, as well as being touted as one of Denver’s Top 30 Under 30 by Lodo Magazine.
“A good haircut shouldn’t have to be styled into submission; it should look great whether you put 5 minutes or 2 hours into your morning.”
Hilary Hackney: Master Hair Stylist
Ever since Hilary was a child she had a desire to create art. After pursuing art in college, she went on to master the skill of designing hair in 2002. Mediocrity was not acceptable, so with hard work and a hunger to learn, she dove head first into the imaginative world of beauty and fashion. It wasn’t long before she was working with some of the top stylists in Colorado. Hilary has now been a master stylist at Zandi K since 2008. With the many hours of practice, and advanced classes, her career has gone to the next level by being part of the creative team at Wilhelmina Denver modeling agency, where she is the lead hair stylist. Being creative is essential to Hilary and what keeps her living life. She lives it, breaths it and loves it! Hilary’s specialties include bridal upstyling and editorial styling. With her background in painting, she enjoys creating new colors that will enhance a guest’s features while tailoring a unique look for each person that sits in her chair. It is Hilary’s mission to use her creativity and expertise to highlight that individual beauty and take that person who is worth a million bucks and have them leaving her chair feeling priceless!
Salvadore Valles: Master Hair Stylist
Salvador was born in Mexico and has resided in Denver for a decade. Several years ago Salvador decided to return to his passion for hair and make it his career. Salvador had the opportunity of attending advanced training at Aveda in Denver, specializing in Aveda cut and color. Salvador feels very strongly about continuing education and will always continue furthering his knowledge to sharpen his skills as well as impart his talents among new stylists at Zandi K. Salvador is a very genuine and talented professional, that is very passionate and mindful of his work. In the salon he thrives at Men’s cut’s, blondes, and long luxurious hair. Salvador has the skills to change your day through your look.
“My ability to be completely present combined with my expertise gives an amazing result every time.”
Christel Zissiomos: Salon Manager and Master Hair Stylist
Christel Zissimos started with Aveda in 2004. Since then, she has established herself as a successful hair stylist and make-up artist. She is a Make-up Purefessional, and loves teaching, fashion shows, photo shoots, and doing editorial work. Christel has recently joined the team at Zandi K Hair and Skin Studio as a managing stylist, hair stylist and make-up artist.
Kelly Grady: Master Hair Stylist
Kelly has over six years of experience with Aveda. She participated in advanced training with Aveda in Denver. Kelly then moved onto another Aveda salon where she continued to grow. During her 4 1/2 years there, she went through a training program called ‘Train the Trainer’ where she became an in-salon trainer for advanced haircolor and cutting techniques. As of June 2009 Kelly Grady is now a lead stylist at Zandi K. hair and skin studio, where she not only rocks out great hair on guests every day but she also helps to mentor newer stylists going through Zandi K’s apprenticeship program. She loves both cutting and color and is an expert at achieving even the most difficult reds.
“I love making people feel beautiful. It’s the best part of my career!”
Hollie Charlton: Master Hair Stylist
Hollie Charlton has been doing hair since 2004. She went into an advanced training program to take her skills to an accelerated level and worked her way up to being a master stylist at her first salon. Hollie joined the Zandi K team February of 2011. In 2012, Hollie is also stepping into an educator roll here at Zandi K to share her love and expertise of hair color. She specializes in haircut and color combos that go hand in hand to create the look that is perfect for you.
Hannah Slater: Master Hair Stylist
As one of Zandi K’s master stylist, Hannah can rock your locks with anything from something classic to something punk. Since beginning her career with Aveda in 2003, she has continuously worked to perfect her craft, believing that your hair is what brings your self-image into focus. From cuts to colors, her creativity and attentiveness make her one of Denver’smost versatile hairdressers.
Tracy Trujillo: Stylist
Tracy Lynn has been a hair stylist and working for Aveda salons for 6 years. She knew as a little girl she wanted to be a stylist, making people feel and look great. She enjoys working with her clients and listening to their needs and using her expertise to come up with something that is exactly what they wanted and what suits them. Her specialties are with cut and color combos, designing a cut to show off a certain color or designing a color pattern to show off a certain cut. Tracy Lynn has felt blessed as a hairstylists knowing she is doing what she loves and is able to work with her clients and make them feel beautiful.
Riley Fedel: Stylist and Makeup Artist
Riley is a native to Colorado, and has been an Aveda Hairstylist since 2007. In the salon he is a cut and color specialist, makeup artist, and also specializes in Wedding and Special Event styling. Riley has a passion for continuing education and has completed many courses, not only across the U.S., but also in London and Madrid, in order to advance his technical skills in his craft. He works on local photo shoots and fashion shows, has recently traveled to new York to style hair for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Riley also looks forward to teaching advanced education within the salon to stylists new to the industry. He truly loves his job and is driven to help every person he works on look and feel their most beautiful.
“Everything I do is dedicated to my career and I’m motivated to make people feel beautiful. I’m loyal to Aveda and Zandi K and love educating the guests in my chair about the company.”
Veronica Anderson: Stylist and Makeup Artist
Veronica started as an apprentice at Zandi K. shortly after graduating from the Aveda Institute of Denver, and continued on to become a full-time stylist. She is always eager to learn new techniques and loves keeping up with trends. “I have been interested in the beauty industry my entire life, and I always wanted to do something creative.” Veronica’s favorite aspect of her craft is applying custom color and creating big transformations. She continues to take classes to expand her knowlege and skills in color, cutting, updo’s, and make up. “I love being able to introduce something new and exciting to my clients.” After a salon service with Veronica, you will walk out of the salon feeling fresh and beautiful.
Riki Cowell: Stylist
Riki Cowell has always known that her passion was in the cosmetology industry. “After working in the Banking Industry for 5 yrs I knew it was definitely time to make that change”. She has recently completed the apprentice program with Zandi K Hair and Skin Studio and now focusing on building and retaining a clientele. As a stylist she knows how much the fashion industry changes which is why she will always continue her education as a hairstylist.
“I truly love what I do…. not only do I get to meet new people and enhance their beauty but best of all I get the chance to gain that personal relationship with my clients”.
Jerimiah Federico: Stylist
Jerimiah has completed the apprentice program through Zandi K. Hair and Skin studio after training with the Aveda Institute of Denver. Jerimiah is always furthering his craft by taking new classes to grow his skills. Jerimiah specializes in blonding, trend coloring and women’s cutting. As one of Zandi K.’s most zealous followers of the fashion world, he is always up on the current trends.
“I like to really listen to each client; I love the dynamic that takes place during a service.”
Brooke Fossett: Esthetician
Brooke has been with Aveda skin care for over five years and knows the in’s and out of the entire line and how to prescribe the best solution for your skin care needs. After taking every advanced skin care class offered through Aveda, Brooke followed her calling and pursued advance training in waxing. She has also taken her extreme passion of learning and bettering her craft to Belize where Brooke studied Mayan holistic medicine. When she returned to the states she pursued more holistic studies at the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in Boulder, CO. Brooke is best known for her brow and Brazilian waxing, as well as always being up on trends in the natural skincare industry.
“I’m honest, down to Earth and I love my job; which makes me great at it!”
Stina Nelson: Esthetician & Massage Therapist
Born and raised in Boulder, Stina moved to Denver in 2009 to attend the Aveda Institute. Stina was drawn to Aveda because of the company’s holistic approach to health and beauty. There she received a dual license in Massage and Esthetics in 2010. With nine years of retail cosmetics in her background Stina has worked for many different companies over the years. However, after being injured in a string of bad car accidents she turned to physical therapy and massage for pain relief. It was at that point Stina found her passion for the wonders of massage and realized how it can help maintain your quality of life, not only from a physical standpoint but mentally and emotionally as well. So whether you need to relax from the stress of your life or have chronic pain she can customize the massage just for you. She specializes in deep tissue, myofascial and active range of motion. In addition to her healing massage touch, Stina can help you enhance you outer beauty with a beautiful brow shaping, facial and makeup application, or many of her other signature services, but will also give you tips to take home that can help with the overall health of your body and skin.