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 Zissimos: Salon Manager and Master Hair Stylist
Christel Zissimos started her career with Aveda in 2004. Christel’s passion for the industry is seen through her continuing education, she loves taking classes in new trends, makeup, color and cutting. Christel has excelled as a makeup artist within Aveda, spent years teaching new artists how to grow their makeup skills, and now in the salon she is a lead master stylist and mentor to new stylists going through the Zandi K.’s apprentice program. While daily she perfects her clients hair color and style her background in makeup gives her clients the full treatment. Christel is also Zandi K.’s extension stylist, she loves giving her clients extensions for length or fullness, then she always teaches you how to care for them and style them.
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.
Holly Martinez: Master Hair Stylist
Holly is a talented diverse stylist who has been practicing her craft for over 12 years. She has trained and worked with Aveda since 2005. She possesses artistic vision and shows attention to every detail. Holly specializes in precision cuts, dimensional hair color, as well professional Hot Heads extensions. She is also one of Zandi K’s top men’s cutting stylists. She continues to sharpen the skills of her craft by attending advanced education in innovative techniques, as well as industry events such as hair and fashion shows to keep up with new trends and styles, while perfecting classic looks.
Krissy Stearns: Master Hair Stylist
Krissy Stearns has over 16 years experience as an Aveda stylist. From Boulder, she started going to cosmetology school when she was only 16, going to a vocational school for half of the day, and finishing graduation requirements the second half of the day at high school. After graduation, Krissy received more hair training at an Aveda salon in Fort Collins, and started her career as an outstanding stylist. Since then, Krissy has established many things in her career such as being a distributor color educator, managing a salon and spa, and completing her massage certification. Now a master stylist at Zandi K Hair and Skin Studio, she is dedicated to her craft, is passionate about helping others, and connecting with her clientele on a personal and professional level. Connecting the color with the cut, and spending the time needed to help you find the right style that fits your lifestyle needs, compliments your skin tone, and face shape is one of her favorite things about being a stylist. She also enjoys styling hair for a special event from a bridal up-do or even a sexy blow out for a Christmas party. And yes guys, she even likes cutting mens hair. Being an avid college football fan, she is able to talk to male clients about their own sporting interests. All in all, Krissy’s 16 year experience has truely made her a dynamic, well rounded master stylist.
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”.
Heather Sams: Stylist
Heather was born in Kentucky and raised with the southern ritual of spending hours in the local beauty salon with her mother. Growing up she always loved the arts and has enjoyed creative pursuits her entire life. Although art was her passion, she attended business school and graduated from University of Louisville in 2007. Shortly after, Heather ventured to Colorado where simply by chance she got to know one of the lead educators of the Aveda Institute Denver who told Heather that she thought she would be perfect for the beauty industry. After some soul searching, she decided that was the right path for her life and it was then she decided to enroll in the Aveda Institute Denver for the cosmetology program. At Aveda her passion for art became translated to her craft as a hairstylist. Heather is perfectionist at heart and her ability to connect with her guests and listen to their needs made her transition into the world of beauty seem natural. Heather completed the Protégé Program at Zandi K and continues to hone her craft through advanced education and inspiration from all of the talent at Zandi K.
“I love making the world beautiful, one person at a time.”
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. If you need to relax from the stress of your life or have chronic pain she can customize a 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.
“The beauty of this business is the ability to transform a person’s appearance, mind state and physical body. I am in the business of transformation and from that transformation comes beauty.” -Stina
Panda: Makeup Artist/Esthetician/MassageTherapist
Panda first came to Colorado in 2008 , and graduated from the Aveda Institute Denver with a focus in massage therapy, esthetics, and makeup. She is an Aveda Freelance Artist that has worked with designers Kevin Sayer, Leanne Marshall, and Parke & Ronen at Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week. She has trained with several corporate educators including global makeup educator Janell Geason and global massage educator Marc Zollicoffer. As a dual licensed therapist who appreciates the full body approach to wellness, Panda particularly enjoys detoxing body treatments and prenatal massage. Since coming to Zandi K, she has expanded her waxing to also include men’s grooming. Whether your needs be skin, body, or makeup related, Panda would be happy to customize a treatment or at home regime for you.
Ranae Crouch: Stylist and Makeup Artist
Ranae Crouch started her career with Aveda in 2007. Since then she has become a successful hairstylist and makeup artist. Her love for Aveda and the beauty industry drives her to keep up with the latest trends and techniques by advancing her knowledge through ongoing education. Through her work, Ranae’s creativity is shown by making her guests feel beautiful through enhancing their favorite features.
Lisa Knapp: Stylist
After attending college to become an elementary educator, Lisa reconnected with her artistic side and started her career with Aveda in 2010. After finishing school Lisa attended an advanced training program honing in on her love of education. With the constantly evolving beauty industry, Lisa is always seeking more classes and new inspirations. She recently got back from Aveda Congress where she was further inspired by many masters in her field including Antoinette Beenders, the Global Creative Director of Aveda. With Lisa’s grasp for shape, texture, and color, she enjoys creating unique styles that will compliment each and every guest. You will always leave Lisa’s chair feeling refreshed and confident, and with her passion to teach, she will make sure you leave fully capable of recreating your new look at home.
Jeremiah Cook: Stylist
In 2009 after moving to Denver from Florida, Jeremiah realized his passion for the beauty industry. Having been a nurse for 6 years, Jeremiah was naturally drawn to Aveda’s renewing rituals and combines them with his therapeutic touch. He has been with Aveda for 4 years, completed a 9 month training program and is one of 5 freelance Aveda makeup artists in Colorado. Jeremiah specializes in color-inspired haircuts, combining skin tone, eye color, your busy schedule, and current makeup ability to give a perfectly customized look.
Desiree Miller: Stylist
Desiree Miller understands that hair plays a huge role in how we see ourselves, in how we start our day, in how we come across to others—even in the amount of time we spend getting ready! She understands that great hair color can turn heads and a fabulous hair cut can make an ordinary day turn extraordinary. After receiving a marketing degree from MSCD and working in the corporate field, she realized there was no product or service she would rather be involved in than the design of hair. An avid fan of Aveda products, she then enthusiastically graduated as one of the top students with the Aveda Institute of Denver. As part of the Protege Program at ZandiK, she loves continuing her education in learning everything about hair design…not only ensuring great style, color, texture and maintenance, but helping a teen go from not to hot with a new style, to getting a WOW from a bride who wants her hair to look the best its ever looked, and to everyone in between who she is lucky enough to have as customers.
“The most beautiful part of a woman is passion. But, cosmetics are easier to buy.” –Yves Saint Laurent