Our Talented Stylists & Staff in Denver
Nicki Wenz: Co-Owner
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
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.”
Denver Central Team
Stina Nelson: Salon Manager/Brow Specialist
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 license in Esthetics in 2010. With nine years retail management experience in cosmetics as her background Stina has worked for many different companies over the years. She apprenticed under co-owner Nicki Wenz for 6 months and while building her clientele she found her passion for the business side of this industry. Stina can help accentuate any face shape with her precision brow shaping. If you need to relax from the stress of your life she can customize a facial just for you and finish your service with a makeup and skincare consultation. She is also known for her fast precise and relatively painless Brazilian waxes.
“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
Holly Martinez: Master Stylist/Salon Lead
Holly is a Colorado native, born and raised in Denver. A talented, diverse stylist who has been with Aveda since 2005, Holly has been practicing her craft for over 15 years. She possesses an incredible artistic vision and shows attention to every detail. Holly specializes in dimensional hair color, and works particularly well with blonde hair. She is also expertly trained in precision cuts and professional hair extensions. Holly continues to sharpen the skills of her craft by attending advanced education and industry events, including fashion and hair shows. She maintains classic styles while keeping herself educated on the newest trends and techniques.
“The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.” – Coco Chanel
Salvadore Valles: Master Stylist/Salon Lead
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.”
Hollie Charlton: Master 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.
Hilary Hackney: Master 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!
Ranae Crouch: Master Stylist/Extension Specialist
Ranae started her career with Aveda in 2007. Since then, she has worked hard to become a successful Master hair 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. Her passion and specialties are shown through her talent for hair color and extensions.
“The most beautiful part of a woman is passion. But, cosmetics are easier to buy.” –Yves Saint Laurent
Joel Gonzalez: Master Stylist
Joel is a fashion forward stylist who attended the Academy of Cosmetology Arts. His passion for style led him to a career in the beauty industry where he has been working with men’s and women’s hair for over 6 years. Joel prides himself on being detail-oriented and specializes in precision haircuts, particularly men’s haircuts. He enjoys working with all types of styles and techniques while maintaining his silly yet professional demeanor. Joel loves his guests and the ability to improve their day with a fantastic cut or color.
Heather Sams: Stylist
Heather, originally from Kentucky, has always been passionate about the beauty and arts industries. She attended business school at the University of Louisville and graduated with her degree in Marketing. Shortly after, Heather ventured to Colorado, where fate led to her friendship with the Director of Education at the Aveda Institute Denver. Heather enrolled in the Aveda Institute Denver’s cosmetology program in 2011. Her passion for art, perfectionist approach to her work, and ability to connect with people made for a seamless transition into the beauty industry. Heather completed the protege program here at Zandi K and now specializes in highlights and blonde hair. She continues to enhance her craft through advanced education and inspiration from all of the talent that surrounds her at Zandi K.
“I love making the world beautiful, one person at a time.”
Lauren Guenther: Stylist
Lauren is a Colorado native from Fort Collins. She graduated from the Aveda Institute Denver in January of 2010 and is an Aveda-trained makeup artist. She loves to work with color and specializes in precision men’s and women’s haircuts. Lauren has spent the past few years in Vail working with wedding hair and makeup. She continues to take classes to improve her skills and enhance her education. Lauren loves the connection she gets to make with her guests every day and strives to make every client feel happy and beautiful.
Sara Geist: Stylist
Sara is originally from Ohio and moved in 2011 after getting her degree in Art Education. In 2012, after several years working as a bartender, Sara reevaluated her life’s pursuits and decided to go back to school to become a stylist, a passion she has had since she was 16 years old. Sara is personable with a witty sense of humor that she brings to every service. She came to Zandi K at the beginning of 2015 with the drive to continue her education after leaving beauty school. Since starting the apprenticeship program, she has grown by leaps and bounds, specializing in men’s cuts, color, and haircut combos with a focus on short women’s cuts. Sara chose the beauty industry so that each guest that sits in her chair will feel their very best when walking out the door.
Lindsey Hutchings: Stylist
Lindsey first began her journey into the beauty industry in Gunnison, Colorado where she fell in love with the Aveda way. Her passion for hairstyling and color began at a young age. She was always known for her wild and crazy hairstyles in high school. Her first salon was a popular locale for destination and high profile weddings, and during the summer of 2014 she grew to love wedding and special occasion styles. In the summer of 2015, she worked with 23 brides, helping them to look and feel their best on their special days. She recently moved to Denver to further her education and pursue her passion for all things hair! She is currently a part of the Zandi K apprentice program and specializes in highlights, blonde hair, precision cuts and fades.
Panda Richardson: Makeup Artist/Esthetician/Massage Therapist
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.
Kyler Burch: Makeup Artist/Esthetician/Massage Therapist
Kyler is a dual-licensed therapist who attended school at the Aveda Institute in Denver, Colorado. She graduated in the spring of 2015 with certifications in esthetics and massage therapy. She has a passion for makeup and skin care, and for giving her guests a truly relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Kyler grew up in Colorado Springs, and developed her love of makeup from watching her mom “putting on her face.” She has worked in the industry for many years managing front of house operations and apprenticed under Zandi K owner Nicki Wenz. Kyler has also participated in numerous photoshoots and fashion shows, including shows at New York fashion week. She specializes in skincare, makeup, waxing and massage.
** Kyler works at both our Central Denver and Denver West locations!
Denver West Team
Mallory Gallegos: Salon Manager
Mallory was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She began her career in the beauty industry as a stylist after graduating from the Aveda Institute of Denver in 2010. After gaining experience as a hairdresser, Mallory came to realize that her passion did not lie behind the chair. Rather, she found that she was much more suited to a career behind the scenes. Mallory has been with Zandi K since 2014 and now manages Zandi K Denver West. She loves dogs and has a passion for all things artistic and beautiful. Mallory wants more than anything to provide the best possible service for every guest that walks through the door. From booking your appointment easily and efficiently over the phone, to answering questions and scheduling your next visit at check-out, she will go above and beyond to make your Zandi K experience the best that it can be. Mallory is your main contact for Bridal inquiries, and would love to help make your special day as effortless and perfect as possible!
Alexa Lugviel: Master Stylist/Salon Lead
Alexa has always know that her passion was to do beautiful hair and make people feel great about themselves. After 10 years in the industry and 8 years with Aveda, Alexa is continually pushing herself to be the best that she can be at her craft. Alexa specializes in color and has a special talent for gorgeous, natural-looking colors! She is a color educator for Aveda, and is always pushing herself to learn new techniques that keep her guests in the latest trends and styles. Alexa loves helping people feel fresh, relevant, and confident with a great haircut and the perfect color.
“Gorgeous hair is the best revenge.” – Ivana Trump
Mallorie Porter: Master Stylist/Salon Lead
Mallorie’s passion for hair began as a little girl braiding and cutting her Barbie’s hair. After studying business in college, Mallorie decided to follow her passion and pursue a career in hair design. Her dedication and hard work over the last 5 years have molded her into a specialist in precision cutting, ombre hair color, dimensional hair color, and hair extensions. Mallorie is also part of Zandi K’s master up-styling/bridal team, and the lead stylist for up-styling at the Denver West location. She prides herself on continuing her education in order to keep up with the constantly changing trends in the beauty industry. Mallorie always takes the time to listen to her guests’ needs and asks the right questions. What she loves most about her career is making her guests feel great about themselves.
“Your hair is your best accessory, why not love what you’re wearing.”
Mandi Malloy: Master Stylist
Mandi is a proud Colorado native! She attended the Aveda Institute Denver shortly after finishing high school in 2007. From there, she continued to develop her skills at the Aveda Academy Denver pure talent salons. Her passion for hair started at a young age and she truly can’t picture herself doing anything else. Mandi is a people person and considers herself lucky to work in an industry where she gets to make a genuine connection with her guests. It doesn’t take long for her clients to become friends! Early in her career, she was told “if you can’t cut a bob, you have no job”. Mandi took this and ran with it, and now one of her specialties is the bob. Long, short, precision, A-line, messy, clean, she is your girl. She fuels her inspiration with ongoing education, keeping up to date with current trends, and following her “hair gods” on social media to be encouraged, inspired, and mentored. Some of her favorite things include Netflix, zumba, wine and mac and cheese.
Bianca comes to us from the crazy State of New York (and she has the accent to prove it). She graduated cosmetology school in 2005, and has since had the opportunity to train under various highly regarded industry leaders. Most recently Bianca joined the team of Zandi K after working as a stylist/salon manager at an upscale salon on Long Island, New York’s North Shore. Bianca loves all aspects of working with hair, and has a special passion for long glamorous hairstyles. She is always aware of the latest trends and techniques, and in her spare time she stalks celebrities on Instagram to find out what’s new and exciting in the hair and makeup world.
“I’m a true extrovert, I love to be around people all day, create, laugh, and help transform the way my guest’s feel about themselves.”
Cassie Greenawalt: Stylist
Rebecca Niemeier: Stylist
Rebecca began her exciting journey into the world of beauty 4 years ago at the Aveda Frederic’s Institute in Cincinnati. She loves to learn new techniques and strives to ensure that each guest leaves with a hairstyle that they can maintain and love between visits. Though she excels at highlights and women’s short haircuts, Rebecca’s skill set is very well rounded. She attains each individual clients goal no matter the color/cut through a thorough consultation and game plan for the future. Her creativity comes through hair but her passion lies in people. Rebecca enjoys getting to know her guests, and considers making someone’s day better an adventure that never gets old. In her off time, Rebecca can be found country swing dancing or exploring the mountains with her canine partner in crime, Roxie.
” A new hairstyle doesn’t just change your look, it transforms your state of mind and brings out a more confident version of yourself.”
Hayle Johnson: Stylist
Hayle attended barbering school at the Duncan Brothers School of Hair Design in Oklahoma City. She is a former NBA Oklahoma City Thunder Girl and is currently an NFL Denver Broncos Cheerleader! Hayle is working as a designer stylist here at Zandi K Salon, specializing in extensions, updos, men’s designs, and custom colors! She has worked countless events, including wedding parties, prom styles, homecoming, competitions, vow renewals, and special events. Hayle loves participating in community events and volunteering for cut-a-thons, photo shoots, and fashion shows. Hayle has been in the hair industry for 4 years and we have loved having her join the Aveda team!
Sarah Pehrson: Stylist
As a Colorado native, Sarah attended the Aveda Institute of Denver in 2013. Sarah has worked in the salon and beauty industry for 5 years. She has always had a passion for the industry, and a high school job at a busy salon in her hometown of Littleton is what inspired Sarah to pursue a career as a hairstylist. As a newer stylist to the industry, she is very focused and dedicated to perfecting her craft. She loves to stay updated on hair and makeup trends by taking advanced classes and practicing these trends on herself. She is very passionate about the industry, particularly because of all of the different people she gets to meet every day. In the future she hopes to be able to pursue her creative side by participating in events outside of the salon, such as fashion shows and photo shoots.
“Our hair is a statement of style, an affirmation of beauty, and an expression of self-love.”
Jordyn Bailey: Esthetician
With a passion for art and having studied the fine arts for years, Jordyn decided to choose a career path in which she could integrate her love of creating and her interest in the beauty industry. She attended the Aveda Institute Denver and began her career in 2013 at Zandi K Salon with an apprenticeship under owner and lead esthetician Nicki Wenz. Jordyn has an eye and love for creating and maintaining precision brows, as well as providing a comfortable and professional experience for all of your body waxing needs! In her down time, Jordyn enjoys drawing and painting, being a cat mom, and as a Colorado native, being outdoors whenever she can.