My name is Kelsey and I have been working in the beauty industry as a hair stylist and esthetician for 11 years. I am so blessed to have been with MAIA Salon and Spa from the very beginning, when the idea of an integrative holistic approach to beauty and inner well-being was just a vision. Watching the space grow and evolve over the past few years has been an amazing experience.
I have knowledge and skill in most aspects of hair and skin care including custom coloring/cutting/styling, keratin treatments, formal styling, makeup, waxing, facials and microdermabrasion. I am currently most passionate about corrective color and human hair extensions. Being able to create a look that a client had thought to be unimaginable is what keeps my passion for the beauty industry thriving.
As far as skin care services, I have worked with many product lines including Dermalogica, PCA Skin and SkinCeuticals however, Eminence Organic Skin Care has been my favorite line to utilize on my guests as well as my own skin for more than 8 years.
I have been very fortunate to have taken many advanced training courses throughout my career as a stylist in several academies in New York, Florida and California. My extensive education consists of techniques from Vidal Sassoon, Paul Mitchell, Kim Vo, Pravana, Redken, Wella, Goldwell, Keratin Complex, Lasio, Brazilian Blowout and many more. The past few years at MAIA have been spent building my knowledge in Eufora’s color and product lines which utilize Organic Aloe Vera, natural plant extracts and essential oils, fitting the holistic approach we strive to deliver.
Having a career based on helping others look and feel amazing had inspired me to continue my education and career journey to becoming a Registered Nurse in order to truly understand how to promote health and wellness to my guests in all aspects. I hope to someday combine both of my careers and passions completely to deliver the full experience of beauty and health from the inside outward.
My goal is to share all of my knowledge and experience with each guest that sits in my chair. I truly believe that I, personally, can only show an individual how to care for themselves in order to look and feel their best. The rest is up to that person to utilize the power I give them to continue their own journey to a happier, healthier being.
Book an appointment to see me for your beauty needs at MAIA on Saturdays from 9am-6pm
Or check out some of my work on Instagram @hairbykelsmarie
Start date at MAIA: July 13th 2017
What I love: I love creating a customized look for every guest that sits in my chair. I’m skilled in many ways to achieve your desired look. Haircuts, color, extensions, and texture services!
Where I’ve been: I started my career bettering myself and taking many classes at Arrojo academy in Manhattan these classes include, Classic haircutting, Curl and texture haircutting, American Wave certification, Razor fundamentals, and mens haircutting. I now continue to further my education working with Eufora! So far I had the pleasure of traveling to San Diego for Eufora’s vision quest, attend a men’s haircutting class, learn about aloeplex (Eufora’s incredible permanent waving system), and attended Eufora’s foundations 1(a crash course in precision haircutting). The beauty industry is constantly evolving, so I plan to further my education in order to give my guests top notch services!
I started out in my home country in Turkey, I owned my own hair salon and kept my clients dear and close. I went to school there and first got my cosmetology license there; however when I came here I had to go back to school for my license since I could not use my Turkish license here. I rekindled my love for the creativity that comes as a cosmetologist but I still keep my clients as dear and close to me as I did in my own shop in Turkey. I’ve also done work in Midtown Manhattan for close to 15 years now in a little shop owned by a close friend of mine. I still work there on Sundays just for the joy of being able to do what I love in one of the best known cities in America.
Start Date at MAIA:
Where I’ve been:
Born and raised on Long Island, New York. Throughout my early years, I’ve travelled cross country on the back of my fathers motorcycle. We travelled to Kentucky, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota and Wyoming. That is a trip I hold near and dear to my heart. I loved meeting people from across the country and gazing in awe at Mount Rushmore. I’ve attended Hofstra University wanting to attend classes and ultimately become a medical professional BUT then I had an epiphany and decided to pursue my passion in SKIN! I graduated from NYIB with my license in esthetics. While attending esthetics classes, I worked as an apprentice in a small salon in Smithtown, NY learning the artistry of eyelashes.
What I’m into:
Well, SKIN CARE and LASH THERAPY! I am so passionate about preserving the youthfulness of all of my clients’ skin. I love how excited and happy they are when they see that a little bit of serum (or lashes!) goes a long way to enhance their natural beauty. I love helping my clients relax and get the proper treatments that intensify their appearance so that they are able to wake up in the morning and seize the day.
Remember to wear your (organic) sunscreen!
In the very beginning of my career I actually wanted to become a barber, as men’s cutting is how I started my love for hair, but my family and friends urged me to go to cosmetology school instead so that I could pursue both men’s and women’s cutting and coloring. So my journey began, starting at Long Island Beauty School, where I got my first job as an apprentice at an Arrojo flagship salon. I worked closely with stylists during my apprenticeship, taking in as much as I could in my time there. In March 2019 I began my new journey at MAIA. It has been one of the best decisions I have made thus far in my career. Although I’m still new to the industry, in my two years I have taken various classes from Goldwell color education, classic cuts, styling, bridal makeup application and also received my certificate for application of hair extensions through Bellami Pro. In 2018 I worked New York fashion week and Brooklyn fashion week, building relationships with designers and photographers. I plan to further my education at Vidal Sassoon Academy in London and become an educator to salons and stylists for my favorite color company Goldwell. I believe it’s extremely important to continue educating myself to be able to give my clients the latest trends. I look forward to meeting all of my new guests and making all of your hair dreams a reality!
To view my work my Instagram Handel is @snipteasecontour