Meet Your Hairchitects’ Team
Michelle Schee, Owner and Hair Designer
Graduating at the top of her cosmetology class, Michelle has been in the hair industry for 19 years. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. This career-driven woman continues to further her education and knowledge of the industry by attending as many conventions and seminars as she can.
Michelle loves to travel and learn new techniques and styles that bring a fresh approach to her clients, and the motivation and excitement to stay at the top of her profession. She has had cut and color certificate training with Redken 5th Avenue, NY, and she has been a Redken Certified Haircolorist since November 2011. She is also certified with Hairdreams extensions, Brazilian Blowout and Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatment.
Although Michelle enjoys performing the latest techniques in balayage, highlighting and coloring, her specialties are precision haircutting from short to long, and hair extensions. Michelle has been a certified extension specialist for over 15 years affiliated with Hairdreams and is also affiliated with The Hair Shop, and Hair Couture Extensions. You can see it behind Michelle’s eyes how much she loves her job. And you can definitely see the passion come through her work.
Check out her work on her Instagram account @michelleschee.
Nina Kraja-Vartanian, Hair Designer
Nina has been a stylist for about 15 years now and does everything from men, women and children’s haircuts, as well as color, highlights and Brazilian blowout treatments. She is fun and energetic, with a charismatic personality that will make you laugh in her chair. She enjoys working with people and making them look good at the same time.
She currently works Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday by appointment and referral only.
Miyoko Kogita, Hair Designer
For Miyoko, hair is a passion; a passion that began as a young child. This passion was inspired by her mother pulling/fixing her hair ever so pristine and slick. All the years gripping to her bathroom sink her mother would belly, “That’s the price you pay for beauty!” With those words ingrained, she always felt it was important to try and look your best. After all it is the crown you wear every day.
For 10 years now, Miyoko prides herself on making her guests feel renewed and refreshed after every salon experience. Her passion is to deliver beauty to each individual guest’s life and style. She focuses on every detail to create a polished, fresh look for her guests.
Fantasy colors and hair sculpting is Miyoko’s specialty. She loves fresh new colors with sculpted haircuts that compliments her guests look. Miyoko loves a good round brush blow out with impeccable blended layered cuts.
Miyoko recently was invited to learn advanced color techniques at the EuforaColor Quickstart and has been taught by Scruples, Redken, and L’Oréal color experts. She loves Pravana, Joico Intensity, Pulpriot, and Guy Tang for fantasy styles. She graduated from the Gene Juarez Academy and continues to create cutting edge styles by attending hair shows and advanced training.
Lene Fried, Hair Designer and Color Specialist
Lene has been in the industry for many years, currently splitting her time at our salon, as well as another salon in Las Vegas, NV. Lene specializes in haircuts and color. She has a very charismatic personality and is well liked by her colleagues and clients. You can find her in the salon one week of the month. The rest of her time is spent in Sin City. She is available by appointment only.
Kandi Armstrong, Hair Designer
Kandi has over 20+ years of industry experience and prides herself in the expertise of marrying the “fashionably wearable” with the “slightly funky” to give her clients a customized fresh look. She currently resides with her family in the Seattle area but still comes down to California once a month for a week to take care of her Bay Area clients she left behind. If you’d like to book an appointment with her, please contact us to see which weeks she will be here for the month!
Jamie Gonzales, Hair Designer
Jamie has been in the industry now for about 8 years and currently works in the salon weekends only. Please book with her early as her time is limited and appointments fill quickly on the weekends. You can find her during the week teaching at the Paul Mitchel Academy downtown as a learning leader to aspiring hair stylists!
Jeralynn Pippins, Front Desk Coordinator
Jeralynn has been with our team for almost 3 years now. She is one of our friendly voices on the phone when you call the salon! Currently she attends West Valley College full time while managing our front desk.
Madeleine Thorne, Associate Stylist and Assistant to the Owner
Maddie just graduated the cosmetology program from San Jose City College this past January 2019. This is her first salon job out of school. The owner scouted her to join the team recognizing the potential she has for this industry. Maddie is eager to learn and build a lasting clientele by honing in on her craft assisting the owner and learning new techniques every day! She also attends multiple seminars whenever she can.