TEAM

TEAM


Hair team

KEN KOZUKI | Master Stylist / Owner

Ken
How long have you been in the industry?
16 years
What are your strengths with your trade? IE what do you specialize in?
Cuts, colors, finishing, bridal, editorial, beauty.
What courses/tradeshows/experiences have you undertaken to further your knowledge in the industry?
For the past 15 years working alongside Redken and its highly rated education. Taken on workshops in Toronto, NY, Miami, Mexico and Cuba.
What inspires you? Who is your muse?
Guido Palau @badgalriri @vogueUK
What is your passion?
All seasons inspire me.
What is your favourite color? What color do you love to see in your work?
I love black! Total contrast. Black walls, colors pop off.

Which celebrities do you admire/ follow?
The industry is full of them
Inspired by Rhianna
Involved by Linda Evangelista
Evolved by Madonna
All chameleons

ADVICE: Summer to winter and everywhere in between, drench locks once a week in a treatment for superior shine and lustre.

Link to Professional Instagram account: 
@kenkozhair

LESLIE | Senior Stylist

Leslie
How long have you been in the industry?
33 years – OMG – and still loving it!
What are your strengths with your trade? IE what do you specialize in?
I feel that my biggest strength would by my cutting and styling abilities.
What courses/tradeshows/experiences have you undertaken to further your knowledge in the industry?
Where do I start? Over the years I have attended many tradeshows and have had several specialty training courses in different cities on the west coast i.e. Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver, etc.
What inspires you? Who is your muse?
Many things inspire me as do many people. Not one thing or one person in particular. I am inspired by the change of seasons, the colors, etc.
What is your passion?
I am passionate about making my guests feel their best. If they feel good when they leave the salon, then I feel I have accomplished something.
What is your favourite color? What color do you love to see in your work?
Favorite color…I love them all!!

COLLETTE | Senior Stylist

Collette
How long have you been in the industry?
17 years
What are your strengths with your trade? IE what do you specialize in?
Anything blonde, balayage, natural multi-dimensional hair. Pushing the limits while keeping the hair in optimal condition. Love long hair. Great with fine hair and I love a trendy bob!
What courses/tradeshows/experiences have you undertaken to further your knowledge in the industry?
Redken color classes, Redken Symposium, Kevin Murphy stylist classes.
What inspires you? Who is your muse?
Pinterest, Social media, my coworkers, and top Redken Educators.
What is your passion?
Snowboarding, hiking, fashion, getting creative with hair.
What is your favourite color? What color do you love to see in your work?
I love anything blue! Right now I’m really enjoying the cool tones.
Which celebrities do you admire/ follow?
Jessica Alba, Blake Lively, the Kardashians and the Jenner’s, LOL.

BONUS: I love the outcome of my work when my guest and I work together to achieve the end result – priceless!!!

RENA | Senior Stylist

Rena
How long have you been in the industry?
28 years
What are your strengths with your trade? IE what do you specialize in?
Love those curls! And doing color.
What courses/tradeshows/experiences have you undertaken to further your knowledge in the industry?
28 years of classes – too many to list!
What inspires you? Who is your muse?
Trends on the street.
What is your passion?
The outdoors, and I love being on the ocean.
What is your favourite color? What color do you love to see in your work?
My favourite color is mango orange. I love creating the color ‘little kid blonde.’
Which celebrities do you admire/ follow?
Jennifer Anniston

ADVICE: Learn to love what your hair has to offer. Work with what you got!

BOBBI | Senior Stylist

Bobbi
How long have you been in the industry?
16 years
What are your strengths with your trade? IE what do you specialize in?
Cut + color, the two go together like ying + yang. I don’t believe in ‘specializing’ in something. If you specialize in something, broaden out and try something new. I’m a hair artist, creativity is my specialty!
What courses/tradeshows/experiences have you undertaken to further your knowledge in the industry?
Too many to list – I’m old!
What inspires you? Who is your muse?
Everyday life inspires me. Fashion, nature, cultures. I don’t have a muse. How boring to look up to just one person. 
What is your favourite color? What color do you love to see in your work?
I don’t have a fav color. I like to see happiness and satisfaction in my work. As long as I’ve knocked out the best color for my guest I’m happy.
Which celebrities do you admire/ follow?
NONE!

BONUS:Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who only dream at night. EAP

ASHLEY | Senior Stylist

Ashley
How long have you been in the industry?
16 years
What are your strengths with your trade? IE what do you specialize in?
Blondes and foiling.
What courses/tradeshows/experiences have you undertaken to further your knowledge in the industry?
Too many Redken classes to count, from color to cutting and styling as well as updo’s and runway styles. Last fall I attended the Tearsheet 3 day editorial photoshoot program in NYC.
What inspires you? Who is your muse?
My co-workers at Ra inspire me every day!
What is your favourite color? What color do you love to see in your work?
I love any color of blonde. I am always excited to have the opportunity to brighten someone’s look with the right tone of blonde. I also have a love for reds, coppers, and gingers.
Which celebrities do you admire/ follow?
I love Drew Barrymore’s effortless boho beauty. Jennifer Lopez is always a favorite celeb to watch for her style.
Link to Professional Instagram account: @ashleypage.hair

MARIA | Senior Stylist

Maria
How long have you been in the industry?
I have been a stylist for 9 years.
What are your strengths with your trade? IE what do you specialize in?
I specialize in ladies and men’s sculpture, color design, long hair design and finishing. I also enjoy up-styles and wedding do’s.
What courses/tradeshows/experiences have you undertaken to further your knowledge in the industry?
I completed my hair diploma from Marvel College in Edmonton, AB and became a journeyman hairstylist which is recognized inter-provincially. I have had the pleasure to study and train in New York, Las Vegas, and LA as a Tearsheet artist, where I applied my techniques and knowledge of hair on set and on location achieving images of both beauty and fashion. 
What inspires you? Who is your muse?
My inspiration comes from art, music, nature, and fashion. I pay very close attention to detail and enjoy texture and movement. 
What is your passion?
My passion comes from solving problems. Giving my clients both the tools and knowledge they need to have confidence brings me joy. I like to heal and help others grow.
What is your favourite color? What color do you love to see in your work?
My favourite color changes with the seasons. I enjoy balance. Playing with both warm and cool tones are common in my color designs. I love to blend and blur. Color melting is something I do beautifully. I also enjoy bold and dramatic fashion colors. 

BONUS: Bonjour, je suis francophonique
ADVICE: Stay curious and leave room for growth.
Link to Professional Instagram account: @mariatperren

RAELLE | Senior Stylist

Raelle
How long have you been in the industry?
11 years
What are your strengths with your trade? IE what do you specialize in?
I love working with short funky hairstyles, adding texture and movement to long, flowing locks, organic-blended colors, rich shades of red, black, and blonde as well as fashion shades.
What courses/tradeshows/experiences have you undertaken to further your knowledge in the industry?
Courses taught by: Jorge Joao, Chris Baran, Sam Villa, Giovanni Gunitoli, and Alex Green.
What inspires you? Who is your muse?
I am inspired by different cultures, fabrics, paintings, elements of nature and the trends that I see walking around different cities and places. Dita Von Teese for her flawless show girl ways, Rhianna for her fearless edge looks, Ruby Rose for her alternative, sexy androgynous style. 
What is your passion?
My passion is to inspire my clients to embrace their beauty and uniqueness.
What is your favourite color? What color do you love to see in your work?
RED! I love working with reds, deep purples, chocolate brown, and icy blondes.
Which celebrities do you admire/ follow?
Marilyn Monroe I have always admired for her timeless beauty and grace. I have admired Audrey Hepburn for her classic style and that she played a big part in the fashion industry. I appreciate that she devoted her later life at the UNICEF making a huge impact in some of the poorest communities of Africa, South America, and Asia.

ADVICE: Be exactly what you want to be….A Unicorn!
Link to Professional Instagram account: @raelleadkins.rahairstudio.spa

LINDSAY | Senior Stylist

Lindsay
How long have you been in the industry?
10 years, which is hard to believe because it doesn't seem that long.
What are your strengths with your trade? IE what do you specialize in?
I really love doing everything but my strengths would definitely be blonde, long hair and layers, and classic bobs.
What courses/tradeshows/experiences have you undertaken to further your knowledge in the industry?
Numerous classes over the past decade. Mostly Redken courses, Redken has always been my favourite colour line. Working at RA provides many more opportunities to further our education and skills, the passion here is contagious!
What inspires you? Who is your muse?
Both my inspiration and muse would be the clients that come in every day, and the people I work alongside. I love how different everyone is and how everyone has so many amazing ideas to build off of, it's what makes the industry so exciting.
What is your favourite color? What color do you love to see in your work?
I love natural colours in their richest forms, blondes brunettes and redheads, at their very best. I'm also a big fan of subtle dimension.
Which celebrities do you admire/ follow?
I've always been a fan of Sarah Jessica Parker. She takes risks without looking to crazy, and seems to be able to pull off almost anything. I also think Kate Winslet really grew into her own style, I'm a big fan of the polished look.

ADVICE: So many people have so many different thoughts and opinions on hair, and you will get so much conflicting advice from so many people, at the end of the day you need to pay attention and do what feels right. If it feels greasy every day, wash it every day. There are no hair police. Unless you cut your own bangs. Just don't. ;)

AILSA | Senior Stylist

Ailsa
How long have you been in the industry?
As a stylist, I have been in the industry almost 16 years, but have worked in a salon since I was 13. At 4 years old I decided this was my calling, and never changed my mind. It is my passion!
What are your strengths with your trade? IE what do you specialize in?
I like to think I have strengths in all areas of the hair industry, but I do love to work with red shades when coloring hair. 
What courses/tradeshows/experiences have you undertaken to further your knowledge in the industry?
What haven’t I taken? I have done so many classes through Redken that I have lost count. I love education, the more the better.
What inspires you? Who is your muse?
Everything inspires me. You can take so much from your surroundings and transform it into hair art in some way or another. 
What is your passion?
Up until I had my daughter the hair industry has always been my passion, but now I have her, and watching her learn and experience everything, I’d have to say that she is now. But hair is still a very close second, and I still love getting up in the morning knowing I am coming to work.
Which celebrities do you admire/ follow?
The one celebrity I can actually say I follow would be Jennifer Aniston, I just think she is so elegant.  

ADVICE:Always live life to the fullest and have fun!

KARLIE | Stylist

Karlie
How long have you been in the industry?
5 years
What are your strengths with your trade? IE what do you specialize in?
Balayage! I love the technique, it’s a low maintenance color that you can make super bold or soft.
What courses/tradeshows/experiences have you undertaken to further your knowledge in the industry?
I went to New York for a balayage course, as well as finishing. And I have attended many in-house cut, color, and styling courses.
What inspires you? Who is your muse?
My co-workers! We learn off of each other and push each other to be great.
What is your passion?
I love color! It’s never the same every time, each palette is different.  
What is your favourite color? What color do you love to see in your work?
Soft balayage – I love sun kissed highlights with an iridescent gold.  

BONUS: I’m a bit of a gearhead. I am involved in the car scene, I also 4x4 and ride motorcycles!
ADVICE: Use product, if you want better prolonged color, and to maintain your length, you need to be using the right products. Always use a heat protectant, even if it’s just blow-drying. Olaplex #3 is a great at home treatment for those that love color.  
Link to Professional Instagram account: @KarlieAtRaHairStudio

JELENA | Junior Stylist

Jelena
How long have you been in the industry?
I’ve been in the industry since May 2015.
What are your strengths with your trade? IE what do you specialize in?
I love it all! A pretty balayage or bright blonde foils. Adding a little pop of fashion colors here and there. I also love cutting and styling hair, I especially love a good bob.
What courses/tradeshows/experiences have you undertaken to further your knowledge in the industry?
The in-house training I’ve received at Ra, which includes Tearsheet artistic director Giovanni Giuntoli, and Redken courses with Jorge Joao and Cindy Duplantis, as well as Kevin Murphy, Redken, and R+Co product knowledge classes.
What inspires you? Who is your muse?
My hair school instructor, Adrian Parker, and my mentor, Ken Kozuki
What is your passion?
Hair is my passion, I love the challenge it presents. I view it as art. I love seeing the smile their face as they leave the salon. It makes me happy knowing that I helped them feel beautiful. 
What is your favourite color? What color do you love to see in your work?
I love vibrant reds and blondes
Which celebrities do you admire/ follow?
Ellen Degeneres. Her kindness and generosity inspires me

BONUS: I am always down for an adventure! As long as we can stop at Timmy’s on the way
ADVICE: Use a heat protectant!
Link to Professional Instagram account: @hairby_jelena

Spa team

JOSH KOZUKI | Esthetician / Owner

Josh
How long have you been in the industry?
9 years – with Ra since the beginning.
What are your strengths with your trade? IE what do you specialize in?
Nails, male waxing, as well as pedicures. I specialize in geriatric, diabetic and problematic feet.
What courses/tradeshows/experiences have you undertaken to further your knowledge in the industry?
North American School of Podology – CPOD Certification, Level 4
What inspires you? Who is your muse?
The runways, color, style, my team members and guests.
What is your passion?
My passion is to bring the professionalism back to our industry by providing high end services, which are safe and lasting. Ra is my passion with all the people we come into contact with.
Which celebrities do you admire/ follow?
Rhianna, Marilyn Monroe, all the Housewives, JLo

BONUS: I have two dogs that are at the shop with us every day
Link to Professional Instagram account: @joshkozuki_nails

JESSICA | Eyelash Tech / Esthetician

Jessica
How long have you been in the industry?
I graduated esthetics school in 2014 but I’d like to think I was esthetician before I was an esthetician. 
What are your strengths with your trade? IE what do you specialize in?
Eyelash extensions.
What courses/tradeshows/experiences have you undertaken to further your knowledge in the industry?
The eyelash extensions course was an add-on to my esthetics training. I’m also taking another eyelash course coming soon! Volume lashes!
What inspires you? Who is your muse?
Hollywood glam.
What is your passion?
I love that this job allows me to help others, spread light, change vibrations. Spreading positivity fills my cup.
What is your favourite color? What color do you love to see in your work?
Is black a color? I definitely love dark moody tones!
Which celebrities do you admire/ follow?
Lana Del Ray
Link to Professional Instagram account: @jessicaraymondesthetics

CHELSEA | Esthetician

Chelsea
How long have you been in the industry?
Just over three months, I graduated from my esthetics course in April 2016!
What are your strengths with your trade? IE what do you specialize in?
I’m pretty new to the industry, so I am still trying to figure that out. My favourite services are facials, massage, makeup, and eyebrow waxing.  
What courses/tradeshows/experiences have you undertaken to further your knowledge in the industry?
I have taken an Akzents nail art class and I attended the 2016 Spa Show in Vancouver.
What inspires you? Who is your muse?
Josh Kozuki – he has taught me so much and I appreciate the passion he shows in his work.
What is your passion?
Making people feel good about themselves feels pretty good…
Which celebrities do you admire/ follow?
I don’t follow the celebrities much, but I admire Billy Holiday, Tom Waits and Amy Winehouse.

BONUS: I hate being cold, and I love hotdogs!
ADVICE: Coconut oil is the bomb.

Support staff

MANDY JANSEN |  General Manager

Mandy
How long have you been in the industry?
16 years and counting!
What courses/tradeshows/experiences have you undertaken to further your knowledge in the industry?
As Ra’s business manager, I completed my BBA at TRU while the business grew. I took an extra year (or two) but what I thought of as a great real-life practicum (running a business while studying business) slowly blossomed into a full time love affair. I am looking at 10 years and counting with Ra! We put a strong emphasis on continuing education here, and that goes for us non-artist types as well. The management team has had the pleasure of attending several business management courses in Seattle, some very industry specific, some leadership style. It’s good to be inspired!  
What is your passion?
Growing things; vegetables, puppies, lavender, and stylists. Watching my team mates thrive. Snowboarding and mountains and winter. Oh – and wine. 
Which celebrities do you admire/ follow?
Neil deGrasse Tyson, John Irving

BONUS: I will be taking a year off starting Nov 2016 to nurture another project – my family! My hubby and I are expecting a baby boy this December.

MEREDITH (MED)  | Front End Manager

Med
How long have you been in the industry?
13 years
What courses/tradeshows/experiences have you undertaken to further your knowledge in the industry?
I have attended Blanche McDonald and Hair Academy, as well as many more additional courses over North America! I have attended several hair shows, runways, and photoshoots. I found myself drawn to the front end and excelled in salon coordination positions and eventually management. I have a ‘masters’ in beauty management – I understand most of the jobs in a salon environment…I’ve been there!
What inspires you? Who is your muse?
I love art – to see it. To hear it. To feel it. To smell it. To taste it. My muse is Dr. Seuss.
What is your passion?
I’ve always loved to move. Whether finding in in an underground Latin bar in London, or a Beyoncé dance off party in my living room. Travel/adventure is super important to my energy. To familiar and unfamiliar places. It brings new perspectives and recharges new and past experiences. 
What is your favourite color? What color do you love to see in your work?
Green! Not in hair though. I love rich browns. 
Which celebrities do you admire/ follow?
Catherine Zeta Jones – Zorro days. Nicole Scherzinger. Beyoncé.

ADVICE: Nothing good happens after midnight!

REBECCA | Salon Co-ordinator / Instagram Guru

Rebecca
How long have you been in the industry?
I’ve been with Ra since 2009, but have previous experience in the fashion industry.
What are your strengths with your trade? IE what do you specialize in?
Providing top notch customer service to all our guests. Making our Instagram pages pleasing to the eye.
What inspires you? Who is your muse?
I am inspired by New York city street style. Also by the talented team members I get to work alongside with at Ra.
What is your passion?
My daughter.
Which celebrities do you admire/ follow?
Lana Del Rey is my spirit animal and all the Kardashian/Jenner women are my fashion inspos (don’t judge!)

BONUS: Follow us in Instagram to see what we are up to! Xoxo
Link to Professional Instagram account: @rahairstudio @beckshrg @kenkozhair

ALYSSA | Front End / Night Manager

Alyssa
How long have you been in the industry?
2 colorful years!
What are your strengths with your trade? IE what do you specialize in?
I can’t say much for my cutting skills, however I am an amazing multitasker! Make 3 coffees and a tea while answering the phones and booking a years’ worth of appointments? I’m your girl!
What courses/tradeshows/experiences have you undertaken to further your knowledge in the industry?
I have found social media to play the biggest part in expanding my knowledge of the industry. With the platforms offered, all of the latest techniques and trends are available at the touch of a button.
What inspires you? Who is your muse?
I am deeply inspired by other creative minds and their unique skills and talents. 
What is your passion?
Photography is another passion of mine that goes hand in hand with nature. I have a genuine appreciate for light and its ability to completely transform a scene. 
Which celebrities do you admire/ follow?
I find it difficult to say I ‘admire’ celebrities, however with Nikki Reed, she in an exception. Not only is she a multitalented songwriter and actor, she is an activist and a voice for those who have none. From her vegan purse line, to participating in relief efforts for places crippled by disaster, and volunteering in animal shelters, she has humbled and inspired me to give back and be more environmentally aware. 
ADVICE: Your hair is best left in the hands of PROFESSIONALS!

BECCA | Apprentice

Becca
How long have you been in the industry?
I started in Vancouver 3 years ago at the Aveda Institute.
What are your strengths with your trade? IE what do you specialize in?
I am an avid learner, always willing to try new things and techniques. So far I really enjoy coloring and styling. 
What inspires you? Who is your muse?
My biggest inspiration is having a client leave feeling confident and satisfied. My muse in an annual event called The North American Hair Stylists Awards.
What is your passion?
I really love to cook, and with this I’m very adventurous. I love trying new recipes and creating my own dishes. 
What is your favourite color? What color do you love to see in your work?
I love purple, but there isn’t one color in particular that I don’t enjoy using because there is a large variety and every color is beautiful in its own way.
Which celebrities do you admire/ follow?
Johnny Depp, Taylor Swift, Kat Von Dee, Thomas Rhett and Pink.
BONUS: I have a handsome cat named Maxwell.

LORRA | Apprentice

Lorra
How long have you been in the industry?
Two years.
What courses/tradeshows/experiences have you undertaken to further your knowledge in the industry?
I have taken a few Redken courses such as a styling course and a cutting course, as well as a Wahl cutting course. I have also taken part in the Skills Canada competition and won Gold in the Regional level!
What inspires you? Who is your muse?
The world itself. It’s always changing and is filled with inspiring people who inspire me to do great things, aka RA team!
What is your passion?
Everything to do with the beauty industry! I love fashion and makeup.
What is your favourite color? What color do you love to see in your work?
I love all colors, all colors have different characteristics and everyone is different – helping people find the right color for them is my favorite. 
Which celebrities do you admire/ follow?
Kylie Jenner’s eyebrows, eyebrows only!

BONUS: I’m really good at charades!
ADVICE: Change the world with your smile! Don’t let the world change your smile.
Link to Professional Instagram account: @labellalorra
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