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Artistic Director – Level 4AA, Redken Certified Colorist
“It’s my Passion and my Life.”
For Nina Katehos, the accomplished artistic director and owner of The Hair Gallery, hairstyling is downright
addictive. “It’s my passion and my life,” says the multi-certified, trendsetting stylist, whose memories of
the salon life reach back well before she earned her industry licence at 33.
“I was working weekends with my mom (hairstylist/former salon owner Lucia Panagiotopoulos, who now works for
Nina) since the tender age of 12,” says Nina. “I became a hairstylist because I was born and raised in the
industry and I loved the environment as well as making people look and feel good.”
Business of the Year
Her dedication to customer service over the years has garnered The Hair Gallery a prestigious reputation
among full service salons in South Simcoe and has resulted in its earning the Business of the Year award for
Backstage at Fashion Week
Keeping in touch with today’s current looks and trends takes a lot of extra work, but it’s a labour of love
for Nina and her team. If they’re not learning to master new techniques outside of salon hours, it’s not
unusual to find them working their magic on the manes of top runway models, backstage during Toronto’s
prestigious Fashion Week.
On Hair Integrity
Nina’s bare-bones hair care advice: “Always maintain the integrity of your hair, whether it is natural or
chemically treated. It does not matter how beautiful your colour or cut is; if the integrity is compromised
it will not look as good.”
Nina’s Current List of Product Favourites
SEQ Demi-Permant Color and HDR. (“I like both of them for grey coverage and for allowing my hair’s natural
dimensions to be exposed.”)
For styling: “The Pillow Proof regime this season! I am loving layering four sprays of Pillow Proof Express
Primer, with two to three pumps of Diamond Oil Glow, followed by one or two pumps of Express Treatment
Primer to give hair longevity in the blow-out, as well as shine.
When it comes to long-term goals, The Hair Gallery’s commander-in-chief plans to go the distance. While
keeping current with her own education and certifications, participating in major industry events and
continuously mentoring new stylists, it seems only natural to Nina that her business should expand. “My
dream is to franchise the company as well as open a school,” she says.
Personal Style & Early Misadventures with Bleach
Nina describes her personal style as classic but with a trendy edge. “I prefer timeless looks, beautiful but
simple cuts in clothing, fine natural fabrics, and leather shoes and handbags. Tradition is important to me,
but sometimes I like to shake it up and be funky.” Was there ever a time when she threw caution to the wind
with her own hair? Absolutely. The natural brunette recalls a time back in hairstyling school when she shook
up her funky style a bit too much: “I went completely bleach blonde. Big mistake. Huge mistake!” she laughs.
Little Known Facts…
When asked to share one thing people may not know about her, Nina was a little stumped. Aside from being a
self-professed “TV junkie” (“I love just sitting there and being entertained,” she muses), she considers the
question before giving her thoughtful response: “There is really not a lot people don’t know about me. I
grew up in this industry and I have always been very transparent. That I can build a trusting relationship
with my guests is one of my favourite qualities about myself.”
Words of Wisdom
Passion is an eternal flame; never let it burn out.
Senior Stylist – Level 4A, Redken Certified Colorist
Lucia got her first taste of the transformative power of hair colour thanks to an older relative who simply
decided she was not going to accept the new pale shade that had decided to take root on her dark mane:
“I was around five years old when my aunt had me pull all her grey out of her dark brown hair,” says the
veteran stylist, who graduated from the Marvel School in 1966.
All in the Family
Lucia’s professional certifications cover the gamut of the industry. She has been a regular attendee of
Redken’s advanced classes for 20 years. She is a Redken Certified Colorist, a certified make-up artist and
also has achieved certification in Great Lengths, Hot Heads and Lash Extension.
Having run her own salon for many years, Lucia made the move to The Hair Gallery eight years ago so she
could work with her daughter, artistic director/owner Nina Katehos.
Client is #1
After a lifetime in the business of hair, Lucia focuses on one simple daily truth:
“It’s all about the client and their needs. I’ve reached most of my long-term goals now. I relax and look
after my clients with confidence and no stress. This comes come with years of experience.”
Hair tip: Take Good Care!
One of the most important aspects of hair care, says Lucia, is just that – taking good care of it. “As a
stylist, I always make sure that I don’t over-compromise a client’s hair, and also that they take home the
Personal Style & One Risky Disaster
Lucia describes her own personal style as a combination of classic, with some avant-garde thrown in the mix.
Her riskiest hair adventure? “I tried bleaching and toning my hair when I came into the business and it was
Karate Black Belt!
When Lucia isn’t working in the salon you might find her training at the karate dojo. A woman with a sense
of adventure, she had initially signed up to learn the martial art with her granddaughter, and now she’s
hooked. “I am a third degree black belt, soon to be fourth degree, at the end of November 2017!”
Senior Stylist – Level 4
Although a new face at The Hair Gallery, Tracy is certainly not new to the industry. Her 11 years as a
dedicated stylist and Redken technical sales educator recently earned her top employee and stylist of the
Inspired by Clients
“What inspires my creativity is the guest in my chair,” says Tracy. “I love to learn about their life style,
their personal style as well as their ‘wish list’ style. This inspires me and gives me ideas for how I can
apply my knowledge to achieve the look they want.”
Tracy gets to the point: “Let a professional do it.”
- Redken Shine Flash. “What woman doesn’t like a little shine in her life? This product gives
outrageous shine with no oily feel.”
- Redken Cat. “We change our hair so often and therefore we need take good care of its foundation. Cat
treatment is a spray that gives back the protein and strength that our hair can lose, building a
stronger foundation for future services.
- Redken One United. “This is heaven in a bottle. With 25 benefits that truly make a difference in
your hair, you can’t say no.”
“As a stylist my goals in general are to always keep myself educated,” says Tracy. “When you are grounded in
your career endless opportunities can happen. I also want every single guest that sits in my chair to feel
great about themselves. They deserve that and it’s the least I can do for them.”
“My personal style changes; it depends on the day,” says Tracy. “I love everything about fashion and hair
and love to try it out on myself. This has taught me that change is okay. And to just be yourself.”
On Unicorns & Mohawks
A true adventure seeker when it comes to her own hair, Tracy admits to “trying everything. “I had
unicorn-coloured hair eight years ago and a Mohawk five years ago.”
When she’s not working on hair, you’ll likely find Tracy on the soccer pitch. “One of my favourite things to
do is play competitive soccer. I’ve been playing for 25 years.”
Words of Wisdom
Everything happens for a reason.
Stylist – Level 3
Julia is one of the newest stylists to grace The Hair Gallery salon. Having aspirations to work in the
industry since high school, Julia now has eight years of experience and education under her belt, including
recent certifications in three kinds of hair extensions: Tape, Fusion and Micro-link.
Hair Tip: Ease up on Washing
When it comes to hair advice, Julia offers one basic caveat: “Don’t wash your hair every day. You should
always try to keep the natural oils in your hair for at least a few days.”
One of her favourite salon products is the Olaplex treatment: “Olaplex prevents and protects the hair from
damage,” she explains. “I would never lighten a client’s hair with a high volume of developer without it. I
also love working with shine sprays and serums to give beautiful shine and life to the hair. And hairspray
is my go-to product, to finish the hairstyle and help it last for days.”
A self-professed lover of fashion, Julia describes her style as mature and professional, and loves to dress
to impress. “Success comes from confidence in yourself and if you look your best, you perform your best,”
Risks and Obsessions
Like her fellow stylists, Julia, too, has taken some risks with her own hair: “My hair has already been
every colour of the rainbow, but the riskiest thing I’ve ever tried to date, is having bright fuchsia pink
hair.” When Julia isn’t working at the salon or furthering her education in the industry, you may find her
nursing another obsession: “One of my favourite things to do when I’m not doing hair is definitely shopping!
I’m obsessed with high heel shoes and designer purses.”
Stylist – Level 1
Styling hair has been a long-time interest for Angelica. “Being in the fashion industry for 15 years,
hairstyling was always to be on-point,” she says. “The more I worked with fashion, the more I was inspired
to learn about hairstyling.” Angelica graduated the Hairstyling program with honours at Georgian College and
has been a licenced Stylist for one year. She has also completed courses such as Principles of Hair Colour
and Next Level Hair Design.
Hair Tip: Talk to Your Stylist!
If she were to give one piece of advice to a client, it would be to communicate. “We are here to give you
the best cut and colour to suit you and your lifestyle. With good communication, your stylist will be able
to hear and see your needs, and give you all the important information you need to give you a style you will
One of her favourite hair products is PH Bonder, which repairs the bonds of the hair as it is coloured or
highlighted. “Redken offers so many styling aids to help with moisture, fullness and hold,” says Angelica.
“I am a true believer that using quality products will ensure beautiful style, and therefore a happy
Style with Flare
Angelica describes her own style as classic with an artistic flare. “I love colour and unique styles in
fashion and hair.” Her enthusiasm for colour often leads her to try the latest trends on her own hair.
And She Sings Too!
When Angelica isn’t busy working in the salon and studying her college courses, you might find her singing,
painting or sculpting with clay.
Words of Wisdom
A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
Stylist – Level 1
“From a young age I always found different ways to express my creative side,” says Kristina, who is both a
hair stylist as well as a cosmetology apprentice. “Eventually, at the age of 25, I realized my main passion
was hair and all the avenues to it.”
On Taming Curls
With her naturally curly hair, Kristina has become somewhat of a hair gel aficionado. “I love gel. Gel is my
love and passion to control my curls. Redken’s line of Frizz Dismiss has been my savior for my textured
hair. It keeps it healthy and moisturized.”
Hair Tip: Treat Your Crown!
Borrowing a mantra from The Hair Gallery’s artistic director Nina Katehos, Kristina advises, “Treat, treat,
treat your hair! It is your crown and glory.”
On Personal Style
“I don’t have a particular style,” says Kristina. “It mainly consists of how I feel for the day or even the
week. I love the simplicity of fashion. A little effort with an outfit goes a long way when it’s completed
with a feeling of self-confidence.”
On Blue Hair & Afros
Yes, Kristina admits to taking some calculated risks with her own crown and glory: “I’ve dyed my hair a deep
ocean blue from roots to end, and then cut it to a short four-inch afro.”
When Kristina isn’t busy working towards her goals in the hair industry, you might just find her singing for
the pure joy of it. “My favourite thing to do is karaoke,” she says. “I tend to drive to the lakeshore and
sing on the boardwalk, just to strangers, to put a smile on their face.”
Words of Wisdom
Whatever you want to do, do it. There are only so many tomorrows.
Stylist – Level 1
Christinne joined our team one and a half years ago and has proven that her ability and passion has given
her the merit to be an important part of our salon. With Christinne successfully completing her licence, her
knowledge of color theory and color corrections contributes to our expertise of color skill. She continues
to cut hair and color up a storm while constantly being inspired by fashionistas all over the world.
Her easy going attitude guarantees that everyone feels comfortable in her chair; while her creativity and
technical skills ensure her clients leave satisfied and excited to show off their new look!
Whether it’s just a root touch up, a fun new color or a dramatic chop. Christinne is constantly striving to
give her clients their best look yet. She customizes every experience, working with face shape, personality
and hair’s texture. Maximizing your best features and creating a look that is truly suited specifically for
Favorite product: Redken Anti-snap
A protein enriched ultra light leave-in treatment is perfect but not limited to those fine hair or
chemically treated to provide strength without weight.
Moroccan Oil Treatment
Moroccan oil is a great moisturizer and styling agent because it contains
of fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin E. It has many other benefits including shine , decreases frizz
and adds sultry softness.
Hair Tip: Don’t be afraid to try anything at least once.
You will never know if you like it if you don’t try it.
Christinne has the full spectrum when it comes to her personal style. Ranging from
all black rocker to flirty and fun printed dresses. Everyday is a new look, fueled by her inspiration.
Never a dull moment
When not working you can find Christinne being creative by painting, dancing with hula hoops and fire
spitting. She’s also one for a calm cool collected night with her kitty cooking something tasty in the
Words of Wisdom: It’s never too late.
Entry Level 2 Associate
Half of the appeal of a good hairdresser is their personality and how well they relate to a client, make him
or her relax, listen to their needs to ensure that the final result is what was desired. “Hi. My name is
Narinder ,In 2018 I graduated from the BODY PRO beauty & Aesthetic Academy Inc. School of Beauty and
“I can give you a style that will make you look and feel fabulous, greatest joy I have knowing is that my
client is leaving the Salon Happy.”
Favourite Product: Extreme Play Safe
protects it from heat up to 230°C/450°F Blow dry or flat iron every day? Now reverse hair damage, strengthen
and heat protect hair.
Stylist – Level 4
“The thing that originally attracted me to Hairstyling was my family. I am a 3rd generation Hairstylist and
that has given me the confidence and personality I’ve needed in order to practice my craft. For 9 years I
have been furthering my education with classes and workshops that have given me the skills I’ve needed in
order to create. While living in Australia for 5 years, I was able to master my craft by working in the
salon full time, while also working consistently on the editorial aspect of the industry. From this, I was
happy to win a national retail competition, as well as, be awarded the FPAA Avant Garde Hairdresser of the
year. I’ve done work for several industry leading magazines by contributing my skills to different editorial
photo shoots. My passions are spent on educating and creating beautiful hair, whether it’s for a photoshoot
or just for fun.”
Favourite Product: One United
Hair Tip: Don’t fight your locks; work with them.
My personal style definitely comes out in the hair that I do. I like to work with a natural, effortless look
that is easy to maintain. I think working with your hair’s natural textures and charms is always rewarding.
I enjoy creating aproachable looks for myself in the morning, as well as for the guests in my chair.
Stylist – Level 4
With already 14 years in the industry Sarah knew from a young age she was going to do hair. ” I had a knack for doing my own hair, and therefore my family’s as well”.
Her experience comes from all aspects of the industry, from salon management to hair school educator. “I’ve always been intrested in everything hair: selling, learning, teaching. You never stop growing.”
Educating her clients with new tips and tricks from continuing education is the best part. “I love coming back from a class and showing my clients and teammates what Ive learned”.
Sarah believes in healthy hair and scalp maintenance. “I would never do anything to compromise the hairs integrity. I like to let clients know about all of the options they have for after care”.
ONE UNITED . It’s a go to! Pot hole filler, all around miracle worker. Giving your hair everything it needs for an all in one multi benefit treatment. Pair that up with a Wet-Brush and glide through tangles with less effort, pain and breakage!
Words of Wisdom
Experience is a teacher, you never stop learning