Nikay's path to global hairstyling, educating, NAHA's Men's hairstylist of the Year and the USA Cutting Director for Balmain was unconventional.
The Santa Monica native started out as a fashion designer but as fate would have it, she fell in love with cosmetology. Nikay quickly became immersed in editorial hairstyling and runway styling, but added another unconventional twist to her career. She decided she wanted to give back to the industry by educating future hairstylists, and began teaching at the Aveda Institute. Nikay can point to a particular moment when it became clear to her that her true passion was for hands-on education.
She won the North American Hairstyling Award (NAHA) for Men's hairstylist of the Year, has been published in countless international magazines for men’s grooming and couture styling including Vogue Italia, Vulkan Mag, ANDmen, Jute Magazine, and many more. Nikay also mentored a student stylist to garner a NAHA nomination as well.
"The greatest highlight was the mentorship I was able to provide" says Nikay. That experience pushed her to want to enhance her craft by improving the future for every stylist she meets that's willing to learn. Now, when Nikay is not in the salon, she’s either traveling for photo shoots, on set, or helping educate the next generation of hairstylists. You can find Nikay globe-trotting, grooming men and taming manes for clients including ABC's bachelorette break-out stars Robby Hayes and Chayse Mcnary, Under Armour, Balmain, Kate Hudson, Vogue, and many more.