Once out of school she began working under expert stylist Barb Garcia-Grove owner of Square salon in Las Vegas. This experience fired up Kalea’s passion as a hairstylist. She learned how to care for her clients and listen to their needs. She learned how to communicate clearly to make sure both her and her clients understand each other. She learned how important education is and why we can never know enough. Of course, she learned how to perform exquisite cutting and color services as well.
In 2010 Kalea set off for the greater state of Texas and landed in Austin. Once situated, she decided to hone in on her specialties. She attended many classes hosted by DevaCurl and other curl specific companies. In 2011 she became a DevaCurl certified stylist. Next was color. Kalea has always had an organic approach to hairstyling so naturally she thrived with the balayage technique. She worked under master colorist Ron King in Austin to learn all the ends and outs of Balayage and other coloring techniques. In 2013, she joined the Kevin Murphy color education team, traveling to educate other stylist about hair color and techniques to achieve classic to modern looks. Around this time Kalea also found a passion for theatrical hair. She began working with local artist on editorial shoots. This only enhanced her skills with styling and since has enjoyed weddings and other special event styling.
Today Kalea is living a slower, more simple life out of the city in Dripping Springs. She enjoys spending time at home with her animals and her garden nurturing life. Her passion for hair is still a bright light! She is now striving to understand the chemistry of hair products and strives to bring a more natural approach into the hair salon.
Halo Couture Extensions
Bridal & Event Hair
DevaCurl Certified Stylist
L’Oreal Balayage Certification
Brazilian Blowout Certified
Published in numerous magazines, including Brides