Missy Gaffney – Owner/Esthetician
After High School Missy attended The University of Rhode Island and obtained a Bachelors Degree in Textiles, Merchandising and Design. She then pursued a career in the garment industry in New York City. Years later, she realized her passion for Esthetics and decided to enroll at The Catherine Hinds Institute where she graduated with a certificate in Advanced Esthetics. Missy practiced Esthetics for over twelve years and in 2008, she opened The Skin & Body Spa. She is currently the Spa Director, but also takes clients three days a week. She has a passion for helping clients achieve their goals and loves building relationships with them. She offers facials, chemical peels, micro-needling, cryo-therapy, waxing, threading, tinting and makeup. In November of 2015, Missy and her husband Sean, opened The Hair Company by The Skin & Body Spa right next door to the spa. It was a natural progression for them as many spa clients were asking for hair services. They are so proud to employ some of the bests Hair Stylists, Estheticians, Nail Technicians and Massage Therapists in the industry. They strive not only to exceed expectations with their hair and beauty services, but with their client relationships as well.
Sean Gaffney – Salon Director/Owner
Sean brings over 20 years of business operations, management, and marketing experience to both the Salon and the Spa. While in college he worked as a Computer Operations Specialist and later became a leading Sales Executive selling corporate software solutions. He is a graduate from the University of Massachusetts (Lowell) with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a major in Management Information Systems.
After excelling as a Sales Executive for several high tech companies Sean later started Mobility Software as the CEO and then IMSYS Corporation as the VP of Sales. During his high tech career he was also recruited to implement a growth strategy plan for nSight as the VP of Sales. Sean’s first and foremost rule of building a successful business starts with customer satisfaction and appreciation.
He also serves his home town community as a Volunteer/Call Firefighter. Having graduated from the NH Fire Academy first in 2010 and again in 2012, he continues to improve his skills as a First Responder.
Leslie Harris – Salon & Spa Assistant Manager
Leslie discovered her love of the beauty industry in Santa Cruz, CA back in 2012. Working as a receptionist at one of the premier salons in the Bay Area, she learned the ins and outs of the business and kept up with the latest trends coming out of San Francisco and L.A. Combining her 10+ years of customer service experience with her passion for organization and acute attention to detail, she soon took on the role of salon management. Leslie has had the pleasure of working with a variety of stylists from all walks of life, specializing in everything from color to extensions. The creativity of her team members and the client transformations she sees on a daily basis make everyday a new adventure! Keeping up with the latest products, styles, and trends has always been a passion of hers as well. Leslie strives to create an atmosphere where clients feel relaxed and rejuvenated and also where stylists can let their creativity flow.
Mackenzie Robert – Marketing Manager
After high school Mackenzie attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN where she obtained a Bachelors Degree in Entertainment Industry Studies, Public Relations and Journalism. She then pursued a career in the music industry working in PR & marketing at Universal Music, Sony Music and within her most recent role as Communications Director for the Nashville Film Festival. Part-time she did styling and makeup design for names including, Hunter Hayes (2015 CMA Awards), Kacey Musgraves (2014 Billboard Music Awards), and Daniel Bradberry (“Danielle Bradberry” album art), among others. Through this, and her volunteer work at the Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, she acknowledged her true passion of bridging esthetics and wellness. After long contemplation and a few serendipitous life moments, she enrolled at the Institute of Skin Science in Stratham, NH. She then graduated with a certificate in Esthetics while simultaneously training at a medical aesthetic facility, Smoothskin in Londonderry, NH. Mackenzie is elated to begin her esthetics career at The Skin and Body Spa and can’t wait to meet all the clients and visitors of the spa. Her mission is to inspire and heal confidence through the art and science of esthetics. She is passionate about her client’s well being, happiness, and building relationships with them. She offers facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, silkpeel dermalinfusion, waxing, brow shaping, brow/lash tinting, lash lifting, personalized skincare plans, and makeup.
Maria Tello – Creative Director/Editorial Artist
Maria began her career in the hair industry six years ago. As a child she was always doing her sisters and friends hair and really enjoyed it. Maria’s favorite part of her job is being able to build clients trust by using her creativity to make them look and feel amazing. She is an terrific listener and understands her clients wants and needs. Maria has attended many Goldwell color classes, advanced color classes and a global guest artist color/cutting class.
Maria’s advice to clients: Appreciate what you’ve got! Have realistic expectations for your hair and you will learn to love it. She also feels that trends are ever changing and you don’t know what will look good on you unless you experiment.
Terry Graham – Editorial Artist
Terry has been in the hair industry for eight years. As a teenager Terry used to color his and his friend’s hair crazy colors which gave him the inspiration to pursue a career in hair. Terry’s favorite part of his job is building connections and relationships with his clients. His biggest strength is hair color which he has so much passion for. Terry always furthers his education by taking many Goldwell Academy classes. He has also traveled the country to many big hair shows and has worked at NYC fashion week.
Terry’s advice to clients: Be open, take suggestions and switch things up from time to time. A little effort at home styling your hair goes a long way. There is no such thing as a wash and go style, but with the proper tools, tips and tricks I can show you how fifteen minutes can change messy to fabulous.
Liz Schmidt – Master Artist
Liz began her career eight years ago as a Hair Stylist. Even as young girl she started by playing with all of her friend’s hair, or anyone that would let her. Doing hair was something she thoroughly enjoyed, so it made sense that this would be the career she pursued. Liz’s favorite part about being a stylist is helping people feel good about themselves. When my clients leave the salon beaming, it is the best feeling she says. She also love texture! Liz admits creating texture is where I thrive the most and it shows in my haircuts. My clients receive haircuts that not only look stunning when they leave but they grow out nicely as well. In the fall of 2014 she decided to add more skills to her repertoire by attending one of the top Barbering schools in Europe. Liz has also taken several color classes and cutting classes throughout her career.
Liz’s advice to clients: Keep up with your haircuts and use the appropriate professional products at home. You cannot maintain your beautiful hairdo if you’re not taking care of your hair! When you leave the salon, take home the appropriate products and tools so you can replicate how I made your hair look.
Amanda Buck – Master Artist
Amanda began her career as a stylist back in 2013. She has furthered her education to become a Ouidad Certified Stylist, a Goldwell Certified Colorist and is also certified in hair extensions. Amanda discovered her talent in high school and was inspired to make her dreams a reality, as she pursued her full time career. She interned at a salon and fell further in love with her path as she started to build relationships with clients. Amanda’s goal is to help improve her client’s hair and overall confidence along with that. Amanda has found a wonderful fit with The Hair Company! She is excited to continue her education and is committed to never stop learning!
Amanda’s advice to clients: Your hair is a forever accessory and you should make it priority to love
Liz Elethorp – Master Artist
Liz has been in the hair industry for five years. She never thought that her path would lead her to this amazing industry even though she was the one doing all of her friend’s hair and make-up before any special occasion. Hair is Liz’s way of making a difference; she always makes sure that her clients feel better and beautiful when they leave her chair. When it comes to her strengths, she loves doing the not so everyday colors, short funky cuts, and finishing a service off with an amazing style that will make it hard to just go home. Her education over the pass few years has been extensive cutting and color technique courses. She sees more and more education in the near future and cannot wait to soak up as much knowledge as she can to enhance her skills for her clients.
Liz’s advice to clients: An amazing every day style can be achieved at home with the proper tools and patience. My job is to show you that it is possible, and my goal is to pass on some of my knowledge to you.
Kylie Bussing – Master Artist
Kylie comes to The Hair Company with industry experience after becoming a stylist back in 2014. It was a natural career path for Kylie, as she always had so much creative energy growing up. Once she began on her professional journey, she instantly fell in love! She feels that immersing herself in the beauty industry has been the best decision she ever made.
Her favorite part about this role is the ability to empower her clients. Kylie’s goal is to make everyone that sits in her chair, not only look stunning and beautiful, but genuinely feel it by enhancing beauty that already exists and taking it a step further. Seeing the look on her client’s faces once they are complete fills her with pure joy. Her wish is that all clients realize that no matter how stressful and chaotic life can be, her chair is a place where you can relax and feel beautiful and special.
A specialty of Kylie’s is freehand coloring techniques. Whether you are looking for sun kissed, bold, soft or intense, she has a vision for you. Although Kylie specializes in more than just coloring, it is her passion. If you are looking to be sufficiently lighter or brighter, add subtle enhancements to your natural color, love the look of natural dimension; or want to dive into vivids, pastels, or unicorn hair, she is your girl!
Furthering her professional education is extremely important to Kylie and she has already attended classes with Goldwell Master Artists, Rodica Hritsu, Robert Brown, and Derek Zeno. She has also completed a Colorzoom In Flux course with Michelle Pargee and has participated in Goldwell Colorzoom for the past 2 years.
Kylie’s advice to clients: I encourage all my clients to break the mold, take risks, and most importantly, love themselves. When you look good, you feel good. Empowering my clients through their appearance allows them to open up and shine internally. Your dream hair is achievable through proper maintenance, patience, and a vision!”
Drue Barron – Master Artist
Bio coming soon!
Kaleigh Bisson – Senior Artist
Kaleigh comes to us as a graduate of Michael’s School of Hair Design in Bedford NH and joined our team back in 2015. Her passion for working in the beauty industry is clear each and every day, as she brings her absolute best to our client community. She is known by all as a true team player and has demonstrated steady growth within her role here at The Hair Company. Kaleigh’s love of the industry developed at a young age and would jump at the opportunity to be the “stylist” for her friends as they attended school events here in NH. Kaleigh is thrilled to be able to continue her education and is always staying current on the latest and best that the industry has to offer. She feels incredibly blessed with the greatest support system anyone could ask for, which enables her to shine. Her favorite quote is “Do what you love, love what you do!” Kaleigh’s goal of being a stylist for the Victoria Secret Fashion Show is surely in her future. When she’s not at the salon she enjoys adventuring with friends and is always up for trying something new!
“I strive to make every person in my chair feel absolutely beautiful and confident. I love making new relationships with clients and creating real trust. I will never stop being the best stylist I can be.”
Alicia Perez – New Talent
Bio coming soon!