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.
Alexandra Clark, Manager of Guest Relations and Operations
Alexandra (Xan) Clark started with the Skin & Body Spa and The Hair Company in early 2016 as part of our Guest Relations Team. She instantly felt a strong connection with the industry and found a deep sense of meaning in her client relations role with us. Alexandra was a natural leader among her peers and was recognized for her hard work, dedication and leadership by being promoted to Manager of Guest Relations and Operations for both the Salon and Spa in Spring of 2017. Working with our client community is what she finds the most rewarding. In her current role she is able to apply her skills as a Manager and to mentor the Guest Relations staff members. “It is a great feeling to know that there are others relying on you and that you are trusted to make important decisions.” She is ready for the growth that we’ve been experiencing and looks forward to a bright future as Manager of Guest Relations and Operations. Alexandra is currently enrolled in classes as well, at North Eastern University, where she is studying Business Management. Prior to joining the team, Alexandra was an Assistant Pre-School teacher at a local private elementary school. When she’s not at the Spa or Salon, Alexandra can be found practicing yoga and meditation, hiking, and enjoying the togetherness of her family.
Wendy Villa – Creative Director/Editorial Artist
Wendy has been in the hair industry for over six years. When she was a teenager she knew hair would eventually become her career. She remembers cutting her friends hair in the bathroom with kitchen scissors. When asked what her favorite part of her job was, she replied: her relationships. Being able to have clients come in after a stressful week and leave feeling relaxed and beautiful is the most rewarding part of her job. Wendy has taken many educational classes to further her career and has earned a Goldwell Master Colorist certification. She has also attended the Vidal Sassoon Hair Cutting Academy as well as The Ouidad Academy and has become a certified Ouidad stylist.
Wendy’s advice to clients: Your hair should be a representation of you! It should complement your face shape, bone structure, and lifestyle. Hair should be able to bring out your best assets and features while downplaying your least favorite ones.
Maria Tello – 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.
Hope Capobianco – Editorial Artist
Hope has been in the hair industry for nineteen years. She comes from a long line of hairdressers and at a young age loved going to visit her cousins at their hair salon and watch them style their client’s hair. She would then go home and try to replicate the styles she saw on her friends. Hope’s favorite part of her job is being with her clients. She loves the fact that she can always be creative with her client’s hair color; whether it be a subtle change for the season or a dramatic change for the fun of it. One of Hope’s strengths is her eye for color. She can look at a client aside from the color they are wearing and be able to pick out flattering tones that complement their complexion. Hope has taken many classes to perfect her craft. Some of the classes she has taken are Bumble and Bumble University Color 1 and Color 2 as well as Goldwell color academy classes.
Hope’s advice to clients: Fashion is forever changing. I suggest being open-minded to change. Small changes can be a good thing and tweaking your hair color slightly can keep your look modern and fresh.
Liz Schmidt – Master Artist
Liz began to 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!”
Kaleigh Bisson – Senior Stylist
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.”