Sonya’s effervescent curiosity for learning and warm, generous teaching style, give her the perfect juxtaposition of mentor/mentee to garner accolades. Prestigious and varied, her highlights include the Leo Passage Award for Education Excellence (Intercoiffure 2018), Favorite Educator (Stylist Choice Awards 2016), Industry Icon Award (Wella CONNECT 2015), Icons of Color Award (Intercoiffure 2014), Industry Ambassador Award (Wella CONNECT 2014), Master Hairstylist of the Year (North American Hairstylist Association 2010) International Icon of the Year (National Cosmetology Association and Professional Beauty Association)
Partnering with Wella Professionals as their Global Creative Ambassador for over 35 years, Sonya plays an integral role in the brand’s trade presence with color innovation, inspiration and education. As the celebrity colorist to Wella Professionals roster of Brand Ambassadors including Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones & X-Men) from 2016-2018, As a result, Sonya has found herself in the consumer eye, advocating the craft and professionalism that exists within her stylist community to the world of social media influencers and bloggers.
Representing Wella Professionals on the Ulta Beauty Pro Team, Sonya collaborates with educators from a range of professional haircare brands creating editorial/competition shoots, as well as education and trend development designed to inspire and educate Ulta Beauty stylists across the country. Her heart still belongs “behind the chair” and continues to offer her client’s salon services as an “Elite Designer” at “The Salon at Ulta Beauty” in Santa Monica CA.
Sonya is fueled by her passion for “all of it” and sources her creativity from nature and people. She actively surrounds herself with creatives of all industries and uses her experiences in life and the industry as inspiration when mentoring or judging hair competitions, backstage at New York Fashion Week, producing photo shoots, film wig work - most visible being “Hunger Games: Catching fire” (2013), and on stage at industry shows & events. Her ability to balance everything with grace has her as a returning member of the “Leading Ladies” panel at trade events. A girl-powered lineup that addresses issues in the beauty industry and how to juggle everyday life in order to live the life you want.
Forever pushing new expressions of wonder and beauty, Sonya’s curiosity keeps inspiring her community with the art she creates, and the mentorship she contributes to others. Her commitment to developing others to find their own voice within the beauty industry is truly her strength.
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