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Welcome to Dallas' most independent neighborhood & home of Esoterica Dallas!

Ale Bonilla (President Esoterica) Level 5 Stylist, Sebastian Design Team Click picture to conect on Facebook.

THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND:

Name: Alejandro Rey Bonilla

 

Any nicknames you go by?

Ale or Hair Ninja

What are your favorite things to do outside of the salon?

Cinema, photography, model hunt, travel, people watch, dining, kick it with the family, workout, & watch Tosh.0

What's your favorite food that you thought you would NEVER try?

Eel & rabbit sausage.

What's on your playlist?

Yelawolf, Girl talk, Portugal the man

Any body piercings or tattoos?

Used to have my nipples, belly button & eyebrow pierced, ink-free zone.

If you could have any superpower what would it be & why?

Teleportation because I hate traffic & planes.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Astronaut or a Ninja Turtle

Where did you grow up and what was it like?

Fort Worth & it was amazing. Little Ale had the best childhood & was groomed to be a successful leader & entrepreneur by his parents. Thanks, guys!

 

What are some of the crazy fads you and your friends went through?

Jnco's when we all Broke Dance, channel 45 local cable dance show, & Lowriders of course.

What things do you find yourself doing that you said you'd never do?

Flying on planes & taking days off work.

Tell me a time in your life that was a time you'll never forget.

Mowing yards as a kid. I would spend hours alone thinking of ways to make more money & it was so therapeutic. 

The Dallas night scene in my early 20's as a club promoter & the ideas it spawned for business. 

What is something you're really proud of and why?

When my parents say they are proud of me. "When I grow up I'm going to be just like Alejandro" - Chris Bonilla (father)

What are some goals you're still trying to accomplish?

Inspire the world through my craft, education, cinema, & photography (capturing souls one at a time)

What are you scared of?

Drowning & having my phone die.

Ever been in love?

One too many times but it feels great to feel. Maybe little ninja soon! 

 

BEHIND THE CHAIR

 

How long have you been in the Hair industry & how did you get started?

23 years & I had a neighbor kid ask me to fade him up. I did a good job & craved more. I haven't gone more than one week without doing hair since I was 13 years old.

 

What Sebastian product can you NOT live without?

Whipped crème is to die for! I use it on everyone & myself when I want to show off my mane.

 

Favorite client quote?

“You go tell Ale that he used to cut my hair in his garage!”- Patrick Ramos

 

What is your favorite service to do on a client?

Full makeover. I like it when someone trusts me so much to make them look good & feel good.

 

Why do you love your career?

Making clients cry. The feeling you changed someone's life with self-esteem & beauty so much that they cry tears of joy! So rewarding.

 

Any Fashion pet peeves?

Ladies, hide your damn bobby pins & at least use the right color for your hair.

 

What smell reminds you of hair school?

Rotten eggs & smoke. (Perms & lil old ladies who only shampooed their hair weekly)

 

Tell us about your first haircut.

My first clipper cut was at the tender age of 13, it went well. My first woman's haircut was at the age of 15. The consultation went like this: “How many layers do you want? 2 or 3? LOL!


Training & Certifications:

Ogle school of cosmetology Alumni, Video education for the state, Employer of the year, Advisory board

Toni & Guy classic, advanced, DFW educator for 3 years, advisory board DFW

Additional advisory boards: Duvall's, Paul Mitchell, ITS Academy, Avenue 5, Rusk shows, classes, & host for 5 years

Wella color, wet line, & world studio training with essentials in NYC

Sebastian color, wet line, & National Design team

Nioxin wet line & scalp expert

Delilah Damage free extension expert (Cold Fusion & Tape methods)

Creator of Next Level Stylist video training, producer, director, director of photography, & talent

Co-Creator of Next Level Photo editorial workshops

Esoterica Studios Cinema Producer, director, & director of photography, premiere editor

Esoterica Studios Model Agency casting director

Esoterica Studios Photographer, design, photoshop editor

Four Day Weekend Improv Level 5 graduate, Hollywood Improv workshop, Dallas Comedy House Improv free play

 

MEDIA

As seen on TV: Ogle Commercials, Texas Women season 1 & 2, Operation Rock the Troops TV episode 1, WFAA Ch8 Family     1st, CBS Ch11 Fashion forecast, InStyle magazine Sebastian spread, Blackbook magazine. 

 

NYFW: Charlotte Ronson, Christian Siriano

 

Awards:

Sebastian Whats Next Awards Finalist (twice)

Ogle employer of the year

Ogle Alumni of the year

Voted by your mom best hairdresser ever.

 

JUST BECAUSE

 

Dr. Pepper or Coke?

No sugar for me

 

PC or MAC?

MAC for all my design work, PC for business

 

Beards or Mustaches?

Full man face, exquisite mustache, and beard!

 

Right Twix or Left Twix?

I always eat the right one first as I am right handed

 

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate dipped everything, please!

 

 

 

 

Level 3 Salon Coordinator & Educator Dallas, click image to facebook stalk

MEGAN arrington 

 

BEHIND THE CHAIR

Any fashion pet peeves ?

Socks with sandals!!!! bleh :/

 
Funniest client story?
When I did an older lady's hair (80 years old) at the end of her service I told her she looked like a SEXY LADY & she shook her booty (walking with her walker and all) and said "OOOHHH YEA"!! lol :)

 

What smell reminds you of Hair School?

Perms

 

Who is your industry mentor?

Any bad "A"  professional that I can learn from

 
Favorite quote from a client?
On dating.....
"I'm 50! And I have like 4 men I'm talking to, you gotta get out there and play the field, honey!"
 
Best perk about your Career?
Making ppl feel like ROCKSTARS && having FUN while I do it!
 
Can't live without which Sebastian product & why?

Shine Crafter for style and shine. Dry Clean Only because who doesn't love a dry shampoo?!?! Drench shampoo & conditioner for my thirsty HAIR.

 

Favorite service to do to a client?

Anything really!

 

BEHIND THE STYLIST

 

Any nicknames you go by?

ROCKSTAR,  X-TREME, Megtastic, Meggers

 

What are you scared of?

FAILING! Which is NOT an option.

 

Ever been in love?

Sure HAVE

 

What are your favorite things to do when you're not styling hair?
Spending time with friends & family, kicking back outside somewhere, enjoying a few adult beverages, while jamming out to some good ole ROCK & ROLL OR on the LAZY, I'm-a-VAMPIRE days, NETFLIX-ing it up!

 

What's your favorite food you thought you would never try?

Calamari

 
What’s playing on your playlist?
A7X, Artic Monkeys, The Black Keys, Prince, Michael Jackson, Muse, ETC.
And when I'm kicking it old school & listening to the radio it's always on 97.1 The EAGLE.

 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Mia Hamm, a former professional soccer player.
 
What super power do you wish you had?
Reading MINDS! I always look at ppl and wonder what they are thinking.

 

Where did you grow up and what was it like?

North Richland Hills "THA HILLS", and it was for the most part awesome. It's close to everything (shopping, food, fun) and I was in the middle of Ft. Worth and Dallas.

 

What are some of the crazy fads you and your friends went through?

JNCO pants, OMG they are AWFUL, but had a cool acronym "Judge None, Choose One."

 
Is there anything in particular that you wish you could do over?
I try not to DWELL on past decisions or situations.
 
What things do you find yourself doing that you said you'd never do?
Entertaining people. Was shy growing up and then just one day came out of my shell. Love making ppl smile and laugh :)
 
Tell me a time in your life that was a time you'll never forget.
Waking up from knee surgery and the first thing I said to my Mom was, "I WANT Chicken Express! Can we please please please go get some NOW!?!?!"
 
What is something you're really proud of and why?
Opening up easier and being the REAL me. Expressing myself and not giving a hoot about all the HATERS. Less stressful! :) Less stress = MORE FUN!
 
What are some goals you're still trying to accomplish?
To gain more SUCCESS in life and career-wise & being happy & having FUN in all future endeavors!
 
JUST BECAUSE
 
Dr. Pepper or Coke?
Adult Bevs & if I had to choose D.P. all the way
 
Mac or PC?
PC...... Macs are hella confusing LOL
 
Sun block or Tan?
Sun block all day every day. #Palekid
 
Facial hair or clean shaven?
Eehhh.... Either
 
Heels or flats?
If there is a lot of walking involved FLATS indeed,  otherwise WEDGES!
 
Left Twix or Right Twix?
Does it really matter?!?! They both taste the same. :)
 
Six Flags or Hurricane Harbor?
Love the THRILL of BOTH!!! Both include multiple applications of sunblock!!

Megan Arrington presents BOHO + Grunge @ Esoterica Salon from Next Level Stylist on Vimeo.

Megan Arrington now featured at Esoterica Studios from Next Level Stylist on Vimeo.

KAITY CHRISTINE - Level two stylist

NOW AT THE FORT WORTH LOCATION SAT ONLY

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BEHIND THE CHAIR

 

Any fashion pet peeves?

Socks over sweatpants, I saw it while I was in the UK and it made me cringe every time >.<

 

Funniest client story?

First day using a stand behind sink I accidently gave everyone within a 5 foot radius a shower >.<

 

What smell reminds you of Hair School?

Burnt hair :/  classic Marcel Iron without being tempered first.  ick

 

Who is your industry mentor?

Any fellow stylists! I believe you can always learn something new from everyone you meet!

 

Favorite quote from a client?

“Dang! I look slicker than snot on a doorknob!”

 

Best perk about your Career?

I get to constantly learn and meet amazing individuals every day! Being able to express my creativity and make people feel amazing is just so unreal!

 

Can't live without which Sebastian product & why?

StylBrid9! It’s an amazing, hybrid hairspray that has taken the place of my usual styling aids! It offers uv and heat protection, natural shine, volume and texture! I absolutely love it!

 

Favorite service to do to a client?

Creative Color…especially when I’m able to use the fun fashion colors!!!

 

BEHIND THE STYLIST

 

Any nicknames you go by?

Kt, The Talented Miss Wicket, JellyBean

 

What are you scared of?

Sharks >.<

 

Ever been in love?

Of course ^_^

 

What's your favorite things to do when you're not styling hair?

Draw, paint, read, play board games!

 

What's your favorite food you thought you would never try?

Pho!

 

What's on your playlist?

Metal and sub genres of that, acoustic stuff, and a bunch more ^_^

 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

An artist

 

What super power do you wish you had?

Immortality!

 

Where did you grow up and what was it like?

I grew up in between Rock Springs Wyoming, Warren Pennsylvania, and Jamestown New York.  It was cool being able to travel 1/3 of the year non stop!

 

What are some of the crazy fads you and your friends went through?

My goth phase def.

 

Is there anything in particular that you wish you could do over?

There are some things I wish I had known at the time but no, I am the person I am today because of everything I have experienced!

 

What things do you find yourself doing that you said you'd never do?

Hair for one, I never expected to even go into hairstyling!

 

Tell me a time in your life that was a time you'll never forget.

The day I flew into London and no one was there to pick me up! (mind you I was only 16, first time flying out of the country, and I had no form of communication!)

 

What is something you’re really proud of and why?

I’m extremely proud of myself for making the move up to Dallas on a whim and I couldn’t be happier with my choice!

 

What are some goals you’re still trying to accomplish?

To become better than the Hair Ninja!

 

JUST BECAUSE

 

Dr. Pepper or Coke?

Dr. Pepper

 

Mac or PC?

Both!

 

Sunblock or Tan?

Tan?

 

Facial hair or clean shaven?

Facial Hair

 

Heels or flats?

Both!

 

Left Twix or Right Twix?

Whichever one I get to first!

 

Six Flags or Hurricane Harbor?

Both!!!

Kaity Christine presents @ Esoterica from Next Level Stylist on Vimeo.

Kaity Christine now featured at Esoterica Dallas from Next Level Stylist on Vimeo.

BAYLEE HIGGINBOTHAM - Level one stylist

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BEHIND THE CHAIR

 

Any fashion pet peeves?

Box dye

 

Funniest client story?

A man sat down in my chair and said “I’m stuck in the 80’s, I need help!”

 

What smell reminds you of Hair School?

Burnt popcorn and shines XG

 

Who is your industry mentor?

 Geno Stampora and Diana Schmidtke

 

Favorite quote from a client?

“You made my day.”

 

Best perk about your Career?

 Being able to have a positive impact on so many people, and getting to have fun every moment of the day.

 

Can't live without which Sebastian product & why?

 Craft Clay, because it creates so much texture!

 

Favorite service to do to a client?

Put some clippers in my hands and I’ll be happy!

 

BEHIND THE STYLIST

 

Any nicknames you go by?

Bay

 

What are you scared of?

Anxiety attacks

 

Any piercings or tattoos?

My ears are stretched to ½’ and I have a growing tattoo collection

 

Ever been in love?

When its love, it will last

 

What's your favorite things to do when not styling hair?

Go on adventures with friends, listen to music, go to concerts, tour museums, practice yoga, play viola, go running, cooking, painting, and hiking.

 

What's your favorite food you thought you would never try?

Tofu and a ton of different vegetables.

 

What's on your playlist?

The Beatles, Lady Gaga, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Tchaikovsky.  

 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A mom.

 

What super power do you wish you had?

Inter-dimensional travel, because I want to know what else is out there.

 

Where did you grow up and what was it like?

Arlington, Texas. Really hot and boring, unless you went to Six Flags.

 

What are some of the crazy fads you and your friends went through?

Manic Panic was really popular in junior high/high school!

 

Is there anything in particular that you wish you

could do over?

No, I strive to live life for the future, and only use the past as a reference.

 

What things do you find yourself doing that you said you'd never do?

When I was little I used to say I wouldn’t learn how to drive, because it seemed scary.

 

Tell me a time in your life that was a time you'll never forget.

Going on road trips with my mom and siblings to Arkansas to visit our aunts and cousins. We didn’t live next door, but we still grew up together.

 

What is something your're really proud of and why?

My career. The beauty industry is such a positive and helpful community, and I’m very happy to be a part of it.

 

What are some goals you're still trying to accomplish?

I have an endless list of goals I will accomplish. Next in line are rock Esoterica and get my barbering license soon!

 

JUST BECAUSE

 

Dr. Pepper or Coke?

Coke, my 85-year-old great grandmother swears it’s the best so that’s good enough for me.

 

Mac or PC?

Mac.

 

Sunblock or Tan?

Sunblock, I don’t tan I burn.

 

Facial hair or clean shaven?

Nicely kept beards are nice.

 

Heels or flats?

Flats. Unless I’m really dedicated or going to be sitting the entire time.

 

Left Twix or Right Twix?

Both, they’re the same! Stop the madness!

 

Six Flags or Hurricane Harbor?

Six Flags!!

Alee - Level one stylist

Click the image to facebook stalk! :)

1 years experience

Dallas location

 Any nicknames you go by?

Alee, Aleezilla

 

What're your favorite things to do outside of the salon?

Makeup, Video games, baking/cooking and go to the gym. 

 

What's your favorite food that you thought you would NEVER try?  Chicken nuggets and ice cream

 

 What's playing on your iPod?

 Future, 21 savage, WRLD, Monstercat music, Kendrick Lamar

 

Any body piercings or tattoos?

lots. 14 tattoos and 17 piercings. 

 

If you could have any superpower what would it be & why?

Teleportation. to get to where I needed to be super quick. 

 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Movie producer and a chef. 

 

Where did you grow up and what was it like?

Los Angeles, California. It was always 70 degrees and breezy but I wasn't a fan of it. 

 

 What are some of the crazy fads you and your friends went through? We used to have theme days at school for outfits between 3 of us. 

 

What things do you find yourself doing that you said you'd never do?

Being self-conscious.

 

Tell me a time in your life that was a time you'll never forget?

 The day that I graduated from makeup school and the day I got my GED making it possible for me to go to beauty school. 

 

What is something you’re really proud of and why: Being able to move across the country and not knowing anybody just to start over. 

 

What are some goals you're still trying to accomplish?

 being consistent with the gym and Working in more photo shoots/fashion shows for makeup. 

 

What are you scared of?

heights. 
 

Ever been in love? Yes

 

BEHIND THE CHAIR

 

How long have you been in the Hair industry & how did you get started?

 1 year in school.  I wanted to be in an industry that would let me be myself without judgment. 

 

What Sebastian product can you NOT live without?

Drench Shampoo and conditioner 

 

Favorite client quote?

 " Can you come to my house every morning and do my hair?"

 

 What is your favorite service to do on a client? Bright fun colors or makeup. 

Why do you love your career?

 I love helping people feel beautiful inside and out. 

 

 Any Fashion pet peeves?

Nude tank tops or pants. 

 

What smell reminds you of hair school?

Perms and ammonia 

 

Tell us about your first haircut?

 I did long layers on my mother and she loved it very much. 

 

Training & Certifications:

 Ruby Makeup Academy- MUA Certification 

American crew men's cut certified 

Ogle school of Arlington- Most clients and retail products sold 

 

 

 

JUST BECAUSE

 

 Dr. Pepper or Coke?

Coke

 

PC or MAC?

PC

 

Beards or Mustaches?

Why not both?

 

 Right Twix or Left Twix?

Right

 

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Vanilla

 

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Bear Campbell – Level One Stylist

 

BEHIND THE CHAIR

Any fashion pet peeves ?

The only pet peeve I have is when people judge others when fashion is just another art form! It’s all fun and opinions shouldn’t stop you from doing your thing!

 

What smell reminds you of Hair School?

Sebastian’s Trilliant heat protectant spray! We carry it here in the salon so I’m always reminded of it!

 

Who is your industry mentor?

Ale the Hair Ninja ;)

 

Favorite quote from a client?

“I trust you!” “Be creative!” “Do whatever you want!”

 

Best perk about your Career?

Meeting so many people and learning all about life from different perspectives!

 

Can't live without which Sebastian product & why?

Whipped Cream! It plays well with other products and has a great smell! Love how lightweight it feels!

 

Favorite service to do to a client?

I love haircuts and turning people into mythical creatures like fairies and mermaids!

 

BEHIND THE STYLIST

Any nicknames you go by?
Bear is my nickname! Stephanie is the name I was born with, so you’ll probably hear that one too.

 

What are you scared of?
Not living my life to the fullest and axe murderers, of course.


Ever been in love?

“It’s better to have loved and lost…” Yes, I have been in love and continue to choose love every time.

 

What's your favorite things to do when not styling hair?

Acting, Modeling, Singing, Martial Arts…you know, the usual. ;)
 

What's your favorite food you thought you would never try?
Guacamole! I love Avocados now :)

 
Whats playing on your IPOD?
Everything from Ella Fitzgerald to Avenged Sevenfold. I especially love AC/DC, Buddy Holly, Kendrick Lamar, Paramore, Ben Folds and Ingrid Michaelson. I also really love original covers to popular songs, I think it highlights a musicians talents!


What did you want to be when you grew up?
A rockstar just like my dad!


What super power do you wish you had?
Telekinesis, because I’m LAZY sometimes!


Where did you grow up and what was it like?
Keller, Tx. It was pretty normal but almost too basic for me, I dreamed of moving to a major city with some action!


What are some of the crazy fads you and your friends went through?

The “middle school girl who just discovered blue eye shadow” look… not my best look.

Is there anything in particular that you wish you could do over?

Although I live with regrets, the choices I’ve made have brought me either great joy or great wisdom. I sometimes wish for a do-over, but honestly my life wouldn’t be as full without my mistakes!
 

What things do you find yourself doing that you said you'd never do?
The dishes, the laundry, paying bills… Adulting in general. ;)

 

Tell me a time in your life that was a time you'll never forget?

I’ll never forget my times in beauty school. It was so inspiring and fun! Plus my friends from school were an awesome team to be with!
 

What is something your really proud of and why?

Choosing myself. Letting go of people pleasing habits and finding the strength to consider my own needs has really improved my overall happiness and self confidence.
 

What are some goals you’re still trying to accomplish?

Purchase a home, become an educator, be a professional actress, be in a comfortable place in life.

 

JUST BECAUSE

Dr. Pepper or Coke?

No sodas for me! Just give me a sweet tea!

 

Mac or PC?

Mac

 

Sunblock or Tan?

Sunblock with a burn.

 

Facial hair or clean shaven?

Beards are cool but do what makes you happy!

 

Heels or flats?

Wedges ;)

 

Left Twix or Right Twix?

Snickers satisfies.

 

Six Flags or Hurricane Harbor?

Disneyland <3 

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