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Dallas, TX 75208

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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, work out, & watch Tosh.0

What's your favorite food that you though 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 super power 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, & Low riders 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 make over. 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 someones life with self esteem & beauty so much that they cry with 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 Impov Level 5 graduate, Hollwood Improv workshop, Dallas Comedy House Impov freeplay

 

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

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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!!

AMBER BELL - Level two stylist

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BEHIND THE CHAIR

Any Fashion Pet Peeves?

Skin toned Leggings

 

What smell reminds you of hair school?

Perm solution

 

Who is your industry mentor?

Everyone I met at Esoterica Salon!

 

Favorite quote from a client?

“There is nothing a glass of wine or a flat iron cant fix!”

 

Best perk about your career?

To continue making the world a beautiful place! The beauty industry will never go out of style there are always new ideas and creations being created everyday!

 

Can't live without which Sebastian product? Why?

Dark oil !! It's Jesus in a bottle!

 

Favorite service to do on a client?

Styling and extensions! Seeing someones reaction to having more hair is what I live for! You get a totally different confidence level when your hairs is totally opposite from what your used to!

 

BEHIND THE STYLIST

 

What are you scared of?

Death

 

Ever been in love?

Yes, I tend to fall in love with everything.

 

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

I spend a lot of time with family and friends

 

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

Tilapia

 

What's on your playlist?

I have two completely different genres of music on my playlist. It can go from upbeat dance music such as Dupstep/techno music then play some cry baby sad music like Christina perri there is no in between!

 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a hairstylist!

 

What super power do you wish you had?

The ability to read minds!

 

Where did you grow up and what was it like?

Born and raised right here in Fort worth! Grew up with eight brothers and sisters and had the best childhood growing up ! I also want a big family of my own!

 

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

We had every color on the palette on our eyelids! Also layering our shirts, I think I wore about 3 different colored tank tops underneath my main shirt and you could see every single one of them! We even wore potato shoes with every outfit , and pantyhose as a neck choker!

 

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

“No Ragrets” -We're the Millers

 

Whats things do you find your self doing that you said you would never do?

I always tell myself im not gonna cut my hair, im gonna let it grow...... My hair stays above my shoulders.

 

What's something you are really proud of and why?

My ability to keep on going . Ive never been the one to give up or not try my best. I give my all 100% of the time and I owe it all to my daughter. She has made me a stronger person and my reason to never settle for less.

 

What are some goals you are still trying to accomplish?

I want to be Independent!!!!!

 

JUST BECAUSE

 

Dr. Pepper or Coke?

Dr. Pepper!!!

 

Mac or PC?

PC ive never tried a Mac before

 

Sunblock or Tan?

Tan for sure!!!!

 

Facial hair or Clean shaven?

I love chin hair!!!!!!

 

Heels or Flats?

Converse

 

Left twix or Right twix?

Lefty!!!!!! I'm a Lefty!!!

 

Six Flags or Hurricane Harbor?

Six Flags!!!!

 

RACHAL GRAYSON

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BEHIND THE STYLIST

 

Any nicknames you go by?

Rachiegray

 

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

Reading, going to museums, making new friends, and eating really good food

 

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

 

What's on your playlist?

Falling In Reverse. Panic at the Disco, Sleeping With Sirens and Flux Pavillion radio on Pandora

 

Any body piercings or tattoos?

I have several piercings and two tattoos- a Harry Potter tattoo and an alien (his name is Marvin)

 

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

Time travel- one word, LOTTERY

 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A model

 

Where did you grow up and what was it like?

I grew up in Coppell Tx, and it was.....Coppell Tx

 

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

Goth and rave

 

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

Being and acting like an adult (only when necessary)

 

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

Playing softball and going to pitching lessons with my dad

 

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

I was on the cover of a relatively well known magazine and had a 14 page spread. I fulfilled a childhood dream of mine.

 

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

Traveling the world and continuing to grow and sharpen my skills as a cosmotologist

 

What are you scared of?

COCKROACHES

 

Ever been in love?

Abso-FREAKING-lutely

 

BEHIND THE CHAIR

 

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

Almost 2 years. My dad encouraged me to pursue cosmotology because of my creativity and my hunger to learn.

 

What Sebastian product can you NOT live without?

Whipped crème because it's EVERYTHING

 

Favorite client quote?

"You've changed my life"- Ms. Vella

 

What is your favorite service to do on a client?

Color correction

 

Why do you love your career?

Because i have the opportunity to make clients feel beautiful and confident in themselves

 

Any Fashion pet peeves?

When someone wears black and navy blue/brown (IT'S NOT OKAY PEOPLE)

 

What smell reminds you of hair school?

Perms and acetone

 

Tell us about your first haircut.

My first hair cut was on my best friend April and I was so nervous. It took me 3 hours to finish.

 

Training & Certifications:

The Salon Professional Academy

Esoterica bootcamp

 

Awards:

Best daughter EVER

 

JUST BECAUSE

 

Dr. Pepper or Coke?

COKE ALL THE WAY

 

PC or MAC? 

MAC

 

Beards or Mustaches? 

BOTH

 

Right Twix or Left Twix?

Left

 

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate

TAMARA - Level one stylist

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