Alejandro Rey Bonilla (Level 6 & Founder Esoterica) Click photo to stalk on FACEBOOK.

THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND:

Name: Alejandro Rey Bonilla

LEVEL 6 HAIR NINJA

 

Any nicknames you go by?

Ale or Hair Ninja

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

Cinema, photography, model hunt, travel, people watch, dining vegan, kick it with the family, workout, disney +

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

going Vegan!

What's on your playlist?

Post Malone

Any body piercings or tattoos?

Used to have my nipples, bellybutton & eyebrow pierced, recently got my 1st two tattoos on my arms.

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

Teleportation because I hate traffic & planes. Maybe invisibilty to stalk people too :)

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, not eating meet

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?

Many a times, no regrets or regerts.

 

BEHIND THE CHAIR

 

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

28+ 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 RIP

 

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 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

Hairskeen certified

Keratherapy certified

Onstage hair extension certified

 

 

MEDIA:

 

DREW PEARSON LIVE SHOW 2019 SEASON- main camera, lighting.

 

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?

Dark Chocolate dipped everything, please!

 

 

 

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     Any nicknames you go by?

    Binx

     

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

    I love to hang with my family and friends! If not hanging with them, I'm watching Netflix! 

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

    Hummas

     What's playing on your IPOD?

     Paramore, Lorn, Animals as Leaders, Grimes, too many artist to name!

     

    Any body piercings or tattoos?

    Just my ears now and 10 tattoos so far 

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

    Teleportation for sure. That way i can sleep as long as i want and still make it to the destination on time lol

     

    What did you want to be when you grew up?

    I've always wanted to be an artist. Painting was my first choice, then it was my dream to be in a band, and i knew at 12 years old i wanted to do hair.  

     

    Where did you grow up and what was it like?

    I was born and raised in Fort Worth, Tx and i actually good childhood but i was verrrrry sheltered haha 

     

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

    Trip pants, rubber bracelets, big hair with raccoon pattern color. We were scene kids! 

     

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

    That's a hard question.. I like to experience everything once.

     

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

    I live my life to the fullest and I've made too many memories to just name one. 

     

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

    I'm pround that i got to travel across the U.S. with Nioxin and work side to side with stylist that i've looked up to since i've started doing hair.

     

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

    Definitely my work. But personally, sometimes i tend to talk about myself too much and I've always worked on asking more about your life. 

    What are you scared of?

    Heights, june bugs, bees, and things with too many holes
     

    Ever been in love? 

    Yes. Once. One day I hope it finds me again.

     

    BEHIND THE CHAIR

     

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

    I have been doing hair for 10 years now and I originally got into the beauty industry because I wanted to do nails so when I went to hair school, I feel in looong with hair! So here we are!

     

    What Sebastian product can you NOT live without?

    Dark Oil!!

     

    Favorite client quote?

     "make me lookk like james bond"

     

     What is your favorite service to do on a client? 

    Any kind of color!

     

    Why do you love your career?

    I get my energy by being around people so this job is sooo perfect for me because i meet different people everyday! Plus, i get to make them feel good and like a new person!

     

     Any Fashion pet peeves?

    Socks with Sandals.

     

    What smell reminds you of hair school?

    Pedicures

     

    Tell us about your first haircut?

     It was a long layered hair cut and i had to stop and go to the bathroom and hyperventilate lol 

     

    JUST BECAUSE

     

     Dr. Pepper or Coke?

    Coke 

    PC or MAC?

    PC

     

    Beards or Mustaches?

    i can dig either

     

     Right Twix or Left Twix?

    Left

     

    Chocolate or Vanilla?

    Chocolate

     

     

     

     

Nekesa Mohler level 5 Master Stylist

7+ years with Esoterica

MCE (Master color expert with Wella)

NYC global studio trained

Next Level Stylist educator & platform artists

Boot camp approved with the Hair Ninja

Toni & Guy Academy Alumni

Hairskeen certified

Keratherapy certified

Onstage hair extension educator

 

instagram: @your.hairapist

 

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Lexi Nix- Level 2 top stylist
 
 


 Any nicknames you go by?

Lex or Red

 

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

watch anime, play dungeons and dragons, and watch anything horror or true crime related!

 

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

Hot sauce.

 

 What's playing on your IPOD?

Metallica or or Pantera typically

 

Any body piercings or tattoos?

3 tattoos and 2 piercings (for now)

 

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

Definitely shapeshifting! I can never make up my mind on anything!

 

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Always something artistic, I've always loved anything that has to do with color

 

Where did you grow up and what was it like?

I was born and raised in Arlington, TX but I went to school in Kennedale where everyone knew everyone and everything 

 

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

Scene hair, checkerboard wristbands, and converse 

 

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

Living the domestic life with a wonderful man

 

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

My time at Shelton's. They helped me shape my passion and find my way to Esoterica.

 

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

I'm proud of living to the fullest I can! Trying new things and experiences whenever I can

 

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

Anything work related really. I wanna work on New York fashion week and work on the Wella design team. I also want to be a Master Colorist.

 

What are you scared of?

Any bug that's sticky and flies!
 

Ever been in love? 

Yes, I currently am with my best friend.

 

BEHIND THE CHAIR

 

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

I have been doing hair officially for 3 years and I started school 5 years ago with an apprenticeship in between! I got started at Ogle School for Hair Skin and Nails and my first salon was Shelton's Salon and Day Spa.

 

What Sebastian product can you NOT live without?

Dark Oil for sure!

 

 

 What is your favorite service to do on a client? 

Probably color and cut! I love creating the whole look.

 

Why do you love your career?

I love to be able to create beautiful things and enhancing the beauty of my clients. That smile at the end of a service is my favorite part.

 

 Any Fashion pet peeves?

Saggy pants!!

 

What smell reminds you of hair school?

Perms

 

Tell us about your first haircut?

 I had a bob with bangs and I liked it so much I cut it myself when I got home!

 

JUST BECAUSE

 

 Dr. Pepper or Coke?

Coke 

 

PC or MAC?

PC

 

Beards or Mustaches?

Beards

 

 Right Twix or Left Twix?

Left because I'm a lefty!

 

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Swirl

 

 

 

 

Kyndal Samaniego

Level 1 Stylist

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Ft. Worth & Dallas location

 

Any fashion pet peeves ?

Sandals with jeans. 

What smell reminds you of Hair School?

Blech

 

Who is your industry mentor?

Megan Arrington, Ale The Hair Ninja, Terry K and Nekessa

 

Favorite quote from a client?

"This is like chemistry?!”

 

Best perk about your Career?

Making people look and feel beautiful.

 

Can't live without which Sebastian product & why?

Dark Oil (the smell and wearability) and ERUPTEK the texture you get is awesome!

 

Favorite service to do to a client?

Hair Cuts or Hand paint! I do love my blondes ?

 

BEHIND THE STYLIST

 

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

Art: painting, drawing, ect. OR getting some grub! I love to cook and to eat!

 

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


What did you want to be when you grew up?
A Mother!


What super power do you wish you had?
To be able to fly


Where did you grow up and what was it like?
I grew up in Arlington Texas! It was a lot of traffic and travelling to Dallas when I got my license! 

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

Wearing LIVESTRONG bracelets and Silly Bands! Then we all found out that Armstrong was doping they went out really quick!

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

I wish I would have seen my grandparents more!
 

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

Having a “midnight snack”  

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

I will NEVER forget my first Dance competition at UTA 

 

Dr. Pepper or Coke?

DR.PEPPER

 

Mac or PC?

Mac

 

Sunblock or Tan?

Sunblock for sure, I wear so much my vitamin D levels are below the mins! Thank god for Vitamins haha

 

Facial hair or clean shaven?

FACIAL HAIR!!!!!

 

Heels or flats?

HEELS! If I am not close to 6” Tall I don’t feel glamours! ?

Six Flags or Hurricane Harbor?

Do you mean Wet n Wild? I would most deff want to stay wet then sweat any day in the summer!

 

Savanah Smith

Level one stylist

Ft. Worth & Dallas location

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WHAT made you want to go to hair school?

I have always loved everything about the beauty industry since i was a young child, i used to watch my mom get ready, doing her makeup and pretend i was doing mine with her, so when i was going to college and wasn’t really passionate about any of my classes i decided to pursue a career i’ve always been interested and passionate about.

 

WHAT is the most enjoyable part of your career?

I love getting to meet and interact with new people everyday and being able to make them leave our chair feeling more confident in themselves or with their hair is really rewarding for me.

 

WHEN i’m not behind the chair what are you doing?

Whenever i’m not behind the chair you can find me out with my friends or most of the time just at home cuddled up watching movies

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Danielle Thomas - Salon Coordinator

LEVEL OG

 

Any nicknames you go by? 
D or Dani


What are your favorite things to do outside of the salon? 
Relax with my family, read cheesy romance novels and watch movies.

 

 

What's your favorite food that you though you would NEVER try? 
Alligator tail.

What's on your playlist? 
60's, 70's and 80's music.. just love it.

Any body piercings or tattoos? 
Yes, my ears are pierced and i have tattoos.

If you could have any super power what would it be & why?
I would like to move things with my mind because sometimes I just don't want to get up.


What did you want to be when you grew up?
A Vet.


Where did you grow up and what was it like? 
I grew up right outside of Chicago and it was fantastic! Snowmen for days and warm summers by the lake.  

What are some of the crazy fads you and your friends went through? 
In my younger days we would see how high we could spray our bangs up and later we would wear pagers that were not even working.  


What things do you find yourself doing that you said you'd never do? 
I used to say I'd never get married and have children. The thought of it always scared me. Got married 11/9/13 and had my beautiful son Landon on 8/8/14 and have been so very happy and can't ever imagine a world without my guys! 


Tell me a time in your life that was a time you'll never forget.
Falling through the ice into the river while ice fishing.  


What is something you're really proud of and why? 
I'm proud of myself for taking a leap of faith and moving to Texas. Best idea ever!


What are some goals you're still trying to accomplish? 
The one major goal right now is finding and buying my forever home.  UPDATE: DID IT!! BOOM


What are you scared of? 
The idea of Zombies, spiders and tornadoes.

Ever been in love?

Oh yeah!


JUST BECAUSE

 

Dr. Pepper or Coke?

Dr. Pepper


PC or MAC?

PC


Beards or Mustaches?

I don't care for either.

 

Right Twix or Left Twix?

Can't decide so I will eat both.


Chocolate or Vanilla?

Vanilla

 


 

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