Meet Us

Becca and Eric

Salon Owners

Becca and Eric have proudly owned Robert Leonard since 2008. As a couple for more than 16 years, this brings them much joy. Working together is a dream many couples don’t have the opportunity to realize. They are lucky enough to embark on a dream together, and work hard to continue building on that dream. They cherish all the amazing individuals they work with and always strive to create a superior environment for the clients as well as the staff.

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Amy Harvey

Designer & Colorist

Amy has been in the industry for over 10 years and most of that time has been spent at Robert Leonard. She first created a name for herself by honing her skills with the best at a 6-week Vidal Sassoon advanced cutting course in Santa Monica. Amy excels at men’s haircutting, where her precision techniques take men’s grooming to a new level. Having curly hair herself, she understands the struggles it can present and enjoys helping clients overcome those challenges. Amy is an enthusiastic, creative and compassionate person and that translates into her hairdressing style.

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Becca Stordahl

Owner, Designer & Colorist

Becca took ownership of Robert Leonard in 2008, just 9 years after starting her career, and the salon and spa have flourished under her leadership. Becca’s commitment to education has taken her to Paris, New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles where she has taken classes from Sassoon, Oribe, Bumble and Bumble, René Furterer, and Jamison Shaw and trained in both British and French Haircutting. Becca is also an expert in extensions and has training in multiple methods. As Dean of Education for Robert Leonard, Becca is always eager to share her expertise and experience. Becca enjoys her experience with organizing and performing photo shoots, fashion shows, and up-styling; especially bridal. Her zeal for growing what she eats aids her in her hobbies of gardening and farm to table entertaining.

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Cara Hellings

Designer & Colorist

Cara started her career at Robert Leonard in 2000. She has trained in LA with Vidal Sassoon, NYC with Bumble & Bumble, as well as France with Rene Furterer. Cara is responsible for introducing the immensely popular Brazilian hair smoothing technique to Robert Leonard and has helped us earn a reputation for expertise in the service. Cara has always enjoyed the challenge of color correction, transforming an unappealing palette into a color her clients love. Cara excels at teaching clients quick and easy tricks that keep them looking as chic at home as they do leaving the salon. Cara’s talent for creating beauty with her hands extends to jewelry-making and metal work. This helps feed her constant love of learning.

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Craig Helmuth

Colorist

Craig started his career as a Colorist in Spokane over 30 years ago, where he trained in two highly acclaimed salons before moving to Seattle. Since then, Craig has been an integral part of Robert Leonard’s culture and training. An expert at formulation, he loves to collaborate. Craig’s broad expertise allows him to work on redheads (focusing on creating dimension and the best tone for a client’s skin), brunettes (it’s all about richness and shine) and blondes. Craig has a strong background in foil work, using it with all types of color, as well as Balayage. He has worked as a trainer for a color manufacturer and currently works as an educator at Robert Leonard. Craig attends every class he can whether, it requires travel or in salon. His extensive training includes courses in NYC with Bumble & Bumble, L’Oreal Studio, Wella Studio as well as Goldwell and Vidal Sassoon in LA. He has done many fashion shows and photo shoots and has been written up in “Town & Country” magazine as a blonding specialist. Craig’s passion for the industry comes across to his clients and his co-workers.

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Diny Ruiz

Designer & Colorist

Diny, a specialist in haircutting and color has been with Robert Leonard since 2003. Diny’s experience with the Brazilian smoothing treatment and hair extensions have allowed him to participate in many fashion shows and photo shoots for Seattle boutiques, as well as on site weddings. Diny takes pride in giving his clients the best service possible and holds himself to high standards for timeliness, respectfulness and positivity. Clients often remark that Diny provides “the best shampoo they have ever received.”

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Halina Malec

Esthetician

Halina emigrated to the U.S. in 1988 from Poland and spent time working in Boston before moving to Seattle. With 25 years of experience in Esthetics, Halina enjoys giving relaxing facials, peels and body treatments. Halina’s expertise with waxing contributes to her fast and efficient body waxing and precise brow shaping. She is a joy to work with and has lovely tales of her world travels that are sure to intrigue and inspire.

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Jennifer Hultkrantz

Designer & Colorist

Jennifer has been creating beautiful hair at Robert Leonard for over 10 years, where she’s known for her talent with shaping short hair so that it flatters a client’s best features. Jennifer enjoys providing a wide range of services including hair cutting, all types of color techniques, perms, Brazilian smoothing treatments and hair extensions. Jennifer is a great listener who strives to give clients the best possible service by understanding the most basic part of styling: Communication. She comes from strong, tightly-knit family who helped shape her loyal, free-spirited approach. For Jennifer, there are only two ways to spend your time: If it’s not hair, it’s family.

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Marika Kajari

Colorist & Designer

Marika has been a hairdresser for nearly 40 years. She is originally from Chicago where she taught school before finding her real passion, hairdressing. She worked as master stylist for the premier salons in Chicago where she did many photo campaigns and even owned her own salon for 20 years. She was written up in the “Chicago Tribune” as best stylist. She has now been with Robert Leonard for 20 years. Her schooling has never finished. Marika doesn’t miss a class as she feels this is what continues to give her the edge her clients expect. She has the know-how to interpret her clients need and wants even if they don’t have the ability to articulate it. She will lead you in the right direction weather it be a new color, hair extensions to give the client the density or length they have been wanting or a service to adjust texture in the form of a perm or a Brazilian smoothing treatment. These skills have earned her top client retention in our industry.

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Larisa Ogorodnik

Designer and Colorist

After completing the Robert Leonard apprenticeship program, Larisa is excited to be taking clients of her own. She’s been trained in various types of cuts and color techniques. Her favorite is creating lived-in effortless hair. She’s passionate about collaborating with her clients to create looks that stay true to the individual and help to best represent them. Making sure every client feels comfortable and at ease during their visit is a priority for her.

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Robert Salmons

Founder, Designer & Colorist

Robert started his career in 1973 in Chicago and worked there until his move to Seattle in 1976. As founder of Robert Leonard Salon and Spa, he is responsible for much of our tremendous success over the last 30+ years. “Harpers Bazaar” has referred to Robert as the Northwest’s “Specialty Hair Expert,” but If you ask him what his specialty is he will say “ the ability to relate to people and be perceptive enough to know what they require on an individual basis.” He has a deep passion and love for hairdressing and feels very fortunate to have created a wonderful career and a way of life that he can share with others.

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Amanda "Dang"

Designer, Colorist & Make up Artist

Amanda “Dang” is a full time Make Up Artist and Hair Stylist. Her journey and passion from hair and makeup began at the tender age of 16, when she accompanied her mother to a hairshow. From then on her curiosity and fascination with hair and the industry as a whole grew. Immediately following high school Dang enrolled into beauty school and has now enjoyed over 10 years in the industry. She continues to advance her knowledge, skills and abilities, learning the impact of beauty in the world and how it positively affects everyday lives.

Her specialties include hair cutting, color, event makeup, brow lamination, waxing and tinting, photoshoots and weddings. Some of her favorite things to do with hair are sassy pixie haircuts and razor haircuts, lived in color and color melting. Helping clients achieve a makeup look that is enhancing, youthful, easy and time friendly is a true joy as well. One of her favorite things to do within a service is spilling the tea on all the beauty tips she has learned over the years. Knowing how intimidating it is to try and figure out your look and how to achieve it can be very overwhelming. Dang will educate her clients on the best course of action and support them in achieving their goals.

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Alisha Nakamura

Designer & Colorist

Why am I so passionate about being a hairstylist?

I truly love making people happy.

There’s something about taking care of our physical appearance that garners us respect and dignity.

Growing up in Japan where salons frequent almost every block, shows that the Japanese pride themselves on being well kept and presentable at all times. Growing up in a culture that is so keen on perfection has definitely rubbed off on me as a stylist. I am not happy until my pursuit of technical precision leads to your happiness and satisfaction.

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Pauline Tan

Designer

With a true love for beautiful hair, Pauline has mastered the art of French haircutting. In her tireless pursuit to deepen her skill set, she has embarked on, and is nearly finished her color training. Pauline loves natural soft color with a haircut to fit the lifestyle of her clients. Cooking and gardening are passions of hers as well, and she loves to share her vast knowledge of food and culture with her clients.

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Zoë

Designer, Extension Specialist

“I love what I do!”

Since 2007, Zoë has done hair for fashion shows, concert tours, celebrity events, and she has been featured in written and online publications, but her favorite place to be is behind the chair, working with you.

A master designer, educator, and extension specialist, Zoë creates hairstyles that are both progressive and versatile, and is very detailed in her craft. She specializes in creative cutting, precision cutting, dry cutting, long layering, short design, men’s cuts, curly hair, special occasion styles and updos, and extensions. Zoë is a life long learner and pop culture junkie who is inspired by ongoing advanced education, trend classes, art, music, and traveling the world.

Zoë believes that with great hair comes great power. “Your hairstyle is a direct extension of your unique personality, and my goal is to create a look that is authentically you.”

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Kendra Hearn

Kendra Hearn

Designer and Colorist

This Alaskan native moved to Santa Monica to earn her cosmetology license at Sassoon Academy. Kendra moved to Seattle in 2018 to continue her career in hair.

Kendra is dedicated to giving you the perfect look to match your lifestyle. She wants you to love your hair every day and collaborate with you to make something that is easy for you to manage.

Her specialties in cutting include sharp bobs, short women’s cuts, and classic men’s work. With color, she loves creating soft and blended blondes, bold fashion colors with fun placement and rich all over colors.

Kendra’s favorite thing about the Salon is connecting with new people and hearing their story. She looks forward to meeting you soon!

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Kaio Wilker

Designer & Colorist

Kaio possesses a deep understanding of the bygone eras that laid the foundation of hair styling and glamour and prides himself in his ability to translate those ideas for the modern world. He studied cosmetology at Tony & Guy Academy, where he was chosen as the first recipient of the annual Michael Mercurio Foundation Scholarship Award recognizing his talents and passion for the hair industry. He also studied makeup artistry at Makeup Forever and M.A.C. in New York City. Kaio was named Best Upcoming Stylist of 2011 by Guia & Laser in Boston. In Los Angeles, Kaio apprenticed with George Papanikolas at Andy Lecompte Salon and Corey Powell at Sally Hershberger. In both of these salons, he regularly worked with numerous, high-profile and celebrity clients. In 2013, Kaio moved to Robert Leonard Salon while relocating to Seattle with his husband, and he’s since built up a loyal and diverse set of clients. Kaio’s humble and welcoming spirit immediately puts his clients at ease, but it’s his sophistication, vision, and talent that truly delight them and keep them coming back.

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Ezra Boda

Master Colorist

Ezra was voted “Best Colorist 2018” by Seattle Magazine and is a certified Master Colorist. Noted for his proficiency in fashion and corrective colors, this Portland, OR native has mastered the art of versatility. From classic polish to innovation, Ezra can do it all and is renowned for creating head-turning looks! Follow his work on Instagram.

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Elyse Bartlett

Designer & Colorist

Elyse has completed her advanced training at RL and is now accepting new clients! She is extremely passionate about maintaining and promoting healthy hair and scalp. Helping you find the right products to meet your hair goals is very important to her. She loves makeovers, whether it’s a big transformation, or just a small update to give you the best overall look. Elyse loves men’s and women’s cuts and colors as well as Brazilian Blowouts and brow laminations.

Elyse has lived in New Mexico and Oregon. She made the move to Seattle 3 years ago when she attended Gene Juarez Academy to pursue her passion in Cosmetology. Her dream of working in Downtown Seattle is now becoming a reality and she couldn’t be more excited. Elyse loves dogs, music, trying new foods, traveling and exploring the beautiful state of Washington. Not sure what hair service to book? Call to book a consultation, Elyse would love to help you choose what’s right for you based on your lifestyle.

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Micah Kawamoto

Colorist

An AVEDA Alumni, and graduate of the RL apprentice program, Micah is passionate about achieving your desired look while keeping scalp and hair health top of mind. He believes healthy hair and scalp are essential for your color journey. You will find yourself enjoying Micah’s SPA-like hair services through his knowledge of cranial massage he honed through education from Rene Furterer and Davines. As a product enthusiast, Micah’s extensive knowledge is essential in guiding his clients to the best fit for their hair.

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