EILEEN | OWNER + MASTER STYLIST
Kantor & Company owner and master stylist Eileen Kantor has been working in a salon for long as she can remember. Literally. Eileen's mother ran a salon out of her childhood home. "It was just like the salon in the movie Steel Magnolias," she says. And despite an education in interior design, Kantor found her way back to what she feels is her true calling: styling.
Since 2003, Eileen has developed her skills, studying the art of cutting at the esteemed Vidal Sassoon salon in both Los Angeles and San Francisco, and color with Aveda and Wella. She also worked at two of Boulder's top-rated salons, Pompadours and Twig, before opening Kantor & Company in 2017.
Eileen’s business model focuses on detailed consultations with every client so she can understand their specific hair type, maintenance goals, and desired look. While the cut is the foundation from which she builds each client's look, color is the complement. Eileen works with each of her clients to find the hair cut and color that will best empower her client's expression of their personal style. She matches color to skin tone and eye color with precision, which helps her achieve the exact result she is after.
In addition to Vidal Sassoon, Aveda, and Wella, Eileen has studied with experts at American Crew, Redken, Schwartzkopf, Tony and Guy, Pravana. For more than ten years, she has been an educator, training junior stylists and helping them perfect their craft. Whether you're looking for a classic cut and natural color, an edgy, off the runway look, or something in between, Eileen can't wait to see you in her chair for a consult, and to ultimately help you walk out of Kantor & Company with the hair of your dreams.
ANNIKA | AUXILIARY STYLIST
Annika has been in the beauty industry since 2015, graduating with an esthetician certificate from the esthetics program at her high school. A year later she obtained her Colorado esthetician license and began working at facial bars and waxing studios in the Boulder area specializing in makeup.
Annika has been a featured makeup artist on a Veneno Magazine Cover as well as for music videos, burlesque dancers and photo shoots. She dreams of being a makeup artist and hairstylist creating monsters for movies and fantasy shoots.
In 2017, Annika returned to school to complete her cosmetology license and began working as an assistant at local salons. Annika is passionate about advanced education in the industry and is excited to be working with Kantor & Company to expand her knowledge of the industry.
EMILY | RESIDENT STYLIST + EDUCATOR
Emily is a Colorado native, who was thrilled to be able to continue her education in-state at the Aveda Institute in Denver. She has loved the industry since she started in 2011. She is Kantor & Company's Resident Masculine Presenting Cutting Educator. Emily is currently working toward mastering special effects makeup and complimentary hair styling. As an artist, Emily strives to make hair and makeup an extension of her artistry.
MERYL | RESIDENT STYLIST
Meryl Hansen is a Boulder native who has been in the industry for 10+ years and began her hairstyling career in high school with a degree from Vo-tech. After college, she continued her education earning degrees as a cosmetologist and as a barber. Creating a relationship and co-creating goals with her clients is Meryl’s favorite part of her job. She especially loves highlighting and creating easy, low maintenance hair cuts for feminine, masculine, and everyone in between.
YAXA | SALON DIRECTOR / RESIDENT STYLIST
After working in the food industry and preschool education, Yaxa changed course to pursue her passion for hairstyling. Being encouraged by Eileen and her friends at Kantor & Company, she began studying at the Academy of Cosmetology and Arts in Denver, CO in the summer of 2019. This apprentice-style program allowed Yaxa to work side by side with Eileen while attending hairstyling school. Yaxa learned both the Sassoon and Tony & Guy methods of cutting, the Wella style of coloring, and Kevin Murphy styling techniques from the very beginning of her career as a stylist. Yaxa and Eileen have known each other for many years through their mutual connections at the Boulder JCC. Eileen has been Yaxa’s mentor and it shows in the way that Yaxa can perform hair services. When you visit the salon you will find Yaxa either artfully caring for her clients or supporting the team as Salon Director. Since becoming licensed in October of 2020 she aims to create the most efficient, friendly, and smooth experience for all clients of Kantor & Company. She is looking forward to seeing you and co-creating a hairstyle that best fits your lifestyle.
ARIEL | AUXILIARY
Ariel is a bird of many feathers. She is a Reiki Master Teacher, Aerialist, YT 200hr, practicing contortionist, and hairstylist. She is creative, innovative, and loves the art of hair. Her hair journey began with self chopped bangs at the age of 5, followed by many teen years of hair experimentation and cornrow braiding anyone who would let her. She attended Regency Beauty School and became a licensed Cosmetologist in 2013. She began her career in a boutique salon in Old Town Fort Collins and became certified in Nova Lash eyelash extensions. In 2016, she took her hair practice private while focusing on her movement career. As of 2019 the call of the salon conversations and pampering of any stranger made friend, worked its way back into her heart. She came to Kantor & Company to learn even more from the very friendly and talented team here, and she is excited to share every bit of it with each person who graces her chair. Ariel is also certified in Laced Hair Extensions.
TONYA | WAX SPECIALIST + ESTHETICIAN
Since 2001, Tonya has been an esthetician and has seen her wax business continuously grow. She is committed to making hair removal as pain-free as possible. To that end, she has invested in continuing education and additional training to improve her technique and make waxing easy and painless for her clients. In addition to her technical training in bikini, Brazillian, and full body-waxing, Tonya has mastered the art of brow shaping and tinting. Tonya's extensive experience and her line of ethically-sourced, all-natural, and cruelty-free Cosmedix product makes her a valued and sought-after esthetician. She it thrilled to be working from her new studio space at Kantor & Company.