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happy place team


    creator of happy place, stylist + colorist


    For the past 15 years, Kat has been dedicated to being there for people with all kinds of hair, from super straight to spiral curls + everything in between. Kat provides a safe space for her clients, no matter who they are. No judgement, just honest, professional assessments + super detailed consultations. She loves getting to know her clients + enhancing their inner beauty with artistic and personalized cut + color.

    Kat is a born New Yorker with a background in art. She trained in Soho + worked her way through Brooklyn. She is the owner of Happy Place where she handcrafts all of the products in the line.


    stylist + colorist


    Vanni is an Aveda Institute NYC graduate on a mission to create a welcoming + celebratory space for non-traditional, gender-free beauty. While learning how to care for their own hair as a trans + queer individual, Vanni realized that others in his community often didn’t feel comfortable in a typical salon atmosphere + that it was something that he felt compelled to change. Vanni’s goal is to serve those in the niche queer-alternative scene by offering creative + refined cuts, natural texture styling + vivid color all while protecting the integrity of the hair. Some of Vanni’s favorite cuts to do are shags, mullets, pixies + unique geometric shapes. With V, you’ll be embraced for your beautiful, authentic self!



    stylist + colorist/retail manager


    Alex began her professional hair career in 2014. Born and raised in Long Beach, CA, she became proficient in blonding + vivid haircolor, + also worked as a color educator. Alex later moved to Seattle, WA, where she began specializing in enhancing all natural hair textures. Alex moved to Brooklyn in 2022 to pursue adventures on a different coast. Her approach to hair is detail-oriented, but laid back, resulting in fun, often bold shapes + colors with a soft, natural, lived-in quality. She loves to make looks that grow and move as you do. Her favorite services are textured haircuts, curl services + vivid colors, but she succeeds in anything from lived-in balayage, to traditional color + precision cutting.

    As a human with sensitive skin, Alex is committed to using only the best clean color + non-toxic haircare available. She will never use products that are tested on animals, contain artificial fragrances, parabens, resorcinol, ammonia, or other harsh toxins. Her clean product offerings are available in-person or for online purchase through her affiliate links.

    In her free time, Alex loves hanging out with her two cats, exploring, baking bread, going to antique stores, watching films, playing videogames + rollerskating.



    stylist + colorist


    Courville is a North Carolina native and has been working in the NYC area for almost 10 years. While in the big city, they’ve been able to hone in on an array of skills including short hair cuts, special event styling, fantasy color and editorial work, as well as wig-making and styling. They specialize in textured cuts, styling any length and texture of hair and pride themself in their ability to achieve manageable results for each and every client. Courville’s ongoing goal in the field of hair is to provide gender affirming hair color, cuts and styles for all people with all hair types and to educate folks on how to maintain their salon looks at home. At the end of the day, Courville just wants you to look and feel like your coolest, most authentic self.



    stylist + colorist


    Having started in theatre programs as a teen, Tristan has been styling hair since they could hold a comb! Growing up in the 2000s as an “emo kid” they spent many a night in their kitchen cutting and dyeing their hair. After attending Paul Mitchell Orlando to hone in their technical skills, they continue to style for local bands. 

    Tristan's main goal is to assist clients in curating a personal look that reflects identity, as well as fits in with lifestyle while keeping your hair health in mind. Tristan believes that hair has such influence in our lives + they want to help people feel empowered by their hair.

    Tristan is heavily inspired by y2k, scene/emo styles + anything that reminds you of Lisa Frank! When not at work, you can find them crocheting at local cafes or rifling through the thrift stores racks.



    stylist + colorist


    Samantha’s passion for hair has been lifelong. She got her start in beauty at age 15 when she decided to work her way through Kevyn Aucoin’s book, “Making Faces”. She used herself +10 year old sister as models. Samantha decided to get a formal education through Paul Mitchell academy + then pursued a hair education through training with R+Co, Oribe, Wella, Kevin Murphy + more.

    Samantha is an approachable, knowledgeable + creative stylist. When it comes to hair, her philosophy is that its best to work with your natural color + texture to allow your unique style to come to life. Inspired by nyc nightlife + retro design, Samantha enjoys working with curly hair, redheads, lived- in balayage + fantasy colors. She excels at creating that perfect wash + go look. From modern, texturized haircuts to classic bobs, Samantha loves to make your hair work for you. She would describe her style as a mix between sweet + dark, naturally bold. When she’s not behind the chair, you can find her drawing, meditating or dancing.