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Rod Sickler

Rod Sickler

Salon Owner/Stylist

Rod Sickler is the owner and primary educator of the Rod Sickler Salon & Spa. He’s also a prolific stylist with over 40 years of experience. Rod is the visionary and driving force behind the salon. He brings a sense of artistry and commitment to quality that is unmatched in the industry. That commitment to quality means that Rod is personally involved in continually training and cultivating the entire staff to excel in their profession.

Rod has spent his career teaching and learning with and from the best in the industry. He studied at the Vidal Sassoon Institute in London, trained with Sexy Hair founder, Michael O’Rourke, and has toured the world as a stage artist throughout his career. Among other awards, Rod has received the Sexy Hair Master Artist of the Year, along with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Currently, Rod is the Global Artist Director for ID Hair Worldwide, and the owner of ID Hair North America. These roles allow Rod to share his expertise and passion with stylists throughout the world. As a lifelong learner, Rod loves helping others grow as stylists through his stage shows and classes.

Most important to Rod is that you, the customer, feel that you’ve received the best customer service when you’ve visited the salon. He believes that you’ve given the gift of your time and appearance when you’ve stepped through the door, and it is his responsibility to ensure that you receive the best treatment, artistry, and passion during your visit.

Stylists

Nicole Haltiwanger

Salon Manager

Nicole always knew she wanted to do hair. She started out cutting her Barbie dolls’ hair and it grew from there. She has been in the salon & esthetic industry since 1999 and loves working with the clients and stylists as the salon manager. Nicole loves the hustle and bustle of the salon. Her greatest pleasure comes from seeing people leave the salon happy and feeling beautiful. Nicole is a huge asset to the salon, making sure everything runs smoothly and our clients have a personal touch from the moment they step into the salon. Nicole is a huge dog lover, and enjoys time with her husband, Corey and her daughter, Eva.

Ashleigh Courtney

Stylist/Makeup Artist

Ashleigh has been a makeup artist since 1998, when she started volunteering for a local theater group. Since then, she has done makeup for 25 movies, commercials, photo shoots, and the fashion industry. At the salon since 2010, Ashleigh has become a national educator for ID Hair. Despite her very busy schedule outside the salon, Ashleigh views her clients as friends and has continued to do hair and makeup at the salon so she can continue to help those friends look their best and feel great about themselves. She loves getting creative and finding ways to make each person their most beautiful self. During her free time, Ashleigh loves to read and see movies. Her dog is the love of her life, and she enjoys spending time with friends and family, including her 19-year old son. Ashleigh also gives back through the Look Good, Feel Better program through St. Baldrick’s and working with chemotherapy patients.

Madison Walk

Stylist

Madison grew up in a barber shop, where her mom was a barber. When she was 14, her mom taught her how to do men’s cutting, and that was it, she was hooked. Madison attended the Paul Mitchell School in Chicago and worked in the city for five years before relocating to Champaign. A teacher at heart, Madison loves sharing her knowledge with new salon assistants and is an advanced educator for ID Hair. Madison is constantly advancing and honing her skills to be both the best stylist and educator possible. Madison’s style is very thorough, and a consultation will involve many questions to ensure that her clients are thoroughly pleased with her work. Madison loves color, especially vivid colors, balayage, and is known for her hair extension skills, as well as microblading and makeup application. Madison’s creativity extends outside the salon to making jewelry, dream catchers, and other crafts. She loves rock climbing and traveling and has a house full of pets.

Audrie Roberts

Stylist

Audrie began her career in hair in 2003 and was part of the staff that opened the salon in 2005. She’s always been interested in beauty products and fashion. Audrie considers herself the stylist who really understands clients who might be a little more quiet or shy. She likes to get to know the client and their hair. She believes that every head of hair is unique and may need that little bit of extra time. She wants to make sure that every client leaves happy. If you’re not sure how to ask for what you want, Audrie has a way of making you feel comfortable and asking questions in such a way as to get to what you want. Audrie is married with one child and a furbaby. She loves exercising and healthy eating.

Paige Sickler

Stylist

Paige has been around hair her whole life. She grew up in and around the salon and did hair and makeup for friends before going to cosmetology school. Since graduating, Paige has been a learner, taking advantage of the wealth of knowledge available working with one of the leaders in the industry. She is proud of how this hands-on education has allowed her to grow as a stylist. One area in which she has advanced her knowledge is color. As someone who primarily loved cutting, she has grown to truly embrace color as well. With the best products in the industry in ID Hair, she feels confident about helping her clients put together a full look including complementary cut and color. Paige has a pitbull mix who is her obsession, and she enjoys great food and good movies.

Kacie Bradley

Stylist

Kacie started in the hair industry in 2004 and has been with the salon her entire career. She loves color and especially foiling. Kacie knows that color can be transformative, and she likes using foils to create the perfect style for each client. She loves when her client’s hair is perfect and they leave feeling great about how they look. Kacie is terrific at making connections with her clients, and many of them have been working with her for her entire career. She loves getting to know about their families, careers, and interests, and loves being a part of their lives. Kacie is married and has one son, Kayden.

Hannah Walker

Stylist

Hannah almost ended up in the culinary arts but chose to embrace the artistry of hair and beauty instead. For her, making someone’s day and seeing how happy they are is inspiring. Hannah’s specialties are makeup applications and hair color. She loves working with bridal parties and loves being part of someone’s special day. She is also passionate about the transformative nature of color. When someone wants to undergo a big change or try something new, she’s excited to put her skills to work to get them their desired results. Hannah’s goal, whether you want to just neaten up your current style or go for something bold and different, is to make you feel like a star. When she’s not at the salon, Hannah can be found out and about with her family, which includes her two young boys.

Allison LeCrone

Stylist

Allison always knew she wanted to work with people. If she wasn’t a stylist, she would have been a teacher, and would love to become a brand educator later in her career. She joined the salon immediately after cosmetology school and has been a great learner, absorbing everything she can to perfect her craft. Allison’s favorite thing to work with is color. It’s an opportunity to get creative and work with her clients to produce a work of art. She loves foils and balayage and specializes in blonde hair. And her biggest thrill is when a client comes to her with a vision and she’s able to achieve it and more. At the end of the day, she’s happy when you’re happy. When she’s not at the salon, she’s spending time with her close-knit family.

Jenn Hill

Stylist

Jenn started her career as an assistant and thus going to cosmetology school was a natural progression. She’s been in the hair industry since 2008. Her specialty is men’s cutting and grooming. Men’s hair has a different set of challenges and rewards, and Jenn loves working with those challenges. Having been in management in a previous position, she has come to truly value interacting with clients and building relationships with them. She absolutely loves when clients leave her chair feeling great about themselves. Jenn is an adventurer outside of work. Her interests include hiking and skydiving. She has a young daughter and two dogs.

Massage

Carmen Ureno

Massage Therapist

Carmen has been a massage therapist for 20+ years. After trying out some other things, she attended massage school in Las Vegas and found it to be life changing. Her passions are medical, oncology, and hospice massage. Having lost her father to lung cancer at the age of 10, she has a very good idea of how people need to be treated through medical issues. One of Carmen’s strength is her ability to establish trust and to calm and soothe her clients prior to even beginning their treatment. Her clients include all ages, including teens and pre-teens who are experiencing “text-neck”. Transplants to the area, she and her husband love to keep busy. She has three children, two younger and an adult daughter and young granddaughter. So busy is not a problem.

Patience Dupree

Massage Therapist

Patience has always been drawn to helping people, taking care of them mentally and physically. Massage was a way to make a career out of that desire. Her passion is massage for pain relief from injuries, scar tissue, and chronic pain. Patience is excellent at creating a safe and comfortable space for her clients where they can share information about their needs and relax while she works through their trigger points. She is continuously learning and growing as a therapist in order to best serve her clients’ needs. Patience is a mom to three little boys who are her life. When you need someone who is focused on pain relief, we know Patience is the right choice.

Estheticians

Tamara Gratkins

Esthetician

Tamara started in the way many of us do – by giving massages to a family member. In her case, her grandmother. From this, she knew she wanted to help people as a career. After being in massage for a while, she was introduced to esthetics and skin care. It was a great way to add additional services for her clients, so she pursued an education in that area. Her areas of specialization are facials, waxing, and eyelashes. It’s an honor to be able to provide services like Brazilian waxing to her clients. Tamara is a big believer in open communication, getting feedback from her clients and digging deep to determine their expectations. Tamara was born and raised in the Champaign area. Her husband is a teacher, and they cherish their two (and soon to be three) children. She is passionate about environmental issues and takes a holistic and natural approach to each individual she works with.