STUDENTS WITH AWESOME TALENT (SWAT) TEAM

The SWAT Team, a group of  cosmetology, esthetics and nail technology students, is chosen through an interview process each year.  Those students selected to the team have the opportunity to work with the masters in their area to advance their technical and artistic skills.  A highlight of the SWAT Team's involvement is the first-hand platform artistry experience they receive by participating behind the scenes at the SSPA Fall Event and other events held by SSPA. 

TEAM DIRECTORS

Lisa Haugdahl, Director

Lisa has been working in many different areas of the beauty industry for more than twenty years. She is both a Master Colorist and Stylist behind the chair, as her full-time passion. She is also an Advanced Color Educator for one of the top salons in the Twin Cities. She has served as SWAT Team Director for the past four years and served on the SSPA Board of Directors for seven years. Lisa was Lead Artist for Glamorama 2014, Red Dress MN 2014 and Fashionopolis 2015. She also has styled for runway hair for many of the Unveiled Wedding Expo models and for various photo shoots. She is passionate about our industry, about creating experiences for her guests and about advanced education for all levels of experience. Lisa is a true mentor!

 

Spencer Kehn, Assistant DirectorSpencer started his career in the hair industry in 2014. He's been working full-time behind the chair at one of the twin cities leading salon spa's as a licensed cosmetologist specializing in hair cutting and styling. He also made his debut with  SWAT in 2014, as young talent, to go on to create his first runway show in the 2014 InSalon performance. Ever since Spencer started the hair industry he just taped right into his creative side. After his first runway show, he went on to style hair for Fashionopolis, the Unveiled wedding expo( twice), a beautiful runway show for a few local boutiques at the lafayette country club, and competed in an international Bumble and Bumble photo shoot competition.  In addition, let me inform you that even though  this is Spencer's second career it's clear he has found great joy in his passion for hair

 

Annabelle Nordquist, Former Co-director - Annabelle has been in the industry since 2013. She is a licensed Cosmetologist who works full time behind the chair and is in Advanced Training for Color Specializing. She has also been the Assistant Director of the Salon & Spa Professional Association's SWAT Team (Students With Awesome Talent) since 2014. Annabelle worked with the 2015 SWAT Team to produce their runway show at INsalon 2015 which was held in October. Anna's passion for our industry is contagious and admirable. Keep your eye on her, she's a true Artist!

 
 

 

 Applications accepted January 1 through March 3rd of each year. Students must be currently enrolled in a licensed cosmetology school in order to apply to the team. Proof of enrollment from school is required.  Download the Application

 

Spencer Kehn, co-director-

Spencer started his career in the hair industry in 2014. He's been working full time behind the chair at one of the twin cities leading salon spa's as a licensed cosmetologist specializing in hair cutting and styling. He also made his debut with  SWAT in 2014 as young talent to go on to create his first runway show in the 2014 InSalon performance. Ever since Spencer started the hair industry he just taped right into his creative side. After his first runway show he went on to style hair for Fashionopolis, the Unveiled wedding expo( twice), a beautiful runway show for a few local boutiques at the lafayette country club, and competed in a international Bumble and Bumble photo shoot competition.  In addition let me inform you that even though  this is Spencer's second career it's clear he has found great joy in his passion for hair