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Nancy Poole

Founder / President

Nancy Poole

Founder / President

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    Ms. Poole founded Strand College of Hair Design in March of 1993. She has been in education for over 25 years and is licensed in South and North Carolina as a cosmetologist and a cosmetology Instructor. Besides her education in cosmetology, Ms. Poole has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration and Political Science, as well as a Masters of Arts Degree in Human Relations and Conflict Resolution from Columbia College. She also attended Charleston School of Law in Charleston, South Carolina. She serves on the Georgetown Hospital System Foundation Board, and as an advisor and on the IRC for the South Carolina Board of Cosmetology.

    She has also been acknowledged for her work and various contributions for Habitat for Humanity, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Toys for Tots, and her work in church as well as assisting local community kitchens. She has served previously as a member to the Pivot Point Advisor Board. Ms. Poole is presently the president of SCALP Associations which provides advanced and continuing education. She is also approved by the South Carolina Board of Cosmetology to teach the 45 Hour Methods of Training.

    Further studies include training as a Pivot Point Instructor, Milady Instructor Education, and numerous advanced color classes with Roy Peters. She has also written a book about conflict resolution in the cosmetology industry and is in the process of writing her second book, an instructional text book for Instructors and Students.

    Born in Michigan but raised in the South,  Michelle is an alumni of Strand College of Hair Design. Michelle now works at Vega Hair Design. She attended the Premiere Show in Orlando, Florida as well as the Salon Centric Show in Myrtle Beach, SC. In Orlando she also represented her school in a cutting and coloring competition in the Avant Guard and Fantasy Divisions. She trained with her husband, Gregory Blythe, in advanced cutting and coloring techniques.

    Michelle has taken advanced classes from Nancy Braun, Nick Arrojo, Ruth Roche, just to name a few. She is certified in Keratin Smoothing treatment and Hot Heads Extensions as well as having had training from Loreal Professional, Pureology, and other various product lines. Michelle enjoys working with the students of Strand College of Hair Design because it allows her to pay forward all the training she received to help her succeed.

    Michelle Blythe

    Substitute Instructor

    Michelle Blythe

    Substitute Instructor

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      Ashley Bonass

      Instructor

      Ashley Bonass

      Instructor

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        Ashley moved to Myrtle Beach from Connecticut in 2005. She decided she wanted to expand her career and started at Strand College of Hair Design in 2014 for Esthetics. Esthetics was a true passion for her. Ashley was drawn to Esthetics because of the similarities to the medical field.

        Because of her passion for Esthetics soon after graduating from strand college of hair design Ashley decided she wanted to teach and share her passion and knowledge to others trying to reach their goals in the field. Today Ashley is not only an inspiration to her students but also an educator and mentor.

        Dana was born in the Czech Republic and has always had a passion for hair and makeup. At the age of 19, Dana came to United State dreaming of a career in cosmetology and after years of hard work and teaching herself the English language she graduated from Stand College of Hair Design. Dana has an eccentric personality that compliments her strong belief that beauty comes from the inside and she feels no greater reward than when this is conveyed to her clients. Dana takes great pride in the satisfaction her clients feel when they are able to leave the salon after discovering their beauty from the inside out for themselves.

        Dana decided to go back to school and pursue her instructor license as she loves this industry so much that she wants to share this love knowledge, and passion with her students. For Dana it is not just about hair and makeup but about a great education that all students should receive in preparation for their career. Dana feels being a part of this journey is the best gift she can give to them.

        Her extended education includes Paul Mitchell Color and Cuts, Goldwell Color, Redken, and Keratin Complex Straightening. Dana is passionate about her profession and she loves doing hair and makeup for weddings as well as bridal and talent shows.

        Dana Ashely

        Instructor

        Dana Ashely

        Instructor

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          Laura Causey

          Instructor

          Laura Causey

          Instructor

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            Laura is originally from Naples, Florida but has been in Myrtle Beach for 33 years. She always had a love for doing hair and finally fulfilled her dream in 1996. Laura is a graduate from Strand College of Hair Design and decided to come back to teach because of her passion for the industry. She has been a licensed educator since 2003. She has competed nationally as a student in New York at the International Beauty Show, bringing back a bronze medal and as a professional in Orlando, Florida at Premier.

            Laura’s extended education includes Schwartzkopf color, Redken Color & Nick Arrojo razor cutting.

            Laura also shows her passion for the industry by working with a local photographer and doing hair and makeup for a published magazine. Laura is also a salon owner and loves to share her experiences to help future cosmetologist.

            Born and raised in Murrells Inlet, Stephanie graduated from St. James High School in 2011 and went on to further her education at The College of Charleston.  She graduated in 2015 with a degree in Communication with a focus on interpersonal communication.  Because of her passion for higher education and assisting people with their futures, she began working at Strand College of Hair Design in the admissions department to help students pursue a new and ever-changing career in cosmetology and esthetics.

            Stephanie feels that assisting students in their decisions about their futures’ is the greatest gift that she can provide them and their families.  She feels blessed to be a part of Strand College of Hair Design’s faculty.

            Stephanie Wich

            Admissions Representative

            Stephanie Wich

            Admissions Representative

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              Jordan Poole

              Financial Aid

              Jordan Poole

              Financial Aid

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