Deirdre Novella received her cosmetology license in 2000, and spent seven years in the New York City fashion industry. This consisted of hair styling for runway, advertising campaigns, fashion catalog, magazine editorial, and television.
In 2005 she joined Guido Palau’s fashion week team and worked with him for six seasons; hair styling for New York’s top runway shows including Marc Jacobs, DKNY, Calvin Klein, and Ralph Lauren. This experience was vital in learning all aspects of styling; wigs, extensions, up-do’s, speed, and product knowledge. Wanting to get back into salon work, she moved to Los Angeles in 2008 and started an apprenticeship at Vidal Sassoon, learning precision cutting techniques. After Sassoon, she worked as a stylist at a trendy Barbershop in West Hollywood, where she mastered her barbering skills and men’s styles- fades, clipper cuts, and pompadours.
Addison is a Vidal Sassoon trained stylist from Oklahoma City who's been living in Brooklyn for two years. Quickly rising to the top, she is now Co-Manager and Head Cutting Educator for Badlands. She specializes in modern barber cuts and bobs. European influences and straight lines show up in her work so often you'd think she was Mondrian incarnate. Catch her riding her bike around town or watching RuPaul's Drag Race with her cat, Tortilla!
This California razor-cutting wiz is well versed in both scissor and clipper cuts. She can give you that curly cut you've always wanted, or an expertly finished yet fun blow out.
Kala has been in the industry since 2010. She brings a laid back, yet innovative approach to every client. Kala will work with you to customize each cut and color specifically to your life and style. Especially fond of short haircuts for all folks, creative color, and balayage, she can help you find the best way to express yourself, no matter what you’re looking for.
Kristen has been a licensed cosmetologist since 2004. She brings a deep commitment to all disciplines in her life. After studying photography in college, she owned a successful cafe—all the while honing her hairstyling craft on the side. Now she puts all of her energy into her passion for hair. Her calm and grounded approach puts her clients at ease, and the results from her years of training pays off in the finished product. She loves customizing hair color and cuts for her clients to suit their personalities and lifestyle.
Swimming in from the Rockaways daily, Patty is the master barber who lives by the sea. Fades, beard trims, lavender-mint hot towel shaves, and all around queer aesthetics are her specialty. Born and raised in NYC, she spent many years working in the art industry before joining our team and mastering the Badlands barber education program. Patty has an eye for beauty and perfection... and because of her master-level discipline, she has quickly risen to the top at Badlands and is now one of Brooklyn’s most sought-after barbers.
Born in space👽 but raised in the swamps🐊, Rachael and her poodle, RuPaul 🐩, have lived in Brooklyn for 3 years. She will make your wildest fantasy colors come true with her clown-coloring expertise. Don't pass her up for cuts though. Short coifs and mullets are her specialty. Clients come for her skills but stay for the good times. Let your hair live its best life with Rachael!
A lover of the arts, Sydney was born and raised in Southern California. A musical theater actor by trade and a hairstylist by passion, she finally ended up in Brooklyn at Badlands and has worked her way up from assistant to the lead spot in our coveted Junior Stylist Program. She is continuing her advanced education in the Badlands master program to perfect her craft. Applying attention to detail and meticulousness is what Sydney is best at, which makes her excel at precision cutting and creating vibrant fantasy colors for her clients.