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Steven Lai

"I believe dedication and education are the two key factors that transform a designer into an artist. I am very blessed to have a career that few can only dream of. Early on, I dedicated myself to perfecting the 'basics.' I was fortunate to learn from the best and reach beyond what I thought the limit of my talent was. I believe the more you share the more you gain. So as an artist and educator, I share my gifts with others and learn from my peers. By doing so, I develop exciting, original ideas."

Steven, SKD Director

Steven's Credentials 

  • 30 years Industry Veteran

  • Licensed Cosmetology Salon Manager

  • International and National Hairdressing Competitions winner, trainer and judge

  • Trainer at 1994 USA Student World Championship Hairdressing Team

  • US Ladies Section Representative to the Organisation Mondiale Coiffure (OMC)

  • International Platform Artists in the US, Canada, Taiwan and Japan

  • Photo and video stylist featured in industry publications and videos in the US, Europe and Asia

  • National Cosmetology Association Design Team Director and Ladies Hair Designer

  • Past MN Cosmetology Advisory Council Chairman, Minnesota Department of Commerce

  • Past President of National Cosmetology Association of Minnesota

  • Past Board of Directors for National Cosmetology Association

  • SLai Imagemaker Haircare

  • Sakada Studios Director of Continued Education

  • Sakada Studios Academy Education Team

  • Board of Directors for Beauty Certified Education Association (BCEA)

  • Recipient of the Advanced Education Scholarship, BCEA

Why He's Great

"Dedication and education are the two key factors that transform a designer into an artist."

-His Magic-

To view more of Steven's magic, visit his website at 

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