Hays Academy of Hair Design opened its doors on April 1st, 1981. In January of 2003, Summer Melvin and Danielle Markley (sisters) purchased the beauty school with the vision of offering the students with an up to date, cutting edge education that will enable them to thrive in the beauty industry. In addition, they had a strong desire to offer the community with professional salon services at a very affordable price.
During 2009, Hays Academy (#HAHD) made some exciting decisions to back their progressive business beliefs. During that year, Hays Academy became a Wella Signature School, which at the time made them only 1 of 14 schools in the United States! Next came the opportunity to become a Nuts and Bolts Business Training Member School. This allowed them to bring cutting edge business training to the table for the students as well. Considered by many to be the #1 Business Training program in the health and beauty industry, Hays Academy is among an elite group of schools to be privileged enough to have this as a part of their curriculum. To complete their original goals, Hays Academy was blessed to become a Sassoon Academy School Connection member school, bringing a world renowned cutting approach to the already proven curriculum. Again in an elite group, Hays Academy is approximately 1 of a small number of schools in the WORLD offering this program! There are many schools that have their own cutting techniques in place, but only a select few that are able to teach it directly from one of the best ever! In 2014, Hays Academy began to partner with MUD Make-Up knowing that the best make-up and education behind the product would be a huge benefit to all involved. Because of these amazing additions, Hays Academy is able to produce some of the most hirable and market ready graduates in the country!
In February of 2012, Hays Academy was blessed to have the opportunity to expand to Salina Kansas! After remodeling nearly 7500 square feet, the school opened to 7 transfer students eager to finish the dream they started. With the same curriculum, an amazing group of staff members, and a newly remodeled facility, Hays Academy couldn’t be any more excited than to be a part of the Salina community. We strive to serve the Central and Western parts of Kansas as we work diligently to transform the cosmetology industry one student at a time!
Because of our prestigious partners, Hays Academy primarily uses P&G Beauty products. This includes the premier lines of Sebastian (winner of several international styling awards), Nioxin, Wella Professional, and world renowned Wella color. By partnering with P&G, our students have the opportunity to work with some of the top products used in the industry today, as well as the chance to learn from some of the top artists in the nation.