A Cutting Edge Beauty School in Kansas

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. The goal was an education that will enable students to thrive in the beauty industry. Furthermore, they had a strong desire to offer the community professional salon services at a very affordable price.

Exciting Changes

During 2009, Hays Academy (#HAHD) made some exciting decisions to back their forward thinking business beliefs. In 2009, 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.

Enter Wella Cut Craft

Enter Wella Cut Craft. After being a Sassoon Connection Member School since 2010, Hays Academy was ready for a change. In 2018, Hays Academy became the first school in the world to offer the Wella Cut Craft cutting curriculum. This renowned cutting system has been proven a huge success for existing stylists. This curriculum will be a tremendous addition to the already very impressive partnerships. Because of these amazing additions, Hays Academy is able to produce some of the most hirable and market ready graduates in the country!

Opportunity to Expand

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!

Prestigious Partners

Because of our prestigious partners, Hays Academy primarily uses Wella 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 Wella, 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.


  • Hays Academy of Hair Design is a great school. The owners and instructors truly seem to care about our success in school and afterwards. They do so much more than just preparing you for your state board exams. They help you build habits and character that will last a lifetime and help you in your career and life in general.

    Bailey J.

    Hays Academy of Hair Design provided me the tools, experience, and opportunity to go out and succeed. Whenever I was feeling down they always went out of their way to pick me back up. They made me realize you can go anywhere in life as long as you work hard and want it They definitely care about their students and it is so plain to see that. They made me feel like one of their own, I can definitely see why they say “Welcome to the family”.

    Lexie R.

Hays Campus

1214 E 27th St,
Hays, KS 67601

(785) 628-6624

Salina Campus

115 S 5th St,
Salina, KS 67401

(785) 833-2280
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