Celebrating three decades in the salon industry, Sandra Vaillancourt continues to augment her already stellar base of achievements. Sandra, the founder of cassandra salon and spa, has brought a unique spa experience to thousands of her devoted clients.
Sandra established her first salon in 1980 as Cassandra 2000, a mere 1500 square feet of innovation and desire as her creative talent, business savvy and standards of excellence enabled the salon to grow steadily; the salon was renamed Cassandra the Appearance Domain. With a staff of 40, Sandra Vaillancourt led her team to attain many local distinctions, including such awards as “Best of the Best Salon” for the past six years, along with “Best Employer of the Year” presented by NHRA. Cassandra is among New England’s leading salons for exceptional hair color – in fact, it is the region’s largest Goldwell color salon.
By creating a world-class salon in Nashua, Sandra developed a clientele that stretches from New Jersey to Maine. Along the way, her salon has also earned significant national recognition. Cassandra is the first Intercoiffure salon in the state of New Hampshire. Intercoiffure is an association of premier salons globally, a membership that is reserved for only the finest salons. She has represented Intercoiffure in America as well as overseas, sharing her hairdressing vision with an elite corps of salon leaders that are considered the industry’s pacesetters.
Before embarking on her own business, Sandra was artistic director for a large chain of salons in the Boston area. She also performed as a platform artist for major manufacturers such as Paul Mitchell, L’Oreal and Nexxus, following extensive training with Vidal Sassoon, Jean Louis David and Toni & Guy.
Director of Operations
Director of Operations
As Director of Operations, with over 26 years in the salon industry, Jon is committed to providing superior customer service. His knowledge and attention to detail in the everyday operations of the salon will ensure that your visit is both relaxing and rewarding.
Sky is an award-winning hair designer and color specialist at cassandra with nearly twenty years in the salon arena. For the past three consecutive years, Sky has been hailed by New Hampshire magazine as the “Best of the Best” hair designer. His areas of expertise include precision haircutting, color correction and perming techniques. With an extensive range of work and an engaging personality, Sky addresses the interests and concerns of his clients with vitality, dedication and exceptional knowledge.
“Fun-loving”, “Sassy”, “Modern” and “Dynamic” are just a few of the exciting adjectives used to describe Carrie’s artistry in hair design. With passion, Carrie finds her muse reflected in every human face, creating looks perfectly tailored to each individual. Especially talented with color, special event and bridal hair design, modern shaping and finish work, Carrie’s hair design creations are anything but ordinary!
Rivaling Carrie’s passion for hair design is her unquenchable thirst for continuing education. Her constant pursuit of knowledge in the ever-evolving world of the beauty and fashion has taken her throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe to study with some of the most respected names in the business. During her tenure as a Cassandra stylist, the opportunities for education have allowed Carrie to build upon her resume with participation and certifications from Goldwell USA, Toni & Guy, Bumble & Bumble, Graham Webb and Yves Durif of the Carlyle Hotel in New York City to name a few. Currently a salon advocate for Goldwell, Carrie has also performed as a product and technical educator both in-salon and off-site for other professional lines. Accompanying Sandra at the 21st Intercoiffure World Congress 2012 in Rome, Italy, Carrie reached a major milestone when Vivienne Mackinder, Director of Fashion for Intercoiffure America/Canada called upon her to assist backstage with the models!
Besides her passion for hair design, Carrie attributes much of her career success to the true team atmosphere of Cassandra. Ever grateful, Carrie joyfully gives back to the community through her participation with the Cassandra team for Fitness for a Cure to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Home, Health and Hospice of Greater Nashua, Nashua Soup Kitchen and other charitable efforts.
A creative professional whose exemplary work has been recognized in trade publications, awarded at competitions and praised by legions of loyal clients since 1994, Kristin is continually honing her skills as a Cassandra Editorial Designer. Never missing an opportunity for advanced education, Kristin has traveled extensively throughout North America and Europe to stay current with the most up-to-the-minute trends in beauty and fashion. Known for her artistry in haircutting, perfection in “finish work” and special event upwork, Kristin also specializes in multidimensional and transforming color techniques, Bio Ionic Straightening, makeup artistry and as a certified Hair Dreams technician, hair thickening and lengthening.
As an Editorial Designer, Kristin plays a key role in the education of new talent joining the Cassandra family, introducing her charges to a skill-level that goes beyond traditional education.
Organized and prompt when it comes to her work, Kristin finds rejuvenation through her family, devoting precious quality time to her husband Luke and children Liberty and Blake.
Sara’s love for the hair design industry has taken her on a journey toward a successful career both in and out of the Cassandra salon environment. Since graduating from cosmetology school in 2003, Sara has aspired to achieve her goals with diligence and a work ethic second to none. Having the opportunity to have trained and worked with some of the world’s finest hairstylists in the industry today, Sara continues to be inspired, committing herself to a higher standard of performance and art with her clients.
As a national educator for HairDreams, a world-recognized leading brand of hair extensions, Sara travels extensively throughout the US and Canada, conducting certification training for salons and performing her styling techniques on stage at trade shows including the ISSE Long Beach, the Chicago Midwest show and the Intercoiffure Mondial in both New York and Las Vegas. Having her talent for hair design with extensions featured on the model makeovers for the 2010 season of Germany’s Next Top Model with Heidi Klum is a major accomplishment that she is very proud of. Sara excels in the art of extensions. No longer satisfied applying extensions solely for length and fullness, she insists on stretching her imagination to its limits by discovering fun and exciting ways to incorporate them into her color and cutting techniques, creating new style designs without the use of chemicals.Additional accomplishments to Sara’s resume include Goldwell color training, Bio Ionic Retex certification (straightening), along with cutting and styling classes through Robert Cromeans, Rusk, Aquage, Paul Mitchell, Scott Cole and Kenchii Shears. She enjoys competing in avant garde hair design competitions and photo shoots, having had work featured in major trade publications, style and technical books. She is proud to have had her work grace the cover of the 2009 issue of Passion International Hair Magazine. Sara never passes on an opportunity to lend her talents to charitable events such as Home, Health and Hospice of Greater Nashua, Locks of Love, Fitness for a Cure’s annual galas benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and other local events.Sara believes most in being a well rounded stylist, utilizing all of her talent and skill to make her clients feel their most beautiful and confident. To her, hair styling is not just a job; it’s an art and a passion!
A fourteen-year industry veteran, Kim is a truly versatile professional with a background in both salon and spa services. Kim’s trendy cuts and color techniques keep clients current with the latest styles.
Donna’s spirit of perfection conveys her serious, studied approach to hairstyling. In the past five years, she has mastered the latest hair design and coloring techniques, including certification in bio ionic hair straightening. Her dedication to ongoing education assures clients the look that they desire, compatible with their personal style.
From her first days as an inspiring Stylist and throughout her 20 year career, Lauri has received extensive training from renowned educators around the World. Her creative passion enables her to design hairstyles that are condusive to your lifestyle and personality. She specializes in haircolor, retexturizing, upstyling, and creative hairstyling for everyday living though edgy enough for fun, “Spur of the Moment” Attitude. Her work can be seen in Upstyle, a book that specializes in prom and wedding styles.
With seventeen years of experience spanning two continents, Bojana brings a great beauty background as well as a quest for originality in her hair color and design work. Born in Croatia, Bojana studied in Italy before completing her training in the United States. She has managed salons, but favors the creative energy of designing new styles, highlights and coloring techniques.
Linda applies her talents to all forms of hair design, as well as color and texturizing. An outstanding professional with twenty years of salon experience, Linda particularly enjoys creating current looks with color, highlights and perms.
Heather started as a hairdresser in 1995, attracted by the creativity and diversity of the profession. She enjoys the different challenges each day brings, from highlighting and cutting to makeup application and updo work for wedding parties. A person who thrives on the changing dynamics of the industry, Heather loves to create the latest styles and techniques for her clients.
Born and raised in Italy, Giovanna has an established, twenty-year career in the beauty industry. She travels in America and abroad to obtain advanced education in cutting edge techniques and color. Giovanna is committed to great client dialogue and believes it is paramount to providing superior service. She particularly enjoys teaching her customers different ways to style their hair between salon visits.
As a master colorist and designer for more than twenty years, Deborah combines the most current cutting, color and perming techniques to help clients achieve a total look. She believes that ongoing education is a vital ingredient to her success, and she constantly expands her technical knowledge with information on the most progressive salon treatments. She recently developed specialized skills in dealing with hair loss in men and women, including coloring on natural hairpieces and the latest treatments.
Joan Souza has been a Hair Stylist for thirty-seven years. She was trained at Sarlie’s and Lowell Academy. She continues to educate herself in the latest methods of color, hair extensions, up-dos, and hair cutting by attending many workshops as well as Boston and New York Hair Styling Exhibitions. She was previously active in the Cosmetology Association and holds Goldwell certificates. Joan has been employed at various salons in the area as well as being the sole proprietor of Headliners and Highlights for nineteen years. She was invited to join Cassandra’s as a Master Stylist in 2004. Joan brings with her a large, faithful clientele of 25 to 30 years. She enjoys giving individual attention and doing custom hair styling. Just a little bit about me but most of all I love hair and the way it makes people feel.
Whether it’s creating the styles and multi-dimensional hair color that reflect the latest fashion trends or the intricate “up” work adorning the most discerning bride, Tracy has truly mastered the art of hair design. Beginning her career in 1985, Tracy has received numerous certifications in color and cutting techniques, most notably as a Goldwell Master Colorist, BioIonic Retex Technician (hair restructuring and straightening) and Hairdreams extensions for lengthening and thickening. As a senior stylist on the Cassandra team, Tracy lends her passion and knowledge as a mentor to new team members, welcoming them into our family of design artists.
Joining the Cassandra family in 2012, Natalie brings over fourteen years of professional experience along with a lifetime of passion as a certified Goldwell colorist and hair designer. Dedicated to providing the highest level of customer satisfaction with her hair design and color services, Natalie has mastered the artistry of corrective and multi dimensional coloring techniques along with exceptional skills in haircutting and finish work. Certified by the National Board of Cosmetology in their colorist program, Natalie’s work has been featured in Goldwell’s “Project Glossy”.
Joanna’s passion for hair styling is only exceeded by her passion for hair color. As a trendsetting and innovative stylist she consistently surpasses her client’s expectations. Thoroughly educating her clients on at home care, Joanna gives you the confidence to replicate your style. A believer in giving back, Joanna participates in Locks of Love, providing many of her clients wtih new styles so they can help those less fortunate. Each and every client she sees reflects her passion for the industry and devotion to customer service.
Desiree exudes an endless passion for hair design. With more than a decade of salon experience, she utilizes her technical and artistic knowledge to create the perfect look for each and every client. Desiree’s impressive accomplishments and education include extensive hands-on training in the Vidal Sassoon and John Sahag hair cutting techniques, editorial hair design for local (Boston) fashion designers’ runway shows and photo sessions as well as for world-renowned icons such as Diane Von Furstenberg! As a certified Goldwell color specialist she enjoys enhancing beautiful hair design with multi-dimensional colors!
Makeup Artist & Lash Extensions Expert
Makeup Artist & Lash Extensions Expert
Nicole’s beauty talents range from performing the latest spa therapies to applying the latest makeup techniques. With the creation of the cassandra spa in 2004, Nicole will be specializing in the advanced skin care modalities now being offered, including those treatments that address specific problems such as acne. She is a highly skilled makeup artist who enjoys working with brides to achieve a flawless look on their wedding day.
With a strong, reassuring touch and a caring demeanor, Amie is able to ease physical aches and release muscular tension making her therapeutic massage treatments a most sought after service in our spa. A fully licensed massage therapist, Amie is well educated in many different techniques of massage therapy and holistic practice so she is able to address each individual’s needs.
With a true passion for customer service, Nicole strives for the utmost in hospitality, leading our team of Guest Services Representatives with a determination to exceed every client’s expectations.
The “cornerstone” of our daily operations, Nicole and our Guest Services team are always ready to assist, whether it’s booking your next appointment, answering questions about our salon and spa services or product lines offered and selecting the treatment and provider that’s perfect for your individual needs.
Keeping up with inventory for a busy, upscale salon and spa is no small feat, but Brittney handles it with efficiency and consistency! Super motivated, organized and a great multitasker, she is always ready with a smile to meet the product and equipment needs of our Cassandra team and those of our clients! When she is not at work inputting invoices, receiving goods, restocking shelves or ordering supplies, Brittney loves to spend time with family and friends, especially her beautiful little girl, Aubri!