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" I believe dedication and education are the two key factors that transform a designer into an artist"

Continue your Education!

I offer Minnesota Board of Cosmetology Approved courses at Sakada Studios for artists looking to further improve their skills.
  • Competitor, Trainer and Judge at the Americas Cup, Original Gold Trophy, World Supreme, National Coiffure Championship, The European Hairdressing Championships in Belgium and Germany, and The World Hairdressing Championship Open.

  • Platform presentations in Taiwan, Japan, Canada and USA

  • Led the USA/NCA Ladies Student Hairdressing Team to win the “Continental-Americas Award” at the World Championship of Hairdressing in London.

  • USA Ladies Hair Section Representative to the Organisation Modiale Coiffure (OMC).

  • Work has appeared in hair fashion magazines and publications in North and South America, Asia, and Europe.

  • Design Team Director and Ladies Hair Designer for the National Cosmetology Association (NCA), created memorable design collections for the NCA. 

  • Past president NCA of Minnesota.

  • Under my presidency, Minnesota won 10 out of 15 NCA awards, including ‘03 and ‘04 State President of The Year.

  • Past member of the National Cosmetology Association’s Board of Directors.

  • Past Chairman of Minnesota Cosmetology Advisory Council.

  • Director of Continued Education at Sakada Studios.

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

  • Recipient of the Advanced Education Scholarship, BCEA

Awards & Accolades

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I have been a licensed cosmetologist since I was 21 years old! My career has taken me all over the world; learning from hairdressing icons, competing, and educating others.



Steven Lai

Sakada Studios

Unit 120

14525 Highway 7 

Minnetonka, MN 55345


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