kos collective | hair + makeup artistry
KOS / kōs / [sounds like "coast" without the t]
is the Norwegian word for the feeling of warmth or coziness that comes from enjoying simple things in life with loved ones.
To us, it's those moments when you stop and really soak in the beauty of the things and people around you. In all our work, we want to cultivate the space to allow people to relax and do just that.
a s h l e a t e g m a n
Though her career in hairdressing began much later, Ashlea grew up thumbing through pages of 80s & 90s hairstyling magazines and sweeping up after haircuts in the Seattle salon of her honorary aunt. In high school she practiced the Gwyneth Paltrow circa 'Emma' updo on friends, and carried that experimentation into her twenties with styling for friends' weddings.
Despite having this exposure to and working knowledge of hairstyling, and being surrounded by hairstylists in her close circle of friends and family members, it wasn't until 2015 that she decided to make this lifelong fascination a career.
Since that fateful question was asked, Ashlea graduated cosmetology school with honors from Gene Juarez Academy, and shortly after completed a high level advanced apprenticeship with some of Seattle's top hairstylists. She has also received training from educators at Oribe in New York, Bumble & Bumble, Redken, Keune, Goldwell, and Davines, had the opportunity to guest assist for one of LA’s top haircutting specialists, and is always looking for more education opportunities.
For Ashlea, it would be impossible to choose just one type of hairdressing as a favorite. She loves playing with both vibrancy and subtlety in color, focusing on the little details that take a haircut from good to great, and of course creating styles that run the gamut from everyday chic to bridal beauty to avant garde edge.