Special Effects For Hair
The salon where everyone knows your name


About us and bios 


About us

All of us at Special Effects for Hair salon in Santa Rosa would like to thank you for taking the time to explore our website. We hope you find it helpful and informative, giving you the opportunity to learn more about our Santa Rosa salon, the people, services and fine quality products we offer. 

Special Effects for Hair considers each client's needs individually, taking into consideration your lifestyle, face shape and desires. With our talented stylists, training is ongoing, so that we can offer you the most up-to-date techniques, styles, products and services. We cater to all ages and genders.

Special Effects for Hair in Santa Rosa invites you to experience dedicated professionals in a friendly, relaxed and familiar atmosphere. Schedule your next appointment with us, the salon where "everybody knows your name."

Commitment to Service and Education
Special Effects for Hair is committed to giving each of our customers quality service.  When you come to our salon we make a point of making you feel comfortable and a part of our family.  All of us at Special Effect for Hair are passionate about what we do, and it is reflected by the repeat business of our clients for over 32 years. We promise quality service and great value for all of our customers. 

All of us are licensed professionals and pride ourselves in keeping up with current trends, techniques and product education.  Our stylists accomplish this by taking specific classes in hair cutting, styling, hair coloring and trade shows.  We are all independent contractors but we all work as a team for the success of the salon and service to our customers. 

Although we are pleased to take walk ins, a prior appointment is advised.  Appointments are scheduled according to availability.  If you are running late, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. Arriving late will likely limit the time allocated for your service; it will lessen the effectiveness and most importantly your pleasure and enjoyment.  We request 24-hour notice on cancellation. This allows us to book that opening, which is especially important as some stylist have a waiting list.  Thank you for your consideration and understanding. 

Gift Certificates
Ideal for holiday gifts, birthdays, anniversaries as well as employees and business clients. Gift certificates are available at the salon, visit us or call at 528.6271


Heather Tennison 

Owner / Stylist


Started at Special Effects For Hair: October 2005

Heather Tennison is a color specialist and style enthusiast. She has been a stylist since 2003, she has been at Special Effects for Hair since 2005, and has been owner since March 2010. She loves designing hair and making people look good and feel beautiful. Her favorite styling product line is Aquage. She says Working Spray is her favorite product for Updos. Heather is a certified organic hair colorist with Organic Color Systems.

Heather invites you to come in to the salon and meet everyone. Let us help you discover a fun and beautiful new you.  New to her repertoire is Cinderella Hair Extensions.  She is ready to add beautiful natural looking tape hair extensions. These are great to add fullness, length, or just some fun fantasy colors to your hair.

Heather also specializes in weddings, up dos, and special occasion hair, Mirabella makeup artistry and facial waxing.

As owner of Special Effects For Hair, Heather Tennison is here to make sure that everything about your visit meets your expectations. Your decision to visit us is a choice that we deeply appreciate. Heather constantly strives to deliver the best services and products available in the Santa Rosa area. If there’s anything that Special Effects For Hair can do to improve your visit, just let Heather know.

Heather's Regular Hours

Monday Not available

Tuesday Not available

Wednesday 10am - 6pm

Thursday 10am - 6pm

Friday 10am - 6pm

Saturday 10am - 6pm

Sunday Not available

Evenings by appointment



Frances Brazell



Started at Special Effects For Hair: February 1982

Frances, former owner of Special Effects for Hair, has over 30 years experience as a licensed cosmetologists.  During those years she has strived to give her customers consistent quality service.  She prides herself in paying attention to detail.  When you sit in her chair she asks questions.  She wants to know if you are happy with your last service and what you want to change now about your hair cut, color or texture.  She is also ready to give you change!


Frances loves to learn.  She goes to multiple classes and trade shows all over the United States every year.  She strives to improve her business as well, by attending classes and reading about other successes and failures in business.


Frances' specialty is Hair Color and Hair Cutting.  Early in her career she focused on hair color.  She became a hairdresser when stylist were just beginning to foil weave and was one of the first in Santa Rosa doing highlighting with foils.  She pays close attention to detail in color considering the clients natural color and complexion.  As a Hair Cutter she trained at the height of Precision Hair Cutting.  Knowing how to do a Precision Hair Cut is the basis of all other cuts.  Razor cutting is the trend again and she has been perfecting her skills in razor cutting, learning from the best including Ian Gavet and Nick Arrojo.


After all these years Frances is still excited about all the aspects of being a hairstylist.  She still has fun at what she does and it is reflected in her work.

Frances's Regular Hours

Monday Not available

Tuesday 8am - 6pm

Wednesday 8am - 6pm

Thursday 8am - 6pm

Friday 8am - 6pm

Saturday Not available

Sunday Not available

Evenings by appointment and one Saturday a month.

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Kaj Nereaux


Started at Special Effects For Hair: January 1985

Kaj Nereaux graduated from Santa Rosa Beauty College and became a Licensed Hairstylist in 1978. His career began during the radical changing point in hair salons and hair cutting technique as well.   Unisex salons and Precision haircutting was at the fore front, bringing men into the salons who wanted style and a blow dry. The wet head was dead and the dry look was in.


Hair styles and techniques have continued to change and so has Kaj. He continues to update his skills by attending classes offered by Aquage, Paul Mitchell, L’Oreal, Matrix and many others, as well as attending annual Trade Shows. In addition to classes directly related to hair, Kaj’s involvement with the Renaissance Faire and Costuming has made him an expert on period hairstyles and makeup.  Kaj continues to educate himself by reading history and historical novels.


Kaj specializes in Men’s and Women’s Hair Cutting, Razor Cutting, Hair Color, Corrective Color, Foil Weaves and Formal Updos. Kaj believes a great haircut involves looking at the client’s features and personality, as well as their hair.


On a personal level, Kaj also enjoys travel, local and abroad. He is an agile horseman, riding and driving mules, packing in the high country and is an educator, “Leave no trace”, in the back country for stock users. He also volunteers annually to teach Boy Scouts about Native American Head Dress.He has been a great asset to the team, specializing in haircutting, color and updos.

Kaj's Regular Hours

Monday Not available

Tuesday 10am - 6pm

Wednesday 10am - 6pm

Thursday 10am - 6pm

Friday 10am - 4pm

Saturday Not available

Sunday Not available

Evenings by appointment

Katie Olsen


Started at Special Effects For Hair: April 2011

Fiteen years ago, I was fulfilling a burgeoning passion for hairstyling by transforming friend's hair for school dances. Immediately, I began to see how happy a beautiful a new hairstyle made them feel, and I was hooked. Soon after I pursued a career as a licensed hair and beauty professional.

Having recently married my Prince Charming, we are now blessed with a little boy, a welcome addition to our growing family, including our Chihuahua Maya and our little Gecko lizard, Nuprin! In my spare time, I enjoy going for walks, drawing scenery and coastal living, and taking in the beauty of the incredible Bay Area.

Katie's regular hours

Monday Not available

Tuesday Not available 

Wednesday 9 - 4 

Thursday 9 - 4 

Friday 9 - 4 

Saturday Not available 

Sunday Not abailable 


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Theresa Rousset

Stylist / Photographer

Theresa is a Hairstylist, Portrait Photographer, Makeup artist, and Certified Organic hair colorist. She is born and raised locally in beautiful Sonoma County, California. She is also the owner of Dream On Salon. This business was conceived when Theresa realized that the thing she likes best in life is making people (especially women) feel beautiful. Although formally trained in Computer Science/Engineering, she was working in the Employee Benefits realm of the Health Insurance industry from 1999-2011. With a sharp left turn, she hung up the suits, let go of the analytical concept that she couldn't do something she loved, and started kicking up the path to build this business.

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Stephanie Brazell


License Date: June 2008

Started at Special Effects For Hair: June 2009


Stephanie Brazell is the latest addition to the Special Effects for Hair Team.  Stephanie has just returned to Santa Rosa after living the past three years in the San Luis Obispo area.  During that time she trained under Master Stylist Jason Pintel. 

Stephanie loves to learn about new techniques and new products.  She regularly attends hair shows and classes to keep up with the latest trends and product releases. She believes in a look to fit the individual.  She also believes you should always put your best foot forward; and that begins with a wax!  Stephanie has a real knack for color placement. She also has studied many different cutting techniques.  Razor cutting is her favorite.

Stephanie is from Santa Rosa and has recently moved back to the area.  She enjoys being outside and active.  She is a dog lover, an avid beach goer and is quick to laugh.


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