Studio Galactica has been beautifying Bellinghamsters for more than a decade. Founded by stylist Mandy McCoy, SG has a bevy of talented ladies brandishing scissors. Check the stylist bios for more info. In addition to loving hair, we also love ART! We feature local artists in our shop on a regular basis, so check back regularly as we keep the website blog updated with new awesomeness.

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Mandy McCoy

Scissor happy
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Mandy is the founding member of Team Studio Galactica and has been working hard behind the chair and in the community since 2001.

When she isn't cutting and coloring her lovely clients hair, or taking care of business, Mandy has been spotted wandering in the forest with her camera, on the shores of our beautiful beaches and participating in guerrilla style nature beautification at our local parks. (Look out, litter! Mandy tries to leave everything a little better than she found it.) She has the heart of an artist and is inspired by the natural wonder and beauty that surrounds us here in the Pacific Northwest.

Mandy is currently serving a dreamy, diverse clientele and is unfortunately not accepting new clients at this time.
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Shae Carnell

Lyricist
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For Shae, experimenting with hair is a passion that sparked at the young age of 4 years old, when Shae's mom colored her bangs bright purple for fun. That fire has since been stoked with learning everything she can about her own hair, and then eventually the hair of others.

It was over 8 years ago that she got her start in professional hair do'ing at the Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy right here in Bellingham, Washington. Still loving every day in the salon, it is at Studio Galactica that she puts maximum effort into making sure that every one of her clients feels at ease, and that they are in caring hands. She wants every client to feel at home and have a laugh during their time together, while she focuses on giving a beautiful color and a great cut. Whether it's something super fun (like tons of texture, or vivid colors) or something soft and flattering with lots of body and movement, Shae is calculated and unafraid of all hair types and thicknesses.

Outside of the salon, Shae can be fond somewhere in the high alpin, whether it is mountain biking, dirt biking, skiing or exploring the raw forest. Afterwards, she loves to wind down with Netflix, gaming and all things culinary.
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Valerie Jacobson

quick-change artist
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Valerie grew up in the lovely town of Snohomish, Washington. She's been doing hair in Bellingham for the last 8 years, and wouldn't have it any other way! She loves her lob and making people happy.Regardless of whether it's a drastic change, or just maintaining a cut or color, she works hard to give people the best salon experience possible. She offers haircuts, conditioning treatments, color services and facial waxing. She works 5 days a week, and strives to make her schedule work with others. Outside of the salon, some of her passions include backpacking, camping, animals, reading and music to name a few!
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Kimberly Ross

Bon Jovi Fan
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Kimberly is a playful soul. She has a particular love for sci fi movies, 80's music, performance art and the great outdoors. When not at work, you might find her on stage at the Idiom Theater. Kimberly was educated at Toni and Guy Hairdressing Academy where she earned special accolades for her graduation ceremony stand-up comedy routine. She is the kind of stylist all people can come to. Kimberly loves big curly hair, perhaps due to the "grass in greener" principle (she has an intimate relationship with fine, straight hair). She has fun with event up-do's, natural highlighting, edgy cuts, fashion colors, and is theonly stylist in the salon to offer perm services. Kimberly likes her job.

Kimberly's second favorite song lyric: "She eats like she got a hole in her neck, and I'm the one who always gets stuck with the check." - Girls Just Wanna Have Lunch, Weird Al Yankovic.
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Desirae Rye

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Desirae brings over 18 years of experience to the chair, and is passionate about all aspects of her profession. Whether you're looking to maintain your current style, discover a fun new cut, experiment with a color, obtain a stunning updo for a special event, or get that Brazilian Blowout you've always wanted, Desirae's got you covered. She's continually educating herself about all things hair related and does everything she can to make sure her clients leave Studio Galactica feeling great and confidently rocking their freshly coiffed tresses.

For those clients who are attracted to high quality hair products with low environmental impact, Desirae's research inspired her to bring Kevin Murphy , Loma and milk-shake lines on board.

Desirae in a music trivia ace, an avid reader, a fitness devotee and an empathetic listener. Her artistic expression doesn't stop at hair, she is also a jewelry artisan, enjoys painting, sketching and creating miniature gardens. Desirae is a well rounded stylist with local roots who wants to help you express your own unique style.