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featured shu stylist: minthia sanders

Denise Antonacci | Charlotte, NC

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Minthia Sanders, a Charlotte-based hairstylist, has had a lifelong passion for the beauty industry. Enrolling in cosmetology school when she was a teenager, Minthia has spent over a decade mastering coloring and cutting for both men and women while also developing her skills as an extension and texture specialist. Minthia’s creative nature flourished while spending time as an educator for Paul Mitchell the School. Her experience has allowed her the opportunity to be published in local magazines in the Charlotte, NC area and also work as National Artist for Shu Uemura Art of Hair.


How do you determine which prep product to begin with?

I determine which prep-products to use on my clients based on their consultation. During the consultation, I typically make recommendations based off of the client’s hair texture, density and porosity.

Do you have a favorite go-to?

My favorite go-to product is Awa Volume Volumizing Hair Mousse. Awa Volume protects against heat, produces volume and provides medium hold with flexibility.

How do you think the precious ingredient story plays into speaking to products with clients?

The precious ingredient story of the Shu Uemura line is very helpful as it allows clients to know exactly what ingredients are in their products. It also helps educate them on the main hair benefits of the ingredients and the reasoning behind including them in the formulas.

What makes Shu so appealing to clients and stylists?

The most appealing aspects of Shu products are the precious ingredients, the sleek packaging and the exception and elevated scents of the products.

Which two products can you not live without? And why?

I cannot live without Wata Wave Texturizing Spray and Uzu Cotton Defining Hair Cream. Wata Wave Texturizing Spray gives nice hold to the hair and adds volume, which is something I absolutely love about this product. Furthermore, I can re-style my hair without any tackiness, allowing my hair to have a beach waves look with a matte finish. I also adore Cotton Uzu specifically for its lightweight body and control along with its flexibility and natural shine.

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