The Hype Hair Studio was created in 2015 by Kristine Templeton. The idea for The Hype began decades ago from the perspective of a Stylist who sought out a space to offer transformative services supported by a team of collaborative creatives. If you’re looking for an elevated space mixed with edge and a whole lot of creativity to get your hair done, you’ve found your spot.

Meet the team

We hire pretty cool people

$ 150/hr

Founder + Owner


Kris was born in Wisconsin and raised in New Mexico. She has over thirty years of experience working in the industry ranging from salon Owner, Director of Education and behind the chair. Now she dedicates part of her time to developing her team as the in-house-educator and career coach. Kris specializes in short cuts, natural grey grow out, traditional highlights and trendy mature styles.

career coach & recruiting 

Bek sanders (they/she)

Bek was born and raised in New Mexico. After completing her Bachelor’s at the University of New Mexico, they spent a year abroad in Europe before joining the Leadership team at The Hype in 2018. Bek is The Hype’s in-house career coach, specializing in emotional intelligence and career success. Bek is also the Student Advisor with Destroy The Hairdresser, a coaching company for hairstylists.  by hairstylists. 




Dellyna was born and raised here in Rio Rancho, NM. She took interest in cosmetology early into her teenage years. After high school, Dellyna went to school at NM Tech for 3 semesters for Biology, and promptly found out it was not where she wanted to be. Instead, she decided to follow her true passion and pursue cosmetology at The Aveda Institute of New Mexico. Now, she loves being able to connect with guests while doing their root touch ups, bold fashion colors, balayages, and long-hair haircuts!

$ 105/hr



Hayley grew up in Los Lunas and went to school at the Aveda Institute of New Mexico. Already skilled in art and painting, Hayley was naturally drawn to pursuing cosmetology as her career and creative outlet. More than anything, she loves to bring out her guests’ inner confidence with their new beautifully-toned blondes, modern balayages, and timeless highlights.

$ 105/hr


katrina martinez (she/her)

katrina was born and raised in albuquerque, NM.  Katrina has been a stylist since 2014.  Katrina loves to stay up to date in different techniques and trends.  Katrina specializes in long layered haircuts, and live in color looks, such as balayages.  Katrina is passionate about her craft, and making other feel beautiful. 

$ 65/hr


shiyah "colours" serna (they/they)

shiyah "Colours" was born and rised in albuquerque, nm.  they studied at olympian academy and found that they have a natural talent for hairstyling. they love enhancing everyone's natural beauty and learning new techniques to do so. shiyah's favorite techniques include queer friendly, gender affirming styles, vivid colors, blonding and transformative haircuts.

$ 45/hr


serena Crespin (she/her)

Serena was born and raised in santa fe, NM.  Serena has had an interest in cosmetology since she was young, and graduated from aveda institute in august of 2022.  
Serena offers hair services including highlights, balayages, vivid colors, retouches and all over colors.  Serena enjoys learning new things and making clients feel their best. 

$ 65/hr


kayla Maxwell (she/her)

Kayala is originally from farmington, new mexico, and relocated to albuquerque in 2021 to attend aveda institute. 
Kayla has passion for all things color, from balayages to vibrant creative colors, and is bellami extension certified.  kayla's favorite part of the industry is the relationship between stylist and client, and witnessing a client's confidence grow when their dream hair is achieved. 


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