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THE CUTTING EDGE ~ 7408 Washington Ave. Mount Pleasant, WI
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If you're looking for a salon to finally call've found it.

At The Cutting Edge, we believe you deserve an incredible experience that starts before you even walk into our salon.

From our friendly and knowledgeable team members happy to help you book the perfect service to our talented stylists, our entire staff truly put their heart and soul into providing the best experience for you, every time.

Founded by Kathleen Hesse, we've been serving the Racine area for over 22 years now. And true to her Mom's roots, Kathleen's daughter Brooke fell in love with the hair industry at a young age and is now taking over the salon business.

In fact, Brooke started her career early in the hair industry and has been working at The Cutting Edge Salon for her entire career.

From one generation to the next, our commitment to you is never fading: give you the best salon experience of your life, have a ton of fun along the way, and welcome you into our incredible community where you are treated like family.

Meet the team...


Salon Owner Level 4

Brooke Hesse

Don’t tell anyone, but we finally figured it out… Brooke is secretly a Unicorn! She sprinkles magic on everything she does, her (gorgeous) hair transforms into a new colorful creation every month, and everyone who is in her presence leaves completely dazzled by her vivid colors, brilliant cuts & the next level conversations that happen in her chair. These convos and her experience in the beauty industry showed her a deep need for holistic wellness in the entire community. So naturally, she was driven to fill it. Like we said, totally a magical Unicorn. 


Salon Owner Level 4

Kathleen Nelsen-Hesse

Meet Kathleen, the OG of TCE! That’s right, the one who started it all. Say hello to our very own salon founder! When she’s not making her clients-turned-friends grin ear to ear in her salon chair, you can find her dancing, working out, devouring the next book on her extensive reading list, boating, skiing, biking (...are you exhausted yet because we are…) binging Netflix, eating great food, and drinking good wine. Basically? She’s a badass inside & outside the salon and a ton of fun to hang with. You’re totally welcome. ;)

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Level 4

Amy Rodríguez

Trying to keep up with Amy is like keeping up with the Kardashians (minus all the crazy drama). Not only does she adore making her clients hair beautiful and healthy in the salon, you can also find her out of the salon chasing down fun & upbeat music, playing a rousing game of soccer, diving deep into a historical fiction novel, soaking up sun rays at the beach, being outdoors, hiking, drawing or watching some of that deliciously trashy reality TV. Keep up if you can. ;)  

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Level 3

Mykenna Maraccini

What if we told you easy going and bubbly Kenna was not only a fabulous hair stylist but also a badass mama (to the bestest daughter), lover of delicious coffee and hilarious memes, dreamer of that bucket-list Hawaiin vacay and she always (always) has ice cream in her freezer & cheesy 2000’s shows & movies on her watchlist? Yeah, we’d be obsessed with her too. But then again, we already are! Her love of creative freedom & personal expression is infectious.


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(on Leave of absence)

If you need someone who is a big ball of energy!!! Crystal is your girl! She has over 20 years of experience in the industry. She has a passion for education and her technical skills. Mother of Twins, they are the apple of her eye. She loves fiercely for her family and clients. Always holding her products and customer experience at the highest standards. 


Level 3 

Mara Knudson

Down for a crazy fun time in and out of the salon chair? Meet Mara! Lover of cute animals, hysterical reality TV (read: trashy, duh!) anime & video games, good music & movies she’s always up to something fun. Mara fell in love with doing hair thanks to our very own magical, fearless leader Brooke Hesse (aww!) and has been whipping up incredible hair creations ever since. We heart it. And you will heart Mara so hard, too. Weird? Nah.

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Sydney feehrer

Say "hey girl heeeey" to your new super sweet, sometimes sassy, and ALWAYS snackin' best friend Sydney! She may seem a little shy at first, but by the end of your service, she'll have you cracking up and feeling amazing. Win, win..right? Although her true passion is creating new looks for her fabulous clients, you can often find her in the garage with her dad working on cars together. Fun Fact: Her very first car was a '74 VW Beetle, and she's even still got it!

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SARah king

Say hello to Sarah!!!! She is a warm-hearted relaxing energy in and out of the salon. When she's not whipping out awesome haircuts and colors, she enjoys walks on the beach, laughing it up with her family, yoga, and Reiki practice. She was inspired to get into the industry to help people create a look that makes them feel great! 



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In her natural habitat, Mariah can be found drawing up tattoos for her friends or snuggled up with a good book. No matter where you find her, you can be sure to find her fury sidekick Ponyo (the cutest, sweetest, bounciest golden retriever ever!) close by. If you're into One Direction, Rom Coms, or True Crime you'll be into her. And we don't blame ya! She's funny, she's charming, and she's got the biggest heart. Basically, she glows. And after a facial with her, you will too!



Ellie Lang

If you see Ellie at the salon, you can't miss a glimpse of her outfit! She's a fashionista at heart, and her heels sure prove it! Beyond her fun style, Ellie's bright personality is sure to win you over! She's as sweet as pie, yet the funniest person alive. We promise you'll adore her as much as we all do!

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Noel Propsom

Noel loves putting a smile on her clients' faces. With her outgoing personality, she thrives on connecting with each client.

In her spare time, she loves late-night food grabs with her boyfriend and cuddling her guinea pig. 

Her inspiration to get into skincare is her mother's shared passion for face masks and trying new products. 



Chloe Brigman

Chloe has a bubbly, vibrant energy, until it's time for her to be a great listener! Her easy-going vibe is hard not to love, and her many hobbies make her so fun to talk to! You can catch Chloe reading, crocheting, playing video games, baking, binge watching TV shows, planning a vacation to Ireland, or maybe all of the above! 


Salon Dog


If you book an appointment on a Thursday or Friday, be prepared to be welcomed by the most loveable and loyal greeter there ever was....Mister Stinkin' Linkin!

Motivated mostly by peanut butter and cheese, this sweet guy is pawsitively going to steal your heart.

...we can't wait to meet you!

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