Stephanie Schmidt began attending college at 16, running concurrently with high school. She attended a private college in California on academic scholarship before deciding to become a hairstylist. She attended and graduated from The Carsten Institute of Hair and Beauty and went on to apprentice at a well-established salon in Phoenix. From there, she went on to work at various salons, while improving her education. She has attended Vidal Sassoon classes and is a certified in-salon educator for Framesi Haircolor, is proficient with both Goldwell and Matrix lines, and has attended multiple cutting courses, including the prestigious Frederic Fekkai education.
In 2008, she discovered Organic Colour Systems haircolor while looking for a color line that would be non-toxic, but still give the performance she was used to. It was amazing! She has now expanded this market to her own salon, Verde Salon, and incorporates all areas of organics, from styling products, perms and color to makeup in an environment that is comfortable and beneficial to her clients and stylists.