About the School

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Z Hair Academy About The School

It’s a “Z Thing”!

Coined by a former student, “It’s a Z Thing!” has come to describe the many unique qualities of Z Hair Academy, an institution with four progressive hair schools in the Kansas City area. Since our inception in 2004, we have been dedicated to creating unique learning experiences and ensuring student success.

What Sets Z Hair Academy Apart


Impressive Leadership

  • Licensed Educators
  • Extensive Experience
  • Industry Connections

Our founders, Ron and Judi McKenzie, and our licensed educators have many years of cosmetology training and industry-related experience as salon owners, manufacturer educators, product distributors and hair stylists. Ron has also traveled nationally and internationally as a platform artist working with many top industry professionals.

Z Hair Academy Positive Atmosphere

Positive Atmosphere & Culture

  • Award-Winning 
  • Family-Owned & Operated
  • Smaller Class Sizes

As an award-winning, family-owned and operated institution with a student focus, Z Hair Academy is known for our positive atmosphere and culture. Rather than one large hair school, we have four smaller hair schools that allow for intimate class sizes and more one-on-one attention.

Z Hair Academy Comprehensive Education

Comprehensive Education

  • Innovative Teaching
  • Challenging Curriculum          
  • High-Energy Student Salons          

Z Hair Academy believes education is a life-long process. We begin with the foundational skills to become technically proficient, and then build upon those with advanced techniques to bring out creativity and maximize full potential. Students are exposed to many systems and techniques, providing a more comprehensive educational experience.

Our Industry Recognition

Our Supporting Salons Network

Z Hair Academy works closely with our Support Salons in an effort to place our graduates. Our network of Support Salons is looking for the best and brightest new talent to add to their teams. We appreciate what they do for our students and the industry.

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Our Community Involvement

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Giving Back

At Z Hair Academy, it’s important to give back to the communities in which we are located. We provide both financial and event support to a variety of organizations and initiatives.

Who we support
  • 4ocean

    4ocean is a global movement dedicated to actively removing trash from the ocean and coastlines while inspiring individuals to work together for a cleaner ocean, one pound at a time.

  • Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

    Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is changing the lives of children with cancer by funding impactful research, raising awareness, supporting families and empowering everyone to help cure childhood cancer.

  • Folds of Honor

    Since 2007, the Folds of Honor has carried forth this singular, noble mission: to provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members.

  • K9s of Valor

    K9s of Valor is an all volunteer, 501c(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to support police K9 officers across the country and keep them safe.

  • Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation

    The Siller Family started the Foundation to honor the memory of their brother, Stephen, a New York City firefighter (FDNY) who lost his life on September 11, 2001. The Foundation continues Stephen’s legacy by supporting our nation’s first responders and service members.

  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

    The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

  • Wounded Warrior Project

    With the support of our community of donors and team members, we give a voice to the servicemen and women injured both physically and individually, addressing their needs and empowering them to begin the journey to recovery.

  • Cut it Out

    CUT IT OUT® The Beauty Community Against Domestic Abuse is a program dedicated to mobilizing salon/spa professionals, students, and others to fight the epidemic of domestic abuse in communities across the United States.

  • Jason Foundation

    JFI believes that awareness and education are the first steps to prevention. They want to establish a Triangle of Prevention by providing students, parents, and teachers the tools and resources to help identify and help at-risk youth.

  • Operation Underground Railroad

    Since being founded in December 2013, they’ve gathered the world’s experts in extraction operations and in anti-child trafficking efforts to bring an end to child slavery. O.U.R.’s Ops Team consists of former CIA, past and current law enforcement, and highly skilled operatives that lead coordinated identification and extraction efforts.