Stephanie Kocielski was born in Philadelphia, but she spent most of her childhood in New Jersey. She moved to California when she was older to pursue a career as a platform artist while attempting to hold on to her career as a hairdresser.
She is currently the vice president of education for Paul Mitchell Systems and is responsible for bringing new ideas and concepts to the hairdressers in the program. She is also the artistic director for Robert Cromeans Salon. She travels all over the world to conferences and events as a speaker and performer. Paul Mitchell Arlington states that she is known for her passion for hairdressing and her ability to inspire other hairdressers to be the best they can be.