A little about us...

Welcome to the Hair Arts Institute! We’ve partnered with some of the biggest names in the industry to produce a culture of learning that is unmatched in the education industry.

The Hair Arts Institute is a proud member of the Sassoon Academy School Connection Program (SASCP), an elite group of schools trained in delivering the renowned Sassoon methods of cutting, and the first ever SASCP Barbering School. We are the only school in the state where our students earn the exclusive and globally recognized SASCP Diploma. Holding true to our firsts, we are the only school in North America certified by the British Barbers Association in the art of straight razor shaving. Our Women’s Classic Cutting curriculum is partnered with Sally Rogerson’s globally recognized S.R. Education and is a certified S.R. Education School. Sally’s cutting series specializes in simplifying hair techniques and approaches for easy understanding and use.

Billed as a small private school with individualized attention, we address your weak points and expand on your strengths. Our dedicated and passionate instructors eagerly await the opportunity to share the knowledge needed to succeed in the real world of the hair industry. We are excited to announce we are now accepting part time students! Additionally, we are expanding our current career and technical education offerings to better serve the needs and interests of the Oklahoma hair dressing community by now offering COSMETOLOGY. Call us today: 405 286 2600.

Our Location

15001 N May Ave., Suite D
Oklahoma City, OK

the team

Greg Welchel

Owner, Instructor

The love of art, fashion, and design led Greg Welchel to a career in hairdressing over 25 years ago. He realized the value of continuing education early on, and made the commitment to further his abilities by attending advanced courses throughout his career at nationally recognized programs; such as the Sassoon, and Toni & Guy Academies.

It was this passion that led him to partner with Tammy Briggs, in November of ’08 to form Trichology Salon, an educational based salon company. Greg’s success in the industry and desire to be the best has driven him to become a sought after salon marketer, brand-awareness builder, and design specialist; helping to elevate the industry.

In 2013, Greg and Tammy partnered with Rick Bennett and began the concept development for the Hair Arts Institute. Now a reality, the HAI is proud to be Oklahoma’s premiere educational center for the hair arts, elevating the industry one student at a time.

Rick Bennett


Rick Bennett began his journey into hair design in 1981 at the Sassoon Academy in Los Angeles. Upon graduating, he spent his time at the Sassoon Academy training to become a specialist in the art of education. After returning to Oklahoma, Rick became a salon owner and continued his love of learning at the Sassoon Academies in London, New York, LA, Miami, San Francisco, and Chicago. To date, he currently holds the record for completing the most Sassoon Advanced Cutting Diploma’s at 74..and still counting!

Rick also played a role in developing the prestigious; Sassoon Academy School Connection Program, (SASCP) a small group of elite schools certified in teaching the renowned Sassoon methods. One of his proudest achievements is owning and operating the very first SASCP Cosmetology school in the US. Rick and his partners are excited to announce that the HAI will be home of the very first Sassoon Academy School Connection Barber School. Rick believes his calling is to “unleash the talent of the next generation of stylists, who will change the world of hair design”.

Mark Wood

Managing Partner

For 31 years, Mark has served clients in Oklahoma City and surrounding area with accounting, tax and consultation services. As Office Managing partner of Ernst & Young, he has extensive experience in coordinating E&Y services for both public and private companies. In working with closely-held businesses, stakeholders, and family groups; and now the HAI, he provides business perspective and planning to help organizations be successful.

Earned B.A.C./B.B.A. degrees in Accounting/Economics from the University of Oklahoma.

Serves as Audit Committee Chair and on the Board of Directors Executive Committee of the United Way of Central Oklahoma; President of the Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City; and Board of Directors of the State Chamber of Commerce, the University of Oklahoma-Michael F. Price College-School of Accounting, the John Marshall High School Foundation, and the John Marshall High School Finance Academy.

Casey Burt


Casey Burt joined the industry in 2006, when attending barbering school, and has since worked as a stylist and attended numerous continuing education classes throughout the Continental US. In 2012 Casey channeled her passion for hair and education, by receiving her instructors license. She enjoys teaching as well as sharing her knowledge, and feels the industry allows her to help others by sharing her abilities with people who have her same passion for hair design. Casey strives to experience success through herself, and more importantly, her students. She finds nothing more gratifying than instructing new stylist, and that continually gives her new vision for the industry, and what it’s all about.