Uplift local talent and win premium education.

Each month Pony Education raffles off tickets to live events from our Oakland-based education center. 100% of these proceeds go to our Pony Education Scholarship Fund.

Our selection committee will determine the winner of this scholarship annually.

The winner of our scholarship will attend beauty school at no-cost to them. Upon completion, they will be offered an apprenticeship at Pony Studios Co. and permanent employment after that.

Entry is $10.

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July 11-12, 2021: Shags & Mullets Workshop with Corinna, Cella, and Casey

Have you been admiring mullets and shags from afar, feeling a little intimidated to try carving up one for yourself?  And what’s the difference between a mullet and shag anyway?

We’re here to break it all down and share our favorite tips and tricks to give ANYONE a flattering mullet or shag. 

Join us and learn new fun cutting techniques with the razor, how to get those sweet tendrily bits, and the best way to hand style any hair texture.  

By learning how to observe growth patterns and seeing where the hair wants to live, you’ll be able to give your clients a fresh, easy style that brings out their own unique look while meeting their personal needs and wants.  You will be given the tools to look at hair through a different lens, grow confidence to GO FOR IT!  So let’s get to business so we can go to the party!

During This 2 Day Live and Hands-On Event, You Will Learn:


  • What differentiates a shag from a mullet
  • Razor cutting techniques: texturizing with a razor, weight removal and tension
  • One shag and one mullet demonstrations from different perspectives and different hair types
  • Focus on clean sectioning patterns, combing and face framing 
  • The importance of balance, head shape and suitability
  • Creating layers that complement the models head shape and features
  • The use of overdirection to create seamless transitions from short to long
  • What makes a shape square as opposed to round
  • How to create a modern and elegant silhouette 
  • How to style a mullet to carry that effortless yet edgy vibe


  • To consult with your clients and learn to study head shape, suitability, proportion, and balance. 
  • To be able to implement new techniques with the razor
  • To use creative sectioning to approach and help navigate the cut
  • To learn how to cut bangs to suit your client and how to connect them seamlessly to the layering to give the unique characteristics of a shag
  • To become comfortable with weight removal and varying strokes for different hair types.
  • To select and apply the appropriate products to suit your clients needs
  • To do a natural blow dry with either their hands, a diffuser, or a brush
  • To become proficient in the consultation and verbiage when discussing mullets
  • To create square and round shapes within the haircut to best suit the individual
  • To read growth patterns and cowlicks that may disrupt the shape
  • To expand on razor skills so one can finess the hairlines and transition into longer lengths and textures
  • To know when and where to use weight removal and understand how that differentiates from texturizing
  • To easily style the finished cut in an effortless and modern way

Meet Corinna.

Corinna Hernandez has been a hairdresser for nearly 20 years, an expert educator for over 13 years, worked backstage at fashion week for 12 seasons, and has done editorial work for over a decade. She has taught at over 250 salons for over 3000 stylists across the country, both independently and as a member of the core Bumble & Bumble education team. She is a veteran of NY Fashion Week and has worked backstage on shows including Dior in Paris and Dolce & Gabbana in Milan. Her work as a hairdresser has been highlighted in Elle Magazine and featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Refinery29, San Francisco Magazine, and more.

She established PONY Education in 2014 to offer unique training opportunities to hairdressers of all levels. In 2019, Corinna and her husband Brett opened their first brick-and-mortar location in Rockridge. PONY Studios includes a salon, education theatre, and an atelier lounge. In August of 2020, they opened a second location called PONY Salon in Temescal.

Meet Cella.

Cella’s hair was something she always thought about. Growing up around so many hairdressers as family friends she had access to experiment with her looks professionally from a young age. But that didn’t stop her from cutting her friends' hair with craft scissors in their bedrooms, and more notably box dyeing her hair black and deeply regretting it. She found herself always going back to hair and fashion and put herself through beauty school. Taking classes at night and working 3 jobs through the week, she couldn’t wait to be a hairstylist. Little did she know it would be years of apprenticeships before she got to that point. But ultimately, she wouldn’t have it any other way. Going full circle, two of her most influential teachers Debi Alley and Corinna Hernandez are a part of her Pony Salon family. Debi expertly taught her classic Vidal Sassoon precision cutting techniques. Corinna taught her how to break the rules with razor cutting and so many tricks on how to give that effortless look. With background education of two very different styles, this allows Cella to really hone in on her own. Today you’ll find her behind the chair at Pony Salon, laughing too hard and talking about cats with her incredible clients. Also, she vowed to never color her hair again.

Meet Casey.

Born creative, Casey Montalbano spent years soul searching for their niche in the art community. They were always inspired by the weirdos and folks who looked “different.” Casey felt different and identified with them.

"After 6 years doing hair I found a home at Pony and Corinna helped me find my weirdo niche in cutting. Helping people develop a look that makes them feel more like themselves is more that I could have dreamed of in a career making art-- and I’m excited to share that."