Creativity, meet discipline.

Who We Are.

Artezen provides an opportunity for stylists at every point in their career – whether they’re just getting started after cosmetology school or have been working in the industry for years – to learn, hone their skills, and get real-world experience in a flexible and understanding atmosphere.

The Founders

Co-founder Sheryl Miller Rideout began her journey in hair design knowing that she wasn’t a typical student. Luckily, with hard work and tireless perseverance, she was able to build a successful career as a trained educator, working directly with Paul Mitchell to help assess and teach new hair artists. After spending years directing teams and developing manuals for education, she launched her own award-winning salon, Fringe Hair Art, in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Michael Rideout, Artezen co-founder, built a successful career in manufacturing, research, account management, and international channel partner management before meeting his wife, Sheryl. Upon realizing that their skills in linear and non-linear thinking, management, and production would work well together, Michael joined Sheryl at Fringe and together, they dreamed up and developed what has become Artezen Hairlab.

Our Philosophy

We believe that regardless of your learning style, you should have access to exceptional training, effective tools, and a diverse array of opportunities to grow your hair stylist skill set.

Here, we’ll share what you need to know in order to perfect your craft, whether you need practical experience with standard methods or you’re itching for reliable ways to work outside the box.

One size does not fit all, which is why we’ve developed a flexible learning environment where all learners can feel comfortable and inspired, regardless of where they’re at in their hair stylist careers.


Modern Venue

With 1400sqft of modernized mill space, we can offer a flexible, fully furnished venue for nearly any event or class.


Relevant Education

Because we’re an independent entity, we’re able to leverage our connections with dozens of first-class hair artists and bring the world right here to Biddeford, Maine.


Choice Products

We carry a range of effective products that make sense for your craft, your bottom line, and most importantly, your client.



Salon Owners

Do you have a salon business plan? We can equip you with the resources you’ll need to ensure the longevity and integrity of your salon.


Independent Stylists

It’s time for you to establish your brand — we can help you successfully navigate the complexities of striking out on your own.


Cosmetology Grads

It takes more than your license to succeed. Let us give you the real world experience & practical education you won’t find anywhere else.


Our Venue

We're located in the historic Pepperell Mill Campus.

Pepperell Mills is a bustling center for business, art, community, and transport, and we’re proud to be a part of its renaissance.

40 Main St, Bldg #13
2nd Floor, Suite #258
The Mills At Pepperell

Paying it forward.

Powerful Women Rise Above is a local nonprofit working to raise awareness about the realities of domestic abuse and provide resources for battered women. We’re proud to partner with the passionate team at PWR by providing what we can for women who are looking to start their new lives.