THE SALON U MANAGEMENT TEAM

Salon U’s management team serves to ensure that our customers receive the highest quality products and services when visiting our salon. It is our pleasure to offer a complete and unique range of salon/spa services coupled with friendly and efficient service.

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Elizabeth Poellnitz

Business Operations Specialist • Joined in 2015 • Industry Professional since 2014

Born and raised in Birmingham, Elizabeth joined the Salon U family after a career in management, and we have loved her since! She will strike up a conversation with a perfect stranger and will leave with a best friend. She is most passionate about her relationships with people, especially children, and looks forward to summertime when she can volunteer at her favorite day camp – Sawyerville. When she's not at work, she can be found near a body of water or watching Game of Thrones, Real Housewives, or The Walking Dead with her boyfriend Sean and her dog Scilla.


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MICHAEL CASH

Business Operations Specialist • Joined in 2017 • Industry Professional since 2017

You'll find yourself smiling upon entering the salon and being greeted with Michael's warm smile and kindness. Michael made Salon U his home after years of working in the service industry and management, making him a subject-matter expert on customer service. He is determined to make every customer's experience perfect and it brings him joy to hear them say they had a wonderful overall experience. Outside of the U, Michael can be found writing, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. 


THE SALON U ARTISTS

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Salon U’s artist team is composed of Alabama’s most talented top-level stylists who perform a most complete range of services delivered with highest quality products and customer service.

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leza duncan

Stylist • Joined in 2003 • Industry Professional since 1990

Leza is passionate about creating unique hair and makeup looks for her clients at the U, after living part of her life in Hawaii where she was a professional photographer and makeup artist. She fulfilled her creativity by transitioning into the world of hair after moving back to Alabama. Her experience in portrait photography, knowledge of transformation through hair and makeup, and belief in the Aveda philosophy motivated her to experience life in a new direction. She joined the team as the very first apprentice when the U opened and has been with us since. Along the journey, she trained under many notable Aveda makeup and hair artists. Catch Leza outside of work teaching yoga as an instructor. She also enjoys meditation, art, and photography.


mandy wallis

Stylist • Joined in 2005 • Industry Professional since 2005

Mandy always had a passion for fashion, makeup, and art, so naturally she was drawn to a career where she could utilize all three. She joined the team in 2005 and is one of the salon's most in-demand stylists. Though she loves all facets of cutting and coloring, her favorite part of each day is interacting and building meaningful relationships with her clients. Scheduling with Mandy in advance is strongly advised because her clientele base is vast. Aside from hair, her other passion is her family. Her husband Cal, and her two children, Cami and Christian are the greatest blessings in her life. When not in the salon, Mandy can be found staying fit at the gym, trying out new restaurants, and hanging with her family and fur babies!


kellye NEWMAN

Stylist • Joined in 2011 • Industry Professional since 2011

Kellye joined us after sitting behind a desk in the corporate world for years. She longed for something more and always used singing and painting as her creative outlets. On a leap of faith, she ditched her corporate digs for a creative environment that could inspire the artist inside her and changed her career path forever! Kellye is a pro with Keratin Straightening Treatments and other straightening treatments such as Brazilian Blowouts, and she can finish your look with a beautifully sculpted brow wax! Outside of the U, she enjoys spending time outdoors, hanging with her husband and dog, traveling, and attending music festivals with friends.


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Stylist • Joined in 2012 • Industry Professional since 2009

Ryan joined the team after attending school and educating for the Aveda Institute Birmingham. For years, he craved opportunities to utilize his artistic and visionary side. His passion for creative and technical challenges drew him to the Aveda Institute Birmingham in 2009, where he later became a color and cutting technique educator. Missing the limitless potential of the salon world, Ryan joined the Salon U family in 2012. He's all about the emphasis of healthy hair maintenance and loves working with his clients to achieve their goals of truly healthy, beautiful hair. In his free time, Ryan loves to stay active by riding his bike throughout the city, work on his home, and with spend time with his precious toy poodle, Rusty.


emily ann COLVIN

Stylist • Joined in 2012 •Industry Professional since 2013

Emily witnessed the joy and relationships that grew from something as simple as a haircut from her upbringing around her granddad’s barber shop. It became a lifelong dream to develop her future by serving others in the hair industry. Emily received her formal training through Salon U's apprenticeship program years ago and continues to expand her training to reflect the most current trends in the industry. She enjoys the daily creative challenge of working with hair and freedom to inspire, share, and create here. She strongly believes in making her clients feel like their best selves. Outside of the salon, Emily can be found working in her garden growing vegetables, enjoying the outdoors with her husband and precious boxers, and making the people around her laugh.


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Alison ROGERS

Stylist • Joined in 2013 • Industry Professional since 2008

Alison originally spotted Salon U on a morning jog and stopped in the next day, and as they say….the rest is history. Her longing to work in the beauty industry lead her to attend and graduate from the Paul Mitchell Academy. After school, she worked for the world-renowned Van Michael Salons in Atlanta. Alison also attended a 4-month rigorous Makeup Certification in New York City. She also spent time learning the technique and art of hair extensions and is certified through Natural Beaded Row Hair Extensions. She has a passion for learning new techniques and continuing to grow her repertoire of skills. Alison enjoys beach trips and hanging with her beautiful family - her husband David, precious baby Sloane, and her Scottish terrier, Charlie.


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Joshua Eaton

Stylist • Joined in 2014 • Industry Professional since 2005

Joshua migrated back to his southern roots and joined the team after years of refining his craft in Brooklyn, New York. He began his journey as a freelance makeup artist in 2005, and then attended the Aveda Institute Birmingham, earning a degree in cosmetology and makeup design. After school he moved to Brooklyn to advance his skills by working in a fashion-forward, fast-paced environment and even worked styling the Brooklyn Nets dance team for two seasons. He then moved back to Birmingham to continue growing his career. Joshua carefully blends his southern style with a sophisticated New York edge, bringing a special touch to each of his clients. His portfolio includes styling for book covers, fashion shows, and movies. He is passionate about sharing his unique approach of making you feel and look beyond your best, because as he says "Everyday is your runway!" Outside of the U, Joshua can be found enjoying time with friends and family and traveling the world.

Check out @hairbyjoshua on Instagram to see his work!


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Paige Goodwin

Stylist • Joined in 2015 • Industry Professional since 2009

Paige always had a passion for hair and the creative freedom it allows her. After graduating from the Aveda Institute Birmingham, she quickly began building a strong clientele after joining the team. She has true love of Aveda products and color, the company beliefs, and the ways that Aveda gives back to the community. Paige enjoys creating a complete transformation with her clients and elevating their look with sophistication and ease, particularly blondes. When not creating hair magic, Paige enjoys creative photoshoots and hanging with her husband, Sam, baby Owen, and their two dogs.

Check out @hairbypaigegoodwin on Instagram to see her work!


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Damon Moore

Stylist • Joined in 2016 • Industry Professional since 2009

Damon is best known for his trendy, fashion-forward mens cuts, among a myriad of other talents that he possesses. He has an extensive skill at identifying exactly what his clients are looking for and delivering on their desires. His women’s cuts and colors are superb and he continues to absorb the latest education on today’s top trends. He graduated from the Aveda Institute Birmingham in 2009 and gained experience in the field before joining us in 2016. He truly enjoys when clients leave his chair feeling like a brand new person. Outside of the U, Damon spends time writing, hanging with his friends and dog, and playing video games.


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Makayla Johnson

Stylist • Joined in 2016• Industry Professional since 2015

Makayla always knew that she wanted to become a hairstylist and after graduating from the Aveda Institute Birmingham in 2015 at the top of her class, she joined the team at Salon U. Makayla craves education, and can often be found researching the latest techniques online, as well as participating in continuing education. Showing outwardly with an infectious smile, Makayla takes joy in seeing her clients feel beautiful. When not in the salon, she enjoys playing with her two pups, Hercules and Thor, and spending time with friends.


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Amanda Sensabaugh

Stylist • Joined in 2016 • Industry Professional since 2009

Amanda began her love affair with hair in 2009 after careers in retail, art, and design. She spent years gaining experience in the hair industry and eventually found her true happiness in her career at Salon U which she calls a blessing in her life. Results driven, Amanda spends quality time listening to her clients' needs and working with them to reach their hair goals. She values the friendships that she's made with her clients, and considers most of them family. Outside of the U, catch Amanda gaming, and hanging with her puppy, Chewie and cat, Capone.


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Ella Iraji

Stylist • Joined in 2016 • Industry Professional since 2011

Ella chased her lifelong dream of being a part of the beauty industry when her career path in the corporate finance world ran aground. Originally from the capital of Persia, Tehran, Ella moved to the United States in 1994. After graduating from cosmetology school in 2011, and upon entering the salon world, she found herself being recognized for her singular talent and eventually joined the team here. Education is important to her and she continues to attend advanced classes so she may implement the latest hair techniques to her skill set. Ella is competent in all hair types but also has a unique propensity for ethnic hair. Not only is she wonderful at hair straightening techniques, but she is also an eyebrow threading expert! Her goal is to ensure that every guest leaves her chair with confidence and a smile. When she’s not behind the chair, Ella loves to spend quality time with her family and travel the world.


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Heather Chaney

Stylist • Joined in 2016 • Industry Professional since 2013

With a bright spirit and infectious smile, Heather joined the team in 2016 after she graduated from Paul Mitchell The School Birmingham. Her passion for perfecting her craft is seen in her work, especially in color techniques such as balayage and highlights. Heather always seizes an opportunity to refine her skills in myriad of creative domains. She takes pride in her role, relishing each opportunity to make her clients feel special and beautiful. When she isn’t doing hair, Heather loves to spend quality time with friends, attending music festivals, and enjoying the outdoors.

Check out @hairbyheatherchaney on Instagram to see her work!


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Chuck Duck

Stylist • Joined in 2016 • Industry Professional since 1994

Chuck pursued his true love of hair with a deep understanding of color theory after graduating with a Fine Arts degree from Auburn University. He has a wide array of experience with all types of hair, and has worked in amazing places such as the Upper East Side of New York City and Puerto Rico. With tenure in the industry, Chuck is a subject matter expert on all things hair. You're sure to leave his chair with a smile on your face from laughing because in his spare time, Chuck is a talented actor. Outside of the salon, he enjoys spending time with friends, hanging with his kitty cats Star Kitty and Mr. T, and acting in local theater productions.


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taylor land

Stylist • Joined in 2014 • Industry Professional since 2014

Taylor traded in his tool belt from being a certified hydraulic technician to a blow dryer and shears to become a part of the team here and it was the best thing he ever did. He grew up on a farm with a huge family and his dedication to hard work shows. Taylor is certified in keratin treatments and takes pride in creating complete color transformations for his clients. His goal is to help each client become the best version of his or herself through his five-star service and laid-back attitude. When he’s not in the salon, Taylor enjoys home projects, spending time with family and friends, and traveling to new places.

Check out @shearstylesbytaylor on Instagram to see his work!


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LOGAN THRASH 

Stylist • Joined in 2018 • Industry Professional since 2013

Logan says it's the best reward when his clients love the way they look and that is the reason he is so passionate about hair. He graduated from the Aveda Institute Birmingham in 2013 and joined the the team in 2018. His timely services and attention to detail leave clients feeling they’ve been taken completely care of. He enjoys not only completing the look but also educating his clients on how to achieve their style at home every day. In Logan's free time, he enjoys traveling, shopping, and spending quality time with others.


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BRITNEY DONZE

Stylist • Joined in 2018 • Industry Professional since 2007

Her years of experience, bright energy, and true passion for hair leave Britney’s clients feeling like they’ve made a new friend. She enjoys sculpting the perfect haircut to meet her clients' specific needs and desires. Britney says she feels fortunate to have found a career she is so passionate about. When clients are in Britney's chair, she desires for them to feel confident and provides them with tools for being able to achieve their styles effortlessly when at home. When Britney is not at the U, she enjoys traveling, exploring the outdoors, music festivals, and yoga.


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alex ROBBINS

Stylist • Joined in 2018 • Industry Professional since 2017

Alex joined the team after graduating from the Aveda Institute Birmingham in 2017 and says she's grateful for being able to work alongside some of the top stylists in Birmingham. She spent a year studying and training under her peers to prepare for her new journey in the salon and is now welcoming clients into her chair. She always knew she would thrive in a creative industry and says she feels blessed to be apart of the team. In Alex's spare time, she spends time with her two dogs, family, and new husband.


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Colby mckee

Esthetician  Joined in 2017 • Industry Professional since 2015

Colby is an esthetician who is passionate about helping clients discover beauty in their own skin. She graduated from the Aveda Institute Birmingham in 2015 and joined the team in 2016. Colby is professionally certified in dermaplaning and is also a Novalash Certified Lash Extension Artist. She works with clients to create a skin care regimen that is tailored to their specific needs from acneic to aging to dry skin. As a certified Lash Extension Artist, it brings Colby joy to provide her clients with beautiful, voluminous lashes without the hassle of mascara. Making her clients feel relaxed and comfortable is important. She likes to create an oasis for clients to escape from their daily schedules. Other services she provides include customized facials, brow waxing and tinting, lash perms and tinting, and facial waxing services.


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KAREN FREE

Stylist • Joined in 2017• Industry Professional since 2007

Karen is a seasoned artist who has been in the profession for over a decade. She had a love of hair growing up and going to the beauty salon with her mom and 'Mama Hazel' is one of her fondest memories. Through studying and training through outside courses, Karen enjoys continuing her education and has studied with Aveda, Oribe, Business of Balayage, and more. One of Karen's favorite services is to create gorgeous updo's for her client's most cherished moments and events. She feels most rewarded by making her clients feel truly beautiful and through building meaningful relationships with them.


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KARISSA CROZIER

Stylist • Joined in 2017 • Industry Professional since 2016

Kris fulfilled her dreams of being in the hair industry after living part of her life in California. She joined the team after she graduated from the Aveda Institute Birmingham in 2016. Hair was love at first sight to her. Notorious for obsessively organizing and keeping things tidy, Kris is very detail oriented when it comes to completing looks for her clients. She enjoys learning new techniques and living for the experience of learning every day. Making her clients feel comfortable and providing a luxurious experience to them is what brings Kris joy. When not at work, she loves to relax and enjoy time with her puppy and friends.


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TATIANA GHILAN

Esthetician• Joined in 2017 • Industry Professional since 2011

Tatiana comes to us from a medical spa background and has had a deep love for skin since she was young. She comes to us from the eastern European country of Maldova, and after finishing school there, she pursued a career in esthetics. Taking care of her own skin helped her realize her dreams of taking care of other's skin. Her approach to skin is results driven and she enjoys seeing her clients reactions to those results. She is thorough and thoughtful throughout the entirety of her clients' experience - from when they walk into the room, to leaving feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. She specializes in microblading, facials - vitamin C, hydrolifting, and collagen - chemical peels, and waxing. Outside of the salon, Tatiana enjoys cooking and spending time with her husband and young son and daughter.

Check out @microblading_salonu_tatiana on Instagram to see his work!


Rachel Andrews

Nail Tech • Joined in 2007 • Industry Professional since 1987

Born and raised in Birmingham, Rachel began her career as a nail tech right out of high school. Though she thought it would only be a summer job, she quickly realized her passion for it, and mastered her skills right away! Rachel's favorite part of her job is seeing the confidence that her guests have when they leave her chair. As she says, "You just feel better when your nails and toes look good!" As a hobby, Rachel also makes jewelry, and she loves to cook and bake. She is also passionate about travel and adores spending time with her cat.


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Jessica Delatorre

Shampoo Technician •Joined in 2015 • Industry Professional since 2015

Jessica joined the team in 2015 and just received her associate's degree in business management and we're excited to have her in our apprenticeship program! She says she decided on this path because she's amazed by the transformations her colleagues execute every day and she aspires to create her own success at the U. She draws her inspiration from the smiles and joyful reactions of clients. Jessica is a mother to a beautiful baby girl, Alissandra and she loves traveling and spending time with her family. We're excited for Jessica to begin her new journey at the U!