Salon U’s management team serves to ensure that our customers receive the highest quality products and services when visiting our salon, and our chairs are staffed with Alabama’s most talented top-level stylists so that our clients will achieve optimum satisfaction. Let it be Salon U’s pleasure to offer a most complete and unique range of salon/spa services in the greater Birmingham area.



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.



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. 


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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 Duncan transitioned into a new craft when she moved back home from Hawaii years ago, where she was a professional photographer and makeup artist. Her exposure to photo shoots, interest in transformation through hair and makeup, and belief in the Aveda philosophy motivated her to experience life in a new direction. She joined Salon U when it first opened, and along the journey, she has trained under Aveda makeup and hair artists - Leza was Salon U’s very first apprentice! We're grateful Leza has been with us for many years and has a wonderfully loyal clientele base to call her own. Outside of the U, Leza is a yoga instructor and enjoys meditation, art, and photography.

mandy wallis

Stylist • Joined in 2005 • Industry Professional since 2005

Originally from Atlanta, Mandy has lived in Birmingham for over 20 years and is happy to call it home. She always had a passion for fashion, makeup, and art, so naturally, she was drawn to a career where she could use all three. After joining the Salon U family in 2005, Mandy quickly became 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 growing relationships with her guests and coworkers. Mandy is an amazingly consistent stylist with a vast clientele base - she generally books 6-8 weeks out, so scheduling in advance with her is strongly advised! Aside from hair, her passion is her family. Her husband Cal, and her two children Cami and Christian are the greatest blessings in her life. Her other loves include health and fitness and her fur family, consisting of four cats and her bunny!

kellye whitmer

Stylist • Joined in 2011 • Industry Professional since 2011

After sitting behind a desk in the corporate world for years, Kellye longed for something more. She has always used singing and painting as her creative outlets. One day, a friend that happened to be a client of Salon U, suggested Kellye ditch her corporate digs for an environment that could inspire the artist inside her. Not knowing it would change her career path forever, she is now one of our successful stylists and we're happy to call her one of our own! 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 hiking, traveling, and attending music festivals with friends.

ryan taylor

Stylist • Joined in 2012 • Industry Professional since 2009

For years, Ryan 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 U family in 2012, and has been working it out as one of our top stylists ever since! He's all about the emphasis of healthy hair maintenance and loves working with his clients whose goal is to achieve truly beautiful, healthy hair. He'll keep you ahead of the trends and at the top of your game! In his free time, Ryan loves to stay active, ride his bike through the city, and work on his house. He also loves to spend quality time with his precious toy poodle, Rusty.

emily ann COLVIN

Stylist • Joined in 2012 •Industry Professional since 2013

Growing up around her granddad's barber shop, Emily witnessed the joy and relationships that grew from something as simple as a haircut from a young age. From there, it became a lifelong dream to develop her future by serving others in the field of cosmetology. Emily received her formal training through Salon U's apprenticeship program many years ago and continues to evolve her craft and expand her training to reflect the most current trends in the industry. She enjoys the creative challenge in each guest and enjoys working with all types of hair. Being behind the chair, Emily finds her freedom to inspire, share, and create! She strongly believes in making her clients feel like their best selves! Outside of the U, you can find Emily working in her garden growing vegetables, enjoying the outdoors with her husband and precious boxers, and making the people around her laugh.



Stylist • Joined in 2013 • Industry Professional since 2008

From the time she received her very first Barbie as a child, Alison began styling hair. Originally from Auburn, her longing to work in the beauty industry lead her to attend and graduate from the Paul Mitchell Academy, work 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 applies that education to hair extension application and maintenance at the U. Alison originally spotted Salon U on a morning jog and stopped in the next day, and as they say….the rest is history. She spends lots of her free time at the beach and with her beautiful family - her husband, precious baby Sloane, and her Scottish terrier, Charlie.

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Joshua Eaton

Stylist • Joined in 2014 • Industry Professional since 2005

Joshua began working as a freelance makeup artist in 2005, and attended the Aveda Institute Birmingham, earning a degree in cosmetology and makeup design. He moved to New York City 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! Joshua never strayed from his southern roots which led him back to Birmingham to continue his successful hair career. He meshes his southern style with a sophisticated New York flair, bringing a unique and creative perspective to each and every one of his clients. He has styled for book covers, fashion shows, movies, and retains a long list of faithful, devoted clients! Joshua is passionate about sharing his unique approach of making you feel and look beyond your best, because "Everyday is your runway!" In his free time, Joshua enjoys spending time with friends and traveling.


Paige Goodwin

Stylist • Joined in 2015 • Industry Professional since 2009

Hair is Paige's passion! After graduating from the Aveda Institute Birmingham, she quickly began building a strong clientele. She is in love with Aveda products and color, and everything that the company stands for, as well as the ways that Aveda gives back to the community. She loves the creativity and freedom that she has in her career, and feels blessed to come to work every day. When not creating hair magic, Paige loves spending time with her growing family. Her house in Irondale is home to one husband, Sam; two dogs, Zoe, and Snacks; two cats, Izzie and Hurley; and in June, one brand spanking new baby! Check out @hairbypaigegoodwin on Instagram to see her work!


Damon Moore

Stylist • Joined in 2016 • Industry Professional since 2009

Damon is sure to leave his clients with a stylish look, a laugh or two, and a smile. With plenty of experience in the industry and an education from Aveda Institute Birmingham, he has a love for all things hair. Damon is passionate about hair because he's passionate about people and making them feel like the best version of themselves. He loves when clients leave his chair feeling like a brand new person with loads of newfound confidence. Outside of the U, Damon loves writing, hanging with his dog, and spending time playing video games.


Makayla Johnson

Stylist • Joined in 2016• Industry Professional since 2015

Makayla always that she wanted to become a hairstylist with a natural love for the industry. After graduating from the Aveda Institute Birmingham at the top of her class, she joined the family at Salon U. Makayla craves education, and can often be found researching the latest techniques online, as well as taking continuing education classes. Showing outwardly with an infectious smile, Makayla takes joy in seeing her clients leave her chair feeling beautiful. Her favorite food is Domino's pizza with ranch. She also has five dogs that are the loves of her life: Hercules, Shadow, Bandit, Lulu, and Lucky.


Amanda Sensabaugh

Stylist • Joined in 2016 • Industry Professional since 2009

After careers in retail, art, and design, Amanda began her love affair with hair in 2009. She spent years in the industry, and eventually found her true happiness in her career at the U and that is seen in her work. Results driven, Amanda spends quality time listening to her clients' needs and fulfilling their desires. She values the friendships that she's made with her guests, and considers most of them family. Amanda has the most fun in the salon, but also enjoys gaming, art, and spending time with her family, and a house full of pets!


Ella Iraji

Stylist • Joined in 2016 • Industry Professional since 2011

Originally from the capital of Persia, Tehran, Ella moved to the U.S. In 1994. After Ella's career path in corporate finance ran aground, she decided it was the perfect tie to chase her lifelong dream of being a part of the beauty industry. After graduating from cosmetology school in 2011,  and upon entering the salon world, she soon found herself being recognized for her singular talent. We're happy to have Ella as part of the Salon U family. Education is important to her and she continues to attend advanced classes so she may implement the latest hair techniques to her clients. 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.


Heather Chaney

Stylist • Joined in 2016 • Industry Professional since 2013

Heather and her bright smile and signature pink lip joined the Salon U family in 2016 after she graduated from Paul Mitchell The School Birmingham. She had always read and heard about Salon U and thought being a part of the team was a distant dream. Luckily for us, Heather found her way to the U and her dream came true - and she says she is thankful for that. She is passionate about representing the U and being a part of a team where she is surrounded by talented artists that she learns from. Putting a smile on her clients faces and having a good time with them is what makes Heather truly happy.


Chuck Duck

Stylist • Joined in 2016 • Industry Professional since 1994

After graduating with a Fine Arts degree from Auburn University, Chuck took his deep understanding of color theory, and pursued his true passion - hair! He has a myriad of experience with all types of hair, and is licensed in multiple states - most recently working at a salon on the Upper East Side in New York City - and he's even worked in Puerto Rico! Chuck has been in the industry since 1994 and is a subject matter expert on all things hair. We are so proud to have him on our team. You're sure to have fun in Chuck's chair and leave with a smile on your face from laughing because, in his spare time, he's a talented actor! Check him out at many local theater productions!


taylor land

Stylist • Joined in 2014 • Industry Professional since 2014

Taylor Wayne Land is originally from Adger, AL, where he worked as a certified hydraulic technician. He also spent time traveling all over the U.S. in the rodeo circuit. After being laid off from his job, a friend mentioned that Salon U had an opening for a shampoo tech and Taylor thought why not?! While in the position, Taylor fell in love with the industry and decided to become an apprentice. During the next three years, he became certified in Keratin treatment and many other hair services. What started as a whim has turned into a passion for creating wonderful experiences and valued friendships with Taylor's clients. His goal is to help each guest become the best version of his- or herself through his 5-star service and laid-back attitude. When he’s not transforming someone into a new look, Taylor likes to hang out with his miniature Australian Shepard named Oakley and spend time at the beach.



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 Salon U family this year - and we're lucky to have him apart of the team! Logan is an extremely quick, yet focused and detail-oriented stylist. Client's comfortability and relaxation are of the utmost importance when they are under Logan's care. 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 and shopping and spending quality time with friends.



Stylist • Joined in 2018 • Industry Professional since 2007

Britney came to Salon U with a bright energy, years of experience, and a passion for creating beautiful, full of life hair. 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. She loves that being able to express herself fully as an artist and we're happy she has chosen the U as her home! When guests 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. It makes her happy when clients leave feeling excited about their next appointment. When Britney is not at the U, she enjoys traveling, enjoying the outdoors, music festivals, and spending time with friends.


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Apprentice • Joined in 2018 • Industry Professional since 2017

Alex joined the Salon U family after graduating from the Aveda Institute Birmingham in 2017 and says she's grateful for being able to work with some of the top stylists in Birmingham. Working with the U team, she has gained much knowledge and confidence and is excited to begin her journey in this industry. She always knew she would end up having a career in a creative industry and says she feels blessed to have ended up at the U.  In Alex's spare time, you can find her spending time with her dog and creating art.


Colby mckee

Esthetician  Joined in 2017 • Industry Professional since 2015

Sweet as an iced tea, Colby is an esthetician who helps clients discover beauty in their own skin. She graduated from Aveda Birmingham in 2015 and joined the U family in 2016. Colby is professionally certified in dermaplaning and is a Novalash Certified Lash Extension Artist. Working with her clients to establish a skin care regimen that is tailored to their daily needs is something Colby implements in her daily work. Providing her clients with beautiful, luxurious lashes without the hassle of mascara brings her joy. She loves when clients come back for lash refill appointments so they can chat and catch up on life or they can use the time to take what she calls a "lash nap" - she's as funny as she is sweet. Colby takes pride in making her clients feel relaxed and comfortable and says she likes to create an oasis for them to escape their daily schedules. Other services she provides include customized facials, brow waxing, and tinting, lash perms and tinting, and facial waxing services.



Stylist • Joined in 2017• Industry Professional since 2007

Karen is a talented artist with years of experience and a passion for all things hair. She is filled with knowledge of hair and enjoys growing her experience and techniques through outside education courses, having studied with Aveda, Oribe, Business of Balayage, and more. One of Karen's favorite things to do is create updo's for her client's big days. She always had a love for hair and going to the beauty salon with her mom and 'Mama Hazel' is one of her fondest memories. Karen says she loves what she does because she feels rewarded by making people smile and feel truly beautiful. She loves collaborating with her guests to help them achieve their desired look. Building relationships is an important part of her work.



Stylist • Joined in 2017 • Industry Professional since 2016

Karissa AKA Kris joined the U after living an adventurous part of her life in Los Angeles. She realized hair was her dream, took sound advice from her family, and graduated from the Aveda Institute Birmingham in 2016. She then became part of the Salon U family in 2017, and we are lucky to have her! Becoming a stylist has given her life and she feels she was born to do it and says it was love at first sight. Being a part of the team has changed her life and this is her dream come true. Notorious for obsessively organizing, Kris is very detail oriented and she loves that the art of hair is a learning experience every day. She wants her clients to have a luxurious experience and enjoys making them feel comfortable and cozy.



Esthetician• Joined in 2017 • Industry Professional since 2011

Tatiana comes to the U from a medical spa background and has had a love for skin since she was young. After finishing school, 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 facials - vitamin C, hydrolifting, and collagen - chemical peels, and waxing.

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. She is a pretty fantastic baker! She is also passionate about travel and adores spending time with her 16-year-old kitty.


Jessica Delatorre

Shampoo Technician •Joined in 2015 • Industry Professional since 2015

Jessica joined the U 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!