THE SALON U MIDTOWN ARTISTS
Stylist • Joined in 2005 • Industry Professional since 2003
Nikki settled down at Midtown after living an adventurous life abroad and even working at Yellowstone National Park. She moved to Alabama and got her start in the industry by apprenticing at a local salon. She developed a true love for the craft and knew hair was perfect for her. Although she adores all styles of cuts and color, she excels in bobs and blondes. Nikki loves making her clients feel truly beautiful and has developed some amazing friendships with clients over the years. When she’s not at the salon, she’s playing disc golf, catching a live music show, and taking it easy with her three children - Cooper, Lola, and Beck.
Barber • Joined in 2011 • Industry Professional since 2009
Benji’s zest for life and passion for hair shows through his work. Having naturally curly hair, he was always drawn to hair products and the curiosity eventually led him to become an apprentice and he joined the team in 2011. His love of comic book art goes hand in hand with his love of beautiful hair color, specifically natural and unnatural redheads. Benji also developed a passion for stylized men’s cuts and has created quite the clientele base for it. His goal is to give each and every guest the cut or color that they want, but also what works for their specific hair type and texture. Outside of work, Benji loves singing and playing guitar. He has been blessed with an incredible group of supportive friends and his perfect off day would include quality time spent near a body of water with his son.
Barber • Joined in 2008 • Industry Professional since 1998
Jason’s love of art led him to the beauty industry and he’s been at it since 1998. He started off in the makeup industry where he worked as an artist and trainer. After a stint in graphic design, he decided it was time to pick up the makeup brushes again and take his creativity to the next level by adding hairbrushes. The rest, as they say, is history. Jason enjoys the finished product of any service, whether it’s cuts or color and he takes pride in helping his clients feel like the best version of themselves. From precision barbering cuts to longer styles to makeup, Jason is a jack of all beauty trades. Outside of the salon, he enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Kaitie, and his son, Jack.
Stylist • Joined in 2008 • Industry Professional since 2002
Meaghan’s love of learning the latest trends and current tricks of the trade make her the perfect modern stylist. She is passionate about her craft and loves working with all types of hair. Beyond her Cosmetology degree. Meghan excelled and took her education to the next level by earning her Master of Cosmetology degree in Alabama. Creating flattering, complementary looks through fashion and natural color and trendy haircuts that are easy to maintain are her specialties. When she’s not behind the chair, Meaghan spends her days reading, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, rock climbing, biking, volunteering at the crisis center, and hanging with her loved ones and puppies.
Stylist • Joined 2016
After living the first part of her life traveling and living all over Europe with her family, Gwen discovered her love of hair and settled down to join the team in 2016. Before that, she lived and attended college in Hawaii. She eventually migrated to Birmingham and fell in love with this city and she considers herself a Magic City transplant for life. After working as a bartender for a while, she decided to go to cosmetology school to break the monotony and ended up falling in love with the industry. Gwyn graduated top of her class with double honors from the Regency Beauty Institute, entering and winning every hair related competition she could find. She discovered early on that she has a natural eye for color, with a special fondness for progressive fashion colors. Gwyn has been recognized by Aveda and much of her work has been reposted by their various social media accounts. She also enjoys styling hair, from beautiful blowouts to whimsical braids and updos. In her free time, Gwyn enjoys live music, playing at the skate park with her son, trekking around Birmingham trails, or she can be found posted up at the pub watching Alabama football.
Stylist • Joined 2016
Rachel knew early on in her life that hair would be her direction and focus. She’s had an excitement for hair since she was a child playing with dolls. She graduated the Xcell Academy, a Paul Mitchell School and from the Phase 2 Honors Program in 2007. She values continued education and keeps up with the latest techniques so that she can provide her clients with current and effortless looks, suited to their needs. As a color specialist, she enjoys performing all color services but has a deep love for creating custom blondes and vibrant reds. She also enjoys the balayage coloring technique and razor cutting. In addition to working behind the chair, Rachel is a Bumble and Bumble Network Educator, teaching classes and continuing her own education at the Bumble Institute in New York City. When not in the salon, Rachel is happy spending time with her friends, enjoying a lazy weekend with Netflix and p.j.’s, and taking trips.
Barber • Joined 2016
Paul lived a life as full-time musician before leaping across the pond to attend the London School of Barbering in 2014. Before hair, he attended college but it was making the jump to hair that led him to his true passion. Once he completed his education in London, he returned to the U.S. to become certified as a barber and is hugely successful as a vital part of our team. Away from the barber's chair, Paul maintains his career as a musician, playing acoustic shows at venues all across Birmingham. His other interests include sports, painting, gaming and traveling.
Stylist and Esthetician• Joined 2018
Leanne is a full spectrum stylist utilizing her cosmetology degree in multiple domains such as hair care, skincare, and nail care. She is also proficient in areas such as front desk management and client customer care services. Making someone feel beautiful brings her joy and makes her happy to know that her clients look at themselves differently after spending time with her. Some of her subspecialties include facial waxing, NovaLash Extensions, and other services. When not making others feel beautiful, Leanne spends quality time hanging out at home with her family - her son, Oliver and her dog, Sunshine.