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, 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 U 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


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Alesha Lynn

Call Center Director • Joined in 2018 • Industry Professional since 2012


THE SALON U ARTISTS

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.

 

leza duncan

Stylist • Joined in 2003 • Industry Professional since 1990

Leza Duncan transitioned into a new craft when she moved back home from Hawaii, 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 a new direction. She joined Salon U when it first opened, and in the journey, has trained under Aveda makeup and hair artists and gained her cosmetology license as Salon U’s first apprentice.

Specialties: Color, Cut, Updos, Makeup, Facials and Skin Care


mandy wallis

Stylist • Joined in 2005 • Industry Professional since 2005

Originally from Atlanta, Mandy has lived in Birmingham for over 20 years, and considers it home. She has always had a love of 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 with her guests and coworkers. Aside from hair, her greatest passion is her family. Her husband Cal, and her two children Cami and Christian, have been absolute blessings in her life, and she would spend every moment with them if she could. Her other loves include her four cats, and her bunny!


christy cross

Stylist• Joined in 2009 • Industry Professional since 2008

Christy has been with the U and in the industry for nine years. She was a mixed media artist before the hair days. Although, she had an innate ability and love for hair so naturally she became a stylist and went on to apprentice at the U. Relying on her art background, Christy specializes in creating dimensional hair color. She also specializes in long and short precision haircuts. Christy loves being able to make someone feel better than they ever have about their hair and is passionate about meeting new people and developing a relationship with her clients. When clients leave her chair, she wants them to feel refreshed and beautiful - like the best version of themselves. She wishes for her clients to have a healing experience for their mind, body, and spirit.

 


kellye whitmer

Stylist • Joined in 2011 • Industry Professional since 2011

After sitting behind a desk in the corporate world, Kellye longed for more. She has always used singing and painting as her creative outlets until a friend, that happened to be a client of Salon U, suggested she ditch her corporate digs for an environment that could inspire the artist inside her. Not knowing it would change her career path forever, 6 months after she joined the team she became an Apprentice and is now one of our successful stylists! She excels in hair color, is a pro with Keratin Straightening Treatments, and can finish your look with a sculpted brow wax!


ryan taylor

Stylist • Joined in 2012 • Industry Professional since 2009

Growing up in Tuscaloosa, Ryan craved opportunities to utilize his artistic side. His passion for creative and technical challenges drew him to the Aveda Institute in 2009, where he later became a color educator. Missing the limitless potential of the salon world, Ryan came to the U in 2012, and has been rocking it out as one of our top stylists ever since! He is a visionary with dimensional and customized color, but also excels in men's and women's cutting and styling. He will keep you ahead of the trends and at the top of your game! Outside of the salon, Ryan loves to stay active, ride his bike through the city, and work on his house. He also likes 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 there, it became a lifelong dream to develop her future by serving others in the field of cosmetology. Emily received her training through Salon U's apprenticeship program, and loves that her craft is always evolving and expanding to reflect the most current trends in the industry. If you asked her what type of hair she enjoys working with the most, she couldn't choose, because she enjoys the creative challenge in each guest. Behind the chair is Emily's freedom to inspire, share, and create! Away from Salon U, you can find Emily working in her garden, enjoying the outdoors with her boxer Leroy, or trying to make the people around her laugh.

Specialties: Men's and Women's Cuts, Customized Hair Color, Highlights, Balayage, Hair Removal, Make-up, Chemical Straightening, Special Event Styling


Alison ROGERS

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 thirst for the beauty industry would lead her to graduate the Paul Mitchell Academy, work for the World Renowned Van Michael Salons in Atlanta, and go on to attend a 4 month rigorous Makeup Certification in New York City. She loves every aspect of helping you feel beautiful. Alison 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 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, 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. Joshua never strayed from his southern roots, and has succeeded in meshing his southern style with a sophisticated New York flair, bringing a unique and creative perspective to each and every client! He has styled for book covers, fashion shows, movies, two seasons with the Brooklyn Nets dance team, and a long list of faithful, devoted clients! Joshua is excited to continue his journey by returning home to Birmingham to share his unique approach of making you feel and look beyond your best, because "Everyday is your runway!"


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Paige Goodwin

Stylist • Joined in 2015 • Industry Professional since 2009

Hair is Paige's passion! After graduating from the Aveda Institute in 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! She cannot wait to meet you and to help you feel your most beautiful! Check out #hairbypaigegoodwin on Instagram to see her work!

Specialties: Blondes of all types, Updo's and Event Styling, Blowouts


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 eduction from Aveda Brimingham, he has a love for it all - short and long haircuts and all hair color. 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.


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Makayla Johnson

Stylist • Joined in 2016• Industry Professional since 2015

Makayla has always known that she wanted to become a hairstylist, and after graduating from the Aveda Institute at the top of her class, she joined the family at Salon U. The finished result is the favorite part of any service, but she also loves to do color. Makayla craves education, and can often be found researching the latest techniques online, as well as taking continuing education classes. Her favorite food is Domino's pizza with ranch and Taco Bell. She also has five dogs that are the loves of her life: Hercules, Shadow, Bandit, Lulu, and Lucky.


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Amanda Sensabaugh

Stylist • Joined in 2016 • Industry Professional since 2009

Amanda started her love affair with hair in 2009, after careers in retail, art, and design. She excels in precision cuts, but also loves color technique. 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. She has two guinea pigs – Pistachio and Strawberry, and one cat named Capone. If you're looking for a stylist that you can have fun with, Amanda's the one!


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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 attending cosmetology school in 2011, she joined Richard Joseph Salon and soon found herself being recognized for her singular talent. Today, she is part of the Salon U team, and continues to attend advanced classes to bring the latest technology to her guests at her new found home. Ella has the unique ability to make her guests' experiences more than just a typical haircut. She brings her skills to the table with undivided attention. Her goal is to ensure that every guest leaves her chair with confidence and a smile.  

Specialties: Color and Highlights, Cut, Keratin


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Heather Chaney

Stylist • Joined in 2016 • Industry Professional since 2013

Heather and her bright smile and signature pink lip joined the U in 2016! She studied at Paul Mitchell and she specializes in color. She 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.


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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. Chuck is an expert at cuts with movement and dimension, and is a true hair artist. We are so proud to have him on our team.


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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 travelling 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. While in this 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 Balayage. What started as a whim has turned into a passion for creating wonderful experiences and valued friendships. 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.


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Jessica Delatorre

Shampoo Technician •Joined in 2015 • Industry Professional since 2015

Jessica joined the U in 2015 and just received her associates degree in business management and we're excited to announce her introduction into the 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!


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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 in 2013 and joined the U team this year - and we're happy to have him apart of the team. Logan specializes in men's grooming, blondes, and styling. Client's comfortability and relaxation is of the utmost important 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 everyday.  


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BRITNEY DONZE

Stylist • Joined in 2018 • Industry Professional since 2007

Britney came to the U with a bright energy, 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 she's 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 for their next appointment.


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alex hollinhead

Apprentice • Joined in 2018 • Industry Professional since


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Kenley brooks

Apprentice • Joined in 2018 • Industry Professional since 2018


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Colby mckee

Esthetician  Joined in 2017 • Industry Professional since 2015

Sweet as an ice cold 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.


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KAREN FREE

Stylist • Joined in 2017


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KARISSA CROZIER

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 Aveda Birmingham in 2016, then became part of the U family in 2017. 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 detail oriented and wants her clients to have a luxurious experience, and enjoys making them feel comfortable and cozy.


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VIOLA MITCHELL aKA MS. VI

Shampoo Technician

What can we say about Ms. Vi? More like, what can we not say? She is our Salon U Momma and she gives the best shampoos and makes clients feel right at home. You will leave the chair feeling completely relaxed and warning: cheeks may hurt from laughing!


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TATIANA GHILAN

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.