One of the first things you will notice walking into our salon is the chemistry between our team members. We have hand picked our stylists for each one's unique talents and passion for what we do. Our chemistry and respect for one another will radiate when you walk through our door creating an atmosphere of warmth and complete comfort.
We believe your hair should reflect your personality and lifestyle, therefore we will consult with you at each and every visit. We want to customize a look for you that balances fresh, modern style with that which is individually unique and functional. We believe utmost in continuing education. Education keeps us growing and passionate.
Linda started her career in 2000 as an aesthetician and quickly discovered her passion was instead in hair! She was trained in pivot-point cutting techniques and steadily became a Wella and Schwarzkopf color expert, her inspirations being drawn from colors and textures found in nature, kids sun-kissed highlights, fashion magazines, and legendary style icons.
Believing highly in continuing education, she has taken numerous classes in cutting and color. She has been certified in thermal straightening and keratin treatments. Most recent was a class in hair extensions.
Linda is passionate in bridal styling and updos. ”Making someone beautiful on their special day is such a rewarding gift. It is like putting a puzzle together and making sure all the pieces fit to make a beautiful picture!!”
Her work has been featured in The Richmond Times Dispatch and Style Weekly. She was also a stylist for the VCU Art Show in 2011.
Linda currently resides in Hanover with her husband and two children!
Began her journey in the salon industry at just 15 years old. In 2003 she joined the team at Ceco studio, voted Richmonds best salon in Richmond magazines 2008 addition of best and worst. She apprenticed under the owner of the Aveda salon located in Carytown. Rachel has received extensive training through the Aveda institute with a concentration in color. She was recognized with a peer and awarded the chance to compete in an exclusive aveda fashion show based on submission of their designs where they finished 3rd out of 11. In 2010 she took an interest in bridal styling where she committed herself to providing local and non local brides with the highest quality of styling and the convenience of coming on location. In 2012 she was voted #2 bridal hairstylist in Richmond Bride Magazines Alist. Rachel has been published in numerous publications such as Southern Weddings, Richmond Magazine, Richmond Bride, and Virginia Bride. She continues to educate herself in the art of cutting and coloring. Now Rachel has joined forces with 4 other talented stylist to create Elle Style Studio.
Leslie is a master colorist and customized hair cutter with over 15 years of experience as a hair stylist and artist. Her goal to see people confident and happy motivates her attention to the guest in her chair, attention to detail, and her artistic creativity. Raised in Richmond she has traveled extensively. Leslie worked as an assistant in salons while attending college full time where she learned not only traditional styling, cutting, and the chemistry of the hair, but also to follow the modern trends. Beginning her career in Texas, she later moved on to the west coast where she expanded her interest in product knowledge and became an educator. She also participated in the “Look Good Feel Better” program. She continually attends training to remain relevant in the industry.
“Education is the key to success, the more I learn and challenge myself the more I have to offer. And I’m able to keep up with what I love to do, making people feel their beauty from the inside out.”
Welsy started her apprenticeship in 2008 at Look Salon and was extremely lucky to learn under 15 mentors during her education as a stylist. In 2010, Welsy started to focus on her editorial work and has been featured in local and national magazines along with many wedding blogs and websites.
“Being a hairstylist is my love and passion. I’ve landed great jobs working with hair in fashion shows, weddings, magazines and salon boutiques. I love the personal experiences I gain in the salon atmosphere where I can help women and men choose the best style and hair color for their face shape and skin tone, while showing them the best styling techniques that will work for their lifestyle. I enjoy making my clients look as lovely on the outside as they are on the inside.”
Welsy is currently becoming an educator for Eufora and hopefully one day a platform artist. She loves transforming a clients over all look and styling all different hair texture.
LaCretia is a professional makeup artist with the passion to enhance natural beauty. She decided 4 years ago to take her interest in makeup to the next level and pursue a career in the beauty industry. LaCretia received her Makeup Artistry Certification from Virginia Makeup Artist Studio under the skillful direction of Michelle Torres. She also developed an expertise in airbrush application working alongside many veteran artist. LaCretia continues to educate herself on new products, trends, and application techniques. Being a freelance artist gives her the opportunity to provide clients with reliable, detail-oriented and versatile service adding to the success of the artistic vision. It is her goal to provide every client with exceptional and professional service.
My name is Phawn (pronounced fawn, fon) just like the baby deer, and I love makeup, and I have a slight obsession with product and product packaging.
I stumbled across makeup artistry in my late teens, and thought it only a decent way to support myself while attending college. I worked at a few Estee Lauder brand counters (Clinique, MAC, Lancome) and learned as much as I could regarding color techniques, skin care,and client service. That stumble into makeup artistry turned into a fall, and I fell completely in love with makeup and its amazing industry!
I was awed by the techniques and tricks of the many makeup artists that I have met along the way. My favorite aspect of being a makeup artist is that you are never truly done learning. I’m constantly learning from other professional makeup artists, beauty gurus (as seen on YouTube), and even a thing or two from clients!
I thought it rather selfish to keep all of my makeup artistry knowledge and skills to myself, and that’s why I’m here! I love to share, and what better way to do so than with you!
Desirae began her apprenticeship in 2012 at Ciao Bella Salon where she apprenticed under 7 mentors. She has received extensive training in cut and color through Davines and Eufora. During her training, she furthered her passion in styling updos, natural styles and braids. Desirae has done styling for many Richmond events such as the Wedding Crashers Tour 2016 bridal fashion show. She specializes in bridal styling, fashion shows, and special occasions.
Desirae feels grounded in nature and enjoys hiking, camping, and water sports. She also channels her creativity in her paintings. Her artistic ability and imagination contribute to her love for this industry. “I believe in taking someone’s natural beauty and enhancing their special features to make them feel their most beautiful.”
Arielle got her first taste of the beauty industry as a senior in high school as she landed a position at Sephora. While at Sephora, she was eager to learn everything she could about the worlds of color and skincare. She also began to excel in the world of makeup artistry, landing freelance positions throughout Richmond-area department stores. As things started falling into place, her next endeavor was a makeup artist position at Le Visage Makeup Boutique working alongside professional makeup artist Lina Sogomoyan, specializing in wedding, special occasion and print makeup. Arielle always had an entrepreneur spirit. After 4 years at Le Visage Makeup Boutique, Arielle decided it was time to step out on faith and start her own business which she had always dreamed of. In October 2014, she became the owner of Luxe Lashes Beauty Studio, specializing in professional makeup artistry, semi-permanent eyelash extensions, and Microblading.
Arielle is now a licensed Esthetician and the Eyelash Extension course educator at LB Beauty Academy here in Richmond, Va.