In the industry for more than five years, Alison Gudzinas can't imagine any other career path beyond that of a stylist and makeup artist. With an affinity for the atmosphere, creativity and bonds created as part of the stylist-client relationship, Alison is living her dream of becoming a stylist. Blonde, brunette, purples, blues, or any color in between, she is absolutely certain she can create the most custom appointment for each of her clients. Alison credits the creatives and beauty experts around her for keeping her inspired and in the know about the latest trends. “While my techniques for color are extensive, it is my consultation skills and approach to customer service I pay most attention to. I have a way of making clients feel at ease with new suggestions and am honest about what is and what isn’t possible, which clients appreciate.” Getting to know your clients and making them feel like the best version of themselves is what’s most important Alison. “I love this industry, all parts of it and am so excited to meet you."
An Athens, Ga. native, Devon Smith moved to Denver after falling in love with the city during her visits here. The Mile-High City, like Athens, shares an affinity for small business, community involvement, and great hair. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Devon launched her career in the styling industry roughly eight years ago, when her passion for helping people attracted her to the profession. She has since achieved dual licensures in Cosmetology and Barbering, and completed industry-specific training with L’Oreal, L’Oreal SOHO Academy with Jason Backe, Redken, KEVIN.MURPHY, Oribe, R+Co, PureOlogy and more. While in Athens, Devon actively participated in the community through outlets such as the Athens Fashion Collective and ESP’s Big Hearts Pageant, and has styled hair featured in “Weddings in Athens” 2014 publication.
"Every day I remind myself communication is the key to delivering a truly impeccable service. When a client is in my chair, my focus is solely on them, and making them feel like the best versions of themselves. I am so blessed to be a part of the Denver expansion and I cannot wait to see you in my chair."
With a creative side and steady hand, Casie Ryan is fond of the artistic expression found in cosmetology. Honing in on her immense passion for the industry, especially color, highlights and cut variations, she is fond of blending technical skills with artistry. Casie’s specialties include blowouts, men's grooming and the ever-popular, natural-looking Balayage hair-coloring technique. Her thirst for knowledge and expertise well-position Casie for continuing education classes, where she keeps up-to-date on the latest techniques, trends and styles. She enjoys giving her clients new and exciting looks!
Annie Thomas has worked in the hairstyling industry for nearly eight years and remains higly enthusiast about advanced education opportunities and certifications. A Certified Master Balayage Expert with L’Oréal, she has taken classes from several of the industry’s best, including Wella, Redken, Brazillian and Global Keratin blowouts, Kérastase, Men’s Dept, Oribe in NYC. She’s also worked on various runway/fashion shows doing both hair and makeup and loves the creative freedom to achieve avante-gard, high-fashion looks. Marrying together her passion for hairstyling and getting to know people, she enjoys creating the whole look for her clients through both hair-coloring and haircuts, helping them to achieve the look best to suit their personalities and unique styles.
Kristianna Simmons began her career as a hair stylist with a singular goal in mind – to help people look and feel their best. Now, with nearly 20 years of experience behind her, this still remains her passion. Clients, some of whom have been with her since the beginning, love the way she creates a look unique to their style and is easy to maintain. Kristianna has trained with the industry’s best, including L’Oréal, Bumble and bumble™, Wella, Sebastian, American Crew and Eufora. Along the way, she studied with celebrity stylist duo, The Doves; taught classes in cut and color, and styled hair for fashion shows and photo shoots. Kristianna believes in the importance of continuing education and actively participates in seminars across the country allowing her to bring back with her the latest trends and techniques to clients in Denver. The moment a client sits down, Kristianna works hard to provide them a space to relax and escape the hectic pace of their day. She is a certified Reiki Master and happily provides complimentary Reiki treatments for a little extra stress-reduction upon request. In the end, her wish is for her clients to walk away feeling happy, confident and refreshed.
Owner/Master Stylist/Artistic Director
Tommy Bagwell is a master stylist and colorist with nearly 20 years of expertise and knowledge in professional hairdressing. With his educational foundation from Toni & Guy, he's attended many advanced learning forums from the experts at L’Oréal, Bumble and bumble™, Sebastian, Wella and Rusk in Denver, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Tommy has extensive teaching experience among his coworkers and understudies in cut, color and styling techniques; as well as leading artistic projects on photo shoots and runway shows. Tommy believes cut, color, and style should be a collaborative effort between the artist and the client. From short and funky, to long and luscious, and every style in between, he believes a client’s look should reflect their personality and lifestyle. Tommy wants his clients to leave his chair feeling absolutely beautiful, refreshed and glowing.
Owner/Salon & HR Manager/Client Service Director
Andrew Barbo is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Denver and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in German and Spanish, as well as a Minor in French. His passion for making client interactions positive and memorable is rooted in his 22 years of client service experience, plus he’s fluent in four languages – highly valuable in Denver’s ever-growing population. Spanning his many years of client service experience, Andrew has held positions in restaurant, banking, commission/licensing and healthcare industries, managing 180 client accounts per year. As a manager, he has 11 years overseeing anywhere from 10-30 employees at a time. Andrew is actively involved in the community and is currently working with his dog to obtain a therapy dog title, which they’ll put to use volunteering at local nursing homes and hospice care centers. To operate a healthy and notable business, Andrew believes it must be actively involved in and supportive of the community in which it operates.
A Colorado native, Lauren Di Manna’s worked in the industry for more than seven years. She comes from a background of intensive training with Wella, Sebastian, and Redken color/product lines, as well as experience with Keratin Complex, Pravana, American Crew, and Babe Hair extensions. Lauren specializes in soft, natural-looking color, seamless cuts and bombshell blowouts. Lauren was a stylist and makeup artist for multiple runway/ and fashion shows all over the Denver Metro Area, including a few non-profit events. Passionate about keeping up to date with each season's trends, Lauren actively participates in advanced educational opportunities whenever possible. Her keen eye for detail, great communication skills and warm personality help her to create custom looks and experiences for each guest who sits in her chair. Lauren’s favorite part of her work is highlighting natural beauty and seeing a positive change in each client from start to finish. "Look good, feel good" is Lauren’s motto. She’s all about making people feel beautiful.