Melanie Rider: Stylist

Year started in profession:   1999   Year started with HQ: 2006

Education/Experience: I have been a professional stylist for over 14 years. Hair is like a canvas for me. It’s my art. I love the process of transforming someone from “start to finish”. I learned from my mom that great hair is not just an accessory; that great hair is the key to feeling beautiful. I have master skills training in men’s cutting, women’s cutting, highlights, color, balayage, ombre, styling, keratin treatments and waxing. I am truly passionate about my career. I continue to take classes to stay on top of current trends and bring ideas back to my clients. As a stylist, I believe in honesty, patience, and creativity. Those three things help me produce great results for my clients.                

Interest/About me: I love being with family. I love the outdoors and nature.

Louise (Elizabeth) Elsezy: Stylist

Year started in profession:  2014   Year started with HQ:  2014

Education/Experience:   I graduated from The Brown Aveda Institute of Cosmetology with a managing cosmetologist license in July of 2014.

Interest/About me:  I am a veteran, having served in active duty in the Army from 2008-2012. I was stationed at Ft. Bliss, TX. I love music and traveling. I possess strong interpersonal skills and I am very passionate about everything I do.


Alison Knittel: Stylist

Year started in profession:  2008   Year started with HQ:  2008

Education/Experience:   I am a graduate of The Brown Aveda Institute of Cosmetology. I am one of HQ’s Creative Directors. I am also a color coach and a styling coach. I have completed Systems Training and Advanced Color Training. I am an experienced Salon Coordinator with knowledge in Salon/Spabiz software. My favorite styling technique is round brushing.  

Interest/About me:  I participate in continuing education on a regular basis to stay on top of current trends. I love new color, makeup and fashion trends.

Kelly Frindt: Stylist

Year started in profession:  2006   Year started with HQ:  2006

Education/Experience:   I am a graduate of The Brown Aveda Institute of Cosmetology and manager program. I have been a certified Aveda coach for 7 years, specializing in color. I’m always up for a change. I learn something new every day and will always push myself to be better.      

Interest/About me:  I love being creative at work and at home. I always have a project going. I love, love, love animals! I have two cats that I take pictures of as much as most people take pictures of their kids!  I play sand volleyball in the summer and I like to stay active and fit. 

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Nancy Bruce: Stylist

Year started in profession:  1981   Year started with HQ:  2007

Education/Experience:   I am an Artistic level stylist. I have been in the hair industry for over 30 years. I have taught women’s short hair cutting classes for HQ, specializing in razor cutting. I also specialize in relaxers for ethnic hair and keratin treatments. I am a full service stylist: color, cut and finish.

Joanna Gifford: Stylist

Year started in profession:  2003   Year started with HQ:  2004

Education/Experience:   I have over 11 years experience as a stylist.  I am a Creative Director at HQ Salon & Spa. I am a certified color coach. I have taken both Aveda Business classes as well as Advanced Hair Cutting and Color classes. It’s important to me to stay ahead of current trends.                                                                                                      

Interest/About me:  I’m a serious foody! I am a passionate colorist and I love to do great hair!

Angela Gidlin: Stylist

Year started in profession:  2011   Year started with HQ:  2012

Education/Experience:   I graduated The Brown Aveda Institute as a Managing Cosmetologist. I have taken the Advanced Women’s and Men’s clipper/scissor cutting classes. I have also taken the Advanced Color classes. I have completed the ABC Vidal Sassoon cutting curriculum.    

Interest/About me:   I enjoy spending time with my dogs, my family and friends. I also enjoy working out, cars, baking and shopping.

Melissa Kellogg: Stylist

Year started with HQ:  2009

Education/Experience:   I graduated the Douglas J. Aveda Institute with a manager’s license. I have taken Aveda color and cutting classes. I am an Aveda cutting coach specializing in Bob style haircutting which I have a passion for. I love texturized haircuts. I continue my education to stay on top of current trends. 

Interest/About me:   I love fashion and decorating/Interior Design. I love to travel and I also love photography.


Montana Wilson: Stylist

Year started in profession:  2017   
Year started with HQ:  2018

Education/Experience: I am a graduate of the  Aveda Institute of Tampa Bay.  Art and music have been a part of my life since the age of seven, and my love for the arts lives on through my profession. Hair is my art. I love transforming people, making people feel beautiful, and being creative while doing hair.I am truly passionate about my career and look forward to continuing to grow as an artist. 

Interest/About Me:  I am a musician, playing both violin and French horn from a young age. I love cats, jazz music, and cooking good food.

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Kellie Nehls: Spa Technician

Year started in profession: 2015  Year started at HQ: 2015

Education/Experience: I graduated from the Esthetics program at JVS in September of 2015 and received my managing Esthetician’s license in November of 2015. During my time at JVS, I took massage certification classes and cosmetic application courses through Estee Lauder.

Interests/About me: I enjoy spending time with my family, boyfriend and friends. I frequently watch make-up tutorials to keep up with the latest styles and trends. I enjoy a simple life. I enjoy going to the movies or just staying at home with my pups.

Alexandra Smith: Designer

Year started in profession: 2016  Year started at HQ: 2018

Education/Experience: I studied at Brown Aveda Institute. I am certified in Vomor hair extensions. Constantly taking innovative classes to keep up with new tends! I have recently had the opportunity to style hair for New York Fashion Week. I have a passion for precision cutting.

Interests/About me: If I am not working I enjoy hiking and being outdoors. I love country music and Cleveland sport. Also I raise chickens which I love very much!


Ariel Rosado: Designer 1

Year started in profession: 2018 Year started with HQ: 2018

Education/Experience: I attended Cosmetology school at Brown Aveda Institute for 1 year in Strongsville, Ohio. Upon graduating I took a brief stylist position at Regis Salon in Great Northern Mall before finding my place here at Head Quarters.

Interest/About me: I’ve lived in the Cleveland area my entire life. Makeup was my first passion and growing up, I knew I always wanted a career in the beauty industry. After graduating high school I got my license in cosmetology to become a stylist.