MEET THE TEAM

MEET THE TEAM

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MELISSA THURSTON

Founder and Creative Colorist

Melissa is devoted to the art of hair. Her passion for hair first began when she attended The Salon Professional Academy in Gainesville, FL in 2014. Her first job was located in Jacksonville, FL at an elite Redken salon where she was an assistant to the owner. In the “Summit” style curriculum, she cultivated a structured business ethic to follow the practice on how to become a six figure hairstylist. Two years into her career, she moved back to Gainesville, FL to embark on a mission to learn a new salon culture by working for an Aveda salon. It was here where she flourished in color theory, understanding how to create a formula from scratch. She was able to attract a clientele to match her creativity and was able to produce the type of work that was trendy, fun, and desirable. It was also here where she adopted the spa-like atmosphere many clients can relax to, knowing they will feel refreshed by the end of service. In another two years, she was ready to grow as a business owner to what is now a signature brand, “Hair Full of Secrets.” Mel shares her knowledge with her clients, exchanging tips and tricks, therefore coveting the name.

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MADISON
BLANTON

Stylist

Madison is a 23 year old momma from South Carolina who moved to Florida 2 years ago and has been doing hair since! She is well rounded in all aspects from browns to blondes and hand-ties extensions! In her free time you can find her with her two babies listening to music and dancing. She is a free-spirit that loves to make her clients feel confident and beautiful!

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Emily Kyle

Stylist

Emily’s passion for hair began when she started at the Paul Mitchell school in Tampa in 2015. Shortly after graduation, she sought out a job in a small boutique salon in south Tampa and that’s where she began to perfect her craft. Balayage and extensions were a big part of her salon life in Tampa and she is excited to bring what she knows to HFOS! The thing she loves most about doing hair is that there’s always something new to learn and she gets to build relationships that lead to becoming a big part of her clients lives!

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LIV FARRIS

Stylist

Liv is a Gainesville native and graduated from an Aveda school in Tallahassee circa 2013. To this artist, hair is much more than what it appears to be. Her focus is on blonding and connecting with her clients. When she is not doing hair, you can find her writing, reading books and traveling.

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Stylist

tRISTANY cRAM

Tristany is passionate about hair, especially curls! Her number 1 priority is maintaining the integrity and over-all health of the hair. Give her your hair goals and together you can lay out a plan to achieve them! 

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JESSICA TILLMAN

Stylist

Jessica’s passion for hair began in 2015. She has since fallen in love with all things hair. She

specializes in blonding techniques and believes in always putting the integrity of your hair first! Outside of work she spends most her time with her family. Come on in and let her help to bring your hair dreams to life!

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shawnie surmeir

Stylist+Full Specialist

A St. Louis native, Shawnie is a tenured stylist in the industry for 13 years. With a passion for hair cutting, she specializes in tailoring the perfect haircutting experience for your individual style and needs. She is well apt in your beauty needs from lashes, brows, nails and full body waxing!

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Sakinah muhammad

Nail Artist

Sakinah is a Gainesville native and has been doing nails since she was 16.  She is a licensed full specialist and specializes in gel services, bringing in Gel X extensions to HFOS. Her passion for nail art has helped her sell her work in her own independent business for the last year after pursuing her bachelors in Accounting. When not doing nails, she enjoys traveling and is a music lover! 

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Alex roman

Nail Artist+Full Specialist

Alex is a Cuban and Puerto Rican from Miami, Florida and comes with all the spice and flavor Miami has to offer. She been a resident in Gainesville for two years now. She decided to pursue a career in the beauty industry because she loves being creative and making other people feel beautiful, whether its through nails, skin care, or cocktails! You can find her bartending at a popular spot in town. Making others feel good and having fun while doing it, truly brings joy to her heart. Alex enjoys mastering her nail art design, so bring your inspiration photos! Acrylic nails, gel builder, lash lift/tint and brow lamination are her focus at the salon.

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Stephanie branam

Stylist

Stephanie was born and raised in Gainesville. She has always had a love for hair and is a recent graduate from the Summit Salon Academy. She is excited to see where her career takes her and is devoted to becoming a versatile stylist. She is a positive person to be around and strives for her client's to feel their best!

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maddy decker

Stylist

Born and raised in Connecticut, Maddy recently moved to Gainesville where she graduated from Summit Salon Academy in the last year. As a new graduate, she is eager to dive head first into the industry providing excellence in all relationships and services. If Maddy isn’t behind the chair she is definitely working out or on a Starbucks run.

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Raul Serrano

Barber

Raul has been in the industry as a barber for over a decade. His skill in perfection to crisp lines has led him to becoming certified in the art of Ombré/Powder Brows. Book your consultations with this professional to enhance your natural beauty!