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THE ESSENCE TEAM

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KINDSAY ELGIN

Owner / Platform Stylist

Kindsay is a talented and experienced hairstylist who has been in the industry since 2008. She specializes in color, French cutting, barbering, extensions, and up-dos. She has trained with Vivienne Mackinder, Miseal Art and Oribe and has been featured in Modern Salon Magazine and Inspire Hair Books. She strives to be the best for each individual that sits in her chair. Kindsay's strength comes from her ability to listen to her client's interests and opinions when it comes to what they want for their hair. All the while, taking time to educate them on maintenance beyond the salon. Kindsay believes in a joint effort with her clients to find a style that best fits the face shape and lifestyle of each individual. Check out her work on Instagram and Facebook.

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CHARLEE ADDIS

Master Stylist

Since becoming a stylist with Essence Salon, Charlee has dedicated herself to mastering her craft with ongoing education. She is proudly certified in sew in extensions, Brazilian blowouts, airbrush makeup, and the Kevin Murphy color line. Charlee combines her advanced techniques with carefully listening to her client's wants and needs to create the hair of their dreams. She excels in providing clients with the knowledge and products to properly care for their hair to achieve beautiful, healthy looks. Charlee specializes in extensions, wedding services, balayage and color corrections. Come enjoy the Charlee beautifying experience for yourself and check out her work on Instagram.

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SARAH UREN

Master Stylist

Sarah is new to the Cedar Rapids area but has over 5 years of experience in the industry. Since graduating from Northern Michigan University, she has continued investing in her education and training by getting multiple advanced certifications. She specializes in balayage, lived in color, blondes, wedding hair, and contour makeup. Sarah's passion and creativity shows through in the colors and styles she brings to each of her clients. Her goal is to help each client love their hair a little more each time they leave her chair. Check out Sarah's work on Instagram

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SARHA BELK

Master Stylist

Sarha has been working in the hair industry for over 8 years. Her expertise is in advanced hair cutting techniques with a particular focus on Calligraphy Cuts. She also has a special passion for creating vibrant and imaginative vivid fantasy colors, as well as crafting stunning blonde looks. Whether you're seeking a bold and vibrant color, a trendy new haircut, or keeping you blonde hair looking it's best, Sarha is here to assist you in achieving your hair goals. She would be delighted to welcome you to her chair and transform your hair into something truly special! Follow her work on Instagram.

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AUTUMN VEGTER

Lash & Brow Technician

Autumn has been a licensed esthetician since 2018. She found her calling in the industry as a lash technician and is now the lash and brow specialist at Essence Salon. She prides herself on listening to her client's needs to provide them with the perfect results. She'll offer you a peaceful and relaxing experience while you're in her chair, but can also lend a listening ear. Autumn enjoys the unique experience each client provides and wants you to leave your services feeling better both physically and mentally. She's excited to continue her growth and to build strong relationships with her clients at Essence. You can check out her work on instagram.

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MADEE JAEGER

Designer Stylist

Madee was inspired to become a cosmetologist from the pure joy that she can bring to someone's life as there's nothing like the confidence that comes with great hair. She found a home at Essence Salon after experiencing how warm and welcoming it can be. Providing services that will make you feel self-assured, beautiful and loved is her goal and she's passionate about giving you the most comforting experience possible. She can't wait to have you sit in her chair and would love to be a part of your hair journey! Check out her work on Instagram: @hairby.madee

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SYLMARI STARLING

Designer Stylist

Sylmari has been a licensed cosmetologist for 8 years and is excited to now be a part of Essence Salon. She is enthusiastic about everything that she gets to do with hair and welcomes all clients into her chair. Sylmari specializes in hair extensions and styling along with providing an uplifting experience as soon as you walk through our doors. She's very excited to be a part of the team at Essence and looks forward to seeing you soon. You can follow her work on Instagram.

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JADE BENTER

Wedding Specialist

Jade is a wedding day specialist for Essence Salon and focuses on bridal hairstyles. She takes pleasure in connecting with her clients and assisting them in achieving their desired wedding looks. Jade is eager to stay updated on the latest trend and styles while also maintaining her knowledge of classic looks that are timeless. Whatever look you and your bridal party are going for on your wedding day she can provide and she's excited to be a part of your special day! You can check out her work on Instagram.

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KRISTEN JOHNSON

Operations Manager

Kristen was brought on with a lot of years in management under her belt. She looks forward to helping Essence grow as a business and developing new procedures for continued success. As the operations manager she has been getting to know the employees on a deeper level in order to use each person's individual strengths to help elevate the team. Client care and interaction is also an important aspect of her position so she can help provide a luxury experience for everyone who walks through the door. Kristen values her family, friends and work ethic. She goes above and beyond to be there for anyone who may need her and looks forward to welcoming you to Essence Salon!

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