THE ESSENCE TEAM
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.
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.
Master Stylist / Oribe Ambassador
Kaylee has been with Essence Salon for over two years; growing and developing her skills within the cosmetology industry. As a brand ambassador and Master Stylist, Kaylee continues to pursue ongoing education and advanced trainings such as Master of Balayage. While she is talented in many salon services, Kaylee specializes in hand-tied extensions, lived in colors and balayage. She strives to create a connection to each of her clients and help them feel good inside and out when they leave her chair. Her charisma, passion and enthusiasm are contagious. Kaylee would love to be a part of your hair journey! Check her out on Instagram: @kayleecurls
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
Master Stylist / Lash Lift Specialist
Kevin Murphy Ambassador
Lindsey's love for hair and beauty began at an early age when she used her mom's shampoo, conditioner and kitchen scissors to transform the hair of her Barbies. Since then, she followed her heart and is pursuing excellence in the cosmetology industry. Lindsey is excited to being her journey with Essence as she continues to learn and grow as a stylist. Her favorite services are blondes, fashion colors and facial waxing. Lindsey is looking forward to seeing your smiling faces in her chair! Follow her work on instagram.
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.
Rachael was inspired to go into cosmetology school as her daughter was growing up. She became intrigued with her beautiful curls and wanted to learn more about hair. Once Rachael began training in school she really enjoyed cutting hair, but quickly became inspired to do fantasy colors and lived in blondes. Now that she's found a home at Essence Salon, she wants to take everything she's learned and create an amazing luxurious experience for each client that sits in her chair. This starts with a deep consultation to figure out the best path to providing the result that will put a smile on your face! Check out her work on instagram.
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.
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!