Avantgarde Hair Salon & Spa, Grand Rapids

Staff

Ashley

Master Stylist & Makeup Artist

Ashley graduated from Douglas J Aveda Institute in 2009 and joined the Avantgarde team in May of 2012. She is well versed in the Aveda Hair Care Line and specializes in fine hair, color/dimensional color, ombre` and balayage color. She is a skilled make-up artist and offers Shellac manicures, and pedicures. Ashley has extensive education in our Paul Mitchell, Aveda, MoroccanOil, and Glo Minerals make up product lines. In addition, Ashley is a Michigan State University graduate with a Bachelors in Community Relations/Psychology.

Caitlin

caitlin3Master Senior Stylist

Caitlin joined Avantgarde in September of 2013. With over nine years salon experience, her career start in Royal Oak, MI working under a high profile stylist. She quickly mastered color formulation, cutting techniques and styling. She went on to study the Sahag dry hair cutting techniques. Caitlin moved to Grand Rapids in 2011 where hair continues to be her passion and she strives to make everyone feel great about themselves from the outside in. Caitlin is a recipient of the prestigious 2011 Hair Ball award for Best Hair Overall. She is also a Certified MoroccanOil Instructor, with Stylescapes training in Blowouts, Knotwork, and Braiding.

Candace

Stylist, Makeup Artist, Massage Therapist

Candace graduated from Douglas J East Lansing in 2009 and joined the Avantgarde family in April of 2017. She has extensive training in Makeup Artistry from Ryder Makeup Labs and Sephora University,and massage therapy. Candace started out in the arts and quickly found the beauty industry to be a perfect blend of creative expression and helping people, two things she is very passionate about. She is here to help you with any of your beauty needs from facials to flawless makeup, creative cuts to edgy color or even a relaxing therapeutic massage.

Eleesa

Receptionist / Stylist Assistant

Eleesa joined our team in June of 2017. Right out of high school she went to Davenport for Business Management and quickly learned she wanted to pursue her dream of being a Cosmetologist. She graduated from Paul Mitchell the School Grand Rapids in February of 2017. Eleesa enjoys all types of color service. Right now you will see her smiling face helping behind the reception desk.

Francie

franMaster Stylist, Makeup Artist, Extensions Specialist

Francie graduated from Douglas J Aveda Grand Rapids and joined Avantgarde in January of 2013. She has 8 years of customer service experience and 7 years experience as a professional makeup artist. Francie has an illustration background from Kendall College of Art and Design, giving her a creative edge to every service she performs. Francie also has extensive education with our Paul Mitchell, Aveda, MoroccanOil, Glo Minerals, and Hot Heads product lines.

Gaby

gaby3Master Stylist, Makeup Artist & Extensions Specialist

Gaby graduated from the Douglas J Aveda Institute of Grand Rapids in 2009 and joined the Avantgarde team in 2012. She enjoys being able to give each guest a complete look. Gaby specializes in haircuts, color and nail services as well as up-dos and bridal styles. She is also fully trained in Hot Heads Extensions, GloMinerals Photo Ready Makeup, Paul Mitchell, Aveda, and MoroccanOil product lines.

Jamie

jamie3Master Senior Stylist

Jamie graduated from Excel Cosmetology School as a Licensed Cosmetologist in 2004, and joined the Avantgarde team in May of 2012. She is well versed in the Aveda Hair Care Line, Paul Mitchell, MoroccanOil, and the Peter Coppola Keratin Smoothing Treatments System, and specializes in haircuts, color services, and nails as well as facials and waxing. Jamie specializes in cutting curly hair and creating formal and bridal updo styles, and is a talented makeup artist.

Jenny

jenny3Stylist, Extensions Specialist

Jenny graduated from CHIC University of Cosmetology in 2008 and joined the Avantgarde Team in October of 2015. She has over six years experience working in both the salon and barbershop giving her extensive training in men’s hair cuts and styling. Jenny has a passion for making her clients feel confident with styles they can easily replicate at home. Jenny is highly trained with Hot Heads Extensions, Paul Mitchell Systems and MoroccanOil Stylescapes. She is also skilled and available for manicures, pedicures, facials, Shellac, and women’s color and cuts.

Leeza

leeza3Salon Manager

Leeza has re-joined the Avantgarde team in May, 2015 and is looking forward to assisting guests and ensuring their time at our salon is special. She is a 2009 graduate of Northview High School and has attended additional education for Paul Mitchell, and MoroccanOil. Leeza brings years of customer service, great organizational skills, and her sense of humor to complete our management team.

Sarah

Hair Salon Marketing CoordinatorMarketing Coordinator

Sarah graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2003 with a degree in Public Administration and has been with Avantgarde since June, 2008. Before coming to Avantgarde she worked for Kent ISD as the Marketing Project Manager and for a national consulting firm as the Director of Marketing. Sarah currently works remotely from The Woodlands,TX.