Meet our Team



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Amber Ohara

Amber is a Board Certified colorist and master stylist with over 18 years experience behind the chair. She has worked in all facets of the industry and was the brain child behind The Business of Balayage before selling her shares and moving on to open Gold & Braid Salon. 

Her eye for color and passion for evolvement has kept her in the top of her industry. Her passion lies in training other stylists to experience the beauty in the industry. 

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debora routhe

Debora is an American Board Certified colorist with over 3 decades of experience in the salon industry.  She has played many roles in the industry ranging from stylist to salon manager, trainer, and salon owner.  She opened her own salon studio, Full Strands Inc. four years ago which offers help to women with fine and thinning hair concerns.

She is certified in all methods of hair enhancements and continues to spread her knowledge through certification programs, workshops, and training videos.




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Nick Huston has spent the last 14 years of his career specializing in cutting all hair types. His passion for short styles and making his clients feel their best has set him apart in the beauty industry.   His desire to share that passion led him to become the Toni and Guy Director of Education focusing on cuts for the last 10 years. 

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René Olson

 Rene is a seasoned stylist with over 20 years experience in the industry. Her roots began in the Newport Beach / Costa Mesa area. She relocated to South Orange County when she founded Gold & Braid Salon in 2012. "My passion lies in making my clients feel and look their best. I love seeing that extra bounce in their step when they walk out the door."
  Rene's specializes in women's short haircuts and bob's. As former owner she is proud to be a part of the Gold & Braid team as it continues to thrive.


Vanessa Simas

Vanessa Simas has spent the last 15 years specializing in all hair types while focusing on women's styles and extensions. She loves giving her clients a great experience while building their confidence through the beautiful looks she creates. Her expertise in hairdressing and experience with management at Toni and Guy make her a wealth of knowledge and a perfect addition to the Gold & Braid family. With Portuguese as a second language sometimes you’ll be lucky enough to hear her speaking it fluently in the Salon with her guests. 



kelly Sedei 

Kelly aims to create beautiful, lived-in looks

that reflect an individual's lifestyle.

Creative from a very young age, her artistic journey began in Southern California with clay in pre-school and evolved into an avant-guard art education in downtown Los Angeles.

She studied fine art photography and became obsessed with light.  She met some amazing artists working as a professional photographer whose clients included Apple and Levi's.  It was here she became exposed to the professional hair + makeup industry.

On the job inspiration from her team of industry professionals gave her the motivation to persue a career in beauty behind the scenes.

Kelly and her husband live in Laguna Beach with their dogter Frankie. 

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Amber Payne

Amber is a bubbly brunette with a killer personality: she’s super sweet and totally down-to-earth. But don’t let that fool you, she’s a powerhouse stylist with skills that are hard to find, from blowouts to makeup and waxing she does it all. With over 5 years of experience Amber truly has a passion for people. To her there is nothing more rewarding than making people feel like "their best selves".

Laurel Weinberg

Laurel Weinberger

Laurel Weinberg has spent the last 14 years building a strong technical and creative color and cut foundation at Toni and Guy. Her skills and desire to continually improve keep her embracing new challenges like color corrections and complete hair makeovers. You can expect a look that maintains longevity when you sit in her chair for your color or cut appointment. We are pleased to have her as a stylist at Gold & Braid Salon.


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Our junior stylists are new professionals who are building their business and offering services at 50% off

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Leigh Schubert

Leigh has a passion for hair coloring, and loves creating both natural and vivid looks and excels at both. Having a creative out look she is always interested in trying something new. She has been educated in both cut and color at Advanced Beauty College. Leigh has been trained in advanced Balayage techniques. She is a certified Brazilian Blowout technician and specializes in creative cuts, color, balayage, blowouts, updos & tape in extensions. See her work on IG @beachlifebalayage


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