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Meet our Team
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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".
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
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.
I’ve been doing hair for 3 years, I have a passion for hair color, anything from a natural sunkissed balayage to bright vivid colors, as well as styling and braiding. I graduated from Toni & Guy hairdressing academy, with training in both cut and color, I also have specialized training in multiple balayage techniques. I live to make my clients feel as beautiful as they are on the inside, and to grow and create everyday around inspiring people.
Laura has spent the last 16 years of her career specializing in color and chemical work on all hair types. She has a strong passion for education which led her to become the California Regional Technical Director of education for Toni and Guy hairdressing. Giving her the ability to share and grow within the industry.
She loves personalizing each service to her clients lifestyle and needs. They are the reason she loves her career and wants them to have that beautiful feeling when they leave.
Christel Mary has been in the hair industry since 2012. She started her career at TONI&GUY as a receptionist, moved on to be assistant, and finally a manager. She built her foundation as a specialized stylist for 5 years while she was there.
She has a passion for women’s, men’s and children’s haircuts and has recently found love in hair color. She is certified in Advanced Cut & Color, Balayage and also offers extension services. Christel loves giving her clients personalized looks catered to their everyday lifestyle.
During her spare time, you can find her volunteering at her church, singing, dancing, and spending time with her family, friends, and fur babies, Metuca and Ari.
You can see her most recent hairstyles on her Instagram @Christel.styles
Jamie has always had a love for styling hair. She graduated from Advanced Beauty College as a licensed cosmetologist with an emphasis in both cut and color. Jamie is always learning new things and continuing her education.She has been able to develop her skill in updos, braiding, balayage and is certified in Brazilian Blowouts.She simply loves making people look and feel there best.
Our junior stylists are new professionals who are building their business and offering services at 50% off