The Team

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Our Valuable Team Members

Laurén Hart
Laurén HartOwner/Master Colorist
Master Colorist, Laurén Hart, owns The Root Salon and boasts over thirty-five years of professional hands-on experience. Hart was trained in Italy with the chemists at Alfaparf. She has taught the fundamentals of Italian hair color around the globe. The Root Salon is one of the few Flagship salons in the world, an honor that Hart is very proud of. She specializes in corrective hair color and continues to mentor The Root Salon team on a daily basis. This beauty industry veteran loves what she does.
Dana
DanaSenior Stylist/Director of Education
Dana Fraze started his career at Vidal Sassoon over 12 years ago. He specializes in precession haircutting for women and men. He loves cutting long and short shapes and styles. He is also great with men’s grooming and curly hair. We love our YouTube video blog where he teaches the community how to dry curly hair. He is also The Root Salon’s cutting educator and he inspires and shares his craft to make us a stronger, more skilled group to better serve our guests. Dana enjoys art, his french bulldog and riding his Harley. To view Dana’s curly hair video click this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SomMte8HmZ4
Stefanie
StefanieSenior Stylist/Colorist
Stefanie is a passionate young woman who loves here career. She studied with Aveda and made The Root Salon her home for over the past 4 years. She helping people and making them feel beautiful. Customer service should be her middle name! She enjoys coloring hair, mostly reds and violets. She possesses a high level of creativity which allows her clients the benefit of carefully fashioned, bright and bold hair color. Her colorful personality can be seen in her collection of amazing tattoos. She lives happily with her four cats and is highly obsessed with black coffee and Harry Potter.
McKenna
McKennaSenior Stylist/Colorist
One thing you’ll notice about senior stylist McKenna is she strives to make each guest feel beautiful and confident. Whether it is a dimensional blonde or a rich brunette hue, she loves enhancing a client’s natural beauty with color. McKenna specializes in highlighting and balayage. She loves cutting bobs and short hair as well as creating movement with layers in long hair. She does incredible work with tape-in hair extensions. And she has a meticulous hand to create excellent men’s haircuts.

During her 12 years experience, she’s made education a huge focus in order to stay current with the latest trends and techniques. If you’re her client, she’s a valued resource in keeping your look current and manageable with your lifestyle.

When she’s not in the salon, you can find her making a mess in the kitchen while baking and playing with her kids!

Oliver
OliverSenior Stylist/Colorist
Senior stylist Oliver is known for doing gorgeous hair that is full of volume and is effortlessly chic yet still illuminates that polished look. Oliver’s work has been featured in Phoenix Home and Garden, The Phoenix New Times and Scottsdale Magazine. Early in Oliver’s career he garnered the honor of The People’s Choice Top Ten Stylists of 2008.

Oliver has also mastered everything from men’s cuts to beehives in all their detail. Oliver’s color specialty is creating a natural look that brings youthfulness.His clients can’t get enough of his quality work and his excellent customer care.

Catch our Oliver if you can because when he is away from the salon he is one busy guy! He’s either spending quality time with his family or volunteering for his non-for profit organization.

Meg
MegSenior Stylist/Colorist
Meet senior stylist Meg! We are so happy to have Meg on our Root Salon team!

Meg started her hair journey in 2011 and hasn’t had a dull moment since. She has always loved a good challenge and has found that the ever-evolving field of beauty is just what she is looking for in a career.

With that mindset, of course she is most passionate about hair color. She’s an incredible colorist with her greatest skills in Balayage, hi-lighting, and creative coloring. Naturally, education is high priority for Meg as she is always eager to learn new things and stay up with current trends.

When Meg isn’t busy at the salon, you can find her out adventuring with her two young boys!

Katie
KatieStylist/Colorist
Katie is originally from Montana, but received her education from the highly reputable Gary Manuel Aveda Institute in Seattle, Washington. She is incredibly passionate and eager to learn and stay up to date on the latest trends in the hair and beauty industry. She enjoys every facet of hair, however, men’s cuts, long layers, and balayage are some of her absolute favorite services to provide. Her talent for custom, hand painted blondes has her in high demand at The Root Salon. Her schedule fills up fast as Katie is also a full time law student. She is all about positive vibes and being the best version of yourself every day. She loves to shop and is an avid reader.
Lilia
LiliaContent and Blog Manager
Lilia Menconi is a book author and life-long client of The Root Salon. With the help of The Root Salon staff, she ensures that our online content showcases the salon’s expertise and unique culture. Lila manages the salon’s blog, “The Root Word” and keeps the content flowing. All press releases and feature articles stop at her desk before being published. Lilia is an avid hiker. She is an expert on Arizona hiking and loves living in the desert. When she is not chasing her active pre-schooler she is writing her next book.
Vlora
VloraStylist/Colorist
Vlora comes to us from New York via Albania! She is probably the most dedicated team player you will ever meet. She gushes with enthusiasm. We have a hard time getting her to go home because she loves being in the salon so much. She is ever learning and willing to share her knowledge with new team members. She does amazing special occasion work including intricate braiding. She represents the salon when we participate in local fashion shows. Vlora (or Vee as she loves to be called) excels in dimensional hair coloring such as ombre` and balayage. She is a fantastic listener so her client consultations are always spot on. See this gal if you are looking for your new beauty best friend. Vee winds down curling up with a good book and her cats. She also cherishes long rides with her husband on their motorcycle.
Cullen
CullenCustomer Care Manager
Cullen has worked specifically in customer care for over 10 years. As a professional in the Ballroom/Latin dance field, customer care has been in the forefront of his career. Client experience is a top priority for him as is providing and maintaining a high energy culture for both client and staff member alike. Born and raised in Arkansas, he made the move to Phoenix in 2005. Growing up in the South, his parents raised him to be a southern gentleman. Southern hospitality has always been an important trait to him. Being from this area of the country also won’t hurt his ability to compete on Survivor, which has been a long time dream of his. When he isn’t at the salon he enjoys spending time with his dog and watching horror movies.
Brittany
BrittanySenior Stylist/Colorist
Brittany studied cosmetology at Toni & Guy Academy in 2006. She continued her education and became a certified manufactured educator/ambassador for Redken. Brittany spent the next years traveling across the country educating other stylists on hair color and cutting principles. She has had the privilege to work hands on with top platform artists. She has passion for photo shoots and session work. Brittany has worked backstage doing hair and make-up. Brittany strives to serve the best customer experience possible. She customizes styles to meet the guest’s individual personalities. She offers advanced services in hair color, cutting, smoothing treatments and updos/event styling. When Brittany is not behind the chair, she loves spending time with her daughter and pup, cooking, playing basketball, and shopping. Whether you want a complete transformation or a voluminous blow out, Brittany is your girl!
Shane
ShaneSenior Stylist/Balayage Expert
Shane Mullins comes to us all the way from Atlanta Georgia, and has the southern charm and accent to prove it. Graduated from the Paul Mitchell School of Atlanta, over 13 years ago and hasn’t slowed down since. With a passion for hair for both men and woman clients. He specializes in French technique of haircutting, and is a master in his craft of Balayage and Brosse. His precision mens cuts gives his client more than just another buzz cut. His clipper over comb technique is seemless. He’s an avid Harley rider and outdoorsman.