Hailing from Charleston, SC, I love all things geeky, beautiful, and enjoy exploring the world with a great curiosity.
What makes your hair brain sing? My favorite in-salon activity is cutting hair both with scissors and razor. I also love watching movies with elaborate hair-do's and trying to figure out how they were executed.
Go to Davines products- I use the YHA Blowdry Primer and the Oi All-In-One Milk for faster blow dries, shine and body.
What I love about ananda - Our drive toward excellence.
spirit animal - A Dryad riding a Hippogriff.
I grew up in a military family so I’m an explorative nomad! I love the outdoors and doing everything I can in them! Trail running, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, skiing, and the list goes on…. I have 2 wonderful little furry babies, my cats, Chester and Tron!
What makes your hair brain sing? I love that I have been doing hair for nearly 20 years and it is never the same! It is always evolving and ever changing!!! I thrive on variety!
Go-to davines product - My go to products change with exploration! So many good ones…. lately its been the Replumping trio!
What do YOU love about ananda - It’s my home away from home! And it feels like family! I also love how I am ALWAYS learning from everyone else!!
Spirit Animal - a cat maybe?!?!
I joined ananda in 2015. I've been in the business over a decade and my passion for my craft has grown stronger each year. I seek out cut and coloring training each year, I believe you never stop learning in this industry.
What makes your hair brain sing? I have a niche for natural and dimensional color. I create hues for hair that are rich and lustrous that shine in any environment. Each application is a masterpiece waiting to appear. I can enhance all varieties of hair . Hair is your best fashion accessory so it should have workability and texture.
Go-to davines product - This is hard to say because I love all Davines products. Since I have to pick just 1, I would have to say Melu Heat Shield as it is a 3in1 product. Protects the hair from heat, cuts down on your blowdry time and adds shine.
What YOU love about ananda - The team and the culture, ananda is my family. These talented people inspire me everyday. Our culture is something you just have to experience .
Spirit Animal - Peacock
mason jane zimmer
I was raised in a magical home nestled in the woods of Hendersonville, NC. Following my mother, I am a fourth generation hair stylist. This passion runs deep in my family. During my home time, I enjoy painting in acrylic, practicing my craft, cooking unique vegetable recipes and spending time with my loved ones.
What makes your hair brain sing? I truly love expressing my artistic ideas through hair as a medium. I enjoy creating manageable styles for each guest in my chair, whether that is a customized color, cut or unique style.
Go-to davines product - The Davines- More Inside - Volume Mousse is my go-to. Wet, dry, wavy, blown out, textured, anything!
What YOU love about ananda- Everyone at ananda is looking to learn. Not one of us the same, we all want to see growth in one another. As my first mentor at ananda said “We will never arrive”... which still inspires me to be better each day. Ananda is a safe sanctuary full of creatives who thrive off of this artistry.
Spirit Animal - The most colorful Madagascan sunset moth or maybe a woodland fairy...
I moved to Asheville after working as a hairstylist for 10 years in Atlanta, Georgia. I love rescuing animals and spend most of my free time outdoors with my pups. We love to fish, camp, & hike!
What makes your hair brain sing? One of my favorite things about doing hair is the constant variety and lack of feeling bored. Clients will often ask what I prefer doing - color or cuts? The answer has always been both! I love the full picture of hairstyling and want to be hands-on from beginning to end. I'm passionate about helping clients embrace their natural curl as I have. I love working with bright blondes, but also grown-in natural balayage looks. Pixies, bobs, mens' cuts, and fashion colors - a little bit of everything is what makes my job so much fun!
Go-to davines product - I'm obsessed with the Dry Texturizer. This product is so versatile and can really benefit any type of client. I love the instant grip it gives to fine hair, it's ability to make beachy curls last for days, and the volume it can create in hair is pretty unbelievable.
What YOU love about ananda - Ananda is a beautiful space that overflows with creativity and inspiration. I love getting to work side by side with so many talented hairstylists. We are all constantly growing and learning together as a team.
Spirit Animal - Dolly Parton! I admire every single thing about her SO much!
Hailing from Switzerland, I enjoy bringing a European sense of cool to my work. I have worked in various salons and barber shops throughout my time in Europe and New York City. My knowledge in cutting and coloring has been collected throughout these places and travels. I recently joined Joseph diMaggio with Davines and styled for New York Fashion Week!
What makes your hair brain sing? I pride myself on high quality service. I enjoy creating natural blondes and balayage without the high maintenance upkeep.
I grew up in Connecticut then moved out to California for college at 18. I started a career in television production and seeing the behind the scenes culture of hair and makeup is what inspired me to pursue a career in the beauty industry. My initial training was at Paul Mitchell the School. The laid back beach lifestyle, outdoor activities, and endless things to do kept me in California for 15 years. Wanting a change brought me to the mountains of Asheville in 2016. If I’m not out hiking with my dog, I’m likely enjoying a craft beer at the local brewery or planning for travel.
What makes your hair brain sing? My favorite is dimensional balayage styled in loose beachy waves. Classic Vidal Sassoon bobs is where I learned the foundation of precision cutting. Cutting in this style keeps my memory fresh for the importance of this knowledge.
Go-to davines product - Dry Texture Spray
What YOU love about ananda - I feel like we are one big, diverse, chaotic, and beautiful family with talent that is continuously inspiring.
Spirit Animal - A flying gorilla.
I am a Southern girl all the way. I love hiking, gardening and reading. I collect dogs, cats, chickens, fish and any other stray that wanders up.
What makes your hair brain sing? Helping someone find that “something new” style and seeing them feel beautiful in their new look!
Go to davines product - Oi All-In-One Milk
What I love about Ananda - The beautiful team of talented stylists I work with at ananda.
Spirit animal - Hummingbird
I grew up in Maryland and lived in South Carolina for a few years before moving to Asheville. I am a homebody and enjoy spending time with friends and drawing. Most of the time I hang out with my cat, Whiskers.
What makes your hair brain sing? I really enjoy fun fashion colors, blondes, and short haircuts. Especially a big change from long to short hair.
Go-to davines product - Sea Salt Spray, it can encourage waves and gives great texture!
What YOU love about ananda- I love the whole team. Everyone I work with is amazing and makes me feel loved.
Spirit Animal - Cat
I grew up in Boone, NC and I moved to Asheville 3 years ago. I have a dog named Luna who is my fur child and we love spending time outside together!
What makes your hair brain sing? Ilove natural hair and enhancing the natural beauty of one's hair color. I live for blondes, warm and cool, and all in between.
Go-to davines product - Sea Salt Spray! It’s great for adding a little texture without weighing down curls.
What YOU love about ananda - I love that everyone has their own thing that makes them shine. You can learn so much from watching.
Spirit Animal - Unicorn
I grew up in a small town South Carolina, since then have been blessed to travel and live in some beautiful places! I have visited 10 countries and lived abroad in Australia for 3 years. I absolutely love my job. Learning new techniques when I travel is one of my favorite things! When I'm not doing hair you can find me at the yoga studio, hiking or taking care of my plant babies.
what makes your hair brain sing? I have been doing hair for 11 years and love it even more today than when I started! I love taking my clients hair goals and making them a reality. I listen closely to what each individual wants and customize according. Your hair is your best accessory and it should reflect you! Wether that is dimensional color, fashion color, the perfect bob or fade, I love it all!
go-to davines product - Such a hard question because they are all so amazing and versatile. But I'd have to say my current favorite is the Oi All In One Milk. It's some kind of magic! Smooths down frizz, adds shine and you won't believe how your hair feels.
what you love about ananda - I love the people! Every single person here is committed to their craft. It's inspiring working along side so many talented stylist. I learn so much from them everyday!
spirit animal - I'd have to say a mermaid or Lil Wayne.
I grew up in Minnesota and moved to Asheville in June 2016. I have a little cutie kitty named Lemon. I’m super into food, competitive games/sports, and spontaneous trips to the beach (or grocery store).
What makes your hair brain sing? My hair brain will freaking YODEL for a fun transformation. Want to lose 14 inches? I’m all in. Never colored your hair before? Whoa, dreams.
Go-to davines product - Dry Texturizer
What YOU love about ananda - My ananda fam, it’s incredible to be surrounded by such an amazing team of talented and beautiful hearts and faces.
Spirit Animal - Frankie Bernstein
sara ashlee mcclelland
I was raised right here in Asheville. I enjoy practicing yoga and hiking with my daughter!
What makes your hair brain sing? I love doing total hair transformations. Like an artist turning a blank canvas into a masterpiece!
Go-to davines product - Oi All-in-One Milk
What YOU love about ananda - The positive energy and upbeat vibes. I love that we are a family and work hard together to make sure our community always has the best hair.
Spirit Animal - Stevie Nicks
michele travis - (aka) shellzilla
I grew up in South Asheville and I have 3 amazing kids. Some of my hobbies are painting, drawing, and reading. I'm also engaged to be married to my high school sweetheart!
What makes your hair brain sing? I love anything abstract, so I definitely incorporate that into my work.
Go to davines product - The Dry Texturizer.
What you love about ananda - The professionalism, talent, and confidence that radiates from everyone.
My spirit animal - Sssssnake
I’m a silly, passionate, dedicated stylist with roots in Nashville. After my service in the US Navy, I decided to return to my original Love- Doing hair. At the end of the day, this cat lady enjoys teaching dance and frequenting music venues.
What makes your hair brain sing?:
I love providing the entire salon experience. Visiting a new stylist can be intimidating, but with a thorough consultation, diligent technique, and sincerity, the transformation should lift the client to a new level of confidence and self-appreciation.
Go-to davines Product:
Liquid spell- I love the lightness to it. You get lift and shine without feeling product in your hair.
What YOU love about ananda:
You can be yourself and there’s always room for that. The encouragement to be “the best you” makes ananda very, very special.
Short blurb about yourself: I have spent the last 8 years working as a stylist and makeup artist in Denver, Colorado. As a recent settler to Asheville, I enjoy spending my free time learning more about Asheville’s great community and spending time with my loved ones.
What makes your hair brain sing?: I have a passion for natural and multi-dimensional colors. I enjoy creating complementary styles for each client while educating and sharing my passion for pixie cuts, blondes, balayage, and fashion colors.
Go-to davines Product: I’m obsessed with products that add texture and volume. I love the Dry Texture Spray, as well as the Replumping line for added volume.
What YOU love about ananda: I love spending my days surrounded by creative and talented stylists who are continually learning, growing and honing their craft.
Spirit Animal: Octopus
I moved to North Carolina when I was young from California. After high school, I moved to Charlotte to pursue my dream to do hair and trained at Paul Mitchell the School. I moved to Asheville a couple years later!
What makes your hair brain sing? I absolutely love doing color. It definitely makes my hair brain sing!
Go-to davines product - My go-to Davines product is the Dry Texturizer. I use it everyday for an instant full bodied look.
What YOU love about ananda - I love ananda because we are all a family and we all help each other out when needed.
Spirit Animal - If I had a spirit animal it would definitely be a golden retriever because I'm so goofy as a person. I try to be as lovely and happy as I can be!
I'm an Asheville native with an affinity for being alive and an enormous appetite for learning. Plants, kids, animals, and connection are among my most favorite things!
What makes your hair brain sing?: I'm so in love with textured hair. Wavy, curly, fun and messy with any kind of movement.
Go-to davines Product: Volume Boosting Mousse and Curl Building Serum
What YOU love about ananda: I love the mindful approach our salon has to life and work. The end product is a beautiful energy that feels amazing to be a part of, whether you're a client or a team member.
I have lived in Asheville for the past 15 years and I love it! Along with being a stylist, I am also a hip-hop dance teacher at Elevate Life and Art. I enjoy skydiving, white water rafting, bungee jumping, and hiking to new waterfalls. I am always up for a new adventure!
What makes your hair brain sing? I have a love for updos and styling hair for weddings, prom, and other special events. Long hair makes me happy and accentuating natural beauty is my passion. Whether it is making your reds or browns more vibrant, or by using balayage to add some natural highlights, I love it all!
Go-to davines product - My favorite product is the Oi All-in-One Milk! Along with smelling amazing, it’s multiple uses make it very easy to style hair.
What YOU love about ananda - I love ananda’s passion to make every client’s experience top notch. The team atmosphere is amazing and anyone would be lucky to work here or to book an appointment at ananda. I also love the Davines line as it is eco-friendly and free of harsh chemicals which keeps the stylist and client free from harm.
Spirit Animal - A domesticated tiger. I am the perfect mix of sweet and sassy. I tend to be more reserved but like to get a little wild every now and then.
I'm originally from Sarasota, Florida; the sunshine state! I love the beach.
What makes your hair brain sing? Blonde!
Go-to davines product - Liquid Spell
What YOU love about ananda - The colorful hair, art, and the people!
Spirit Animal - Sea turtle because I'm lucky and love the ocean.
kendall lee huffman
i’m from the mountains. i enjoy my time with my animals in nature. i’m also a video game nerd! i love to be surrounded by art, i draw and paint in my spare time.
what makes your hair brain sing?: aside from beautiful cuts and styles, i love doing color that keeps the hair beautiful and also maintains the integrity.
go-to davines product: oi all-in-one milk.
what you love about ananda: i love ananda because the environment is so chill, relaxing and we never stop learning. the team is amazing!
spirit animal: badger- i’m persistent and determined but also sensitive to things that i’m passionate about.
Born and raised in the foothills of NC! My first job growing up was sweeping hair in my aunt’s salon, so it only makes sense that I would end up a stylist in the great city of Asheville. I love people and dogs!
What makes your hair brain sing? Taking my lovely clients, hand-in-hand, through their journey to great hair!
Go-to davines product - Melu Hair Shield! Oi All-in-One Milk! They’re all great… when used in the proper manner!
What YOU love about ananda - The culture! Everyone at ananda thrives when working with and for each other. Not to mention everyone’s drive to learn and become a better stylist for our community.
Spirit Animal - River otter
My name is Nadja and I'm a current cosmetology student. I grew up in Asheville NC but I'm originally from Charlotte NC. I love all types of art and I have two beautiful kittens I adore. I am so grateful to be a part of the wonderful team at ananda.
What makes your hair brain sing? I love working with colors and vivids are my go to. I enjoy styling and sculpting! I love working with lighteners and blending with highlights.
Go-to davines product - The nounou line helped my brittle and dry curls feel so replenished and brought back to life. I love the added softness it gave me!
What YOU love about ananda - The positivity and smiles the stylists give their clients is very uplifting. I love the beautiful energy you feel as soon as you walk in the door. Everybody is a family and they definitely make you feel as though you are a part of it.
Spirit Animal - Unicorn!
I have lived in Asheville for 10 years, but I grew up on the beautiful beaches of Eastern NC! I stay pretty busy with my primary job- raising a type A six-year-old and our socially anxious yet lovable dog. I enjoy musicals, collecting shoes, and making people laugh.
Go-to davines product - Oi Oil; it keeps my dreads really happy.
What YOU love about ananda - We truly are a family, building each other up and working towards a common goal. Plus, we have more fun than anyone, anywhere- just ask us. I’m never bummed about going to work. I actually have a cosmetology license and even when I decided I didn’t want to do hair, I knew I wanted to stay at ananda.
Spirit Animal - "An eagle with the head of a bear."
I’m a pisces baby born and raised in Asheville! I have over 50 different plants in my teeny apartment, ask me something about pretty much any plant around here and I'll tell you all about it. Art, music, spending time with my people and making everyone laugh are my passions... Second only to answering the phone and booking y'all's hair appointments.
Go-to davines product - Replumping Superactive and the Curl Building Serum. Curly girlie dream~
What YOU love about ananda - Community! We are really like a big, crazy family and I would do anything for these people. Every single person here is so valued and loved, I love coming to work and there's nowhere I'd rather be.
Spirit Animal - Queen bee- large and in charrrge.
A Midwesterner at heart, I grew up in Grand Rapids, MI, and have family all around the Great Lakes. After Minneapolis, Maine and Tybee Island, GA, I hit upon Asheville and never looked back. Fashion is my passion and I have spent many years pursuing my own design work. Since having my daughter, I now spend my evenings making doll clothes or re-purposing and reworking clothes into new creations my daughter dreams up.
What makes your hair brain sing? Updos, fishtail braids, and braiding my daughter's hair.
Go-to davines product - Dry Texture Spray! Who knew my fine hair could get such a lift.
What YOU love about ananda - I'm inspired by the true hair artistry created here at ananda and the commitment to excellence across the board. Another inspiration to me is helping to curate the art. I love scouting for new art, working with the artists, and continually changing environment the art creates in the salon.
Spirit Animal - A Reindeer - even the females have antlers! Or maybe a red fox...
I was born in Hendersonville, raised in Asheville. New mom to my baby girl, Meztli. I'm definitely a homebody, so Netflix and home cooked meals are my favorite. Cosmetology is also a hobby of mine, so don't be surprised if you find me working on the floor sometime soon!
Go-to davines product - The Shimmering Mist gives my hair so much shine and smells AMAZING.
What YOU love about ananda - The moment I joined the team I felt so welcomed. Not only is everyone so talented, but they are kind-hearted as well.
Spirit Animal - White Tiger
i grew up in roswell, georgia and moved to asheville for college. i’m the weddings coordinator and resident makeup artist at ananda, and am so thankful that i get to do my hobby as my job now! my background is in runway work, though i’ve been focusing on bridal for the past couple of years. my cat is the love of my life and i spend most of my free time doing something creative or stalking instagram for new makeup ideas.
go-to davines product- oi milk for sure! my hair gets tangled so easily and really needs a leave in conditioner, and i love that it’s a heat protectant as well- it definitely helps keep my colored hair healthier.
what you love about ananda - my coworkers! we're like a little family and i love getting to come in and work beside so many amazing, creative people.
spirit animal - some kind of small bird!
i was born and raised in the mountains and cannot imagine living in a more inspiring, vibrant, and whimsical place! when not having impromptu tea parties with my family i enjoy binge reading, painting, and playing rpgs! i’m a little funky, a bit silly, and a lot of kooky! I have a passion for history, a knack for craft, and fixation miniature versions of everyday objects…let’s have fun, imagine, and create together! ✧
what makes your hair brain sing? everything! braids, color, curls, volume, shine, buns, I love it all! i love seeing everyone as their best, most confident, and fun self! ♡ ❤
go-to davines product - oi oil! Super nourishing and smells pretty delicious! It never hurts to add some love (conditioner!) to the mix as well!
what you love about ananda - it’s a beautiful place filled with people that truly care and believe in bringing out the beauty in everyone! I love the art, the community, and seeing the many journeys that pass through the door! (plus it smells amazing!)
spirit animal - is a clown fish! glub glubﾟ● ･｡ ≦(◉ o ◉)≧ ｡･ ● ﾟ
rachel “sweets” sweet
I am a beach girl at heart but I’m in love with the mountains. My life consists of making art, hanging with my cat Eazy E and loving life! Currently I am in school for business marketing and have a background in fashion merchandising.
Go-to davines Product: The Oi All-in-One milk is my favorite! It makes my hair feel fantastic & smell amazing. When I’m in need of a pick-me-up I use our dry texturizer spray.
What YOU love about ananda: OUR VIBE! Everyone is a huge family here at ananda. We always help one another out whenever we can. I love working with all these different stylists and unique personalities.
Spirit Animal: Cheetah! Can’t slow me down.