Our Team

La La Luxe Salon is a modern, fashion-forward salon that brings a breath of fresh air to the trendy East Side of Providence, RI. Owner Leah Carlson and her team offer everything from precision cuts to gorgeous, head-turning color.  La La Luxe specializes in balayage highlights, foil highlights, corrective color, razor cutting, updo’s, editorial styles and makeup.

La La Luxe Salon caters to the unique style of each individual who walks through the door.  Reigning as one of the highest recommended and most positively reviewed salon in RI for over 5 years, the salon is  driven by a team of hairstylists with many years of experience in the industry who all have the same goal…..to give you the absolute best in customer service while making you look and feel amazing inside and out. “We all stand a little taller when we feel good about the way we look….I want everyone standing as tall as possible when they leave La La Luxe.” says Carlson.

MASTER STYLIST: 10+ years in the industry STYLIST: 3-10 years in the industry NEW TALENT: 0-3 years in the industry

Leah Carlson, Owner, Master Stylist and Master Colorist








Owner and innovator, Leah Carlson has been creating gorgeous hair for over 18 years.  She has attended classes and mastered her craft at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Miami and the Arrojo Studio in New York where she trained intensely with Nick Arrojo and his team. She has attended cutting, up-do and styling courses taught by celebrity stylist, Oribe in Boston and New York and brings this unique experience and expertise to La La Luxe.  She is certified in Wella color and Goldwell Color theory. Leah is highly experienced in straight-razor and precision cutting, balayage and freestyle highlighting, foiling, multi-dimensional coloring, corrective coloring and her specialty is blonding and double-process/platinum blondes. You can see many of her up-do’s and styles all over social media and in Inside Weddings Magazine, Southern New England Weddings Magazine, Bliss Celebrations and Grace Ormonde Wedding Magazine. La La Luxe was featured in American Salon Magazine as one of Rhode Island’s hottest new salons in 2011. Leah’s artistic and fun approach brings a free spirit to a boring “do” and a clean, classic edge to a “messy” head.

Her passion and drive in this industry and her thriving, energetic salon are what set her the La La Luxe team apart from everyone else.

“Gorgeous and luscious hair is the cherry on top but it really starts with one thing and that is feeling at ease and comfortable while in the chair. I believe that there is nothing more sacred in this industry than that. I am here to make sure everyone leaves happy and feeling their absolute best from start to finish.” Leah believes that the positive vibe within the salon is due to a team of amazing stylists supporting one another and driving eachother every day.


Victoria Benner, Stylist and Makeup Artist


With 3 years in the industry, Victoria is highly skilled and deeply passionate about all areas of coloring, cutting, up-styling and blowouts. When she’s not creating gorgeous color, hand-painting highlights or crafting the perfect haircut of any length and size, you can find Victoria flipping through the pages of Italian Vogue and WWD while listening to her favorite music.  She finds inspiration from everything in life but truly feels as though it is her clients that really bring out the genuine artist in her.  Her warm, calm and inviting personality will instantly put you at ease. Victoria specializes in foil and balayage highlighting, multi-dimensional coloring techniques, live-in/natural highlighting and coloring, corrective coloring, precision and razor cutting, long hairstyling, bridal updo’s and makeup.  She loves to create hues that integrate natural, sunkissed highlights with depth. Victoria believes that beautiful, lived-in color and a gorgeous haircut go hand-in-hand. Get the best hair of your life and convert to her unique approach to beauty.


Stella, Stylist








Stella, a Massachusetts native, has always aspired to work in the world of hair and fashion. Her style is fun, fresh, and hip, which makes her thrive on our floor. Stella considers styling not only to be a job, but something that she loves to get up every day to do. With 3 years under her belt, she considers herself to be passionate and driven in this industry and is constantly staying up to date on the latest techniques and trends.  Stella loves seeing her clients smile during and after their time spent in her chair. She goes above and beyond to make every client look gorgeous while simultaneously lifting his or her spirits. Stella specializes in all aspects of cutting, balayage, foil highlights, multi-dimensional and corrective coloring, long hairstyling and special occasion styling and updo’s. Her stunning work speaks for itself, and it is certainly her best advertisement. You will instantly fall in love with her sense of humor and feel as though you’ve known her your entire life even after a short visit!

David Thomas, Stylist 








A transplant from New Jersey, David is our newest addition to the La La Luxe family. With 6 years of experience, David is driven by hair, fashion and music. David’s goal is to leave a footprint in this industry while growing as a solid stylist. He’s a little bit of everything: therapist, music lover, artist, and performer…and he is sure to deliver a giant dose of laughter and fun while giving you the best hair of your life. David specializes in foil and balayage highlighting, corrective coloring, multi-dimensional coloring, long hairstyling, razor cutting, special occasion styling, editorial styling, bridal updo’s and blowouts.

Mackenzie Manco, New Talent Stylist 








Mackenzie trained at the Aveda Institute of Cosmetology where she mastered and fullfilled an intense curriculum and gained experience in classic hairdressing and coloring, multi-dimensional coloring, vivid coloring, balayage highlighting, razor and shear haircutting, mens haircutting, special occasion hair artistry and makeup artistry.  Her creativity shined so bright while in cosmetology school, that Mackenzie was asked to participate in Aveda sponsored shows, photoshoots and fashion shows where she gained even more experience in a fast-paced and fashion forward environment. Mackenzie is a young and vibrant artist with a passion for creating looks and styles that carry you effortlessly from day to night and everywhere in between. Her relaxing and mellow personality are a perfect match to her perfect professionalism and tact. Mackenzie specializes in coloring, multi-dimensional color, foiling, balayage, precision cutting, updo’s and makeup.   Mackenzie is dedicated to providing you with an experience that allows you to express who you are as an individual and she believes that all of her creations are created and inspired by you!


Jessica Szczepanek, Stylist 








Jessica believes that her uniquely creative energy and approach is what sets her apart from other stylists.  ”I want people to feel that energy when they sit in my chair. I want them to be as inspired as I am.  I really believe that the perfect hairstyle is one that embraces the clients natural texture and/or color….but that doesn’t mean I will tell you that you can’t color your hair pale pink…I LOVE everything about color from hair painting and balayage to classic color placement and foils…I’m passionate about it all.” With 7 years under her belt, Jessica has an innate understanding of the modern and precision-based hairdressing methods and strives to make a positive contribution to this industry where all of her artistic abilities can be realized.  Jessica is certified in Loreal INOA, Loreal, Wunderbar Color, Goldwell Color, Pravana Perfection Color, and is also a master of the CLIC Color and cutting techniques.


Ambur Elizabeth, Stylist 









Hailing from Anchorage, Alaska, Ambur Gill is a trend-setting stylist and hair-artist.  With 6 years under her belt, she sets the bar extremely high for other stylists in the area and continues to grow every day as an artist.  She quickly climbed to the top becoming the “go-to” stylist at our salon for blowouts and special occasion styles while amazing everyone with her ability to create gorgeous, eye-catching highlights, color and cuts that mirror what you see in L.A. and New York.  A natural, Ambur boasts an innate understanding and artistic approach to fashion-forward and wearable hair, blending it with a talent and skill that is all her own. She specializes in multi-dimensional coloring, foiling, balayage highlighting, precision cutting, long-bob/lob cutting, long hairstyling,  editorial styling, photoshoot styling, wedding styling, updo’s, and special occasion styling.  Ambur is certified in Wella color theory and has attended ateliers with Arrojo NYC.  Ambur has a strong presence on social media where you can find all of her gorgeous work.

Tara Mccabe, Master Stylist 









Tara is an artist with creative edge, strong technique and an infectious passion for the industry. Her warm and friendly personality and her professional eye for detail will make you feel completely at ease.  With over 15 years in the industry, you can feel confident that you will receive a classic, show-stopping look that is easy to manage at home.  Tara combines her educational experience in Wella color with her natural skill to give you beautiful, multi-dimensional color that no one else has.  Tara loves the creativity of her craft and thrives on working with each client to find the perfect balance of color, cut and manageability.  Tara actively continues her education because she believes that no matter how long you have been doing hair, there’s always more to learn. Tara specializes in coloring, corrective coloring, foiling, balayage and hair-painting, special occasion styling and multi-dimensional blonding.

Jamie Millmather, Master Stylist and Certified Wella Colorist and Wella Educator









With over 14 years of experience in coloring and cutting, Jamie’s phenomenal skill set and vibrant personality engages everyone who sits in her chair.  Jamie’s passion and talent led her to becoming a certified color educator for Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas in the northeast region; teaching classes in Wella and Redken color theory. In keeping with her philosophy that continuing education is crucial to success, she frequently visits the Wella World Studio in NYC to keep up with the hottest trends in color, cut and style. Jamie has also honed her expertise in balayage, ombré, and hair painting techniques and trends which she learned from experts such as Nancy Braun and Guy Tang. With her passion for learning and creative energy, Jamie is able to give her clients top services so they can shine and feel their best.  She deeply values the client/stylist relationship and honors loyalty, “My clients are my best accessory.  They are my inspiration and without them I wouldn’t be able to do what I love.”  She continually pushes the boundaries with her editorial work as seen on the Sebastian What’s Next Awards. Jamie’s constant eye on the ever changing world of fashion drives her to the next level of hairstyling and brings a unique and glamorous flare to everyone who sits in her chair.


Lindsey Roberts, Master Stylist and DevaCurl Specialist









Lindsey found her calling while doing hair on her friends in middle school. Her early interest turned into a strong passion for hair and working in the beauty industry. With 9 years of experience, Lindsey has mastered the art of coloring, cutting and styling hair in a unique approach that is all her own.  Lindsey specializes in corrective color and one of her biggest priorities and claim to fame is her way of transforming the most fragile hair into beautiful, healthy and lustrous locks with the best integrity. Lindsey is certified in the DevaCurl technique of cutting curly and wavy hair and loves helping those individuals find inner peace with their curls.  One of the most important things to Lindsey is making sure you leave the salon with beautiful hair that shines from within and that you are 100% happy and comfortable in her chair.  One visit to Lindsey and you and your hair will be hooked.


Stephanie Shey Rodrigues, Master Stylist 









With over 14 years of experience in coloring, cutting and styling, Stephanie is an in-demand stylist who is an expert in all elements of her craft.  Naturally gifted and heavily trained in all areas of cutting, coloring, and balayage highlighting, her biggest priority is to make you look and feel absolutely gorgeous while turning heads. From start to finish, you can rest assured that you will be treated with a professional approach that will make you feel like a celebrity. With an intense passion for color, she happily transmits knowledge of trends and new techniques to her clients. Her understanding of color theory, and the creative process, makes her a leading stylist not only at La La Luxe but in Providence as well.

Steven Lester, Master Stylist









With nearly 20 years of experience and career credits that have touched every corner of Providence, Steven has assured his title as one of the modern pioneers of hairstyling in the state and in the industry. Steven started cutting hair 20 years ago in his own shop (which he created in his house).  After cutting primarily men’s hair, he realized that he wanted more and felt he could offer more in the world of hair and beauty.  He graduated from cosmetology school nearly 15 years ago and since then has cemented his place as a visionary hairstylist at the forefront of new trends and techniques. Naturally gifted and a perfectionist with his craft, Steven gives his clients a unique experience with his warm personality, technical ability, and refined aesthetic.

Amy Gonyea, Salon Coordinator and Makeup Artist








Make-up artist, Amy Gonyea has worked on Uniqlo and DKNY ad campaigns in New York, Fall 2010 collections, she has participated in New York Fashion Week, DKNY Spring 2010 collections, she was listed in InStyle magazine’s Beauty Black Book for the best make-up artist in Providence, RI in October 2010, she has been talked about frequently on GoLocalProv.com, and her work has been featured in Southern New England Weddings Magazine. If you want a natural look or if you want to look runway ready, Amy has you covered. You can be sure that you are fully taken care of by Amy from start to finish. She can accommodate the busiest of clients and can make you feel like you’re having a mini-getaway when you come in. Make-up bag a little old? Bring it in! Amy can show you what to toss and what to keep. Amy is available for weddings, special occasions and photo-shoots and will travel on-location for you.



Casey Pomfret, Stylist








With 4 years under her belt, Casey gained experience at Shag in Boston where she grew as an artist while bringing out the best in everyone who sat in her chair.  A driving force at La La Luxe in Providence, Casey continues to master her craft in all forms of balayage highlighting and coloring, free-hand painting, corrective coloring, multi-dimensional coloring and blonding, foil highlighting and lowlighting, ombre, vivid coloring and first-time coloring.  She is certified in Goldwell, Davines,and Pravana colors and products and is trained in all aspects of Wella color and theory. Casey can create beautiful styles and blowouts that last and loves showing her guests how to recreate those same looks at home.  Aside from her technical and artistic background, she loves to cook, paint and enjoys art. Not only will you fall in love with Casey’s warm personality and creativity, but you will also fall in love with your hair! Casey specializes in balayage highlighting and corrective color.


Shannon Hughes, Stylist 

Shannon is a Massachusetts native who spent over 3 years behind the chair before relocating to Providence, RI.  She is a graduate of DiGrigoli School of Cosmetology where she learned the classic and fundamental style of hairdressing. Shannon has taken advanced courses and education in NYC.  Shannon uses social media to find inspiration and stay on top of the industry trends.  She believes the first step towards perfect hair is building a great relationship witih your hairstylist.  Shannon specializes in cutting and all areas of this industry including coloring, multi-dimensional coloring, highlighting, foiling, balayage highlighting, bridal updo’s and special occasion styling. With her easy-going personality, she looks forward to taking some weight off your shoulders in more ways than one!