Our Team

 

La La Luxe Salon is a modern, trend-setting and fashion-forward salon that continues to bring a breath of fresh “hair” to the area with locations in Providence,RI and Warren,RI.  Owner and master stylist, Leah Carlson and her team offer everything from beautiful cuts and styles to gorgeous, head-turning color.  La La Luxe specializes in balayage highlights, foil highlights, corrective color, razor cutting, precision cutting, multi-dimensional color, one-process color, double-process color, platinum-blonde, fashion and vivid color, grey-transitioning, keratin treatments, conditioning treatments, men’s haircutting, curly hair cutting, tape-in hair extensions and special occasion styling.

La La Luxe Salon caters to the unique style and needs of each individual who walks through the door.  The salon prides itself on being one of the highest recommended and most positively reviewed salon in RI for over 9 years.  The salon is driven by a team of truly passionate hairstylists with many years of experience in the industry who all have the same goal: to exceed your expectations in customer service while making you feel amazing inside and out.

“We all stand taller when we feel confident….I want every client standing as tall as possible after leaving La La Luxe.” says Carlson.

 

Based on the educational background and experience behind the chair, we have 5 levels of how we classify our stylists. If you have a specific question regarding a stylist and his/her level of experience, we ask that you speak with our coordinator prior to booking your appointment.  Certain stylists are not accepting new clients but are happy to recommend another stylist for you. Pricing varies with each stylist. If you’re unsure of pricing, we ask that you book a consultation. We are happy to work within your budget to help you achieve your hair goals.

MASTER  STYLIST 11+ years behind the chair // SENIOR STYLIST 7-11 years behind the chair //STYLIST 3-7 years behind the chair //JUNIOR STYLIST 1-3 years behind the chair // JUNIOR STYLIST 6 months-1 year behind the chair // ASSISTANT/APPRENTICE 

Leah Carlson, Owner, Master Stylist (Providence/Warren)

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Owner, Leah Carlson has been creating gorgeous hair for 18 years.  She attended classes and mastered her craft at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Miami and the Arrojo Studio in New York where she trained 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 free-style highlighting, foiling, multi-dimensional coloring and corrective coloring. 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 also 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” or a clean, classic edge to a “messy” head.

Her passion and drive in this industry along with her thriving, energetic salon are what set her and her 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 feeling absolutely 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 each other every day.

Casey Pomfret, Senior Stylist (Providence)

Casey gained experience at Shag Salon in Boston where she grew as an artist while bringing out the best in everyone who sat in her chair.  With 8 years of experience, Casey is a creative force at La La Luxe Salon where she 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 color and product knowledge and is highly trained in all areas of Wella color. 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.

 

Bethany Duffy, Master Stylist (Providence and Warren)

Originally from New Hampshire, Bethany has been in Rhode Island for 13 years now.  Along with hair artistry, she enjoys drawing, painting, going to art museums and to restaurants. Bethany approaches hairstyling as an art form.  Her goal is to customize a look that embraces her guests natural texture, and works with how the hair would naturally fall, allowing for ease when styling at home. She is often inspired by vintage hairstyles and likes to give those styles a modern edge with creative color.  With over 13 years of professional experience in the hair industry, Bethany attended cosmetology school at Paul Mitchell the School in Rhode Island, as well Montserrat college or Art and Rhode Island college for painting. Bethany is certified in Schwarzkopf color, Pravana color, Pravana balayage. On the last stretch of her certification in becoming a Master Color Expert for Wella, Bethany continues to grow her skills in this industry while helping all of her clients stand out from everyone else.

She mastered the Alex Anthony curl cut method and LOVES working with curly hair. Some of Bethany’s specialties include: free-hand cutting, curly hair-cutting, fashion and vivid coloring, corrective coloring, updos/editorial styling, balayage highlighting, foil highlighting, blowouts, long hair styling, and vintage inspired haircuts. Bethany has also styled at StyleWeek Boston for Johnathan Joseph Peters.

 

Morganne Crosby, Stylist (Providence and Warren)

After graduating from college and working in the corporate world as an engineer, Morganne decided to leave it all behind to follow her passion.  After attending Toni and Guy Academy,  Morganne gained the experience to match her passion and drive.  She is constantly learning the newest techniques and trends to help you stay current and fresh. Morganne loves all forms of hair styling from dimensional balayage and bright babylights to voluminous blowouts and tousled beach waves. Whatever your needs, Morganne strives to make your experience at LaLaLuxe a relaxing, efficient and invigorating one.  Morganne specializes in all areas of color including balayage, corrective color, foil highlighting and blonding.  Her cutting skills are on-point in all aspects of cutting including short hair, long hair and modern shapes. Start your hair journey with Morganne today.

 

Jessica Szczepanek, Senior Stylist (Providence)

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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 9 years in the industry, 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, Senior Stylist (Providence)

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Hailing from Anchorage, Alaska, Ambur Gill is a trend-setting stylist and hair-artist with a huge personality that will make you smile and wish you could sit in her chair much longer than the average appointment time.  With 8 years of experience as a hairstylist, 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 blonde color 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 (Providence)

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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 17 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.

Lindsey Roberts, Master Stylist and DevaCurl Certified (Providence)

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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 11 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.

Kelsey Dubuc, Stylist (Providence)

Kelsey’s strong passion for hair, beauty and the art of coloring, styling and cutting started at a very young age.  After majoring (and graduating Cum Laude) in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut, she began working in that field while helping people as a case manager.  Wanting to work and help individuals and families has always played a big part in her journey to where she is today.  After moving on and working as a licensed Optician for over 11 years, Kelsey knew it was time to pursue her true passion: Hair.

While attending the Toni and Guy academy, Kelsey was frequently asked to assist and prep models for hair shows such as Next Level as well as styling hair for several events and charity fashion shows.  She feels that her strongest passions lie within the areas of blonding, balayage and bridal styling. Although she loves to create the perfect blonde, Kelsey does not limit herself to just one hue. She is well versed in all areas of coloring, cutting, styling, balayage, foiling, multi-dimensional coloring, and everything in between. Utilizing her extensive background in the field of working and helping people, Kelsey genuinely loves to connect with her clients and really get to know them.  She feels as though communication is the key to a good client/stylist relationship…and it’s the foundation for all of her clients to feel good about themselves. It is her goal to help everyone feel their absolute best.  “It is the ultimate reward when a client tells me that I gave them a new level of self-confidence. This industry allows me to use my artistic skills to help my clients become their most beautiful selves and that is really what it’s all about.” Kelsey is Keratin certified and also loves doing bridal and special occasion styling.

 

Rachel Stout, Junior Stylist (Providence and Warren)

After realizing that living the daily grind of a 9-5 just wasn’t for her, Rachel is fresh into the hair industry but is wise beyond her years. She has always had a passion for all things hair and finally took the leap of faith and attended the Toni & Guy hair academy. Her passion lives in the satisfaction on her clients faces after seeing the finished product she’s created. The beauty industry has fueled her life with happiness and a freedom to truly be creative. Trendsetting haircutting and shaping, classic and modern foiling techniques, and all forms of balayage along with a blowout that lasts are a few of Rachel’s favorites.  She’s from a small town in NH but has a big heart for Little Rhody with her husband and her dogs. Rachel has experience in all areas of hairstyling including cutting, coloring, multi-dimensional coloring and highlighting, balayage and foil highlighting, precision and textured bobs and lobs, long layers, short layers, long and short shags, wedding updo’s and formal styling as well as men’s haircutting and grooming.

 

Maya Elliot, Junior Stylist (Providence)

Maya has always been obsessed with hair, make-up and fashion.  She has 5 years of experience behind the chair, but a lifetime of knowledge as her mother was/is a stylist and salon owner.  She grew up in the salon environment watching firsthand how her mother was able to express her creativity while making her clients look and feel beautiful. Maya’s artistic flair and creative genes lead her to Paul Mitchell the School where she gained the skills and passion to really drive her farther into this industry.  She feels empowered with shears in-hand and feels as though the sky is the limit when creating custom hues and highlights on her clients.

Maya is experienced in all areas of hair including one-process and double-process coloring, highlighting, balayage, cutting, styling, updo’s and special occasion styling.  Whether she is complimenting one of her haircuts with a fabulous blowout, formulating the perfect tone on a fresh highlight or adding the finishing touch on a bridal updo, Maya is doing it with a smile. She truly enjoys the craft and it shows in her work and her following.

 

Stephanie Shey Rodrigues, Master Stylist (Providence)

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With over 16 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 (Providence)

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With over 19 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.

Emma Thorn, Assistant/Stylist in training

Emma recently finished at Paul Mitchell the School in RI and we couldn’t be happier that she chose to start her career at La La Luxe. With only a year and a half in this industry, she is ready to start her journey.  Emma entered this industry because she grew up following and watching the work of some of the most well-known artists such as Jayne Matthews, Oribe, Sharon Blain, Vidal Sassoon as well as many independent artists and stylists on social media. Her passion came from an inner voice telling her to do hair and her friends and family pushing her because of her natural talent.

Her areas of expertise are strong in her formal and beachy blowouts, haircuts, lived-in color, balayage and foil-highlights and natural, sun-kissed hues.  When she’s not behind the chair or wearing many hats here at the salon, Emma loves going to the beach, catching up on her favorite shows and spending time with her family and friends.  Her kindness and attention to detail will carry her very far in this industry.  Stop by and see why our clients want to bottle up her shampoo and massage and take her home!  Emma is currently taking clients for blowouts, glazes and some formal styling. She will be working within our salon to grow her skill and experience and is always looking for models to practice on. Please call us for more info!