Caitlin joined Avantgarde in September of 2013. With her career start in Royal Oak, MI, she mastered color formulation, cutting and styling techniques. Caitlin brought her passion to Grand Rapids in 2011, and she strives to make everyone feel great about themselves from the outside in. Caitlin is a certified Moroccanoil Educator, a certified Paul Mitchell Color Expert, trained in extensions, and an award winning stylist.
With over 10 years of experience, she lives and breathes all things hair.
Master Senior Stylist
Jamie graduated from Excel Cosmetology School as a Licensed Cosmetologist in 2004, and joined the Avantgarde team in May of 2012. She is well versed in the Aveda Hair Care Line, Paul Mitchell color expert certified, Moroccanoil, and the Peter Coppola Keratin Smoothing Treatments System. She offers haircuts, color services, nail services as well as facials and body waxing. Jamie specializes in cutting curly hair and creating formal and bridal updo styles.
"My goal is for each client to leave as happy and confident with their hair or services as I am with choosing this amazing career."
Master Stylist, Makeup Artist & Extensions Specialist
Gaby graduated from the Douglas J Aveda Institute of Grand Rapids in 2009 and joined the Avantgarde team in 2012. She enjoys being able to give each guest a complete look. Gaby offers haircuts, color and nail services as well as up-dos and bridal styles. She specializes in blonding services, leaving the integrity of your hair in tact while creating beautiful dimension. She is also fully trained in Hot Heads Extensions, Clip in Extensions, Glo Skin Beauty Photo Ready Makeup, Paul Mitchell, Aveda, and MoroccanOil product lines.
Master Stylist & Makeup artist
Ashley graduated from Douglas J Aveda Institute in 2009 and joined the Avantgarde team in May of 2012. She specializes in bringing life to fine hair, dimensional color, and balayage. She is a skilled make-up artist and offers Shellac manicures, and pedicures. Ashley has extensive education in our Paul Mitchell, Aveda, Moroccanoil product lines. In addition, Ashley is a Michigan State University graduate with a Bachelors in Community Relations/Psychology.
"I became a hairstylist to listen, learn and help each client discover both their inner and outer beauty."
Stylist, Hair and Lash Extensions Specialist
Jenny graduated from CHIC University of Cosmetology in 2008 and joined the Avantgarde Team in October of 2015. She has over nine years experience working in both the salon and barbershop giving her extensive training in men’s hair cuts and styling. Jenny has a passion for making her clients feel confident with styles they can easily replicate at home. Jenny is trained with Hot Heads Extensions, Lash Extensions, Paul Mitchell Systems and MoroccanOil Stylescapes. She is also skilled and available for manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing services, Shellac, and women’s color and cuts.
Gracey joined the Avantgarde Team in September, 2017 as a newly licensed cosmetologist graduating from Paul Mitchell The School. Gracey’s goal is to have each of her clients enjoy their time in her chair, and to leave as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside. Gracey enjoys continuous educational training, and always looks forward to enhancing her skills to share with her guests. Being kind and bringing joy to others is a huge passion for Gracey, and you just may find her dancing to 80’s music and laughing as she enjoys life.
I joined the Avantgarde team in February of 2018. I have always loved the beauty industry and have always had a passion for helping people feel confident and beautiful from the inside out! I specialize in color, cutting and makeup services. I enjoy blonding services and love venturing into fun bright and pastel colors. I'm here to build new relationships with unfamiliar people that could potentially last a lifetime.
Eleesa graduated from Paul Mitchell the school in February of 2017. After graduating, she spent some time in a salon that specialized in Men’s and Women’s cuts before joining Team Avantgarde in the summer of 2018. Her goal for her clients is to personalize each style so that each person leaves feeling confident after every service. She is certified in Hotheads Hair Extensions, and continues her education to keep up on current trends!
Eleesa offers men’s and women’s cuts, color, facial waxing, and nail services.
Molly joined the Avantgarde team shortly before graduating from Paul Mitchell in the summer of 2018. While in school she became certified in hair extensions and “Eyes On Cancer” screening. Being involved in multiple teams at school such as Student Council, Take Home Team, Social Networking Club, and Be Nice!(Or else) created a lot of personal and professional growth. In her spare time Molly loves spending time with her family, playing music, and swing dancing.
Molly has a passion for formal and special occasion hair and cutting. Especially when it comes to men’s cuts! She’s always ready to give you a fresh look.
I started with Avantgarde Salon in January of 2018 and you will find me as the smiling face of our reception team. I am over the moon with excitement to be working with all of the fabulous women here at the salon and blessed to do my part to achieve our mission of "making a difference" in the lives of others.
I graduated from Davenport University with an associate degree in Business Administration which included many courses in management and accounting. I am happily married to a wonderful man that I am proud to also call my best friend. Together we share a small zoo in our home! We have big dreams that we hope to see through within the next five years, including finishing my novel and opening a small business of our own.
Since opening the doors of Avantgarde in October of 2007, I have thrived on loyal clientele, a dedicated and driven staff, and a meaningful mission, “To make a difference.”
My background education and training consisted of music, accounting, and garden design and installation. None of which completely prepared me for the challenges of business ownership in the beauty industry; however, the ability to learn, listen, and to courageously step out of my comfort zone has enabled me to create something very special for my treasured employees and clients. My PASSION drives me; and, my passion to make a difference will always continue to touch lives in immeasurable ways.
I feel so blessed to have this amazing team of talented people working beside me, and I have personally made it my goal to ensure a career at my salon for each team member that is education-based, safe, and compassionate. This will allow each employee personal growth and success that contributes to the success of the salon. I believe that excellence through continuous education, compassionate care of our guests, and always doing the right thing defines Avantgarde Salon as a place where miracles truly do happen.