1. Mirabella Makeup - 2013

  2. ​​Pureology Product Knowledge with Sandy Joseph - 2013

  3. New York City Redken Exchange Chris Baran Styling - 2012

  4. Cut & Color - 2011

  5. New York City Redken Exchange Cut & Know Why - 2011

  6. Ty Isobe Cutting - 2010

  7. Mac Cosmetics Bridal Makeup – 2009

Rachel Mayhan
Level 3 Stylist

Originally from Memphis, Rachel was licensed in 2007. Certified in two states, she furthered her education and trained as an International Stylist in London. This lead to a fascinating career on a Cruise Line bringing her a rich experience in all types of hair textures and cultures for a very broad mixture of male and female clients. A strong color background in numerous color systems and a passion for the latest cut and color techniques and styles keeps Rachel's work fresh and current. The fun of finding that perfect look is what she loves!​ ​Recent Accomplishments Include:

  1. Redken Symposium Las Vegas - 2017

  2. Redken Educator Nikki Diedrich Balayage Technique Class - 2016

  3. Kris Sorbie hands on Advanced Color Class - 2015

  4. Redken Symposium Las Vegas - 2015

  5. Summit Salon Business Phase II – 2013

  6. Redken Symposium – 2013

  7. Redken Chromatics Color Class - 2012

  8. Summit Salon Business Certification – Tampa FL – 2012

  9. Partner in Salon Vela - 2012

  1. London Fashion Week Runway Stylist with Urban Retreat at Harrods - 2013

  2. Global Keratin Treatment Class - 2011

  3. Marcia Teixeira Brazilian Keratin Central Texas Educator - 2010

  4. Marcia Teixeira Brazilian Keratin Educator Certification - 2010

  5. Marcia Teixeira Brazilian Keratin Certification - 2010

  6. DevaConcepts Cut and Color Class – 2008

  7. Best Curly Hair Stylist Award – Austin Monthly Magazine

  8. Best Curly Hair Salon Award - Austin Chronicle

  9. Redken Curly Hair Color and Style Class with Bonnie Piontek – 2007

  10. Redken Advanced Color Class with David Stanko – 2007

  11. Redken Symposium – 2006

  12. Redken Exchange – 2005


Christopher Perez
LEVEL 1 STYLIST

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Chris is proud to be a "True Austinite"! After graduating from Baldwin Beauty School in 2014 Chris launched his career at an upscale Westlake Salon until finding his home at Salon Vela. Chris has a passion for hair and loved cutting and coloring on both his men and women clients.

  1. Brazilian Blowout Certification - 2008
  2. Brazilian Blowout Keratin Treatment Certification - 2008
  3. Kevin Murphy Memphis Style Class - 2008
  4. Alfaparf Color Technique and Theory Class - 2007
  5. Goldwell Color Technique and Theory Class -2007
  6. Matrix Color Technique and Theory Class -2007
  7. Keune Color Technique and Theory Class -2007
  8. Airbrush Makeup - 2007
  9. Pivot Point Cutting - 2007

Angela Vega
PARTNER & EDUCATOR

Having grown up in the Austin area, hair and fashion has always been her passions. In 2007, Angela began her career at Estilo Valdez Salon completing their rigorous year long Associates program and she's been perfecting her craft ever since. She realizes the importance of staying on top of current trends, taking classes from top educators and professionals. Consequently, Angela's clients' looks stay contemporary and fresh including her male clients with her specialty in men's color services, including Redken Camo Color. Angela understands that every client is unique and deserves a custom look that enhances their daily life.​ ​Recent Accomplishments Include:

​Ron Brown-Valdez
​Partner & Educator

Since 1985 Ron has worked at some of Austin’s best known Salons including Estilo Valdez Salon where he was a co-owner. After a two- year overseas sabbatical, Ron is thrilled to be back in Austin and a Salon Vela Partner as of August 2013. Recent Accomplishments include:​

  1. Redken Symposium Las Vegas - 2017

  2. Redken Symposium Las Vegas - 2015

  3. Michael Cole Over The Top Seminar - December 2014

  4. Summit Salon Business Phase II – October 2013

  5. Partner in Salon Vela – August 2013 

  6. Global Keratin Treatment Class - 2011

  7. Marcia Teixeira Brazilian Keratin Class - 2010

  8. ​Redken Curly Hair Color and Style Class with Bonnie Piontek – 2007

Gabrielle Mullinix
EDUCATOR & Level 3 Stylist

Originally from Maryland, Gabrielle has perfected her design and color skills since launching her career in 2009. Her New York and Las Vegas based education make her your perfect fit whether you’re looking for a fashion forward or more traditional, but current, look. In addition to color, Gabrielle is experienced with cutting hair of all textures. From unruly curls to fine, straight hair, Gabrielle will cut your hair for your best look considering your hair texture and facial shape.​​Recent Accomplishments Include:

  1. Redken Symposium Las Vegas - 2017

  2. L'Oreal Advanced Balayage Technique with Jennie Latona - 2016

  3. Brian Bowman Design & Finish Trends - 2016

  4. Redken Educator Nikki Diedrich Balayage Technique Class - 2016

  5. L'Oreal Balayage with Jennie Latona - 2016

  6. Pureology Pureologist Certification - 2015

  7. Kris Sorbie hands on Advanced Color Class - 2015

  8. Redken Symposium Las Vegas - 2015

  9. Brazilian Blowout Certification - 2014

  10. DevaCurl Professional Curl Cutting Course – 2013 

  11. Summit Salon Business Phase II – 2013 

  12. Redken Academy with Sam Villa and Tina Terry Hunt – 2013 

  1. Redken Advanced Color Class with David Stanko – 2007

  2. Redken Baliage Color Class with Bonnie Piontek – 2007

  3. Redken Symposium – 2006

  4. Redken Exchange – 2005

  5. Redken Symposium – 2004

  6. Redken Symposium – 2002

  1. Redken Symposium Las Vegas - 2017
  2. Marcia Teixeira Keratin Certification - 2016
  3. Global Keratin Keratin Certification - 2016
  4. Brazilian Blowout Keratin Certification - 2016
  5. Redken Educator Nikki Diedrich Balayage Technique Class - 2016
  6. Pureology Pureologist Certification - 2016


  1. Redken Symposium Las Vegas - 2017

  2. Redken Educator Nikki Diedrich Balayage Technique Class - 2016

  3. Kris Sorbie hands on Advanced Color Class - 2015

  4. Redken Symposium Las Vegas - 2015

  5. DevaCurl Professional Curl Cutting – 2013

  6. Stylist for "On Stage" Avant Garde Hair Runway Show for Jose Luis Salon - 2013 

  7. Hand Painting/Balayage Technique – 2013 

  8. Stylist for the 9th Annual Tribeza Fashion Show – 2012

  9. Global Keratin Treatment – 2011

Simon Brown-Valdez
Salon coordinator, Partner & Educator

Since 1996 Simon has been in the Salon industry after founding Estilo Valdez Salon. After an overseas sabbatical Simon is enjoying being a Partner of Salon Vela and managing the Salon.​ ​Recent Accomplishments Include:

  1. ​Redken Artistic Director Sam Villa Private Class – 2011

  2. Marcia Teixeira Brazilian Keratin Certification – 2010

  3. Editorial Stylist Ronnie Stam Styling Class

  4. Cut, Color & Prosper Advanced Training Class by Steven Todd and Vanessa Baker

  5. Pivot Point Advanced Cutting Class with Kim Bellinger

  6. Key Stylist for the Legislative Ladies Fashion Show - 2007

  7. Key Stylist for the Bob Bullock Museum Dallas Show – 2006

MARIA BOTELLO
LEVEL 1 STYLIST

Originally from the UNESCO World Heritage city of Guanajuato Mexico Maria has lived in the Austin area since 2003. Growing up, Maria always had a passion for hair and with three younger sisters she was practicing her craft at a very early age. After extensive education and hands on training under the rigorous Salon Vela Associates program Maria is ready and eager to continue on her career path. ​Recent Accomplishments Include:

  1. Redken Advanced Fashion Color Class - 2017
  2. Redken Symposium Las Vegas - 2017
  3. Redken Educator Nikki Diedrich Balayage Technique Class - 2016
  4. Pureology Pureologist Certification - 2015
  5. Kris Sorbie hands on Advanced Color Class - 2015
  6. Redken Color Class with Eunice Aguilera - 2015
  7. Oscars Technical Cutting - 2014
  8. Keune Balayage Color Class - 2013
  9. Rachel Zoe Color Class - 2012
  10. Steiner Academy, London Style & the Art of Color - 2011
  11. Andis Taper class Memphis - 2010
  12. Craig Damon Mordan Clipper Class Memphis 2010
  13. Cinderella Extensions Atlanta - 2010

Meet The Team

  1. Pureology Pureologist Certification - 2017
  2. Redken Color Class - 2017
  3. Global Keratin Certification - 2017
  4. Marcia Teixeira Keratin Certification - 2017
  5. Jane Iredale Makeup - 2017
  6. Brazilian Blowout Certification - 2015
  7. Aquage Product Knowledge - 2015
  8. Aquage Up Do Class - 2015
  1. Private Class with Redken Artistic Director Sam Villa – 2011

  2. Global Keratin Treatment Class - 2011

  3. Marcia Teixeira Brazilian Keratin Certification - 2010

  4. DevaConcepts Cut and Color Class – 2008

  5. Private Redken Advanced Color Class with David Stanko – 2007

  6. Redken Curly Hair Color and Style Class with Bonnie Piontek – 2007

  1. Redken Symposium Las Vegas - 2017

  2. Pureology Pureologist Certification - 2016

  3. Redken Educator Nikki Diedrich Balayage Technique Class - 2016

  4. Guy Tang Balayage Technical Class - 2015

  5. Redken Color Class with Eunice Aguilera - 2015

  6. Redken Symposium Las Vegas - 2015

  7. Michael Cole Over The Top Seminar - 2014

  8. New York City Redken Exchange Color - 2014

  9. Redken Symposium - 2013

Melinda Morgan
​Partner & Educator

Starting her career in 2006, Melinda quickly became a successful and in demand Stylist. Melinda created Salon Vela in 2012 and then relaunched the Salon in 2013 with Ron and Simon Brown-Valdez, former owners of Estilo Valdez Salon. Being a Partner of Salon Vela Melinda fully understands the importance of fantastic hair and great customer service.​Recent Accomplishments Include: