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 2019

  2. Ruth Roche private in Salon class 2018

  3. Jacob Khan pixie cutting class 2018

  4. Twisted Fringe tape in extensions certified 2018

  5. Larisa Love Hairagami Balayage class 2017

  6. Joico blonding Balayage class 2018

  7. Global keratin certification, Marcia Teixeira certification, Brazilian blowout certification 2017

  8. Pulp Riot vivid's color melting class 2017

  9. Stylist for Behind the Chair Show 2017

Angela Vega
PARTNER & EDUCATOR

Angela began her career in 2007 at Estilo Valdez Salon and she's been perfecting her craft ever since. Staying on top of current trends is important to Angela and she regularly takes classes from top educators and professionals. Consequently, Angela's work stays contemporary and fresh including her male clients with specialty color services, including Redken Camo Color. Angela understands that every client is unique and deserves a custom look that enhances their daily life.​ ​Angela achieved a career goal when she became a Partner of Salon Vela in 2017. 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 2019

  2. Ruth Roche Private in Salon Class 2018

  3. Redken Symposium Las Vegas 2017

  4. Redken Symposium Las Vegas 2015

  5. Michael Cole Over The Top Seminar  2014

  6. Summit Salon Business Phase II 2013

  7. Made Partner Salon Vela 2013 

  8. Global Keratin Treatment Class 2011

  9. Marcia Teixeira Brazilian Keratin Class 2011

Gabrielle Mullinix
EDUCATOR & Level 4 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. Brazilian Blowout Certification 2017

  2. Marcia Teixeira Keratin Certification 2017

  3. Long Layers Advanced Cutting 2016

  4. Curly Cutting Speciatly Class 2016

  5. Pureology Pureologist Certification 2016

  6. Pixie Perfection 2016​

  1. Redken Symposium 2019

  2. Redken Color Certification 2018

  3. Ruth Roche Cutting 2018

  4. Global Keratin Certification 2018

  5. Frank Soto Barbarology Class 2018

  6. Lori Zabel Balayage Specialty Class 2018

  7. Redken Color 2017

MARIA BOTELLO
LEVEL 2 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 rapidly advancing on her career path. ​Recent accomplishments Include:

  1. Redken Advanced Color Class with David Stanko 2007

  2. Redken Balayage Color Class  2007

  3. Redken Symposium 2006

  4. Redken Exchange 2005

  5. Redken Symposium 2004

  6. Redken Symposium 2002

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 Symposium 2019

  2. Ruth Roche Private In Salon Class 2018

  3. Redken Symposium Las Vegas 2017

  4. Redken Balayage Technique Class 2016

  5. Kris Sorbie Advanced Color Class 2015

  6. Redken Symposium Las Vegas 2015

  7. Summit Salon Business Phase II  2013

  8. Redken Symposium 2013

  9. Redken Chromatics Color Class 2012

  10. Summit Salon Business Certification 2012

  11. Partner in Salon Vela 2012

  1. Redken Symposium 2019

  2. Ruth Roche Private In Salon Class 2018

  3. Redken Symposium Las Vegas 2017

  4. L'Oreal Advanced Balayage Technique  2016

  5. Brian Bowman Design & Finish Trends 2016

  6. Redken Balayage Technique Class 2016

  7. L'Oreal Balayage with Jennie Latona 2016

  8. Pureology Pureologist Certification 2015

  9. Kris Sorbie Advanced Color Class 2015

  10. Redken Symposium Las Vegas 2015

  11. Brazilian Blowout Certification 2014

  12. DevaCurl Professional Curl Cutting 2013 

  13. Summit Salon Business Phase II 2013 

  14. Redken Academy New York City 2013 

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

  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

  1. Redken Symposium 2019

  2. Redken Color Certification 2018

  3. Ruth Roche Private In Salon Class 2018

  4. Santa Barbara Balayage 2017

  5. Redken Obsessed 2017

  6. Redken Symposium Las Vegas 2017

  7. Marcia Teixeira Keratin Certification 2016

  8. Global Keratin Keratin Certification 2016

  9. Brazilian Blowout Keratin Certification 2016

  10. Redken Balayage Technique Class 2016

  11. Pureology Pureologist Certification 2016

  1. Redken Symposium 2019

  2. Redken Color Certification 2018

  3. Ruth Roche Private In Salon Class -2018

  4. Redken Symposium Las Vegas 2017

  5. Santa Barbara Balayage 2017

  6. Pureology Pureologist Certification 2016

  7. Redken Balayage Technique Class 2016

  8. Guy Tang Balayage Technical Class 2015

  9. Redken Color Class 2015

  10. Redken Symposium Las Vegas 2015

  11. Michael Cole Over The Top Seminar 2014

  12. New York City Redken Exchange Color 2014

  13. Redken Symposium 2013

Lou Toliver

Level 1 Stylist

A native Austinite, Lou’s been passionate about hair from a young age. She started her career creating avant guarde hair and makeup for professional photographers. Loving the art of hair, Lou decided to make it her career. Since then Lou hasn’t looked back and now appreciates all hair techniques from cutting edge style to classic and traditional color and cuts. Lou's recent accomplishments include:

  1. Brazilian Blowout Certification 2008

  2. Kevin Murphy Memphis Style Class 2008

  3. Alfaparf Color Technique & Theory 2007

  4. Goldwell Color Technique and Theory 2007

  5. Matrix Color Technique & Theory Class 2007

  6. Keune Color Technique & Theory Class 2007

  7. Airbrush Makeup 2007

  8. Pivot Point Cutting 2007

  1. Redken Symposium 2019

  2. Ruth Roche Private In Salon Class 2018

  3. Made Partner Salon Vela 2017

  4. Redken Symposium Las Vegas 2017

  5. Redken Balayage Technique Class 2016

  6. Kris Sorbie Advanced Color Class 2015

  7. Redken Symposium Las Vegas 2015

  8. DevaCurl Professional Curl Cutting 2013

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

  10. Hand Painting/Balayage Technique 2013 

  11. Stylist for Tribeza Fashion Show 2012

  12. Global Keratin Treatment 2011

  1. Redken Symposium 2019

  2. Ruth Roche Private In Salon Class 2018

  3. Pureology Pureologist Certification 2017

  4. Redken Color Class 2017

  5. Global Keratin Certification 2017

  6. Marcia Teixeira Keratin Certification 2017

  7. Jane Iredale Makeup 2017

  8. Brazilian Blowout Certification 2015

  9. Aquage Product Knowledge 2015

  10. Aquage Up Do Class 2015

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:

  1. Global Keratin Treatment Class 2011

  2. Marcia Teixeira Brazilian Keratin Central Texas Educator 2010

  3. Marcia Teixeira Brazilian Keratin Educator Certification 2010

  4. Marcia Teixeira Brazilian Keratin Certification 2010

  5. DevaConcepts Cut and Color Class 2008

  6. Best Curly Hair Stylist Award – Austin Monthly Magazine

  7. Best Curly Hair Salon Award - Austin Chronicle

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

  9. Redken Advanced Color Class with David Stanko 2007

  10. Redken Symposium 2006

  11. Redken Exchange 2005

Tatiana RYDEN
LEVEL 1 STYLIST

Originally from Lubbock, Tatiana moved to Austin to study fashion design. While styling her models hair for her fashion shows Tatiana discovered that hair is her true passion! Because of her strong design background Tatiana understands the importance of keeping up with current trends and new color and cut techniques. Tatiana believes that pursuing continuing education is key to a successful hair professional and loves giving her clients the gift of beauty! Tatiana's recent accomplishments include:

Christopher Perez
LEVEL 1 STYLIST

Born and raised in Austin Chris is proud to be a "True Austinite". After graduating from Baldwin Beauty School in 2014 Chris launched his career in Westlake until finding his home at Salon Vela. Chris has a passion for hair and loves cuts and coloring on both his women and men clients, including Redken Camo Color for men. Recent accomplishments include:

  1. Redken Symposium 2019

  2. Ruth Roche Private In Salon Class 2018

  3. Redken Advanced Fashion Color Class 2017

  4. Redken Symposium Las Vegas 2017

  5. Redken Balayage Technique Class 2016

  6. Pureology Pureologist Certification 2015

  7. Kris Sorbie hands on Advanced Color 2015

  8. Redken Color Class 2015

  9. Oscars Technical Cutting 2014

  10. Keune Balayage Color Class 2013

  11. Rachel Zoe Color Class 2012

  12. Steiner Academy London - Art of Color 2011

  13. Andis Taper class Memphis 2010

  14. Craig Mordan Clipper Class Memphis 2010

  15. Cinderella Extensions Atlanta 2010

Meet The Team

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. Mirabella Makeup 2013

  2. ​​Pureology Product Knowledge 2013

  3. New York City Redken Exchange 2012

  4. Cut & Color 2011

  5. New York City Redken Exchange 2011

  6. Ty Isobe Cutting 2010

  7. Mac Cosmetics Bridal Makeup 2009