Meet the Crew
Ambia Elms (she/her)
Ambia is not currently taking clients. Please schedule with one of our other AMAZING Stylists.
An almost native of Arizona, Ambia has spent 24+ of her 27 years here doing hair. She specializes in short to medium textured haircuts and color.
In her free time, she is usually hanging out with her family watching ridiculous television and eating tacos and wondering why pumpkin cream cold brews can't be a year-round thing.
Creating a salon space that had a smaller carbon footprint was super important and she is working to make olive + elm not only a salon full of amazing Stylists, but also a space where almost every product used has little to no negative impact on our creatures, our water and most importantly, our bodies.
'Nothing makes me happier than seeing the 'ah-ha' moment on someone's face when they finally figure something out.
This includes my clients when they learn something new about how to take care of their hair or when one of my Stylists learns a new technique or business trick.'
Carli Malee (she/her)
Master Hairstylist/Transformation Specialist
While raised on the beaches of Southern California, Carli made Arizona her home in 2002. With over 20 years of experience in the beauty industry, Carli brings a wide array of talent to the team.
She is proficient in cutting all hair types and styles including barber cuts, textured pixies, precision bobs and long waving layers. Her color skills are equally as vast. When not in the salon, Carli can be found perusing local museums, wandering thrift shops or getting lost in non-fiction.
JoAnn Rubio (she/her)
Artist Level Stylist
JoAnn is originally from Los Angeles California and is loving taking in all Arizona has to offer with her two year old son. JoAnn specializes in blondes, color corrections and special occasion/bridal styles. She enjoys the company of her clients and making them look and feel like the best versions of themselves.
Dwayne Hartigan (he/him)
Artist Level Stylist
Dwayne is originally from the pine tree state, Maine. He and his husband Doug have made Arizona their home. His career as a Hairstylist started with a strong passion to be creative and make people feel their best, both inside and out.
Many years later, Dwayne's passion to be creative is renewed by the people he meets, both behind the chair and with his creative salon peers. He possesses strong classic hair skills : Grey maintenance, grey blending and finish work are some of his favorite ways to be creative with hair. He has also become a big help 'mentoring' our newer Stylists.
He and Doug love Arizona's natural beauty for biking and hiking. And lastly but MOST importantly, he is a proud doggie dad to Sophie and Henri.
Cassandra Allen (she/her)
I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to have Cassandra on the team!
She's been licensed for about a year now but she has a confidence that reminds me of a young Ambia 20+ years ago. She's ready to conquer the world and I think we're just going to step out of the way and let her!
Thalia is a native to AZ and loves nature and spending time with her family here and back in California. She is going to start taking clients soon as a Junior Stylist and is most excited for haircuts, especially CURLY hair! She loves doing dimensional color and ALL the shades of red.
Her goal is to never stop learning and creating!
NEW Junior Stylist
NEW Junior Stylist
Jasmine was born in Tulsa, OK but moved here to AZ at a young age. She loves to travel and spends as much time as possible with her friends and family.
Jasmine enjoys doing all color services but REALLY loves doing Blondes.
Her favorite part of the job is her ability to make everyone who sits in her chair leave feeling amazing and confident about themselves!
Lily Sakry (she/her)
*Independent Artist Level Stylist
Lily is originally from Orange County, California. She has always had a passion for hair and enjoys bringing her California style to Arizona clients. Lily specializes in blondes, lived in color techniques, color corrections, and hand tied extensions. She loves giving clients the hair of their dreams and she can’t wait to have you in her chair!
*Lily is an Independent Contractor here at olive + elm.
What does that mean for you? Nothing. While she now has complete control over her hours and prices, she figures 'If it ain't broke...'
What it means for Lily?
She is officially a #bosslady now, even if she is her only employee.
Majority of Hair Stylists have the goal of being Independent once they have a great client base so it's thanks to all of you who support her on the daily.