Meet the Crew
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Ambia Elms (she/her)
Owner/Master Hairstylist

Ambia is not currently taking new clients. Please schedule with one of our other AMAZING Stylists.

An almost native of Arizona, Ambia has spent 22+ 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.'

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Carli Malee (she/her)
Master Hairstylist

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. 

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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.

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Dwayne Hartigan (he/him)
Artist Level Stylist

 

Dwayne and his hubby just moved to AZ from Maine! 

He is a super talented Stylist who owned his own salon back in Maine for 28 years!

He prides himself on having kept the same clients for 25+ years. He says "We all grew up together", which I think is so special.

He definitely specializes in traditional foils, colors and cuts but is looking forward to learning some trendy stuff now that he's starting fresh. I'd book with him now before he's bumped up to Master Stylist. It'll happen soon!

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Reagan Luck (she/her)
Artist Level Stylist

Reagan has over 20 years in this industry - behind the chair, as an educator + in salon management.

She is a Tempe native and has a hard-core crush on Arizona.

In her spare time (if that exists), she's hanging out with any of her 4 kids or working in her real estate biz with her hubby.

She specializes in short to medium textured haircuts....

also, long blended haircuts...

also, she's a fan of doing color too.

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Cassandra Allen (she/her)
Junior Stylist

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!

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Stephanie Wood
Artist Level

Stephanie just recently moved to AZ from Iowa where she owned a salon for 10 years. She's had her license for over 20 years and is currently a cosmetology instructor during the day.

Stephanie is going to be working weekends and night so we have more availability for our clients! 

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Sara Reichwald
Junior Stylist

Sara has been a haircut specialist for the last 6ish years! She decided it's time to know it all! 

She is great with thicker hair and is loving doing darker tones with dimension. Think a dark base with some caramel 'balayage'

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Thalia is currently in beauty school and will be finishing super soon! She will be our next Junior Stylist!

Thalia Arvayo
(she/her)

Assistant
 
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Brooklyn Brienholt 
(she/her)

Assistant

Brooklyn is our new Assistant! She's about halfway through beauty school so she has decided to start her salon journey here with us at olive + elm!

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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! 

* Recently, our amazing Lily became 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...'

We set her up good here so prices, booking and her schedule hasn't changed. Everything stays the same for her clients.

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.