Jamie, born in Houston, considers herself lucky enough to call Austin her place of residence for over ten years. She has over eight years of experience with hair. Before graduating cosmetology school in 2004, she found that both cut and color were her passion. After apprenticing at a small Austin boutique salon, she found her home at Topaz a year later. Her work techniques vary in that she loves taking direction, but also works extremely well with clients who give her creative license. Her specialties include highlights, balayage highlights, ombre, full color, corrective color and cuts that work with the hair's natural texture.
Hard working, focused and charismatic are just a few ways to describe Cara Sadler. Whether you’re looking for an effortless color; going top trend or classic precision with a haircut; embracing and enhancing your curl; on the lookout for an on-location wedding stylist; or in need of guidance on creating hair to custom fit your lifestyle; she’s your girl.
At 19, she graduated from from the Aveda Institute at in Minneapolis, MN and relocated to Austin, TX in 2005. She began as a stylist at a reputable Aveda salon, where she had extensive training and excelled at building her clientele. In 2008, she re-located to Topaz Salon where she currently works closely with Bumble & Bumble, Oribe and DevaCurl products. She regularly attends local and national workshops for inspiration, business and the latest hair color and cut trends.
Along with being a Bumble & Bumble educator, she is a certified DevaCurl professional who has created a name for herself in the Austin curl world with her dry cutting and styling techniques. Thorough consultations, personable relationships, and a feeling of ease create a safe environment for clients visiting her chair.
As a native Austinite, Rivamist knows how to capture the hipness and style that makes Austin cool.
After receiving her initial training here in Austin, she honed her skills in a trendy south Austin salon. She then took her talent out to the San Francisco area where she furthered her work experience and education. Rivamist is always keeping herself abreast of current trends and techniques by attending advanced classes in color, cutting, styling and keratin smoothing.
While her range is any style from classic to avant garde, her main passion is to make you look and feel your best. She has happily found her home at Topaz Salon, so come by and let Rivamist bring out the best in your hair.
As an Austin native, Courtney (CJ) Shonk is familiar with changing trends as well as the classic styles of this cities artistic culture. Her 18 years experience has given her extensive in-salon work, as well as special projects and events including; SXSW interactive parties, fashion shows, photo shoots, music videos , and short films.
Courtney spent 10 years in a high end salon. She joined the assistant program as an educator after just one year. As an educator she provided knowledge of advanced cutting and coloring techniques. For the last 8 years she has been working as an independent stylists. Courtney now specializes in cuts, Wella color, ombre/balayage, highlights, Brazilian blow-outs, and Aqua hair extensions.
Her passion and goal is to provide the best possible personalized style and salon experience for you!
A combination of edgy style, creative vision, and technical precision define the elements that make Monica Moncivalles a leading hairdresser. By carefully balancing her creative vision with progressive cutting and coloring techniques, Monica strives to constantly evolve and push the boundaries of originality and function.
Monica Moncivalles currently brings her wealth of knowledge and experience to Topaz Salon as a Color and Cut Specialist. With over ten years of experience in the hair industry as both hairdresser and educator, Monicas work has been recognized regionally and nationally in various Aveda Institute sponsored programs and hair shows.
Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Monica received her early training and education as an apprentice at Toni & Guy. She later apprenticed for two years with a top educator at an Aveda Salon in San Antonio. Monica quickly demonstrated her abilities and worked as an Aveda Color Educator for six years. She later moved to Austin and expanded her role as an educator to include becoming a trainer in an apprenticeship program for 4years. Joining Topaz Salon in the spring of 2010, Monica is excited about fusing 12years of Aveda Lifestyle experience with the progressive edgy philosophy of her team.
Monica has consistently demonstrated herself as a talented educator capable of teaching emerging hairdressers the fundamentals as well as creative techniques to expand their potential. She has taught at the Aveda Institute, local beauty schools, and in salon apprenticeship programs.
Along with teaching she has attended Aveda collection color/cut classes twice a year for the past ten years in Minneapolis, New Orleans, and Atlanta. Her skills as a creative cutter have been amplified by recently attending the renowned Vidal Sassoon Institute in Santa Monica, California. Monica has also performed at the 2009 Aveda Unplugged Tour showcasing her trademark mix of creative passion and technical originality.
Monica maintains her philosophical perspective of edgy rock and roll in all aspects of hair coloring, cutting, and styling. Constantly looking to all art mediums for inspiration, Monica appropriates from various aesthetics ranging from film, music, and underground subcultures to fulfill her artistic vision.
PAUL VAN DYCK
As a third generation hairdresser, I have been doing hair for over 30 years now, and I still love my job. I was an educator for 9 years with Matrix, and specialized in the art of color placement, highlighting, perms, and a focus on color correction.
I have a passion for the art of cutting and styling hair to fit the face shape and the individual's personality, and to show the patron how to maintain their own hair at home so they can look the look all the time. I also perform a variety of braiding techniques and love putting hair up, for weddings and parties. I also offer fusion extensions as well as the traditional sew-in method.
I feel it is important that we as stylist continue to further our abilities, by taking more classes, staying on top of styling trends, and keeping up with what's current in the fashion industry.
The meaning of life is to live, and we should feel and look good while living life to it's fullest.
Ruby's unique style and ability to execute modern, edgy yet classic cuts are her signature. Whether your hair is short, long, or in between, she sees your hair as a canvas and understands that hair has the power to transform the way you feel and behave. As a fine artist, her eye for color is exceptional and her ability to create looks that are on trend and unique to every client is exquisite. This has only honed her innate ability to turn hair into living art. Check out some some of Ruby's work on her Instagram @rubycmartin
Razor cuts, long hair, short hair (including clippers), extensions, make up, styling and bright dramatic colors!
What’s Unique About You?
I am Spanish and English-speaking as well as queer and trans-friendly. I love to create a comfortable and informative environment for my clients and community. I work closely to them to allow them to achieve their hair goals and understand the maintenance behind their desired styles and colors.
Able to work with any and all hair. No textures can catch me off-guard. I will work with smooth and straight to tight and curly, from long tresses to a bald-fade or a mixture of the two! My color styles range from all over black to multidimensional variations of vivid bright colors and anywhere in between.
Where You’re From
Originally from Brownsville Texas, I moved to Austin to attend / be licensed by Paul Mitchell The School! I've been doing hair for 7 years and have experience working behind the chair as a stylist and make up artist for fashion shows, weddings, and professional photoshoots as well as in front of the camera.
Instagram - @lityahmorena
Teal-Quila (TQ) Parker
This is Teal-Quila (teel-kwilla) and you can definitely call her TQ! Fresh and new to this Austin scene however not new to creating.
She loves what she does, has a spunky yet bubbly spirit, and a heart of gratitude that flows to the relationships she’s able build while being of service.
When you find yourself in her chair, know you’re in blessed hands, and will conquer fear together and reclaim your ferocity! She enjoys working with clients who are geared up to create unique looks that they feel great in. From blunt bobs colored dark to long rainbow locks with undercuts, she has colored, cut, and styled it all.
Her specialties reign supreme:
• silk presses
• blonding services ranging from highlights to balayages & beyond
• haircuts no matter the identity