Meet our stylists

Erin Armstrong

Known for her signature styles, Erin Armstrong shares your love of beautiful hair. She believes in helping you curate effortless, flawless hair that turns heads. Whether you are the gal who must wear the latest trend; an unstoppable career woman whose hair must always be on point; the social media maven influencing the looks of countless others; the amazing, busy mom who loves a perfectly highlighted ponytail; or as is more often than not a combination of them all, Erin is your girl.

Erin sharpened her skills as the Director of Education for Bumble and bumble at Be.Creative House as well as working backstage at New York Fashion Week. She has worked with everyone from celebrities to models to brides. Erin travels continually for education, growth and inspiration to ensure you are forever current.

Please link to her website for more information., or

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Jamie Grove

Jamie, born in Houston, but considered herself lucky enough to call Austin her place of residence for over ten years, 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.

Cara Buysse-Sadler

Cara Buysse-Sadler has been in the industry for 12 years. At 19 years old, she graduated from from the Aveda Institute at in Minneapolis, MN and relocated to Austin, TX in March 2005. She began her career as a stylist at a reputable Aveda salon on South Congress Ave. There she apprenticed, had training and excelled at building a clientele. In March 2008, she re-located to Topaz Salon as an independent contractor. In the following years of demonstrating hard work and dedication to her craft, she became a certified Bumble and Bumble Network Educator and has extended knowledge of the product line.

In 2013, Cara became a certified DevaCurl professional. She now specializes in curly hair of every kind and personality. All curly girls are welcome!

Along with specializing in precision cutting, curly hair and top color trends, she thrives to maintain personable relationships with her clients and caters to their many haircare needs.

Ashley Babineaux

Ashley started her hair adventure with Bumble in 2009. Her love of hair shows with her attention to detail in her work. She takes great pride in her communication with her clients. 


She continues to educate herself in new cut and color trends. Ashley specializes in Ombre/Balyage and tape-in extensions. 


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.

I've been styling hair in Austin for 7 years.  I began my career in Minneapolis studying at the Aveda Institute.  After moving to Austin and trying several different salons I've found my home at Topaz!  I love working with my clients whether it's for a special occasion or just maintaining a cute cut or color. It's my goal as a professional to make sure each of my clients feel like a million bucks!!


Check out my website for pricing or examples of my work!

Brooke Wolfe

Brooke Wolfe has 11 years of experience in the hair industry.  She has had extensive training from Aveda, Toni and Guy, and Vidal Sassoon in the arts of cutting, coloring, and styling.

April Mullins

BIO coming soon!

Courtney Shonk

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!

Monica Moncivalles

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 20 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 Martin

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

Olga Dromgoole

I grew up in a hair salon environment composed of my mother and my three sisters, being a family business we all formed a part of it. Although I never left the practice, it was not until my three children grew older that I took what I learned when I was younger and turned it into my profession. They say that if you love what you do, it will never feel like a job.


With more than 20 years in the industry, and six years of professional experience, since graduating from Vogue Beauty college, I have been lucky to have spent the past two years at Topaz Salon. It is important to constantly educate my self in order to evolve with the ever changing world of hair. I believe that my clients are a symbol of my work and therefore I put in the greatest effort in my haircuts and color techniques to make them look sophisticated and timeless.

Sarah Knuston

Bio coming soon!

Kari Beavers

BIO coming soon!

Lidia Moreno


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 - @Lamorena_

Tiffany Ghaharie

Originally from Houston Tx, Tiffany moved to Austin in 1999 for her love of music and the outdoors. With 20 years experience, Tiffany specializes in cuts, blowouts, textures waves, highlights, balayage, and all over color. She takes pride in her ability to listen to her clients needs and make them feel great about themselves. Outside the salon she enjoys running outdoors, yoga, and spending time with her family. She attends continuing education classes to stay current on the latest styles and products.

Jene Vain

Bio coming soon!

Brittany Henry

Brittany works Saturday's here at Topaz Salon.

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