Michelle Skrobish owner stylist
“I have been styling hair and working with people all of my adult life. Nothing makes me happier than having the opportunity to get to know someone while crafting a shape in their hair that is uniquely right for them.”
Michelle opened vis-a-vis over seven years ago. “I have always loved working around creative people. I draw my energy from this type of environment. “Owning, managing and styling hair is definitely the most creatively challenging situation that I personally have ever experienced. I am not naturally “managing material,” This part of the business has been the most difficult to sustain. Luckily I have a great staff to help me out! As different as we all are from one another our common goals are the same.
- Create a warm friendly environment for people choosing vis-a-vis for hair care services.
- Do the best we can to educate our clients each time they come to the salon.
- We want you to know how and what to to use in your hair to keep in good shape and how to recreate the shape that you see in the mirror. (That takes practice!)
Aveda Preps. I have come to love all of the styling preps Aveda carries. Pure Abundance Styling Prep, Smooth Infusion Style Prep Smoother and Be Curly Prep. These preps “get the hair ready” to be styled the way they are intended. If you are a person who really does not like using product but know you need a little help, these preps are perfect for you! They strengthen the hair strands so that when using heat you have less damage, seal the cuticle so that you have more shine and the last of which I will mention is the ability to keep the frizzies at bay for up to 12 hours with Smooth Infusion Style Prep.
Favorite Styling Tip
Bed head? True bedhead is tough if you are trying to fight it. Try misting a little bit of water into the hair to shape it. When the hair dries apply a little bit of Control Paste in your hands and tousle it into the hair. Shake and spray. You might be surprised at the volume and movement that you get!
Racquel Volpe stylist
“I love what I do! I like being able to help women look and feel their best.
Racquel has been a part of vis-a-vis since 2008. For seven years we have been running across her small swirling, whirling renderings that pop up in some very peculiar spots! These whimsical little doodles are filled with texture and movement that carry through into her work.
Racquel is a very skilled stylist who loves haircutting, creative color and “playing with hair”. Long or short hair, give her an idea and she is determined to design something that will most likely exceed your expectations. She takes the time to make sure you feel comfortable leaving with what you have learned during your visit with her to be able to style this new look. She has lots of styling tips so ask some questions!!
Aveda Phomollient. It produces a light hold for medium to fine hair.
Aveda Volumizing Tonic. Adds volume to the finest of hair.
Favorite Styling Tip
Beachy hair? Before going to bed mist hair lightly with water. Section hair into quarters and braid each one. The next morning take down the braids and shake out hair using a texturizing spray. Additional hot tools could be added if needed.
Melissa Idarola stylist
“I love it when I finish working on my client and they flash a big smile in the mirror. A smile doesn’t lie. That to me is very rewarding.”
Melissa has been part our team since 2010. Everyday is a good day when she is in the salon. Her charm and quick wit make everyone feel welcome and relaxed as soon as she says hello. Melissa is definitely a people person with great communication skills. You can be sure that after a consultation with her you will start moving in a direction with your haircut or color that you are both on track with.
Melissa has excellent haircutting skills and beautiful highlighting techniques. She will teach you how to work with the right products and tools so that you can recreate the look that she has designed for you.
Aveda Pure-formance Grooming Clay. It is perfect for creating a matte finish and supports texture in my haircuts. While this product is part of Aveda’s men’s line, it is great for women too!
Favorite Styling Tip
Bang issues? When blow drying bangs, I like to use my fingers to guide the hair back and forth across the forehead before pulling them down into place. This technique helps to control cowlicks and tricky hairelines.
Raechel and Hannah receptionists
The lovely Raechel J and Hannah P are the people who make things happen at the front desk. Aside from making your appointments, they would be happy to answer any questions you might have concerning services, Gift certificates, products and cancellations.
I have thick,curly, color treated hair. I really like Aveda’s Brillliance Shampoo and Conditioner. These products are perfect for people who have this texture and are lacking shine. A great follow up after your blow out is Aveda’s Emollient Finishing Gloss. It smooths and conditions coarse, wavy curly hair.
Hannah is now a stylist at vis-a-vis! She has been working at the salon for three years as a receptionist, assistant and now taking appointments of her own. She loves creating everything from fun upstyles and hair for special occassions, to great interesting color and cuts. A great consultation is important to achieving a realistic approach to color, particularly different highlighting techniques. Pictures and Pinterest are great but also very deceiving sometimes.It is best to talk about what is possible in one,two or even three visits so you know what to expect. This makes for a great experience!
I love Aveda’s Volumizing Tonic! If you have flat, fine hair like me, it works best when combined with the Thickening Tonic. Towel dry your hair after washing. Spray Volumizing Tonic on the root area and Thickening Tonic through mid-shaft and ends. You don’t need much. It works best when you follow up with a round brush when blow drying.
Caitlin Souza stylist
“I love making that special connection between client and stylist. Having them leave my chair feeling stylish and confident is definitely an added bonus, that’s what makes me love my job.”
Caitlin has been at vis-a-vis for a year now. She has a way of making everyone who walks through the front door feel like this where they are supposed to be. Everyone needs a Caitlin in their life! Her work – especially long hair finish work is beautiful. Weather you are looking for long beachy waves or a gorgeous finish on your balyage high lights, she has a great touch. Also – kids love her!
“My product of choice is Aveda Light Elements Texturizing Creme.It can be used before blow drying or after to give texture and movement to the look you have just created.Men love this product too!”
“I love natural looking waves. A quick way to achieve this look especially if you are short on time is by taking your iron and curling around the front of your face. Next, make your way around the head curling random pieces – some surface, some underneath. Finish with Texturizing spray and a little styling creme. This is a great base if you decide you want to do a simple updo also.
Shane Szrom stylist
“Hair is a three dimensional moving object that needs to be sculpted in a way that looks good no matter which way it moves or falls.I love the challenge – no matter the texture or length. Detailing a haircut is key to achieving this goal while also making the look easy to style.” Shane creates one of the best salon experiences you will ever have! Starting with a great consultation, a fabulous shampoo (It is hard to move on after this point!)- and of course a great haircut and blowout.
“Less is more in most cases. Prepping the hair before it dries with Aveda Phomollient helps give the hair support, body and shine for most hair types. A great combination for darker hair that needs medium hold would be to use Aveda’s Confixor Liquid Gel (less is more!) Add a little bit of Aveda Control Paste after styled to help with control and managability without stiffness. For lighter hair I like using a matte finish for texture. Pure- Formance Grooming Clay is my product of choice!”
“A great way to make a men’s haircut look great up until the next appointment is to come in for a neck and side clean up about half way through the growth cycle. this way it never looks unkempt!” No charge for this service.”