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Chaz Starkey

Charles "Chaz" Starkey began his career in 2005 as a stylist and in 2007 moved to Washington D.C. There he spent 3 years in an upscale, fast paced salon, specializing in precision cuts and discriminating color. In 2011 Chaz decided to head back south where he accepted a position at the "Aveda Institute South" in Birmingham, Alabama where he trained students in all areas of cuts and color as well as client consultation. He moved back to the Huntsville area in 2013 and accepted a position with the Salon Professional Academy where he continued to challenge new stylists to reach for the stars. With a growing passion to return to his love of working with clients, Chaz accepted a position at Blown Studio and is very excited about sharing his incredible skills and knowledge with clients in the Tennessee Valley. Chaz has an incredible talent at pairing cuts and color to skin tone and facial shape, as well as excellent finishing skills. Blown Studio is very excited to welcome Chaz to our talented team of professionals!

Dillon Smith

Dillon has been in the salon industry since before she was born. At age two she cut herself a pixie from her long blond tresses, and exclaimed to her mom when she found her in a pile of curls, "I like you mommy"! That took a while to grow back, but Dillon has always loved the salon, the style and the atmosphere. Dillon is the salon coordinator at Blown Studio and aspires to be a stylist and makeup artist once she has completed college. She also aspires to study in Europe and learn as much about the industry as possible. She takes excellent care of all of our guests and she is very knowledgeable about styling and treatment products, as well as suggesting styles and color for guests. She has been an outstanding addition to our team!

Erika Lanyi

Erika grew up in Hungary and while she graduated from collage as a Civil Engineer in 1996 her passion had always been beauty and hair styling. She moved to Alabama with her husband in 1997 and until recently she had been a stay-at-home mom for three wonderful children. Throughout these years her dream of becoming a hair stylist grew stronger. Once she decided to go back to work she could not imagine spending her days in an office and enrolled in Paul Mitchell the School Huntsville to get on the fast track towards becoming a cosmetology professional. At PMTS she was at the top of her class and was placed in Phase II which is the advanced program for a select few students. While working towards graduation she shadowed master hair stylists to widen her exposure to the latest techniques. She also attended the Birmingham Premier Hair Show and as a reward for being one of the top five students at PMTS she was invited to a special educational event held at Four Points by Sheraton. She joined the Blown Studio team in May 2014. Erika has a natural understanding of hair design and is a very skilled at cutting any hair type, from curly to straight, short to long and does a beautiful job with fitting the cut to the shape and lifestyle of her clients. We are very proud to have her on our team.

Kelly Dunham

Kelly has had a lifelong interest in art, color and design which transferred into a passion for cutting, styling and coloring hair when she began working behind the chair in 2006. In addition to her cosmetology license, she holds bachelor's degrees in Art and Psychology from Auburn University. Having a diverse clientele, her expertise spans from "pumping up" thin, fine hair types to helping clients manage and tame thick, course and curly hair. As a former oil portrait painter, her attention to detail is exceptional when it comes to distinguishing the perfect color and cut for your skin and facial structure.

Kristie Montiel

Kristie began her career in Huntsville, training with the well known Ann and Gary Bray. Finding her niche as a color specialist, she accepted a position with Clairol Professional/Logics International as an Educational Director and Salon Development Specialist. Kristie spent eight years teaching stylists how to master color. She also spent time traveling the south seeking out stylists who wanted to teach others to master color. Kristie also helped develop and launch several color products with the Clairol/Logics line. In 2001 Kristie left Clairol and accepted a position at then Rodney-Gaven Salon, now known as Studio Gaven in Nashville, TN. She colored the tresses of many Country and Christian music celebrities as well as many high profile business associates in the Nashville area. Kristie came back to the Huntsville area and began again where she first launched her career. In September of 2013, she decided to make her dream of owning a salon a reality. The booming Blow Dry Bars in New York and California intrigued her and she wanted to combine salon and blow dry bar into one to fill a greater client need. Huntsville is a very diverse and progressive city and really is ready for this industry changing addition to her salon. Kristie and her team at Blown Studio are very excited to offer not only superior cuts and color, but the best in high fashion blow dry services. We cant wait for clients to come and visit and see and experience the difference we offer. Healthy, shiny hair and of course no gray!


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