Our Staff


Employee

Bradi Wise
JUNIOR STYLIST

Bradi, a native of Winter Garden has always had a passion for the hair industry. She knew at a young age that this is what she would do. She attended school here in the central Florida area. She specializes in Hair color and Dimensional Coloring services such as balayage and ombr?, as well as keratin and special occasion styling.
Employee

Emily Van Ness
JUNIOR STYLIST

Emily was born and raised in Clermont and attended the Paul Mitchell School for her Cosmetology Licensing. She has a passion for hair and making her guests feel at home in her chair. Emily specializes in color, blonding services and Hair cutting techniques. She also enjoys doing special occasion hair styling for your special events. Whatever your needs, Emily will be sure to exceed your expectations.
Employee

Kelly Hite
OWNER

As one of the owners of Southern Obsession, Kelly brings with her 30 years of business administration and marketing experience. She began her career as a receptionist in one of the first walk-in clinics in the Orlando area and eventually opened Pine Castle Walk-in Clinic. She owned the clinic for 18 wonderful years before selling. Kelly was so impressed with her co-owner/ niece's talent that she decided to go into business with her. With Kelly's "head for business" the salon has captured the attention of many local residence. She contributes the success of the salon to the remarkable stylists that she calls her SOS family.
Employee

Lauren Tewson
RECEPTIONIST

Lauren was born in England but raised in Winter Garden. She has been a client for a little over a year and is beyond happy to join the SOS family! She is a true believer in southern hospitality and how a smile can change someone's day. Lauren comes to us with a background in management which has helped her grow her organization skills, customer service skills and problem solving techniques. She also has a creative side! Lauren is looking forward to meeting everyone and assisting in any way possible.
Employee

Patti Sellars
RECEPTIONIST

Patti has lived in the Orlando area for most of her life. She graduated with a degree from Valencia College in medical office technology and worked as a receptionist in a doctor's office in Ocoee for 12 years. Patti took some time off from work to spend time with her daughter. She realized she missed working and interacting with the public. As it so happens Southern Obsession was looking for just the right fit and to our delight Patti became part of the SOS family. She enjoys helping the stylists and making the clients feel as though they are visiting a friend's house when they come to the salon.
Employee

Erica Santos
SENIOR STYLIST

Erica received her Cosmetology license at the Salon Professional Academy, a Redken school in Gainesville Florida. Erica specializes in color, haircuts, razor cutting, updos and keratin treatments. Her passion for hair shows on each client when they walk out the door. Erica has a very diverse clientele. Her guests vary from hip, trendy girls to classy, sophisticated women and men. She also finds it very important to continue her education and keep up with the latest trends. She is passionate about making her clients look and feel their best!
Employee

Jen Vallillo O'Toner
SENIOR STYLIST

Jennifer's passion for hair has always been in her heart! Growing up in a salon owned by her family, she always dreamed of creating beautiful hair. At only 14 years old, she worked as the receptionist and all through high school, learned as much as she could working at the salon until she was ready to obtain her cosmetology license. Jennifer has over 12 years of experience specializing in color, highlights, various methods of extensions, blowouts, keratin and haircuts. She also loves the challenge of color corrections and blowouts of unruly hair. She continues taking several classes per year to be certified by multiple companies and expanding her knowledge. Jennifer's clients will say that she loves tedious detail and has a true eye for color. Extensions are one of her favorites. She is a certified distributer for Halocouture and has been accredited by; Greatlengths, Hairdreams and Dream catchers. She is able to install tape, fusion, micro links or custom fit a halo to achieve that beautiful sexy hair you desire. Jennifer bonds and loves every single one of her clients and she considers them family. Be prepared to feel right at home in her chair!
Employee

Jennifer Caraway
SENIOR STYLIST

Born and raised in West Orange County, southern hospitality is the way of life for Jennifer. Her education began at the Hair Design Institute in central Florida and continues to study new trends and techniques endlessly. Her passions include, subtle to bold highlighting, sleek and smooth keratin treatments, and the perfect cut. Customer service is of high importance to Jennifer and it shows in her extensive consultations and drive to exceed client expectations.
Employee

Jillian Jordan
SENIOR STYLIST

Jillian was trained in advanced hair techniques that include Extensions, styling, color application, hair cuts and special events make-up. Her enthusiasm for her profession shows in her creations. She has studied with some of the best and is very comfortable dealing with all hair types. Compassion and Joy radiate from Jillian to her clients. She has had clients dance right out of her chair because they felt so beautiful when she was finished. These are amazing moments that Jillian treasures.
Employee

Mary Horton
SENIOR STYLIST

Mary is locally born and raised in the Winter Garden Area. She attended Indian River State College and has been a Stylist for the past 13 years. Her passion for the business developed from her enjoyment in making people look and feel good about themselves. Her Joy comes from the relationships she has built along the way. Along with her Womens, Mens and children's services she specializes in working with Long thick hair, making it smooth with Keratin, Extension work or just embracing the natural beauty.
Employee

Whitney Connolly
SENIOR STYLIST

Whitney is a true artist to her craft. She has been a professional Hair Stylist for five years and her impeccable attention to detail has left her clients coming back for more. She enjoys working with clients to come up with styles that individualize their look. Fashion focused haircuts are electrified by her color techniques. Her colors range from natural to the dramatic. Whether you want a bold look or just a little enhancement her highlights, the experience and the final result are sure to please you as well. Whitney's many services include: Cutting, coloring, Keratin treatments, precision bang cuts, men's cuts, Sleek & Sexy, Big sexy VaVa Boom! and Beachy waves.
Employee

Haley Rushing
SENIOR STYLIST/OWNER

As co-owner of SOS, Haley has achieved her dream of owning her own business in the town she was born and raised. Haley's passion for creating beauty has propelled her to an "in demand" stylist throughout Winter Garden and surrounding areas. She excels in bombshell blonde as well as every other aspect of color, trendy cuts and amazing styles. Haley continues to educate herself in order to bring the latest and greatest to her clients. Her relationship with her clients is of utmost importance to her. The clients may come in as strangers but leave with a big hug and smile on their face. You only need sit in her chair to discover the true passion she has for her trade.
Employee

Aubrey Downes
STYLIST/BARBER

Aubrey Downes is a Florida native, originally from Fort Myers. Aubrey is duel licensed in both cosmetology and barbering! With 9 years of working experience, she is equally proficient in both men's and women's hair services. She takes pride in her craft and considers it a beautiful art form. Aubrey listens to her guest's needs and concerns, because their satisfaction is her only priority. Each head of hair that leaves Aubrey's chair, is her own personal work of art! As a licensed barber, Aubrey is a master of men's grooming. From skin fades, to the classic business cut, she carefully sculpts the hair into the perfect shape. She never takes off too much, and never compensates with gels and products. This high end gentleman's barber will consistently give you a picture perfect cut. Complete your experience with a straight razor neck shave, and a scalp-massage shampoo! Aubrey is revolutionizing the lost art of straight razor shaving! She has perfected the classic straight razor shave, and has added her own uniques touches. She uses tea tree moisturizers and shave gels, 2 hot towels and 2 fresh blades, delivering a close, twice over shave. A cold towel seals the pours, leaving the skin feeling refreshed and nourished. It is truly a one of a kind experience! Aubrey also excels in beard detailing, razor line-ups, and designs! As a stylist, Aubrey is an artist! Be it grey blending, highlights, fantasy colors or ombres, Aubrey excels in tinting and lifting hair to the perfect shade. She understands that sometimes less is more, and sometimes more is more! She will customize each service to your individual need. She uses pictures and visual aids during the consultation to find your dream hair, and eliminate any confusion. If you have children, your little prince or princess will feel at ease in her chair.