Jerry is the head honcho … he owns the place. Ten years ago, armed with a vision and a chunk of his savings, he walked away from a management position at a clothing store to open Stardust Salon, today one of the city’s most popular hair salons. The years have brought many changes, a few transformations and one hurricane, but at the end of the day, Jerry concentrates on what the salon has always done best: hair.
Bryan moved to New Orleans in August of 1997. He first began working in the industry in July of 1999 when Chris Versteeg hired him to work at Versteeg salon as an Assistant/Front Desk Coordinator. He moved on to work at Stardust Salon in October of 2003 continuing his title as Assistant/Front Desk Coordinator. After 2 years he worked his way up to Manager. Bryan is also the salon’s Eye Brow Sculptor, also known as the “Eye Brow King.” He is very meticulous and only tweezes. He also does one-of-a-kind blowouts seeked out by many Stardust clients and has contributed his talent by helping out with many fashion shows including Fashion in the Park at Sophie B. Wright Park!
*Sixteen years in the industry.
*Took both Bumble and Bumble and Great Lengths classes in New York.
*Specializes in dry haircutting as well as thermal and cold fusion extensions.
A master at her craft, Makayla is always on top of the latest techniques and ever-changing hair trends. She constantly develops and explores innovative techniques, pushing the boundaries of hair styling.
Makayla specializes in precision cutting. With her artistic vision and impeccable attention to detail, she accurately develops style plans tailored to her clients’ needs. As a naturally curly haired girl, she knows curly hair and also specializes in curly hair of all textures. She’s perfected many texture product formulations for curly hair, all applied using her unique product-layering system. With skill and determination, Makayla has mastered the art of transforming dry, dull, frizzy hair into shiny, bouncy tendrils of happiness.
Makayla has trained with Vidal Sassoon and Bumble & Bumble.
Virginia graduated from John Jay Beauty College in 2005 and has been increasing self-esteem one haircut at a time ever since. She loves working with and coloring all types of hair, but she is admittedly partial to redheads. A firm believer in constantly learning and training, her favorite way to learn new techniques is to observe the work of her fellow coworkers. Virginia is also inclined to working with synthetic hair/wigs. Many stylists are intimidated by working with hair that doesn’t grow back. Virginia has been turning generic wig hairstyles into customized looks by a simple cut for nearly a decade. She has a unique understanding of style and how to make a cut you love look great on you.
Rachel moved to New Orleans from Atlantic Beach, Fla. in March 2011. She’s a graduate of Riverside Hairstyling Academy and continued her education at Paul Mitchell Hair Camps. An attendee of Premiere hair shows in Orlando for the past five years, she’s worked on shows for fashion designer Erin Rossie Healg. Rachel specializes in hair cutting and creative hair coloring, which include techniques such as organic highlighting, Biolage, block color and melting techniques.
Paul was born and raised in the New Orleans area and attended Paul Mitchell schools in both Slidell and Metairie. While in school, he graduated into the Honors Phase 2 Program and also participated in Locks of Love Cut-a-Thons, school produced hair shows and student council programs. He loves styling hair and everything about hair, but his passion lies in “edgy” haircuts, where he uses razors to create interesting lines and textures. Paul’s high-energy, outgoing personality is a winner with clients, who, after a session with Paul, leave the salon in smiles with hair a “cut above the rest.
Jennifer “J.J.” Burch
J.J.–who was born in New Orleans but grew up in other Southern states including Texas and Mississippi, as well as Indiana–has always had a passion for styling hair. She studied at Compass Cosmetology College in Hammond, graduating at the top of her class in 2012, where she took first place in the college’s annual fashion show. Having worked in the service industry for 15 years, J.J. knows how to help clients feel at home in her stylist chair. She enjoys and is adept at cutting both men and women styles and is meticulous when it comes to single color and highlights. J.J. is also adept at blowouts and thermal straight or curled styles.
Erica began her career as a salon coordinator while in college in Lafayette, La., and soon realized her true calling. After graduating from the Aveda Institute in 2009, she worked under award-winning stylist Rodney Cutler for Cutler/Redken during the 2011 New York fashion week. Erica has worked as a colorist in New Orleans, joining the Stardust team in September 2012. Her services include, but are not limited to, men’s and women’s hair cutting, color services and styling.
DeShea graduated from Lockworks Academy in 1996 and has worked in the hair industry for 16 years. She is certified in Keratin Complex Treatment and specializes in cut and color combinations for fun, creative, yet wearable hairstyles. DeShea provides excellent customer service to her clients, promoting a relaxed atmosphere for the most rewarding client experience.
Rebecca is a master stylist from San Diego with over 13 years of experience in the hair world. She began her career training under industry legend Robert Cromeans, working as a platform artist and stylist until eventually venturing off on her own. Specializing in everything from precision cuts to soft layers, highlights to block coloring, and mens cuts and extensions, she is extremely passionate about giving her clients the best hair possible. She loves to share her knowledge, teaching clients how to style and care for their hair like a pro. “My clients represent me, and I want them to shine.”
From the Bronx to the Big Easy and everywhere in between, Omar brings an eclectic view of the world to his chair. Much like in his former career as a dancer and choreographer, exposure to different types of people, culture and extensive training allows him to adapt to any hair situation. He specializes in long, luxurious ‘dos for straight and curly-haired women, and he enjoys executing stylish, carefree cuts for men. Blondes and brunettes are also his favorite to do, so for a beautiful beach-y blonde hair color or a sultry rich brown, have a seat in Omar’s chair. Regardless of a client’s hair type and texture, he guarantees a custom look, tailored to the individual’s lifestyle and vision. Providing clients with the best experience is Omar’s first goal because he knows that looking good means feeling good.
From the young age of 17, McKenzie knew she wanted to be a hair stylist and makeup artist. She eagerly finished high school and moved to New York City to attend the Aveda Institute. She obtained a degree in esthiology and cosmetology, then accepted an apprenticeship at Cutler Salon in SoHo. After intensive training, she decided it was time to fulfill her other dream of becoming a makeup artist and completed an extensive course at the Make-up Designory.
McKenzie moved to New Orleans in 2011. She has a large following of curly-haired clients, but enjoys cutting, coloring and styling all types of hair. She has more than seven years’ experience with bridal, beauty, fashion and costume makeup. Hair and makeup are a true passion for her, and she embraces any and every opportunity to learn more about her art.
Argerie’s talents for styling hair first became apparent when she was a young child and her friends and family let her experiment on their hair. Her father was an artist, primarily a jeweler, and encouraged her to create, using whatever tools she could find. In 2005, with those early days of household scissors and peroxide behind her, she graduated from the Aveda Institute, and she continues to refine her skills with constant education. She is known for her incredible attention to detail and for the way she puts her clients at ease, making it a priority to understand the individual, as well as the client’s hair.
Argerie is adept at creating a range of styles, from straight-razor haircutting to bridal updos to curly-hair styles. She enjoys working with different mediums and, to highlight each client’s natural beauty, pays special attention to tone and placement in color applications. She combines her love of the arts–dancing, painting and styling–with the creative edge that once inspired her playful childhood “masterpieces” and that contributes to her success as a stylist today.
Dennis moved to New Orleans from San Francisco, Ca., where he had trained under Stephanie Frausto, head of the color department and director of color education at Vidal Sassoon. There he honed his skills and specialized in creative color techniques, natural blonde highlights, corrective color and natural reds. Dennis has been in the industry for over 10 years. His understanding of various hair textures comes from his training under many master cutters and colorists. This diverse background has exposed him to many schools of thought, and he has taken the best from each teacher, applying the knowledge to create his own unique approach to the craft. Dennis believes that the mastery of color is an ongoing adventure, not a destination, and that as a colorist you should not fear pushing the boundaries for beauty to meet success. Along with his career as a hair colorist, he also ran a thriving gardening business for more than seven years in San Francisco.