about

 
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Shag Salon provides a creative and approachable environment, with an expertly trained team to indulge client's needs. We pride ourselves in producing and maintaining healthy, beautiful hair, customized to your individual lifestyle. Our well-crafted team thrives on continuous education, staying ahead of the ever-changing trends and techniques of the beauty industry.

 

We are inspired by the old is new again, from timeless tailored styles to re-imagined classics to what is trending and cutting edge. Come see why Shag has been a leader in Austin's Beauty Scene.

our team

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Michael Zuniga
Master Stylist/Owner
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Michael is the owner of Shag Salon and a Master Stylist with a wealth of experience. Previously a Senior Stylist at Austin’s Jose Luis Salon, Michael continues his mission in mastering the art of hair. Having gone through extensive training, he has also participated in the 2011 Trend Vision competition, Alexandra Matiz’ editorial styling and advanced color class (Wella Studio NYC), Vaughn Accord’s V76 advanced men’s cut class (Oribe Studio NYC) and Oribe advanced styling class (Oribe Studio Miami)  He is certified in Sassoon cutting and Global Keratin Treatments and loves doing anything from precise men’s cuts to classic and avant-garde cuts and color.

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beau Clemens
Master Stylist/Owner
He/Him

Beauty begins with Beau — a Forth Worth native specializing in stunning color and precise cuts. Since his starts in 2003, his impressive career has included time as a Bumble and Bumble network educator, Hotheads extensions specialist and a certified Wella master colorist with Jose Luis. Beau is one of the owners of Shag Salon and a master stylist.

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Katie McKenzie
Master stylist 
She/her

Katie McKenzie first fell in love with the hair industry when she became the front desk coordinator at the Toni&Guy Salon in her hometown of Tucson, AZ. Toni&Guy salons are well known for creating precise and individual looks for each client which inspired Katie to attend and graduate from cosmetology school. She was motivated to put her creativity and new skills to work when she then moved to Phoenix, AZ where she continued to work for Toni&Guy. In Phoenix she quickly became an Advanced Color Specialist and was known for her artistry. As a known thought leader in the beauty industry Katie was deeply involved in the marketing and styling for Phoenix Fashion Week as well as countless photo shoots within the T&G Salon. The 6+ years she spent with T&G taught her the importance of continuing education as a stylist and that she is determined to always be at the forefront of new techniques and trends within the industry.

Katie specializes in Color Corrections, Balayage, Natural Highlights, and Extensions. When you are sitting in her chair it is important to Katie that you work together to come up with a look that is uniquely you and fabulous. She is known for making sure all her clients feel comfortable by explaining the process and options they have in order to achieve their desired look. She is more than happy to give you a complimentary consultation before booking your color service to go over any questions you may have and to make sure you are excited about the changes to come! While sitting in her chair, Katie’s caring and upbeat personality will have you feeling right at home and thoroughly enjoying your salon experience. You will leave the salon feeling confident and looking amazing!

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Katie Austin Torres
Master Stylist
She/her

Katie was born and raised in Austin, Texas, where she attended Baldwin Beauty School. Always inspired by the film industry and classic hollywood style, she decided to continue her education in Beverly Hills under a celebrity colorist. After completing her training, she worked in the prestigious Juan Juan salon for 4 years, and worked on film sets and styled photo shoots in her free time. In 2015, Katie and her husband moved back to Austin to raise a family and work in her beloved hometown.

Katie enjoys customizing color and haircuts to suit each individual’s personality and lifestyle, and specializes in ombre, balayage, creative color, and corrective color transformations. She is certified in hot heads hair extensions and Brazilian keratin treatments. Outside of the salon, she is passionate about traveling around the world and continuing her education to perfect new techniques and stay on top of modern trends.

Katie’s main goal is to make every person that sits in her chair feel beautiful inside and out, and through that experience, form lifelong friendships.

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Tierney Kersey
Master Stylist
She/Her

11 years ago, Tierney’s best friend suggested she leave her job she was bored at and pursued her passion of coloring and cutting hair. She’s a native Texan, born in Denton and has now been in Austin for eight years and is still in love with the city. She studied at the Toni&Guy academy in Dallas, Texas and apprenticed/worked for the company for seven years. During her years at Toni&Guy she took several cut and styling classes to further her craft. 

After being in Denton, Tierney wanted a change and moved to Austin, Texas. Here she started learning more about color and Men’s styling, taking classes whenever she could. She’s always kept up with any new color technique and always wanting to learn more. Tierney has also worked with several different color and product lines since being in Austin, but specializes in Wella and Joico color intensity for color and Kevin Murphy for products. 

Now that she has started working for herself she was just able to do hair for a film that shot her in Austin, done several photo shoots, and has been invited to do hair for events for high end liquor companies. She’s hoping to have more opportunities like this in the future, but truly loves to be in the salon having one on one time with her clients. 

Tierney spends her free time knitting, listening to true crime podcasts, making cocktails or drinking wine, playing music, or just hanging with friends. She loves to travel and trying new craft beers. Oh, and enjoys the occasional karaoke night. 

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Jessica Castillo
Senior Stylist 
She/Her

Jessica comes to us from Fort Worth TX and has been a hair dresser for 10 years! She is trained and certified by Toni & Guy Academy. She then went on to work as a stylist for Toni & Guy for 3 years, gaining extensive experience and training in her field of color and cut. She has worked as an educator, session stylist, and helped style on set for a few indie films as well as helped build education programs for salons along the way.

 

Jessica loves all colors and cut styles and is not afraid of a challenge, be it a color correction or achieving a retro and hip look. Her passion extends to love for plants, retro video games, records and clothing. On her spare time she can be found refurbishing vintage clothing for her pop up shop! 

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Kaili Patteson
Master Stylist
She/Her

Kaili moved to Austin in 2016 from Columbia, South Carolina where she has been a hairstylist since 2011. She attended Paul Mitchell The School and graduated with honors after her advanced education. She also assisted in training Paul Mitchell students for 2 years.


Since living in Austin, she has continued to grow and blossom her creativity. She specials in balayage, blondes, and dimensional color. Kaili also loves bold fashion colors just as much as natural looking hair color. Her cuts and color are tailored to fit each guest in her chair so they can feel beautiful and confident.
Kaili loves to stay up to date with new trends and continues to educate herself on new techniques.


“I love the creative aspects of salon life.” Kaili says. “When you look good, you feel good. That’s what I want for all of my clients.”

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Nancy Melendez
Master Stylist 
She/her

Nancy came to Austin in 2007 where she relocated from East Texas. After graduating from the Aveda Arts Institute Nancy began her career working at Jose Luis Salon where she assisted Jose Buitron and gained further knowledge in the industry. Nancy’s passion is driven by the beauty in the natural world. Nancy specializes in keratin, balayage and tailored haircuts to fit your desired look. 

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Slava
Master stylist
He/him

Slava is an expert in coloring with 13 years of experience. He is passionate about finding that special color scheme for each of his clients. Slava is painfully aware that hair dyes could be damaging to hair and scalp. As an expert colorist, he prides himself in finding ways to be as gentle as possible and insists on the safest approaches to hair dyeing. This involves gradual and mild iterations, which is why it could take Slava up to 6 hours to take someone from brunette to blonde. His arsenal includes the most advanced highlighting, balayage and shatush technologies and professional products. When a client arrives with dull, brittle or breaking hair caused by chemical, thermal, and mechanical damages, Slava strives to treat it with Olaplex and other moisturizing masks and treatments to ensure that compromised hair is restored. His coloring comes with a breakage insurance!

Born and raised in a small town in foothills of Ural mountains in Russia, Slava started cutting hair as an apprentice in a busy neighborhood salon in 2004 at age of 16. He was trained by stylists with 30 years of experience. By 17 he already had loyal clientele, mostly seniors who paid $1 for their haircuts. He became a barber first, and then left his hometown for the best Academy in Russia in St. Petersburg. He graduated from a world renown Pivot Point Academy at the age 19 with a specialty in coloring. After graduation from the Academy he started to train at the Russian national team of hairdressing and won a 2nd place in the Russian Championship for technical color. He represented Russia at the European Hairdressing Championship where he also came in 5nd in all of Europe in technical coloring. After moving to Moscow, Slava trained, got certified and perfected his techniques at the top European academies: Toni & Guy, Mazella & Palmer, Romeo Felipe and Authentica. He worked for 9 years at a famous Moscow salon that opened in 1956, where all of his clients were regulars that trusted only Slava with their cuts, coloring and blowouts for special occasions.

In 2018 Slava immigrated to the US and settled in Austin. He loves his new home, and has built up a taste for tacos and cold waters of Barton Springs pool. New chapter of his life began at Shag Salon Austin!

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Christopher Vetere
Master Stylist
He/Him 

Senior stylist with over 15 years experience and specializing in hair color and color correction. A master of the art of mimicking nature with hair color. Attention to detail creating meticulous men’s cuts. Fashion forward thinking inspired by runway and nightlife.

Christopher will listen to what you want your look to be, and he’ll achieve your desired look by focusing on you as an individual. Your hair is unique, and during your consultation, Christopher will discuss the natural movement of your hair, its texture, and how it responds to the proper cutting or coloring technique.

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Kelly Gans
Master Stylist
She/her

Just relocated from DFW with 25+ years in the business.

Specialize in redheads, fine thin hair and short hair. I truly am passionate about meeting new clients and meeting their hair care needs and making sure that it fits their lifestyle. I also make sure you know how to care for your style post salon appointment. Hobbies are cooking, dancing, art, gardening and anything that is beautiful to behold. 

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Shawn Friesen
Master Stylist
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Shawn began his career in 2006 at Jose Luis Salon and has been in love with creating beautiful hair ever since. His meticulous attention to detail and skilled eye bring his cherished clients hair to life. Whether it’s highlights, color, a great cut, or even a gorgeous blowout, (his favorite) every service with Shawn is treated with the same careful precision and love of craft. When not behind the chair Shawn enjoys everything automotive, including working on cars, and will begin restoring his 1965 VW Karmann-Ghia soon. He is married to his wonderful husband and they have a very energetic 90lb yellow lab that makes sure there’s never a dull moment around the house. 

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Taylor mast
stylist
She/Her

Taylor is originally from the Dallas/Fort Worth area and moved to Austin to pursue a career in Cosmetology. She graduated from Avenue Five Institue in 2019, shortly after becoming the Salon Assistant learning tips and tricks from every stylist! Growing up, she was always doing her friends hair and makeup, whether it was for school dances, concerts, or even just to go out! Her favorite services are Brading, Styling, Highlights/Balayage and Blowouts. Taylor spends her free time creating fun makeup looks, learning new conspiracy theories, cooking, and playing with dogs.

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Mylea Ruiz
stylist
She/Her

After getting my license in 2013, at a TIGI creative school,  I moved to Austin Texas and got a job at Toni&Guy. After completing their education program, I specialized in cutting hair. In 2016 I spontaneously married my boyfriend of 6 months and a few months after that moved to San Diego, California. January of 2020, my husband completed his time in the military and we moved back home to Texas. Austin is obviously the best place to live in Texas, so that’s why we decided to make it our home. 

After moving back to Texas and only cutting hair for so long, I decided to take an apprenticeship under Michael, one of the co-owners of Shag. During that time I became more confident in my abilities to color hair. 

I really enjoy all kinds of haircuts, from long hair to pixies, and undercuts. I also am trying to find my way through what I am really loving about coloring hair and finding something I want to focus on and specialize in. Right now, I enjoy doing everything from a subtle baylage to a classic highlight. 

In my personal life, I love being with my husband and my three dogs. I am currently getting my certification for birth doula and after completing that will be getting my postpartum doula certification. That takes a lot of my time but, in my free time, I love to do anything outside. Unless it’s cold out, then I love to do anything inside. :) 

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Flor Hernandez
Assistant 
She/Her

Flor aka Flower was born and raised in Austin TX. Her love for hair brought her to Paul Mitchell the School where she fell in love making people feel and look beautiful. She graduated in 2019 and became a stylist at The Drybar creating beautiful blowouts and braids, as well as taking at home clients and practicing. Now she is absorbing and learning and she would love to specialize in any color, highlights, balayage, color corrections, styling, and beautiful cuts. Flor loves to paint, journal, go on hikes, watch reality TV and hang out with family/friends and laugh. 

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Star Gutierrez
Assistant 
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Star was born and raised right here in Austin, and has always had a passion for hair. They attended Avenue Five Institute, graduating in February of 2021, and then joined the Shag team shortly after. 

They are nonbinary and use they/them pronouns. When they’re not at the salon they like to spend time with their family, play video and tabletop games and scour thrift stores for things to add to their vintage toy collection. 

Their love for working with hair stems from how it can play such a key role in people’s self expression. They are committed to learning all they can to help clients look their best and are ready to give you the Star treatment!

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Robert Chapa
Salon Coordinator
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After relocating to ATX by way of Dallas and the glamour of Las Vegas, Robert brings his talents of managerial skill and personable wit to our front desk. In addition to his welcoming charm, Robert is a Skilled paper sculpture who has been featured in multiple publications, his artwork can be found throughout austin and proudly right here at Shag Salon.

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Brett Luna
Front Desk Coordinator 
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Brett is Shag's Front Desk Coordinator and he makes sure everything runs smoothly on a daily basis. From scheduling appointments and greeting clients to making sure everybody is taken care off during their visit, Brett is the glue that holds it all together.