Get to know our trained and talented stylists below:
Leah, Owner/Stylist (Level 3)
Leah started her training with the prestigious Aveda Academy in Toronto in 2004. Here, Leah studied under some of the industry’s most respected artists, mastering the complex beauty of Aveda’s patented natural coloring and styling processes. One of the most well-respected stylists in Iowa, Leah is now channeling her international training, successful career and simple approach to craft one of the quickest growing salons in the Midwest. Founder of PURE, she is dedicated to redefining grace and has set out to assemble one of the most creative, skilled and thoughtful teams in the country.
Kirsten, Human Resources/Management
Known for bringing a hospitable, warm welcome upon your arrival to PURE Salon and Spa, Kirsten has always had a love for the beauty industry. Mixed with her extensive product knowledge background and her commitment to guest satisfaction, she ensures PURE’s guest expectation are beyond exceeded.
Katie Kirby, Marketing/Management/Esthetician
Known for her extensive customer service in the wellness & beauty industry as well as being a licensed esthetician and having an extreme passion for makeup. Kirby is responsible for the efficient and professional operation of the salon, as well as the complete satisfaction of our guests. She holds her team accountable to the high standards of our elite salon, and will make sure that your experience at PURE is a phenomenal one!
Carly, Stylist/Bridal Expert (Level 3)
Having graduated from nationally-respected and accredited Aveda Institution in Des Moines, Carly marries modern styles and timeless images to create the perfect look for young professionals. A rising star in Des Moines, she’s brings a youthful yet mature perspective to PURE, helping her clients achieve a look and confidence that’s all their own.
Carly’s attention to detail and love for up styles has made her the perfect fit for our Bridal Expert. She has put countless hours into training and classes to making her work flawless. Our brides love all the precision to every detail and advice she gives while making them look and feel great on their special day.
Meredith, Stylist/Bridal Expert (Level 3)
Having graduated from the nationally-respected Aveda Institute Des Moines, along with having her associated degree in Liberal Arts and Business. Meredith has joined the PURE team bringing fresh ideas and new techniques. Her professional demeanor and conversant knowledge, mixed with modest personality makes it easy for her guests to communicate and receive the look they truly desire.
Meredith’s attention to detail and love for up styles and makeup has made her the perfect fit for our Bridal Expert. She has put countless hours into training and classes to making her work flawless. Our brides love all the precision to every detail and advice she gives while making them look and feel great on their special day.
Shantel, Stylist (Level 3)
With more than 13 years of experience Shantel’s extensive knowledge in the chemistry of hair, provides guests with gratification and grace. Shantel believes that education should never end and strives to provide each guest with an experience as unique as them.
Sara, Stylist (Level 2)
Having graduated from the nationally-respected and accredited Aveda Institute Des Moines, Sara brings a welcoming and humble vibe to the PURE team. Known for her dedication to mastering the craft of hair, she holds herself accountable for acquiring new skills and evolving her talent. Sara’s positive attitude, loving pesonality along with her extensive knowledge guarantees an incomparable and unique experience.
Aly, Stylist Bridal Expert (Level 2)
Known for her dexterous creativity and ambitiousness to always acquire new skills, along with graduating top of her class at the nationally-respected Aveda Institute Des Moines. Aly loves staying up to date on all the latest trends in hair, fashion and beauty. She’s also perfected her technique, focusing many hours of training and repetition in Balayage, Texturized cuts, and Curly hair. Aly’s passion is solely directed on her guests to find their inner beauty and confidence while making sure they leave relaxed and rejuvenated.
Aly is one of the newest members to our Bridal expert team. Her attention to detail, love for perfection when it comes to a guests wedding day, has made her transition into this new role smooth and easy. Our brides love all the precision to detail and advice she gives while making them look and feel great on their special day.
Holly, Stylist (Level 1)
After graduating in 2011 from the prestigious Aveda Institute in West Des Moines, Holly continued her technical ability in Kansas City, Kansas as a stylist where she learned the true art of understanding her guests needs, while mastering their expectations. Traveling for education regularly, Holly enjoyed New York the most where she took numerous cutting classes at the Aveda Advanced Academy NYC training with Global Artistic Director, Ricardo Dinis.
With 9 years of experience in the customer service industry, she has learned how to achieve guest’s desired visions by proper consultation techniques and educating each and every guest. With her extensive education and training, Holly puts passion and precision into every appointment.
Kaylee, Stylist (New Talent, Phase 2)
Having graduated from the prestigious and nationally respected Aveda Institute of Des Moines, Kaylee graduated top of her class and with honors.
During her education Kaylee was hand picked to work and assist on many photo shoots including the world famous North American Hairstyling Awards ( NAHA).
With her editorial experience Kaylee offers her guests a fresh vision of modern hair, fashion and beauty. Although her favorite part of the beauty industry is creating a true relationship with her guests so she can provide a look that’s exponentially perfect for them.
Jennifer, Stylist (New Talent)
As a child Jennifer has always had a passion for making people feel beautiful inside and out. She graduated top of her class at the internationally recognized PCI Academy in Ames, Iowa.
Dedicated to advanced education and perfecting her skills, Jennifer has created a reputation of fast tracking her career path here at PURE Salon and Spa.
Alesha, Nail Technician
Alesha’s love for nails started when she was very young. At the age of 12 she started watching YouTube videos of nail design and techniques. She pursued her love and graduated from the Iowa School of Beauty in 2013. She fits perfectly with the Aveda culture and team at PURE Salon and Spa with her natural approach and taking pampering to a whole new level. She specializes in nail art from the simplest of designs to detailed art, bring in a picture and she will nail it! From the massage to the polishing, you’ll love your experience with Alesha.
Amber, Massage Therapist
After suffering an injury to the neck and also temporarily loosing the use of her right hand, even after surgery Amber still felt little to no change. Which lead her to discover the healing powers of massage therapy. This changed Amber’s life so positively and dramatically she had to learn more. Following her calling Amber attended and graduated from the nationally-respected and accredited Aveda Institute Des Moines for Massage Therapy. Developing a love for helping ease peoples pain, as she once knew too well has made Amber an expert in relief. If you have been injured or are currently injured let Amber’s expertise and knowledge help you feel like “you” again.
Emily, Front Desk Coordinator
Emily takes pride in customer interaction and goes above and beyond to create an unforgettable experience. She is currently a full-time business management student and her goal-orientated outlook directly correlates. Having created a business of her own, she applies these concepts in ways that provide the biggest of benefits.