CONTEMPO ARTISTRIES OUR TEAM
Owner / Hairstylist
ONLINE LOOKBOOK: @kristencontempo
Owner and Stylist Kristen Varoli has been in the beauty industry for 16 years. Starting her career as a hopeful fashion designer, her love of beauty, color, and creating led her into what she calls the ‘ best industry in the world’. Coming from a bloodline of artists, beauticians, and barbers doing hair seems to come naturally to her. Her talent quickly led her to do hair and makeup on the set of fashion shows, photo shoots, events and projects like Mac Miller’s Knock Knock music video and traveling with L’Oreal as a professional makeup artist before opening the doors to her salon in 2007.
Kristen spent the first decade of her career as a salon owner building and growing a loyal following, creating a dynamic culture and attracting a team of passionate & talented hairstylists. She has grown her small single operator space into a 7 chair salon that is home to 12 team members. Driven by growth and continuing education, Kristen alongside her team, have traveled to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and other cities throughout the U.S. to learn from some of the most innovative and creative leaders in the industry.
She now shares her passion for the beauty industry by coaching & mentoring her team as well as other hairstylists, creatives and women entrepreneurs on creating personal, professional & financial success in their lives and in their careers. In 2018 Kristen launched her own personal brand and blog focusing on self-development, personal growth, and mindset, laying the foundation to create a positive impact and legacy in the industry and in the lives of hairstylists and salon owners. Between business and pleasure, Kristen finds time to give back by volunteering at the Westmoreland County YWCA mentoring young girls to gain leadership skills and confidence as well as giving haircuts at the local homeless shelter.
Although she loves being innovative and creative in her business she says that Contempo Artistries has never wavered from the roots and core values that brought them to this point. She says that "Our creativity is endless but our commitments are simple" "We want each of our guests to leave our salon looking and feeling beautiful, confident, and empowered." Perfecting our craft, sharing our knowledge, and providing excellent customer service are the key ingredients to sending our guests out the door feeling this way. Kristen says her love for the beauty industry grows each day. It has become so much more than just a job... it’s a passion, a love, and a lifestyle.
Hairstylist / Colorist
ONLINE LOOKBOOK: @stylinangiebee
Angie has been a stylist at Contempo Artistries Salon for 9 years. After several years of working in various occupations, her gift of working with people and love of the beauty industry landed her behind the chair. Angie says two of her biggest accomplishments are becoming a licensed cosmetologist and purchasing her grandparents’ home.
Angie takes immense pride into creating the perfect haircut and hair color for her guests in the salon and loves all aspects of doing hair, particularly precision hair cutting. She has recently developed a passion for our DevaCurl line and curly hair cutting. She is in the process of becoming a DevaCurl Certified stylist.
Her adventurous approach to haircutting and coloring keeps her clients looking edgy and fresh. When you sit in her chair you will be sure to leave with a great new style and a good laugh on the way. When Angie isn’t in the salon behind the chair you can find her in any store doing some bargain shopping.
Hairstylist / Colorist
ONLINE LOOKBOOK: @samalcorn.hair
Sam has been a stylist at Contempo Artistries Salon for 7 years. Her love for hair started even before beauty school. The love for beauty quickly turned into a passion which led her to a career as a hairstylist.
As if being a hairstylist isn’t good enough Sam decided to dive deeper. Her go-getter personality has landed her several certifications through Keratherapy and Cezanne Smoothing Treatments, Platform Hair Extensions, and holds her Master Colorist and Balayage certifications through Pravana.
Sam became an Educator for our color line Pravana in 2016, and was promotedto a Pravana Brand Specialist a year later. When she isn’t in the salon, shetravels educating other stylists on Pravana products and new coloringtechniques.Sam is most passionate about hair coloring and hair extensions.
She lovesbeing able to give her guest the hair they have always dreamed about, and lovesthe challenge of making the maintenance exactly what they’re looking for. Samenjoys sharing her passion and knowledge with the world. In addition, herleadership andtech savvyskills have landed her the positions of social mediamanager and manger at our salon.
Hairstylist / Curl Specialist
ONLINE LOOKBOOK: @itsacuthairworld
Jen has been a stylist at Contempo Artistries Salon for 7 years.With a background in Art Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, her understanding of textures and mixing colors has served as a great foundation for her when creating a vision for her guests. Jen comes from a strong creative family who have taught her how to express her creativity, making her careerchoice to become a hairstylist and easy one.
Jen holds certifications in Keratherapy Smoothing Treatments, Evo FabulousoPro, Pravana Balayage, and is a certified Pravana Master Colorist. Additionally, she has obtained many certifications through various hair shows and classes she has attended. As a curly hair specialist, Jen enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience to help her textured clients manage, maintain and show off their beautiful curls.
With her clients best interest in mind Jen introduced theDevaCurl line to the salon and already obtains a certification through them. Her knowledge and passion for curly hair is always continuing to grow.
Additionally, her other areas of expertise are short haircuts, creative color, blondes, and balayage.
Jen also serves as part of our bridal team offering both traditional and airbrush makeup as well as romantic and timeless hairstyles.Additionally, she serves as a mentor & educator in our salon to train and develop our newstylists. Creating strong bonds and relationships with her guests have gained her a loyal following.
She loves consistency, and always enjoys a good change.
Hairstylist / Makeup Artist
ONLINE LOOKBOOK: @emilypatrickhair
Emily has been a stylist at Contempo Artistries Salon for 2 years. She is nativeto San Diego, California. In San Diego she worked at M.A.C and got certifiedthrough Brazilian Blowouts. She began beauty school in 2005 and graduated ayear later.
She worked at Kiwi Salon shortly after getting her licensed andstayed there until her move which landed her here at Contempo Artistries!Emily was nominated twice for San Diego’s best Union-Tribune readers’ poll forthe hairstylist category. One year coming in 4th! Emily has also been featuredin an online magazine in a business women category.
A few months later theypublished her as a featured artist! Emily also enjoys continuing education shehas attended trend vision classes (Wella) and global sessions classes (Unite)under her belt and some picked up cutting, up-do, and color classes as wellover the years. She claims to be Switzerland loving all hair services.She ismost complimented on her blow dry techniques.
Hairstylist / Makeup Artist
ONLINE LOOKBOOK: @beautyobsessed.byricci
Richelle has been a part of the Contempo Artistries team for two years. She ismost passionate about hair and makeup services. She also enjoys sharing herknowledge or products, and styling with all of her guests.
She loves our Euforaline, and plans to become and educator for them one day. She claims herspecialty as special occasion hair and makeup which landed her a vital positionto our On-Site Bridal Team.
Richelle’s bubbly and cheerful personality serve asa great foundation to her career behind the chair. She enjoys doing color,haircuts, and her favorite – styling. Richelle is sure to create a youthful,beautiful and fun look to each guest.
Hairstylist / Makeup Artist
ONLINE LOOKBOOK: @beautybykris_
Kris began her education in art which a has given her a great foundation for working behind the chair. After deciding college wasn’t for her she pursued her passion for hair and the beauty industry. She wanted to obtain a career where she can express her creativity and connect with people. Kris enjoys making her guests look and feel their absolute best.
Her favorite thing to do is full transformations. She also enjoys color, men’s haircutting, and short textured haircuts. Kris is passionate about makeup as well, making her a great addition to our bridal team.
She has attended several cutting, coloring, styling, and product knowledge classes through Paul Mitchell, Pravana, DevaCurl and American Crew.
While in beauty school she attended a Paul Mitchell Schools event called Caper, which is a 3-day training with some of the top educators. Kris also worked as a junior stylist backstage for the 2018 Vans Warped Tour providing styling and cutting services.
Kris looks forward togiving you the "perfect look to make you feel as beautiful as she sees you."
Stylist / Lash Artist / Barber
ONLINE LOOKBOOK: @sheasenella_hair
Shea has been in the hair industry for 3 years. She started her cosmetology career at Bella Capelli Beauty Academy and upon graduation landed herself behind the chair. Shortly after she felt the need for more; she decided to continue her education and went to the Pittsburgh Barber College. She is our first dual licensed member of the Contempo team with both her cosmetology and barbering license. Shea has a great understanding of both women’s and men’s haircutting. She is passionate about hair coloring as well.
In addition to holding both licenses, Shea is also certified in hair extensions and lash extensions. As a well-rounded stylist, she makes an excellent addition to our team and for our guests.
Assistant / Stylist / Lash Artist
ONLINE LOOKBOOK: @lysluxuriouslooks
Alyssa is a graduate of Bella Capelli Beauty Academy and a fresh talent to our team. She is thrilled to be starting a career doing what she loves. Her education has influenced her career as a stylist already. She loves guest interactions, detailed consultations, and color formulating. She enjoys educating her guests on the maintenance of their hair, as well as how to achieve the same look at home. Her ideal guest is an understanding one. She said "It can be a lot of pressure doing hair and trying to get everything perfect. I think they should choose me because I am not perfect but I will try my hardest to give everyone their desired result." Alyssa is most passionate about the relationships with her guests and hair color.
She is also one of our makeup and lash artists. Alyssa loves the refreshing feeling of giving you that "I didn’t think my hair could ever look this good.
Miah has been apart of the Contempo team for almost 2 years now. She is currently attending Hempfield Area High School and devotes half her day to CWCTC for Cosmetology. She has a great foundation and jump started to her career early by already working in the salon. Once graduated she will attend our stylist training program and land herself a spot behind the chair. As our current assistant Miah is a vital part to our team. She keeps the salon organized, clean and assists our stylists. She is passionate most about hair and makeup. Her people skills, passion and personality make her a great addition to the salon.
Front Desk Coordinator
Tori is our Front Desk and Bridal Coordinator. With a background in retail and customer service she loves making recommendations and taking care of you. Tori takes care of your experience from the phone, to your visit at the salon. Her goal is to make everyone happy and she enjoys helping people with every opportunity she gets. Tori is the woman behind all our bridal parties. She works closely with the brides to make the salon portion of the day running smooth. Entering, calling or contacting the salon I’m sure you’ve met Tori. She’s our jack of all trades and helps and fills in when and where ever we need her.