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: @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.
Wanting to expand her horizons, Sam dove deeper into education, landing her certifications through Keratherapy, Cezanne smoothing treatments, and Platform hand tied extensions. She loves being able to give her guests the hair they have always dreamed about, and relishes at the challenge of keeping the maintenance exactly where her clients need it to be.
Sam LOVES all things hair color. She obtained her Master Colorist Certification and Balayage certification through Pravana. Her love and expertise in color led her to becoming an Artistic Educator and Brand Specialist for 4 years. Sam recently shifted her career, utilizing her leadership and tech savvy skills to serve as both the Social Media Manager and Salon Manager. At her core, is passion for education and growth and Sam shares that passion by organizing top notch education throughout the year for our salon team.
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 and gray coverage. 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 / 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 and most recently Deva Curl certification. 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.
Additionally, her other areas of expertise are short haircuts, creative color, blondes, and balayage.
Creating strong bonds and relationships with her guests has gained her a loyal following. She values consistency, but always enjoys a good change if you're in need of a fresh look!
Hairstylist / Makeup Artist
ONLINE LOOKBOOK: @emilypatrickhair
Emily has been a stylist at Contempo Artistries Salon for 2 years. She was born and raised in San Diego California where she worked for 13 years as a hairstylist before moving to Greensburg and joining the Contempo Team.
Emily was nominated twice for San Diego's best Union-Tribune Readers poll for the hairstylist category, once coming in 4th place! Emily was also published as a featured artist in an online magazine under the Business Women category.
Continuing education is a passion of Emily's. In addition to countless hair cutting, color and updo classes, she has attended trend vision classes with Wella and global session classes with Unite. She also holds a certification in Brazilian Blowout smoothing treatments. Most recently Emily obtained a certification in Platform Hand Tied Extensions.
As the self proclaimed "Switzerland" of the salon, Emily loves all things hair but she has a special place in her heart for specialty, blonding!
If you have sat in Emily's chair you've experienced lots of laughs, hugs and her famous California blowouts!
Hairstylist / Makeup Artist
ONLINE LOOKBOOK: @beautyobsessed.byricci
Richelle has been a part of the Contempo Artistries team for 2 years. She is most passionate about hair and makeup services. She also enjoys sharing herknowledge or products, and styling with all of her guests, especially our Eufora line which she claims is her favorite!
Richelle's talent in special occasion hair and makeup serves as a vital part of our on-location Bridal Team. In addition Richelle is also our Salon Education Director and trains all of our up and coming hairstylists.
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.
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.
Shea is the first dual licensed member of the Contempo team with both her cosmetology and barbering license giving her a thorough understanding of both women’s and men’s haircutting. Shea is passionate about hair coloring as well focusing on corrective and blonding work.
Her list of education includes classes from Pravana, Eufora, EVO and Deva Curl. 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 in our assistant program has influenced her career as a stylist already. She loves guest interactions, detailed consultations, and color formulating. Alyssa holds a Pravana Master Colorist Certification.
Building relationships with her guests is what Alyssa is most passionate about. She enjoys educating her guests on the maintenance of their hair, as well as how to achieve the same look at home.
In addition Alyssa is also one of our makeup and lash artists. Her favorite part of her time with her clients is giving her clients the "I didn’t think my hair could ever look this good" feel!
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.
Salon Assistant & Stylist in Training
Never one to sit still, you'll catch her in the salon taking on one project after another, often there and gone before you even know you needed her. In between her assisting duties, she observes our stylists to familiarize herself with their techniques and grow her knowledge.
Our personal ray of sunshine, Sammie never has a negative word to say and always looks on the bright side. Her charisma shines through in every client interaction and we can't wait to see how her journey behind the chair evolves!
Salon and Bridal Cooridinator
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.