CONTEMPO ARTISTRIES OUR TEAM
Owner / Hairstylist
EXPERIENCE: 15 years
SPECIALTIES: Precision hair cutting, Thick hair, Hair color, Blonding, Corrective Color
CERTIFICATIONS: Pravana Master Colorist, Pravana Balayage Specialist
ONLINE LOOKBOOK: @kristencontempo
Owner and Stylist Kristen Varoli has been in the beauty industry for 15 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
Angie has been a stylist at Contempo Artistries Salon for 8 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 is a certified Pravana Master Colorist and also has a certification in Pravana Balayage and has also taken classes in formal styling. 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
Sam has been a stylist at Contempo Artistries Salon for almost 6 years. Her love for hair started even before beauty school. This love for beauty quickly turned into a passion which led her to a career as a hairstylist as well as a Brand Specialist and Artistic Educator for Pravana.
Sam is most passionate about hair color and extensions. She loves being able to give her guest the hair that have always dreamed about.
Sam holds several certifications through Keratherapy and Cezanne Smoothing Treatments, Platform Hair Extensions, and is a Master Colorist and Balayage artist through Pravana.
When Sam isn’t in the salon, she travels around the surrounding area educating other stylists on Pravana products and color techniques. Sam enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge with her guests and other stylists., In addition, her leadership and tech savvy skills have landed her the positions of social media manager and manger at our salon.
Hairstylist / Curl Specialist
Jen has been a stylist at Contempo Artistries Salon for 6 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 career choice to become a hairstylist and easy one.
Jen holds certifications in Keratherapy Smoothing Treatments, Evo Fabulouso Pro, 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.
Additionally, her 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 new stylists.
Creating strong bonds and relationships with her guests have gained her a loyal following. She loves consistency, and always enjoys a good change.
Hairstylist / Colorist
Matty has been a part of the Contempo team for almost 3 years. Her determination, willingness and hard work serve as a great foundation for her behind the chair.
Matty is certified in Donna Bella and Platform Hair Extensions. Not only does she hold the title of a Master Colorist and Balayage Artist through Pravana but she recently gained the title of a Pravana Artistic Educator.
Matty enjoys educating her clients on how to maintain and style their hair. Not only does Matty educate her guests but as an Educator for our in-salon color line she travels and educates other stylists on new products, and color techniques.
Matty’s favorite thing to do it hair color because it allows her to be the most creative and innovative. Her bubbly personality and great communication skills set the stage for what we believe is the most important part of the service.
Hairstylist / Makeup Artist
Emily has been a stylist at Contempo Artistries Salon for almost a year. She is native to San Diego, California. She moved across the country with her family leaving behind her parents, friends, and 13-year long career. While in San Diego she worked at M.A.C and got certified through Brazilian Blowouts. She began beauty school in 2005 and graduated a year later. She worked at Kiwi Salon shortly after getting her licensed and stayed there until her move which landed her here at Contempo Artistries! Emily was nominated twice for San Diego’s best Union-Tribune readers’ poll for the hairstylist category. One year coming in 4th! Emily has also been featured in an online magazine in a business women category. A few months later they published her as a featured artist! Emily also enjoys continuing education she has attended trend vision classes (Wella) and global sessions classes (Unite) under her belt and some picked up cutting, up-do, and color classes as well over the years. She claims to be Switzerland loving all hair services. She is most complimented on her blow dry techniques.
Hairstylist / Makeup Artist
Richelle has been a part of the Contempo Artistries team for a year and half. She is most passionate about hair and makeup services. She claims her specialty as special occasion hair and makeup which landed her a spot on our On-Site Bridal Team. Richelle’s bubbly and cheerful personality serve as a great foundation to her career behind the chair. She enjoys doing color, haircuts, and her favorite – styling. She is our newest stylist behind the chair but with classes and trainings she is sure to create a youthful, beautiful and fun look to each guest.
Hairstylist / Makeup Artist
Kris began her education in art which a has given her a great foundation for working behind the chair. After leaving college she pursued her passion for hair and beauty by enrolling at Bella Capelli Beauty Academy and obtaining 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, styling, and product knowledge classes through Paul Mitchell and American Crew. While in beauty school she attended Paul Mitchell Schools event called Caper, a 3-day training with some of the top educators. Another fun fact about Kris is that she worked as a junior stylist backstage for the 2018 Vans Warped Tour providing styling and cutting services. Kris looks forward to giving you the “perfect look to make you feel as beautiful as she sees you.”
Stylist / Barber
Shea has been in the hair industry for almost 2 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. 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.
Miah is the newest member to our team. She is currently attending Hempfield High School and devotes half her day to CCAC for Cosmetology. She has a great foundation and head start to her career 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 one of our Front Desk Coordinators. With a background in retail she loves making recommendations and taking care of guests. With experience in customer service it serves as a great foundation to her position in the salon. 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. With this outlook she is in the right position.