Greg has been a hairdresser for nearly 30 years, and has the client roster to prove it. Cursed with the perfectionist trait of Virgo, he constantly challenges himself, traveling yearly to conferences around the country to keep up with fashion and hair trends. He has an intuitive strength in soft, natural hair colors and strong shapes, and specializes in corrective color and treatments for damaged hair to make it shiny, youthful, and beautiful.
A graduate of Houston's Visible Changes University in 1997, Jim then apprenticed under local notable stylist Riaro (just like Azur Salon's owner Greg Decker). He continued his training at the famous Vidal Sassoon Academy, among many other institutes around the country. He is a whiz with both the color brush and his scissors, and is the perfect choice for somebody considering a complete makeover. There is nothing this Master Stylist can not do. His impressive knowledge of hair extends from the science of product ingredients to the latest in trends, all while entertaining his clients with an upbeat, fun sense of humor.What are you known for?
"I served as an educator for Aveda before joining Azur Salon as the Artistic Director. I enjoy mentoring and training young stylists to understand the 'why,' and not just the 'how' behind hair color and cutting. I may have a big personality, but I also promise a lot of heart."What are your hobbies?
"I can't get enough of motorcycles, but I also enjoy frequenting the bustling art scene in Houston. I frequently travel, especially with a focus on attending the top classes and events in the hair industry."
Ashley attended the Paul Mitchell Academy, and studied under the renowned Angus Mitchell (son of the famous Paul) in Las Vegas before returning to her native Houston to join Azur Salon. Ashley is skilled with highlights and color, and specializes in softer, more natural looks. She is also certified in both Invisi-Tab and I-Link hair extensions, and the Brazilian Blowout and Global Keratin smoothing system.
She became a Senior Stylist quickly through her commitment to education, attention to clients, and perfecting the details to ensure anyone in her chair looks and feels their very best. Her talent is undeniable!What are you known for?
"I prefer natural looks to create beauty. I am very good with various highlighting techniques, and I do a great blowout."What are your hobbies?
"I like living a healthy life, so working helps me to destress and feeling great. And shopping. Lots and lots of shopping."
Angel joined Azur Salon in 2011. Prior to that, he built his knowledge and reputation as a stylist & educator for Toni & Guy. He eventually moved into the lead educator position at Lavish Salon and Spa in Webster, Texas, where he received national recognition from Toni & Guy. He still attends their Dallas-based academy annually for artistic inspiration.
Angel specializes in trendy, edgy styles and short looks. He also produces beautiful styles and bouncy blowouts for long hair. He has mastered the art of color and specializes in highlights, including holding a certification in the Balayage technique.What are your hobbies?
"I love taking long bike rides around Houston, and using the great new bike paths and trails. I also enjoy planning getaway weekends to bring all of my friends together."What's one thing people don't know about you?
"I'm left-handed, but it actually helps me teach because I can be a mirror image when coaching students who use their right hand."
Karina embarked on her career in the beauty industry at a very young age, completing her cosmetology training while still in high school. From celebrity stylists to creative directors, Karina sought work with the best in the industry to perfect her cut and coloring techniques.
She joined Azur West in 2014 after moving from Pittsburgh, where she worked in Fashion Week and gained experience with editorial styling. She is an experienced L'Oreal color and Kérastase stylist. Her warm personality will charm you the moment you meet her!What are you known for?
"Since I wear curly hair myself, other curly hair clients know I understand how to work with it. I can work with any hair texture, and I do great blow outs, too!"What are your hobbies?
"When I am not doing hair, I work out attending spin class or yoga as often as possible. I love listening to music, cooking and sewing. And, I can never get enough traveling."What's one thing people don't know about you?
"I bet nobody knows that I played the drums for several years."
Tristan began her career as a stylist attending Paul Mitchell the School in Houston. She has more than four years of experience, and has already has built a loyal client following. She was even awarded an all-expense paid trip to the famous L’Oreal Advanced Academy in New York City for her work!
She especially loves the Kérastase line of treatments, having seen the results in her own hair, and is certified in the Brazilian Blowout smoothing system as well as the Invisi-Tab and Balmain brand of hair extensions.
Not only is Adriana a talented and in-demand stylist at Azur Salon, she is also a member of the acclaimed Ted Gibson Artistic Team, working alongside the celebrity stylist himself at national hair shows and backstage during New York Fashion Week with the biggest names in design. Not unexpected for a graduate of the prestigious “Phase II Honors Program” of Paul Mitchell the School in Houston where she was selected to be a platform artist on their elite design team. Adriana’s passion drives her to excel, but her inviting personality is what clients adore as she consults with them to find the best look.
Adriana is expertly trained in specialties like Balayage highlights, Balmain Hair Couture, special event & bridal updos, and Invisi-Tab extensions. She has more than five years of experience at her young age, skilled at using all of these tools in sculpting hair to create your perfect look.What are you known for?
"I've studied Balayage extensively and can produce beautiful highlights, and my clients love my updos and blowouts for important events."What are your hobbies?
"I enjoy learning about make-up and cosmetics. Clients who want to talk about the newest brands or tips will have my ear. And, I'm never afraid to travel. Not only because I can explore new places, but also so I can shop."What's one thing people don't know about you?
"Though I love beauty & fashion, my Texas roots run deep: I drive a pick-up truck and I love to go fishing (even though I do not like to eat seafood)."
Vanessa has been a stylist with Azur Salon for three years, and is quickly establishing herself as the "go to girl" for color & highlights by our clients. Vanessa began her salon career behind the front desk answering phones and greeting clients. She quickly took an interest in beauty, and volunteered to attend the in-salon apprentice classes after hours. Her amazing talent left us no choice but to offer her a full, one-year apprenticeship, which she not only completed but excelled. She parlayed those talents into a full-time career.
Vanessa is skilled with L'Oreal color, including the popular Balayage technique for highlights, attending several classes to gain certification status. She is a pro at teaching her clients how to best recreate a style and maintain the look of their hair from home.
She is also certified in the Brazilian Blowout smoothing treatment system, in various methods of hair extensions, and is fluent in Spanish.What are you known for?
"Clients comment all the time on my Balayage highlights, and I love working with hair color to help transform someone."What are your hobbies?
"I love to draw. I also can't get enough shopping. Relaxing for me is just spending time with my family."
Inspired by a family full of hair stylists, Jennifer became a licensed cosmetologist while still in high school. Upon graduation, she attempted other jobs and explored a career path in sales. When she finally confessed her passion was for the beauty industry, her talent started to blossom.
Jennifer describes her style as "Casual Chic" and knows how simplicity can be turned into elegance. She is thrilled to call Azur her home as she completes the apprentice program on her quest to become a Senior Stylist.What are you known for?
Naturally outgoing and fun, Jennifer loves going above and beyond for every client. A client’s happiness is her utmost goal. Always up for trying new things, she follows that passion especially with her own hair styles and color.What are your hobbies?
Jennifer is naturally athletic and loves to work out. She enjoys kick boxing, running and Jiu Jitsu.
Stephanie joins the team at Azur West after two years specializing in make-up and styling for brides and special events. Stephanie constantly researches trends to stay abreast of her art. From Funky/Unfussy to Sweet/Romantic, Stephanie can create the best look for every day wear or special events. She loves beautiful pastel colors and is studying to master Balayage highlights. Stephanie is also certified in the Brazilian Blowout smoothing system.What are you known for?
My blowouts will last a client for days.What are your hobbies?
All things makeup: I take advanced makeup classes and buy anything I can get my hands on to experience new products on the market.What's one thing people don't know about you?
Not only do I love to dance, I love teaching my kids how to dance, too!
Lina recently graduated Houston's Paul Mitchell the School.
She loves that the industry allows her to be herself, expressing her creativity in both hair and dress. Since a little girl, she has experimented with several hair colors, makeup applications and looks. She knows this is the industry for her, and Azur Salon is lucky to have her as part of the team.What are you known for?
My love for voluminous hair. I absolutely love giving an amazing blow out and I stand by the motto "the bigger the better!"What are your hobbies?
Makeup has my heart. I'm in love with applying and learning new techniques and most of all trying new looks. A good smokey eye and you're all set! Though I may look like a complete girly girl, I can also get down and dirty; I enjoy playing tennis and working out - But I like to think, "I don't sweat, I sparkle." :-)
Rafael is the friendly voice you hear when you call the salon. He is great at pairing new clients with the right stylist for their hair and style goals. He is also certified in both Kérastase and Shu Uemura product knowledge, and serves in a leadership and management role at Azur Salon.What are your hobbies?
Movies, checking out new restaurants and coffee shops, reading blogs, concerts, museums, traveling, finding the perfect latte! Reading fashion blogs, and I love mid-century furniture and scandinavian design.What's one thing people don't know about you?
I'm a Social Media Junkie.