We strive to be leaders in hair and self care through continued education and dedication to excellence. To build a company legacy focused on inspiration, collaboration, progression and sustainable beauty. While creating lasting memories with our team, clients and communities.

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Meet Our Stylists


*Level 4 Stylist | Owner

Editorial stylist and educator, Alejandro, brings 20 years of experience in the industry. He has worked backstage at the Victoria Secret Fashion Shows as well as New York, Paris and London Fashion Weeks, styling hair for a long list of top fashion designers.  He has also styled countless celebrities including Adriana Lima, Gisele Bundchen, Miranda Kerr, Stephanie Seymour, Naomi Campbell, Milla Jovovich, Paris Hilton, Melanie Griffith, Fran Drescher, Vanessa Carlton and many more. He has worked on various editorial and commercial shoots including Vogue, Elle, W, Vanity Fair, V Magazine, Nylon, Cosmopolitan and Abercrombie along with Feria for L’Oreal and Garnier. Alejandro has spent years training and collaborating with some of the best hairdressers in the world including Garren, Max Pinnell, Italo Gregorio, Richard Ward, Laurent Philippon and others.  Most recently, Alejandro worked as International Educator/Stylist for Bumble and bumble and has trained thousands of hairdressers around the world along with being the CEO and Founder of

Once called, "the Manhattan style set's best-kept secret" by Allure Magazine (November 2006), Alejandro is now available to you!





*Level 4 Stylist | Owner | WELLA Master Color Expert

All the way from the United Kingdom, we bring you Wella Master Color Expert and Stylist Gary Topple. Trained by world renowned brands including Vidal Sassoon, WELLA and Bumble and bumble with over 14 years in the industry, Gary is no stranger to the "ART OF HAIRDRESSING". At Vidal Sassoon Academy London, he mastered the fundamentals of precision cutting with the ABC method. While at WELLA World Studio London, he honed his craft in Corrective Coloring, Special Blondes, Red Carpet Hair, The Perfect Blow Dry, Glamour Styling, Color Essentials, Color Dimension, Creative Color and completed the esteemed "BEST of BRITAIN CUTTING and COLOR" program. At Wella NYC he became part of the elite group of Master Color Experts. His one-on-one training with Lead Colorist, Reese, from Bumble and bumble University/BbU has aligned him with numerous leaders in the industry. 

With his extensive knowledge and experience in the hair industry, you can be assured Gary is one of the very Best Hairdressers in Asheville!




*Level 2 Stylist

Shelly’s career in the hair industry began 5 years ago in Sarasota where she trained under lead stylists Brandon Turner and Kathryn Sutton. She then decided to take her skill set to a higher level attending classes by world renowned stylists Travis Parker, Jo Blackwell, Jay Olsen, Jenny Strebe ( @confessionsofahairstylist) and L’Oréal to name a few. Her excellence in the art of hairdressing led her to MTV’s reality show Siesta Key as lead stylist!

With a passion for the industry Shelly is available to you at ASHES & STEEL STUDIO…



Sarah “Sasha”

*Level 2 Stylist

Sarah, brings 12 years of experience in the industry with extensive training in cities around the world including Sydney Australia, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Brisbane. Having most recently completing an advanced course in balayage.

She has also attended training led by some of the best hairdressers in the industry including John Paul Dejoria, Laurent Dufourg, Guy Tang, Jay Olson, and Mike Karg under world renowned product brands including Kerastase, PPS, Prive, L’Oreal, Paul Mitchell, Redken, Pravana and Pulp Riot. Having had the opportunity to assist backstage and on editorial shoots.

Owning Studio SC Salon in Atlanta before moving to Asheville, Sarah’s hard work and dedication comes from her passion for the industry and building client relationships.

Sarah is now available to you at ASHES & STEEL STUDIO!



*Level 1 Stylist

Kimberly’s love for the industry began while managing an Aveda Concept Salon. She realized her life’s dream when she graduated from Pivot Point Academy in 2010 and quickly decided to advance her career as an apprentice. She has been trained by world renowned hair care brands in cutting, color and styling techniques. Including Aveda, Goldwell, Wella, Oribe, Davines, Bumble and bumble and by global artistic directors Howard Mclaren and Joseph Dimaggio.




*New Talent Stylist

Abigail’s career in the beauty industry started in 2015 as a salon coordinator where her passion to become a hairdresser began. In 2018 she graduated with honors from the exclaimed Paul Mitchell school of cosmetology in Charlotte. Her passion for the industry led her to become captain of the design team with the local runway company, Charlotte Seen! Abigail continues to hone her craft by attending every and all available continuing education classes including Wella and Pulp Riot.

She is dedicated to elevating her craft through education and a love for the industry!

(What is a New Talent Stylist stylist... A licensed cosmetologist that have been doing hair for less than two years in the process of perfecting their craft)




Massage Therapist

Ella began her career as a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2010 after graduating from Space Coast Health Institute in Melbourne, Florida. She then traveled south and worked in Fort Lauderdale among the worlds largest yachting industry, including the International Boat Show and Shake a Leg Miami, a non-profit sailing organization. During this time Ella gained experience as a massage therapist working with people from around the globe. In 2012 she sought work in Asheville, NC with the world renowned Spa at The Grove Park Inn. Now, over eight years later, she continues to expand her professional career in massage therapy. Her experience includes certifications in Sports Massage with the Washington Nationals Baseball Club, Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Thai Massage, Reflexology, Hot Stone and Aromatherapy. Ella is an exceptional therapist that integrates a variety of techniques into each treatment customized to the individual client. She is delighted to be part of a new experience with an amazing salon, Ashes and Steel Studio.




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