What makes the Mode team different? They’re all nice people. Really. There’s nothing our owner values more in team members. As a whole, we believe that at the salon the experience is more than the services that we offer. It’s about the relationships we build. To create and maintain valuable relationships you must be drama free and genuinely nice!
The Mode team sets your salon or spa experience apart from other salons and spas in the valley. A strong client-professional relationship is what we strive for.
You’ve booked a haircut at Mode Salon + Spa. You come in, settle into the chair, and your stylist says, “Your ends are looking healthy! Let’s skip the haircut.”
Other salons will cut your hair without a second thought, but at Mode that’s not what we’re about. We want to help you make purposeful decisions when it comes to caring for your skin and hair. You won’t find anyone in our salon making unnecessary product or service recommendations. We’re all about what’s best for you and your wallet.
Get to know us because we want to get to know you! We believe that there’s a stylist or esthetician here for everyone. Have a quick Q&A with our staff!
Stylist Name: Topher Miller
Hair Speciality: I love working with naturally curly hair and specialize in curly girl cutting. I also love doing balayage and creating customized, individual, natural-looking color for my guests that complement and contour their features. Oh, and salon owner.
Favorite Service: I love them all for so many different reasons! I think cutting is an architectural form and very technical. Color is a science and artistry married with making a mess, and I love it! At the end of the day, my favorite services are any services I provide that brings a smile on my guest’s face, and when they can’t stop checking themselves out in the mirror!
Favorite Product: My current obsession is the Kaze Wave Sensual Curl Texturizing Foam. It leaves the hair soft and shiny and silky to the touch while creating bouncy and luminescent curls. TO DIE FOR! But I cultivate the lines we carry in our salon.. So that means I have been obsessed with all of them at some point!
Why Beauty? I was stuck in a corporate rut. I had a great career path, but I was miserable with the person and the direction I was becoming and heading in. I couldn’t be myself, I couldn’t be creative, and I had the echo of the same voice of corporate world jargon. I sought the hair industry because of the ability to marry the engineer-minded side of me with the artistic and adventurous side of me… I’m so glad I did. I found my passion. Now as a business owner, I get to share that passion with the community and team.
Why Mode? For me, Mode comes from the definition of the word. I am someone who loves language and finds meaning in the words we choose and represent ourselves with. Mode is a method or roadmap to get them there. Mode is haute couture and fashion, and this is where we as hair engineers and scientists become artists. We become fashion designers before your very eyes knowing the trends and having the technical skills and knowledge to deliver those high-fashion looks. Mode is who we are. Mode is who you can be.
Why Sustainability? First off, let me be clear. I believe climate change is real, be it man made or not, all we have to do is look outside and read the news to realize our planet is being overloaded and our natural resources drained. The hair industry wastes 430,000 pounds A DAY between just the U.S. and Canada. Our landfills are local… that means that every salon in your municipality could probably dig out their old used foils, old color tubes, old chemicals… none of those things are biodegradable and add to the increasing carbon output. I wanted to create a space where the high end meets sustainable beauty. Neither has to suffer for the other. Often you see sustainability but it doesn’t look pretty and often you see pretty with no sustainability. Why can’t we have both? At Mode, we do. We will continue that outreach with the community. Just like making your hair beautiful, we want to make the planet a little more beautiful than when we found it.
#Careergoals: To take over the world one head of hair at a time! Looking forward to having multiple locations across the valley and a city near you!
Life Motto: Seek to be worth knowing, rather than be well known. Also another favorite: “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” – Coco Chanel.
If you were a condiment which one would you be and why? Sriracha Mayo. I’m good on just about everything and take a bland situation and add a little spice to it!
Name: Catherine Anna Smith
Speciality: Plant lover, mineral finder, bug examiner, and personal chef. Front desk extraordinaire.
Favorite Service: Getting facials, such a wonderful treat for yourself.
Why Beauty? I like that the beauty industry is an outlet for people to feel better.
Why Mode? The people and how the salon is taking an environmental approach.
Why Sustainability? Part of my studies have been geared toward sustainability so I’m a big fan all around.
#CareerGoals: I’m going to school for Environmental Science. Studying to be an Herbalist and getting my yoga certification.
Life Motto: If you don’t like it change it. If you don’t change it you must like it.
If you were a condiment which one would you be and why? Honey, because… I’d like to think of myself as a wildflower. Strong enough to grow from dirt, capable of producing something sweet.
Name: Wendy Deremiah
Speciality: I am the manager. Handling chaos with a smile.
Favorite Service: Regular hair color appointments and lash extensions.
Favorite Product: Brilliant Damage Control… Would never heat-style without it!
Why Beauty? To help out a close friend who opened the salon & fell in love with the industry.
Why Mode? I had been with Salon Tru for 17 ½ years… It’s my home. I come with the building!
Why Sustainability? I want to leave this Earth in better condition for my son, grandchildren, and so on.
#CareerGoals: To grow with Mode Salon & Topher.
Life Motto: There’s always time for wine.
If you were a condiment which one would you be and why? Red wine vinegar. Why? It’s right in the name.
Stylist Name: Colleen Good
Hair Speciality: Short haircuts, bobs, extensions, + balayage.
Favorite Service: Short cuts.
Why Beauty? [I chose the industry] to help people feel beautiful!
Why Mode? It’s a gorgeous salon with a great owner and amazing product with the Aveda color line.
Why Sustainability? It’s the little things in everyday life that we can do to help out the environment in any way possible.
#CareerGoals: To educate new talent, and to keep up on trends and education.
Life Motto: Always have fun and be happy!
If you were a condiment which one would you be and why?
Ranch! Because it goes with everything!
Stylist Name: Kristi Murdoch
Hair Speciality: Balayage, blondes, and that poppin’ money piece.
Favorite Service: Color and styling. I also love photographing my clients and Instagramming.
Favorite Product: Shu Uemura Ultimate Reset Hair Mask—insane hydration & repair for dry, processed hair without weighing it down. It’s magic!!
Why Beauty? Because there is nothing more gratifying in life to me than to have ability to make someone feel like the absolute best version of themselves.
Why Mode? Topher.
Why Sustainability? Anything that I can do, whether it be big or small, that involves making decisions & taking action in protecting our beautiful world, I am on board with.
#Career Goals: To constantly evolve. Never stop learning. Always continue education & always share my knowledge with my peers
Life Motto: “Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
If you were a condiment which one would you be and why? Guacamole, because I’m super extra!
Stylist Name: Gary John
Hair Speciality: Color and balayage.
Favorite Service: Extensions!
Favorite Product: Davines Volume Boosting Mousse.
Why Beauty? I loved the idea of making people feel beautiful. Making others feel good about themselves makes me happy!
Why Mode? Mode is a salon that gives me great opportunities to continue my education. It also allows me to be a part of a community that believes in environmental sustainability, which is very important to me.
Why Sustainability? I believe it’s important to care for the world in which we live. I want to make the world a better place for my future children and grandchildren.
#CareerGoals: Eventually I would like to educate future or current stylists. I love sharing my knowledge.
Life Motto: Show kindness and love to everyone.
If you were a condiment which one would you be and why? I would be wasabi! ‘Cause I love sushi, and you can’t have sushi without wasabi!
Stylist Name: Katina Thomas
Hair Speciality: Color.
Favorite Service: Any cut or color that makes a dramatic change to a client’s look!
Favorite Product: Davines Oi Oil
Why Beauty? Because I get to make people feel beautiful on the inside as well as the outside.
Why Mode? I’ve been at the salon for 15 years, and I love my clients.
Why Sustainability? To leave the planet a better place for future generations.
#CareerGoals: To continue education and grow my business in Scottsdale and Minneapolis.
Life Motto: Be kind and treat others the way you would like to be treated.
If you were a condiment which one would you be and why? Ranch. Because it makes everything better!
Stylist Name: Jen Robinson
Hair Speciality: [I am] well versed in all areas.
Favorite Service: Cutting, cutting, and more cutting!
Favorite Product: Davines Blow Dry Assistant
Why Beauty? I wanted a way to make a good living and still have fun.
Why Mode? I believe in the owner’s mission of being kind to people and the Earth!
Why Sustainability? I truly believe we all need to do our part in reducing our carbon footprints!
#CareerGoals: To be a well-rounded hairdresser with the most current techniques.
Life Motto: All you need is love and good hair!
If you were a condiment which one would you be and why? Salad croutons. Making something healthy taste a little bit better!
Stylist Name: Brielle Galicia
Hair Speciality: Effortless, lived in hair. Balayage and dry haircutting to enhance natural beauty and texture of hair. Bold, vivid hair colors and pastels for my more adventurous guests.
Favorite Service: I really love being able to do vivid/fantasy hair color, paired with unconventional haircuts.
Favorite Product: Ample Angora Volumizing Mousse by Shu Uemura. It’s lightweight so it adds incredible volume for finer hair. It’s so versatile. I like it for air dry styles or to add an effortless, bed head texture to waved hair!
Why Beauty? The beauty industry encompasses so much that I love in life. Taking genuine care of people. Working with my hands. Creating art. Constant growth. Socializing.
Why Mode? Mode provides loads of support and education to stylists as well as guests. Its a real professional and friendly atmosphere.
Why Sustainability? I have always felt a responsibility to protecting the Earth. The beauty/cosmetics industry is, unfortunately, one of the most wasteful industries when it comes to packaging materials and over sourcing of crops. We try to be as eco friendly as possible by using and offering products from companies that use recycled materials and responsibly sourced natural ingredients.
#CareerGoals: As of right now my goals are to continue perfecting my craft, learning and growing as much as I can. Eventually I would like to travel and teach advanced hair cutting.
Life Motto: “Good timber does not grow with ease, the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.” – J. Willard Marriott
If you were a condiment which one would you be and why? Jalapeño jelly! Sweet and a little spicy. “Interesting” and usually met with a degree of reservation, until you try it, then it’s super addicting!
Stylist Name: Autumn Lemons
Hair Speciality: I’m addicted to color!
Favorite Service: I love changing hair with color and different placements and techniques.
Favorite Product: My favorite product is Davines Sea Salt Spray– the volume, texture and pliable hold has me hooked!
Why Beauty? I entered this industry four years ago, in hopes of helping others achieve confidence within themselves.
Why Mode? Mode salon has a modern look and a welcoming staff which definitely drew me in.
Why Sustainability? I care deeply about the world which is why environmental sustainability is very important to me. As it protects the natural world and gives us a healthy environment to live in now and for future generations. We all need to do our part to protect the world we live in.
#CareerGoals: I’d like to have a diverse clientele with which I connect to.
Life Motto: My motto is “Do the best you can do, and that’s all you can do”.
If you were a condiment which one would you be and why? If I were a condiment I would be salt because it makes everything better!
Stylist Name: Michael Kozelka
Hair Speciality: Haircutting.
Favorite Service: Haircuts!
Favorite Product: Aveda’s Grooming Clay
Why Beauty? I grew up in my mother’s hair salon. I feel at home in a salon!
Why Mode? I love all the products and constant education we receive to stay at the top of our industry.
Why Sustainability? I’m a rock climber, and conserving the environment and taking care of our planet is of the utmost importance to me.
#CareerGoals: I’m kinda really happy with my life and career, so I guess to just keep growing in the direction I’m already heading!
Life Motto: Opt outside!
If you were a condiment which one would you be and why? Sweet and sour sauce. It’s kind of self explanatory. I’m a little of both.
Stylist Name: Randi Armstrong
Hair Speciality: Sew-in hair extensions.
Favorite Service: My favorite service is balayage. There are so many techniques to learn it gives me the ability to customize my ‘patterns’ to whatever my client wants.
Favorite Product: My favorite product is Aveda Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Cream.
Why Beauty? I chose the beauty industry because I love helping people express themselves and hair is the best way to start. There’s so much versatility when it comes to hair, and it’s a forever growing industry not only including hair but lashes and nails. I can always take my talents to new heights.
Why Mode? I chose Mode not only because it’s an Aveda Salon but also because I loved the presence when I walked in, it was very welcoming. I felt as if it was a place that I could make my home, grow and learn as much as I can.
Why Sustainability? Just how we’ve been given one life to live, we only have one earth to live it on and if I don’t play my part in keeping it as clean as possible then what will become of it. Not only for me but for my kids one day. I want to live well now, and in the future.
#CareerGoals: My career goal is to gain as much knowledge about the industry as possible. I want it to not only be a hobby but an opportunity to make something of myself and see where I can go, behind the chair will not be my only avenue.
Life Motto: “Short term for the long term”. Life is a short term sacrifice for a long term goal.
If you were a condiment which one would you be and why? I would be Chipotle Ranch because ranch goes with anything and chipotle just adds a little kick to it. A little flavor!
Esthetician Name: Courtenay Weitzel
Skin Care Speciality: Painless Brazilian waxing.
Favorite Service: The service that makes my client feel the most beautiful!
Favorite Product: Beautifying Oil
Why Beauty? I was born into beauty. I’m third generation beauty industry lineage.
Why Mode? The staff members here are very down to Earth, and I like Earth!
Why Sustainability? The level of urgency to create change in how we care for this beautiful planet isn’t speak to us, it’s screaming in our faces. We can no longer ignore our accountability.
#CareerGoals: I’d like to be well known for my excellence in the services I provide
Life Motto: Music is vibration, vibration is frequency, frequency is energy, energy is everything… music is everything!
If you were a condiment which one would you be and why?
Wasabi. Tasty.. Yet powerful. It’s OK to cry with me.
Esthetician Name: Africa Rodriguez
Skin Care Speciality: Skin is my speciality!
Favorite Service: My favorite services are always going to be facials.
Favorite Product: Toner is my favorite product because it makes my skin feel so fresh.
Why Beauty? I chose this industry because it’s a career I know I can grow and be the happiest making people feel beautiful in their own bare skin.
Why Mode? I first chose Mode because of its location, the heart of Scottsdale, but I chose to make it my career home because we have the most amazing team. We have a great group of talented, beautiful people in and out.
Why Sustainability? We have one Earth, that alone says it all. Anything we can do to keep our Earth healthy I’m all for.
#CareerGoals: My goal is to grow a clientele I’ll keep for my life-long career.
Life Motto: To be in competition with myself and myself only. Always strive to be a better person than I was yesterday.
If you were a condiment which one would you be and why?
Ketchup because it’s my favorite, and it’s sweet just like me!