Leah Taylor

Owner/Master Stylist

@leahmichaeltaylor_hairstylist

Leah’s interest in the industry started when she was a child, pretending to color her mother’s hair in the family pool and spending hours and hours experimenting with whatever make up and hair tools she could get her hands on.  After experimenting on herself and friends through high school and college, she decided she wanted to pursue the proper training in cosmetology. She attended Goucher College for her first two years of college, and after taking some time off while working at The Skin Care Shop in Shepherstown, WV, she decided to finish her college degree at Towson University.  While studying full time, she got a job as a receptionist and assistant at All About Me Salon & Spa.  She then completed an apprenticeship for cosmetology under the supervision of Pepper Pastor and Cindy Johnson from 2003-2005.  After getting her license in Maryland and working on the floor at All About Me, she decided to switch paths and started her organic hair care career at Sprout Salon. This is where she was introduced to a cleaner and healthier way to work in what had always been a chemically toxic filled industry. She has always enjoyed working on photoshoots and had her work published in Hair Now magazine and Performance VW magazine in the UK. In 2008, she decided to take the state board test to obtain her senior stylist license. Then after 9 years at Sprout, she decided to make the plunge to finally make the dream of her own salon come true. It is important for her to focus on the reason why she got involved in the industry in the first place. She loves working with her clients’ needs and desires to try to make their visions become a reality while trying to keep the health of the client and their hair in mind. She loves to create effortless color and cuts that last through several stages of growth but is also is willing to push her creative abilities. Education is extremely important, and she completed her training February of 2016 to become a certified educator for Simply Organic Beauty, specializing in OWay.

HOLLY BURNHAM

Senior Stylist

@hollyburnham.hair

Holly Burnham has been a stylist since she graduated from Robert Paul Academy in 2001. She is passionate about helping clients find the best style for their hair type along with educating them on how to recreate and care for their hairstyle at home. She specializes in working with fine and curly hair, along with blonding, fashion and dimensional color. When Holly is not behind the chair, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, gardening, and both styling and photographing for editorial shoots. You can see Holly’s styling work published in a wide array of publications including Baltimore Magazine, The Knot, Baltimore Style, W Magazine, Under Armour, Pandora Jewelry, as well as for Centerstage of Baltimore and the Washington Ballet.

Achievements and Certifications

  • 2009 – First place in Avant-Garde Hair Wars
  • Certified with Microlink and Tape-In Extensions
  • 2017 – Baltimore Magazine’s “Best Colorist”
  • Brand certified with Organic Way and Original Mineral
  • Advanced education: Organic Way, Original Mineral, Wella Advanced Color, Graham Webb International Academy of Hair in classic, advanced and long hair cutting
  • 2019 – Hairstylist with O&M at New York Fashion Week

CAITLIN HELLE

Stylist

@caithelle_hair

Caitlin Helle has been working in the industry since 2009. She specializes in balayage, blonding, shags, curly hair and helping clients find the best style for their natural hair texture that matches their personal style. She is passionate about the community and is often networking and organizing photoshoots with other small businesses, in addition to doing haircuts for local recovery programs. Outside of her professional life, Caitlin loves shopping for vintage clothing, road trips/travel, caring for her jungle of house plants, and spending time with her cat, Cheddar.

Achievements and Certifications

  • 2012 – Certified Educator for Simply Organic Beauty
  • 2013 – Featured in “The Colorist” magazine as “30 Under 30 Colorists to Watch”
  • 2014 – Obtained her Senior Stylist License
  • 2017&2018 – Hair Stylist at New York Fashion Week
  • 2018 – Aveeno commercial
  • 2019 – Nominated as Smoke+Mirror’s Viceroy for Cult+King

JOSH POWELL

Stylist

@boyjoshdoeshair

Josh graduated from the Paul Mitchell Partner School in Annapolis, MD in 2016, but that’s not where his journey began. Josh grew up in the beauty industry, assisting both his mother and grandmother, who were stylists and salon owners in his hometown of St. Augustine, Florida. He specializes in blonding, from soft natural blondes to extreme icy blondes. He loves taking on challenging creative processes, beautiful natural color melts, and avant-garde creations. He believes hairstyling is an art and has no gender or race. Therefore, he is always inspired by the individuality of each and every person that sits in his chair.

Achievements and Certifications

  • 2016 – Top 100 in the Professional Beauty Associations Beacon editorial competition
  • 2018 – Platform Stylist at ELEVATAE HAIR show
  • 2018 – Nominated Baltimore’s Best Stylist
  • 2019 – Certified Educator for Simply Organic Beauty
  • Advanced Education: Organic Way, Original Mineral, Wella, Pulp Riot, Brazilian Bond Builder, Rusk, Oster, Joico, Hattori Hanzo and Redken
  • Brand Certified: Keratin Complex, Brazilian Blowout and Deva Curl

BRYAN TARKA

Stylist

@bryantarka

Bryan graduated from the Paul Mitchell Partner School, located in Historic Downtown Frederick and received his cosmetology license in 2017. Growing up, Bryan had changed his hair to just about every color imaginable, which sparked his initial interest in the cosmetology world. He worked as a salon assistant at a salon in Urbana, while also attending cosmetology school. It was during his experience as a salon assistant that he was introduced and trained to use non-toxic hair products. He specializes in short cuts along with both natural and fashion color. When Bryan is not in the salon, he is producing his own drag shows along with performing in many others in Baltimore.

Achievements and Certifications

  • Associate of Arts degree in General Studies
  • Brand certified: Keratin Complex, Brazilian Blowout and Deva Curl