Tonia started her career 22 years ago at ShearEgo International School of hair design. She then got hired out of school to work at ShearEgo in Pittsford and completed a Protégé Training under Jonathan Webb.
During that time she traveled to Honolulu for a Paul Brown smoothing and straightening education. She then continued her career to Victor NY, where she continued her education and traveled to many cities for hair shows and classes including Las Vegas, Chicago, Miami, LA, and NYC. She has taken classes with Nick Arojo, Wayne Grund, and was sent to a private hands on class with Oscar and his wife Wendy Bond to learn avant-garde color and cutting techniques. While in Victor, she ran her own Protégé Program at the previous salon she worked at. It was at that time she realized she wanted more out of her career than to just work behind the chair. She loved being able to share her knowledge, and education with new stylists entering into the hair world, which is how The T salon was created.
“I wanted to be able to create an atmosphere where new stylists could learn under the same kind of mentorship I did when starting my career. Also to create a salon environment that believes in work/life balance. I feel that in order to have a happy team, we all need to not only be passionate about what we do in the salon, but be able to have time to do the things we all love outside of The T salon as well. Education is very important to me, as well as team building events, and supporting our local community.”
When Tonia isn’t busy running The T Salon, you will find her on her farm riding her two horses Cash and June and always enjoying her favorite local restaurants in the Rochester area. She specializes in “all things hair” including but not limited to, highlift blondes, precision cutting, pixies and wedding/event styling.
With over 12 years of experience in the beauty industry, Eryn prides herself in staying current on the latest trends and techniques to keep her clientele looking their best. She graduated from Shear Ego International School of Beauty in 2010 where she was awarded first place in 2 competitions by industry legacy Peter Webb. She went on to complete specialized training through both Lanza and Bumble & Bumble in NC. Some of her continued education includes training at the International Beauty Show in NYC, Americas Beauty Show in Chicago and classes from world renowned artist Oscar Bond and celebrity stylist Wayne Tuggle.
Eryn specializes in artistic color transformations to include balayage, platinum blonding services, vivid color and color correction. She really enjoys textured shags, curtain bangs, pixies and dry cutting. When Eryn is not behind the chair, she enjoys spending time with her children, hiking, camping, singing and music.
“I love being creative, and this career allows me to do what I love every single day. It is so rewarding that I get to make people feel good about their appearance. I want them to leave feeling relaxed and cared for. I truly care about my clients and value the friendships we’ve built. I feel blessed and honored to be in this industry, where I have the privilege of serving and bringing joy to others.”
Melissa graduated from ShearEgo 22 years ago. She barbered for a full year after receiving her license and decided to go back to school to become a color specialist. She then took her career down south to Florida for a year. While she was there, she mastered blowouts on curly hair. Shortly after she returned home to NY to work at Thrills, she became a master stylist studying extensions. Melissa wanted to try something on her own, taking full control. This lead her to renting a chair and mastering all blondes and balayage. She is a mother of two little ones, 5 and 2 years old and worked part-time to raise them.
"Now that they are getting more independent I wanted to do something for myself again and join a team at a salon. Saw my beauty school bestie had opened her own place. She's always so happy and positive I just felt like that was the place I wanted to go and do something for myself again. As a mom it can be easy to get lost and focus on them. So I am very happy to have joined this team, I feel at home already."
Laura was born and raised in Victor, NY. She grew up passionate about music and realized that it had the ability to transform your emotional well being for the better. It was only a matter of time before the beauty industry found her and gave her that same feeling. Laura says:
"There is something truly special that you gain from creating and building a one on one connection with someone who knows your needs and leaves you not only feelings better about your appearance, but who you are. I am in this industry because I love transformations."
Laura gained administrative experience managing multiple successful businesses that allowed her to train other leaders in sales and personal development from San Francisco, Boston, to all over Upstate NY. It was through these years of experiences that she realized how much she loves to teach and build team business development skills. In her downtime, you will find her enjoying time with her husband, son and furbaby!
Sara has been in the industry for 4 years now. She graduated from the Eastern Monroe Career Center in 2017. Her love and dedication for the industry has stemmed down from her grandmother, and going to work with her while she was doing hair for the senior citizens at local nursing homes when she was younger. She really enjoys both skin fades and men's cuts. Sara has always had a keen eye for trends and loves to stay up to date with the latest techniques in the hair industry. Sara states:
“There is never a moment in a hairstylist's career where they don't stop learning, that's the beauty of it: always room to grow and always room to step out of your comfort zone with learning new techniques.”
Amelia has been passionate about hair since she was a little girl. It all started when she taught herself how to braid with her very first barbie! From then on, she fell in love with transforming, playing with colors, and being around people. As she grew, she continued to nourish that artistic spirit that led her to where she is today. Amelia completed the boces cosmetology program in high school and then graduated from Empire Beauty School. Amelia is currently our protégé in training, and is working to complete our Education Program here at the T Salon.
Amelia was a dancer for 13 years, loves dogs, and being in nature!
Est July 20, 2021