Our Team

Some of Portland’s top stylists and artists call Venus Allure Salon and Spa home. We have curated each and every professional based on their advanced skill in their given area of specialty. We believe in the dedication to providing you, the client, with an exceptional experience on every visit. Call or click on the scheduling button to the right. We can’t wait to meet you!

 

SHANNON BALCER

MANAGER

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Originally from San Jose, California, Shannon moved to Portland in late December, 2011 just in time to enjoy her first Oregon snowfall. She has worked in the salon industry for many years and has loved it from her first moment at the desk! “It’s exciting to me to enhance people’s lives through salon services. Customer service is extremely important to me and from the moment you book your appointment to the end of your appointment I will ensure you enjoy your experience here at Venus Allure Salon and Spa.”

 


JILLIAN SHEEK

RECEPTIONIST

Jillian is our part time receptionist, she is attending college while she works for Venus Allure Salon and Spa. An interesting fact about Jillian: she and her family own a christmas tree farm! She is attentive and helpful and is eager to book your next appointment.


ANN AKRE

SKINCARE : LASH EXTENSION SPECIALIST

 

Using a communicative approach, Ann ensures a comfortable, satisfying experience with genuine results. Her goal is for her clients to enjoy complete tranquility as Ann carefully listens to unique skin care needs and works with them to develop a skin care plan that executes desired results. In addition to her intense training a the Euro Institute of Holistic Skin Care, Ann is dedicated to advancing her craft through continued course work and frequent trade show visits. This guarantees that her clients are experiencing the benefits of the most current products, innovative techniques, and latest research. Ann specializes in Lavish Lashes Eyelash Extensions.

Ann is also an avid community leader. As founder and producer of the Portland Fashion and Style Awards, she is deeply connected to the design community in Portland and is an advocate for the growth of small businesses in the Industry; she’s always collaborating with and promoting talented people in this highly creative city.


 JINA BOWYER

STYLIST : COLORIST : CERTIFIED DEVA CURL STYLIST

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Jina is an energetic and enthusiastic hairstylist that embodies stunning creativity and elegance to create visually trendy looks. Believing that learning is a life long process, Jina has continued her education with a year-long apprenticeship, training at the Bumble & Bumble University in New York, along with continuing courses and is certified with Deva Curl.   She believes that creativity and education is key to the success of any stylist, and is passionate about the interacting on a personal level with each client to create beautiful healthy hair.


SHAUNA NAEYMI

STYLIST : COLORIST : HAIR EXTENSIONS : CERTIFIED DEVA CURL STYLIST

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Originally from Chicago, Shauna moved to Portland recently and quickly found a home at Venus Allure. Her goal as a stylist is to provide her clients with a modern and manageable style that results in feeling beautiful everyday.  Her background of training includes, Alterna, Kevin Murphy, and Bumble and bumble.  Her continuing education has helped build additional specializations in color, razor cuts, relaxing and smoothing treatments, men’s barbering techniques, tape extensions, African American hair and is certified with Deva Curl.


 KYLA MCALMOND

STYLIST : COLORIST : CERTIFIED DEVA CURL STYLIST : HAIR EXTENSIONS

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Kyla was born and raised in Portland Oregon and graduated from Paul Mitchell, where she also participated in the honors program, student council, and design team. Her passion for the industry drives her to never stop learning and to continue working towards being the best at her craft. She does this by attending all the classes she can, which simultaneously keeps her skills fresh and trend aware. Her pristine eye for color will make you feel stunning whether you want something natural, modern or edgy and fun! As a perfectionist Kyla’s cuts are precise and clean.  Kyla is dedicated to making her clients feel comfortable, confident, and beautiful!


 KRISTEN JOHNSON

STYLIST : COLORIST : ESTHETICIAN : CERTIFIED DEVA STYLIST

Kristen completed post-graduate studies at the Art of Makeup School in Vancouver, WA (certification in makeup artistry) followed by Bella Institute of Cosmetology in Tigard, OR (Hair Design and Esthetics). Kristen’s work in local college and professional theater has garnered favorable recognition, including awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival competition. She has done freelance hair and makeup for professional photo shoots, runway, as well as weddings and other special occasions. Kristen loves coloring, cutting, waxing, and makeup applications. With a creative talent she has a unique love and energy for her profession and is eager to get to know you!


MARIA VU

STYLIST : COLORIST

Bio Coming Soon


EDWIN ROMAN

MASSAGE THERAPIST

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Edwin Roman is an Oregon Licensed Massage Therapist who is passionate about providing stress relief to his client’s body, mind, and spirit. With over fourteen years of experience in the field of aesthetics and wellness, he completed his massage education in Florida. He recently joined the Venus Allure Salon and Spa as an LMT and looks forward to providing his art of biomechanics healing to the Portland area.


AMANDA BATES

NAIL TECHNICIAN

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Amanda aka Manda graduated from Northwest College School of Beauty in Beaverton. Manda enjoys obstacle course racing and spending time with her family. She is extremely passionate about the nail services she provides and does her best to educate her clients about the importance of taking care of your nails. She is always learning the newest and best techniques in both natural and acrylic nail services in order to give her clients the greatest experience possible.


MADDIE OISTAD

NAIL TECHNICIAN

 

Maddie comes to us from Phagans and is part time nail tech and part time piano teacher! She loves performing nail services at Venus Allure Salon and Spa, but where her true art is….Nail Art, she is fantastic!!! Get an appointment with her and don’t forget to ask to book time to do some nail art!


 JENNY HOLLINGSED

STYLIST

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Jenny is known as the Northwest’s top hair extension specialist. After a 2-year apprenticeship in extensions, she spent over 5 years perfecting her craft and has made it a personal goal to grow and excel. Always staying on top of the latest techniques and trends, Jenny knows how to draw out each client’s unique beauty.

“I love doing hair and I am truly passionate about my chosen career. I value each and every one of my clients and I look forward to making more people feel beautiful”


 

JULIE SPEIGHT

STYLIST : COLORIST

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Julie has always had a passion for the beauty industry and is grateful to have a career doing what she loves. Julie is now in her 14th year as a professional stylist and is excited to be at Venus Allure Salon. Julie’s offerings include creativity through the latest trends to the most sophisticated of classic looks and anything in between.

She specializes in Cutting many different hair textures, coloring, and Keratin smoothing treatments. Julie is a good listener and offers a consultation at each appointment to achieve the best style for her clients. She wants her clients to have a great salon experience, feel confident with their look and have the knowledge to style and care for their hair at home.


 

NATHAN RADER

STYLIST : COLORIST

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After 12 years of designing hair at Legends Salon in northwest Portland, Nathan decided to make the move to his new home here at Venus Allure Salon and Spa. It excites him to be in this creative, dynamic environment. The combination of the light-filled, open-aired space and up-and-coming surrounding neighborhood, makes for a  most welcome change and constant source of inspiration.

Originally from Southern California, He’s found that his true home is here in the Pacific Northwest. He’s proudly been in the hair business for 14 years, and has had the privilege of being mentored by numerous nationally and internationally recognized hair artists, which led to work on photo shoots, shows and demos. “I have a strong client following which I attribute to good listening skills, personal attention, confidence and detail. You will leave my chair looking beautiful, chic, colorful, tidy, powerful and styled. My experience says you’ll be back again!”


 

DARCY SOUTHARD

STYLIST : COLORIST

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Darcy, a Portland native, is an experienced hair designer with more than 20 years in the industry, complimented by receiving advanced training in Beverly Hills, CA. She has developed a sharp eye for precision cutting, customized coloring, and polished styling. Darcy’s emphasis on in-depth consultations ensures that her clients receive the best hair style to fit their personality and lifestyle. Clients will always feel comfortable and cared for while in her chair, with her warm and open personality. Darcy guarantees a current and beautifully styled look when leaving the salon.


 

M’CHEL BAUXAL-GLEASON

STYLIST : COLORIST

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M’chel Bauxal-Gleason is well-respected in the entertainment industry for her uniquely beautiful and contemporary hair & makeup. She has worked with countless celebrities over the years and offers her services to film, TV and commercial productions throughout the US and around the world. M’chel also offers hair extensions, coloring & cutting to a large number of clientele in Portland, Oregon.


 

AMYROSE AHLSTROM

STYLIST : COLORIST : HAIR EXTENSION EXPERT

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I became a licensed cosmetologist at a very young age due to a love of art, fashion, beauty, music, dance and having a very creative personality. I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area where I was a professional stylist for 5 years at Peter Thomas Hair Design before moving to Portland in 2011 and joining the Venus Allure team, as well as educating at other salons in Oregon and Washington for Kevin Murphy.

I am an advanced colorist trained in Goldwell and Davines color. I am a certified tape extension specialist, as well as trained and certified in Brazilian blow out smoothing treatment, Deva Curl curly hair cutting, razor cutting, men’s cutting, asian hair, up-do’s and formal styling, as well as experience in editorial, theatrical, runway  and avant-garde styling.

Being a hair stylist for me is not just a career but also a creative passion. I take pride in my work and my close attention to detail shows how much I enjoy hair dressing and making people feel beautiful.