Owner | Level 4 Stylist
Melanie’s passion for styling hair has grown from a fun hobby in middle school to a beautiful expertise. She completed vocational school in 2003, graduated with a bachelor’s in art from The Ohio State University in 2007, opened Virtue salon in 2010, and continues to refine her skills at every opportunity. She received advanced education from Paul Mitchell in Newport Beach, CA, San Antonio, TX, and Salt Lake City, UT, as well as from the Toni & Guy Academy in Paris. Melanie attended the 2008 International Hair Show in London, England, America’s Beauty Show Chicago in 2012 and 2013, and the Vidal Sassoon cutting class in Chicago in 2012, among many other various training events. Melanie loves all aspects of cutting hair, but enjoys learning and education the most. A fierce up-stylist, her background in art compliments her vision, treating hair like a sculpture. Intense, productive, adventurous and fun-loving, Melanie loves working with her powerful and supportive team.
The unique look, mission statement, and overall lifestyle of the salon drew Jacquie to work at Virtue. She loves how the Virtue team makes a point to not only provide excellent customer service, but actually get to know the guests, and work together as a support system. Jacquie’s positive attitude and ability to handle one thing at a time allow her to manage stressful situations in a productive way. A lover of classic and casual attire, Jacquie will most likely be wearing a pair of cropped skinny jeans, a cardigan, and flats.
Teaming up with his wife, Melanie, TJ wanted to help build and develop a business together. He works on the basic operations of the business, as well as coordinating and scheduling. The Virtue team works together; as a supportive team, they create an inviting work environment for Virtue clients, a welcoming family aspect of Virtue Salon which TJ greatly values—though he also loves the PattyCake Cookies. At Virtue's Hair-A-Thon benefiting Pets Without Parents, he and Melanie adopted their second dachshund together, which is one of his favorite memories at the salon. On most days, TJ works from his favorite piece of furniture at Virtue.... his desk!
Level 4 Stylist | Make-Up Artist
Virtue’s first employee, Sarah followed her attraction to the beauty industry, becoming a hairstylist in 2009. She found Virtue Salon shortly after, and has created many memories since; she even met her husband at the salon! Because of the variety of services Virtue provides, Sarah enjoys the challenge that every day is unique, which encourages her creativity. Personally, she spends time at her church, loves live music, and draws inspiration from Ashley Olsen. She’s all about ColorProof products, her husband and stepson, and Mukha liquid foundation.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Boomerang Room
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Level 4 Stylist
A hairstylist with Virtue since the beginning in 2010, Teake creates relationships that last, whether it’s with her coworkers or her guests. No matter what kind of appointment it is, you will find Teake laughing and enjoying conversations with her guests. Virtue’s core value of collaboration really resonates with her; when someone sits in her chair, she works with them to figure out what is best for their hair. Outside of work, she spends time with her husband, daughter and close friends.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Global Gallery
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Level 4 Stylist
Growing up, Claire loved going to the salon. Now, Claire works in a salon she loves. To her, the Virtue Team is like family; they support and appreciate each other. In 2014, the team even organized a surprise baby shower for Claire, a memory she cherishes. Claire works magic in cutting and styling short hair and loves making brows beautiful. Hair powder, hairspray and dry oil are usually within her reach. At home, Claire spends time with her daughter, Nora, husband, Mike, and her two dogs.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Smith’s Deli
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Level 4 Stylist | Extension Specialist | Make-up artist
On her middle school cheerleading squad, Lexi was the go-to-girl for hair on game days (#GoBulldogs #BigBows). A talent Lexi has cultivated since then, she mastered the ability to create smooth style without using heat tools, and is trusted by many to complete dramatic before-and-after services. Her style icon is Jaclyn Hill, a professional makeup artist, and the inspiration behind Lexi’s project, Blushes and Blowouts.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Local Cantina
Ask Her About | Her latest DIY project
Level 3 Stylist | Extension Specialist | Make-up artist
Cayla shines at beach waves, blonding and blowouts. She loves the fast-paced atmosphere, but that the salon feels laid back at the same time. When a guest says “thank you for listening,” it reminds her that being a hairstylist is about more than quality services, it’s about taking care of people. Volunteering and supporting neighborhood causes are important to Cayla, and she gets to do that more often through Virtue’s commitment to the community.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Wholly Craft
Ask Her About | DIY Projects
Level 3 Stylist | Extension Specialist | Make-up artist
To Amy, her guests are more like an extended family; she loves that during any appointment, whether it’s color or extensions, they teach her just as much about life as she teaches them about hair. With that, plus the team unity, being a hairstylist at Virtue doesn’t really feel like “work” in the traditional sense. Every day in and out of the salon is pretty busy, but she loves that she can rely on the Virtue team to keep everything running smoothly.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Park of Roses
Ask Her About | Her Intervention Specialist studies
Level 2 Stylist
Louie is all about good vibes, good times, and good conversations with all of his regular and new guests. Knowing Melanie through Paul Mitchell School, he knew Virtue Salon was the only place he wanted to work. His greatest skill is his approach; he’s trustworthy and easy to talk to. In the brief moments when he’s not working, Louie spends time going on adventures with his boyfriend and close friends.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Inked & Skreened
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Level 2 Stylist
Hannah started Virtue as an intern while she was in hair school, and fit right in. Now a hairstylist with plenty of continued education certifications, Hannah loves when she hears, “you and your skills always make my day” from a guest. She loves the support she gets from the Virtue team, and has so much fun at the annual holiday parties. When she’s not in the salon, Hannah will be hiking, rock-climbing or teaching bible study.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Cup O Joe
Ask Her About | Crocheting
Level 2 Stylist | Make-up artist
Give Shayla a styling wand, Powderfix, Urban Decay and Colourpop, and this stylist can make some magic. Between balayage, upstyling and makeup appointments, Shayla still loves to help out around the salon. A guest once told her “this is the best my hair has ever looked,” which is so meaningful to Shayla; she believes in the integrity of the consultation, and takes the time to fully understand what her guest wants.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Virtue Salon
Ask Her About | Her paintings
Level 1 Stylist
Ever since Kendra can remember, she has loved hair and hairstyling. A graduate of Paul Mitchell the School Cincinnati, Kendra is constantly furthering her styling education. She’s attended cutting class with DJ Muldon, an advanced cutting and color class with Jen Montoya and Christian Gaytan, and updos with Martin Parsins, and many others. Kendra’s strongest skill? Cutting. She loves dramatic cuts and her style icon is Kaley Cuoco from Big Bang Theory. The welcoming and happy demeanor of everyone at Virtue is Kendra’s favorite aspect. Kendra vividly remembers how kind and helpful everyone was in her transition into Virtue in 2016, and that has stuck with her as her favorite memory thus far. When Kendra is not at Virtue making killer cuts, she loves to go to the zoo and other adventures with her son Finn.
Brittany | Apprentice
Lindsay | Apprentice
Kelby | Apprentice
Emma | Receptionist
On a typical day, Emma is the coffee queen and conversationalist at Virtue. She’s been a guest at Virtue Salon since it opened in 2010, and joined the team in 2016. She loves the friendly environment and values, and that guests say it “feels like home.” With a “Yes!” attitude, Emma takes initiative and learns as much as she can about leadership and availability. Outside of the salon, she’s a certified in personal training and reformer pilates.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Rag-o-Rama
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