Owner | creative director
Moving from behind to the chair to behind the scenes to curate the Virtue experience, Melanie spends her days dreaming up ideas for the salon and innovating practices. She stays sharp by doing creative haircuts and styles on models (follow #melaniesmuse). Although she has so many great memories since she opened the doors in 2010, her favorite moment was announcing the move to the new location over champagne.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Everything!
Ask Her About | Her mini-dachshund, Twig
owner | finance leader
A jack of all trades, Thomas left his construction career in 2013 to support the growing family business. He has a talent at looking at a situation and devising a solution, which helps him take care of all of Virtue’s business needs. Camping, creating and climbing are some of his favorite hobbies, and his favorite Virtue memory is the team’s weekend camping trip at Hocking Hills.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Lineage Brewing
Ask Him About | Woodworking
team advisor | front desk leader
Sarah helps with everything from managing the Team’s schedules, to coaching our Guest Coordinators and everything in between. Sarah has dreamt of being part of our team for several years and “bugged Melanie until something opened up”. She is dear friends with so many people on our Team and loves being able to work alongside them and see them create. When she’s not at Virtue, she keeps herself busy cooking, spending time with friends and her wife, and exploring new things.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Bareburger
Ask Her About | Random holistic health facts
artistic director | Level 3 Hairdresser | Makeup artist
Talking with people, prepping for the day and styling her guests, Kendra loves making Virtue a place for people to come where they feel comfortable and confident. To her, the atmosphere and team makes Virtue a wonderful place to work. Kendra is part of Stay Sharp Nation and leads the Apprentice Training Program at Virtue. She loves to educate her guests and other craft hairdressers. Outside of work she spends her time listening to podcasts, running, and spending time with her son, Finn.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Rag-O-Rama
Ask Her About | Dad Jokes
brand developer | operations director
Emma has been a guest at Virtue Salon since it opened in 2010, and joined the team in 2016. She loves the friendly environment and that guests say Virtue “feels like home.” She feels connected with Virtue’s values and high commitment to giving back. With a “Yes!” attitude, Emma takes initiative and learns as much as she can about leadership and innovation. Outside of the salon, she’s certified in Personal Training, Reformer Pilates, and loves rock climbing and urban exploring.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Wildflower Cafe
Ask Her About | Her latest Ohio adventure
Level 2 Hairdresser
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 | Metro Parks
Level 4 Hairdresser | MakeUp Artist
With education from Paul Mitchell the School, Vidal Sassoon Academy ABC, DJ Muldoon, Tina Anderson and Creative Cutting, Sarah is an expert at haircutting. Her days are busy, but enjoyable and she loves that she gets to be creative in a supportive environment. Her husband, who she met at Virtue, is also in the business of hair, and has an ten-year-old son with killer dance moves.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Boomerang Room
Ask Her About | Volunteering at CRC
Level 4 Hairdresser
A hairdresser 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
Ask Her About | Her favorite movies
Level 4 Hairdresser
One of the top short-hair stylists in Columbus, she feels like she’s become friends with a lot of her guests. She loves when they come in and say “I have so much to tell you!” Part of the Virtue team since 2012, her favorite part of the job is seeing people she loves and catching up with her guests. Outside of work, she spends time with her family, cooks, shops and works out.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Smith’s Deli
Ask Her About | Gossip Mags
Level 2 Hairdresser | makeup artist | extensions Specialist in training
Coming from the huge corporate accounting world, Lindsay wanted a big change and fell madly in love with cosmetology. She genuinely loves people—getting to spend her days talking to and hanging out with people is a dream come true for her. Color is Lindsay’s middle name—she loves any opportunity to be creative with color; especially balayage and fantasy color. But most of all, she thrives on making each and every person that sits in her chair feel special.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | The library
Ask Her About | Her most recent culinary creation
Level 4 Hairdresser | Extensions Specialist | makeup 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
With a warm smile, Adele is a hard-worker who strives to make every guest feel at home as soon as they step through the door. After hearing about this position through her big sister, Emma, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be part of the Virtue family with her family. A lover of the environment herself, Adele is blown away by the high emphasis placed on integrity at Virtue Salon. Adele spends her time-off hammocking at metro parks around Columbus with friends and playing with any dog she can find.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | The Little Eater
Ask Her About | Her upcoming hiking plans
Level 3 Hairdresser
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 & Screened
Ask Him About | His tattoos
Level 2 Hairdresser | extensions specialist | Makeup artist
Give Shayla a styling wand, Powderfix, Urban Decay and Colourpop, and this hairdresser 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 Hairdresser
The best compliment Zoey can get is when a guest says they gained self-confidence after a haircut; she appreciates the ability to give that to anyone in her chair. Since she graduated from hair school, she’s wanted to work at Virtue and so far, enjoys the continued education she receives, like DJ Muldoon’s cutting class. On any given day, Zoey’s all about dresses, tights and bold lipsticks!
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Cup O Joe
Ask Her About | Debbie Harry, her style icon
Most mornings Akilah's friendly face is the first thing guests see when they come to Virtue. Easy to talk to, she makes a great receptionist. Outside of work, she spends time with her wife and kids, and coaches a high school girls soccer team. She admires Katherine Moennig's style, and is convinced the line "I woke up like this" was written with her in mind.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Table Top
Ask Her About | Video Games
Level 2 Hairdresser | extensions Specialist in training
A graduate of the Paul Mitchell The School Columbus, Brittany immediately applied to Virtue Salon after seeing it for the first time; she loves the encouraging, supportive atmosphere. With a passion for balayage, blonding, and foils, this girl knows how to use some bleach. Aside from doing hair, reading, spending time with her friends, and drinking good coffee is how Brittany spends her time.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | The Crest
Ask Her About | Bible Study
Level 1 Hairdresser | makeup artist
Out-of-this-world fantasy color expert, Kelby strives to promote open communication on a daily basis-- there’s no such thing as a stranger to her! She loves learning; by staying up to date with the latest hair trends, and through her favorite educational classes at Virtue, like Sugar Skulls. Kelby knew immediately that Virtue was the place for her because she gets to spend every day working with her best friends. Outside of work, Kelby loves cheering on her favorite Cleveland sports teams, and spending time with her sweet baby Porter and the rest of her family.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Small Talk
Ask Her About | Her pup + 3 kitties
On a typical day, Dom is the go-to guy for any of the Hairdressers or Guests that need help around the salon. Fun-loving and creative, Dom loves the welcoming, upbeat and fun atmosphere at Virtue. The lead singer and manager of a band in Columbus called Liberty Deep Down, it is his dream and goal to succeed at music. When he’s not making music or killing it at the Front Desk, Dom prides himself in being a fun uncle, and loves working out any chance he gets.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Virtue Salon!
Ask him about | His pup
Level 2 Hairdresser | makeup artist
Allison’s love for the beauty industry started at a young age. She grew up watching her mother work as a hairdresser; the craft runs in her blood! Licensed since 2009, she has been behind the chair in NYC + ATL. Throughout her life, Allison has studied art, and has continually expressed herself through hair, makeup, style & fashion. She is constantly collaborating with other creative individuals on photoshoots, both behind and in front of the camera. Allison has a keen eye for detail. She loves working with all hair types + textures and whole-heartedly believes that beauty knows no gender, race, or age. She encourages her guests to express themselves in whatever way they feel best!
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Pearls of Wisdom
Ask Her About | Her latest photo shoot
Kayleigh's great listening skills are a huge asset for her role here at Virtue. She loves being able to let people unwind while she works her hair magic. She learned about Virtue while she was a student at Paul Mitchell and couldn't pass up the opportunity for further education here . Her favorite thing about her job is when she gets to see people start to love the way they look. Kayleigh loves thrifting in her spare time, acquiring pieces that remind her of her style icon, Rhianna.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Lucky's Market
Ask Her About | Her niece and nephew
Level 1 hairdresser
Colleen fell in love with hairdressing when she was a little girl. She would use sponge curlers at sleepovers and braid her teammates’ hair for sporting events. Since then, she has perfected the beachy wave and loves hand-painting color. She’s so thankful to be part of a work environment where everyone makes her laugh and have fun every single day. Her style defies time and weather; you'll find her sporting sandals even in the brisk Ohio winters. She’s committed to making the salon, herself, and the community the best that it can be!
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Local Cantina
Ask Her About | The most recent trip she took
Problem-solver, multi-tasker, and expert organizer, Kristen loves spending her days at Virtue. She plays a key role in coordinating guests and stylist schedules and keeping everything running smoothly. She loves that every work day is different—variety is what keeps her going! Her black jeans, glasses, and Vans are the staples of her closet. When Kristen’s not at Virtue, she loves spending time with her dogs, biking, and checking out live music.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Club 20
Ask Her About | Parks & Rec
Riley ran into some of the Virtue Team Members at Raw Artists Columbus and it was love at first sight. Her favorite part about working at Virtue is “the positive, extremely creative environment. I feel so lucky to work with so many super inspiring people.” With a passion for color and styling, she is eager to grow as a hairdresser in all aspects. Outside of work, she keeps busy and active as part of a weekly bowling league, playing volleyball, kayaking and spending time with her family.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Dough Mama
Ask Her About | Her volunteer work at local humane societies.
Images captured by | Kate Sweeney