Owner | creative director | hairdresser
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 Abo Her mini-dachshund, Twig
owner | finance leader
A jack of all trades, TJ 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 and golfing 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
artistic director | Hairdresser | Makeup artist
Up-beat, dependable, and wildly creative, Kendra works both behind the chair and behind the scenes to make Virtue a place people come to feel comfortable and confident. Kendra is passionate about education— through Stay Sharp Nation and heading up Virtue’s Apprentice Training Program, she instructs and inspires her teammates and other craft hairdressers in the industry. Outside of work she spends her time listening to crime podcasts, running at Highbanks, and laughing with her goofy 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 | All of the amazing Pop-Ups at Virtue!
Ask Her About | Her latest adventure
Hannah started Virtue as an intern while she was in hair school, and fit right in. Now a Hairdresser 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 a bible study.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Cup O Joe
Ask Her About | Metro Parks
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. She also has a ten-year-old son with killer dance moves, and a baby daughter, Edie, who loves to watch them.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Boomerang Room
Ask Her About | Volunteering at CRC
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
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
Hairdresser | extensions Specialist
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
Kristen has a passion for cutting and blonding. Her favorite thing about being a hairdresser at Virtue is all of the talented educators that come in to teach classes. Variety is what keeps her going so she loves that every work day is different! Her black jeans, glasses, and Vans are the staples of her closet. When Kristen’s not at Virtue, she loves spending time with her dear pup; Sprout, biking, and checking out live music.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Lucky’s Market
Ask Her About | Parks & Rec
Approachable, upbeat, and intentional, Louie forms genuine friendships with every individual in his chair. He is known for his vibrant hair, personality, and catch-phrases. With a passion for short cuts and vivid color, he loves elevating his guests hair to reflect the person they are on the inside. In the brief moments when he’s not working, Louie spends time going on adventures with his boyfriend, Taylor and his beloved cat, Betty.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Inked & Screened
Ask Him About | His tattoos
Hairdresser | extensions specialist | Makeup artist
Give Shayla a styling wand 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 was 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
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 cutting 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.
Hairdresser | extensions Specialist
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
Out-of-this-world vivid 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 Smith & Davis. 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 | Wildflower Cafe
Ask Her About | Her pup + 3 kitties
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
hairdresser | makeup artist
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 fall in love with the way they look. Kayleigh loves thrifting in her spare time, acquiring pieces that remind her of her style icon, Rihanna.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Lucky's Market
Ask Her About | Her niece and nephew
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
After hearing from her favorite vegan pop-up, Woodhouse, that Virtue was looking for Guest Coordinators, Beth made her first visit to the salon. She really connected with the teamwork aspect of the salon culture and finds purpose in the mix of old-fashioned hospitality and commitment to vegan values. Her favorite part of being at the front desk is getting to know each guest a little bit and sharing in the excitement of their fresh look before they leave. When she's not at Virtue, Beth spends time studying for her Nutrition classes at OSU. She can also be found getting away on short trips in nearby states with friends or trying out new vegan spots around Columbus with her girlfriend.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | The Magical Druid
Ask Her About | Astrology
Having a Cosmetology license herself, Jenny knows all of the ins and outs of the hair industry. Her knowledge, combined with her killer organizational skills give her pride in her skills to maintain a pristine schedule. She shares our passion for connecting with the community and giving back to it in any way we can. Jenny currently lives with her boyfriend, Brandon, and their two cats, Henry and Theo. When she’s not at the front desk, she’s hanging out with her nieces and nephews and winning the award for Best Aunt!
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Virtue Salon!
Ask Her About | Her kitties
After 8 years in the hair industry, Brenna was seeking to be “re-inspired”, so she reached out to her first ever cosmetology educator, Melanie. Brenna has a plethora of education including classes with Vidal Sassoon Advanced Academy, American Crew Menswork, Lupe Voss, DJ Muldoon, Douglas McCoy, Tim Howard, and Ricardo Dinis. Over the 8 years that she’s been behind the chair, she has learned how to ask the right questions to make sure she’s on the same page with her guests before she starts their services. She prides herself in being genuine and honest with her guests. The biggest compliment she’s gotten is that she’s “real” through and through. She’s the same amazing Brenna at Virtue as she is at home with her husband and two sons.
Favorite Clintonville Gem | Boomerang Room
Ask Her About | Concerts she’s been to
Allison helps with everything from setting up appointments to checking Guests out, and making sure everything runs smoothly in between. She is a major contributor to the strong sense of community and teamwork that she loves so much about Virtue. When Allison’s not at Virtue, she loves spending time interacting with nature: hiking, creeking + working with animals. Trained in ecology; she is an expert at science facts and identifying wildlife, and has a huge passion for environmental conservation.
As a Cleveland native, Allison doesn’t have a Favorite Clintonville Gem yet
Ask Her About | her latest Sci-Fi read