Our Team

Jen – The Ring Leader

stylist_jenThe pinup era and pinup style is Jen’s baby, born and bred. She has always loved classic, sexy and classy pinup ladies, and the 1940’s is by far her favorite era for style, grace and beauty. She loves revitalizing classic styling from this timeless era.

Jen likes to say that, “My time behind the chair is when I’m the LEAST at work!” Being the owner/operator of the business side of Pinup Salon, you can imagine that she wears multiple hats and has lots to do besides actually working with clients and their hair. “Running a business isn’t for the faint of heart, but really, it’s my time with my clients that keeps me going. I love being part of the lives of people from every walk of life. The diversity of my clientele really feeds my soul. I truly grow from each person I meet, and I hope create a home away from home for my clients, where they feel truly cared for, appreciated and safe. It’s an honor to be in service of people who trust and honor you back,” she says.

She has been doing advanced training since the day she left beauty school, and truthfully, Jen just can’t ever stop learning. The way artistic evolution plays a role in us expanding our own skills and training is something Jen finds so fascinating and wonderful about this industry. “I love seeing other artists’ techniques and putting my own twist on them,” she says. Jen also enjoys finding new and innovative products that she can bring to our clients. Some of the specific training and certifications she feels most proud of are in DevaCurl haircutting; mastery of Pravana Vivids; balayage coloring techniques, including ombre; men’s cutting; dry haircutting; relaxer, smoothing and texture services of ALL kinds, including Keratin Complex, Pravana Keratin Fusion, Affirm and Brazilian Blowout; and vintage styling. Jen has also done extensive product training with the Unite, Pravana, Loma and DevaCurl lines. “I believe product education is critical to helping guide clients towards products that will deliver results for the specific needs of their hair,” she says.

Men’s cutting, balayage color and Pravana Vivids color are some of Jen’s favorite services to provide to her clients. Dry haircutting is also one of her favorite techniques, which is why the DevaCurl cutting method really resonates with her. “I was cutting hair dry before receiving that certification, and I love that it’s become more mainstream to respect curly hair in its natural state. As someone with naturally straight hair, I’ve always envied curls and I love being able to help women and men embrace the beauty of their texture, rather than fight it,” Jen says.

When her babies are older and she has more time, Jen would love to become a licensed barber so that she can offer her clients straight-edge shaves. It goes hand in hand with her love of the 1940’s, classic styling, and beauty care. “I wish more barbers offered hot shaves. It’s a lost art. I also believe that advanced training is a part of my career that I’ll never stop being enthusiastic about. No matter how expert I feel at my work, there is always a new creative technique that can bring my clients a fun new look, or an innovation in products that can transform someone’s options with his/her hair, so we all have to keep up!” she says.

Jen’s two kiddos are her heart and soul. “My son Emmett is the last humanitarian. He loves EVERYONE, and routinely hugs strangers. I wish the whole world could have that kind of love for others. My daughter is a spitfire, just like her mama. At 18 months, she’s already determined as hell to get what she wants out of life, so I’m about to have my hands full, but I love it! The most beautiful moments of my life have been watching them grow and love one another,” she says. Aside from spending time with her family, Jen is “a feisty poker player, fierce feminist and lifelong fighter for equal rights”. Since about age four, she has been riding motorcycles and really LOVES to travel, anywhere and everywhere. Not surprisingly, as the busy business owner that she is, Jen is a self-proclaimed workaholic with a thirst for entrepreneurship. “If anyone has a cure for that, let me know. I could stand to slow down!”

Jane – Mistress of Snark

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In high school, Jane loved getting her fellow student actors ready for theater performances. She loved learning new styles in both hair and makeup so much that she interned at a local salon for a year and a half while still in school. After graduation, hair became her career path when Jane entered beauty school. She met Jen, the owner of Pinup Salon, while she was still in beauty school. What started with a conversation about Pinup Salon’s new sign and logo turned into a gig styling hair and makeup for Pinup clients! Jane has now been doing hair styling and makeup for more than six years.

As a Pinup Salon stylist, Jane loves connecting with clients in a smaller environment, taking them out of the busy hectic salon environment. She enjoys working with creative, like-minded people who are looking for a relaxing salon experience that results in them feeling and looking their best.

Jane is certified in Pravana Chromasilk and Vivids Color, DevaCut for Deva Curl, and Pintura Color & Balayage from DevaCurl. She is also certified to do Great Length’s bonded and tape-in extensions, and vintage styling with certification from Rockabilly Ruby’s Beauty School. In addition, Jane also has taken advanced training in American Crew’s men’s cuts, Young Blood Makeup bridal application, specialty Pravana Vivids color techniques, and Unite’s dry styling and haircutting.

Her passion is to do hair treatments that involve working with different textures. Sometimes, that means working with people who lack texture and movement and finding the right wave treatment for them, or educating them on how to work with their own natural texture. Other times, Jane helps people fix texture problems with placement of a few extensions, for added thickness or for a pop of color. Overall, her favorite thing to do is help people become REALLY happy with themselves, and with their hair.

Mermaid hair is a fun hair treatment that Jane loves. She’s excited about the newer widespread trend for vivid color, and enjoys helping her clients achieve their best inner pastel rainbow – or oil slick beams of light.

Aside from her fun work at Pinup Salon, Jane loves going to live music events, cooking with friends and family, doing camping cook outs away from the city, or escaping to the different hot springs on her checklist. She also loves restoring and collecting vintage furniture and random home goods, and has a newfound knack for building vintage car models. Her two cats are her babies, and she shares a special gift with Mollie, for telling you what celebrity your pet looks like.

Shayla – “If you can’t grow it, sew it!”

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From applying press-on nails using chewing gum for glue, to a predictive comment by her first beautician that he could see in her eyes that she would be a hairdresser, Shayla has pretty much been destined for this career! As she grew up, the more time she’d spend in front of the mirror, trying all kinds of styles. She never played with Barbies, but she would play with their hair, and once she ran out of Barbies, she moved on to doing all of the neighborhood kids’ hair and eventually did her high school friends’ hair for homecoming and prom.

Two of Shayla’s aunts were well-known beauticians in Seattle, and Shayla is working her way to that credibility. She’s been a stylist officially now since September 2013, when she finally left the corporate world and enrolled at Seattle Vocational Institute. That’s where she met Jennifer, who was one of her instructors. One day toward the end of Shayla’s third-quarter, Jennifer called Shayla into her office, and to Shayla’s surprise, offered her a job at Pinup Salon. She jumped at the opportunity and started an internship in her last months of training and then was hired full-time immediately out of school.

Shayla loves working at Pinup Salon, and feels that it’s a welcoming, intimate place where her clients can come and relax, then leave feeling beautiful and a little more informed about their hair. It’s a place where she feels she can actually treat her clients like they are people and reassure them all the time that this appointment time is truly devoted to them. From the down-to-earth, real-life stories and situations they share during the appointment, Shayla feels like she and her clients get to lift each other up and enjoy an awesome sister/family type of bond.

In addition to her special skills with Deva Curl and Pravana Color, Shayla is certified with Pravana Vivids, Keratin Complex, and Unite Academy. Texture is another area of special expertise for her, whether it’s working with curls, cut, or chemical. She loves helping people whether they love their curls or want to get rid of them, and has a blast with total transformations such as going from black to white, long to short, and yes, if you can’t grow it, Shayla can sew it! Hair extensions are one of her favorite services that she can customize to the client’s needs, whether they be for an event, for fun, or to tackle alopecia or thinning hair! In the future, she would love to start teaching aspiring beauticians, giving back to the industry and budding stylists.

When she’s not working at Pinup Salon, you can probably find Shayla singing or hanging out with her son. She loves to travel and to hear other people’s stories. Karaoke is her go to outlet for fun and stress release. Dancing, and music in general also feed her soul.

Lindsey – Extension Goddess

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Lindsey started doing hair in 2005 — 11 years ago — at a chic salon on Capitol Hill. She worked there for four years, and took many classes in advanced color (blondes specifically) and advanced cutting. Meanwhile, she became certified in Keratin bonded extensions and did an apprenticeship with Master Extension Artist, Melissa Reetz. Eventually, she left her post at the salon on Capitol Hill to go to a salon on Mercer Island with Melissa, where she worked for two-and-a-half years. Lindsey finally joined the team at Pinup Salon almost five years ago, and we’ve been happy to have her ever since!

Ever since she was small, Lindsey loved playing with hair, cutting her dolls’ and even her own hair, and styling for anyone else who would let her! Going to get her hair done with her mom at a high-end salon in Downtown Seattle was the highlight of her month. She was destined to be a hairdresser.

She and Jen became friends many years ago when they were both attending beauty school, and they stayed in contact. When Jen was expanding the West Seattle Salon and Lindsey was moving to West Seattle, the timing could not have been better! Lindsey wanted a change, and hoped to move to a smaller salon where she could have a small, intimate and private space to do extensions, color, and cuts. Working with friends has been a plus.

Lindsey loves working at Pinup because we have so much fun with our clients and each other. Every day is something new!

She has been a certified extension specialist in Great Lengths hair extensions and Hair Dreams hair extensions for about 10 years. Since she’s a blonde and understands the blonde language that only blondes get, Lindsey has a special expertise in this area. She has also mastered cutting fine, thin hair, and short women’s cuts. Lindsey has been certified in many advanced color training classes and cutting classes throughout the 10-plus years of her career. To keep up with all the new trends in color and cutting techniques, Lindsey is always doing advanced training classes. Ombré coloring and high lift blondes are two coloring techniques that she is interested in developing more.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and going to Seahawks and Sounders games. Her other hobbies include rodeos, paddle boarding and BBQs with friends and family in the summers. Lindsey’s perfect night is dinner at great new restaurant with a good cocktail and awesome company. She is an avid animal lover and has two rescue dogs and a rescue cat — one day, she’d love to also have a pigmy goat!