Originally from Louisiana, Amy lives the “Laissez bon temps roulier” flair of her deep south roots!
Passionate about hair and inspired by the latest cutting and color techniques she embraces change and believes in educating her guests to achieve their look’s full potential via maintenance, product choices and versatility. Her approach is to create soft, beautiful, natural looking hair with the freedom of customization. Amy has enjoyed over 10 year career in cosmetology, traveling the U.S. and abroad and consistently broadening her skills to better serve her guests.
Chalet Kossey Co-Owner/Daymaker
Chalet spent much of her youth between Dallas, TX and Palm Beach, FL. Having lived in Columbus for nearly 20 years she now considers it “Home”. Chalet was mentored by Sheri Maunz and Monica Cayce, two of the most sought after stylists in the Columbus area. With the knowledge these mentors shared, it is no wonder, Chalet was selected to become a Redken Artist who travels around the nation educating hairdressers on the latest color techniques, trends, and all things Redken.
She draws inspiration from the natural, sunkissed highlights as seen on most young children. Though she appears to be more “Rock and Roll”, the looks she loves to create are refined, on trend, and with a very natural flow.
Kanani Eskew - Artist 2
Kanani has been a part of and in love with the hair industry since the age of fourteen. Fast forward 20 years and the love she has for her creative career has only grown stronger. Having grown up in Columbus, through connections she was offered her first job of sweeping hair at Styles by Cooper. It was here that she realized she wanted to be the one behind the chair designing new looks and making people happy. Kanani is most enthusiastic about making people’s day by giving them a cut, color or style that they have always wanted or creating one that compliments their features or lifestyle. The ever changing environment of the salon culture is what she is energized and inspired by. Kanani has a heartfelt appreciation for the opportunity to take on a different challenge, meet new clients, and get to know regular clients and their families better, be an artist and learn every single day. With this truly being her passion and calling, and with her years of experience and knowledge, she loves to create every aspect of total-look design. Just like at the salon, no day is the same for Kanani. She can be found on her days off walking her dogs, going to the beach, trying new vegetarian recipes and spending time with her son.
Katie Collier - Artist
Born and raised in Columbus, Katie is inspired by all of the unique trends of her big hometown. From custom cuts to suit her clients' lifestyles and aesthetic tastes to implementing the latest color techniques that enhance her guests' features and personalities, Katie has an impeccable eye for detail in her designs. Her impressive way of always turning her clients' desires into a reality for nearly a decade is a testament to her craft as well as her big heart. She is an artist that especially loves creating one-of-a-kind total looks for men and women by combining cut, color, facial waxing and styling.
Rachel Kilcrease-Marks - Artist
Rachel, whose heels can be heard throughout the salon, grew up in the small town of Phenix City. Though small in stature, make no mistake that her artistic abilities and personality are beautifully grand. Rachel is always extremely thoughtful in her approach to innovating a cut or color tailored to her guests' individual needs while maintaining the health and integrity of their hair. Rachel is especially gifted in the balayage technique of hair painting and designing organic cuts. She gains inspiration in classic and elegant trends. Her goal is for whomever is in her chair to look and feel their absolute best from one visit to the next and she always nails it.
Ami Leigh Payne - Artist
Columbus native, Ami Leigh, spent much of her 16 years of experience as a stylist in Warner Robbins. She is passionate and thrilled about returning to the community she grew up in. Ami Leigh brings so much to the 5o1 team with nearly two decades worth of industry knowledge, specialization in cutting and styling techniques for curly and difficult-textured hair as well as smoothing and keratin treatments. Ami Leigh gained invaluable experience from her time as an independent stylist, a cosmetology instructor at Middle Georgia Technical College, and as a co-educator for Aveda and Headmapping. You can find Ami Leigh here at 5o1 turning out some beautiful hair and top-notch service.
Marissa van de Vusse - Artist
Marissa made her way to Columbus from Northeast Ohio. She really enjoys a good challenge when it comes to hair. If you’re looking for a major change whether it be a drastic cut, fashion colors or you find yourself in need of a color correction, Marissa is ready to tackle the task at hand. Her creative interests in hair pair well with her bubbly personality and bold personal style. Her appointments often involve rad hair with a free side of laughter. Outside of her dream job of designing unique looks for her clients, Marissa is usually found channeling her flair for fun into new crafting and baking endeavors.
Megan Wood - Artist
Originally from Athens, Georgia, Megan has been in the hair industry for 9 years. She apprenticed at City Salon and Spa in Athens and worked there as a stylist for 7 years before moving to Atlanta. She then worked at Salon and Spa Venessa in Atlanta for 2 years. During her 9 years, she has been an educator for Goldwell and Davines. She has also worked with many other top names within the industry, such as Redken, Loreal Professionnel, Aveda, Bumble and Bumble , and Moroccan Oil. Megan believes that the world of hair is an ever-changing industry and prides herself on being dedicated to her craft and being “in the know” of what the new trends and styles are. Her favorite hair to achieve is soft natural looking colors and textured cuts. Megan loves her job as a hair stylist and enjoys every part of the relationship she builds with her guests.
Bleu Thomas - Rising Star
Blue has been a Georgia resident her whole life having grown up in Savannah then making her way to Columbus by way of her husband's military service. Blue has gained invaluable experience through a year of assisting our owners, becoming Headshape Matters certified (a hair cutting technique based on math and science) and tackling quite a few color and cut challenges for beautiful before and afters. Blue enjoys bold and fun colors in her own hair as well as getting to be creative with her clients. Hair painting unique and one-of-a-kind looks, creating clipper and razor designs with cuts and facial waxing are a few of the services Blue loves to be able to do at 5o1. Outside of the salon, she loves to actualize new and striking makeup looks, start new crafting projects and anything Star Wars-related.
Lacey Gold - Concierge
Lacey hails from Missouri. Her husband joined the military and soon they were off to the Fort Benning area. Not long after arriving, Lacey met the stylists and owners of what would become 5o1 Salon Experience and they knew they needed her to be the face and voice of their concierge. Lacey's naturally sweet, friendly, thoughtful and helpful character make her a joy and perfect fit for the salon culture of 501. She loves learning about the ins and outs of the salon industry through her day-to-day interactions with the other staff, clients, product suppliers and educators. Our stylists are not the only ones with artistic ability, Lacey creates all of our beautiful window and display signs that people often stop and admire while walking up and down Broadway.