kaitlin laing

owner of Cherished Beauty Salon
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Kaitlin is the owner of Cherished Beauty. She graduated from Paul Mitchell the School Jacksonville in 2012, and has fulfilled her long-time dream of salon ownership in February 2018. Kaitlin has the prestigious title of Paul Mitchell National Color Educator and travels to surrounding salons to share Paul Mitchell’s latest techniques and products with stylists all over central Florida. She oversees all continued education for Cherished Beauty and trains all new stylists through an intensive Protégé Program she created. Kaitlin is certified in EasiHair Pro hair extensions, Keratin treatments, and is known for her advanced cutting, updos and dimensional hair color skills. She has attended Paul Mitchell’s Caper and The Gathering, as well as traveled to Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Nashville and Columbus for extended education through Paul Mitchell. She has attended Inspiring Champions Champ Camp four times and Cash Flow Camp. She is a certified master makeup artist through Academy of Glam and specializes in special occasion hair and makeup. Kaitlin has advanced experience in the wedding industry with her co-ownership of A Cherished Bride, an on-location beauty services company. When she’s not working, Kaitlin loves to spend time with her husband, Drew, and two kids, Jonas (age 3) and Ainsley (age 2). She has a love for decorating and design and loves to throw a good party.

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the beauties behind the chairs
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ashley jackson

Ashley is a master stylist with over 17 years of experience behind the chair. She graduated from Traviss Technical College in 2002 and has continued her education throughout the years, attending Paul Mitchell’s Core Cutting and Paul Mitchell’s The Gathering. She has also refined her business skills at Inspiring Champions Champ Camp and is certified in EasiHair Pro hair extensions.  She excels in precision hair cutting and loves to give her guests a beautiful dimensional hair color that compliments their haircut. She gives the utmost care to her guests and is known among her guests and our team for her calming spirit and consistent expertise in this industry. Outside of work, Ashley enjoys spending time with her two daughters, Selah (age 6) and Ella (age 3). She also loves baking, singing, home décor and spending time serving in her church. 

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morgan sisson

Morgan graduated from the Aveda Institute of Clearwater in 2018. She was born and raised in Lakeland and has quickly grown into a blonding and hair extension specialist in the area. Her advanced skills in balayage and foiling have launched her career to incredible heights in her first two years behind the chair. She attended Inspiring Champions Champ Camp to learn how to better serve her guests and grow her business. While at camp, Morgan made the bold choice to join the Soaring Eagles program, a program that holds stylists to high accountability after camp. Morgan gives the utmost care to her guests giving them the latest techniques in blonding and hair extension placement. With her advanced social media skills, she manages the salon’s social media and has grown Cherished Beauty’s following. Ultimately, Morgan loves making others feel their very best. Outside of the salon, she loves spending time with her family, especially her niece and nephews. She also enjoys the beach, shopping and traveling.

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kelly wood

Kelly is a certified esthetician and graduated from Artistic Nail and Beauty Academy in 2018. She is certified in NovaLash Lash Extensions, Elleebana Lash Lift and Tint, and Esthetics Academy dermaplaning and Micro Needling.  She also does spray tans and customized facials. Kelly loves working in a team environment where there’s a lot of encouragement and support from her team. She loves meeting new guests and helping them to feel relaxed and pampered in her space. When she’s not working, Kelly loves spending time traveling with her husband of 30 years and is proud of her three grown children, Rebecca, Garrett, and Zachary. Kelly and her husband love to go to the beach and venture out on their motorcycle.

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melissa alessandroni

Melissa is the front desk coordinator and personnel manager, aka our daily lifesaver/superhero. Melissa organizes all the schedules for the stylists and guests. Our guests love her friendly demeanor and positive spirit. She goes above and beyond for our guests as well as our team. She has a true servant’s heart and loves to meet the needs of everyone around her. She loves getting to know the guests of the salon and enjoys chatting with them about life. When she’s not working, Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband of 21 years and her sons Andrew (age 21) and Joseph (age 16).

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haley oh

Our Haley is back! Haley and her husband have recently moved back from New York City and we are thrilled to welcome her back to Team Cherished! Haley excels in blonding and dimensional colors as well as EasiHair Pro extensions. She is also Oribe Styling certified. While in NYC Haley was a part of an exclusive assistantship program where she learned many new skills and time-saving techniques. She is excited to bring these new skills with her into the salon and implement them with her previous guests and new ones. Haley has grown her business skills and guest consultation with Inspiring Champions Champ Camp and continued to cultivate what she learned through joining the Soaring Eagles Program. We are so excited for you to officially be able to book with Haley, but be warned, her killer sense of style makes you want to shop online while your color processes!

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jessica pipkin

Jessica graduated from Traviss Technical College in 2018. She is known for her superb makeup skills, creative blonding and extension applications. Jessica soared through our protege program after she graduated from TTC and is currently building her book with hair color and blonding guests. Jessica’s attention to detail and deep desire to make her guests feel beautiful have earned her a loyal and devoted clientele. Jessica has attended many in salon education classes as well as Premiere Orlando and has many exciting trainings set for this year! She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, Stella (age 4) and newborn Scarlett. She is a musical theater junkie and enjoys singing in her church and acting in community theater.


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aubrey smothers

Aubrey is our newest addition to the team! Her sweet spirit and energetic personality come to us from Paul Mitchell the School Orlando. While she was in school Aubrey was a part of the Social Networking and Design Team. She was honored to be invited to spend her last months of schooling in “Phase 2”, a selective program where top-performing students are asked to be a part of a more intensive one-on-one program. Aubrey won her spot to Paul Mitchell Schools “Caper” 2020 through her record retail sales. Aubrey was also honored to be a Beacon graduate, a prestigious training on the “business” side of the hair. Aubrey is joining our Protege Program with her master of cosmetology license, Makeup certification, and Barbicide certification. Aubrey is excited to grow in her hair knowledge and skill as well as continue to cultivate a great guest experience. In her time off Aubrey loves to spend time with her nieces and nephew, teaching them all about the “Orange and Blue”.


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cali dominicak

Cali is the sweetest addition to our team! Her calm presence and incredible scalp/hand massage have quickly made her a guest favorite (I mean, who doesn’t need a killer scalp massage?!).  Cali graduated Traviss Technical College in 2011 and is a talented hair colorist, precision haircutter and does an amazing blowout/style. Cali loves to educate you on the proper product usage and gives a styling tutorial every visit in order to help you reach your hair goals! In her time off Cali loves being with her family, including her seriously adorable son, Cash. They love to go to movies and ride all of the latest rollercoasters at the theme parks. 

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katie young

Katie is a graduate of the Cherished Beauty Protégé Program. She graduated Traviss Technical College in 2019 and has diligently worked to grow her skills as a stylist, honing in on her love for haircutting and color theory. Katie started out with our salon in early 2019 as front desk aid when she wasn’t in school and has quickly become a beloved member of Team Cherished. Our guests have enjoyed getting to know her and her kind, yet spunky spirit. She is a breath of fresh air and a joy to be around! Katie’s eye for detail and devotion to a thorough consultation ensure that you will love your hair when you leave and have the best experience! When Katie is not with us she loves spending time with her husband, Tyler. You can probably find Katie trying to find reasons to avoid the gym or hosting a game night.

“To be Cherished is to be loved, valued, adored, admired, respected, and so highly regarded.
You were created for this. No other word can capture the essence of your inner beauty
and make it shine through. You, my dear friend, are Cherished.”

– team cherished