Agatha has been doing hair for 20 years and enjoys every minute of it, from backstage work to transforming a client’s look.  She likes to keep herself energized and inspired through taking cutting edge classes, allowing her to keep things fresh and exciting for her clientele.  She always leaves work feeling great, knowing that she made a difference in how her clients feel about themselves.



From the time Denise was a little girl, she knew she wanted to make a difference in the way people felt about themselves.  She immediately knew that she wanted to be a hairdresser.  From dolls, to her mother, then onto neighbors and friends; she pursued her dream.  From there she went to school, only to find after graduating that the world and each person is a canvas.  After over 20 years in the business, hair has become even more than an art; doing hair has become a chance to make a difference in client’s lives.  Nothing makes Denise happier than putting smiles on the faces of clients because maybe that is exactly what that he/she has needed all day, month or even year!



When Kelly started cosmetology school in her Junior year of high school, she knew hair would be her career for the rest of her life.  It has been over 21 years since then, and her passion for her craft has only grown.  She loves continuing her education yearly by attending classes throughout the Tri-state area.  To Kelly, hair is an art form and she loves having new canvases to create with.



Ricky is a salon industry veteran with 20 years of hair styling experience. He has been the proud owner of Atelier Salon and Spa for 15 years. Within that time, Atelier has become the “Place to Go” for outstanding hair styling and services in the Basking Ridge area. Ricky is a curly hair specialist and created “Ri Ci,” a unique cutting system and line of products designed specifically for curly hair. At Atelier Salon you will discover “a team of elite artist who achieve perfection through superior knowledge and professionalism in a comfortable, friendly environment.”



Kelly comes from a family of artists and was constantly exposed to creativity from a very young age. From watching her dad paint and sculpt to admiring her mom apply makeup every morning, she developed a natural creative edge. She always knew that she wanted a career in which she could put her creativity to use regularly. When she discovered the beauty industry, she also discovered a new passion. She considers herself very lucky to be able to use her artistic way of thinking to make others feel amazing about themselves. She is always on top of new hair and makeup trends and techniques to keep her clients trendy and modern. Her passion for the industry is reflected in every client that sits in her chair.


Growing up in a salon and watching her mother behind the chair had a huge impact on Alissa’s decision for her future career. While in school at the Capri Institute, she fell in love with the idea of endless opportunities and trends in the beauty industry. Even now as a licensed professional, Alissa takes continuing her education very seriously and as much as she excels she never stops continuing to learn and grow as a Stylist. She is certified in Babe and Hot Head extensions and also Brazilian Blowout Treatments, all services that help to enhance her client’s end results. Not only does Alissa love doing hair, she is also extremely passionate about makeup as well. She feels beyond rewarded when she caps off the perfect “do” with a flawless face of makeup!


Alexa has always longed to be a part of the hair industry and the moment she began school at “The Cutting Edge Academy,” she knew it was the first day of a very rewarding life. Styling, coloring and cutting are all forms of therapy that she cannot help but get lost in. Alexa had the honor of training with the famous “LaLa” of “Lalas Updos,” spicing up her knowledge and creativity for the perfect bridal, formal and casual hairstyle. She has also been specially trained in Keratin, Brazilian and Magic Sleek smoothing/ straightening treatments. Continuing her education is extremely important to Alexa and she is always looking for ways to continue to grow, improve and stay current with the most popular and flattering trends. There is absolutely nothing better than seeing the look of satisfaction and confidence on her client’s faces at the end of their appointments together!


After a year of attending art school, Kaytlen decided to pursue her love of hair and get her cosmetology license. She has taken advanced education courses at both Vidal Sasson and Wella. During her free time, Kaytlen likes to explore the great outdoors, paint and draw.


Nail Technician

Portia is a licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Educator and has been a Manicurist since 2008. She not only specializes in all hand and foot services but facial waxing and eyebrow tinting as well. She is extremely knowledgeable in both nail/skin care and health and spends time with each individual client to create a custom care plan for them. Portia always puts hospitality, comfort and the needs of the client first.