Our Experts

Our Team of Experts

Cayce Smith - Lead Artist / Owner

Cayce, the owner and director has been in the beauty industry for over 20 years, spending 15 of them with AVEDA. She loves AVEDA and the fact that it is so fashion forward with the year-round education keeping her in the know. She enjoys teaching others about her craft, so you will not find it unusual to see her with new apprentice’s shadowing during any part of the styling process. She believes strongly in sharing all the knowledge she has acquired over the years. One of her favorite passions though, is color……

“I live for color! The transformation from start to finish is more self-rewarding than anything!” - Cayce
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Star Barwick - Advanced Artist

Star is one of our beloved advanced artists. Star is from right here in Wayne County and has been in the hair industry since 2000.Her passion is to give her guests a stylish yet customized look.

"Each guest is special in my eyes and therefore needs their own specific Personalized cut and custom color for an original look." - Star
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Kascondra Hushbeck - Advanced Artist

Kascondra has been in the beauty industry for 15 years, with 11 of those with AVEDA . She has recently relocated from California and is excited to blend her West Coast flare with us on the East Coast. She has received extensive AVEDA training in San Francisco and Santa Monica. Some of her other training has included Toni and Guy and Davines. While in San Francisco she was part of a Wedding Team and is passionate about making her guests just perfect for their special day. It is also very important for that her guests have the knowledge and tools to achieve salon quality styling while at home.

“It doesn’t matter how good your hair looks when you leave the salon if you don’t know what to do when you get home.” - Kascondra
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Melissa Ireland - Senior Stylist / Salon Coordinator

Melissa has dreamt of becoming a hair stylist ever since she was young, but life took her in a different direction. Melissa enlisted in the United States Air Force for seven years working in Medical Logistics. After her time in the service, she dedicated her life to her three boys and became a stay at home mom. Years later, she finally decided to follow her dreams and enrolled in the LCC Cosmetology School! Melissa graduated November of 2019 and finally joined the rest of our stylists on the salon floor, Feb of 2020. She has quickly advanced in her talents and has moved her way into management as the Salon Coordinator. You can still find her behind the chair on Tuesdays and Wednesdays!

"I'm enjoying being a part of the Panache family and in the beauty industry which I am SO passionate about!" - Melissa
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Marissa Cooper - Protégé Artist

Marissa graduated from the LCC Cosmetology School in July of 2020. Originally, Marissa wanted to become a teacher, but her passion for hair & makeup lead her down her current path in becoming a licensed cosmetologist! Marissa brings light to every situation she is in with her bright and bubbly personality. Color is what really speaks to her and is what she finds most interesting within the beauty industry. She is so excited to express herself, within the world of beauty.

"I LOVE the fact that all AVEDA products are naturally derived with 'green' ingredients and not made with harsh/harmful chemicals. The results from AVEDA products blow me away!" - Marissa
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A.J. Leigh - Massage Therapist

A.J. completed her massage training at The Healing Arts Center in St. Louis, MO in December 2016. She has spent the last 5 years honing her skills in therapeutic massage designed for chronic pain relief, posture correction, and injury recovery, including scar tissue release, all based in myofascial release. She relocated to North Carolina in 2021 because she always wanted to come back after living in Fayetteville as a child. Her passion is helping people get out, and stay out, of pain. She also enjoys incorporating mind and spirit wellness through energy work.
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Claire Johnson - Esthetician

We are excited to introduce Claire to our Panache Family. She is a licensed cosmetologist as well as Esthetician. While in cosmetology school at Mitchell's Academy she found a love for skin care and hair removal prompting enrollment at LCC for esthetics. She has perfected a craft in speed waxing and is always looking to perfect the latest techniques in esthetics and hair removal. Claire is totally comfortable in any area of the salon, whether it be on the salon floor, the wax room, or the facial room. Her diverse skill set allows her to provide a relaxing, thorough, and pleasurable experience. She strives to welcome every guest with a smile and ensure she meets their expectations. She ensures they are happy, feel welcomed and comfortable, while most importantly maintaining skin health, integrity, and professionalism.

"My goal is to make every guest feel welcomed and taken care of !!" - Claire
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Sam Coley - Manicurist

Sam completed her manicurist license in 2013 from Lenoir Community College and soon after, started working for an AVEDA spa where she fell in love with the different aroma’s. She also enjoys the ongoing continued education and is so eager to learn more about the products. Sam loves to meet new people and takes pride in making their hands and feet beautiful!

“I love what I do because I enjoy making people feel good and I love painting nails- I love colors” - Sam
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Shynestti Williams - Manicurist

I've always liked Cosmetology and working with hair, nails and waxing. I'm happy that my passion has become a living and my way of making people happy. - Shynestti
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Baeleigh Beasley - Guest Services

Baeleigh is currently a junior in high school at Faith Christian Academy and she also is in college at Wayne Community College. She is a true people person and loves working with people daily.

"I love greeting people and making them feel welcome in the salon and seeing their confidence boost once they leave." - Baeleigh
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Sharrona Pawley - Guest Services

Sharrona is originally from Jacksonville, NC and moved to LaGrange, NC after getting married. She enjoys reading and photography and spending time with her family.

"We see our customers as invited guests to a party and we are the hosts. It's my job to make the customer experience a little bit better". - Sharrona
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