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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Melissa Ireland - Senior Stylist

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 we can't wait to see what else is in store for her here at Panache!

"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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Amanda Hicks - Esthetician

Becoming an esthetician was always Amanda’s lifelong dream. Amanda made that dream come true, graduating from the AVEDA Institute of Chapel Hill with honors. Amanda fell in love with AVEDA as she truly believes in the natural holistic lifestyle that AVEDA stands by. Her passion is to not only help others feel good about the beauty on the outside but also the healing that can happen within.

“My favorite thing to see is the transformation that happens with each client. Not just the physical but the emotional as well. That glow that not only shows how amazing AVEDA products are but that radiance of tranquility within that shines as they leave. That glow is everything!" - Amanda
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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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Gabriella Calin - Salon Coordinator

Gabi graduated from Christine Valmy International School for Esthetics and Hairstyling in 2004 while living in Romania. She continues to broaden her education by traveling throughout Europe studying under three different master stylists. During that time she also managed three different salons in Portugal, Belgium, and Germany until she moved to the United States in 2020. Gabriela is excited to bring her love for hair to America with a bit of European flair!

"Whatever you are going to do, - do it with passion." - Gabi
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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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