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Our Team

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Cayce Smith - Lead Artist / Owner

Cayce, the owner and director has been in the beauty industry for over 15 years, spending 11 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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Joce Cowan - Advanced Artist

Joce has been in the beauty industry since 2008, she found her passion while working at AVEDA salons as a receptionist. From that moment, she joined an apprentice program through an AVEDA salon in Georgia and the rest is history. Now, she continues her passion for hair as a part time stylist, meanwhile also helping to coordinate the daily routines of the salon. She loves what she does and you can tell!

“I enjoy having a part in how beautiful and happy someone can feel after a visit in a salon, and I also enjoy the whole salon environment experience. It is a feeling like no other”. -Jocelyn

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Star Barwick - Advanced Artist

Star graduated beauty school in 2000 and has acquired an incredible amount of experience in her 16 years of being in the beauty industry. She is a native to Goldsboro and her dedication for hair is evident in all that she does. Star found an enduring passion for AVEDA and their constant continued education.

“I love learning new techniques and my love for doing hair is like an addiction; I can’t get enough of it”. -Star

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Melissa Ireland - Protege Artist

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 will be graduating in Fall of 2019 and will begin an apprenticeship under our salon owner, Cayce with hopes of obtaining her cosmetology license! For the time being, she is working on our Guest Services team to give her a taste of how a hair salon/spa runs!

"I'm so excited to be a part of the Panache Family and on my way to a career in the beauty industry which I am SO passionate about!" - Melissa

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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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Nicole Kaiser - Salon Coordinator

Nicole graduated from Montclair State University in 2016 with her Bachelors in Fashion Studies, making the beauty industry also a familiar topic for her. While working the Bridal Industry in the last 4 years, she has evolved a great passion for both the fashion and beauty world. Now, due to following the Air Force, she has made her way to North Carolina from New Jersey and into our salon. We are glad to have her!

"I love meeting new people and seeing how confident they feel after leaving the salon" - Nicole

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Marissa Cooper - Guest Services

Marissa will graduate from LCC Cosmetology School in May of 2020 and can't wait to fully immerse herself in the world of beauty. During her time in school, she will be working on our Guest Services team to learn more about how a salon/spa operates. Originally, Marissa wanted to become a teacher, but her passion for hair & makeup lead her down her current path to become 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 cannot wait 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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Tyra Smallwood - Guest Services

Tyra graduated from the University of Mount Olive in December of 2019. During her time as an undergrad she participated in organizations including the Campus Activities Board where she would host events with all types of students who would meet for them across campus. She also worked with the Alumni department to assist with anniversaries, homecoming, and sporting events. These experiences helped her to realize her love for communicating with and meeting new people. She hopes to continue on this journey by joining our Guest Services team here at Panache.

"It brings me joy to be able to make our guests feel welcome when they walk into our salon!"- Tyra