Our Team

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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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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 - 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 Treadway - Massage Therapist

Amanda graduated from Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in 2000. She recently moved to NC and received her NC state licensure. She has helped people improve their daily lives through self care and education for over 20 yrs. Her first massage made her realize the potential for this type of therapy to change lives in such a positive way she had to learn as much as she could. She has trained in many modalities such as Neuromuscular Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Pregnancy Massage, Cupping, Meditation and most recently Gua sha.

"Learning about massage therapy and meditation then sharing what I learn is a blessing to me that I happily share." - 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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Tyra Smallwood - Salon Coordinator

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

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Nicole Kaiser - Guest Services

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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Lilly Varnell - Guest Services

Lilly has thought about doing hair since she was younger. In the fall of the 2019 she started her education at Mitchell’s Academy. From there she continued her education throughout the pandemic and finished in the fall of 2020. She looks forward to learning and expanding her knowledge while starting in the beauty industry. - Lilly Varnell