MEET OUR TEAM
With 35 years experience in the industry, Maritza Valle is known as a top certified balayage expert. After training in New York Maritza brought her skills to uptown New Orleans as a highly trained L'Oreal Professionnel color specialist. With her extensive training with Vidal Sassoon Academy, she maintains a contemporary edge, and is known for her sharp cuts and meticulous styles. Her custom coloring techniques include everything from highlighting to balayage, she is also a texture specialist creating unique styles to increase volume, curls and beach waves. She is certified in all types of extensions. Extremely dedicated and passionate about her work, Maritza continues to move forward and educate in the hair industry to bring the very best for her clients.
Erin Richard has had a passion for hair and the beauty industry most of her life. She studied her career at Vanguard School of Cosmetology a Paul Mitchell School. Erin has mastered a wide range of hair techniques including cutting, color, corrective color, balayage, highlights, and up-dos. However, her specialty and passion is blondes and up dos. Erin uses a wide range of L’Oreal color products as well as the top of the line styling products Kerastase. She has certified in Vidal Sassoon cutting and Brazilian blow out anti frizz treatment. Erin believes in continual education and strives to stay up to date on her field of knowledge of new products, and services available to provide excellent service to her clientele.
Nicole is a Paul Mitchell trained stylist. She is a former educator for John Paul Mitchell systems. She has experience working with global artists all over the United States, including France and Belgium. Her bridal work has been featured on “The Best of the Knot.com”. Nicole’s specialties range from advanced cutting for both women and men, coloring, and formal styling. She loves creative work, as well as photo shoots. Nicole is also knowledgeable with products and beauty science.
Maegan is an Aveda Institute New Orleans graduate. She specializes in balayage, hair painting, all over and root color, women's cuts, men's cuts, up-dos, and make up. She continues her education by staying on top of the latest trends and working to perfect her skills. The beauty industry has been a passion of Maegan's since she was a young girl. She strives to make every person that sits in her chair feel more beautiful than when they sat down. During Maegan's services, she completely dedicates herself to her guest. She strives to make them feel like one of a kind. Maegan sets herself apart because not only does she provide high-quality services, but she also educates her guests about the products she uses and gives recommendations for at-home maintenance of the beautiful styles she creates. So COME on in and let MAEGAN enhance your beauty through cut and color!!!
Andrea Valle is a Senior Stylist here at Hair Loft Studio. She has been with the company since it’s inception at it’s original Uptown New Orleans location. Her extensive and ongoing Vidal Sassoon Cutting Education is what sets Andrea apart. She pushes the envelope with her modern and chic Special Event Styling as well as her novice skills in “Damage Free” Hair Extensions technique applications. Highly educated in L’Oreal Coloring, Andrea specializes in coloring trends to not only maximize the compliment of your complexion but to keep you evolving. She also has a strong talent in Men’s cutting (beard & mustache included). Andrea Valle lives, breathes, cuts, colors and styles her motto of “The details are not the details, They make the design” by Charles Eames. Certified in hand tied Weft extensions by Aqua Hair, as well as micro links by Cinderella Hair.
Brandi Ferguson has had a passion for hair most of her life. She studied at the Aveda Institute New Orleans and has been creating beautiful hair since 2013. Her biggest hair passions are blinding transformations, such as balayage, foliage, baby lights, color melting, beaded wefts and tape-in extensions. From time to time, she also loves to put her color brushes aside to create beautiful bridal updos. Brandi continues her education by staying on top of the latest trends and perfecting her skills. One thing that sets her apart is there’s no limit to where she will travel to train under the top leading industry experts. She gets the most enjoyment out of making her clients feel more beautiful about themselves.
Ally Axum is an Aveda Institute trained stylist here in New Orleans. She’s originally from Houston, Texas where she found her passion for this industry through growing up as a dancer and always doing her friends’ hair and makeup for recitals. She also grew up playing “beauty school.” Today, she is certified Schwarzkopf color and continues her education through local classes around the New Orleans area. She enjoys doing all haircuts, blowouts, styles and color of all kinds, but considers people her speciality. She loves all her clients and enjoys getting to know them. She says, “The best gifts in life are the people we meet… how wonderful to be a hairstylist where you have the opportunity to do that everyday.”
Hair Loft Studio is Alaina’s first stop out of cosmetology school. She studied at Paul Mitchell in Metairie and hasn’t lost her passion for learning. As she moves on from her assistant position to junior stylist at Hair Loft Studio, she hopes to soak in all there is to know about color and cutting from her coworkers. Alaina desires to specialize in color, which she has found a love and appreciation for in her time as an assistant. She also hopes to continue her education to ensure that she is giving anyone who sits in her chair the best, most positive experience they can have.