Melanie purchased the Breckenridge Chopping Block in January 2018, after relocating to Breckenridge from Richmond, Virginia four years prior. Melanie has over a decade of experience in hair and beauty. Her interest in the field was piqued at age 15, after two years of high school cosmetology training and three trips to New York City for hair and fashion education. Officially launching her career in 2005, Melanie has grown her talents through regular, hands-on training from the hair color and style experts at Wella Studios in New York City. Melanie styles for fashion events and photo shoots, and constantly seeks to advanced her skills and knowledge. Melanie is a "DevaCurl Inspired," curly hair specialist and has worked with products by Redken, Paul Mitchell, Matrix, Kevin Murphy, Davines, Rene Furterer, Sebastian, and many others. She is also specially trained in balayage blonding, event styling, airbrush makeup, CND Shellac Gel Polish, reflexology massage, and waxing.
Ashley Saltalamacchia, Session Artist
Ashley has known she wanted to be a hair stylist ever since she was four years old. Growing up, her passion for hair and makeup never wavered and she has devoted herself to the art and science of beauty. At each salon in her career, through countless hours of hard work and research, Ashley has become a top session artist and stylist. She maintains a mastery of current trends in hair, make-up and fashion, but also goes to great lengths to creatively expand on what is trending in the industry. Finding inspiration in her world travels, Ashley loves to create new and extraordinary looks, and reinterpret and perfect looks created by her peers. With a commitment to respect her clients' natural beauty, Ashley allows her passion and talent to enhance what nature has already given them.
Joni Uhelsky, Advanced Stylist
Joni has always had a passion for the hair and beauty industry. She has been licensed for over 20 years in three different states. Originally hailing from New York, Joni has now called Summit County her home for over 10 years. In her long career, she has mastered a wide range of techniques, including long hair, cutting, updos, and her true passion, hair color. Joni strongly believes in regular continuing education and strives to stay at the forefront of her field by expanding her knowledge of new products and services. She specializes in specialty foiling and coloring techniques, highlights, color correction, razor cuts, men's cuts, and special occasion hairdressing. Joni has her certification as a "DevaCurl Inspired," stylist, and her curly clients know to expect great style every time. *Joni has temporarily relocated to New York, to seek treatment and support for her daughter’s 3rd battle with Leukemia. Help support Kayla’s fight against cancer by donating to her GoFundMe.
Bethany Vargas, Stylist
Bethany moved to Breckenridge from Orlando, Florida in 2016. After receiving her Florida cosmetology license, she continued her professional growth with advanced education in precision cutting, coloring, and sleek styling. Bethany left her career (and her Disney Princess role!) in Orlando, and moved to Colorado in order to follow her mountain dreams. You can now find her exploring the mountains of Summit County and keeping both residents and visitors beautiful at BCB. Bethany is most experienced with styling thick, long hair, grey coverage color, and precision short haircuts. Bethany has worked with Redken, Schwartzkopf, Wella, Paul Mitchell, DevaCurl, Brazilian Blowout, and Kevin Murphy products.
Natalie Norris, Stylist
Natalie has been a stylist in Colorado for four years, working with BCB since 2017. A "girly-girl" who also enjoys the great outdoors, Natalie loves to provide hair extensions and makeup for special occasions. She is also trained in Wella hair color, and loves the science behind hair color and cutting. As a perfectionist, Natalie makes absolutely sure her clients always love their hair and makeup. Natalie has worked with products from Wella, Paul Mitchell, Redken, Kevin Murphy, DevaCurl, Brazilian Blowout, and more.
Ireland King, Advanced Stylist
The former owner of BCB, Ireland King is a ten year veteran of the salon industry. She has worked in salons in Boise, Idaho; Manly, Australia; Westchester, New York; and Breckenridge, Colorado. Since her professional career began, it has been Ireland's goal to establish a salon that represents her high-end and uncompromising commitment to world-class hairdressing; a philosophy she seamlessly marries with her down-to-earth approach to working with clients. Ireland designed the interior of Breckenridge Chopping Block, which embodies her vision of a beautiful and inviting environment, in which clients have access to the best stylists in the industry.