"Jeff at Studio Green has wonderful technical skills. He can produce such an attractive style with such simple and pure technique. Also all the products used on me here have been great and none of them have caused me any irritation like conventional salon products."
Roberta Sanders, Client for two years
"Jeff was very attentive to my cut and color. I appreciate the new glamorous look he created. I especially enjoy knowing chemicals like ammonia were avoided. My hair looks and feels beautiful."
Heidi Dixner, Client for one year
Growing up in a family of mostly women, Jeff began at a young age braiding and styling their hair. "I like the chemistry and the geometry of it," he said of doing hair. He enjoys helping people "look and feel their best." He began his hair training at Empire Beauty School in Pennsylvania and then he studied at Paul Mitchell Beauty and Cosmetology School. While at Paul Mitchell school, he met Studio Greens other co-owner Jesse Bourne.
Jeff wanted to open a salon that focused on organic products because he understands people who have allergies to products he and his family members have allergies. In addition, after many years of using conventional hair products and doing research, he learned how bad those products can be for people. "I owed it to myself and my clients to offer a healthier and safer way to stay beautiful," says Jeff. He feels good to know that his salon can give safe beauty treatments to any one from those who are sick and have cancer to pregnant women.
His mission for his staff is to stay abreast of new organic products and procedures. He wants to make sure that clients are able to walk in to the salon and feel at ease and comfortable in his salon and know that his staff are knowledgeable about clients hair and beauty health.
"I take pride in knowing that our products are the industries leading #1 eco-friendly organic products available. I also would not use a product on a client that I wouldnt use myself."
He tells people that every time they condition, they should comb the conditioner from their root to their end and disperse the product as well as leave the conditioner in for at least five minutes. If a client does this their hair will be smoother and it will help to make their color last longer.
"Im what you would call a modern day tree hugging hippy with a pinch of wit, a dash of hip and a whole lot of Awesome." says Jeff of himself.
He likes to garden and travel and looks for new organic products to share with others.
In 2001, Jesses mother passed away and left him an inheritance which he chose to invest in starting Studio Green with Jeff two years ago.
"Without her nothing would be possible," says Jesse. When he looks around the shop he thinks of her and how she helped to make his dream a reality. He jokes that if she was alive today she would of loved to have her hair flat-ironed since it was naturally curly and she always struggled with that.
Jesse grew up in Mount Vernon, Indiana where he would always do his mothers friends hair. "Since I was little it has been my passion," says Jesse. As a child he had a hard time focusing on different activities unless they really held his attention and doing hair really helped him to find a focus on something he loves.
He moved to Nashville right out of high school to attend Paul Mitchell Beauty and Cosmetology School. While in beauty school, he met Jeff Gensemer.
Currently Jesse lives in East Nashville.
He explains that he likes to live a healthy lifestyle and the salon coincides with that. He likes not having chemical smells in his salon. He also feels good being able to tell all women, even if their pregnant, that they can get beautiful safe color.
Jesse likes to cocktail products together to create great hair for example using the Surfaces Bassu Oil and the Surface Bliss Smoothing Cream they sell at the salon.
While its not a hair trick, he suggests to clients is to be aware of not wearing their hair too long for their features or age. Long hair can drag down a face and framing ones face with hair can help make a person look younger says Jesse.
"I like to have fun. I am laid back," says Jesse.
He is a Facebook fanatic and enjoys decorating his apartment.
Christina grew up in Connecticut and moved to Nashville about 15 years ago.
She went to esthetician school at the Tennessee Career Institute. She became interested in skin care having dealt with adult acne issues after her first child. She did a lot of research and knew she wanted to help others deal with any skin issues they had.
"It can affect your day to day life," says Christina of having skin problems. "I wanted to help people be more comfortable and confident in their self and to be able to teach them the more healthly route to fix their problem. That is just one less stressor in their life."
Christina sees that many people will try all types of different skin care products on the market and many can damage peoples skin or dont work. She wants to help people to learn what is going on with their skin and get to the root of the problem. She likes that she can give her clients products in which she knows what all the ingredients are in them. If they can know ahead of time what is in a product they can avoid a reaction or if they do get a reaction they can figure out what caused it. Her rule to clients usually is if you wouldnt eat it, then dont put it on your skin.
Christina tells people to just keep it simple. One doesnt have to wash their skin or exfoliate all the time. She tells people to "achieve a healthy balance internally and externally. Try to eat a rainbow (of colors from your food) every day. Eating a raw rainbow every day, one can get all the vitamins and nutrients your skin needs to be bright and happy and glowing."
"I talk a lot when Im nervous," says Christina. " I think my jokes are the most hilarious. I am pretty much an open book. If you want to know something about me just ask."
Lisa grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and later moved with her family to Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania as a teenager she like doing friends and familys hair.
Her aunt had a beauty parlor where her mother worked for a bit before having to quit because she was allergic to all the chemicals. "I guess you could say it was in my blood," says Lisa of being in the beauty industry. In her mid-20s she then apprenticed at a two-chair family barber shop where all the locals in town would come and get everything from perms to flat tops done. She learned it all by watching attentively.
"I like making people feel good, making them smile. I like enhancing the beauty they have, enriching that," says Lisa.
She passed the beauty school exam on her first try and stayed at the local salon for seven years. She worked at bigger salons. She also traveled and did makeup and hair and beauty consulting for different people and events. While in Pennsylvania she met Studio Green co-owner Jeff Gensemer. He offered her a job in Nashville and in July 2011 she moved here.
"I was ready for a climate change," she laughs. And her daughters, aged 16 and 21 are both into music, so it was a major bonus.
She and her teenage daughter live in East Nashville with their rabbit Chester and Chihuahua named Preston.
With her mother having allergies with chemicals she can understand how others do too. She has learned from Jeff the importance of organic living and its role on bettering ones health. She is completely amazed and pleased at how the salon can offer such great coloring products without chemicals and with ingredients that are much less harsh to customers.
Lisa likes the Organic Color Systems Keragreen Keratin Smoothing treatment offered at the salon, because it cleanses the hair of build up from other products and leaves the hair smooth and shiny.
She also likes the Clear Skin line the salon carries as it had made a big impact on her life battling cystic acne. She feels the product really works.
"I am extremely loyal and trustworthy," says Lisa. She likes to get to know her clients and treats them all as friends.
She likes to walk her dog at Shelby Park and on Sundays she enjoys driving around to find quirky thrift stores and antique places.
A native of Washington State, Karina graduated from Port Townsend School of Massage in 2010. She relocated to Nashville in the spring of 2012. Upon arrival she immediately fell in love with the sunlight, the people, and the nuances of Southern culture.
Karina has always found joy in doing things that nurture others and illuminate their strengths and loveliness. As a massage therapist she uses her skills, knowledge and unique ability to read the needs of her clients to help them slow down, connect mind and body and tune into their amazing ability to heal.
Karina brings intuition and sensitivity to her work. When describing her massage practice Karina says, "In my experience the most effective massage has elements of various modalities that help the body to relax and become receptive to the deeper more focused work that addresses specific aches and issues. I approach each session with creativity by employing a combination of gentle Swedish and deep tissue massage as well as other techniques. Stress can compromise the connection between mind and body and we may normalize unnecessary tension and discomfort. As a person who has struggled with chronic pain, helping clients break unhelpful patterns and feel better in their bodies is my passion. I have experienced the difference it can make."
Originally from West Virginia, Sarah moved to Nashville in 2009 with her husband. Although her background is not in hair or skin, she has always lived a creative and healthy lifestyle. "I feel that Studio Green compliments my interests and lifestyle, whether with the products we sell or the services we provide." Sarah says.
Before moving to Nashville, Sarah worked for an educational touring dance company called West Virginia Dance Company. "Growing up in West Virginia, I knew firsthand how the arts in the school system lacked. If there was a cut made, it was for the arts. That however did not stop me. I spent most nights after school at the dance studio. Dance was and will always be my true passion." After moving to Nashville, she briefly worked for Stillpoint Dance Theatre and soon after found Studio Green. "Studio Green has been an educational and fun business to work for. I have learned and applied so much to my own routine and enjoy helping others define their own."
She and her husband live in East Nashville with their pets Stella and Romey.
Not only are the products more effective, they are safer to use. Along with that, Studio Greens employees attend training several times a year on the newest products and latest trends.
The Oright Curl Activating Mist is a great product for curly hair. It doesnt weigh the hair down and it enhances your curls for added bounce. You can apply it in damp hair or dry.
Honest, hardworking, and creative. "I am a very dedicated person, with all I do."
Walks around Shelby Park, painting, hot yoga, projects around the house, and having dinner and drinks with friends.
"I started coloring my hair at the age of 12, and havent stopped since," says Lexx. "By 14 I was doing my own cut and color, as well as all of my friends, family, and any trusting stranger I could manipulate into sitting in a chair for 30 minutes."
Growing up her parents were in the Air Force. She moved to Florida from Tennessee a few times. Her grandmother owned a hair salon in Hendersonville, TN and her aunt was a hair stylist so she spent lots of time there in the shop.
Lexx moved back to Nashville before high school. After graduating she attended fashion design school, but was doing more hair and makeup than designing clothes, so she decided to quit and later attended Paul Mitchell The School in Nashville where she met Studio Green co-owner Jeff. Gensemer. Lexx graduated from Paul Mitchell in December of 2009 and was licensed in early 2010.
"I love to create things. Hair is an art form for me," says Lexx about being a stylist.
For the past seven years, she has been an East Nashville resident.
"I love how the local community feeling of the east side has grown," says Lexx. "My neighbors are super friendly. There are gardens everywhere. Im literally 15 to 20 minutes or less from everything Nashville has to offer. Theres great food, music, shopping and art around every turn. I couldnt imagine myself anywhere else."
Lexxs grandmother taught her about living in a holistic manner growing up and would make tinctures or salves to cure ailments for her. She also realized how chemicals could have an adverse effect on her after using different products and color lines. She began to notice she was having slight reactions the chemicals and they kept getting worse. In addition, Lexx and her best friend developed strange food allergies. She also began noticing some of her hair clients were reacting to chemicals in certain ways. After discussing this with her grandmother and doing research she contacted Jeff about wanting to work for him.
"I think its very important, now more than ever, for people to take a more proactive approach to their whole body health," she says. "With cancers, allergies and other health issues being at an all-time high, were definitely overdue to reevaluate not only our level of exercise and what were putting in our bodies, but everything were putting on our bodies and the fumes were breathing in," she said.
She likes the Oright Green Tea line as it is refreshing and conditioning and forms a membrane on the surface of the hair to prevent oxidation. In addition, the shampoo bottle can be planted to grow a tree. She also loves the Oright flexible styling gel to create perfect beach waves.
A tip she gives clients about creating volume for their hair is to blow dry their hairs roots the opposite way of how you want them to lay. So if one wants high volume in their crown, dont hang your head upside down, just blow dry the roots towards the front of their head and when they flip that hair back "bam, they get Brigitte Bardot without the teasing," says Lexx.
Friendly and non-judgmental is how she describes herself. She tries to get to know her clients to give them the best hairstyle that fits them personally.
She likes to spend time with her boyfriend and elementary school age daughter Alo. She also has a beta fish named Rupert and four feral cats that hang out in her backyard. "They catch lightening bugs with us in the summer," says Lexx.
"When Im not in the salon making magic, Im singing, dancing, making music, painting, drawing, coloring, gardening, building something, you name it," said Lexx. "Im also kind of a science nerd, so my daughter and I are always exploring what makes things work and why."
"Kassy is extremely talented when it comes to color. She is up to date with all the styles and does a great job helping to determine what style will look best on your head. Kassy is a master at cutting bangs!!! I will not trust my head or hair to anyone else. She is worth the investment!" Elizabeth Collier, client of Kassys for the past three years, new client to Studio Green.
"Kassy is a very talented, creative, and charismatic hairstylist. She is personable, intuitive, and a great listener. Her talent shows in her coloring skills, cuts, and updos. Kassy is an amazing stylist!"
Cheryl Gauthier, Client of Kassys in California.
Kassy comes from a long line of family that makes their careers in the hair and skin care profession. Growing up near Sacramento, California, she was influenced by her aunt who has a successful hair salon and her cousin who does skin care.
"I was always playing with peoples hair, braiding and creating up-do styles," said Kassy. She recalls cutting her siblings hair, practicing doing a flat top on her father and coloring her sisters hair lots of shades from fire red, black to platinum blonde.
"It was something I was always good at doing so it was easy when I was old enough to make the decision of what I wanted to do," she chose becoming a hair stylist.
She attended and graduated from the Federico Beauty Institute in Sacramento. Then about three years ago, she visited Tennessee on vacation and fell in love with the area and decided to move here.
"I love that it is a big city but you can go 10 minutes and be in the country," said Kassy. "You get the best of both worlds. You can be wherever you want to be in 15 minutes and the people are so nice."
When she first moved here she was a nanny for a family with three kids. She got her cosmetology license in Tennessee in 2012 and began at Studio Green in April of 2013. Up until then she practiced hair on the side.
"I think it is important to live a healthy lifestyle," she said. "Especially having a nanny background, I like that people can still do their hair when they are pregnant or even those with allergies." She also likes the friendly, family environment that the salon has. "Everyone gets along with each other," and she thinks that creates a very welcoming environment for clients.
Kassy likes the lavender smell of the the ORight aesthetic hair mist and that it gives hair shine. As for tips she gives to her clients, she likes to teach customers how to trim their own bangs just in case they decide not to come in for a free complimentary bang trim in between cuts.
"I was a cheerleader for 10 years. I am outgoing especially when I get to know someone," said Kassy. "I like to build relationships with everyone that sits in my chair. I try to find out some piece of information that I can remember about them to help build that relationship."
She likes to go rock climbing and gets her fix of adventure by going sky diving every once in a while. She also enjoys going to the lake with her female golden retriever dog named Sammie.
"Learning about my own beloved, curly mess has inspired me to help others learn about their own hair," says Megan. She started doing friends hair as well as her own as a teenager growing up in Kingston Springs, TN.
After graduating from high school she attended Middle Tennessee State University, but was unsure about her career path until she realized what she had been doing for many years helping people with their hair. She decided to attend Tennessee Technology Centers hair design program in Nashville.
She had completed about half of the program when she was forced to leave school due to a severe illness. She began researching organic hair care "as a way to pursue my passion while still remaining healthy."
She received her hair license in 2010 after graduating from The Salon Professional Academy in Nashville. In 2011, Megan began working for Dillards Salon & Spa at RiverGate Mall in Goodlettsville because it was an Aveda salon.
Unsatisfied by the corporate environment, she decided to leave the salon to travel the US with her boyfriend volunteering on farms via WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms). They spent time at farms in Texas and Idaho and later returned to Nashville. She started at Studio Green in June 2013.
"I really love being able to bring my own personal passions to work." she said.
"Being organic is something I believe in. Its a healthier and smarter choice. Plus, it tastes better!" she said.
She likes the Oright smoothing hair lotion as it helps to smooth hair without being heavy and is a nice alternative for those with finer hair as it doesnt become greasy or weigh hair down.
When it comes to tips for her clients she tries to give them a hands-on approach. She helps her clients find hair styles they can manage themselves at home.
She describes herself as witty, funny and laid-back. She likes to form trusting relationships with her clients so she understands who they are and their hair needs.
She lives in the Bells Bend area of Nashville and likes to go hiking with her boyfriend Jono and their dogs at Bells Bend and Beaman parks. She has two dogs, Dahlia, a Heeler/Catahoula mix and Didymus, a terrier mix. She also is usually fostering a dog. She volunteers with an animal rescue in Nashville, Noahs Ark Society. In addition, she has four Olive Egger chickens.