Sami Skinner

Redken Artist
Samantha Jean “Sami” Skinner is a native of Jacksonville She attended Sandalwood High School and Riverside Hairstyling Academy. She started working at Rio in 2006 as a receptionist, then became an assistant to Misty Burbridge and is now a stylist. Early in her styling career she was a Paul Mitchell educator, but transitioned to Redken after falling in love with the Redken philosophy.
In October 2013, Sami became a Master Colorist, 2015 Master Design Certified, 2016 Redken Artist. Currently she is working as a Redken Artist traveling to other salons and sharing her talent and knowledge for color and all that is hair. Her hobbies include painting, biking, working out, reading, and traveling. She has two cats. Her personal style is trendy and punk.

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Birthday: April 15

Favorite Celebrity Haircut: Zooey Deschanel

Ultimate Vacation: Belize and Alaska

Favorite Restaurant: Taverna in San Marco

Facebook: Sami's Facebook Page

Instagram: Sami's Instagram Page

Fran White

Professional Hairstylist
Francis Gabrielle White was born in Tallahassee (go Seminoles!) and attended Jefferson High School there. She learned her craft at TCC/Euro Hair. She moved to Jacksonville and started working at Rio Hair Studio in 2006. She is always working to keep up with latest fashion styles and trends and she has a special knack for bringing out her clients’ natural beauty.
She is a Redken Master Stylist. Her hobbies are volunteering, reading and shopping. Francis is married and has one wonderful daughter. She works Wednesday-Saturday, with some late night appointments available by arrangement. Her personal style is classic modern. Francis strives to make her guests feel special, appreciated and unique.

Birthday: January 20

Favorite Restaurant: BB’s in San Marco

Ultimate Vacation: Galapagos Islands

Something she will never eat again: Seaweed

Facebook: Fran's Facebook Page

Instagram: Fran's Instagram Page

Amy Hotaling

Professional Hairstylist
Amy Elizabeth Hotaling was born in Massachusetts and attended Fernandina Beach High School and Riverside Hairstyling Academy. She joined Rio Hair Studio in 2006. She is a Certified Redken Colorist and Redken Master Specialist. Amy recently was voted the Number 1 hairstylist by both 904 and Void magazines. Amy believes each great style and color begins with a supportive consultation.
Amy’s passion and experience helps translate your vision into a beautiful overall look. Amy’s hobbies are crafting, painting, cycling, and running. She has two cats, Cinco and Chanel. Her personal style is funky, fun, and professional.

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Birthday: October 22

Favorite restaurant: Orsay

Ultimate Vacation: Traveling the world

Something she will never eat again: Pig feet

Abby Hinote

Professional Hairstylist
Abigail Cassady “Abby” Hinote was born in Oceanside, CA but grew up in Pensacola Beach, FL. She graduated from the University of West Florida in 2005 with a Bachelor’s in Fine Art focusing on color theory, art history and oil painting. In 2008 she graduated from Riverside hairstyling Academy and joined the RIO team. She is a Redken Master Specialist concentrating on Organic looks.
As a stylist and visual artist, Abby understands that the shape of your face, the color of your eyes, the tone of your skin, and your life style should all be considered when fashioning your look. Abby specializes in natural color placement using various balayage techniques. She enjoys formal hairstyling and gives a blowout that lasts for days.

Birthday: Virgo

Hobbies: Gardening and Painting

Favorite cuisine: Thai

Personal style: Bohemian

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Heidi Brier

Professional Hairstylist
Heidi Brier is a Jacksonville native. Heidi’s passion for hair began 2010 when she joined Rio Hair Studio. She loves to learn new things and stay educated on the newest trends. Heidi also enjoys consulting with her clients to examine their skin tones and facial shapes to determine the client’s best look.
She loves color, tape-in extensions, and arranging hair for special occasions. Her specialty is in fine hair techniques although she is great with all hair types.

Birthday: July 23

Hobbies: Traveling, Volunteering, Being outdoors

Favorite cuisines: Mediterrainin

Ultimate Vacation: Hawaii

Facebook: Heidi's Facebook Page

Instagram: Heidi's Instagram Page

Jess Wilkins

Professional Hairstylist
Jessica Lynn “Jess” Wilkins was born in Newport, Rhode Island. She grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and attended Sandalwood High School. She graduated from Florida State College at Jacksonville and has been a professional stylist since joining Rio Hair Studio in 2012. Jess is most passionate about color, design, and the excitement of creating customized looks for each and every client.
She loves to help clients recreate or reinvent their look. She is dedicated to staying current and knowledgeable about new styling techniques and products. When she is not at work, Jess enjoys spending time with her family, trying new recipes and hanging enjoying the Florida outdoors.

Birthday: June 6

Hobbies: Cooking, painting and being outdoors

Pets: Cat “Boo” and American Bulldog “Roussie”

Favorite color: Purple

Instagram: Jess's Instagram Page

Megan Reynoso

Professional Hairstylist
Megan Jean Butler Reynoso was born in Charleston, S.C. but was raised in Jacksonville and attended Terry Parker High School. She has had a passion for the fashion and beauty industry for many years and has always enjoyed keeping up with the latest trends. She graduated from North Florida Institute and has been doing hair professionally since 2010. She joined Rio Hair Studio in 2012.
She’s very passionate about understanding what her clients really want and she enjoys making each client feel as comfortable as possible. She enjoys continuing her education and trying new techniques and styles. She describes her own style as “trendy Bohemian meets high fashion.” When she is not at work, Megan likes to exercise and spend time with her family and friends.

Birthday: August 23

Favorite restaurant: South Kitchen

Favorite Celebrity Haircut: Arielle Vanderburg

Ultimate vacation: New Zealand, Bali and Australia

Instagram: Megan's Instagram Page

Shelby Dickerson

Professional Hairstylist
Shelby Dickerson is a native of Jacksonville. Her passion for hair propelled her to graduate high school early to start her journey in the industry. After graduating from Paul Mitchell the School Jacksonville, Shelby joined Rio Hair Studio in 2012. She started as an assistant but quickly earned a chair. Shelby stays current with trends and styles to keep her clients happy.
Although her talents range, she specially enjoys the “fine-hair” client, finding the potential in their locks. She also specializes in extensions and a high-quality “Shelby Blowout.” She believes “when you look good, you feel good!” When she isn’t in the salon, she enjoys participating in photo-shoots, weddings, fashion, and charity events. She also loves going to the beach and playing with her dog and two cats.

Birthday: March 21

Favorite cuisine: Crab Legs

Something she will never eat again: Onions

Pets: Dog "Cali", 2 Cats "Duffy" and "Weezy"

Facebook: Shelby's Facebook page

Laura Carmichael

Redken Artist
Laura Carmichael was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, but grew up in Jacksonville and attended Fletcher High School. She graduated from Florida State College at Jacksonville with a degree in Biology, and attended Paul Mitchell The School Jacksonville. She joined Rio Hair Studio in August, 2013. She was voted Best Blonde Colorist of 2013 by Void Magazine.
She also does balayage, extensions and color correction. Laura realized a dream to became a Redken in 2017. She proved that hard work, determination and talent will take you where you want to go. When she is not working behind the chair or teaching education classes to other stylists, Laura enjoys time with her family, fishing and picnics.

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Birthday: February 19

Favorite cuisine: Seafood

Favorite celebrity haircut: Jennifer Aniston

Facebook: Laura's Facebook Page

Instagram: Laura's Instagram Page

Kris Cantwell

Professional Hairstylist
Kristen Helene “Kris” Cantwell was born in Virginia Beach, VA and graduated from Grafton High School. She also graduated from Rudy & Kelly Academy, a small, private cosmetology school, and Coastal Carolina University. She joined RIO Hair Studio in February, 2014. Kris enjoys bringing the newest tips and trends to her clients and friends and continuing her education – both in the studio and by traveling to New York to visit the Redken Exchange.
Kris’s husband, Rob, is in the Navy. “Moving every three years has helped mold me into the stylist I am today,” says Kris. “It has made me an extremely diverse and flexible stylist; from naturally curly to pin straight, platinum blonde to blue black and every color and texture in between, I can create with it all! It has taught me to be a very patient yet driven individual, staying away from stressful situations and focusing on the task at hand.”

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Birthday: May 16

Pets: Three dogs, Lilly, Savannah and Maggie; Three cats, Wilson, Koko and Bitsy

Favorite cuisine: Pasta

Something she will never eat again: Pistachios

Facebook: Kris's Facebook Page

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Emily Hodge

Professional Hairstylist
Emily was born in Gainesville, FL and is a graduate of the Summit Salon Academy. She started her career at Rio in June 2015. She brought with her an enthusiastic and sweet spirit. One of the highlights of her job is getting to know her clients and their individual hair needs. Emily has grown quickly within the Summit Salon System.
Her attention to detail and her skill has taken her to the next level quicker than most. Balayage is one of her specialties along with Braiding and Formal Styling. When not working at the salon Emily enjoys spending time at the beach , with her family and her dog, Bear. She also loves traveling to hair shows and taking education classes to further her career. Her dream is to become a “Redken Artist” and she is on her way.

Birthday: December 26

Favorite restaurant: La Fiesta in Gainesville

Something she will never eat again:: Squash

Ultimate fantasy vacation destination: New Zealand

Facebook: Emily Hodge

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Instagram: Emily's Instagram Page

Christina Lucas

Professional Hairstylist

Christina Lucas is a Jacksonville native. She attended Englewood High School and graduated from Paul Mitchell the School in 2011. She came to Rio in February 2016, became an Associate to Laura Carmichael and graduated that program within 5 months. Christina provides specialty services such as balayage hair painting. She is a good designer when it comes to color and hair for men and women.

She is dedicated to furthering her education and trying new techniques. Keeping her clients happy and on trend is very important. When she is not at Rio helping clients, her favorite activities include boating, fishing, football games and spending time with family and friends. Christina and her husband, Kyle, have two Pomeranians, Lucky and Zoey.

Birthday: December 24

One food she will never eat again: Raw fish

Ultimate fantasy vacation: Traveling the Caribbean Islands

Favorite cuisine: Italian food at her grandmother’s house

Favorite celebrity haircut: Khloe Kardashian

Instagram: christinalove_hair

Dani Crews

Professional Hairstylist
Dani Crews came to Rio Hair Studio 2016 after graduating Paul Mitchell the School. She is wise and talented. She has a love for the industry and wants to get it right for her guests.
She is currently working with Sami Skinner as an Associate and will be finished with that portion of her career in July. Her skills include all aspects of hairstyling but she loves the newest color techniques.

Birthday: September 14

Ultimate fantasy vacation: Anything in the sun

Favorite cuisine: Mexican

Instagram: Dani's Instagram page

Carolina Martinez

Professional Hairstylist
Born in Monterrey, Mexico. Graduated from Paul Mitchell the School in January 2017 and immediately began working the Associates Program at Rio Hair Studio. Her sweet, shy and quiet demeanor will draw you in and make you feel calm.
She currently works as an associate to Laura Carmichael, which has solidified her love for color. Look to book an appointment with Carolina Starting in July.

Birthday: November 15

Favorite cuisine: Mexican

Favorite celebrity haircut:

Instagram: Carolina's Instagram page

Laura Schulhauser

Professional Hairstylist
Laura is one of our newest team members.  She graduated from Paul Mitchell, The school in April 2017.  She will begin the Associates Program in the beginning of July under Sami Skinner.  She will get great education and be ready for anything by January 2018.
Laura has been a friend of RIO for many years.  She used her photography skills to document our adventures at Art Walk Downtown in the 1990’s.  Laura has many talents. Painting and Photography are only two.  With these skills she will move her clients to have fun with their hair.

Birthday: June 12th

Favorite Vacation: Asheville, NC

Favorite Food: Anything Coconut

Favorite Quote: “Courage is being scared to death-but saddling up anyway”-John Wayne

Michelle Maurer

Front Desk Customer Service Coordinator
Michelle was born in Brunswick, ME and recently relocated to Jacksonville from just outside of New Orleans, LA. Michelle joined RIO as a pt receptionist in November of 2016. She quickly took to the task of customer coordinator and has made herself indispensable.
Michelle is someone who will go over and beyond to make sure you are happy with your service and your appointment. She loves keeping up with fashion and new design trends. Michelle and her husband, Steve, love to Golf and travel.

Birthday: April 5

Favorite Restaurant: Mr. B's Bistro, New Orleans

Hobbies: Arts and Crafts

Favorite celebrity haircut: Victoria Beckham

Misty Burbridge

Hairstylist / Owner
Misty Burbridge is a Jacksonville native who attended Englewood High School and Florida State College at Jacksonville. She opened RIO Hair Studio in 1990 in the San Jose area of town with partner Shannon Hogg. She is now the sole owner of the salon. She is a Master Specialist and has earned Redken Color Certification.
Her personal style is trendy and funky. Misty and her husband, Clint, love to travel and visit with their extended family. She is a fitness expert who enjoys working out and showing others how to lead a healthy lifestyle as a yoga instructor. She lives at the beach and she is a longtime member of a Book Club.

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Birthday: December 29

Hobbies: Exercise, cooking, and décor

Favorite cuisine: Thai

Something she will never eat again: Sea urchin

Instagram: Misty's Instagram page