About The Root Salon...

Making You Feel Confident For Over A Decade

It all starts at The Root. We’re in the business of making you feel fantastic. Over the past 15 years, The Root Salon has established itself as the best resource for hair beauty in the Phoenix metropolitan area. We uphold a daily, uncompromising commitment to quality and customer service in our luxurious North Central Phoenix location.

Meet Our Team

At The Root Salon we have one job, to make you look great and feel confident. Ok, so there are a lot of jobs that go into making that happen but we want to keep it simple. Bottom line, as your hair cheerleaders, we are rooting for you.

Lauren Hart

Lauren Hart

Owner + Master Colorist

Master Colorist, Laurén Hart, owns The Root Salon and boasts over forty years of professional hands-on experience. Hart was trained in Italy with the chemists at Alfaparf and is the only American Board Certified Master Colorist in Phoenix. She has taught the fundamentals of Italian hair color around the globe. She spent years under the training of color icon Beth Minardi and completed her hands on training with her in New York. The Root Salon is one of the few Alfaparf Flagship salons in the world, an honor that Hart is very proud of. She specializes in corrective hair color and continues to mentor The Root Salon team on a daily basis. Laurèn works closely with the senior members of the team to ensure the proper training of each and every team member to ensure the very best out come for our guests.This beauty industry veteran loves what she does and takes the salon’s reputation quite seriously. She is a dedicated family girl who loves gardening and is an excellent cook.
Dana Fraze


Senior Stylist + Director of Education

Dana Fraze started his career at Vidal Sassoon and has been in the industry for 20 years. He specializes in precision haircutting for women and men. He loves cutting long and short shapes and styles. He is also great with men’s grooming and curly hair. We love our YouTube video blog where he teaches the community how to dry curly hair. He is also The Root Salon’s cutting educator and he inspires and shares his craft to make us a stronger, more skilled group to better serve our guests. Dana works closely with Laurèn to determine the readiness of trainees and assessing the qualifications of new team members. Dana loves going to the art museum and hiking, and drinking all the local coffee he can get his hands on. He also loves to spend time restoring his vintage truck and being on the road riding his Harley.


Senior Stylist + Colorist

Brittany studied cosmetology at Toni & Guy Academy in 2006. She continued her education and became a certified manufactures' educator/ambassador for Redken. Brittany spent the next years traveling across the country educating other stylists on hair color and cutting principles. She has had the privilege to work hands on with top platform artists. She has passion for photo shoots and session work. Brittany has worked backstage doing hair and make-up.

Brittany strives to serve the best customer experience possible. She customizes styles to meet the guest’s individual personalities. She offers advanced services in hair color, cutting, smoothing treatments and updos/event styling. When Brittany is not behind the chair, she loves spending time with her daughter and pup, cooking, playing basketball, and shopping. Whether you want a complete transformation or a voluminous blow out, Brittany is your girl!

Shane Mullins


Senior Stylist + Balayage Expert

Shane Mullins comes to us all the way from Atlanta Georgia, and has the southern charm and accent to prove it. Graduated from the Paul Mitchell School of Atlanta, over 14 years ago and he hasn’t slowed down since. He is passionate for hair for both men and woman clients. He specializes in French technique of haircutting, and is a master in his craft of Balayage.

His artistic approach for color is to enhance a clients beauty by creating brightness yet balancing it with depth. He creates glamorous color that has a more natural grow out, keeping your hair gorgeous long term! His precision men's cuts gives his client more than just another buzz cut. His clipper over comb technique is seamless. He takes pride in teaching you how to maintain your look at home. Shane values education as a tool to keep growing artistically and to be able to give his clients what they need. Did we mention that Shane is an avid Harley rider and outdoorsman.



Senior Stylist, Color Specialist

Jules comes form the West Texas town of El Paso. He moved to Phoenix three years ago to expand his career opportunities. He has always had a love for all things aesthetic and the hair industry was a natural fit for him. He is most passionate about creating beautiful blondes. Wether a guest wants a soft balayage or a striking Nordic or silver hue he will expertly recommend the best technique to achieve a clients dream hair. He excels at fashion colors. He is best know for creating long flowing glamorous hair. Certified with Babes hair extensions he can create instant length for his clients. Education is a huge focus and is eager to stay on top of new trends. Jules pays special attention with each guest to make sure they can improve their hair health at home. He is passionate about traveling and cooking. He loves to explore different cultures as well as unique style trends.



Mikee Leon has been a licensed hairdresser for 16 years, graduating from the Toni & Guy Academy in 2005. He spent 6 years with Toni & Guy where he obtained advanced training and specialized in cuts. Mikee then moved on to working in private salons where he built a robust client base. After taking a break from the salon world he’s excited to be back in it, working at The Root Salon with long time friend, and salon owner Laurèn Hart. Now, after several years of advanced color training with her, Mikee shares her passion for the art of hair color. When asked what he missed most about hairdressing Mikee replied “I missed making my clients feel good and providing them a memorable experience.” Mikee specializes in all type of hair cutting and coloring. He especially loves cutting short hair. Fun fact about Mikee: He has been a hard core Lady Gaga fan since she stared her performing career. He has even been pulled up on stage by her during one of her shows!!!


Director of Customer Experience

Steven has a passion for people. His years of retail and customer service experience come together beautifully to ensure clients have a great experience. From the minute he greets you as you enter the salon you will know that you have found your forever salon home.

Steven is quite passionate about his role in the salon and takes clients satisfaction very personally. If you are looking to book your next appointment or your appointments with your favorite Root Salon stylist for years, Steven has you covered. Wanting to know the perfect product for your type of hair? He is there for you when it comes to this too.

When he is not in the salon he loves to be exercising, getting around town on is bike and enjoys exploring spirituality. He also has a weakness for cinnamon rolls.



Content Creator

Lilia Menconi is a book author and life-long client of The Root Salon. With the help of The Root Salon staff, she ensures that our online content showcases the salon’s expertise and unique culture. Lilia manages the salon’s blog, “The Root Word” and keeps the content flowing. All press releases and feature articles stop at her desk before being published. Lilia is an avid hiker. She is an expert on Arizona hiking and loves living in the desert. When she is not chasing her active pre-schooler she is writing her next book.
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Dario grew up in Guadalajara. His mom noticed that Dario was always interested in the arts.

He found the beauty in everything around him or helped bring out the beauty in his surroundings and the people in it. He was always doing his little sister's hair and eventually started doing his mothers hair.

At the age of 17 he moved to the United States to build a better future for himself and his family. His family encouraged him to follow his passion and go to cosmetology school. He finished at the top of his class with awards in highest retail and service sales.

He ranked in the top 7 in the country in the student category of the Wella Trendvision 2015 in a live platform competition in Las Vegas.

Dario loves working on photoshoots and fashion shows. He constantly is learning about the latest trends to make sure his clients always look their best.

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Auriah Padilla is our newest assistant and stylist in training.

She recently graduated from Gateway Cosmetology school this May. Since a young age she has always been very passionate about makeup, hair, and lifestyle. She loves doing bridal styles, makeup, and all types of hair color.

As a stylist she seeks to help her clients understand that true beauty is not only on the outside but within themselves as well. Her mission is to transform the outdated paradigm of superficial and standardized beauty into a more well rounded and love centered community.

In her free time she enjoys spending time in nature, writing poetry, doing yoga, and practices spirituality.




Vlora comes to us from New York via Albania. She is probably the mot dedicated team player you will ever meet/ She gushes with enthusiasm. We have a hard time getting her to go home because she loves being in the salon so much.

Vlora is always learning and willing to share her knowledge with new team members. She does amazing special occasion work including intricate braiding. She represents the salon when we participate in local fashion shows.

Vlora (or Vee as we call her) excels in dimensional hair coloring such as ombré and balayage. She is a fantastic listener so her client consultations are always spot on. See this gal if you are looking for your new beauty best friend.

Vee winds down curling up with a good book and her cats. She also cherishes long rides with her husband on their motorcycle.

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Kira showed loads of creativity at a young age. She grew up expressing herself through different forms of art. After high school, she decided to follow her passion for creativity. She received an associates degree in studio arts. When she began working the front desk at a salon she discovered the art of hair.

She was determined to make hair her new canvas to create art. She recently completed the Cosmetology Program at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, CA. She then made her way back to her home state of Arizona to be near her family. As a nationally awarded salon, even in California, Kira knew The Root Salon is where she wanted to be. She took the journey to Phoenix prior to moving to the Sunshine state to interview with us and join our team.

She has a passion for bright, blended and lived in blondes. She loves to create colorful looks with vibrant fashion colors. Being versatile is of importance to her. It is one of the reasons she chose to work at The Root Salon. Each team member offers something different to learn from. Being able to learn from world recognized stylists is invaluable to her and she counts herself lucky to be part of the team

When not in the salon you can catch Kira at local farmer's markets, going on hikes with her dogs, cooking in the kitchen and hanging out by the pool, soaking up the Arizona sun.

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Customer Care Specialist

Megan’s middle name should be exuberant. This beautiful girl has been part of The Root Salon team for 15 years. She spent several years as the salon manager and right arm to our owner. Megan LOVES taking care of our guests and they love Megan too! After some time away in college and to pursue her full time career, Megan has come back to our salon family serving our guests on the weekends. She always has a welcoming smile and uplifting attitude. Our weekend team is always happy to work with her as things just seam to go so smoothly when this lady is in charge. If your salon visits are usually on the weekends, you will see for yourself the pride she takes in providing the best in customer service.

Megan is getting married next year, is a strict vegetarian, and just bought her first home!

Our Specialties

Oh, you thought we just cut hair? Nope. We are in the business of making people look and feel their best. While a haircut and some color is a great start, we also have more services to keep you shining bright.


The Root Salon’s top stylists are expertly trained in the latest techniques including precision scissor and razor cutting, and French Method cutting.

Hair Color

We are dedicated to the creation and maintenance of perfect hair color, flawless color correction, and expert gray coverage.

Bridal & Updo

Our whole team loves working with clients as they get ready for special occasions, weddings, reunions, mitzvahs, and prom.

Waxing & Makeup

Facial waxing is the most efficient method of temporary hair removal. We also offer professional makeup application with organic, plant-derived ingredients.

Career Opportunities

We always make room for great talent. Think you have what it takes to start at the root? Apply to one of these positions below.

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