Meet Our Team
— OUR TEAM —
KIRSTEN : OWNER, OG of classic hair design
Owner and stylist Kirsten Appel began her beauty career over 20 years ago apprenticing at the exclusive Hickox Salon. By way of her natural artistic talent and discerning eye, she quickly established herself as a highly sought after color expert, performing amazing transformations on AM Northwest’s make over shows, as well as having her work featured in the Oregonian’s fashion issue.
Never satisfied with the status quo, Kirsten is constantly honing her skills through continuing advanced education. Kirsten passes on her expertise and high standard of excellence by requiring all new stylist to undergo a minimum 6 month apprenticeship. She carefully selects stylists that share her philosophy of hospitality and exceptional craftsmanship and personal customer service, creating a warm, inviting and extraordinary salon experience.
STEPHANIE : DEFINING COLOR DESIGN
Originally from Illinois, Stephanie began her Portland beauty career working at the highly acclaimed Hickcox Salon. After working there for a few years, she decided to venture out and expand her experiences. With over 20 years in the industry, Stephanie is still as passionate as ever about her chosen field.
Like the rest of the Appel Nouveau team, she enjoys keeping her skills fresh and current through continued education. Hair color is her area of specialty and she is always striving to create styles that bring out the best in her clients and accentuate each individual’s unique beauty.
CLAUDETTE : BAYALAGE QUEEN @claudettemarkovic
A professional stylist, color specialist and makeup artist for over 20 years, Claudette trained and began her beauty career working for some top salons in Los Angeles California before relocating to Portland. Trained in the techniques of Vidal Sassoon, she utilizes her unique artistic vision and impeccable attention to detail to work with clients to come up with styles individualized to their needs.
A master of her craft, she keeps up with the latest techniques and beauty trends through continued training and education. Claudette consistently strives to exceed clients expectations while making them feel comfortable in her chair. Regardless of what style you are seeking, you are sure to be pleased with your experience with Claudette. In addition, Claudette is our resident makeup artist and specially trained Motives consultant, where she extends her knowledge and expertise to create a custom look just for you.
AUSTIN : EFFORTLESS HAIR
After completing an intensive apprenticeship here at Appel Nouveau he is ready to make your hair dreams a reality. Being from the North West you’ll feel nothing but relaxed and at ease in his chair, and probably get a few laughs a long the way. Ensuring a fun time and better look for you.
Blonding services, vivid fashion colors and balayage are what inspire him most; precise cuts and a beautiful blowout follow suit.
ALYSIA: RAZOR CUT SPECIALIST
Alysia has been doing hair for 20+ years and has worked at many upscale salons in Portland with some of the most talented stylists in the industry. She has settled in at Appel and feels at home with her coworkers and enjoys drawing from and providing design inspiration.
Alysia is also a 6 year cancer survivor and through her experience has developed an even deeper compassion for those around her and equally important, her own clients. She enjoys helping people look and feel their best and appreciates that everyone is on their own journey in life.
JESSICA: RADIANT COLOR
Jessica has been working as a stylist in the downtown Portland area for over 20 years, and is passionate about making people look exactly the same way as they feel on the inside. From classic styles to radiant vibrants, she thrives on expressing creativity through hair design. She is extremely energetic and colorful and welcomes each client with enthusiasm and inspiration.
NICHOLE : CREATIVE COLORIST
Nichole is a seasoned stylist with 20 years of experience styling, cutting and coloring hair. She has worked behind the chair, has been a pure educator, styling for photo shoots, weddings, fashion shows and also been a stylist for film.
She loves the creativity that comes with this industry and treasures the relationships she has made along the way.
ALLY: ALL AROUND INSPIRATION
Starting her career in barbering, she is highly skilled in men’s cuts, skin fades and total scissor cuts. After perfecting those skills, Ally decided to intern at Appel Nouveau Salon, working under the salon’s long time master stylist.
Ally has a passion for blonding and vivid coloring but has trained across the board and is confident to handle any client request. When Ally isn’t working behind the chair, she enjoys exploring the PDX area with her dog Dizzy.