STAFF BIOS

INTRODUCING…

DEANNA MONTROSE | partner

CARLOS VILLALOBOS | partner

Phoenix, Arizona
Biltmore Beauty College-Phoenix, AZ
Graduated: 1979
Joined SRP Team: 2006

Who are your industry influences? “Vidal Sassoon.  He was a hairdresser, a businessman, and a philanthropist.  His designs changed the way hair was cut and worn and he re-created the basic angles and shapes of hairstyles.”
What fashion faux pa makes you laugh? “Of course the mullet.  Everyone wore them and, looking back, we now realize how ridiculous they were!”
What product(s) could you absolutely not live without? “Gel, mousse, and volumizing spray.  They are the foundations of every great style.”

Bio:Carlos is a native of Phoenix and is the seventh of twelve children.  His father owned a bakery in west Phoenix that he worked in until he retired at 76 years old.  As a child, Carlos would help out around the bakery and it was there that he first developed his passion for food and cooking.  To this day, he still is an incredible cook and brings delicious dishes to the salon to share with the staff and stylists.  Carlos’ long-time clients often bring him gifts of his favorite foods and treats which is definitely the way to his heart.  He met Deanna in 1995 when they worked at competing salons located across the street from each other in downtown Phoenix.  They eventually joined forces and co-owned Salon Surreal for fifteen years before they sold it in 2004.  Two years later, they opened Scissors Rox Paper and began hand-picking a talented group of stylists that have now become their family.  With his station positioned at the front of the salon, most everyone who enters has a conversation with Carlos.  He remembers each person he meets and is always quick to crack a joke with a client, ask about their family, or offer (often unsolicited) cut and color advice.  Because of his welcoming personality and position as a father figure to the staff, he is known around the salon as “Papa”.  With over 30 years of experience behind the chair, Carlos is not only a beautiful soul, but also an incredible talent.

RAFAEL VASQUEZ | partner

Hometown: Prescott, Arizona
Attended: Toni & Guy Academy-Phoenix, AZ
Graduated: 2009
Joined SRP Team: 2010

What are your obsessions in life? “My family and my dogs, women with iconic hair (Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Veronica Lake, Twiggy, Maria Felix,…), and bow ties!  I wear them at least once a week!”
[highlighted]What product(s) could you absolutely not live without? “Bb. Surf Spray.  It is great for volume, holding curls, creating texture, and for beautiful beachy waves!”

Bio: Rafael has wanted to do hair for as long as he can remember.  He is a lover of all things hair-from “Big hair don’t care” to classic men’s barbering-he does it all.  Growing up in a humble hispanic family, Rafael found the passion to make other people smile and feel happy.  His positive energy touches everyone around him every day.  You can’t help but smile when you sit in his chair and you’ll be grinning from ear to ear when you leave with a rockin’ blow out and perfectly placed highlights.  Rafa (as he is referred to most often in the salon) has quickly established himself as an elite stylist in our salon.  He works with precision and pride and works diligently to satisfy every client’s hair needs.  Rafael believes that ‘as hairdressers, we touch more hearts than hair’ and you can definitely feel the love in his work.

TINA DORRIS | master stylist

Hometown: Glendale, Arizona
Attended: Phoenix Academy of Beauty-Phoenix, AZ
Graduated: 1998
Joined SRP Team: 2006

In what unordinary places do you find inspiration? “On ‘Gossip Girl’…and I’m not joking!  I loved the hair, makeup, and fashion of those privileged teens from the Upper East Side.”
If you could do anything besides hair, what would it be?[/highlighted] “Event Planning.  I love to plan and host parties!”

Bio: Tina is a native of Phoenix and always knew she wanted to be a stylist.  As a graduate of Ironwood High School class of 1998, Tina took advantage of the opportunity to complete her beauty school training along with her diploma.  She then joined Carlos & Deanna at Salon Surreal as an assistant and, under their tutelage, honed her skills as a stylist.  When the occasion arose to accompany them to Scissors Rox Paper, Tina welcomed the change and the challenge of moving to a new location.  A married mother to a young son, Tina gracefully balances work and family.  She and her husband Chris, a Phoenix City Fireman, share the responsibility of raising their child and maintaining their careers while still finding time to enjoy the things they love like the beaches of San Diego, their family cabin in northern Arizona, and hiking with their two dogs-Molly & Penny.  Tina also has two nieces who love to be pampered in the salon by their favorite aunt.  As a part of the team for almost 15 years, Tina is one of the original members of the SRP family.

ALISSA GOULDEN | master stylist

AMBER SABAN | master stylist

Hometown: Ridgecrest, California
Attended: Empire Beauty School-Phoenix AZ
Graduated: 2011
Joined SRP Team: 2011

What fashion faux pa makes you laugh? “Socks with sandals or dressy clothes with sneakers.  They both just make me think of the song lyric, ‘One of these things is not like the other…’.”

What fashion faux pa can you not help but rock? “So much leopard print!  Not only do I have it tattooed on me, but I wear it constantly.  I just can’t help but love it!”

If you could do anything besides hair, what would it be? “Music.  Whether it be to teach, perform, or both.  I’ve been playing music since I was eight years old and my husband and I met playing in a band together.  It’s always been such a huge part of who I am as a person.”

Bio: Like many stylists, one of the reasons Amber entered the industry was that she wanted to work in a field that she loved.  She longed to go to work every day and not feel like she was ‘going to work’.  Her biggest reward is knowing that, each and every day, she changes people’s lives.  Whether it is through a full color and cut service or just a simple blowdry, making someone feel better about themselves when they leave the chair then they did when they first sat down is her greatest reward.  Amber is the second of four girls in her family.  Her sisters are not only her best friends, but the canvases on which she has honed her skills and experimented with new cut & color combinations.  Amber is an incredibly artistic soul who uses her creative mind to formulate color combinations and haircut shapes that are out of the ordinary, but still custom-made for each individual in her chair.

JOHNATHAN AMRHEIN | master stylist

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona
Attended: Paul Mitchell The School, Phoenix
Graduated: 2009
Joined SRP Team: 2008 & 2015

In what unordinary places do you find inspiration?[/highlighted] “Nature.  This may sound cheesy, but I can see a natural wave pattern in the ocean, multi-tonal blondes in the sand, and dimensional brunettes in wood grain. It reminds me to keep it soft and listen to my intuition”
What (besides hair) is your obsession in life:”TRAVEL! When the going gets tough, knowing there’s a beach or a magical city awaiting gets me through anything.”
If you could do anything besides hair, what would it be? “Interior Design. I love transforming a space to be a representation of individuality and personal experiences.  When you walk into someone’s home, you should feel and understand who they are. I’m crazy about it-I rearrange furniture at midnight sometimes!”

Bio: Johnathan views hair as a canvas on which he can express his creativity and bring out the beauty and personal style in each of his clients.  He has a unique approach to hair; combining the techniques of both precision cutting with the art of personalized dry cutting.  These techniques, along with a natural creative eye for color, allow him to execute his work with inspiration he receives through nature and architecture.  All of Johnathan’s clients receive a personalized look adapted to their style and personality.  He feels that the most rewarding part of this profession is the joy and excitement he feels from being able to enhance and invoke another’s beauty and confidence.

SYN | senior stylist

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
Attended: Paul Mitchell Academy-Columbia, SC
Graduated: 2010
Joined SRP Team: 2012

Who are your industry influences? “Angel Merino.  Right now he is my favorite MAC-certified celebrity makeup artist.  He has created his own makeup line and has the ability to make every client look glamorous regardless if it’s a daytime or nighttime look!”
What product(s) could you absolutely not live without? “False lashes and foundation.  I know that with just these two products, I’ll look put together, but not overdone!”

Bio: Synthia is our free spirit.  She was a young wife and mother so she was forced to put her own dreams on hold and is now discovering her passions in life.  Her style is ever-evolving and we love being a part of her progression as a stylist and an individual.  Synthia was born and raised in Arizona, but has travelled a great deal in her 20+ years.  So far, San Diego and Seattle are two of her favorite cities that she has visited thus far.  She is a mother to two beautiful children-a boy (Tyler) and a girl (Rhyah) so she is well versed in both Legos and leggings.  They are the perfect representation of the dichotomy of Synthia’s personality.  The daredevil in her wants to live on the edge-hoping to go skydiving at least once in her life.  But the docile side of her makes her generally sweet and laid-back.  Synthia has a strong passion for the art of cosmetics in addition to styling hair.  She is a dual threat in the salon-taking on both types of clients and offering a complete look.

ABBY JANE | junior stylist

ALY ESTES | junior/apprentice

JACQUELINE CORTES | apprentice/front desk coordinator

AMY PETERSON | director of guest services