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.  She has worked her way up the ranks to one of the top leaders in our salon and in the industry.  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. Her career path has been amazing 
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. She was honored as a Behind the Chair Winner in 2018. She is now in charge of setting up the education in our salon as well as others.   Her talent is beyond words. When she is not working on her instagram presence she is chilling with her Husband Evan.  Her hobbies include painting, biking, working out, reading, and traveling. She has two cats and a Dog, Casey Jones.

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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.  Fran received her Redken Design Certification in 2016 and is a Redken Master Stylist.
Her hobbies are volunteering, reading and shopping. Francis is married and has one wonderful daughter.  Her personal style is classic modern. Francis strives to make her guests feel special, appreciated and unique. If you want a classic but modern look Fran is the stylist for you.  She works Wednesday-Saturday, with some late appointments available Thursday.

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

Jess Griffin

Professional Hairstylist
Jessica Lynn “Jess” Griffin 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 husband John and sons Johnny and Jay.  She also enjoys trying new recipes and exploring the Florida outdoors.   Jess works Sun- Wed.

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 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

Kris Cantwell

Professional Hairstylist
Kristen “Kris” Cantwell was born in Virginia Beach, VA and graduated from Rudy & Kelly Academy, a small, private cosmetology school. She joined Rio Hair Studio in February 2014. Kris enjoys bringing the newest tips and trends to her clients and friends while constantly continuing her education both in the salon and traveling to NYC to visit the Redken Exchange.
Kris’s husband Rob retired from the Navy after 20 years in 2017. “Moving every three years has taught me to be a flexible and diverse stylist,” says Kris “It has helped mold me into the stylist I am today.” Kris is available Sunday-Wednesday.

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

Instagram: Kris's Instagram Page

Pinterest: Kris's Pinterest Page

Emily Albertson

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.
Blonding is one of her specialties along with Braiding and Formal Styling. When not working at the salon Emily enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and her dog, Memphis. She also loves traveling to hair shows and taking education classes to further her career.  Book your appointment Tues-Sat. quickly because this stylist is busy.

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

Pinterest: Emily Hodge

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. Her specialty is natural brunettes and blondes.
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, concerts, Netflix, shopping and football games.  She loves spending time with family and friends. Christina and her husband, Kyle, have one Pomeranian. 

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 has a love for the industry and wants to get it right for her guests. She began her “masters degree” in hair working under Sami Skinner as an Associate.  Her skills include all aspects of hairstyling but she specializes in blonding. 
She received her Redken Color Certification in 2019 and continues to strive for excellence in all her techniques.When She is not working on an icy blonde service she is busy decorating her new home with her husband Kurt. Dani is available on Tues, Wed, Thur  and Saturday.  Make your appointment soon.

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.  Carolina is a fluent Spanish speaker which gives her a unique advantage. She graduated from Paul Mitchell the School in January 2017 and immediately began working the Associates Program at Rio Hair Studio.  Her sweet, shy and fun loving demeanor will draw you in and make you feel calm.
She finished working as an associate to Laura Carmichael in 2017, which solidified her love for color. When Carolina is not hand-painting hair, or doing a major color correction, she is at Disney World, her most favorite place or playing with her new puppies, Pookie and Penquin.  Book your appointment with Carolina Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, and Thur.

Birthday: November 15

Favorite cuisine: Mexican

Favorite celebrity haircut:

Instagram: Carolina's Instagram page

Laura Schulhauser

Professional Hairstylist
Laura graduated from Paul Mitchell School in April 2017.  She completed our Associates Program under Sami Skinner.  She received intense education involving color and styling techniques and is ready for anything.  .Laura has a passion for curls and specializes in culry cuts and color to compliment those curls .  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.  When she is not having fun with these skills she is having fun with her daughter Rose.She will use her artistic background to bring your hair to life. Book your appointment with this talent Thur., Fri, Sat or Sun. 

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

Instagram: Laura's Instagram page

Kylie Hinote

Professional Hairstylist
Kylie is a special talent. She came to us in 2018, after working in another salon for over a year.   She is Artistic in many ways.  She has an eye for good visual balance and wants to get it right and make it beautiful.Haircutting and Color are her specialty.
She loves a good Pixie haircut that looks edgy and feminine!  Look for her Insta Posts to see her work then make an appointment asap, so she can  “Make you love your hair in a way you never knew you could”.

Birthday: April 19

Ultimate vacation: Paris then somewhere tropical

Passion for hair: Pixies and Creative Color

Favorite celebrity haircut: Lilly Collins, pixie cut

Favorite restaurant: Mellow mushroom or Thai Orchid

Instagram: @hairbyhinote

Lacey Annucci

Professional Hairstylist
Lacey is a St. Augustine native who has lived in Jacksonville since 2012. She is a graduate from Paul Mitchell and spent time as an associate under Sami Skinner. She loves keeping up with all of the current hair trend and is especially passionate about creating beautiful rich brunettes.
Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her son, husband and two cats! She enjoys reading and is a horror movie buff. Lacey works Sun 9-2, Tues 9-4, Fri 9-4 and Sat 9-6.

Birthday: June 6

Ultimate Vacation: Iceland or Scotland

Passion in Hair: Dimensional Brunettes/ Natural Balayage

Favorite Celeb: Ginnifer Goodwin

Favorite Restaurant: The Back 40 Urban Cafe

Instagram: @Laceyannucci_hair

Isabel Mclaren

Professional Hairstylist
Isabel began her career with Rio 2018.  She began as an apprentice to Sami Skinner.  Her skill and talent were apparent at the beginning.  She has grown into an accomplished and compassionate hairdresser. With Sami’s tutelage, Isabel, has skills that most young hairdressers take years to acquire. 
She is taking guests of her own now and will be happy to share her appetite for creating the newest color trends and crafting a new look that fits only you.  Make an Appointment with her quickly, Tuesday – Saturday, because she will be fully booked before you know what happened.

Birthday: April 9

Passions in hair: Up-dos and vivid hair color

Favorite Restaurant: Moss Fire

Favorite Celebrity Hair: Drew Barrymore

Ultimate Vacation: Alaska

Instagram: @_hairbyissy

Chantz Pinkston

Professional Hairstylist
Chantz was born in Owensboro, KY.  He moved to Jacksonville in 2011 to find a new path in life.  Chantz wasn’t sure what career path he was on at first but when he began and finished his education at Aveda Academy he knew hairdressing was right for him!!!!!  He began his career in 2016 and joined our team in August 2020.
He has a passion for almost everything hair yet Haircolor comes naturally.   Check out his Instagram for some examples of his talent.  Make you appointment soon because he is going places. Chantz is available Tues, Thur, Friday and Saturday.

Instagram:  @chantztaylorhair

Mackenzie Schoenhofen “Mack”

Mack was born in Louisiana but has lived in 5 different states due to dad being in the military. She has been with Rio since 2019.  While attending Paul Mitchell School, she was a vital part of our front desk staff.  After a co-vid delay, she will be graduating PMTS in Nov and will begin her career path.  She will study under Kris Cantwell as an Associate and begin taking guests in the new year. She has developed a passion for coloring hair and cannot wait to get to work. 
 Favorite Celebrity hair: Jennifer Anniston – Dream Vacation: Hawaii – Favorite Food:  Any kind of Pasta – Hobbies: Painting – Pets: Black cat “Raven” and Shiba Inu, “Marshall”

Look for her first opportunity day starting in May or June of 2021.

Rosalyn Davis

Professional Hairdresser/ Associate
Rosalyn came to Rio Hair Studio July 2019.  She came with a beautiful smile and a wonderful spunk.  She was born and raised in Jacksonville, Fl and attended Mandarin High.  As she was at Mandarin  High School she loved helping her friends with Prom styling and Make-up.  This is when she understood hairdressing was for her.   She graduated from Paul Mitchell the School in January 2020.  She has been working as an Associate with Sami Skinner and will begin to take clients in January 2021.  Brunettes are a flavor of hair she loves.  Balayage is a favorite technique of hers and she aspires to be an expert in the process. 
Reading, writing and playing guitar are some hobbies she has that help to pass time when she is not working hard.  Look for her celebrated Associate graduation and appointment availability in February or March 2021. – Favorite food:  Sushi – Dream vacation: Maui – Passion: New Take home hair Care

Zoe Nelson

Front Desk Specialist

Zoe joined our team in June 2020.  She is the pretty ginger blonde at the front desk that will greet you with her sweet smile.  She will do her best to make sure you feel welcome and comfortable during your visit.  If you have a question about the quality products we sell, she is the person that will find what is right for you.  Zoe was born in Eugene, Oregon.  She is a “military brat” therefore she has experienced many living  places.  This gives her a sense of what is right for many different people.

Zoe is from Eugene, Oregon but has moved around quite a bit due to her dad being in the Military. She loves to paint, go to the beach, and try out new makeup looks. She attended Fletcher High School. 

Courtney Ward

Social Media/Marketing
Courtney Ward started with Rio in January of 2020 as a part-time receptionist, however she was quickly promoted to being the salons Social Media & Retail Marketing guru!  Design & Net-Working are just a few of her passions which makes her job an integral part of the salon. If you see any creative posts or videos on @riohairstudio, these are the result of Courtney’s hard work.
Courtney is a Jacksonville native but lived in Rincon, Puerto Rico at the ripe age of 18.  She has two beautiful children that are her entire world. Her fiancé Justin, keeps her grounded and focused on her goals.  Justin and Courntey make a good team juggling work and home life.  We are proud to have Courtney on our team behind the scenes doing her best to make us look good.

Michelle Maurer

Front Desk Customer Service Coordinator
Michelle was born in Brunswick, ME and recently relocated to St. Augustine from just outside of New Orleans, LA. Michelle joined RIO as a receptionist in November of 2016. She quickly took to the task of customer coordinator and has made herself indispensable.
She is currently our Front Desk Lead so if there is a question you need answered she is the person to ask.  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