Meet Our Stylists

Hair Stylist Durham NC

At Stage 1 Salon we have spared no expense to bring Durham NC the very best stylists available.  Each member of our salon has extensive training in the latest techniques and many have trained internationally with some of the biggest names in the business.

See below for more about our stylists and then contact us right away for an appointment.

Gerald Knott

Gerald-KnottGerald is the owner and a stylist at Stage 1 Salon. He has been an innovative and creative stylist for over 30 years. He has had extensive training throughout his career.

Gerald served on the Educational Committee of North Carolina for 20 years and served as Styles Director for North Carolina for two terms.

Gerald has won many state, national and international hair competition awards. After bringing home the 1st Place trophy at the “Worlds Supreme” competition in NYC, he became a trainer of many champion stylists.

He specializes in cut and color for men and women and still gets the biggest thrill of all from making people feel great about themselves. He is also proud to say he has staffed his salon with some of the best stylists the hair industry has to offer!

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Barbara Riley

Barbara RileyBarbara has had a phenomenal career as hair designer/colorist and for many years owned and operated her own Salon.   She has had extensive training in hair cuttery, winning awards throughout the years.

Barbara is a master colorist, specializing in designing the perfect color for her clients.  Continuing education is first and foremost for Barbara; as is satisfying her clients.

Want a great hair experience, give her a call!

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Abby Fuller

Abby FullerAbby was born and raised in Durham and has been in the industry since 2005. Doing hair is Abby’s passion and she loves to use her creative abilities with coloring, highlighting, and cutting.

She specializes in Ombré techniques as well as formal styling. Abby accommodates her brides and their wedding parties by offering to go on site when she is needed.

Abby was trained at Mitchell’s academy in Cary. She has a keen sense of humor, an eye for knowing what people need, and works effortlessly and efficiently to ensure optimum customer satisfaction.

Abby’s Extension: 27
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Jill Knott Rhew

Jill Knott RhewJill has been a stylist/colorist for 23 years. She graduated from Atlantic Beauty College and was trained by Joico in advanced coloring techniques. In addition she trained with Robert Cromeans of Paul Mitchell, Aveda and Rusk. She specializes in creating new cuts and color for long hair.

Jill has also won awards both male and female haircutting competitions and  has advanced training in corrective color.

If you are looking for new trendy style give her a call and she will create one  that will make you look and feel beautiful.

Jill’s Extension: 36
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Terese Easterday

Terese-EasterdayTerese has been licensed for 20 years.  Specializing in short hair cuts for men and women, She also enjoys working with curly and fine hair.

Terese uses Matrix Color System which provides natural looking color for all types of hair.  She specifically works with blending gray and bringing out natural warmth and luster to otherwise dull hair.

Terese enjoys doing hair as much as meeting new people and helping them feel at home in her chair. A good haircut is crucial to a good hair day.

Terese’s Extension: 31
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Lauren Vincent

Lauren-VincentLauren is a stylist/colorist with 20 years experience. She has had extensive training throughout her career, countless shows, classes, workshops, including dry cutting with Karg of Switzerland, Roy Peters, and Beth Minardi in haircolor. I also hold a Beth Minardi certification, and am Olaplex certified.

On various occasions, the honor was bestowed on Lauren as the
stylist/colorist for the News and Observer’s “Refresh Your Style”
makeover segment.

Let Lauren help you find a look that’s right for you and your complexion.

One of her specialties is natural looking, beautiful haircolor. “If you need someone to hold your hand through this process and help you decide, then I’m your girl”.

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Kim McCorkle

Kim-McCorkleKim is an outstanding hair colorist/stylist who has 17 years of experience.  She was trained by Vidal Sasson and has taught numerous classes on haircutting, coloring and product sales.

Kim has a Master Stylist diploma from the Redkin Exchange in New York City.

She absolutely loves the hair industry and takes great pleasure in creating new looks for her clients.  Looking for something different?   Give Kim a call.

Kim’s Extension: 33
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Eddie Zuniga

Eddie-ZunigaEddie, a Master Stylist/Colorist with 19 years of experience offers a large range of special hair services for a multicultural clientele.
He is skillful in the use of Framesi hair color, which is gentle on the hair and skin and is excellent for total coverage of gray hair.

His specialties include advanced color techniques, bridal styling, children’s cuts, etc. Eddie takes extensive continuing education and training classes, enabling him to offer his clients the best possible experience. Looking for something new and different…give him a call.

Eddie’s Extension: 37
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Cindy Lopossay

Cindy LopossayCindy has been a hair designer for 34 years.  Early in her career she trained directly under Paul Brown a world renown Hair Designer.  Later she attended the Clairol School of coloring in Chicago.

Cindy also attended the Vidal Sassoon School in London twice learning advanced hair cutting techniques. She has won several hair cutting competitions.

She is certified in the Keratin Smoothing systems.   Using the Hotheads, human hair tape extensions Cindy can add extensions to all lengths of hair.  Looking for that certain style, color, or something new give Cindy a call.

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Brittany West

Brittany-WestBrittany has been a talented hairdresser for four years. She has kept up to date on the latest styles, cuts, and color techniques.

She specializes in up – do’s, extensions, keratin treatments and perms.

Brittany loves working with all types of hair (male and female) and welcomes clients who are looking for something new in a hair style, color, etc.   Ready for that great hair experience…give her a call.

Brittany’s Extension: 26
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Beckette Gwyn

Beckette GwynnBeckette started a career in cosmetology in 1980; working in a mall salon where she became a senior, master stylist. In 1995 she opened up her own salon at Erwin Square near Duke University where she enjoyed a diverse clientele of Duke professionals and students.  After 18 years of successfully managing a business, she decided to concentrate on what she loved most; creative styling, coloring and hair cutting.

She has been to numerous hair shows and is familiar with all aspects of coloring and highlighting. She likes to consult with clients to create a style that is most practical and suitable for the them.

Beckette, the internationally trained senior master stylist specializes in Asian and Indian hair.  She is able to create texture and design on most hair.  Upon meeting Beckette you will find her personable and attentive to all your hair needs.

Beckette’s Extension: 39

Orlando Perez Aguilar (Nail Technician)

Orlando Perez AguilarOrlando has been an outstanding nail technician for 12 years.    Once you step in to his SPA you are in for a rare and relaxing treat.  He uses only the top rated vegan and organic products.  His manicures and pedicures are outstanding.  His specialties include Shellac nails, acrylics, and gels.

His pedicures are unique and his nail art is exquisite.   Orlando welcomes new clients and promises everyone a relaxing experience.

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