With over 17 licensed years in the craft + counting, it was time to form a handpicked team. The idea for crown began in a sketch book, but the vibe of our shop is deeply rooted in the world Erin + her sister Grace were raised: hair + music. There was also a huge gap in Buffalo’s hair world. After years of working for others, they just had to do it their way.
After years of DIY hair, the real quest for higher learning started immediately during hair school, taking part in every class offered. With an educational background including Bumble & bumble U, ateliers hosted by masters like Oribe, Michael Angelo, and Jayne Matthews to name a few, as well as major brand education from groups like Surface, Pravana, Goldwell + Aveda; the goal is well-rounded. If you deep-dive the internet enough, you may even find the episode of VH1’s TransForm Me featuring Erin + Laverne Cox masterminding a major hair transformation.
Now it’s been a few years of being an owner, stylist, teacher + artist all at the same time. Taking part in business coaching has become just as important as expanding knowledge within the hair craft. Building this brand + elevating the team is Erin's biggest goal for the future. Look to our daily social posts to follow our always-evolving path.
After more than a decade in the industry, Grace decided that she wants to specialize in color over cutting. Whether she’s creating the most natural dimensional effect, achieving corrective hair color goals, or mixing up a rainbow- the guests in her chair are always just as excited about their new look as Grace is.
Grace has a vast educational background that overlaps with a lot of Erin + Chelsey’s past experience. Not only has she attended education from every color provider she’s worked with, but she is a vital part of apprentice training within crown. She has also been part of numerous GoodDYEyoung-related events like styling hair at shows + helping people shop the brand, as well as having her salon guests wearing GDY be shared with the community.
When she’s not behind the chair, you’ll most likely find her out on the town with her bff Bogan. (And hey, even when she’s in the shop, he is always by her side!) A major drive Grace has is for travel. She’s always got something on the horizon. Travel to see friends, taste test a new city, to see a concert, or for a fun work trip… all good :)
Also known as "Ches", Chelsey is almost 10 years into this craft, despite having a few spinal surgeries under her belt. She loves doing a balayage followed by a bangin' blowout, but is truly inspired by edgy/weird/out of the box haircuts. Ches has had various education sessions with brands like Oribe and Bumble & bumble, has had hair + makeup work published in print by Auxiliary Magazine, and has also been posted on American Salon's social platforms. It seems everyone in Buffalo (and beyond) knows Ches. Even Buffalo Spree named her as a Taste Maker in 2016. Her dream is to never stop learning, and to take her talents around the world, doing hair + makeup for a touring band.
Chelsey has the most contagious laugh, and you’ll always find her out exploring our lovely city. Bike rides with her guy, a good read in the park, or just hangin with her many dog buddies, or dreaming up crown’s next big plan- she’s not slowin down any time soon!
Sarah is truly the start of change in our industry. We’ve worked along side her for years, and starting in January 2019, crown + MJ. Rose will begin an unprecedented partnership in Buffalo. Sarah + husband (our hair brother) James Hickey had an amazing opportunity to snag a North Buffalo space in Fall of 2018. With Sarah being of her own family’s studio, yet loving the collective atmosphere of crown, she is still going to work on Wednesdays with our group!
She specializes in techniques like balayage + dimensional blonding, upstyles, and men’s grooming. Sarah is always ready to participate in any education that will enhance her skills. When she's not in the salon, you'll most likely find her hanging out with her husband + kids in the great outdoors, dancing, or at a Sabres game. They also have not one, but two, dogs as well as a rescue cat! While Sarah calls Buffalo home, she dreams of styling for the runway at NY Fashion Week (and she absolutely will).
Cara joined the team in the Fall of 2018. She and Grace had worked side by side leading up to the opening day crown, and found they were very like-mined when it comes to hair. With the ability to expand because of Ignite, she was the first person who came to mind.
Cara “specializes in bed head”: that lived-in, natural texture. Her cutting foundation includes having attended a 5-day intensive Sassoon cutting class. She’s also a skilled colorist, wanting to expand her education all the time. Her dream education goal of learning directly from razor master Jayne Matthews was reached in Spring 2019, also attended by Erin + Chelsey.
When Catmom’s out of the shop, she’s probably riding around with her bff Jodi of Spoke & Dagger. She’s an advocate for women on two wheels, and also working on a kickass vintage van with Melvin. Can’t wait to see how these worlds will collab with Cara being on the team!
Karen joined us in early 2019, but she is no stranger to this crew. She has worked alongside both Grace + Cara in past years. She is a skilled colorist, and is ready to offer cuts, styling + waxing services. One of her signature services is a balayage-foil hybrid, resulting in a vibrant but natural blonde. Karen’s personal style inspo gravitates toward 70’s aesthetic plus a lil glam. She’s also a master of clippers and short hair grooming.
When she’s not behind the chair, you can find her hanging out with her furry friends Ghost + Dobby at the dog park, deep in a good book, or planning her next quick getaway to see a new city.
We can’t get to know all Karen’s guests, and we know she’s going to click with many few faces as she grows with us!
Audrey is an all-around artist. She's been in the field professionally for 4+ years, but her inspiration began long ago. In the beginning, makeup application was her go-to when procrastinating college homework. There, she found her true passion. She excels in the bridal world as well as creating dramatic looks for more avant-garde needs. Audrey draws inspiration from artist Pat McGrath, Melt cosmetics, and even her own North Buffalo neighborhood.
Audrey is available for special event makeup as well as a more lesson-based application. She’s a great guide to anyone who has makeup questions.
When she's not putting on a face, you can catch her hanging out with her lil birdie, Elsie, visiting our friends at Lloyd, or creating fiber art with hoops. We're so thankful to have Audrey on the team + are all envious of her talent.
Katie joined the crew in August 2018. The search for advancing education drew her to us. She’s super excited to learn everything from short cuts to upstyling. After seeing what we’ve been up to - and let’s face it, the pups as well- she came onto our radar.
Katie is focusing on colors and cuts as she builds her skills, and has a natural talent for capturing the perfect image or video we always want to document. She’s hungry to learn all she can, and has so far attended education within our shop as well as through Pravana and Surface.
When she’s not in the shop, you can find her with her dog, or outdoors anywhere from on a snowboard to a beach. Katie shares our passion for inspiration from travel as well. We look forward to growing her experience in the craft!
Marissa has been with the team since October 2018. She’s diving right in to the industry, seeking a higher skill set. Buffalo is a small world, and her Mom was even one of Erin’s guests when she was starting out. Marissa is particularly interested in color and extensions, picking up knowledge every day wherever she can.
Marissa has been super eager to attend any education we can offer in the shop and beyond. She recently attended the Babe Hair Extensions Mastery program, as well as multiple cutting classes from Surface.
She’s a perfect addition to the team: loves our pups, good music, and seeing the resurgence of our historic neighborhood as much as we do. We can’t wait to work with Marissa in helping her achieve her hair dreams + goals.
Elise, aka Miss Rose, makes everything at crown possible. She's always there for us- the mind behind our daily operations, and the voice of reason as we continue to be evolving. Elise has years of experience running the show, coupled with the rare benefit of having completed Cosmetology school.
She somehow balances crown’s crazy days with helping her Dad’s family business, being a best friend to so many, and of course being Wylie + Boomer’s Momma!
The crown crew is very lucky to have found our perfect match when it comes to experience + standards. Our team is sure to grow, cheers to Miss Rose!