At CaJah Salon, we are home to an amazing team of employee and independent contractor service providers. Each of them brings incredible talent, product knowledge, top-of-the-line service, and passion to their work. We’re thrilled to work with some of the very best talent available in Minnesota and to share their skills with our clients.
Carol Lee Swenson has more than 20 years of experience as a stylist. A graduate of Aveda, she embraces all that the Kérastase and Oribe product lines have to offer her clients. Carol Lee specializes in cuts and colors and uses only the best styling products to complete your signature look. A St. Paul native, she has a loyal client following from the surrounding area and appreciates CaJah’s support of small business and giving back through charitable fundraising efforts.
Gemar Duo has a passion to help others, which is what prompted his career in massage therapy, directly following his high school graduation. He completed his education at Everest Institute and has significant experience as a massage therapist. His specialties include: Swedish Relaxation Massage, Hot Stone Therapy, Myofascial, Trigger Point Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Deep Tissue, and Sports Massage. Gemar’s treatments offer a therapeutic touch which, coupled with his demeanor and professionalism, can brighten anyone’s day. Outside of the spa, Gemar enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Emilie Patera completed her cosmetology training with Empire Beauty and enjoys color services, as well as extensions. She’s excited to take the next step in her career and to be training directly with seasoned CaJah stylists, who are checking in on her consultations, applications, and fantastic completed work.
Jenna Markson has over 10 years of experience working with clients to ensure they know what they need to achieve salon results at home. Born and raised in Minnesota, Jenna graduated from Scot Lewis School of Cosmetology and loves staying current with trends, as well as continuing education. She enjoys working with hair of all lengths, from long and layered cuts to short, textured pixies, while making sure the color is perfectly matched to its complimentary cut.
Kriscél Estrella brings with her over a decade of experience as a professional makeup artist. Working with clients of all ages, she has a passion for creating their most beautiful face through education. Kriscél ensures that each client’s look meets their lifestyle and personal preference(s), while providing the lifetime value of empowering them with simple, timeless methods of achieving their desired look.
Laura Heal has more than 12 years of experience as a stylist and loves helping her clients feel amazing, which is why most of them are also her friends. Laura believes in educating her clients, explaining the details, and providing them with meticulously detailed colors and cuts to make sure they look their very best.
Laura (Lana) Palodichuk has over 9 years of extensive coloring and cutting experience. Committed to continuous education and improving her craft, Laura searches for popular styles, then tailors them make sure to flatter each client’s facial structure and hair texture to ensure that they see fresh looks and new trends that exceed their expectations. Long, layered cuts, detail to tonality in color, and styling techniques keep her clients coming back.
Madison M. has been a stylist for 20 years. A graduate of the Aveda Institute, Madison has continued her extensive education all over the country with classes that include Vidal Sassoon, Nick Arrojo, Kevin Murphy, Oribe, The Doves, L’Oréal professional, Kerastase and Moroccan oil. An educator for most of her career, Madison is excited to share her knowledge with others and creates a look that fits each client while providing them the ability to re-create it at home. Madison loves working with clients of all hair types, but has a deep passion for curly hair and full transformations.
Meghan Johnson has diverse areas of expertise from her experience styling for men and women of all ages for over 9 years. As a passionate stylist, Meghan maintains current knowledge and skills through continued professional education, with an emphasis in coloring and cutting, and all the latest trends. She has a talent for creating a unique style for every individual, as well as teaching them how to maintain their style at home. Meghan takes pride in her ability to meet the expectations of technical excellence, superior service, and attention to detail that her distinguished clientele demands.
Morgan Reinarts has been providing her clients with beautiful hair for more than 9 years. A Balayage Specialist, she is passionate about complimenting the perfect haircut with amazing color for classic looks or on-point trends. Morgan values continuous education and loves having fun with her clients while helping them learn the best way to re-create their favorite looks at home.
Natassja Larkin remembers the moment she first wanted to do hair at 5-years-old; so in 2007, she decided to grow her talent and skills by attending the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis. While she loves coloring and cutting, equally, to customize a look for her client, she believes styling is the most important part. Natassja makes sure to teach each and every one of her clients, during their appointments, how to duplicate their look at home. She considers styling and special occasion/wedding updos her biggest passion and specialty.
Raven Lopez loves all things beauty. Following her graduation from the Institute of Beauty and Wellness-Milwaukee in 2015, she shares her passion through a career in esthetics. Raven specializes in beautiful brows, dramatic lash lifts, luxurious facials, and women’s Brazilian waxes. What she enjoys most about being an esthetician is to help each client leave their appointment with a renewed sense of self, feeling even better than when they came in.
Tarah Pattridge completed her cosmetics training with Aveda and enjoys specialized color services including ombres, balayages and color corrections. She’s excited to take the next step in her career and to be training directly with Jim, who is checking in on her consults, applications, and beautiful end results.
Tia Manning studied cosmetology at Ritter Beauty School and has over 25 years of experience as a stylist. She is an expert at color and short, edgy styles; and, specializes in the perfect pixie for every client. Outside of the salon, Tia loves spending time outdoors and fishing.