For appointments:

800 LaSalle Avenue
Suite 220
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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Our Stylists



Tom Schmiedlin has been a co-owner of Avant for over 30 years. He has a strong passion for all aspects of haircutting, from classic men's barbering to the latest in women's trends. Tom is a master of hair sculpting techniques that take advantage of his clients' natural hair growth and texture. He creates strong yet soft shapes that require minimum at-home care. Tom jokes that in his 35+ years behind the chair, he has forgotten more than most hairdressers will ever know.


Debbie is one of the most experienced stylists at Avant, specializing in men’s and women’s haircutting and color. Debbie has an accomplished eye that allows her to effortlessly transition between classic and contemporary looks. She has trained extensively around the world- at the Sassoon Academy’s in Toronto and California and the Aveda Institutes in London, Miami, and Minneapolis- and continuously pursues continuing education opportunities. Debbie is one of Avant's long-time employees. 


Louise has been a stylist at Avant since 1998. She received her training at the Aveda Institute, and since then has attended advanced training here in Minneapolis, as well as in Colorado and New York. She styled hair with the Aveda team for various designers at New York Fashion Week. While she loves all aspects of hairdressing, she excels in special occasion styles and up-dos. 



Beatrice: I’ve been a part of the Minneapolis hairdressing community for thirty plus years and part of the Aveda network for twelve. I specialize with all lengths and textures. I believe in the importance of showing my guests how to work with their style, use different tools and change their look. One of my passions is dressing long hair. My other side loves a great short cut. It can have major impact for one’s attitude! My color services range from the very natural and low maintenance to bold statements and forward techniques. Foiling, ombre, balayage and color blocking are all part of my repertoire. My advanced training has been in London, New York, San Francisco, and Minneapolis. 


Erika is a graduate of the Aveda Institute. Since joining Avant in 2005, ongoing training and education has been paramount in furthering her career. Erika uses a classic approach to both haircutting and styling, while utilizing new techniques to create a customized look for each client.




Melissa loves to enhance each client's unique beauty. Straight or curly, thick or thin, she can work with all hair. Her passion is spicing up a guest's hair with sun-kissed highlights or beautiful, bold color. For both men and women, Melissa customizes haircuts and hair color best suited to her clients and their lifestyles. 



Hoa is a graduate of the Aveda Institute, with over 12 years' experience. Hoa's strengths are precision haircutting and Balayage (French painting) color technique for both men and women. His style is clean and classic, but with a contemporary twist. He has taken numerous courses in precision cutting and hair coloring from the Mario Tricoci creative team and Aveda's Advanced Academies. He has been involved with and helped style for many designer runway shows both nationally and locally.


Tanya has over 20 years' experience working with hair of all textures. She is a full-service stylist, focusing on achieving hair with body, vitality, and shine. She creates the perfect look, whether traditional or cutting edge.



Natasha has over 30 years' experience working with highly textured hair and chemical treatments such as relaxers, wave nouveaus, curls, and sets. She is a perfectionist who works with each client to create natural or exciting hair color or a smooth and polished hair style. In addition to hairdressing, Natasha is an eyebrow specialist who shapes and sculpts the perfect arch for each individual's face shape. 


Gretchen has been part of the Avant family since 2001; first as a client and now as a stylist. She is a graduate of the Aveda Institute and believes continuing education is critical to staying current. Her passion for fashion and all things beautiful inspire her most. Gretchen listens to her customers and welcomes their ideas, then strives to exceed their expectations. She excels in creating styles that style themselves and require minimal at-home care. 


Steve is a graduate of the Aveda Institute. He loves cutting, coloring and a perfect blow out.





Leah takes pride in creating the perfect look to fit one's lifestyle. From conservative to edgy, she loves it all! Working with all types and textures of hair keeps each day different from the last. Ongoing training and trends keep Leah inspired and current. 




Mo Murphy thrives on change and evolution. Since her graduation from Aveda in 1994, she has been a stylist/colorist, mentor, educator, salon owner, and Aveda Purefessional. Mo has a genuine love of taking care of her clients and making each feel like her only client. From classic men’s looks to bold “all-eyes-on-me” reds, everyone leaves happy.  Her love of hairdressing is enhanced by her sponge-like desire to learn, and she gives it away every day to the most beautiful people in the world—her clients.