OUR PINUP GIRLS

Meet the women behind Pinup! Each Pinup Girl is hand picked and brings her own personal flair and uniqueness to our Salon.

 They hold the values Pinup conveys, authenticity, kindness but with a pop of sass!

DISCOVER YOUR PERFECT MATCH

Wondering which of our Pinup Girls are the best fit for your style and personality?  Try our quick matchmaking survey!

FOUNDER & OWNER

CHRISTINA

Christina Kirkey, Pinup Studios fearless leader and loudest cheerleader has been thriving in the beauty industry for 14 years now. She was first attracted to the freedom of the industry and finding a way to express herself through all things beauty and fashion. Now her passion lies in guiding all women to see the beauty in themselves! While hair and lashes were her first love, she is fully “retired” from behind the chair and has found an even stronger passion for coaching and growing her team and business. From creating a multi-award winning salon to six figure stylists and continuously trying to mend the gap between commission salons and solo stylists, she is here not only to leave her mark in the industry but to be a resource for all stylists. Christina looks forward to helping this next generation of stylists and creating multiple job opportunities for all stylists in the area. 

SALON COORDINATOR

ALLI

Alli MacDonald has been working in the beauty industry for 5 years. Your retired esthi-bestie, she got licensed in 2019 with no plan on where she would land in the beauty world. After working in places like Southern California and Dallas, Alli made her way back to Raleigh to find a home at Pinup Studio as Salon Coordinator. Alli has had countless opportunities to work and grow alongside Christina, traveling around the country for training in business and personal development. She loves watching the hard work they put in come to life, between the growing team, systems, culture, and clientele. Alli is a transplant from Massachusetts, loves cooking and soup, and will happily give you her opinion on what skincare you should be using…but only if you want it! She loves watching the Pinup team blossom together and the community she gets to be part of every day. Alli looks forward to taking this industry by storm with Christina, always taking herself and this girl gang to the next level.

MEET THE PINUP BABES

Adena

Level 3 Stylist, Educator. Adena Miller has been part of the beauty industry for seven years. She chose this career for the creatives! She wanted an artistic career, and having continuous opportunities to make others feel their best is the cherry on top. Adena’s specialties include hand painted balayage, blonding, reds, coppers, and extensions. She is part of our education team, certified through Master’s of Balayage, and holds four extension certifications through Glam Seamless, Platinum Seamless, Laced, and Wefts + Waves. A self-proclaimed, extroverted introvert, Adena is versatile and willing to chat for hours, be a listening ear, or give you a chance to enjoy your quiet time! She is an avid reader and lover of music as well as a girl-mom to two beautiful daughters! Her goals for the future are to continue to grow as a stylist, but also an educator! She hopes to share her knowledge to help other stylists grow and thrive and change the stigma that this industry has to be cutthroat and competitive. Adena believes we are all in it to succeed and the best way to do that is support each other.

Jamie

Level 3 Stylist. Jamie Rowles has been working with hair for twenty years. She always knew growing up she would end up working as a hairstylist! One of our OGs, Jamie thrives with traditional highlights and will always take on a classic root retouch. Throughout her time on the floor, she has expanded her knowledge through the Redken Exchange, Redken Symposium, and has taken classes from some of the best in the industry. Jamie loves the instant gratification that comes with making a client feel beautiful. She will always remember the story you told at your last appointment and never judge. Her humble and down to earth personality keeps things light and fresh in her chair. She loves her family and her sweet boxer pup, Beckett! Jamie looks forward to continuing learning and showing up for her clients and team!

Lindsey

Level 3 Stylist, Educator. Lindsey Wilson graduated from Aveda in 2016, putting her behind the chair for seven years. She always knew the corporate culture would not be a fit for her. Having been a dancer, she fell in love with the costumes, make up, and of course…the hairstyles. Lindsey stays kept up with trends, loves balayage, highlights, and extensions and is a member of Pinup’s education team. She has invested in her education with four extension certifications through Perfectress, Platinum Seamless, Wefts + Waves, and Laced and has participated in trainings with Masters of Balayage and Redken Symposium. Additionally, Lindsey is part of our bridal team and will rock an updo for your big day! She loves working with the public, especially in a growing city where she is able to meet people from all over. Each head of hair she works with is different, leaving room for constant creativity, freedom, and inspiration as well as opportunities for improvement and learning. Lindsey is a great listener with a bubbly, kind, and humble personality. Her thoughtfulness trickles down into each appointment, with questions that focus on you and your lifestyle, making sure your hair works for your day to day! She loves summer days on the lake and her fur-baby, Nala. If she’s not in the salon, she may be working an event at her family’s upcoming venue. Lindsey hopes to become a familiar face on your Instagram feed, growing her clientele while she grows as an educator!

Hannah

Level 3 Stylist, Educator. Hannah Jones has been slaying behind the chair for ten years. Growing up, the hairstylists in her life had an energy she found herself attracted to. She always felt so refreshed leaving a salon, she knew that she wanted to be that for others. Hannah is part of our education team and loves creating lived-in looks, coppers, feathered haircuts, and extensions. She has received multiple extensions certifications through NBR, Aqua, and Wefts + Waves. She has expanded her knowledge through Masters of Balayage, High Performance Salon Academy, Redken Symposium, and more, taking classes with big names in the industry such as Hanzo, Gina Bianca, Ashley Norman, and Jamie Sea. Seeing the spark of confidence in her clients when they see their fresh new hair in the mirror. Hannah’s clients come for the hair and stay for the jokes, entertainment, and therapy sessions. A wife and momma of two (plus two with four legs), Hannah loves cross stitching, reading, and podcasts. In the future, Hannah hopes to be an all-star educator, providing stylists with the tools they need to succeed in the industry!

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Adena

Level 3 Stylist, Educator. Adena Miller has been part of the beauty industry for seven years. She chose this career for the creatives! She wanted an artistic career, and having continuous opportunities to make others feel their best is the cherry on top. Adena’s specialties include hand painted balayage, blonding, reds, coppers, and extensions. She is part of our education team, certified through Master’s of Balayage, and holds four extension certifications through Glam Seamless, Platinum Seamless, Laced, and Wefts + Waves. A self-proclaimed, extroverted introvert, Adena is versatile and willing to chat for hours, be a listening ear, or give you a chance to enjoy your quiet time! She is an avid reader and lover of music as well as a girl-mom to two beautiful daughters! Her goals for the future are to continue to grow as a stylist, but also an educator! She hopes to share her knowledge to help other stylists grow and thrive and change the stigma that this industry has to be cutthroat and competitive. Adena believes we are all in it to succeed and the best way to do that is support each other. 

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Jamie

Level 3 Stylist. Jamie Rowles has been working with hair for twenty years. She always knew growing up she would end up working as a hairstylist! One of our OGs, Jamie thrives with traditional highlights and will always take on a classic root retouch. Throughout her time on the floor, she has expanded her knowledge through the Redken Exchange, Redken Symposium, and has taken classes from some of the best in the industry. Jamie loves the instant gratification that comes with making a client feel beautiful. She will always remember the story you told at your last appointment and never judge. Her humble and down to earth personality keeps things light and fresh in her chair. She loves her family and her sweet boxer pup, Beckett! Jamie looks forward to continuing learning and showing up for her clients and team!

Lindsey

Lindsey

Level 3 Stylist, Educator. Lindsey Wilson graduated from Aveda in 2016, putting her behind the chair for seven years. She always knew the corporate culture would not be a fit for her. Having been a dancer, she fell in love with the costumes, make up, and of course…the hairstyles. Lindsey stays kept up with trends, loves balayage, highlights, and extensions and is a member of Pinup’s education team. She has invested in her education with four extension certifications through Perfectress, Platinum Seamless, Wefts + Waves, and Laced and has participated in trainings with Masters of Balayage and Redken Symposium. Additionally, Lindsey is part of our bridal team and will rock an updo for your big day! She loves working with the public, especially in a growing city where she is able to meet people from all over. Each head of hair she works with is different, leaving room for constant creativity, freedom, and inspiration as well as opportunities for improvement and learning. Lindsey is a great listener with a bubbly, kind, and humble personality. Her thoughtfulness trickles down into each appointment, with questions that focus on you and your lifestyle, making sure your hair works for your day to day! She loves summer days on the lake and her fur-baby, Nala. If she’s not in the salon, she may be working an event at her family’s upcoming venue. Lindsey hopes to become a familiar face on your Instagram feed, growing her clientele while she grows as an educator!

Hannah

Hannah

Level 3 Stylist, Educator. Hannah Jones has been slaying behind the chair for ten years. Growing up, the hairstylists in her life had an energy she found herself attracted to. She always felt so refreshed leaving a salon, she knew that she wanted to be that for others. Hannah is part of our education team and loves creating lived-in looks, coppers, feathered haircuts, and extensions. She has received multiple extensions certifications through NBR, Aqua, and Wefts + Waves. She has expanded her knowledge through Masters of Balayage, High Performance Salon Academy, Redken Symposium, and more, taking classes with big names in the industry such as Hanzo, Gina Bianca, Ashley Norman, and Jamie Sea. Seeing the spark of confidence in her clients when they see their fresh new hair in the mirror. Hannah’s clients come for the hair and stay for the jokes, entertainment, and therapy sessions. A wife and momma of two (plus two with four legs), Hannah loves cross stitching, reading, and podcasts. In the future, Hannah hopes to be an all-star educator, providing stylists with the tools they need to succeed in the industry!

PINUP CHICKS

HALEY

Level 2 Stylist. Haley Daigneau is a transplant from San Diego and has been behind the chair for four years. After being rejected from internships because of her vibrant hair, she knew she was in the wrong industry. Haley loves balayage and traditional highlights, specializing in lightening dark hair, and will always take on a vibrant unicorn color. She has been trained in Pulp Riot vivids, lived-in color and balayage techniques, and recently became extension certified through Aqua extensions! Haley loves contributing to making women feel beautiful and confident within themselves. She is beyond grateful to be a part of big life events, from break ups to weddings, new jobs, and more. Her loving, goofy, and outgoing personality makes Haley’s chair a comfortable place for anyone. Haley loves spending time with family and being a new mom to her beautiful daughter, Riyah. Haley is excited to grow in the world of extensions and move into educating new stylists!

BRENDA

Level 2 Stylist. Brenda Torres has been in the beauty industry for 5 years. Brenda fell in love with this industry early, following in her mom’s footsteps. Brenda loves to create dimensional colors, especially blondes and brunettes. She has taken multiple balayage classes, including Masters of Balayage, and is also certified in extensions through NBR and Wefts + Waves. She loves that she gets to bring her own style with each client and customizes each experience to achieve their goals. She is kind, genuine, and has a clear passion for the art she creates. Brenda is bilingual in Spanish, loves reading, and spending time with her family. Brenda’s goals are to never stop learning and continue to be the best colorist she can be!



ALYSSA

Level 2 Stylist. Alyssa Valdes has worked within the beauty industry for 4 years. After working an office job that didn’t feel fulfilling, she enrolled in cosmetology school. Alyssa is inspired by her sister, a stylist of over 20 years, and continues to make her proud every day after her passing in 2020. Balayage and extensions are what bring Alyssa to life behind the chair. She is now extension certified through both NBR and Wefts + Waves. Alyssa loves that being a hairstylist brings her so much freedom and creativity on a daily basis. She loves the opportunities to meet new faces and build relationships with her clients! Alyssa is funny and sweet. She’s a great listener and offers a judge free zone in her chair. She loves to spend time with her family, run with her husband, and read. You should definitely ask her about her last trip to Costa Rica! Alyssa’s excited for a future with more world travel but even more color classes, like Masters of Balayage and Redken. 

Cassidy

Level 2 Stylist. Cassidy Koltermann has been behind the chair for one year and took this industry by storm. After being three years into a college business program, she knew the career she was working towards would not be fulfilling. She decided there was more out there for her and followed her true passion. Cassidy loves her updos, lived-in looks (especially you blondies!) and she recently added extensions to her service menu after being certified through Wefts + Waves. She loves the interactions she has with clients and the significant role she gets to play in their lives. Cassidy knows your experience with your hair is personal and emotional. Getting the chance to make her clients fall in love with themselves by enhancing their natural beauty brings the satisfaction she was always looking for in a career. Cassidy is always upbeat and bubbly and will be the first to lend a helping hand when it’s needed. Cassidy loves spending time with friends and family, cooking, and playing with her golden retriever, Riley! Cassidy looks forward to expanding her knowledge in updos and special occasion styles as well as growing and thriving in her new adventure with extensions!

CAT

Level 2 Stylist. Cat Rich has been in the beauty industry for eight years. Makeup led her in the right direction, but it did not take long for her to realize she had a deeper passion and talent for hair. She specializes in blonding and vivid colors. Whether you’re looking for a lived-in, natural balayage or a vibrant rainbow, Cat is your girl. What keeps Cat loving what she does is making people feel beautiful! If you’re in her chair you can expect a laid back vibe. She will always manage to find something to laugh about. She is a big lover of her animals and family. She’s definitely the cool aunt when it comes to her niece! Cat is looking forward to building a clientele somewhere that makes her happy.

Hannah H.

Level 2 Stylist. Hannah Holder has been in the beauty industry for three years and is driven by a deep-rooted passion for hairdressing, inspired by her grandmother who was a stylist as well! Hannah specializes in blonding, root touch-ups, long layer haircuts, and blowouts! She finds immense joy in making people feel their best, while creating meaningful connections with them. The freedom to express her individuality is one of the aspects she loves most about being a hairstylist. Known for her bubbly and kind personality, Hannah creates a welcoming and enjoyable atmosphere for her clients. Outside of the salon, she loves spending time with her family and their two dogs, Rusty and Baxter. Hannah is committed to continuously learning and expanding her skill set, aiming to grow and thrive in the beauty industry! Hannah is enthusiastic about the opportunity to be a part of her clients’ lives, helping them look and feel their best for every occasion. She looks forward to evolving in her career and contributing to the beauty industry with her talent and dedication.

Samantha

Level 2 Stylist. Samantha Taylor has been a dedicated professional in the beauty industry since 2015. Inspired by her brother, who has been doing hair since 2003, Samantha sought a career that would be both exciting and fulfilling. She specializes in blonding and dimensional color and has trained with Redken! What Samantha loves most about being a hairstylist is that it never feels like work. She cherishes the opportunity to catch up with her clients, many of whom have become like family, and to share in the different phases of their lives. Sam’s silly, fun-loving personality makes her chair a joyous and comfortable place for everyone. Outside of the salon, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, going to the pool, trying new restaurants, and diving into a good book! Her goals for the future include getting certified in extensions and growing her family. Samantha is passionate about making her clients feel beautiful and confident, and she is excited to continue evolving in her career while being a part of her clients’ special moments.

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Justine

Justine Ethier has been in the beauty industry for three years now. She is from New York and attended Capri Cosmetology School. When Justine began in the industry her main goal was to pay for her masters degree in psychology. She quickly learned that hair was her calling and switched up her career path to become a hair professional. Some of her specialities include reds, vivids and any type of blonding! It’s no secret that hair coloring is her favorite service to do behind the chair. If she’s not at Pinup, you’ll find her reading, crafting and decorating her apartment. She also enjoys snowboarding when the weather is right! Justine is a huge people person and is big on relationships. She makes each guest that sits in her chair feel like a long time friend. Her long term goal is not only to grow a clientele that she loves but that she calls family.

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JENNIFER

Jennifer Crespo has been behind the chair for four years, but has been in the industry as a freelancer for eight years. Jen chose this industry after growing up visiting a salon every week with her mom. She fell in love with watching stylists create beautiful transformations and would go home and style or braid her dolls’ hair. Jen doesn’t shy away from much, as she loves creating beautiful blondes, brunettes, and reds as well as that perfect bridal style for someone’s special day. She also traveled to California where she received her NBR extension certification. Jen is bilingual in Spanish and her bubbly, energetic personality brings a light into the salon that makes it easy for any client in her chair to feel comfortable in her chair. Outside of the salon, Jen loves spending time with her husband and children. Her goal is to build up her extension clientele and to educate others that are entering the industry. Jen loves that she gets the opportunity to make people feel more beautiful and confident in their own skin every day. 

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JADA

Level 1 Stylist. Jada Murias has been part of the beauty industry for just under seven years. Her parents lead her to this industry, getting her artistic skills from her dad and watching her mom do her own hair and makeup every day. She went to cosmetology school to be taken seriously for SFX makeup and fell in love with hair during the process. Jada enjoys balayage and babylights. These foundational skills enhance her ability to create dimensional, lived-in balayage and vibrant vivids. Jada is certified in Olaplex and K18, and expanded her skills into extensions, getting certified with Wefts + Waves. She loves building genuine relationships with her clients, getting the opportunity to customize each service to what suits them and their lifestyle best. Jada is outspoken and out of pocket. She is willing to adjust to any sort of appointment, whether you need a laugh, a heart-to-heart, or honor the silent appointment you’ve been needing. 

PRESLEY

Level 1 Stylist. Presley graduated from her cosmetology program in October 2023. She worked Saturdays while in school to launch herself forward in our associate program, hitting the floor as a stylist with us in January 2024. Presley was feeling stuck in her original career, leading her to break free to a career she has a true passion for. Presley loves anything to do with blondes! She is currently certified in Maria Rose Extensions and looks forward to expanding her knowledge with more advanced classes in the future. Presley is happy to be part of a loving community, learning from talented and supportive women. She may be soft spoken, but building relationships and laughing with clientele brings a new light to her days. She loves traveling to beautiful countries, hockey games, and spending time with her family. Presley is excited to begin building a clientele and take off on this new adventure behind the chair.

Elizabeth

Level 1 Stylist. Elizabeth Jackson has been working in the hair industry for 3 years. Elizabeth’s passion for wanting to make people feel good, confident, and find a love for themselves drives her career! She loves the aspect of always being able to express herself and the constant learning and growing that comes along with being in the industry and with each client she encounters. Elizabeth is a lover of all things blonding! She has taken certifications through Masters of Balayage, K18, and Cezanne Keratin Treatments. Somewhere in between shy and outgoing, Elizabeth enjoys any opportunity to keep people around her happy and smiling! She also melts for anything pink and sparkly (she fits right in!) If Elizabeth isn’t bringing your hair goals to life, she’s most likely spending time with her pup, Stella or with her family eating Fresh Local Ice Cream or Mexican food! Her goals for the future are to add new skills and trades under her books, going to more classes, and learning and growing with her family as well!

Joy

Associate Level 1 Stylist (Jan 2024). Joy has worked with hair for three years. Fresh off graduation, Joy took on the role of educator at the Aveda Institute. This is where she fell in love with haircutting and lived-in blondes. Joy moved from Utah to North Carolina, where she landed in our associate program to expand her knowledge and learn more about what it’s like to be behind the chair. Helping others feel beautiful brings her a new kind of satisfaction. Joy loves having the opportunity to work with those from all different walks of life, making the variety in her services interesting from day to day. She is a mirrorball! Joy is lighthearted and fun, she will be a listening ear or let you enjoy your silence. She is a Swiftie who loves to crochet, swim, and finish puzzles. Food is the quickest way to her heart! Joy’s future will be filled with hair and laughter.

Kym

Associate Stylist. Kym has been working within the beauty industry for 4 years. Her love for hair began with doing her Barbie’s hair. In her own words, those girls were “fried, dyed, and laid to the side”. With her love for pretty hair and encouragement from her grandfather, she found herself behind the chair. While she loves all color services, she can’t stay away from a killer blowout and style! Kym loves the connections she is able to make with clients. She loves the impact she has on making others feel confident and beautiful! Conversation springs to life around Kym! You never have to worry about a conversation dying out with her. If she’s not in the salon, she’s nurturing her shopping addiction or collecting keychains from the newest place she’s visited. Kym looks forward to mastering her skills behind the chair! She hopes to become a leader and educator in the industry, giving her an opportunity to lead and inspire growth in others. 

Sarah

Associate Stylist. Sarah Stone is fresh in the industry with one year under her belt! Sarah had always been an admirer of the industry, doing her and her friends’ hair for years before she decided to pursue it as a career. She loves color service with a big transformation, making vivid services her absolute favorite! She has developed in her craft with a vivids specialization training and even expanded into prisms, color blocking, and other advanced color placements. Sarah will always try to make you laugh! She can guarantee honesty and she always has your back! If she’s not in the salon, she may be on a day trip or reading a book, trying new restaurants, or exploring a museum. Sarah hopes to grow within this industry and become a platform artist, showing her skills off to hundreds at a time!

Kalyn Lewis

Bridal Coordinator. Kalyn is a Raleigh native with a love for weddings! A desire to understand the industry as a whole originally brought her to weddings and the bridal industry. Kalyn quickly fell in love with the process of watching someone’s plans and ideas for their dream day leave paper and turn into a reality. Seeing all the moving parts come together to create a work of art will forever be her favorite part of the process. Outside of her role from Pinup Bridal, Kalyn is also a wedding planner! She has a well-rounded skill set in organization and coordination, with a strong background in operational management. She brings a deep understanding of the many moving parts of the wedding industry to the team. Kalyn likes to do Calligraphy and chalk art on the side and has done signs for businesses, wedding signage, invitations, and more! Her side hustle is slinging drinks on the weekend as your favorite downtown bartender. If she’s not doing something art, wedding, or bartending-related, you can find her on a yoga mat somewhere.

Cassidy Koltermann

Operational Coordinator. Not only is Cassidy a growing stylist with Pinup Studio and a 2025 bride herself, but she is Pinup Bridal’s Operational Coordinator! Cassidy brings hands-on experience and relatability to both the working artists and brides! She is organized, ambitious and a natural born leader. Cassidy enjoys seeing all of the moving parts of a wedding come together into something beautiful; the hair, makeup, flowers, the big white dress, the LOVE. To Cassidy, it all feels magical and she is thrilled to have a hand in that! She is so excited to be planning her own wedding while being involved in other’s big days. Cassidy has always dreamt of her own wedding day, so, for her, being able to help someone else feel beautiful and their day makes all of the back end stuff worth it! She is really excited to be able to lead and be a helping hand in this industry. 

Hey beautiful!
We’re so excited you found us. Before entering our pink paradise, please read below.

We are a color, blonding & extension focused salon. We also specialize in bridal hair & makeup. We do not currently offer the following services:

Pixies or mens cuts

We also ask that you come to your appointment alone. This is yours, as well as other clients time to relax.
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