With 30 years of experience in the hair industry, Hue Salon co-owner Cion Ortega has built a legacy as both stylist and educator. At the start of his career, Cion was invited to apprentice at the prestigious Toni and Guy Institute in Dallas, and upon graduation joined the national Toni and Guy Artistic Team. Since then, Cion has made a name for himself as a stylist with sophisticated taste, mastery of color, and precise cutting techniques, always aiming to find a look that fits every clients’s individual style and taste. Committed to continuing education, he has attended classes at the Vidal Sassoon Academy, Fred Segal, and the Aveda Institute. As Co-Director of Education, Cion works to curate a nurturing learning environment for Hue’s apprentice program. He considers one of his most important missions to be instilling the art of compassion with Hue’s young apprentice stylists. By listening to the needs and wants of each client, Cion is able to achieve a look that accentuates one’s sprit and beauty. His clients love taking a seat in his chair, knowing that they will leave renewed and refreshed.
With 27 years of experience, Hue Salon co-owner, Alan Conover, has made quite a name for himself in the Houston hair scene. Growing up just outside of the Houston area, Alan took a liking to music and art at a young age. His creativity, entrepreneurism and ability to make meaningful connections with people led him to the hair industry. Over the years Alan has studied extensively with Aveda, Vidal Sassoon, L’Oreal, and Toni and Guy. Continuing education continues to be a priority in his career. And while education provides continued inspiration, travel, experiencing other cultures and styles, and the beauty of nature keep his work fresh and innovative. Alan is perhaps the most sought-out curly hair expert in the region. While some stylists may be able to “work with” curly hair, Alan works magic by crafting personalized styles for his curly hair clients that are both beautiful and easy to recreate at home.
Riaro Gomez brings 40 years of hairdressing experience to his new position at Hue Salon. Born in San Antonio and raised as a child of the military, Riaro grew up all over the world. Including four years spent in Japan as a teenager. During this time he fell in love with modern design, which continues to impact his entire life – from hairstyling to home design. After receiving his license, Riaro has continued his professional education with Vidal Sassoon (for Advanced Cutting), Trevor Sorbie, Irving Rusk, John Delaria, Paul Mitchell, Sebastian and Aveda. Riaro has owned and worked in some of the country’s top salons including ten years at Galmachie where he was a Style Director and Educator. He also spent four years as Manager and Artistic Director with O-The Hair Color Salon, worked as Manager, Educator and Artistic Director at Labyrinth and was co-owner of Salon 2727. He owned Riaro on Kirby for six years and also served as a national educator for Aveda including platform work in New York City during that time. The Chelsea Market location of Riaro and Jon was featured in architectural design magazines. Throughout his career, Riaro has received many favorable notices in the press, including “Best Salon” (City Search), “Top 10 Salons in Texas” (Town & Country Magazine), and mentions in Houston City for “Best Hairdresser in Houston”, The Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Texas Monthly, Allure and Vogue Magazine.
Tony Sanchez believes that cutting hair is an artistic expression as well as an opportunity to collaborate with clients to create new styles that are uniquely their own. With over 30 years of experience, Tony is well known for his precision cutting techniques, resulting in edgy and hip styles. Alongside this, Tony shines in the color department with his expertise in L’Oreal professional color. Both cutting and color accomplishments provide examples of his unique skill set that only a stylist with supreme versatility could master. Regularly invited to attend special trainings at the renowned Vidal Sassoon Institute in California and the Ted Gibson Academy in New York, Tony values continuing education and is always sure to stay informed about the industry’s cutting edge trends. Tony’s personal goal for each of his clients is to leave his chair feeling happy and confident…and judging by his loyal client base, he regularly achieves that goal.
While working at the front desk of salon, often spending more time with the stylists than the other receptionists, Jo Adams fell in love with the world of hair. Now, with more that 25 years of experience, Jo has made a name for herself as the Harley-riding stylist and for being a “hair genius” when it comes to challenging, resistant hair. She has been inspired throughout her career by famous female stylists such as Beth Minardi, the so-called queen of color, and Sally Hershberger, who is credited with bringing back the shag. Influenced by her extensive training with Aveda, Rusk in Los Angeles, Vidal Sassoon in Toronto, and Arrojo in Atlanta, Jo has cultivated a unique style all her own. She believes that the condition of her client’s hair is her first priority and hopes to instill an inimitable confidence with each of her clients. If you are looking for a stylist that will have you power-suit ready, join Jo’s loyal client base of influential and confident Houston women by booking an appointment today!
Ongele Hebert, a native of Metairie, Louisiana got her start in the beauty industry by braiding her friends hair in elementary school. “I have always wanted to be a hair stylist, to have my own salon, since I was a little girl” she says. After graduating from Moler Beauty College in her hometown, she went to work fulfilling her dream. After moving to Houston “Several years ago…” she says with her signature chortle, she did just that, opening Salon Ongele on Kirby Drive. Later, Hebert acheived another dream, opening a home salon in her own backyard. “I was just like Truvy in ‘Steel Magnolias.’ It was a wonderful experience.” Joining Hue was another step in her evolution as a businesswoman and stylist. “Alan and I have worked together a total of four times before Hue. He’s like my brother. We were meant to be together, like Crawfish and Corn-on-the cobb!” Hebert’s 25 years of experience, coupled with her Southern flair and unending grace and charm allows her to zero in on exactly what her guests want. Whether you’re looking for a great cut, color or special style for a special occasion—Ongele is your gal. The biggest testament to her dedication to her craft? A long list of loyal clients who wouldn’t dream of going anywhere without “My Ongele.”
Joel Arechiga started in the hair industry with an appetite for creative freedom and a passion for knowledge. Now, 15 years into his successful career as a stylist, Joel specializes in a style and technique that has his clients always coming back for more. A combination of experience and training through international institutes such as Aveda, Vidal Sassoon, Toni and Guy, and Sebastian has informed the how and why of his cutting and coloring. Much like his other passion, cooking, Joel seeks out the perfect recipe for each client’s needs and desires. Whether you are looking for a new haircut, a perfectly balanced balayage, or a complete fashion-forward transformation, Joel will achieve a look that is catwalk worthy.
Over the past 20 years, James Phillips has curated a distinct and recognizable style within the Houston hair scene. James grew up outside the city and wasn’t sure where life would take him but his confident, caring and spirited nature was drawn to the hair industry. Now, after years of experience, James has become a regular go-to stylist for beautiful blonde color, easy and beautiful long hair, and stylish men’s cuts. Continuing education has played a huge role in the evolution of his career, especially when he received his Color Master certification from Aveda, making him part of an elite group of stylists nationwide. While his techniques are top-notch, James deems communication with his clients of utmost importance. James wants each person to feel fierce after a turn in his chair. He always talks everyone through their appointment in order to ensure maximum potential for their look when they leave. For James, seeing new found confidence in his clients is the most awarding part of the job.
A Louisiana native, Justin Peranio began his career by training at the Aveda Institute in Baton Rouge. After leaving Louisiana and moving to Houston, Justin realized that the sky’s the limit for his career in the hair industry. Following his apprenticeship under Alan Conover, he began to develop a style of his own with techniques that radiate youthful beauty. Now, 11 years into his career, Justin can hardly imagine doing anything else. While he stays busy behind the chair, Justin also makes sure to allow time in his career for continuing education. He has traveled throughout the US to attend technique and color seminars and, most recently, took part in a workshop with the famous Jo Blackwell. Justin hopes that all his clients leave the salon revitalized and feeling like the best version of themselves. As a stylist who provides consistently crafted cuts and beautifully playful color, Justin continues to make a name for himself in Houston’s vibrant hair scene.
Trained at the Paul Mitchell Academy, Ashley Miller brings a unique creativity and style to the Hue Salon team. Growing up in Houston, Ashley cultivated a love for art and decided that a career in the hair industry would be a natural fit as it would allow her natural talent to shine and let her work with all types of people. While she loves styling blondes, her favorite color moments are gorgeous transformations. Along with color, Ashley is trained in extensions, balayage and is the go-to stylists for beautiful blowouts. She has attended dozens of continuing education classes over the years which have helped her refine her coloring and cutting skills and ensures that she is current on existing trends. Much like her healthy lifestyle outside of work, Ashley aims to find the perfect cut and color that will accentuate her client’s natural beauty and keep their tresses strong and nourished for years to come.
Tess de la Riva
While growing up in Juarez. Mexico, Tess de la Riva spent her weekends in her grandmother’s kitchen watching her cut and color her friends’ hair. Even then, the transformative nature of a simple cut and color intrigued Tess. And now, years later, Tess has become a stylist known for precise cutting skills, and her ability to manage intricate colorwork. She is especially talented with balayages. A graduate of the Aveda Institute, Tess provides her clients with styles that accentuate their natural beauty, and are easy and manageable at home. As Co-Director of Education, Tess coordinates Hue’s apprentice program. Teaching and mentoring the salon’s new talent inspires Tess’s own work and ensures that she is always current on new and emerging trends.
Even as a young boy, Houston native Zackery Chapa knew that working in a salon was his calling. Transformations have always intrigued Zackery. Whether in people’s personal lives, health, careers, or styles, he enjoys helping others usher in new ways of thinking and feeling. Zackery encourages his clients to take risks when choosing a new look. He always makes sure to keep up with current trends and techniques to keep his clients’s hair healthy and beautiful. He specializes in balayage and extensions and loves edgy and hip cuts for both men and women. When he isn’t behind his chair, he can often be found running on the trails of Buffalo Bayou, training for his next half marathon while at the same time meditating on his next client’s new look.
Native Houstonian and a graduate of the Aveda Institute, Catherine Johnson, always dreamed of working in an industry where creativity was valued and encouraged. Growing up she had her mind set on going to hair school and would often be tasked with doing her friend’s hair and makeup for special occasions. Now with a few years of experience, outside of school, Catherine has emerged as a young stylist with serious talent. In fact, you will rarely find another stylist who is as educated in color formula theory, as she is! Always enjoying a challenge, she takes pride in her abilities to formulate color that can transform a client’s hair from dull to radiant. Similarly, Catherine has developed a sophisticated style when it comes to cutting using her mathematically savvy mind to master any bob, men’s cut, or layered look.
In addition to her current skills, she is excited to work alongside such an accomplished team and to continue her education. When she’s not at the salon, you can find Catherine researching the latest techniques and styles from master stylists around the globe, looking for her next inspiration and your next look!
Los Angeles native turned proud Houstonian, Allegra Lefko, left the west coast to pursue hair school at the Paul Mitchell Institute and has never looked back. After finding her home at Hue salon, Allegra has quickly begun to make a name for herself as an ambitious and driven stylist. Whether you are looking for someone who will tame your beachy waves, find the right color to fit your natural bohemian spirit, or a simple cut and color, Allegra always provides a style that will make you want to come back over and over again. Constantly drawing inspiration from nature and her surroundings, Allegra sees hair as a work of art. With a background in painting, color work comes naturally to her and her seamless cutting skills help to accentuate each client’s look even more. This young stylist provides her clients with a style that is both easy to manage at home and helpful in getting them to embrace a sense of their own natural confidence and poise. Overall, Allegra feels that working in the hair industry is the best career she could have ever chosen, especially when getting to take someone’s bad day and turn it into a good one.