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Meet the Team

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At GiGi’s, we share respect for ourselves, our guests, our planet.

At GiGi’s Salon and Spa we connect beauty, education and wellbeing with nurturing rituals in a warm, professional and creative environment. Our partnership with Aveda assures authentic, natural products of the highest quality.

“We want our Salon to have a good community feeling-a place where relationships are formed and not just where business is done. To be a good place to get your hair done and great place to meet new friends”.

Ginger Edin - Owner/Professional Hair Designer/Director of Education           

As a stylist for over 15 years, Ginger has gone through extensive training with Vidal Sassoon, Aveda, and Redken. Ginger has also been to advanced training in color and cutting classes in New York, Chicago, California and Las Vegas. Ginger is also certified in the Great Lengths Hair Extensions. Ginger continues to grow her own education, as well as helps others get educated in an industry that is always changing. Her patience and hands on teaching methods keep her quite busy.  Her approach and technical skills has made her a highly sought-after hairdresser. Her talent is creating beautiful natural looking color, Hair Extensions and fantastic haircuts.

GiGi’s Salon and Spa has been her dream the past 12 years. The growth and knowledge that she has gained over the years has pushed her to her limits and when the opportunity arose for her to open her own salon, she decided to jump on it

Joining her in this path is her sister and business partner Gillian Rote along with a group of talented and amazing individuals who truly make GiGi’s Salon and Spa “a place, a beauty”.

“Whether you’ve been doing hair for ten months or ten years, there is ALWAYS something new to learn”. ~Ginger

 

Gillian Rote - Owner/Esthetician/Educator        

Gillian has always had a passion for the arts: a passion that would land her a growing career in the beauty industry. She enrolled in Regency Beauty Academy in 2003 and discovered she could utilize her artistic talent and creative thinking in a career full of opportunities.

Since graduating from beauty school Gillian has taken many advanced training seminars and been certified in skin care, microdermabrasion, body waxing, Brow shaping, Novalash Eyelash Extensions, and Kryolan Makeup. Gillian’s passion is Eyelash Extensions and has been certified for over 9 years. She continually seeks out education and training through advanced industry workshops and upcoming beauty shows to stay up to date on the industry's latest innovations in professional skin care and cosmetics.

Gillian also shared the same dream with her sister Ginger in opening a salon. Life’s events had led her to this course and now she is going to be able to put her passion into her own business.

"I love what I do because I get to see an end result of my work with each and every client."~Gillian

Emily - Level 4 Professional Hair Designer

Emily has a passion for hair and is inspired by people and creativity. She has a unique ability to connect with her clients and understands what looks good on them.  Emily specializes in balayages, blowouts and special occasion hair. She has furthered her knowledge in the hair industry with Aveda Advanced Education classes, Brazilian Blowout, Easihair Pro Hair Extensions, Men's Trends class with Dusty Rhode, and Advanced Cutting with Jon Reyman, and Davines trend cutting. Emily stays on top of trends and techniques; she prides herself on being honest, straight forward and a down to earth stylist creating styles that are fashion-inspired, edgy, yet easy and wearable. 

Jaclyn - Level 4 Professional Hair Designer

Jaclyn fell in love with the industry by watching her aunts. She decided to follow in her aunts' footsteps and go to beauty school to become a licensed Cosmetologist. She graduated in 2013 and now Jaclyn works at her aunts' salon. She absolutely loves all the education GiGi’s offers. Jaclyn has completed a 6 week extensive training program with Vidal Sassoon (California), has gone through many Aveda Advanced Education classes, the GiGi’s Advanced Training Program, Brazilian Blowout, Easihair Pro Hair Extensions, Men's Trends with Dusty Rhode, Advanced Cutting with Jon Reyman, as well as manicure and pedicure training. She spends her free time keeping up with the latest techniques and hair trends so she can improve her abilities every day for the clients.

Mandy - Level 4 Professional Hair Designer

Mandy has been in the hair industry for over 11 years and specializes in Brazilian Blowouts, balayages, round brush blowouts, and razor cuts. Mandy has furthered her knowledge in the hair industry with Aveda Advanced Education classes, an extensive 5 day cutting class with Vidal Sassoon, Brazilian Blowout, Easihair Pro Hair Extensions, Men's Trends class with Dusty Rhode, and Advanced Cutting with Jon Reyman. Mandy is always willing to advance her education in cutting and coloring. Mandy says her dedication to creativity and ongoing training creates exciting coloring techniques and sharp haircuts.

Meghan - Level 4 Professional Hair Designer 

Meghan has been in the industry for over 9 years. She has furthered her skills with numerous Aveda Advanced Education classes, Brazilian Blowout, Easihair Pro Hair Extensions, Men's Trends with Dusty Rhode, Advanced Cutting with Jon Reyman, as well as manicure and pedicure training. She has found her niche in amazing special occasion hair styles for weddings, Prom, and other formal events. Meghan is also very passionate about hair color. Her guests always gush about her coloring skills. Meghan is always up for a challenge!

Alisa- Level 3 Professional Hair Designer/Esthetician

Alisa graduated from the Aveda Institute Minneapolis in 2013 from the Cosmetology and Esthesiology programs. Alisa specializes in all types of creative hair coloring and cutting techniques. Alisa has gone through the GiGi’s Advanced Training Program and has also advanced her education in Novalash Eyelash Extensions, Easihair Pro Hair Extensions, Brazilian Blowout, Men's Trends with Dusty Rhode, Advanced Cutting with Jon Reyman, Tulasara facials, and makeup. Alisa takes pride in achieving a perfect look for each guest and loves taking her time with every client to make them look and feel beautiful.

Dezirae- Level 2 Professional Hair Designer 

Dezirae has been in the Cosmetology industry for over 2 years. She is a natural talent with superior guest service. She has a passion for hair color and precision cutting. She has gone through the GiGi’s Advanced Training Program and has also advanced her education with Brazilian Blowout, Easihair Pro Hair Extensions, Men's Trends with Dusty Rhode, Advanced Cutting with Jon Reyman, as well as manicures and pedicures. Dezirae prides herself in creating the Aveda experience for each one of her guests.

Alli- Level 1 Professional Hair Designer

Growing up, Alli was surrounded by numerous friends and family members in the industry and developed a love for hair. Alli graduated from the Aveda Institute in September of 2015. Alli has done many advanced education classes with Aveda for hair coloring and cutting. She has also completed an advanced cutting class with Unite as well as advanced updo education with Moroccan Oil. Alli is certified with Brazilian Blowout and EasiHair Pro hair extensions and loves to be creative with fun fashion hair colors. 

Gina- New Talent Professional Hair Designer

Growing up with 4 sisters, Gina was always doing someone's hair. She has always had a passion for the industry and after many years working in admissions at Regency Beauty Institute, she finally decided to pursue her dreams and enroll in the cosmetology program. Gina graduated from the Aveda Institute in December of 2017. She has done many continuing education classes with Aveda. Gina is currently going through the GiGi's advanced education program and is one of our New Talent stylists that offers great services at an awesome price while she works on improving her timing and perfecting her skills.

Rachel- Level 2 Esthetician

Rachel graduated from the Minneapolis Aveda Institute in February 2016. Rachel is incredibly passionate about skin care and making your skin feel and look it's best. She also earned her certification with Novalash Eyelash Extensions in August of 2017. Rachel loves the customization that Novalash offers for guests so they can achieve their desired look. 

Aleena- Level 1 Massage Therapist/ New Talent Stylist/ Nail Technician

Aleena graduated from Aveda Institute Minneapolis in 2016 with her Massage Therapy Certificate. Aleena is a 'day-maker' and loves that she can turn someone's day around. Aleena is well versed in all of the Aveda specialty massages such as the Chakra Balancing Massage, Stress-Fix Massage, and Deep Tissue. She enjoys all aspect of massage; whether it is energy work, therapeutic, or sports massage. Aleena is also educated in LCN Gel Nails as well as regular and gel polish manicures and pedicures. She graduated from Aveda Institute Minneapolis in 2017 with her Cosmetology Licensee. Aleena is also apart of our New Talent Stylist program, offering great hair services at a discounted price.

Anna - Front Desk Manager

With over 6 years of guest service experience, Anna strives to make guests feel welcome, comfortable and happy. Anna is very knowledgeable about Aveda products and our services. She has the ability to match the right technician with each guest that walks through our door. Anna’s goal is to bring everything together to work seamlessly for the Stylist, Therapist and Guests. Anna loves everything about Aveda!