Paula has owned A Cut Above Hair Design since 1990. Paula is always looking for new and improved ways to educate her clients and staff by bringing Wella Professional Educators into the salon. Her education in Wella dimensional color and foil placement is the key to a great new look for all her clients. Paula’s love of hair and dressing it has never diminished. She enjoys creating new up styles for The Bridal Runway Show and for brides who seek out the best in up styles. She has gone to numerous classes by Aquage, a company known for their formal hairstyling products and techniques. Paula has also continued her education with Yves Durif in New York, Wella, Moroccanoil, and is also certified in Brazilian Blowouts.


The A Cut Above Hair Design team of hair stylists in Waterford, CT.

Devin has been with our team since 2017, after she moved to Connecticut from St. Mary’s, Georgia. Devin has lived all over the world, and is constantly educating herself in the latest trends. Her true enthusiasm for hair was discovered at a young age, and she knew she wanted to fulfill this passion by studying at the Aveda Institute of Jacksonville Florida. Her specialties include dimensional color such as balayage, highlights, blondes, and fashion colors! Devin is always eager to learn and grow, and has a contagious personality which makes her a pleasure to be around. Her vision is making every client feel like a friend and achieving trendy looks that makes them feel beautiful.
Jessica is trained in Wella and Sebastian products. She has an eye for dimensional color and foiling. Jessica enjoys doing upstyles for weddings and special occasions, including working on our Bridal Runway Show.
Kris has been a hair stylist since 2006 and has been with A Cut Above Hair Design since 2009. She is a confident and passionate stylist that is always furthering her education to keep her skills sharp and to stay on top of the current hair trends. She is a compassionate mother of two who likes to live a healthy active lifestyle to be the best version of herself. Helping people feel good inside and out is her driving motivation.
Melissa has a keen eye for detail and the ability to showcase a person’s natural assets. She specializes in balayage and highlighting techniques but also has knowledge in a wide range of haircutting and coloring artistry. Melissa believes continuing education is key to success. She is Wella trained and has Sebastian Cut Craft, Brazilian Blowout, Global Keratin, and Keratin Complex certifications among many others.
Nicole has been a stylist at A Cut Above Hair Design for 5 years graduated from Marinello Cosmetology School. She is certified in Brazilian Blowouts and GK treatments. She also trained in R+Co, Wella, Sebastian, Aquage, and Moroccanoil. Nicole’s specialties include long and short haircuts, foil highlights,balayage, Blowouts and styling.
Noreen has over 17 years of experience with A Cut Above Hair Design. Noreen’s personality reflects in the hairstyles and colors of her clients. She is always looking to update and educate her clients in the newest and most flattering looks and products available. Noreen has attended many Redken Color, Cutting, and Dimensional Designing classes over the years.
Raven specializes in customizable color! Whether you’re dreaming of something dimensional and bold, or something more subtle and natural, she is pleased to help you achieve your hair goals! Your hair health will always come first sitting in her chair , and you will see that reflect in your end result ! To view some of her favorite hair creations and keep up on day to day services she provides in the salon follow her hairstagram @ravalish_hairxo
Reneé Koch Brown is an experienced hairstylist with 6 years behind the chair. She is passionate about regularly attending educational color classes. She specializes in color services, such as balayage and highlights. Her highest priority is to keep the health and integrity of your hair. Come see her if you’re looking for a customized color that is authentic to you, and your lifestyle. View samples of Renee’s work and style on Instagram @reneekochbrown
Shannon wants to make you feel beautiful!Whether itʼs a fun flirty bob or a sun kissed balayage, she will design the ideal look that suits you! She uses refined cutting and razoring techniques, and is skilled in the latest blonding and coloring options.Shannon is also your go-to for bridal and prom updos! Her favorite styles are boho inspired braids and soft romantic waves.Follow her on Instagram@shan_thehairstylist_ to see her portfolio! Shannon has been with A Cut Above since 2015.
Ashley a New England local, attended the Aveda Institute of RI.
Where she received extensive color training in color lines such as Aveda, Davines and Wella. Her passion for hair goes beyond the color brush she’s always looking for inspiration to create new looks, whether it be a textured edgy haircut or a romantic bridal upstyle.