Paula
Owner/Stylist

Paula has owned A Cut Above Hair Design since 1990. Even after thirty years, Paula is always looking for new and improved ways to educate her clients and staff by bringing 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 hairstyling has never diminished. She enjoys creating new up styles for bridal runway shows and for brides who seek out the best in up styles for their big day. She attends numerous classes in hairstyling products and techniques. Paula has also has continued her education with Yves Durif in New York, Wella, R&CO, Moroccanoil, and is certified in Brazilian Blowouts. Visit her Instagram page @acutabovehairdesign

OUR TEAM

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

Kris
KrisManager/Stylist
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.
Jessica
JessicaStylist
Jessica has been with our salon since 2016 after she finished cosmetology school at Paul Mitchell. She specializes in many different styles of color such as foil highlights or lowlights, balayage, blondes, and fashion colors. She continues her education with classes as the industry is always changing. Jessica wants to make sure all her clients feel beautiful once they leave her chair.
Melissa
MelissaStylist
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.
Shannon
ShannonStylist
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.
Raven
RavenStylist
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
Noreen
NoreenStylist
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.
Alexa
AlexaStylist
Alexa has possessed a love for hair her entire life, and became deeply passionate after choosing the trade of Cosmetology at Norwich Technical High School. She loves everything from cutting and coloring to hair extensions. She is certified with Donna Bella Hair in all three methods of extension application. She thrives on education and learns something new everyday whether it be from a class or on social media. Alexa’s goal is to help each client feel like their best self after leaving her chair. She can’t wait to meet you! Check out her Instagram page @alexadorahair
Megan
MeganStylist
Meg, originally from New Jersey, attended The Lab Paul Mitchell partner school in 2008 and has been a stylist ever since. She treats her guests like family and is passionate about keeping the health and integrity of their hair in tact while working towards an end goal. Meg will do color all day but also loves sprucing up dad and the kids as well. She enjoys keeping her education afloat and loves learning new and helpful tips and tricks. Meg has been through extensive Paul Mitchell and Redken training courses from hair cutting to color theory. You can find Megs work on her instagram @marvelousmegz
Nicole
NicoleStylist
Nicole, a Waterford, CT native, is a recent graduate of TIGI Hairdressing Academy in Guilford, CT. Nicole is passionate about learning the latest techniques in styling and coloring hair. She is certified in Keratherapy. Nicole has worked with A Cut Above while attending school joining us during our bridal runway show at Mohegan Sun, Nicole has also worked with the “Barbers of Rise of Hair”
Future Stylist
Future StylistStylist
We believe when you love where you work, it truly brings out the best in you and allows you to explore the depths of your talents.We believe our atmosphere provides stylists the perfect opportunity to grow into the best artist you can be.
Are you about the salon industry? Passionate about learning? Passionate about people? Do you dream of walking into a healthy environment everyday where you know you matter. Are you ready to make more money? If the answer is yes to any of these questions A Cut Above Hair Design is where you belong!