Please read below to find out more about our stylists.
Nikki James – Boss Lady/creative chemist/stylist.
After 12 years as a chemist and crime scene scientist, she left that career to follow her passion and get away from a political work place. She had been doing hair for 8 years on a part time basis and was lucky enough to assist for her mentor and friend, Missy, early on. Nikki has worked in a few of the top salons in the North Hills and has attended classes in hair color, barbering, and updo styling at several beauty expos such as Premier Orlando and the International Beauty Show. She, as a chemist, enjoys color and chemical services however has been focusing on short and classic haircuts and barbering as well.
Caroline Taylor – stylist.
Caroline has finally found her passion…and its hair. Like the owners, she did the college thing and the career in something completely different, working with children with autism to be exact, and then became a licensed cosmetologist at Bella Cappelli Academy and has been working diligently on building a clientele and refining her skills. Caroline believes “do it with passion or not at all” and well, we love that. She is meticulous in her ultra-blended haircuts and hand-painted balayage. Caroline is smart and patient and dedicated to enhancing her client’s natural beauty.
Tara Perry – master stylist.
Tara is another sought after stylist and friend to many in the North Hills who has over 20 years in the industry. She is a Pittsburgh native who attended the Pittsburgh Beauty Academy. Tara is known for laughing with and listening to her clients…she likes to build long standing relationships with them and they have followed her faithfully throughout her career. She is a hair color expert and is known for fun, edgy haircuts and precision mens’ cuts. Tara is a sincere, sensitive gal who makes everyone around her smile and enjoys being a cat mom and wife.
Mandi Book - master stylist.
Mandi comes to us with our arms wide open. She has been a long time friend of the owners and has trained under and worked with Dritan Azemi for most of her career making her flawless in her blowouts and haircuts. She is meticulous and thorough in her work with a ton of knowledge in various color lines. Mandi has over 14 years of experience and a reserved yet very witty personality. Mandi is another cat lover, mom, and wife. *update - Mandi moved to Denver with her family in May but we welcome any of her clients and consider her to always have a home here at Copacetic.*
Eddie James - greeter, heart breaker, security.
Eddie, son of Nikki James and nephew of Missy Blair Browning, is a French Bulldog all the way from Russia. His sweet face is found specifically lying in the sun at Copacetic and greeting all of our wonderful clients.
Missy Blair Browning – Matriarch/master stylist.
Missy has been a sought out stylist and friend to many in the North Hills. She started her career 19 years ago after attempting a career in marketing and human resources. It became clear quickly that that career choice was not for her and knew where her passion lied considering all the time spent doing hair on her parents’ deck starting at age 15. The thing she loves most about this industry is becoming true friends with her clients, explaining that “it’s not just the hair…it’s the whole person.” She is a force in the salon setting, turning out excellent work from precision haircuts to dimensional color and romantic updos…this all while being a mom and wife and being a patient teacher to the newer stylists. She has studied under several top stylitsts and has certifications in Wella color and various keratin treatments.
Elisha Evans – stylist.
We are lucky enough to have brought on Elisha to our crew. A native of St Louis, but now a Pittsburgher since 2006. She has been in the industry for 11 years and quickly became a sought after bridal stylist. Elisha runs her own, super successful, on location wedding styling business including hair and makeup services, all while being a mom and wife. She has been awarded the “Couples Choice Award” four years in a row on the Wedding Wire website and has been published in The Knot magazine and The Black Tie Bride website as well. Elisha is excited to be back in the salon setting doing more coloring and haircuts again. She is certified in Babe Hair Extensions and is, obviously, the updo master…it is definitely her passion and she is excited to do that here at Copacetic in conjunction with her on location services. She is patient, passionate, and full of creative ideas.
Valerie Yund - stylist.
Val is probably the most laid-back lady of our squad. She has mastered mens' cuts...hair cutting in general actually. Val has over 10 years experience in a few well-known salons in the Pittsburgh area. She has taken classes at the American Beauty Show in Chicago and takes advantage of all continuing education opportunities. For a quiet girl, she's actually a badass (we're swooning). Val is very much into crossfit and weight lifting as well as her son and husband.
Mallory Puniak - stylist.
Mallory is hard working, versatile, and passionate. She has two aunts that are still in the beauty business and has been at it herself since she was 15. Mal is certified in various extension lines, color lines, and is another flawless dry cutter because of assisting and working for Dritan Azemi for 5 years. She excels at balayage and dimensional color in general and gives an AMAZING blowout. Mallory is a joy to be around and will work hard to give you the color you want.
Polly Tyo - admin assistant/salon coordinator.
Polly will take care of all your complaints, concerns, and booking needs. She comes on board as a former, favorite client of Missy's and is now our "other arm". Polly is originally from Buffalo but is now a Pittsburgher as well as a superstar momma to 3 amazing pitbull rescues.
Allyson Pomietto – master stylist.
Allyson started her career at age 15 as a salon assistant and was successfully licensed by 17. She has been known in this industry for over 25 years as a precision stylist with a large faithful clientele who love her meticulous hair cutting techniques and seamless highlights. She is a master of color corrections and bridal updos. Allyson is also a mentor and patient teacher to the newer stylists, all while spending precious time with each individual client and being a mom and wife. She is certified in Babe Hair Extensions and Wella color.
Kimberly Rossi Buccieri – stylist.
Kim is, quite frankly, the sweetest and hardest working girl we know and probably because she grew up in her momma's salon.. She is down-to-earth and confident in her work as a stylist. She is a natural and has talent beyond her years in doing color corrections, ombre, balayage, and is certified in Wella color. Kim has been doing hair for 8 years and is quickly growing a faithful clientele who enjoy her enthusiasm and obviously, her work. She loves working with kids and all hair textures. Come see her shining personality here at Copacetic.
Jess Varasse Lofink - stylist.
"Varasse" has been in the industry for over 10 years. She is a Pittsburgh native, dance mom to her 11-year old star, and has a new baby as well. Not only does she rock a long, luscious mane, but she also can master yours. She is certified in multiple lines of extensions, color lines, and keratin treatments. This babe is embraced by her clients for being a solid, well-rounded stylist, but she considers her specialty to be long, layered, well-blended cuts and balayage.
Alexis Bonner - stylist.
Alexis comes to us with 13 years of experience including years of simply cutting mens' hair to perfecting blow outs and updos while assisting Louie Sciulli and then working along Dritan Azemi where her dry cutting skills were advanced. She is a South Hills girl but has enjoyed working in the north Hills and loves the clientele she has built. Lex is a cat mom, a human mom, and newlywed. She is funny and laid back and easy to work with, as a coworker and a stylist. Come see Alexis and laugh and probably get a fancy braided updo or a meticulous fade.
Marie Puniak - stylist.
Marie is Mallory's twin. Obviously. She has been making her way in the hair industry since the age of 15. After finishing cosmetology school she assisted Dritan Azemi for 2 years while collecting extra education by TIGI, Goldwell, and Sebastian. Marie does amazing highlights and balayage and loves a challenge (as long as there is a consult first). Blowout and dry cutting goddess. Balayage and what not. Total joy, hardworking, and all.
Sherry Maiolini - stylist.
We are very excited to bring on Sherry as our latest creative and solid stylist. She has over 14 years of experience, but mostly in salons within the South Hills of the city. Sherry is also a brand educator for Kadus Professional which is the little sister line to Wella, our main color line. Sherry loves to do mermaid hair color and, well, color in general is her love! She is so well rounded with a lot of experience with on location bridal styling and hair extensions...she's even certified to do permanent makeup. Sherry is a cat mom of 3 and is super easy going and sweet. Come meet her!