Our Specialists

Our Mission Statement

We believe that the way to produce a truly great hairstyle is by working as partners with our clients. We will always listen to what our clients say and discuss all the possibilities before moving forward. We will allocate plenty of time to be sure your style works well. We will always work toward creating and preserving healthy hair. We will teach our clients how to style their hair at home and recommend only those product that are necessary to recreate your style at home.

We will always stay on top of new technology in our industry and promise to be well educated in new techniques that relate to our expertise.

Meet Your Specialists

Kelly Bartlett

Kelly Bartlett @ The Hair Specialists

Co-Owner of The Hair Specialists, Kelly knew from a very young age that she wanted to be a hairdresser. Her initial training at ACC stimulated a desire to learn everything about her chosen field. She has completed her certification in seven types of hair extensions and attachments, and specializes in fusion extensions. Kelly has the unique ability to use all her skills to bring out the best in her clients.

Kelly is a member of the American Hair Loss Association and is working on her Master’s with them. She also has certification in Cyber Hair Links, which are micro hair extensions for thinning hair, has attended training in Japanese Thermal Straightening at the Milbon Training center in NYC, and has received certification in all phases of straightening, including straightening for highlighted and color treated hair.

Additionally, Kelly is certified as an Evolve technician as well as Hairdreams and Natural volume hair replacement systems.

She has a passion for men’s hair replacement.  After completing a six month intensive training, she excels at non-surgical solutions that make men’s hair replacement undetectable to even other professionals.

Kelly loves what she does and it shows in her infectious laugh and bubbly personality. If Kelly is not at the salon, you can find her working out on her farm and enjoying her new family.

Lee Hendrickson

Lee 2Co-Owner of The Hair Specialists, Lee has worked in the salon industry for over 40 years and is considered to be a hair guru. She has mastered it all! Her advanced and continuing education training was at the Sassoon Academy in London and San Francisco. Her advanced certifications also include, Japanese Thermal Straightening, Socap Hair Extensions, IHI Cyberhair and Hair Replacement procedures.

Lee has been an educator for several hair color companies and has achieved a “Master of the Craft” award. She has been published in several industry magazines, including Modern Salon and Salon Today.

Lee likes to share her abundant knowledge with her staff. She conducts classes in the salon and instructs on a daily basis as needed. Lee is especially happy when she sees her staff enjoying their work and her clients leaving with a smile on their faces.

Her favorite activities are spending time with her grandchildren and trail riding with her horse PB.

Allison Huff


Allison Huff @ The Hair Specialists

Allison came to us from the Brown Aveda Institute. She contributes to the calm professional atmosphere of our salon with her gentle energy and friendly smile. It’s hard to imagine all the talent wrapped up in her young body. Allison, impeccable hair cutter and colorist, likes to take time with her clients to be sure everything is just right.

Allison’s advanced education includes certification for Keratin Smoothing, Thermal Straightening, and training in several types of hair extensions. She has her accreditation from Evolve Hair Systems and also excels in Natural Volume and Hairdreams hair replacement.

In her spare time Allison likes to do “artsy stuff” like jewelry, painting and hair ornaments. She loves the outdoors and especially enjoys hiking with her best friend and dog pal, Penelope.

Fred Paonessa

Fred Paonessa @ The Hair Specialists

Fred graduated from Akron Barber College in 1966 and opened Hudson Towne Barber Shop at the Hudson Plaza in 1969. He was one of the first barbers to open a Men’s Styling Salon in 1971. Fred’s salon became well known in Ohio as the premier place to go for men’s hair replacement.

He was a prominent trainer, platform artist and distributor for several hair replacement companies such as Roffler, Crown Hair Replacement and Pierre Pasquale. He became a hair replacement instructor for Akron Barber College in 1984.

Fred relocated his salon to Stow in 2000 when the Hudson Plaza went through its renovation.

In 2005, he received the Golden Scissor Award for outstanding customer service presented by New Image Hair Replacement Company and in 2014, he came back to Hudson to work with The Hair Specialists

Fred loves music. He sings in his church choir, and is an awesome guitar player in his band.

Courtney Tiller

Courtney Tiller @ The Hair Specialists

Courtney has lots of good experience in the cosmetology industry. She is passionate about helping her clients to feel good about themselves whether it involves hair restoration, hair extensions or thermal straightening. She loves the art of it and the immediate improvement in her clients confidence when they look in the mirror and see the hair they always wanted.

Courtney has accreditation from the American Hair Loss Council, Milbon Liscio Thermal Straightening, Evolve and Natural Volume hair replacement as well as salon certifications in Microlinks, Hair Extensions and Advanced Hair Color.

Courtney recently purchased her first home in Cuyahoga Falls and soon after she acquired two cats and a fiancé. She is easy going and loves the outdoors. In her spare time she will be fishing at a local lake or hiking with her soon to be husband at one of the many nearby trails.

Katie LeMaster

A graduate of The Paul Mitchell Academy, Katie is a natural in the hair business. Katie is passionate about her work and expresses it best when she is creating custom colors and designed cuts for her clients.  She has earned her certification in hair extensions and is quickly becoming an expert in Microlinks.

“Working at The Hair Specialists Salon is the best learning experience of my career. I love that I am part of a group that is focused on learning new things and keeping up to date with industry trends.”

In her free time, Katie likes to sew and crochet (unusual skills for a twenty-something) as well as hiking with her dog, Red.

Angela Livengood

Angela is an experienced stylist of over 12 years.  She came to us as an excellent men’s stylist and now is also providing men’s and women’s hair replacement services.

“I have always enjoyed transforming people’s styles to make them feel good”

“I especially love doing hair extensions where I can see clients instantly change from thin hair to thick hair or short hair to long. There is nothing better than seeing them leave the salon excited and confident.”

When not at work, Angela is usually finding creative things to do with her family. They like beaches, roller skating, movies and anything else that brings family together. If she has any spare time left she likes to golf with her grandpa, brother and uncles.

Autumn Trego


is our behind-the-scenes person who runs behind us sweeping and cleaning up, answering the phone and helping at the front desk. She is attending Akron University planning on a career in child psychology.

Autumn loves children and animals, she is an excellent equestrian and a great nanny for a lucky little girl.