Tara has been doing hair in the Beaverdale area since 1998. Tara joined Salon Utopia in July of 2006 and is our Lead Stylist. Tara has advanced color training in Schwarzkopf color and has attended many classes on color trends. Tara also has advanced training in new cutting techniques. She holds a PHD in Eufora haircare products and is a Eufora Elite Team Member, which is their advanced training certification.
Patricia has been doing hair since 2005. She attended the Professional Cosmetology Institute in Ames and worked at an Ames salon before returning to her hometown of Des Moines. She’s been trained in the Keratin Smoothing System and is certified in Babe Hair Extensions. Patricia loves to cut! Patricia holds a PHD in Eufora haircare products and is a Eufora Elite Team Member, which is their advanced training certification. Patricia lives with her husband Jamie and sons Beau, Brady and Cameron.
Jami has been creating beautiful looks since graduating Pivot Point International in Chicago. After spending a year in Germany, working to develop educational programs, she returned to Chicago to work and increase her skills through advanced cutting and coloring education. Coming home to Des Moines in 2000, she has continued to provide excellent service, fresh styles, delivering a positive salon experience and continuing her professional growth. Most recently she has completed her PHD in Eufora hair care products.
Tod has been doing hair for over 20 years and is a certified Master Colorist through Schwarzkopf. He is also an instructor throughout the Midwest for Schwarzkopf, teaching coloring methods & techniques. Trained in Eufora, he has received his PHD and his Elite team member status. Tod has a wealth of knowledge and creativity and loves to share his talent with clients.
A licensed Cosmetologist since 2003, Ella immediately relocated to Kansas City where she worked at some of the finest hair salons in the area. Her advanced training in both cutting and color is impressive, with hands on instruction from well known International educators. Ella is excited and happy to return to Des Moines to join salon | utopia’s team.
Cindy joined Utopia in 2013 as our part-time Salon Coordinator where she greets clients, schedules appointments and keeps the front desk and our professional lives running smoothly. Cindy retired in June 2012 after working for 35 years for the State of Iowa. She lives with her husband, Dave, and has two daughters, ages 26 and 22.
Jennifer has been the Manager of salon | utopia since July of 2006, however her true passion is creating beautiful lash extensions for her clients! Jen is a licensed Esthetician and Certified Lash Technician. She continuously shares her knowledge and talent for doing lash extensions at our Clive studio. Jennifer has two grown children and two Grandchildren.