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Our Team!

Would you like to meet our team?


Jen is the best! Always wants what’s best for my hair and so knowledgeable!

Cindy W

Love her bubbly personality and excellent color technique. Hannah’s extensive product knowledge and willingness to demonstrate their uses add extra value to the Riah experience.

Lisa M

Nikki has an easy time understanding what I want. I walk out glad that I got just what I was looking for.

Liz E

Meet the team...

  • Gwen


    Gwen attended Creative Academy in 1985 and trained at Hair Performance for two and a half years. She also taught at Creative for a year and a half which lead her to her career at the Scissori for 13 years. Her latest venture has been with Riah Salon for the past 18 years. The business continues to grow as Gwen trains, manages and performs her true passion of making people feel better about themselves. Her favorite product is Eufora’s Aloe Therapy Hair & Body mist.

  • Jen


    Jen graduated from Don Roberts in 2002 and has been working at Riah Salon since the very first day the salon opened. She has continued her education and training in Chicago, Miami and Las Vegas. Her favorite thing about hair is short haircutting because of the accuracy and precision required for the perfect shape and texture.


  • Lindsey


    Lindsey studied and graduated from Creative Academy in 2006 and has been working at Riah Salon for 9 years. She loves highlighting and specializes in blonde hair coloring. Lindsey holds a deep appreciation for her craft and has traveled to Miami, Chicago and Kentucky to stay on the cutting edge of the hair industry. Her favorite product is Benniefactor's b CONFIDENT. "I love the medium hold to it and that I can use it as a heat protectant for flat ironing and curling."

  • Nikki


    Nikki graduated from Trendsetters in 2008 and has been working at Riah for 7 years. She has a passion for creating depth in hair, whether it's in haircutting or hair coloring. She continues her education in Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville. Her favorite product is Ref's root to top. Root to top is a spray mousse that gives you volume from the scalp to the ends.


  • Tyler


    Tyler attended Excel Academy in 2011. He has received additional education in Chicago, Grand Rapids and Louisville. He enjoys creating custom colors to perfectly match each guests skin tone and complxion.


  • Sam


    Samantha has attended Mario Tricoci in 2013 and has continued education in Chicago, Joliet, and local classes. Her passion has always been helping people feel better about themselves and showing her creative side. She is always open to new suggestions and furthering her education every day "My favorite products are our variety of deep conditioners that we have because I have had personal experience with them helping my hair at being in the best shape it's ever been". Her biggest strengths would have to be balayage and updos.


  • Rachel


    Rachel went to Paul Mitchell in Merrillville in 2017. She went to beauty school because it was something she has always wanted to do since she grew up watching her mom be a beautician. Rachels favorite part about doing hair is making relationships with her guests all while being able to perfect her craft every day. Rachels favorite product is the Milk Shake Incredible Oil because it makes the hair shiny & soft as well as repairing split ends & any damage.


  • Hannah


    Hannah started school January of 2014 went to Excel in Merrillville (Paul Mitchell now). She went to beauty school because she always felt passionate about hair/makeup. Her favorite part about doing hair is giving people everyday confidence & having them walk out of her chair feeling absolutely beautiful about themselves. Her favorite product is Milk Shake Moisture Plus Whipped Cream


  • Lauren


    Lauren started school in October of 2018 and went to Tricoci University in Highland, IN. She went to cosmetology school because she has always enjoyed doing her's and her family's hair ever since she was young. Her favorite part about doing hair is being able to put a smile on someone's face by doing something as simple as doing their hair. Her favorite product is Milk Shake Leave In Conditioner.


  • Mary


    Mary graduated from Don Roberts in January of 2020. “I didn’t always know I wanted to do hair/makeup until I started at Riah and instantly fell in love.” Her favorite part about doing hair is making someone feel better about themselves and brightening up their day. Her specialty would have to be hair color and bright fashion colors, and favorite product is the the Eufora’s full effect because of the fullness and texture it gives to all my clients.