More Than A Salon Visit...An Experience.



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.


    • 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 and soft as well as repairing split ends and 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.


    • Hanna Marie

      Hanna Marie

      Hanna Marie Graduated Don Roberts in 2021. Her favorite thing about the beauty industry is having the ability to help someone feel like their best self! Her favorite product here would have to be Mister Fantastic by EVO, it’s a blow dry primer and it gives your hair this nice fluffy/soft look without being too tacky or heavy.


    • Kailee


      Kailee graduated Paul Mitchell The School of Merrillville in July of 2022. Throughout school she chose to expand her abilities by taking eyelash extension and hair extension certification classes. She has always had a passion for hair, makeup, and being able to help others. She loves spreading knowledge about the industry and continuing her education at Riah. “My biggest strength would have to be that I like to be well rounded and well versed in everything”.


      • Mary


        Keyle went to school at Tricoci University. SHe decided to pursue this career path because of the joy and fulfillment she gets from making others feel their best as well as the creativity to help my guests achieve the look they desire. Her favorite part about doing hair is color and formal styling.


      • Kailee


        Katie went to Tricoci University. She decided to go to cosmetology school because she is very creative and always loved beauty. When she was younger and went for my haircuts, she would always ask to help sweep up the hair afterwards and loved it. Her favorite services are coloring and cutting! It’s very calming.