Meet Our Team

Amanda Ames Thompson | Owner/Master Stylist |

Saturday was my favorite day of the week as a child. Every Saturday my grandmother and I would spend the morning at my aunt’s salon. We would talk and laugh with each other as well as everyone else in the place. It was the highlight of my week, and knew that it was the highlight of both my aunt and my grandmother’s week as well. In fact, it was everybody’s highlight of the week that was at their Saturday hair appointment. The difference those Saturday’s made to grandmother made a difference in me. Not only did my grandmother look beautiful, she felt beautiful! My aunt always felt so proud and privileged to be able to make her feel that way! I knew early on that I wanted to make a career out of making people look and feel that way too! That is why I have been in this business for 15 yrs. I have traveled to New York City, Las Vegas, Orlando, and Washington DC specializing in a wide variety of trends, techniques and products. I am committed to continuing my education to stay at the forefront of the latest artistry.  Communication is where it all begins, and I believe in listening to my clients, and giving my professional opinion, and ultimately giving you what YOU want! I want all my clients and every client of Vanity Salon and Color Bar to have a fun, relaxing and fulfilling experience. I love what I do and look forward to making you and your families feel like my Grandmother and I did after those Saturdays at the Salon! 


Brandi Carroll | Master Stylist |

As a stylist Brandi truly believes she has one of the most rewarding careers possible.  She gets to help people feel better about themselves everyday & that is a blessing! She has been a stylist since 2003 & prides herself on her pursuit to give her clients the best possible care by regularly taking continuing education to ensure she is up to date with the latest color, cut & style trends. She has enjoyed training at the Redken academy in NYC on multiple occasions, and she is committed to creating a customized look for each client while also delivering excellent customer service. She would love the opportunity to be your stylist!



Michelle Drake |  Master Stylist |

With over 11 years experience, Michelle has stayed up to date on the latest trends and styles by continuing her education through Matrix, Rusk, Redken and the G.A.T.E  Center based out of Charleston, South Carolina.  She specializes in cuts, dimensional color, keratin treatments and Hot Heads Extensions.  She can give you a style that is trendy and at same time at home manageable.







Crystal Rea| Master Stylist |

Crystal Rea is a Master Stylist and Scruples Certified educator. In 2013 she was voted as Best Hairstylist in the city of Fuquay-Varina.

With 15 years of honing her craft she is so much more than your typical salon Stylist.

“I love doing hair and knew I wanted to be a stylist from the age of 14, as I struggled with my own problematic hair, I craved the knowledge for myself and I wanted to share with others what I learned.” – Crystal Rea

Because of that frustrated craving to solve her own hair nightmares grew an intense passion for style, color, and finding the right hair products! Crystal began to immerse herself in the industry and it wasn’t long before she found herself enrolled in cosmetology course through her high school vocational program. The thirst for knowledge had only begun to be quenched. 15 years later Crystal is still thirsty, she has enrolled and attended a plethora of education seminars and classes, throughout the years, absorbing anything and everything possible to help her in her pursuit.

Crystal is fiercely talented and remarkably creative!  On top of that, she has a warm, welcoming and light hearted personality that allows her to connect well with her clients. She understands your needs and how to achieve what it is you want from your hair. When you sit in her chair you become her most important client and quite possibly a lifelong friend.  With her acute talent, boundless knowledge and understanding of hair she can and will make sure you are happy with your hair.

Crystal has a special passion for hair color. It is what she considers her specialty among many of her satisfied customers. Through extensive training she can be considered one of the best in her field with Scruples color. She has recently become a certified Scruples product line educator also. So, you can trust that when it comes to color, Crystal will do it beautifully!  Whether you are wanting rich and vivid or subtle and elegant, she will create a hair color for you and your style that will look amazing.

Crystal is also trained in Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy, Moroccan Oil, Scruples color specialists and certified by Hot Head Extensions.

“I am dedicated to helping my clients find the best hairstyle, the easiest way to maintain that hairstyle, and making them feel confident and beautiful! Book with me today and together we will find your best look!”


Jenna Ross | Master Stylist |LRVanity_final-36

Hey there and welcome to my bio! My name is Jennah and I have been doing hair since the summer of 2012. Walking into Paul Mitchell confirmed the life long feeling I had had to create beauty and laughter within people. Moving to Wilmington, I apprenticed under prestige artists who trained me in dimensional color, precision cuts and blonding. The personal touch is all Garner though. Since being back, I connect with my guests on a new level. I genuinely care and have fun every day helping people find a look that makes them feel confident and look their best.

So make my day and your hairs’ and stop by to see me today at Vanity Salon and Color Bar in Garner, NC!



LRVanity_final-29Erica Massengill | Master Stylist |

Erica Massengill has been perfecting her craft since 2003. Erica knew from a very young age that hair design was her passion. Erica is well experienced in cut and color and has her Brazilian Blowout certification that she acquired in 2012. She loves continuing her education and keeping up with all the new trends! She is a truly a gift to the hair industry!







LRVanity_final-19Amy Hill | Master Stylist |

Amy has had a passion for hair from the time she was a little girl. She always knew she wanted to be a hairstylist, making people feel beautiful and more confident in themselves.

Amy is certified and specializes in Redken color, precision cuts, and creating that look that fits each individual clients need.

Amy is a great listener and makes sure that every client who sits in her chair, knows that they are number one priority. She has over 18 years of experience and continues her education going to Hair shows and private classes to ensure that she stays up to date on the latest styles and trends. If your looking a new style, or stylist who takes pride in their work, then give Amy a call today. 


Kristi Ellis | Master Stylist IMG_9506|