At Deep Roots, Our passion is your hair.

Through education, dedication & love, we have become masters of our craft & strive to maintain beauty, flow, & movement in all that we do. Welcome to the crew.


melanie packer - owner, Stylist

Melanie, owner and founder of Deep Roots ATX, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003. She began her professional career in education as an elementary school teacher, later transitioning into banking, and then in 2009 became a stay at home Mom. In 2011, Melanie knew it was time to pursue her passion for artistic expression and follow her dream of becoming a stylist. After graduating from Avenue Five Cosmetology School in Austin, TX in 2011, she went on to complete a year long apprenticeship under top Davines educator Piyushkumar Ragha. Melanie worked for six years at a premier Austin-area salon, at which time she was ready to move towards her goal of ultimately owning her own salon, and so in 2018 Deep Roots ATX Salon was born!



haven tibbetts - co-owner @ cedar park, General manager

Haven worked her way through college as the financial manager for an Austin dentist, and continued to work in the field after graduating from The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin in 2004, until the birth of her first child. During the years she stayed at home with her three children, Haven managed multiple businesses including Bridon Medical, Straight Typical, and Precision Biologics. Haven has always had a passion for fashion and the beauty industry, and how something as simple as a new haircut can give a women confidence! Her love for people and business makes managing Deep Roots ATX Salon a perfect fit! Haven will be co-owner of the Deep Roots location in Cedar Park, and will be offering Plasma Fibroblast Skin-Tightening at the new location; this treatment shrinks and smooths loose skin by harnessing the benefits of plasma flash to stimulate the body’s own collagen and elastin.



Tiffany Martinez - Manager @ Cedar park

Tiffany is a Texas girl, raised in the ATX, who has focused the last 20 years investing in her daughters and raising the next generation of educated, empowered women; one at UT Austin and one at Duke. Prior to joining the Deep Roots family, she used her degree in Advertising and Mass Communication to lead a team of sales professionals as director in a family-based food services organization and expanded the practice of Austin area surgeons for 10 years consulting as a medical marketing specialist. After leaving the corporate world to care for her ailing mother, she was inspired to rejoin the workforce in support of her friend Melanie and the team of amazing stylists at Deep Roots ATX Salon. Continuing her journey filled with the joy of seeing clients transformed and knowledge of salon operations gleaned at Deep Roots flagship location in Austin, Tiffany is taking her enthusiasm for the business and love for empowering others to manage the new location in Cedar Park.



kayla davis - manager @ ATX

Kayla has long been intrigued by the beauty industry, and has over ten years of customer service experience. Moving her way down south from Wilmington, North Carolina to Austin, Texas, she brings southern charm to the salon while executing exceptional customer care for our Deep Roots clients. After many years in Austin's infamous nightlife industry, Kayla has segued into the beauty industry. As the Assistant Manager, Kayla's attention to detail is key to her success in helping to keep Deep Roots ATX Salon running smoothly.




A Goonie at heart, Angie has been in the hair industry for close to 30 years. In 2013, she decided to become a cut specialist, which then evolved into her adoption of dry cutting, which is a softer, more organic approach to cutting hair. She enjoys giving each haircut the best possible “version” of itself, one that compliments both the hair and the wearer. Bringing out the unique magic in each person she sees.....that’s a good day! Angie has an impressive education in cutting, with dry-cutting workshops under Jon Reyman, cut workshops with Gerard Scarpaci, Susan Ford, and Joel Torres, and further cutting education under Buddy Porter.



Heather Brucks - Stylist

Heather was influenced to become a hairstylist by her grandmother and aunt, both of whom were stylists. She went to cosmetology school at Seguin Beauty School, and from there went on to work in a salon for six years in New Braunfels. Upon moving to Austin, Heather discovered that balayage was her true passion, and her love for hair grew even deeper. Heather has been working in the hair industry since 2013, and specializes in balayage, updos, and boho braids, and is certified in Hot Head extensions. She has taken hair education courses everywhere from San Antonio to NYC, and is always looking to keep up with the latest trends. She loves making people feel beautiful, happy and more confident than they did before they sat in her chair. It is a beautiful thing when a passion and a career come together!



Alexa Sanchez - Stylist

Alexa has always loved doing hair. After graduating high school and spending a few years attending Sam Houston University, she decided it was time to pursue her true passion of working with, and styling hair. She attended Baldwin Beauty School and later joined Deep Roots Salon. Whether she’s doing color, a cut or bridal hair, she’s always ready for the next challenge and excited to build new relationships. Her favorite thing about being a stylist is creating a look that truly expresses her clients personality, and seeing their inner “Beyoncé” come out when they take their first look in the mirror.




Kelsey always knew she was passionate about everything beauty from a young age; she attended Avenue Five Institute in Austin a month after graduating high school. Upon graduation from Avenue Five, she apprenticed for a year and then began working as a stylist. Kelsey fell in love with balayage, cuts, extensions, bridal hair, and makeup. Kelsey has taken classes from Jenn Malone, Michelle Zeller Porumb, Joel Torres, and Buddy Porter, and her work has been featured on sites including @hairbrained_official @davinescolor @maneinterest @hairtalkusa.



Cassie cheely - Stylist

Inspired by beauty, art, travel and culture, Cassie incorporates all of her passions into her creations in the salon. She specializes in keratin smoothing treatments and balayage, creating a beautiful harmony of dimensional color and smooth, shiny hair. Growing up in Los Angeles, CA, Cassie trained in her hometown, and then continued her education by apprenticing at a trendy salon in Manhattan Beach; the sun-kissed beach look inspired her to perfect the art of balayage. Cassie followed her wanderlust to the other end of the pacific in Sydney, Australia, where she spent one year taming tresses at an upscale salon in the city centre. Cassie has taken cutting courses with Vidal Sassoon educators, is certified for a variety of different keratin smoothing treatments, and is very excited to bring her experience to the colorful community of Austin!



Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Taylor - Stylist

Elizabeth has always had a passion for dance, style, and a deep appreciation for color, which grew and evolved into doing what she loves most: coloring hair. She attended college in Austin, TX for a few years and then decided to move to New York to pursue her dreams of working in the cosmetology industry. Elizabeth spent seven years in NY and trained at Carsten Institute of Cosmetology in Manhattan, and once established at a NY salon, decided to specialize in being a balayage colorist. With some of the best training available in NY to prepare her, Liz recently decided to move back to Austin to advance her career. Elizabeth enjoys helping her clients feel their best about their hair color, and giving them confidence in their appearance.



robert sparrow - stylist

Although born in Texas, Robert spent most of his early life in Georgia. Upon graduating from high school and longing for a new adventure that would challenge him to his fullest, he packed up all his belongings and moved west. Upon landing in Austin, he quickly realized that the beauty industry was his calling.
Robert did his training at the Aveda Institute, and has worked in Austin doing hair for the past five years, and attends a minimum of five or more advanced education classes a year. He specializes in balayage, blondes, natural hair-color, dry-cutting, styling, and extensions.
From behind the set to behind the chair, Robert wants to bring out the beauty in both you and your hair. Wear that mane proud!



jackie stroud - Stylist

Jackie has been in the professional beauty industry since 2012. After graduating from Belmont University in Nashville, TN with a BA in Music Business, she set off to NYC to pursue a career in the music industry. However, her passion for beauty brought her back home to Texas to pursue her true calling in the hair industry. Working for brands like UNITE and Kenra Professional, she has led sales and education teams as well as color education and product trainings for distributors, salons, and stylists. Fascinated with the creative aspect of the industry, she enrolled at the AVEDA Institute in Austin, TX where she graduated class valedictorian. She was also named the AVEDA regional winner in the NAHA 'Student of the Year' category. After training under dry-cutting master, Angie Cheatham, she has found her home as a cutting specialist at Deep Roots Salon. In addition to dry cutting, Jackie is also certified in FreeSpirited hand-tied extensions, as well as HotHeads tape-in extensions.



ashley Rolie - STYLIST

Always carrying a smile and positive energy, Ashley has an incredible passion for helping others feel their very best. After graduating from Avenue Five Institute in 2008, she apprenticed and worked as a stylist at a local salon in Austin, but her free spirit wanted to pursue other ventures. After taking a break from the industry, she decided her heart truly lies in the salon. She trained under the talented Melanie Packer and completed the Deep Roots color program. She has done additional training with Joel Torres, Jenn Malone, and Michelle Porumb. Ashley loves long beautiful mermaid hair, blondes, balayage, and curls. She is always super excited to create magic and help her clients feel beautiful inside and out!



Sheena Sinclair - Stylist

Sheena is a midwest girl at heart, who finished college and moved to NYC to work in the fashion industry, but in 2012, needing something to feed her creativity, she discovered the art of hair. Sheena is super passionate about education, which led her to become a color educator, even traveling to Italy to train. She then honed her skills in sunny Southern California where she learned the art of all things blonde. From natural sun kissed blonde to brunettes looking for dimension to all out edgy blonde (Gwen Stefani eat your heart out). She enjoys customizing color for every client based on their skin tone, desired maintenance, and personality! She also loves teaching clients how to replicate salon worthy hair at home and take away the guess work of what products/styles are right for you. Outside of work she enjoys yoga, all things food, and animals (She currently has puppy fever, and yes she wants to see all of your dog photos!).



Alexis baggett - Stylist

Alexis knew at the early age of ten years old that hair and make up was her passion, and went straight into beauty school a month after graduating from high school. After graduation from Baldwin Beauty School in 2009, she began a one and a half year apprenticeship at a prestigious salon in the Austin area. She then continued her beauty journey, spending the next seven years improving her skills at a local salon as a senior stylist. Alexis does color, cuts, bridal hair, make up, hair extensions and balayage. She is well known for her love and expertise at balayage, and has discovered that the ability to paint hair and give each client a modified personal look truly EXCITES HER!



Mandy Johnson - Stylist

Mandy is an Austin native who started her career in the beauty industry in 2000 while studying Kinesiology: Health Promotion and Fitness at the University of Texas. After graduating in 2004, she decided to pursue a career that would allow her to utilize her talents in hair and makeup as well as make people smile. One of Mandy’s true passions is getting to know people and finding a way to make them look and feel their best by bringing out their natural beauty and spirit. She believes every appointment is an opportunity to make someone's day better. Since 2005, Mandy has worked as a hair color specialist for both Avant Salon and Propaganda Hair Group in Austin, TX. Throughout her career, she has cultivated her expertise from many years of continuing education and exclusive training, always exploring new ways to offer her clients the best service possible.



Rachel Theret - Stylist

Rachel was born and raised in McKinney, Texas. Rachel grew up shaving and braiding her barbies hair. This is when she knew she wanted to be in the beauty industry. She moved to Austin in 2011 where she decided to pursue her career. Rachel graduated from the Aveda institute in 2013. She has studied and taken classes under Dusty Rhode, Alberto Rosell-Davis, Cass Peña, Melissa Topp, and Sara Pestella. She enjoys balayage, baby lights, extensions and styling hair! Rachel thinks the best way to express herself is making people feel beautiful through hair. She thinks you can make a persons day/ change a way someone thinks about themself by feeling confident in there color. After all... hair is everything!



Allison Haley - stylist

Allison had a knack for styling hair from a young age. After attending the Aveda Institute Austin she moved to Richmond, Va where she spent eight years working behind the chair at a prestigious Aveda salon. She has continued her education in NYC, D.C. and Baltimore, taking classes from Lupe Voss, Ian Michael Black, Jon Reyman, Dusty Rhode and more. Over the years, Allison has become enamored with natural looking, lived-in colors and has a passion for soft, romantic bridal updos and braids. She has worked on award winning wedding hair teams in RVA and ATX. With many weddings under her belt, she has honed her bridal skills by taking classes with well-known stylist Stephanie Brinkerhoff (@hairandmakeupbysteph) and has even taught styling workshops herself. Allison has a calm and easygoing personality that contributes to the relaxed feeling her guests get when they sit in her chair. For her there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a client glow when they love their hair.



Neilani Barcias

Neilani has always been inspired by fashion, art, and everything in the beauty industry. Being from a small town in Louisiana where there wasn’t much creativity and style, she would watch and replicate hair and makeup looks for fun. Upon graduating high school, she moved to Texas for college where she was a nursing major for two years. In her heart she just knew that it wasn’t her path and yearned to be creative again. She quickly realized it was time to make her passion for hair her full time job. She graduated from Avenue Five Institute in 2018 and immediately after graduating knew she wanted to work at Deep Roots. Neilani was trained as a color specialist at Deep Roots ATX under Melanie Packer. She has taken classes with talented stylists like Jenn Malone, Michelle Porumb, and Buddy Porter. Neilani’s love for hair lies in all things color. She loves and looks forward to the feeling she gets when someone feels beautiful and confident after leaving the salon.



Ellie Toia

Ellie was born and raised in Austin, Texas, and has always had a passion for beauty. She graduated from Paul Mitchell in 2008 and has been working in Lakeway for the past eleven years - she loves balayage, foilage, highlights and color. Ellie has been named one of Modern Salon’s top 100 ‘game changers’ artists in the world, and works with Modern Salon as an artist connective member sharing her balayage tips and tricks. She is also a Masters of Balayage Ambassador, which focuses on education and sharing knowledge. She has been featured on @behindthechair , @modernsalon , @americansalon , @redken, @mastersofbalayage, @bestofbalayage @olaplex and more, and featured in Modern Salon’s July and August 2019 issues. Ellie loves to give her clients beautiful lived-in low maintenance hair. She’s always learning new techniques and believes education is key, staying up-to-date with the latest trends in the hair world to give her clients the most amazing experience she can.



Maxie Gallegos

Maxie grew up in Texas, and after graduating from Texas A&M and working in Austin for a few years, she decided to move to Chicago. After moving, she changed careers and attended the Douglas J. Aveda Institute to study cosmetology. After graduating Maxie worked at a top Chicago salon in the trendy West Loop neighborhood for four years, where she further developed her skills and passion for coloring and cutting hair. She loves using hair as a canvas to further accentuate a client's personality and beauty, customizing cuts and colors to compliment face shape and skin tone so that everyone gets a look that is tailored to their personal style. Maxie is passionate about continuing education and has learned razor cutting with top Bumble and Bumble stylists in both New York City and Chicago, and has also taken balayage classes with Aubrey Loots, creative color with Sonya Dove, and blonding with LA’s 901 Academy.



Chloe Clift - APprentice

Originally from Austin, Chloe has been passionate about art and working with people to create amazing, unique looks since she was young. Being a hairstylist is just one of the many ways in which she is able to express her passion for art. By the age of twelve, Chloe knew that she wanted to be a hairstylist, and by the time she turned fifteen she had already started cosmetology school. She graduated at seventeen from high school with a cosmetology license. After living in Tucson for eight years, she moved back to Austin in May 2019 for more opportunities to learn and be inspired. She is currently an apprentice in the Deep Roots haircutting program, and although she is specializing in cutting, she also loves prom and wedding updos, and braiding is one of her strong points! Her work has been published in IMIRAGE Magazine fashion editorials, and she has also taken an educational class in Updos & Haircutting under Martin Parsons.



KAssandra Lemus - apprentice

Kassandra is known for her creativity and love for art. Trying to find a way to combine her artistic expression with work, she decided to get her license in cosmetology. She attended Central Texas Beauty College for a year before graduating in 2018 and dreamt of specializing in fashion colors, balayage, and smoothing treatments. After school she worked as an assistant for at a south Austin salon and decided to make a change by furthering her skills closer to home. Kassandra has attended many color education classes, such as a vivid course with Shell Vega at Princess ATX, the Behind the Chair Tour in Dallas, Masters of Balayage, Chi and Joico color education classes, and attended the Armstrong McCall Hair Show. After auditioning her vivid hair photos, Kassandra is now a member of The Unicorn Tribe, an Instagram page dedicated to featuring vivid hair artists across the globe. Her ultimate goal is to become an educator for vivid colors and to make each of her clients feel beautiful in the salon!



JusticE HAYES - apprentice

Although she was born in California and now lives in Texas, Justice is a midwest girl at heart. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, she always knew that hair was her calling. Justice was immersed in the hair industry at a young age, watching her aunt create a successful career as a hairdresser. After graduating from high school in 2014, her hair journey began by attending school at Paul Mitchell in Fort Myers, Florida. After finishing her classes, she moved back to home to Chicago with bigger dreams than ever before. Once in Chicago, she completed a two year apprentice program, and then became a stylist. One of Justice's favorite things about working behind the chair is the connection she gets to make with all of her guests. As her journey in the industry transitions to Texas, she is excited for the opportunity to grow even more in her craft by being a part of the color and cutting apprenticeship program at Deep Roots.



Teri gonzalez - Apprentice

Teri has been in the beauty industry since 2009, starting off as a salon coordinator before later transitioning to manager. After many years of witnessing the skill and passion of the stylists around her, she decided to go to cosmetology school and obtained her license in 2017. After getting her license, Teri went on to work alongside talented stylists across the Austin area. During this time she discovered that her true passion was in cutting hair, and joined the Deep Roots team in their cutting apprenticeship program to further her knowledge and abilities. Throughout her time in the beauty industry Teri has realized that hair is really more than just hair - it represents so much more to people. Her goal as a stylist is to make guests not only look their best but feel their best. When she is not in the salon, Teri enjoys taking care of her dog Vaquero, going to see live music, playing trivia, taking in all that Netflix has to offer, and other various nerd activities.



Maggie Beuershausen - apprentice

Maggie has always had a passion for hair. She graduated from high school in 2017 and decided to start a new journey by going to cosmetology school at the Aveda Institute in Houston. After graduating from Aveda, she wanted a change, so she decided to make the big move to Austin, Texas where she stepped into the salon life and worked as a front desk receptionist. She found herself wanting to pursue a more creative role in the beauty industry, and is now going through the color program at Deep Roots.