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Asheville, NC

Our Team

    L’eau de Vie’s professional family is dedicated to helping you look and feel your very best!

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Lisa Bonitz – Owner/Hair Designer
Lisa Bonitz graduated from Lake Erie Academy of Cosmetology in 1983. She is the owner of L’eau de Vie Salon/Spa. Lisa’s services include cut, style, and color.
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Alice Briere – Office Assistant
Alice Briere is Lisa's mother. She worked many years as a coordinator and now works in the office. Alice is a mother of four, and has eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She enjoys music, crafts, gardening and having fun.
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Amanda Varner – Hair Designer
Amanda is Lisa’s daughter. She grew up at L’eau de Vie and is a graduate of the AVEDA Institute at Charlotte. She especially loves working with long hair, curly hair, and highlighting. Amanda is currently taking AVEDA advanced education classes for hair and make-up so that she can continue to excel in her career. She is so happy to be living in her hometown and working at L’eau de Vie.
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Angela O’Kelley – Salon Manager & Wedding Coordinator
An Asheville native, Angela has been working in Aveda salons for 9 years, most recently managing a Salon Today Top 200 Aveda salon in Venice, Florida. She is a graduate of the Qnity Q Program for salon management and has a great passion for the beauty industry. She loves Aveda for its sustainability and fair trade ethics used to source products and support communities across the world.
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Whitney Hansen – Hair Designer
Whitney graduated beauty school while attending high school in Petoskey, Michigan in 2010. Since then, she has gained most of her experience while living and working under master stylists in Northern Michigan and Southern Florida. Today, Whitney is proud to call Asheville her home. She enjoys precision haircuts, makeup, and making the world blonde! Outside of the salon, Whitney enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and French Bulldog; hiking,                                                     camping, and jumping into waterfalls.
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Mike DeSerio – Hair Designer
Mike DeSerio graduated from the AVEDA Institute of St. Petersburg, Florida in 2009. His services include haircuts, hair color, and highlights. Mike is available on Thursdays! Mike enjoys spending quality time with his beautiful wife and daughters, volunteering with the homeless, painting, drawing, brewing beer and laughing at himself out loud.
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Anjuli Ellis – Hair Designer
Anjuli is a Texas native who graduated from Ogle School of Hair Design in 2002.  Her services include cutting, formal styling, make-up, and she loves playing with beautiful color blends!  She specializes in precision cutting and styling.  Her interests include art, meditation and music.  She loves being active and spending time outdoors.  When she’s not out chasing waterfalls you may find her having cinematic adventures with her boyfriend and 3 fur kids!
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Shannon McCarthy – Hair Designer

Shannon McCarthy graduated from the Aveda Institute in Chapel Hill in 2010. Passionate about her craft and backed by a lifetime of artistic pursuits, Shannon brings uniquely creative vision to her work. She has a particular affinity for color, which has become an area of specialization. She regularly attends classes and workshops to stay inspired and further develop her skills, and make progress toward a goal of ultimately becoming a color coach and educator to other stylists.                                 When Shannon isn't at the salon, she enjoys hiking and camping, cooking and making a mess in her                                 kitchen, and creating artwork and crafting in all kinds of ways, including writing, photography,                                 digital art, jewelry making, sewing, drawing, painting, and scale modeling. She can also often be                                 found at the karaoke mic or behind the wheel of her car, singing whatever comes on like it's an                                 anthem. She's also an avid pinballer.

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Lyndsay Stryffeler – Hair Designer
Lyndsay attended the Aveda Institute of Minneapolis and graduated in 2008.  Her services include makeup, formal styles, cuts, color and nails.  Lyndsay loves spending time outdoors and with her friends and family, and loves to explore all that Asheville has to offer.
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Natalie Wallenberg – Hair Designer
Natalie grew up in Illinois and graduated from Tricoci University of Beauty Culture in 2010. She loves the creativity in formal styles and has great attention to detail with nails & facial waxing. Her services also include hair designing, coloring and make-up. In her free time, Natalie enjoys baking, yoga, and getting lost in a good book.
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Lindsey Marie Tyler – Hair Designer
Lindsey Marie was born and raised in Connecticut were she graduated from the Paul Mitchell School in 2005.  She enjoys everything from creative styles to natural cuts, color, nails and formal styling.  Lindsey loves following the latest fashion trends and bringing them to life.  She also enjoys spending time with her husband and two little girls.
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Holly Millar – Hair Designer
As a native of coastal North Carolina, Holly has recently found a home in the Appalachian Mountains. She joins the L’eau De Vie team with six years of professional salon experience and a passion for the Aveda mission. Holly is a hairstylist that is creatively talented in hair design, from creative coloring techniques, cutting edge formal styling to mastering the perfect angled bob, she enjoys a challenge and will help you learn all the tricks to perfecting your personal style. Secondly,                                       as a makeup artist experienced in providing makeup for photography and film, Holly is well-versed                                       in all makeup applications and she is excited to help you outwardly express your inner beauty.                                       Lastly, Holly provides nail services. She firmly believes in the healing power of touch and positive                                       intention through massage, which she incorporates in every manicure and pedicure. Holly loves                                       living close to downtown and is looking forward to becoming a thriving piece of the Asheville                                       community.
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Devon Woodruff – Hair Designer
Devon has lived in Asheville for 20 years, after growing up in a military family. She attended cosmetology school at 16 and started with Aveda at 17. After 15 years, her passion for hair ranges from precision haircutting to Bridal. In her spare time, her two children, ages 13 and 7 keep her very busy and she enjoys yoga daily.
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Kelly Davis – Esthetician
Kelly graduated from the Haywood Community College AVEDA  Esthetics Program in 1997. Her services include skincare, waxing and formal makeup. She is known around Asheville as the waxing queen and has won Best Esthetician in the Best of WNC multiple times! Kelly also has a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance. She enjoys rock climbing and West African dance.
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Crystal Lego – Esthetician
Crystal loves AVEDA skin care. After graduating from the AVEDA Institute of Charlotte in 2006, Crystal came to L’eau de Vie to share her passion for making people feel good about how they look. She is best known for her gentle touch, whether it’s AVEDA signature facials and body treatments or wax free hair removal with Nufree Soy based hair removal product. She enjoys cooking, spending time with family and her precious dog Benji.