Stephanie began her hair journey way back in 1995 at her first job in high school, falling in love with the vibrancy and energy that flows through a salon, she declined multiple acceptance letters to various art schools in Chicago and set her sights on The Aveda Institute in Phoenix Arizona at the Carsten Institute.
After graduating, she furthered her training under Carsten Wilms, who was recognized by Intercoiffure of America and Canada as “Educator of the Century Award”, and worked alongside of him for years at his multiple locations in the valley of the sun. Specializing in cutting technique and working with Goldwell and Aveda, she eventually left to spread her wings and product knowledge at other high-end salons in Phoenix/Scottsdale. These included Sachi Salon and Day Spa which featured product lines Oribe, Kerastase-Paris, and Bumble and bumble. A longtime lover of Aveda, she was thrilled to explore these cutting-edge brands.
Beauty is whatever gives joy.
– Edna St. Vincent Millay
Missing her Midwestern roots, she found herself back in Chicago where she quickly built a vast clientele. The buzz of the city and part-time involvement at fine dining restaurants kept her in the know at fast paced, busy salons, but after a decade it was time to head to the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Bi-monthly she travels back for a few days to see her old clientele, and considers herself lucky to be a “Traveling Stylist”. This helps her keeps up with local trends in both cities, and she monthly can be found at Pixie Salon which was Featured in NewCity magazine as one of Chicago’s best salons multiple times.
Finally finding her forever home in Denver Colorado, the continuing education, amazing atmosphere, and extreme talent at Deseo salon made this her landing spot. She brings her vibrant personality and client care interspersed with a lot of fun and believes the most important part of the service is the consultation. She loves a challenge, isn’t afraid of fashion colors, and could turn people platinum all day; but also, loves the statement and subtlety of natural colors. She encourages people to sit back, read a magazine, say goodbye to their phone and hello to a glass of tea or wine and relaxation in the beautiful surroundings of Deseo!
Stephanie is a part-time CrossFitter, full-time pug lover, and NFL/Bachelor enthusiast!
Stephanie at Deseo is awesome. I am super picky about who touches my hair (I was married to a hair stylist for over 15 years) and she passed all of my tests (on the first visit) on technique, coolness, cleanliness (thats a big one for me), and all around fun person to talk too and relate too. She is super hip and cool. Sometimes I want to ask for blue streaks in my hair when I see her, but then remember I am a standard suburban work-from-home house wife and I may just freakout the PTA moms and my hubby. She is a Unicorn (one in a million)...and the best at her craft.Julie Orbetuer(Smoothing)
I have been seeing Steph for my color for the last seven years, when we were both living in Chicago. She's AMAZING! Since moving out to Colorado, I happily drive up from Colorado Springs to Deseo in Denver to have Steph do my hair because she is so great! Steph has taken me from a total blonde back to my natural brunette color, given me highlights and low lights, then recently dove into bayalage , all to great success. Because of her talent and years of experience, I trust her to do anything with my hair, and my trust is rewarded: it always turns out fabulous! If you are thinking of making an appointment with Steph: DO IT! I promise, you'll be thrilled with your results.Andrea Diamond (Color)
Stephanie's Keratin regimen has been a real game changer. There is not a morning I get ready with out being grateful that I have this treatment. I started going to Deseo last year and my hair is the most healthy it has ever been, while also looking maintained with almost no effort! I have been getting a keratin treatments and Brazilian Blowouts for about 6 years now at various salons both in Denver and Chicago, and this is by far the best. This magic serum that Stephanie applies to my hair is beyond any other I have had. There is no chemical smell or burning that I have experienced at times.
On top of a lovely service, the salon itself is absolutely gorgeous. It is such a treat to walk into the space, sit in the comfortable yet stylish chairs, enjoy the aromatics of top of the line product, then leave feeling so beautiful.Deedra Darling (Keratin)
Stephanie at Deseo Salon is a neon 90's dream maker riding a unicorn. If you don't understand what that means, its good...very, very good. I've wanted purple hair for years and finally decided to pull that trigger. That was a solid 4 months ago and my dreams have now come true twice. If amazing color is your thing (not just vivid rainbow colors) Steph is your girl. If having a stylist who listens to your needs and can make them a reality, go see Steph. I could not be happier with my new look and cannot say enough great things about her.Sammy (Fashion Color)
The salon itself is pristine. The space is clean & modern but at the same time everyone there makes you feel comfortable. There is ample parking on the street and even a Sexy Pizza across the street...so c'mon that's close to perfect!
Stephanie's blow-out and styling of my hair was the perfect finish to an exceptional haircut and color. If you're like me, you're the type that always went home after a salon visit to "fix" your hair after a blow-out. Not anymore. Stephanie really listened to how I typically style my hair and delivered a finished product that for the first time matched my own styling preferences while elevating it the next level. And the next day hair looked terrific too!Rachel Rose(Blow Out Style)
My favorite things about Steph are that she never tries to sell me products, or convince me what I should do with my hair. She does a wonderful job listening, and teaching me about the benefits of different products and she offers suggestions when I ask her. Most importantly, I always feel fabulous and have a flawless haircut when I walk out of her salon!
I have been getting my hair cut by Steph for the past year and I look forward to going to see her every chance I get! I have thin hair that grows unevenly. In the past, every hair stylist I've gone to has just told me, "That's just the way it is. You'll have to get your hair cut more frequently if you want it to be even". However, that's not the case with Steph. She has always tells me that if it starts to look uneven, stop by and she'll fix it quick. Since Steph has been cutting my hair, it hasn't been a problem!Katie Stone(Women's Haircut)
Stephanis is efficient, consistent and easy going.Jason Kelly (Men's Haircut)
Just what I'm looking for with my busy schedule - AND I leave smelling like minty fresh shampoo.
It was like fate brought Steph and I together. She spent about 60 seconds brushing through my hair and listening to my wants and she was off. Not only did I want my roots touched up to match my white blonde color, but I wanted to go gray. Nothing too crazy but enough to try something new. What she did to my hair was beyond perfection. She not only matched my bleach level perfectly, but gave my mane the exact level of purple gray I was looking for. Just a few weeks ago I was back in her chair wanting to do something a little crazier for an event in Miami, and I left the salon with lavender locks that I got dozens of compliments and inquires on both here in Denver and down in Miami! She is my go to, the hair whisperer, and an absolutely awesome person to chat with in the chair while she works her magic. She is my woman whenever I need a touch-up, and she's more than willing to listen to exactly what I want, make her suggestions, and find a perfect spot in between! I am obsessed with her work 🙂Sarah Broadley (Bleach and Tone)
I highly recommend Steph for any hair needs that you might have. She has the ability to create the most magical blonde through color and toner. On top of the breath taking color she can create she is also always friendly and gets everything done in a timely manner. I enjoy every moment I get in her chair!Christy Buffington(All Around Style, Color, Haircut)
My hair has never looked better since going to Stephanie! She is amazing for both color and cuts and truly is the only person I trust with my hair. She always patiently listens to my hair dilemmas and recommends great solutions that I always feel very comfortable with, she never just does what she wants or pushes something on me that I don’t feel happy with. She is attentive and friendly but also a real professional with a ton of experience, I feel like I’m in very good hands with her. The salon experience is relaxing and fun and I best of all I always leave feeling like a million dollars!Lisa Simpson(All Around Hair Color)