Founder of Urban Betty
Betty "Chelle" Neff had a drive to style hair from a young age when she intuitively knew by age ten that this was her calling while growing up in Abilene, Texas. By the age of 16, she enrolled in cosmetology school, and by 18, became licensed. Chelle was hungry to learn more and keep challenging herself to upgrade to higher-end salons before finally nabbing a...more
Salon Manager - 38th St.
Hallie graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Photojournalism. Following a short career in the field of customer service she arrived at Urban Betty Salon. Here she put her awesome communication and creative skills to good use and quickly progressed from support staff to a marketing and managing position. She has attended the Redken...more
Nicole graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. Shortly after she completed a couple of internships in the PR field, Nicole joined the Urban Betty team.
Nicole is a Veteran Betty to the front desk, as she worked as a receptionist at the salon for two years before moving into her current role as Assistant Manager at the W. 38th Street location. Nicole helps out with purchase orders for the...more
Maddie expresses herself in everything she does and has a deep passion for styling. She loves enhancing natural beauty. She enjoys creating simple braids and natural texture. Her ability to evaluate what is best for her guests, while still being creative is a confirmation of her talent and free spirit. Maddie specializes in various color techniques and hair...more
Julie Latimer grew up in Austin Texas and graduated from Avenue Five Institute in 2014. Growing up she was in musical theatre and loved doing all the different hair and makeup styles. There was always a little piece inside of her that told her she was meant to go to cosmetology school. After graduating high school, she followed her dreams and started...more
Hairstylist and Makeup Artist
Since Harsha was a young girl, she was drawn to cosmetology. She enjoyed getting her hair, nails, and eyebrows done and loved how happy and confident she felt afterwards. Harsha wanted to be able to create those same feelings for others. But first, she was determined to get an education from a four-year University. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in...more
Maggie has been a stylist at our flagship location since 2016 and she’s undoubtedly one of the hardest working stylists at Urban Betty. She can literally do the work of two stylists by herself in one day. I think she must have a secret clone that she swaps places with.
Maggie moved here from Philadelphia and it has been such a...more
Audrey is originally from Maine, where she began her career as a cosmetologist and greatly enjoyed hiking through the Appalachian Mountains and spending her days on the lakes. With thirteen years of industry experience, Audrey has had ample opportunity to master her skills in hair and makeup. She has done hair and makeup for numerous weddings, commercials, as...more
Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, Madison grew up in the hair salon environment, as her mother owned a salon for over 10 years. After Madison realized that the college route wasn’t for her, she gravitated back to her roots and enrolled in cosmetology school. “I’d never been able to find my niche, and when I went to hair school it was something that...more
Rosemary knew she wanted to make the world a more beautiful place at the early age of five when she couldn’t help but take a snip of her sleeping sisters hair. While she has been unofficially cutting hair since that young age, she officially began her career in 2001, travelling all over the country, until she landed in Manhattan where she’s worked behind the...more
Morgan jumpstarted her cosmetology career when she was just 16 years old, as she had the unique opportunity to enroll in the cosmetology program at a vocational school. Morgan initially wanted to be a language arts teacher, but as soon as she started working in a salon, she was inspired to make her career as a stylist. “I fell in love with doing hair...more
Hairstylist & Wedding Specialist
Amanda was born and raised in Austin, TX. After graduating from Baldwin Beauty School in "08, she worked as an assistant to Beverly Hills platform artist, Katie Sasson in Lakeway, TX. After outgrowing the boutique in Lakeway and wanting more of a challenge, she underwent an intensive hair color training program at Jackson Ruiz in downtown...more
In 2003, Jessica, a native Austinite, left the accounting department at an Internet company to embark on a career where she could express her creative talent. She graduated from the Academy at Austin, a Paul Mitchell Partner School, and became a true hair artist.
"I love the connections I develop with my clients," says Jessica Tellez,...more
Paige has been a stylist and makeup artist since 2013, hailing from Avenue Five, in Austin. She was born and raised in Austin and loves to call the Capital City her home.
In her spare time, Paige loves to create updos and is constantly coming up with new ways to style her hair. It's no wonder she is such a talented hair and makeup...more
Maggie was raised in the outskirts of Washington D.C., in Northern Virginia. In 2009, a little over a year after graduating high school, she moved to Austin for a change of scenery. While she enjoyed her career slinging coffee at Starbucks, she knew it was not her calling. As soon as the AVEDA institute opened in Austin, Maggie knew where she was...more
Hairstylist and Wedding Hair Specialist
Holly was born and raised in Southern California where she earned a Bachelors degree in Global Studies from Azusa Pacific University. Even though her main focus was on studying, Holly has always had an interest in hair and makeup and made time to give herself an updo everyday. Her roommates asked her to braid or curl their hair on a regular basis...more
Molly is the quintessential hairdresser: cool trendy hair, a wizard with bleach, and calls everyone “babe.” She specializes in pastels, known especially for her “molly purple” (aka a light, almost holographic hue of bright lilac) and any and all things bleach related. Bleach and tones, you’re in safe hands here!
Molly’s expertise in color...more
At the tender age of five, Jaclyn was already showing the world her passion for working with hair when she borrowed her mother’s scissors and surprised the family with her new and incredibly short bangs. Thankfully, her talent and skills have grown immeasurable allowing Jaclyn to live her “dream job” today.
Growing up near Dallas, Jaclyn learned...more
Rebecca spent her formative years growing up in southern California and New York City, but eventually found her home here in the middle of it all- Austin, TX!
Rebecca studied sociology and hospitality in college, but found her calling for cosmetology in August 2016 when she started working at Urban Betty as a front desk associate....more
Originally from southern California, Nina moved to Austin, Texas in 2001. Nina comes from a strong background in retail, and while she explored different career paths, including a culinary profession, she ultimately decided that cosmetology was the best fit for her.
When Nina was attending cosmetology school, she already had her sights set on...more
Kellie started at our flagship 38th Urban Betty location in December of 2016. She began by working at our front desk while she finished cosmetology school. Kellie graduated from The Avenue Five Institute in June of 2017.
Kellie knew she wanted to have a career doing something artistic and was leaning towards becoming an interior designer until the...more
Jenna was born and raised in Austin, Texas and graduated from Avenue Five Institute in 2019. She grew up in the hair industry with her Aunt and knew she loved the creative aspect of hair styling. When researching salons while in cosmetology school, she found Urban Betty and instantly knew she wanted to work at this salon.
Jenna’s passion is blondes and all things...more
Hi, I’m Vanessa! I was born in Laredo, Texas but was raised in Austin. I love my hometown and heritage but have an affinity for Austin. I’ve always had an interest in hair since I was a little girl, doing curls, braids, and cutting hair for my closest friends and family. I received my certification from the Aveda Institute in Austin and graduated in February 2019. Hands down, my passion for hair lies in cutting to create shape from the inside...more
Tara got her start in the beauty industry immediately after finishing high school. Tara moved from Clearwater, Florida to the Midwest, where she completed cosmetology school. In 2010, Tara started her career at a salon in Dayton, Ohio and ended up staying with that salon for seven and half years. Tara is Redken Color...more
Melly has been a stylist since 2014 having graduated from the Aveda Institute right here in Austin, Texas. Prior to making her home at Urban Betty Melly completed two separate apprenticeships for both cut and color. Her specialities are Balayage, fashion colors, and cuts.
In her free time she enjoys adventures with her dogs, concerts, photography, and...more
Teejay is our newest Betty out on the floor and we are excited to see what she will do!
Eager and caring, Teejay wants to know everything about her clients to give them a look that will be easy to maintain while still looking hip. A true Austin Unicorn, Teejay has grown up cultivating a look that is truly “Austin vibes.” Slouchy denim overalls, a wind-tousled side...more
Ayesha has always enjoyed detail-oriented work, so it was only natural that she pursued a career in cosmetology. Ayesha discovered her passion for hair when she was in college, as she found herself dying her hair crazy colors, cutting her own bangs, and even doing her friends hair. “I’ve always loved geometry and chemistry,...more
Mel is one of our newest and brightest stars! Another East Coaster stylist who lives for balayage, brunette's, and long layers!
When you first meet Mel you instantly feel comfortable and relaxed, which makes sense as she pursued a career in nursing before coming to us.
Don't let Mel's calm demeanor fool you though! She completed our rigorous...more