Stylist + Educator
Katie West moved to Austin in 2014 and attended the Aveda Institute for Cosmetology. She was born and raised in a small town in Indiana, and moving to a big city was always her dream. Katie grew up braiding her Barbie’s hair and realized her true calling at a very young age. She watched her grandma, who owned her own salon, and was a perm specialist with curiosity and admiration. That inspiration is what fueled Katie to become a hairstylist and to help inspire others with beauty.
After graduating from the Aveda Institute, she started her career at Urban Betty. The education program is what really caught her eye, and she had the opportunity to be the associate to the Urban Betty Network Educator during her first-year apprenticeship. That year molded her into the talented and driven stylist that she is today. Within her first week, she had already set goals to become the next Network Educator for the salon.
Katie is passionate about all aspects of hair, but what she really excels at is creating natural sun kissed looks. Customizing each color for every single guest that sits in her chair. Balayage is a technique that she utilizes often and well. She particularly loves this technique since there are multiple ways it can be completed to create and achieve beautiful natural looking highlights for her guests. Katie continuously works on improving her technique with education to expand her knowledge and to give her guests the best customer experience. She is a true natural talent with a serious set of skills and dedication.