Founder of Urban Betty
Betty “Chelle” Neff was driven to style hair from a young age when she intuitively knew by age 10 that this was her calling while growing up in Abilene, Texas. By the age of 16 she was enrolled in cosmetology school and by 18, she was officially licensed. Chelle was hungry to learn more and keep challenging herself to upgrade to higher end salons before finally nabbing her...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 Symposium in Las...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
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, who has been a...more
Stylist & Wedding Specialist
Formally it’s Christina, but don’t worry, she’ll answer to either. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a BA in Economics and minors in French and Business. After college she spent some time in sales and finance but with the help of her sister Suzanne, came to realize those industries weren’t what drove her creativity. Thankfully, styling,...more
Angie graduated from Paul Mitchell Corporate in San Antonio. After working in San Antonio for a year she moved back and worked at a salon in North Austin for six years.
She established herself and learned as much as she could, skin care, pedicures, manicures and extensions as well as color. “The more you know the more you grow!” Angie specializes in curly hair,...more
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 Austin. Amanda...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 supposed to be....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 about...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 styling, as well...more
Julia was born and raised in Austin Texas and graduated from Avenue Five Institute in 2014. She has always had a love for braiding but her main love of hair is blonding. Her favorite technique is balayage and ombre. Julia trained under the fabulous Chelle Neff as her associate before becoming a full time stylist at Urban Betty.
Julia enjoys cooking, singing...more
Jami uses the beauty industry to connect with people and help others express themselves through their personal style. She has 10 years of experience working one on one with clients. While specializing in creativity as a whole, Jami feels confident that she can meet the needs of anyone looking to enhance their look.
"I just want to help people feel like they are the most beautiful versions of themselves, inside and out. I really love...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 the first day of...more
Andrea prides herself in being detail oriented and providing the most up to trend hairstyles. She enjoys working with the hair’s natural form and enhancing it through her work.
Andrea moved to Austin in early 2017. She was born and raised in Miami where we she went to school for geology. In 2012, after deciding to follow her true passion for hair she left to attend...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 artist for...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 all things...more
Stylist 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 Marketing at...more
Stylist 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 (which she did...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. “Urban Betty...more
Rachael has a specific passion for people and creativity. She graduated cosmetology school from Paul Mitchell in Austin, TX. Now that she’s behind the chair she specializes in balayages and blondes, but also loves trying her hand at any new challenge headed her way. If you’re looking for an upbeat, passionate and kind person, Rachael is your girl.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 Urban Betty. She...more
Originally from the Dallas area, Michelle moved to Austin in 2009 to attend St. Edward’s University. She knew she ultimately wanted to be in the beauty industry, but didn’t know exactly how much she’d love it until she began working as a receptionist in a salon during her time as an undergrad. She immersed herself in all things hair and beauty and began...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 well as...more
Jenni Drake started from humble beginnings in central Texas, where she attended a trade school for cosmetology. Following her graduation, Jenni worked for a small summit salon for three years. During that time, she attended as many Redken education classes as possible and now, she is a Redken Specialist and Redken Blonde Authority Certified.
“I absolutely love educating myself on how hair works. This way, I can evaluate what each of my...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 Certified and has an extensive education in cutting, color, and product knowledge. In 2017, she attended Redken’s Symposium in...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 and being able to make people feel good about themselves.”
Morgan moved to Austin from...more
Originally from Lubbock Texas, Taylor has had a gift for cosmetology since she was a young girl cutting her Barbies’ hair. After she attended college for a year, Taylor discovered that she wasn’t the studious type and immediately registered for cosmetology school in Lubbock. When she graduated from hair school, Taylor wrapped up her job as a nanny, and then relocated to the wonderful city of Austin with her husband.
Urban Betty is the...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, and I love talking to people, so doing hair is all the things that I love intertwined together.”
Ayesha has a...more
Hairstylist and Makeup Artist
Juliette has always had a knack for seeing people as they should be. Growing up, she was the type of girl who would see a beautiful brow shape hidden under a bush of unplucked hair, whip out a pair of tweezers and say, “Trust me”. Or she would stop in mid-conversation and blurt out, “Have you ever thought about being strawberry blond with sexy Bridget...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 felt so natural...more