Meet the Artists

Our team is dedicated to ensuring the best possible experience for each and every guest, from clients looking for sun-kissed Balayage highlights to the bride looking for a bridal makeup artist or a soothing facial before her big day. All artists participate in regular classes, both in Orange County and in cities such as New York, San Francisco and LA, to grow their repertoire and hone their skills. Team-building collaborative events such as in-salon photo shoots continue to keep the creative juices flowing and strengthen the bonds of the salon family.

With styles ranging from high-end fashion shoots to fun, everyday looks – we’ve got you covered. Our team of experts, eager to give you a new look or enhance your current one, aren’t shy with their cameras and love documenting the process. If you’re taking the plunge to a big change, we have the perfect backdrop for a great before & after opportunity for you to share on social media. Don’t forget to hashtag #meleesathesalon or #braidbar so your friends know where to visit next.

Drop in to the salon in Huntington Beach to view dozens of styles from our Braid Bar catalogue and check out our latest offerings at our Face Bar. For bridal styling and contact info, please check out our Services page. For the latest in how-tos, product launches and more fabulous braided looks, be sure to follow us on Instagram.

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Meleesa luna

Visionary, Creative Artist, Creator of Meleesa the Salon

My expertise in color, cuts, extensions, and styles allows me to bring out every individual’s authentic beauty through transformative and masterful hair artistry. As a creative visionary in the beauty industry, I continually source inspiration from the world and people around me. I am dedicated to using my artistic prowess and spiritual nature to tap into, connect with, and uplift each and every person I encounter. You become my Muse the moment you sit on my chair.


• Intuitive Beauty Readings • Lifestyle, Cuts • Color • ❤️ Blonde GURU • Extension Whisperer

• Japanese straightening • American Wave   • Special Event Styling • Curly hair specialist •

One on One Beauty Coach

Services :

By appointment only



Instagram: @meleesaluna 

Facebook: Meleesa Luna

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Kayla Carreau


As a creative hair artist, my goal is to positively encourage and motivate others and have your inner creativity shine through my work. Services include color, cuts, braids, treatments, and extensions. My passion for travel and sustainable living inspires my daily perspective to help all of your hair dreams come true.

Specialties: Color, cuts, braids, smoothing treatments, and extension services.


Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm

Monday: 10:00am-6:00pm

Tuesday: 10:00am-6:00pm

Wednesday: 10:00am-6:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am-6:00pm



Instagram: @kkcarreau

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Bree Shaffer


As an aesthetician and a permanent makeup artist, my specialties include lash extensions, microblading, chemical peels, and waxing. My desire is to bring out the beauty of each person who comes to see me. Listening to the needs of my clients and working with them to help them feel their best and most beautiful selves is very important to me.

Specialties: Esthetician, permanent makeup artist, microblading, and chemical peels.


Monday: 10:00am-6:00pm

Wednesday: 10:00am-6:00pm

Thursday: 10:00am-4:30pm

Friday: 9:00am-6:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm

*Additional after hours


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Tara Shaffer


I am an Orange County native who loves Jesus, all things nature, art, and coffee. My specialties include balayage, blondes, extensions, styling, and men’s cuts. I am also known as “The Braidmaster.” My professional purpose is to cut, color, and style hair according to current trends that suit each individual. My desire is to use my talents and tools to enhance the natural beauty found in everyone. I want to make everyone an accurate reflection of who they are on the inside.

Specialties: Balayage, blondes, extensions, styling, smoothing treatments, and men’s cuts.


Wednesday: 10:00am-6:00pm

Thursday: 10:00am-6:00pm

Friday: 9:00am-7:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm



Erica Ruiz 


  Helping others look beautiful is nice,

     But helping them BELIEVE they are beautiful ,

         Is LIFE CHANGING!

Art of Hair

Creative color 

Blonding and Balayage 

Lifestyle Cuts 

Texture enhancing and Smoothing 

Specializing in extension


Instagram @Ericaruizhair


melissa flathers


As a color specialist who has been in the beauty industry since 2008, I have always felt at home around the salon culture. Paired with my clients, I love to explore and help nurture their inner flames. People are a moving canvas, and being a part of their personal growth is where I draw my inspiration from. Watching a person evolve and finding an aesthetic that matches is why I do what I do.

Specialties: Lived-in color, high contrast balayage, tailored haircuts, hair extensions, styling lessons, event hair


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