Owner, National Redken Artist, Master Stylist
Christina is a Chicago native who moved to Naples in 2015 with no clients and a dream to build an empire. With her big dream and 17+ years of experience in the hair and beauty industry, she is constantly in pursuit of growth and excellence. Now, a well known and respected salon owner and professional colorist, she has cornered the market in coloring blondes, with The House Of Blondes representing new age artistry in color corrections and hand painting techniques. With her contagious spirit, unwavering drive and attention to detail, her professional instincts and exceptional artistry skills merge to create transformative results.
Beyond the salon chair, Christina has trained with industry leading artists, such as brand ambassadors of Olaplex, to bring her clients the latest trends and techniques. In April 2016, Christina was inducted as the First National Redken Artist in Southwest Florida. Additionally, as a certified Redken colorist and balayage expert, her visionary color talents become a reality with custom color blends unique to each client. Beyond color services, Christina works with many hair extension lines to create fullness and/or length to accommodate all hair goals. Her extensive experience in coloring, cutting and styling hair extensions, is easily recognized in the look and feel of her client transformations.
Christina wouldn't have the continued success of her booming business, if it wasn't for her incredible team! Between her stylists and her assistants, it takes a dream team to accomplish serious #blondebombshell hair goals together! Beyond offering a home base for her team, she has designed a branded training program and apprenticeship for all incoming team members. Her dedication to providing continuing education and perfecting the latest techniques shows in the consistency of quality the staff executes to clients across the board. Additionally, Christina travels throughout Florida offering color technique classes and continuing education to outside Redken Artists.
Christina recently celebrated expanding from 5 salon suites and moved into a newly constructed, custom designed 2,000 square foot, full-service salon. The new House of Blondes is truly magnificent and a goal she has worked hard to bring to downtown Naples.
Meet Our Team
Born & raised in Tampa, Florida, Jen knew at the beginning of her college years she had to shift to what became her passion: hair styling. As a side job she would set up a booth on the beach to braid hair. Realizing she not only had talent, but so many were drawn to her and her gifted work, the decision to pursue a career in hair was an easy one.
Jen has split her thirteen year career between Tampa & Naples, finding her home at the House of Blondes. As a Certified Redken Colorist, combined with her experience working alongside elite artists, including her color training from Christina Payton, her collective training has helped her master her craft. Her portfolio also includes her passion for special occasion hair!
"I love doing major transformations in one day - big color corrections. But on a normal day, I prefer a dimensional blonde."
Jen prides herself on her attention to detail, meticulous work, and desire to make her guest’s hair goals come true. Her goal is to continue to add to her education and increase her level status at HOB. Jen's dedication and determination will certainly make all her career goals come true!
FUN FACTS: Outside of the salon, Jen is a loving Wife, Mother of 3 children and 2 dogs. She enjoys baking, sketching, raising butterflies, singing, doing fun activities with her family and home improvements. Her thirst for creativity is unquenchable!
Though originally from Sante Fe, New Mexico, Perl spent the bulk of her life in Long Beach California before moving to Naples in 2019. She joined the HOB team as Christina Payton’s personal assistant for 2 years, working closely with her daily, as she completed the HOB Advanced Color Techniques & Principles Training Program. The hands on experience Perl gained from working with Christina was an awesome kick off to her career.
Since, Perl has quickly excelled in all areas, as evident in her continued ascension of our Salon levels. Her clients celebrate her driven, passionate and quirky personality, all characteristics that lend well to communicating with clients in order to set expectations and achieving the best results! Perl’s positivity and energy shines through as you often overhear her saying “Let's do this! This is going to be fun!” before her client transformations.
“I love doing color. It is so satisfying to be able to transform a client in just a few hours.”
Perl’s goal is to have a successful career behind the chair as well as the opportunity to educate as she becomes a leader in her field. HOB has full faith that even the sky isn’t the limit for Perl!
FUN FACTS: Perl loves motorcycles! She was a mechanic for several years and loves road trips on her bikes. She has ridden across the country and eventually plans to ride a motorcycle around the world. She is also a self-proclaimed “book nerd” and is always looking for a great must-read suggestion!
Destiny, originally from Montana, moved to San Diego to to certify and begin her career in cosmetology. Since her beginning, she has continued her career in Montana and now, currently Florida with a plethora of certifications along the way. Over her 10 year career, Destiny is dedicated to education in her field and mastering a wide variety of techniques, all contributing to her career goal of becoming an elite stylist.
"I love expressing my creative side through the art of hair color, hair extensions, and fun updos. I have been a hairstylist for ten years and through hard work and dedication I am proud to be one of the few and elite American Board Certified Hair Colorists, which requires exceeding a stringent test mechanism established by a committee of peers. With great passion in this industry, continued education is very important to me. It allows me to keep up with the latest trends and a way to keep my skills sharp."
Destiny's ability to learn quickly and willingness to teach others has made her an awesome addition to the House of Blondes team! Check out her work below!
FUN FACTS: Outside of the salon, Destiny is a dedicated Mother and Wife who loves her high heels, has an insatiable hunger for cookies and admits she's scared of fish!
Adam, originally from Connecticut, began his career over 20 years ago at the esteemed Peter Coppola Salon. From there his talents took off to include stage work cutting and styling hair with Anthony Edge from Toni & Guy, as well as many shows in New York and Orlando. Adam's journey has included some of the best salons from the East Coast to Naples. His skill as a Master Designer has been built on his attention to detail. His focus on women's cuts, include everything from masterful long layers, to classic bobs, to edgy pixies and everything in between. He considers how the hair naturally lays, how the clients wants to style it and most importantly how the cut will make that client look and feel! Adam is also a Master Barber and has an esteemed male clientele as well.
Adam was born to do hair. "I just woke up one day and knew what I wanted to do. I started cutting my own hair at 13 so I suppose it has always been in my blood."
Fun Facts: Outside the salon, Adam focuses on health and fitness. He describes himself as outgoing, happy, and compassionate, the perfect combination for both his career and his zen lifestyle.
Janel has over 15 years experience with earning the prestigious recognition of making Modern Salons Top 100 Hairdressers in 2019. Hair color, Customized color and blondes are her specialty. She also offers Bridal, updos and styling as well.
Though a Cleveland, Ohio native, she has been coming to Florida every year since she was a baby. She admits this is why she has felt her heart has always been in Florida! She has over 15 years experience in the beauty industry. Her passion is to not only be creative with new hair trends and fashion but to make others feel a true sense of happiness inside and out! Janel is a huge proponent of education and believes the pursuit of always expanding her skillset is key and you never stop learning in this industry. In addition to the opportunities she has had to train under leading celebrity stylists, her training pursuits have also included many classes with Aveda, Original Mineral Academy in NYC, Lakmé, Cezanne Keratin, The 901Academy "Intro to Bootcamp" in West Hollywood, Vidal Sassoon Haircutting in Miami Beach, Triple Threat Balayage with Ashlee Norman in NYC and Masters of Balayage in San Diego, California to name a few. She is also an educator to her peers. As a Fanola Artist and Product Club hair accessories artist, she travels to teach salons/stylists the latest hair color techniques and trends.
Throughout her career, Janel has had the opportunity to work both in a salon as well as own her own salon and admits she misses being part of a team. This longing is what drove her to pursue a home at House of Blondes. She will be traveling to Naples every 6 weeks for two weeks at a time to accommodate her current Florida clients as well as her new guests as we start to grow our #HOBTravelTeam.
"Customer service is huge to me and I believe every client in my chair deserves full attention and the top quality service that I can provide. I chose to work with House of Blondes as they are a team that works together and continues to learn and educate."
Allison joins us from Johnson City, Tennessee, where her career in hair began. She has always had a passion for the cosmetology field, but knew it was something she wanted to make a career out of after working at a local salon while she was in high school. We love hair dreams!! Allison has been a warm, friendly, focused, extremely talented addition to our team and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for her future! Allison loves the personal connections with clients this field brings as well as the opportunity to create personalized works of art on each client’s hair. Her dream client is someone who enjoys a “sun-kissed” look to their hair as in natural, blended balayage looks. In addition to the beginnings of her career as stylist at other salons in Tennessee, and her completing our HOB Advanced Principles & Techniques apprentice program in 15 months, for she has joined the HOB floor and is quickly booking up as her impeccable color technique speaks for itself!
Originally from Ohio, Grace moved to Florida in 2019 to begin her career in the hair industry. Though it was her mother's support that originally inspired her career path, she found her own spark that ignited her passion for hair the second her first client sat in her chair in school: "When my client left with a smile and new-found confidence because of something I created, that’s when I knew I needed to have a career in this industry." Grace's welcoming, bubbly, light-hearted energy is contagious to both clients and her team mates as well. As she works diligently through the House of Blondes Advanced Principles & Techniques Associate Program, she continues to build confidence and expertise while providing hands-on support to the stylists around her. Her dream clients include women who want to be very blonde or have dimension and welcomes the challenge of a major transformational hair goal project, whether it be color or cut. In her free time outside of the salon, you will find Grace at the beach with a good book watching the sunset, modeling for her friend's photography or being around her family and friends. Her goals outside of work suit her adventurous spirit as she longs to travel to every state in the US. Grace is an essential part of the HOB team and we can't wait to see her grow!
Level: Lead Associate
A Florida native, Sami joined HOB as a new graduate and has quickly made an impact as the Lead Associate. Her strong leadership is an asset to the team work that House of Blondes is most known for. Her outstanding work ethic, commitment to furthering her education and mastering her trade is evident in the constant positive reinforcement from our elite clientele. As she progresses through the HOB Advanced Principles & Techniques program, she is efficiently and proficiently developing her mastery of color. Her welcoming smile and desire to create the best experience for each HOB client that crosses her path is evident in her raving online reviews and return guest requests. Sami looks forward to graduating her apprenticeship Winter 2023 and joining our salon floor as a HOB Stylist. The majority of her apprenticeship has been spent working directly with owner Christina Payton, as she builds experience towards her passion for advanced color and hand-painting techniques and styling. We love her journey and look forward to her continued success!
Guest Services Liasion
Amanda is one of the friendly faces that greet you both on the phone and as you enter the salon! Available for all of your scheduling needs, product recommendations and check out needs, Amanda has proven to be an exceptional Guest Services Liaison, as clients always look forward to hearing from her! Originally from Long Island, New York, she made the decision to move her family to beautiful Naples to enjoy the sunshine, palm trees and beautiful beaches! She immediately found the House of Blondes to call home for her new career! A combination of her teaching degree, years as a loving stay-at-home mom, and office experience all contribute to her success at her new career at HOB running our day-to-day Guest Service Operations. She is an essential part of the upbeat energy and dedication to organization and responsibility that comes with keeping the salon running smoothly.