Gaby Miley is a distinguished industry leader, salon owner, current Keune International Educator, and prior Redken Global Educator. She has traveled to 22 countries educating professionals, creating red-carpet styles, and supporting the beauty industry.
Growing up, Gaby was always inspired to “bring Barbie to life.” Her core values and passions have consistently been in education and the arts, so it’s no surprise that Gaby eventually attended college with the intentions of becoming a music teacher. The search for a summer job eventually led Gaby to Beauty School, where her passions seemed to cosmically align. With instructors urging Gaby to “go big-time,” Gaby apprenticed and then worked at big-named salons throughout the Scottsdale-area. She was soon sought out by Redken to become an educator. She stayed at the forefront of the beauty industry while working closely with the global brand. After 12 years with Redken, Gaby was pleasantly surprised to sample and fall in love with the product line, Keune. She is now using her education and talent to assist in the growth of Keune, a Netherland-based company that has been in the United States for 20 years. There is no limit to Gaby’s dreams and she is currently planning even more expansions for the XanderLyn brand.
Originally from Chicago, IL., Elizabeth Grams attended Arizona State University before realizing the beauty world was her true passion. She enrolled at Toni and Guy Hair Academy in Scottsdale, then continued in a top Scottsdale salon before the opening of XanderLyn. Elizabeth is committed to making people feel and look beautiful by styling,and coloring their hair as well as adding extensions. As a color expert, including blondes and color correction, her advanced capabilities have been noted in even the most challenging of color situations. From traditional colors to the newest and trendiest of styles, she has no limits to the fashion colors she creates for clients.
Elizabeth is also certified with Invisi-Tab hair extensions. The renowned 100% Virgin European Hair Tape Extensions are favored amongst many hair clients internationally. Enthusiastic about continuing her education, Elizabeth is committed to always learning. She says,”New trends happen often, and I want to ensure my clients can maintain the look and image they crave.” Elizabeth has also been featured on local news stations and styled for magazine shoots.
Farrah Murphy began her love affair with beauty as a child. From braiding her dolls hair to styling friends and family, Farrah was ecstatic when she was finally old enough to attend International Academy of Beauty. “As a stylist, I am allowed to be creative doing what I love, and I also get to use art to make people look and feel beautiful,” says Farrah. After beauty school, Farrah worked in a busy Scottsdale salon for several years, where she perfected her artistic craft. As one of the original team members at XanderLyn Salon, Farrah always knew that the salon would be a place of creativity, passion and a true home away from home. Although Farrah loves all aspects of the art of hair, coloring is her ultimate favorite. From corrective color, dimensional foiling and balayage, Farrah’s advanced color expertise is turning heads in Scottsdale.
Farrah has styled numerous weddings, including brides and bridal party, and has used her talent to assist with charities and other special events. She has also been featured twice “The Knot” magazine. When not at XanderLy, Farrah loves to work on her soy candle line, FM and spend time with her husband and three children!
Andrea Croskey, born and raised in Phoenix Az, started her love and passion for hair at the ripe age of 5, when she decided to play “hairstylist” on her mom’s group of young children she babysat in the home. Taking a slight break up until 1997, she then started her hair “real hair” career. She worked and apprenticed under Carsten Wilms of Carsten Phoenix Salon for many years. She then went to work as a top stylist in Scottsdale for the next 13 years.
Andrea attributes her success to all her years of hard work in the industry and continues to thrive on staying up to date with top fashion and hair trends as well as the newest techniques. Andrea attends classes regularly because she understands the importance of continuing education and staying current in the industry. She has a great eye for the newest modern looks and styles for both men and women. Andrea has an immense passion for doing hair, but her equal love is the relationship she builds with each and every person who sits in her chair. She says, “I always want to make sure I give my undivided attention to my clients and a thorough consultation before each service I give. Nothing brings me more joy than happy, fully satisfied customer!”
Andrea specializes in, but is not limited to both women and men’s haircutting/styling, coloring, highlighting and various types of multi dimensional color and blowdry styling. She is also Brazilian Blowout and Keratin certified. Her motto is “Life isn’t perfect, but your hair can be!”
Joshua Lee Howard, an Arizona native, is a renowned industry expert. Hair being a family business, he grew up engrossed in the industry with his grandparents and parents being salon owners. As a child, Josh had a natural flair for fixing objects, like bikes, motorcycles, cars and trucks, and making them more aesthetically pleasing. When he had no interest in a four-year traditional college, Josh’s dad suggested that he enter the hair industry. After attending Allure Beauty School, Josh immediately became a staple at top salons throughout the Valley, working behind the chair and creating sought-after looks for his loyal client-base. Josh loves every part of doing hair, from simple cuts and colors to designing a completely new look with color and extensions.
As one of the original team members of XanderLyn Salon, Josh loves how the salon has become a reflection of each team members talents and ideas. He is focused on the expansion of XanderLyn, as well as the expansion of his abilities. He is also dedicate to furthering his education and talents with continual industry classes.
Growing up in Denver, Co., Tiffany Carter was a natural-born hairstylist. In grade school, Tiff was the stylist for all her friends, creating the in-demand looks for their grade school dances! She attended Carsten Institute in 1994, where she was able to further develop her artistic knack. “I love the beauty industry and making people feel pretty,” says Tiff. After graduating form Carsten, she worked long-term at two big-name salons in Scottsdale, where she accumulated a loyal client following. Tiff is a blonde hair specialist and a long hair specialist, although she always loves a challenge! She is committed to continuing her beauty education so she can deliver envious results to all of her clients.
Tiff came to XanderLyn because she loves the team, the atmosphere and appreciated the emphasis on continual education. She is thrilled to be able to continue beautifying clients one head at a time!
A New Jersey native, Alex Green trekked to Arizona to attend Arizona State University. However, it was no surprise that she ended up at Penrose Academy for beauty school. As a young girl, she was always styling her moms hair and loved going to her aunt’s hair salon, where she would observe the trends and dream about mastering her own abilities. Alex says, “I love being able to change someones entire day or week by making their hair look good!” She especially loves blondes, and her savviness with hair color is rapidly gaining respect. Alex was especially drawn to XanderLyn Salon after graduation from beauty school because of the salon’s incredible atmosphere and the work ethic of Andrea, with whom she is assisting for.
Alex cannot wait to grow with XanderLyn! When not creating stylish looks, she loves spending time in Old Town with her pup, Rufus.
A Scottsdale native, Leslee Wax is XanderLyn’s resident skin care expert. In high school, she was the make-up artist for the school plays and musicals. When in college, she took many art classes on critiquing art. It finally made sense to her to further her education in beauty, so she attended Allure Beauty Academy. After school, Leslie began helping Scottsdale clients look and feel wonderful, one face at a time. She has worked in top Scottsdale salons as a skin care and wax specialist, and is noted for her exceptional talent in customized facials and Brazilian waxes. Leslie says, “I’ve been in this business for 25 years but I still go to shows and classes to keep up on the latest trends. I make sure that I use the best products in my facials and waxing so facials will last and skin will appear beautiful longer.”
Leslee believes in letting life lead he way. Her work has been featured in Item Magazine, and she also works part-time for a prominent plastic surgeon, making Scottsdale patients look and feel incredible.