Studio Members

Amber Stegman


My name is Amber Stegman. I am a Mayville State graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree specializing in business, real estate, IT and management. I have been a cosmetologist for 14+ years. I am certified in Sugaring (hair removal) with Alexandria Professional Sugaring Company and a certified educator for Dream Catchers and Line One Hair Extensions, including I-Tip, K-Tip, Weft and Tape-In. I am also a certified hair replacement specialist, including Micro Point, Hair Toppers for Men and Wigs, partnering with International Hair Goods. My passion is to stay current on all education classes, product knowledge, techniques and the latest hair cutting and coloring trends. I also specialize in blondes, including balayage, Ombré, Sombre, bronding, highlighting, babylights, toning, and glossing. I stay educated and use Matrix, JackWinn Pro, Milkshake, Davines and Loma. I became the manager of Studio South Salon in 2013, and My husband and I bought it in 2019 and built a 2nd location in 2022. I have two little girls, Piper and Phoebe, who share my passion for everything! They can't wait to be hairstylists with me. When we are not running around with our busy schedules, you can find us at the lake all year round!


Jaci Gunville

Hello! I'm Jaci, and my pronunciation is Jackie. I'm a native of grand forks, born and raised most of my life. I've been a licensed stylist since 2003. I started on my own with my business in 2011. I love having my own space here at studio south! I've been here at Studio South since 2017. I love doing hair; it's something I really enjoy. I do a lot of hair coloring and specialty colors.


Ali Renaud

Hi! I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Ali, I have been doing hair for over 20 years. I joined Studio South September 2020 and I have not looked back!

My career began in Grand Forks. For 17 years of my career I was in 2 Aveda salons. Both in Grand Forks and San Antonio, TX. Since being at Studio South I am now a Davines Salon. I offer color, haircuts, and facial waxing. I do specialize in blonding and balyage, but I do all types of coloring. I am one of the few certified master hair extentionists located in Grand Forks. I offer Line One hair keratin bonded and hand ties hair extensions. I have a passion for continuing education and make sure I get multiple trainings in yearly.

When I am not in Studio I like to spend time with my family. I have been married for over 20 years (poor guy!), and we have 2 children. My daughter attends The University of North Dakota, and my son is in elementary school. They both keep me very busy with their lives and schedules! I also love fashion and football. Hook’em y’all! After all once a Texan, always a Texan.

Feel free to visit my Instagram to see a little bit of my portfolio @alirenaudhair. You can contact me via email at or call/text at 210-872-2933.


Jinny Scherer

Jinny Scherer

Hi my name is Jinny Scherer. I have been doing hair for 15+years, currently seven years at Studio South. I absolutely enjoy making my clients look and feel amazing when they are in my chair. I love meeting new clients. Please message or call me to schedule an appointment.

Jess Eckert

Jess Eckert

Hello, I'm Jess Eckert. I have been doing this for 18 years and have spent the last seven years of my career here at Studio South. Coming to Studio South was the best career decision I've ever made. I absolutely love my job. The services I offer are color, cuts and facial waxing; however, I do specialize in doing all types of hair coloring, particularly blondes. I also attend color and haircutting technique classes as often as I can to keep up with the latest hair trends that we see each year. I also offer a variety of hair products in my salon to suit all of your hair needs. Feel free to contact me to reserve an appointment by calling or texting me @ 701-899-1537. I'm always excited to have new guests in my chair!

Jenni Rasmussen

Jenni Rassmussen

Welcome to Studio South... I am Jenni Rasmussen, and I have been a hairstylist for over twenty years and have been with Studio South for almost two years. Twenty years in the hair industry have given me the opportunity to work with great product lines such as Paul Mitchell, Matrix, Scruples, and Goldwell.

I have experience with haircuts, color, balayage, highlights/lowlights and facial waxing. My favorite part of being a stylist is connecting with clients and creating hairstyles that help people feel good about themselves.

When not at work I enjoy spending time with my husband, beautiful daughter, and my sweet dog Lady.


Mia Helling

Hi there! I'm Mia, a master colorist here at Studio South. I attended Aveda Institute in Minneapolis and started my career at Juut Salon Spa in St. Paul, where I advanced my training in color. I quickly worked my way up to a master colorist and attended many classes taught by amazing artists from around the world. After nine years, I started my own business at Petite Salon in St. Paul, where I continued my education in cutting and styling so I could do it all!! 18 years later, I decided it was time for a change, and we decided to move up north to Grand Forks! I now carry the Milk Shake brand for retail purchases.

Phone: (701) 620-1698

Jamie Larson

Jamie Larson

Hi, I am Jamie Larson, born and raised in Grand Forks. I have been practicing massage therapy for 18 years, and I've been with Studio South for the last 11 years. I have many tools in my toolbox that I have learned over the years. If I'm not helping my clients relax and feel better, you can find me with my family at the lake.


Amanda Amb

Hello!! My name is Amanda Amb. I have been doing hair for over 4 years now. I started my hair journey at The Salon Professional Academy in Fargo where I graduated in 2019. After graduation I worked at Avant in downtown Grand Forks. I loved working there but with a busy family I knew I needed to pursue my own path. I started working at Studio South on 45th, September 2021 and I haven’t looked back. When I am not at the salon, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Michael and our two children, Ryleigh and Kiptyn. We love anything outdoors from fishing, camping, hunting or horse back riding. My services include all hair color services, hair cuts and facial waxing. I am looking to build my clientele, while continuing to serve my already awesome, loyal clients!! If you would like to book an appointment for any of my services, you can call or text 701-866-3414 or you can find me on Facebook and Instragram; salon aka located inside Studio South on 36th.

Gwen Gjovik

Gwen Gjovik

Hi, I am Gwen Gjovik! I have been working here at Studio South for 13 years. I have been a licensed cosmetologist for 20 years. Time flies when you're having fun!! I love creating fun colors and cuts! I have amazing clients who feel like family to me. I truly feel very blessed. At this time, I am not taking on any new clients. My work life and family life have a perfect balance.


Sara Wakeford

I've been a licensed massage therapist since July 2013. I moved into Studio South in December 2017. My previous career was as a Surgical Technician for eight years before switching gears to massage therapy. I'm the mom of 5 precious fur babies who are my whole world. I work hard, so they have a better life. I enjoy vegetable and flower gardening in the summer, and winters are filled with crafting projects. My greatest joy is helping others in my practice. I offer my clients Swedish and deep tissue massage, cupping, gua sha, trigger point, lymphatic massage and Himalayan salt stone. Every day is different and a blessing.

Geneva Weekley

Geneva Weekley

Hi! My name is Geneva Weekley. I've been a hairdresser for 16 years and up here at Studio South for the last seven. I specialize in haircuts, color, and facial waxing. At my previous salon, I fell in love with UNITE styling products and am now one of the few salons in town that retails it.

I love getting to know new people while giving them a cut and color that suits their lifestyle and personality. I like working in my garden, cooking, and being outdoorsy with my husband and our three dogs in my free time. If you'd like to make an appointment, please call or text me.

Sarah Rasmussen

Sarah Rasmussen

Hi I am Sarah Rasmussen. I have been doing my love for hair for 20+ years. I started in Grand Forks with hair school. After school, I decided to leave and work in Omaha, where I worked with some amazing hairstylists! After six years in Omaha, I decided to make my way back home, where my husband and kids love to be around our family and friends! For the last 11 years, I've been working at Studio South, where I have the most amazing clients and coworkers to do the job I love!


ReAnne Painter

My name is ReAnne, and I have been at Studio South since 2018. My services include haircuts for all ages, colors, and facial waxing. My goal for every appointment is to provide my clients with the necessary services to achieve their favorite styles at home easily. I am currently not accepting any new clients at this time.

Leigh Krefting

Leigh Krefting

Hello! My name is Leigh Krefting. I am originally from Minot, ND and moved to Grand Forks shortly after marrying my husband, Kirby Krefting. Together, we have two beautiful children, a girl, Karter Krefting, who is 14 and a freshman at Red River High School, and a boy, Kieper Krefting, who is 12 and a 6th grader at Schroeder Middle School.

My career in cosmetology began in 1997 when I started school at Aveda Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1998 I graduated and began my stylist journey in Minot until 2000. Then, after moving to Grand Forks, ND, I worked at Unique Impressions/ Spalon Tamangi until 2009. It was then that I began working on my own, first at Ultimate Look and, in 2011, Studio South, my current workplace.

Studio South became my ideal work location as I adapted quickly to self-employment, loving everything about it. I love having my own space, of course, but, in addition, I love my clients.

Providing a fresh, new color, cut, or specialty coloring for them is so gratifying to me because they are special people, special friends. It's like a bonus to introduce them to a new look that they will love in addition to practicing my chosen profession. As I look toward the future, I hope for many more successful years at Studio South.



Hi, my name is Brynn. I've been in the hair industry for 17 years and have been in Studio South for seven years. I'm currently not accepting new clients.


Lisa Dahlgren

Hi, my name is Lisa. I have been a cosmetologist for 40 years. I've worked in Georgia, Arizona and North Dakota. I've worked at Studio South for six years now! I love doing hair, and I love my clients! I do men's and women's haircuts. I do perms, color, highlights and facial waxing!

Sara Anderson

Sara Anderson

Hello everyone, my name is Sara Anderson. Being a hairstylist has been my passion for over 20 years. My career started in Minot, ND, at Regis Salon, and after a short time there, I moved to Grand Forks to accept a manager position at Regis Salon in the Columbia Mall. I moved to be an independent hairstylist here at Studio South seven years ago. I have worked with Wella and Matrix color lines and currently sell various products, including Matrix, TIGI, KMS, and Moroccanoil. I perform my most enjoyable services to color a client's hair, cut both male and female hair, and facial waxing. When I'm not in the salon, I enjoy my free time with my family and friends.

Jamie Kayl

Jamie Kayl

Hi, my name is Jamie Kayl. I have been a hairstylist for 17+ years and at Studio South for 3+ years. I am married and have five kids. We live on a small farm with lots of animals. I enjoy coloring, cutting and shaping eyebrows. There is nothing I enjoy more than giving my clients a brand new look! I am always willing to take a new client.

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josh Bleninger

Hello everyone, I’m Josh👋🏼 I started hair school at the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis in 1997. I have been in the industry ever since, whether I’m behind the chair or in an educational role. My top 3 favorite services to offer are mens haircuts, short woman’s cuts and eyebrow waxing. On top of my favorites I enjoy adding long layers, texturized cuts, and any classic coloring. If you’re looking for any hair needs text or call me to book an appointment at (651) 263-3189‼

  • Phone: (651) 263-3189



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Alayna Johnson

Hello! My name is Alayna Johnson. I am a native of Grand Forks. I graduated from The Salon Professionals Academy in Fargo, ND in the summer of 2020. I specialize in full body waxing, brow laminations, lash lift & tints, and brow tinting.

In the summer of 2022 I decided to leave my job at a chain waxing studio, and joined Studio South!

When I’m not with my lovely clients, you can find me shopping at target, hanging out with friends and family, or trying out new baking recipes!

To book an appointment you can go to or send me a text! I can’t wait to meet you soon!


Courtney Peabody

Hello everyone! My name is Courtney Peabody. I am a Grand Forks native, and have been practicing medical aesthetics for over two and half years.

I graduated from the University of North Dakota with my nursing degree in 2019. I began my career working in the Pediatric ICU, before taking the leap into the field of aesthetics.

I worked at a local medspa before starting my own medical aesthetic business in October of 2022.

I am most passionate about the science of skin health, and the art of injecting. I stand behind providing natural facial results, ensuring my clients never look overdone or dramatic. I am an avid learner; always looking to evolve my techniques and treatments through continuous training and education. It’s extremely important that my clients receive the best, most up-to-date treatment.

I specialize in skin consults, full face injectables, and laser treatments.

If you are interested in scheduling a consultation or appointment with Courtney, or view her work, visit her website at

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Malanna Boutain

Hi there! My name is Malanna Boutain. Pronounced like (ma)-(lay)-(na), or “Alayna” with an M. I have been a hairstylist for 3 years now, and joined Studio South November of 2021! Previously I started my career at Avant in downtown Grand Forks since 2019, but have been loving every day as an independent stylist and business owner here at Studio South.

Originally I am from Red Lake Falls, MN and moved to Grand Forks in late summer of 2017. As a hairstylist I specialize in colors of all shades and styles, cuts, and bridal styling. Being an independent stylist has allowed me to use various product lines such as Redken, Olaplex, and Moroccan Oil. I am currently accepting new clients!

When I am not in the salon I spend my free time with friends and family, shopping, lounging with my 2 cats Sugar and Honey, or enjoying the outdoors.

To book an appointment with me you can call or text me at (218) 280-4818, or go to my website at!

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Megan Nygord

Hi, I’m Megan, a Master Aesthetician with over 16 years’ experience. I offer results-driven treatments tailored to your specific needs. I believe in a holistic/medical approach to your skin and amplifying your natural beauty with eyelash and eyebrow enhancements.

I offer DMK Enzyme Facials, Skin-Infusion Hydro-Facials, Novalash Lash Extensions, Microblading and Shading, Threading, Dermaplaning, Lash Lifts, Brow Lamination, Lash and Brow Tinting, Full Body Waxing, and Chemical Peels. I am double-certified in Microblading in 2019 & 2021, a Certified DMK Skin Revision Therapist since 2021, and Novalash Certified Lash Artist since 2013.


Gina Lougee

hi everyone!!! my name is Gina Lougee. I grew up here in grand forks and graduated from Joseph’s in town summer of 2021! I started my career at a well known salon in town!

Fall of 2022, I made the move to studio south and couldn’t be happier! its been a dream from the clientele to the environment itself!

when i’m not behind the chair, you can find me outside with my dog reece or hanging out with friends and family!!

I can’t wait to see you in my chair and give you the hair to make you feel and look your best!

to book an appointment you can text me at (701)-330-2048 or use the link in my bio! ( @_hair_by_g_ )


Malorie O'Connell

The Pedicare Spa is a pedicure experience like no other. My atmosphere is quiet, clean, and welcoming. Your service is provided by a highly trained advanced nail technician.

Hello, I am Malorie - I specialize in cosmetic foot care for both men and women. If you have diabetes, chronic underlying heath concerns, cancer or just need someone to care for your toenails and feet, I would love to serve you. If you have healthy feet and just need to recharge for an hour, I would love to have you as a guest as well. I am passionate, caring, and love educating about foot care. Come spend an hour with me and relax in the comfort of your very own private, pedicure suite.

All feet are welcome!!

  • Phone: (701) 330-7515

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Nicole Vanyo

Hello! My name is Nicole Vanyo and I have been practicing massage for over 12 years. I graduated from the Massage Therapy program at Josefs in 2010 and I just recently moved back to Grand Forks after living in Colorado for eight years. I’ve worked in salons, spas, and chiropractic offices but this is my first time going out on my own and I am very excited to have my own space to help my community. I love massage therapy and learning new techniques in order to help my clients that can also help myself have a long career. I have taken classes in trigger point, myofascial release, reflexology, Lomi Lomi and Thai massage. I am currently offering Swedish and deep tissue massages, I love incorporating multiple techniques into my sessions and each one is customized according to how your body feels.

  • Phone: (720) 921-0357


Arianna Orre

Hey! I’m Arianna but I go by AJ! I’m a licensed massage therapist and have been practicing for 3 years now! I specialize in therapeutic, pain management, and relaxation massages. I do my best work at a medium pressure. My favorite service to provide is cupping, but each session is tailored specific to what you might need that day! I am accepting new clients and I’d love to work with more athletes, but everyone is welcome!

You can find me on Facebook (Pure Muscle Massage Therapy) to book online or text me at 218-289-6397