About

Hey gal! If you’re new to my page or haven’t yet had an experience in my salon this one is for you! 

I am the creator of RileyJDesigns. I go by Riley but family calls me Jessie/Jess. 

I am 23 years old and grew up in & right around Saint Louis. I hope to one day live somewhere else for a while but STL will always be home. 

I have been a licensed cosmetologist for almost 3 years (in the next couple months) so I am still pretty fresh to the industry. For as long as I can remember I’ve always had a love for hair, makeup and giving people “makeovers”. I made the decision that I wanted to become a hairstylist when I was in 8th grade. 

Throughout high-school, if there was any sort of dance or event I would have girls coming over to my house all day where I did their hair in my bedroom while they sat in a kitchen chair. During my sophomore year of high-school I stared to attend the technical school so I went to cosmetology school half the day and high school the other half. During this time we were doing a lot of perm rolls and roller sets so I decided I still wanted to further my education. 

I attended the salon professional academy in Saint Charles where I went 35hrs a week and worked At Ulta beauty the remaining hours. I completed the schooling in about a year and a half. I got certified in Redken + L’Oréal Professional. I also got the amazing opportunity to attend the 2017 (I think) Redken Symposium in Las Vegas where I was submerged in 3 FULL days of education (not a whole lot of sleep). 

Upon graduation I accepted an associate position at Ginger Bay where I was pulverized through (+ loved every minute of it) what I would consider one of the best associate programs in the area for 9months. I am forever grateful for all of my mentors and educators who made my into the stylist I am today. When I worked at ginger bay I met some of the most amazing + inspiring women in the industry. These women taught me that no matter how long you are in the industry there is always room to grow and inspiration to be sought. At Ginger Bay I became certified in AVEDA cutting and color.  

While I was inbetween jobs I completed a runway styling course through AVEDA with Jon Reymon + signed up to work at New York Fashion week 2018. I am forever grateful for this experience and I learned so much about hair and myself during this time. I also realized Runway styling was probably not something I wanted to pursue (there was a point where I did) 

In August of 2018 I accepted a full time stylist position at my DREAM salon VVEGAZ. I worked at Vvegaz for a little over a year and seriously loved every minute of it. The owner, stylists + head of house are all so dedicated and inspiring. Vvegaz gave me the opportunity to be creative and find what I wanted out of my career and made me realize the type of clients I wanted to work with. Working here I was given the freedom and flexibility to be creative and really grow and mold myself and my business into what I wanted it to be. At the end of my year I came across an opportunity that I couldn’t turn up, I didn’t want to be a commission stylist forever. 

September of 2019 I opened my very own salon suite in Salon Lofts in the grove. Coming here I was able to make my space exactly what I wanted it to be and make the space my very own. I love how my relationship with my clients have really changed since coming into my new space. It is more personal and I get to really cater to them as an individual. I find my services take a little longer so I can really pay close attention to detail and so we can never feel rushed. I make extra time to take photos at the end and talk about product if you are having any hair issues. Most importantly I can keep the space very clean and disinfected since We are the only ones in the space during that time. 

I love my job. Where I’ve been + where I’ll go. If you’ve made it this far, thank you so much for listening and I hope to see you in my space soon. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for us.

Products
  • Davines
  • Pulp Riot Hair Color
Testimonials Leave Testimonial
Riley, what isn’t there to say about this phenomenal hair stylist? I was a little hesitant to try a new hair stylist after years with the the same one, but after talking to Riley for all of 5 minutes, my fear went away. Her cute boutique like salon loft is bougie in all the best lights of the word. The atmosphere is comfortable and calming as well as her impeccable head massages. In short, if you choose Riley, you won’t be disappointed.
Ariana S.
Riley is the only one I trust with my hair. She’s done everything from highlights, balayage, to play over dark color and it always turns out amazing. I get so many compliments on my hair and it’s because Riley always helps me figure out what to do next. Love her!
Tamara B.
Riley is an experienced stylist who knows just what I want and I always leave her loft feeling beautiful! She takes the time to talk to me and understand what I want, is knowledgeable and skilled, and has a fabulous line of products.
Romy N.
I can’t say enough how great of a hairstylist Riley is! She is skilled, efficient, and so friendly which makes the process of getting your hair done much more enjoyable. She performed a color correction on me that turned a botched fire engine red color into a beautiful natural ginger and has maintained the color so well for me that everyone assumes I’m a natural redhead. She is the best choice for all of your hair needs!
Paige C.
Riley is an amazing stylist who I have watched grow in just as amazing ways over the years. She has taken my hair from the worst it has been to the best I’ve ever seen it be. She’s encouraged me to take risks with my hair and always made what I was nervous to do turn out excellent. 10/10 would recommend.
Paige W.
Riley J has never let me down! Through out the years of getting my hair done by multiple hairdressers I was never truly happy until I met Riley when she first started, from that point on I walk out of the salon feeling absolutely amazing and I feeling stunning because of her! She’s not only my hairdresser but a friend while I am getting my hair done! Truly never disappointed in her work and would recommend to absolutely everyone! 10/10!!
Molly S.