ABOUT US

NOLAS began as a chance brainstorm of Denise Riley and Kelly Rapp, two savvy business women whose differences seemed to fit together like yin and yang -It’s the collision of two go-getters. In August 2002, they opened NOLAS (which is salon spelled backwards). Denise worked as a nail technician and owned her own salon in the Detroit area before moving to Akron.
Kelly Rapp is a third-generation hair stylist, she is known for her great cuts and expertise in hair coloring and highlights. Keeping up with trends and styles is top priority to us, our technicians are licensed and educated in the most current industry methods. We strive to use the best available products and pride ourselves on being the cleanest and most reliable and punctual salon in Akron.


OWNERS:

Kelly Rapp

Kelly Rapp

Owner of Nolas Salon and Spa

Career stylist, educator, and resident color expert. Here at Nolas we are dedicated to a culture of growth and honesty. Our company is passionate about staying ahead of the fashion trends and growing our industry one stylist at a time. Having a successful salon and energetic household with six children gives me a full heart!

Denise Riley

Denise Riley

Owner of Nolas Salon and Spa

Operations, business expert, and chief designer. “High style without the attitude,” has been our philosophy since the beginning and we are thrilled to have clients rely on us for our upscale service and undeniable integrity. We are here to inspire our guests, rejuvenate them, and leave them with a livable and maintainable style. Nolas has always allowed my passion, creativity, and hospitality to shine. Call me old-fashioned, I love being at home with my family!

CONCIERGE:

Marsha

Marsha

Salon Manager

My specialty is Customer Relations. It is my passion to take care of people and all of our beautiful clients. Working at Nolas is a sisterhood… with one brother! Our family here is what makes Nolas so unique.

Shelbie

Shelbie

Salon Concierge

I’m a puzzle person . Working the puzzle of the schedules and making guests experience wonderful is a win win !! You can count on me to be there for you while drinking and ice tea and reminding you to follow us on Instagram!

Betsy

Betsy

Assistant Manager

I welcome you cheerfully into the salon as if I’m welcoming you into my own home. Except at home… I’d have a bottle of red wine open and ready to share.

HAIR:

Katrina

Katrina

Stylist – Level 5

I have a deep expertise in corrective color and razor techniques! I enjoy travel and studying the leading-edge trends emanating from New York, London, and Paris. My passion is to make my clients, friends, and family look and feel beautiful. Nolas is constantly pushing the trend line forward.

Melissa

Melissa

Stylist – Level 5

I am an artist with an expert eye for color, highlights, and balayage. A positive work environment is key to building self-confidence and Nolas continues to help me grow and achieve this. Our team understands the importance of spending time with family and allows me to have a great work-life balance… and time for Netflix!

Kelly R

Kelly R

Stylist – Level 5

Career stylist, educator, and resident color expert. Here at Nolas, we are dedicated to a culture of growth and honesty. Our company is passionate about staying ahead of the fashion trends and growing our industry one stylist at a time. Having a successful salon and energetic household with six children gives me a full heart!

Jen

Jen

Stylist – Level 4

An ace with a razor and Ouidad certified. I am passionate about thick and curly locks, and my counseling services are free! At Nolas, we are a family unit as well as an amazing team that stays on top of industry trends.

Nafisa

Nafisa

Stylist – Level 4

I am the eyebrow guru of Akron, just ask anyone! Highly trained in all areas, but eyebrows, body waxing, and men’s cuts are my specialty. My joy is with family and helping others is part of who I am and gives me a great sense of fulfillment. I love working with our staff, they are so welcoming and they have treated me like family from the start.

Tricia

Tricia

Stylist – Level 4

Men’s and short and sassy cuts are my expertise. I love the artistic side of my work and that our team has an immeasurable knowledge of style. It is a blessing and a privilege to work alongside Akron’s most creative and loving stylists. I am married, with 5 children and puppies, and Nolas is my home away from home!

Kristen

Kristen

Stylist – Level 4

The master of kickin’ reds, dry cutting, and formal styles! The atmosphere at Nolas is both welcoming and stimulating. My co-worker’s along with the owners treat each other as family. I love listening to live Jazz, it thrills me.

Diane

Diane

Stylist – Level 4

A connoisseur of cut and color. I love to travel and explore the styles of the world! Our salon is where talent, education, and beauty meet. I love our open salon environment, the people who sit in my chair, and those who work beside me.

Kathy

Kathy

Stylist – Level 3

Specializing in brilliant formal styles, being a hairstylist allows me to add new life and dimension to hair. Working at Nolas has been a dream come true. The education they provide and the environment they provide is unmatched. I love spending time with my family, friends, and rescue dog Sadie.

Lisa

Lisa

Stylist – Level 4

I am a well-rounded stylist who is excited to help you achieve your new look! Aside from my love of hair as an art form, I enjoy time with my girlfriends and appreciate A good winery. The level of professionalism here at Nolas is unmatched, I look forward to meeting you and making you feel beautiful!

Nikki

Nikki

Stylist – Level 1

I love all aspects of being behind the chair. I absolutely love to see the transformation of my clients through color. Nolas is a supportive and loving work environment. Outside of my work, I spend most of my time with my little sister and my furbabies!

Alex

Alex

Stylist – Level 1

Going Going ,blonde!!!! My passion is helping clients achieve & maintain beautiful hair! Nolas is my second family,and I’m happy to call this beautiful place home . Outside the salon my favorite things are sunny days and my yellow lab Kevin .


NAILS:

Vivien

Vivien

Nail Technician – Level 4

I love helping clients maintain strong, healthy, beautiful nails and feet. As an outdoor enthusiast and adventurer, my zest for a healthy lifestyle spills over into my professional career. Not many people can say they love what they do and love the people they get to work beside every day.

SPA:

Michele

Michele

Esthetician – Level 5

Resident expert in microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, peels, and massage. My passion lies in helping clients raise their self-image and self-confidence through effective and relaxing skin care treatments. I take this passion home, raising my children with a fun and healthy lifestyle.

Jessica

Jessica

Microblading and Make-up Artist – Level 4

My specialty is microblading, microshading, and make-up art. I enjoy snuggling with my dogs, riding horses, and making the world beautiful, two brows at a time. Nolas is such a refreshing place to work, it is truly a place that fosters women supporting women.
Brigitte

Brigitte

Esthetician and Nail Technician – Level 4

As an expert in pedicures, I love the art of mani-pedi. I take immense pride in educating my clients on how to take care of their skin and properly using Image Skin Care. I love that Nolas has a great reputation, it’s been established for over 16 years, and feels like my second home.

Mark

Mark

Massage Therapist – Level 4

My clients call me the “Muscle Whisperer!” I have been certified for over 19 years in massage therapy, neuromuscular therapy, acupressure therapy, fibromyalgia therapy, and pregnancy massage. Nolas Salon provides a very friendly work environment and great opportunities.