THE FOUNDER & OWNER OF WATER STONE:
Jessica Ahlquist, Owner & Stylist • Jessica extends not only her talent, but her boundless passion, creativity and care to each and every one of her clients. A 1997 graduate of Empire Beauty School in Laconia, NH, Jessica continued her education by studying hair, skin and nails with industry brand leaders such as Redken, Aveda, Farouk, L’Oréal, Eufora and more. Jessica’s firm belief that continuing education is the oxygen which fuels the ever-changing beauty industry has helped keep her knowledge fresh and perspective new. Studying in Boston, NY and California has allowed Jessica to not only develop her individual skills, but also grow Water Stone’s talented team as well. Opening Water Stone Hair Studio & Spa over five years ago has enabled Jessica to live her dream and fuel her passion.
Our Talented Stylists:
Craig Dubay, Stylist •
Robyn Dubois, Hair Designer •
Amy Greenier, Stylist • Amy is passionate about her hair styling career which spans nearly 20 years here on the Seacoast. She attends regular classes and seminars for inspiration and to learn the latest styling techniques. As a certified L'Oreal color specialist, Amy has attended several L'Oreal color and cutting classes at the L'Oreal Academy in Soho, NYC. She specializes in color, foiling, dry cutting and the Pravana Smooth-Out Straightening System. It is Amy's top priority to create a look that the client can successfully duplicate on their own.
Susan Hanson, Hair Designer •
Caity Marino, Stylist • Caity is a passionate hair stylist and master barber. She specializes in men's hair cutting and so much more—wedding and special event hair and make up, creating great every day fresh looks for her clients and meticulous eyebrow shaping customized for every client. She has her finger on the pulse of current trends and is a skilled hair colorist able to create both natural and dramatic looks. Caity thoughtfully consults with every client before any styling services to ensure a successful result.
Laurentine Newton Cote, Barber/Stylist • Laurentine is a 25 year veteran in the field of Hair Design and Styling. Her unique perspective, warm and friendly manner, and years of experience have made her a sought after professional in the field. After a career doing backstage hair styling for ABBA hair products and working at various salons in Maine, she has relocated to Portsmouth for her next challenge with many of her Maine customers following her. Currently Laurentine is enrolled in Euphora Elite Stylist Training to stay abreast of the latest techniques and styles.
Sheila Philp, Master Stylist • An accredited Master Colorist who has worked in the hair industry for over 25 years, Sheila is an ardent advocate for continuing education. She attended L'Oreal's Soho Academy and is a certified L'Oreal colorist. She loves all aspects of hair styling — color, cutting, smoothing & texturizing — and is particularly skilled with blonde and red hair color, foils and corrective color. Sheila's philosophy is that "trends" can be tweaked to fit any one at any age and that the client experience should be warm, comfortable and collaborative.
Tanya Pinard, Master Stylist •
Lisa Richards, Hair Stylist • Inspired by the "perfect head of hair," Lisa began her hair-styling career in 1986, following her family's advice and tradition. The former owner of Headliners Hair Design in Portsmouth, NH, Lisa not only has experience running a salon, but also knows the ins and outs of the hair-styling business. Lisa keeps up with the latest cutting-edge trends by attending stylist seminars and classes, applying her knowledge to each and every one of her clients. A resident of Portsmouth with her husband, 3 children and Portuguese Water dog, Lisa's down-to-earth and friendly nature radiate to all.
Lee Staples, Hair Stylist • Lee began her career in Paris, France where she attended school before re-locating to the United States. A strong, positive and passionate stylist, Lee previously owned her own salon in Portsmouth for 5 years before deciding to manage her business as an individual in other salons. Lee’s specialty is colors and cuts.
Douglas Werts, Stylist • Doug has a creative approach to hair design and sees every angle that will make a style perfect for you. He specializes in precision hair cuts and color, and clipper cuts too. He is dedicated to satisfying his clients by consulting with you every time you visit so he can create a look you will love and enjoy styling on your own.
Linda Labrecque • Linda, our fabulous receptionist, is so much more to the Water Stone team and our clients. She brings 25 years of experience in the salon industry along with her calming, kind manner as she manages greeting our clients, making appointments and ensuring a satisfying experience for each client.