Get To Know Our Team

The Hair Stylists

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Amy Cataldo
Amy is a New England native, born and raised in Exeter, New Hampshire. She traveled south and started her professional hair industry career in 2005 by attending the Paul Mitchell School in Orlando. From there forward, she has been inspired to grow as a stylist by attending many other education classes including, but not limited to the Bumble and Bumble Academy, Prive Academy, and L’Oreal Professional Academy.

She joined the team at Shanti in 2009 and loves being a part of a professional, creative, and talented group of women. Amy listens carefully to each client, and customizes their look to the best of her ability. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family including her two dogs.

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Notable Education

  • Bumble and Bumble: Design Workshop, New York
  • Bumble and Bumble: Studio Workshop, New York
  • Bumble and Bumble: Network Educator I, New York
  • Bumble and Bumble: Network Educator II, New York
  • Brazilian Blowout: Certified
  • L’Oréal Professionnel Academy: Balayage Methods
  • L’Oréal Professionnel Academy: Balayage Techniques, Jessica Gonsalves & Jennifer Luszczak
  • Privé Academy: Creative Cutting, Series of 4 Classes

Andrea Shine
Raised in Massachusetts, Andrea has spent the majority of her life cultivating a keen interest in art through various creative disciplines. She earned a dual degree in Design and Visual Arts from Northern Essex, while at the same time establishing herself as an artist with multiple publications in college journals. Andrea was chosen from a small group of students to have her illustrations appear in a deaf studies dictionary utilized by Gallaudet University Regional Center.

Over time, Andrea’s nurturing side led her to channel her art into a more tangible form. She attended Empire Beauty School, graduating in 2007, and shortly thereafter joined the distinguished staff at Shanti Salon in Newburyport where she’s worked ever since.

Andrea has a wide range of abilities, and can create both uniquely fashionable looks as well as traditional styles through dynamic color, flattering cuts, and a diverse set of techniques – all individually tailored to each particular client. She has developed a deeply loyal client base not only because of her creativity, but also her warm and welcoming disposition.

In her spare time she enjoys riding her Motorcycle, photography, and anything that involves improvisational comedy.

Follow Andrea on Instagram @shinetimes

Notable Education

  • L’Oréal Professionnel Academy: Balayage- Hands on Experience, Amy McManus
  • L’Oréal Professionnel Academy: Balayage Methods, Min Kim
  • L’Oréal Professionnel Academy: Balayage Techniques, Jessica Gonsalves & Jennifer Luszczak
  • DevaCurl: DevaCut® Certified
  • Brazilian Blowout Certified
  • SoCap: Hair Extensions Certified
  • Aveda Advanced Academy: Innovative Cutting Essentials
  • Jingles: Color Theory

Bobbie Smith
When people ask Bobbie, “What made you want to be a hair stylist?” she has one answer: Her Barbie Dolls. As a young girl, she spent countless hours combing and styling her collection of Barbie Dolls to perfection, just to line them up and admire what she created.
Because it became apparent at such an early age that beauty was her true passion, she attended cosmetology school immediately. Since the moment she graduated in 2001 she has dedicated her time to perfecting her craft. She’s a firm believer in continuing education and staying on top of the latest trends.
In 2013 she was exposed to creative cutting, and completing a series of cutting courses at the Prive SoHo Academy in New York City. It was there she trained under top celebrity hair stylists. This came with an amazing opportunity to work New York City Fashion Week, styling models backstage for the runway. It was a real life Barbie Doll dream come true!
Her next creative venture came when she fell madly in love with the art of Balayage. After completing a series of courses at the L’Oréal Professional Academy in New York City, she became a Certified Balayage stylist. As she continues to dive into the world of Balayage, her clients have grown to love how she expertly places her hand painted highlights and they enjoy the multidimensional looks she creates just for them.
Bobbie spends her time at Shanti both working behind the chair, and training other young stylists at the salon in color education. She’s doing what she loves best: Making others feel beautiful.

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Follow Bobbie on Instagram @bobbie.smith.hair

Notable Eduction

  • L’Oréal Professionnel Academy: Balayage Certified Artist, Series of 3 Classes
  • L’Oréal Professionnel Academy: Balayage- Hands on Experience, Amy McManus
  • Privé Academy: Creative Cutting, Series of 4 Classes
  • DevaCurl: DevaCut® Certified
  • Brazilian Blowout Certified
  • SoCap: Hair Extensions Certified
  • American Hair Color Academy: Color Certification Program
  • J Beverly Hills: Advanced Hair Design

Heidi Carvalho
It was Heidi’s upbringing in Maine where she developed a strong love for the outdoors. Then in 2004 she made the move to Massachusetts and chose to pursue a career in the beauty industry. She attended both Portsmouth and Blaine Beauty Schools, graduating from the latter in 2005.
Heidi loves being creative in her work. Her consultations lead to a unique experience focused on the specific needs of each client. She enjoys both cutting and coloring hair, and has been certified in various techniques including the DevaCurl® DevaCut, which makes her an expert with curly hair. Heidi stays inspired and on top of current trends by taking as many classes as she can. She has traveled to New York to attend classes at the Privé Academy.
Heidi’s other passion is in natural healing where she also holds several certifications. Outside of the salon, she enjoys being a wife and mom of two. Her true happy place is the beach where she can be found year round.

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Notable Education

  • Aquagé: Blowdrying and Styling
  • Aquagé: Razor Cutting
  • Paul Mitchell: Cutting and Barbering
  • All Nutrient: Advanced Color Technique
  • All Nutrient: Color Correction
  • Privé Academy: Creative Cutting
  • DevaCurl®: Cutting Certification
  • DevaCurl® Pintura: Color Certification
  • L’Oréal: Basic Balayage
  • Privé Academy: The Art of Cutting
  • L’Oréal: Balayage, Creating the Perfect Piece

Lauren Magnifico
Lauren has a natural ability to cut and style hair. Her passion, however, is being able to utilize her skills to help people. It only makes sense, then, to know that Lauren is not just a skilled hair stylist—but a registered nurse as well. “To me, hair and nursing are very similar. I’m always helping people one-on-one. It’s just a different set of needs being addressed.”

From shags to pixies, and bobs to beards, Lauren loves all types of cutting. She also loves color and is trained in balayage and other creative techniques. “The most important part of the service is the consultation,” Lauren says. “I pride myself on a thorough and thoughtful discussion before we begin.”

Lauren studied cosmetology at the Aveda Institute in Manhattan, followed by an extensive apprenticeship at a boutique salon in Brooklyn. It was there — working with an eclectic staff, demanding clients, and a fast-paced salon culture —where Lauren honed her skills and laid the groundwork for becoming the stylist of her dreams. Lauren is thrilled to bring her New York training back home to Newburyport. “I love feeling part of this little community.”

When Lauren is not making great hair, she’s spending time with her husband, John; baby boy, Milo; and Boston terrier, Stella.

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Follow Lauren on Instagram @laurendoesmyhair

Susan Casey
Susan is a Boston native that began her professional career in the mid 1990’s. She joined Shanti’s team in 2015 and has fit in seamlessly ever since.
She makes a special effort during every consultation to get to know her clients and identify their needs. Susan enjoys customizing her services to honor each client’s individuality as well as their lifestyle. She is a true specialist with anything that requires extra attention to detail, including but not limited to color corrections and dry hair cutting.
Being a veteran in the hair industry gives her a deep level of devotion to her craft. She continues to be passionate about the art of hairstyling today, and believes that one should never stop learning. With that, Susan is always working towards additional certifications and advancements in her career.
Susan is fluent in both English and Spanish, and she is an avid reader in her free time.

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Notable Education

  • L’Oréal Professionnel Academy: Balayage- Hands on Experience, Amy McManus
  • L’Oréal Professionnel Academy: Balayage Methods, Min Kim
  • L’Oréal Professionnel Academy: Balayage- Creating the Perfect Piece
  • L’Oréal Professionnel Academy: Balayage Techniques, Jessica Gonsalves & Jennifer Luszczak
  • Keune: The Art of Men’s Hairstyling
  • John Sahag: Dry Hair Cutting
  • Luis Alvarez: Upstyling
  • Aquage: Hair Cutting and Dresswork
  • Beth Menardi: Color and Cutting
  • Beth Menardi: Color
  • Privé Academy: Educator Training

Bri Gambell
Briana has always been a creative person and especially drawn to color. Her passion for art led her to pursue a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design and Art History. After college she joined the AmeriCorps and used her design and marketing knowledge to help New Hampshire nonprofits grow their capacity to house and provide social services for homeless families and individuals. She found her job most rewarding when she was able to interact with the people she was helping. 

Because of her love of customer service and art, cosmetology became her next adventure. She has brought her love for self expression and people to Shanti Salon. It comes as no surprise that Bri has embraced her in house advance cutting and color training and is now performing select services on clients. While her love of color is obvious, she prides herself in being a Jill of all trades, including being skilled in both everyday and theatrical makeup application. Bri is always learning and creating and no doubt, she is teaching us a thing or two! Her creativity does not stop with her clients, in her free time she loves gaming, designing and renovating her home, and gardening.

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Follow Bri on Instagram @bricreatesne

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The Skin Care Specialists

Santina Del Prete
Santina graduated Catherine Hinds Institute for esthetics in 2017. After attaining her license, she continued her education by earning multiple certifications in esthetics. Santina is most interested in providing results driven treatments geared to the individuals skincare needs. The icing on the cake for her is making the client feel their best inside and out! She takes pride in her work and in helping people. When Santina is not pampering her clients she loves spending time with friends, enjoying the outdoors as well as staying cozy inside with her pets!

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Follow Santina on Instagram @skin_by_santina

Notable Education & Certifications of Advanced Training for the following areas of expertise:

  • Advanced Chemical Peels
  • DermaSweep
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Ultrasonic Facial
  • Microneedling
  • LED
  • Dermaplaning
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Eyebrow & Lash Tinting

Carrie Layte
Carrie received her Nail Technician license from North Shore Community College in 2010 then continued on to earn her license in Advanced Esthetics at Catherine Hinds Institute in 2014. In the fall of 2018 Carrie brought her professional yet approachable style to Shanti Salon. She is always learning and loves sharing her knowledge with others. Carrie thrives on seeing skin transformation and educating clients about skin home care. Each treatment plan she devises is designed to achieve the individuals skincare goals. Her advanced education in sensitive skin & rosacea, hormonal breakouts, and acne helps clients see visible changes. 

Carrie aka Dr. Doolittle, spends most of her time away from work caring for animals, working out and coordinating fun activities with friends.

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Follow Carrie on Instagram @carriemlaytebeauty

Notable Education & Certifications of Advanced Training for the following areas of expertise:

  • DermaSweep
  • Advanced Chemical Peels
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Ultrasonic Facial
  • LED
  • Dermaplaning
  • Zen Facial Protocol
  • Advanced Lymphatic Techniques
  • Basic Oncology Esthetics
  • Se-Brazil Waxing
  • Tattoo Waxing
  • Brow Lamination
  • Lash Lifting
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Eyebrow & Lash Tinting

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The Front of House

Amber Jansen, Salon Manager
Amber’s professional career began in early childhood education. She taught and nurtured infants, toddlers and preschoolers in New Hampshire and Maine for 10 years, but decided to leave her dream job as Director of the Childcare Center at Berwick Academy in Maine to take a chance on a new journey at Shanti.

She has been the Salon Manager since early 2004, and has formed a true love for the beauty industry as well as customer service over the years. She feels extremely fortunate to have found a second career just as rewarding as her first!

Amber is a wonderful asset to the Shanti culture. She prides herself on being a consummate professional, and she gives clients an experience that is not only welcoming, but efficient from booking to checkout. Regular clients of the salon truly look forward to spotting Amber while they are in for their appointment.

Besides the professionalism she brings to the salon, in her personal life she is married to her best friend, Sean, and they have a beautiful and funny son Anders with whom they love adventuring with.