Salon Staff

Richard Joseph

Master Stylist

Richard Joseph started Richard Joseph SalonSpa in 1991 after nearly two decades of being a stylist. He is a Master Stylist registered in Alabama, Florida and Tennessee and has completed all levels of Aveda and Pivot Point. Richard's past work has been seen in Birmingham Magazine, Portico, Elle, Birmingham News, Birmingham Post Herald and Over the Mountain Journal. He has also been a guest on ABC, Fox's Good Day Alabama, NBC's Morning Show and CBS.

Angel Alexander

Master Stylist and Colorist

Angel joined the RJSS team 8 years ago as an apprentice and is now a licensed Master Cosmetologist who instructs apprentices herself. Angel's work has been featured in Portico, Birmingham Magazine, and B-Metro. She is an advocate for continuing education and has future plans to direct education for RJSS.

Expertise: Hair color
Favorite Technique: Razor cutting
Favorite Aveda Product: Air Control
Quote to Live By: "There is no passion to be found in settling for a life less than one you are capable of living." -Nelson Mandela.

Kelsey Jones


Kelsey joined the Richard Joseph team after receiving a Bachelor's degree in marketing from UAB and working in sales and dermatology. In 2011, she decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a stylist. Kelsey completed the apprenticeship program, gaining extensive knowledge in color, cutting, and other techniques. Her carefree spirit is inviting to guests, which encourages them to express their needs and desired looks.

Favorite Technique: Multi-dimensional color
Favorite Aveda Product: Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener
Favorite Activities: Spending time with her family and Louie, the fluffy Yorkie.
Quote to Live By: "Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny." -C.S. Lewis.

Michael Helms

Master Stylist

Michael joins the Richard Joseph team with extensive experience in the beauty industry. Having worked with a variety of product lines, including Aveda, Schwartzkopf, Bumble and Bumble, and Keratin Complex, he can offer a dynamic perspective for the needs of your hair. Michael has a particular interest in texture services, offering everything from simple relaxers to Keratin smoothing treatments and Aveda permanent retexturizers.

Elaheh Iraji


Elaheh was born in Tehran and moved to the States in 1994. She joins the Richard Joseph team as the top student of her class from Tim Mitchell College of Cosmetology for her work in cutting, coloring and chemical services. As a teenager in Persia, she learned threading techniques and has mastered facial threading after many years. Having worked sixteen years in accounting for Virginia College, as well as assisting the student loans department, she has vast experience in customer service.

Elaheh provides excellent attention to detail, and her top priority is the happiness of every guest who sits in her chair. Her extensive product knowledge helps ensure that every guest leaves with a smile on their face. Elaheh continues educating herself on the latest trends and techniques by attending advanced cut and color classes. She is constantly observing and finds inspiration from her peers at Richard Joseph. For Elaheh, every experience is a learning one.

Favorite Aveda Product: Damage Remedy Intensive Reconstructing Treatment
Favorite Technique: Highlighting
Hobbies: Anything active, including running, tennis and swimming
Countries Visited: Italy, Paris, England, Canada, Iran, USA.

Spa Staff

Amy Self

Massage Therapist

Amy developed her passion for massage therapy at a young age. As a child, she would go to bookstores with her mom and search through massage books to learn new techniques. Afterwards, she would find people to practice her new skills on. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in social work and working in the field for 8 years, she returned to massage therapy. Amy graduated in 2000 from Red Mountain Institute for the Healing Arts and began working for RJSS in 2011. Amy recently became certified as a Manual Lymph Node Drainage Therapist. Amy's mission statement is "Don't put a band aid on it-fix it."

Expertise: Therapeutic massage, craniosacral therapy, and techniques that ceases the pattern of pain.
Favorite Aveda product: Chakra Balancing Body Mist
Quote to live by: "The force is strong with this one."

Ashley Box


Though originally from Birmingham, Ashley followed her thirst for life, which lead her to live in California, Nevada and Utah. She returned home to attend the Aveda Institute for esthetics and because "There's no place like home." She loves skin care and is dedicated to helping others experience their own beauty inside and out. Her playful and loving energy is comforting and relaxing to guests, creating the path for maximum results.

Favorite Technique: Facial Massages
Favorite Aveda Products: Tourmaline Charged Radiant Skin Refiner and Tourmaline Charged Hydrating Creme
Quote to Live By: "I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of you won being." -Hafiz
Spirit Animal: Otter
Interests: Skin care, health and wellness, literature, studying chakras and energy, living a life of loving & kindness, good food, spending time with her friends, family and two dogs.

Guest Services

Joyce Montgomery

Spa Director

Joyce is a native of Birmingham, AL and grew up in Mountain Brook where she attended Mountain Brook city schools. She graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. From 1980-1988, Joyce worked for Parisian Department Store as an executive assistant, assistant buyer, and advertising merchandise coordinator. She taught elementary school in Birmingham and Jackson, MS from 1988-2005 and was the education coordinator at the Foundry Rescue Mission until 2009. Joyce came to RJSS as a member of the guest services team in 2009.

Expertise: Coordinating client services with service providers to provide maximum experience in the spa.
Job Perk: "I love the opportunity the spa provides to build lasting client relationships."
Favorite Aveda Product: Beautifying Composition
Quote to live by: "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men do nothing." -Edmund Burke
Passion: Joyce is a lifelong horse owner and lover.

Kaylyn Alexander

Guest Services and Marketing

Kaylyn grew up learning about the beauty industry from her mom, a master cosmetologist and beauty fanatic. She has been employed in the salon/spa industry for over 6 years and joined the RJSS team in 2011 in search of a workplace that values holistic living. Currently, Kaylyn is attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she is in the University Honors Program and working towards a double major of English literature and public relations. In her spare time, Kaylyn enjoys power yoga, herbology, Photoshop, holistic living, and her lion-shaved cat, Leo.

Favorite Aveda Product: Light Elements Smoothing Fluid
& Damage Remedy Intensive Reconstructing Treatment
Quote to Live By: "The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”-Jack Kerouac

Rebecca Macke

Guest Services