OUR STYLISTS

There’s no mistaking that Altruist Salon and Boutique is defined by its stylists and staff. We recognize that a stylist is more than a hairdresser–it’s a person that you connect with, befriend, and dish with. So take a moment to get to know our stylists better, whether you are a returning client or looking for a new person to perfect your look.

Andi Hardy | Owner and Master Stylist

Being a hairstylist is so much more to me than styling hair. While it provides a creative outlet for me, I mostly enjoy the people. I have this amazing opportunity to touch the lives of so many women –  my clients and the stylists on my team. One of the things I take pride in is my openness to teaching and helping my clients love their hair. When you feel great about your hair and looking your best, you are more likely to take greater care of your health. I hope to lead my stylist team in this manner. Attention to detail and  providing the best client care to help each person feel their best. 

One of my favorite services and most requested is blonding with gray coverage. I have spent so much time finding the balance between dark and light “roots” with women transitioning into gray coverage. This is a time in life tough for women. While sometimes having gray hair is tough to swallow, I love it when women embrace who they are at their age, whether they decide to cover 100% of their gray or blend with blonde, I’m here to assist the process. Creating a look for someone to accentuate features you love and softening the features you feel less confident about is on the top of my to-do at every visit. 

Lived in color – utilizing Balayage, Foiling, and Full Coverage Color are my specialties. If I were to describe a visit to my salon chair I would say I offer a reliable service with clear expectations of results. Believable, manageable and classy while on trend describe the experience. I spend a lot of time studying new techniques, chemistry of products and haircutting techniques, providing classy yet on-trend styles to wear day and night. Blonde hair and Gray coverage are tough areas and I have mastered them…

When I’m not at the salon you’ll find me outdoors in the softball stands or on the track supporting my favorite student athletes and if not there I love to be in the woods! In my past-time you’ll find me listening to pod-casts and audible books to fuel my brain while I accomplish life duties.

I provide a nice, professional yet fun experience for my clients. I try to be a great listener to understand lifestyles and desires for their hair. I am extremely respectful of my clients’ time and aim to provide a hair service that is both manageable and gorgeous! My chair is a comfortable place to be both physically and mentally, my wish is for my clients to leave feeling great inside and out!

Check out my Instagram page @andi_altruistsalon If we look like a great match for your hair color needs give us a call at 406-549-2854 or contact us through our website to request an appointment, I can’t wait to meet you!

Andi’s specialties:

    • Color Expert (especially grey coverage and blonde)
    • Hi-lights by Balayage or Foil techniques
    • Master Stylist with Classic, technical haircutting
    • devaCurl Inspired Stylist for Curly Hair
    • Personal Advisor for your Hair Color and Style needs. I’ll assist you in making informed decisions about your hair and provide you with haircare & style instructions and tutorials so you enjoy your hair every day!

Currently accepting new hair color guests only. Don’t worry you’ll get a great cut with your color service!

What Andi loves most about being a stylist: “I love creating and I love the people. I get to touch the lives of so many people every day. My craft is so important because it allows for creative fulfillment, but more importantly I’m able to assist my clients with loving themselves. I can’t believe how a great style and great color can make someone feel. My wish is for my clients’ inner beauty to glow and for them feel confident and happy with themselves.”

What Andi loves most about Altruist Salon:  “I love my team! We have a culture of caring and sharing, from our care and support for each other to our care and support for our community. We support each other, and celebrate our successes together, while always growing as stylists and humans.”

Emma Price | Master Stylist

I have a passion for making people feel beautiful by establishing connections and growing relationships with the guests in my chair. It’s simple, and maybe cliche, but it’s true… I love doing hair.

Some of my most requested services are blonde applications. I love Balayage and perfect foil placement to create a lived-in, rooted, and  natural looking color with dimension and movement whether I’m applying all over color for gray coverage or hand painting blonde with a gloss finish. I’m also your gal for touching up your brow shape and tinting for a precise finish to your look. 

I love to have fun at work providing a professional, easy going and comfortable atmosphere for you to enjoy. Getting to know my clients and understanding their hair goals for day to day lifestyles is an essential part of the experience. The relationships I build make my career fun and fulfilling, getting to see my clients puts me in a good mood ~ let’s laugh together! 

When I’m not at work what am I up to? Enjoying time with my husband, my dog @therealarloprice, shopping, basketball, time on the river and the occasional Netflix binge. 

Feel free to check out my social media @emma.scissorhands to see if you think we would be a good match for each other. Then you can call the salon to book! Don’t hesitate to direct message on IG if you have any questions before booking. I’d love to meet you! Come in, sit down, relax and let me take care of the rest!

Emma’s specialties:

    • Balayage Color Artist
    • Blonde Color Specialist
    • Deva Curl Inspired Stylist.
    • Brow Tinting,Waxing and Shaping
    • Personal Hair Color and Style Advisor- I’ll help you discover the best cut and color for your lifestyle, face shape, and skin tone. 

 

  • Currently only accepting new clients receiving hair color (you’ll also be able to receive a fabulous haircut when you schedule for color!)

What Emma loves most about being a stylist: “I love creating a transformation from beginning to the end of the service and know I put a smile on my client’s face!

What Emma loves most about Altruist Salon: “I love the team atmosphere of Altruist and all the trainings we do!”

Nadine Banco | Advanced Stylist

I love giving people the confidence to be themselves by creating unique looks to suit my clients!  Being creative is my passion. I love continuing education and always learning new techniques! Let’s talk about what you want to change, or a look you are striving for – I’m here to listen and adjust to your personal style. I pay very close attention to detail for a seamless finish! I am always up for a transformation, but can also stay consistent with your look. Whether you are working toward a goal, or staying on the same track, I always strive to give a flawless end result.

My most requested services are Blonding with babylights for a dimensional, soft, glowing and flowing color as well as  Bold Colors and Precision Haircuts. I offer amazing hair transformations, and versatile looks for your natural texture and style. Working with what you have to be sure you are able to organically have a consistent look for your everyday wear is important me. But if you are looking for a big change and aren’t afraid of color, I’m here to create a bold, radiant look for you!

When I’m away from the salon I love spending my free time going to music shows around Missoula, local events, and enjoying our beautiful outdoors! I also enjoy traveling, and experiencing different cultures everywhere. I love to sing, so you might catch me at a karaoke spot on a weekend, or at home playing my piano.

I always take into large consideration what the client wants, then make suggestions! Listening is key. Making sure someone is comfortable with their decision is always important to me. I will give a detailed summary of what the maintenance is for at home and in the salon. I love to hear people’s experiences and stories! Not only does it give me insight on your life, it also allows me to do my best on adjusting your look to your lifestyle. For any prospective clients, all I ask is for you to be confident in my abilities to make you feel your best! Be sure to have a realistic idea of where you are now, what your end goal is, and what it may take to get you there! Pictures are always welcome and appreciated to have a reference, but I am always open to giving suggestions and creating a unique look to suit you. 

Check out my Instagram portfolio @thecoppercosmo to see if we are a good match and call our front desk to get scheduled for a complimentary consultation or an appointment! 

Nadine’s specialties:

  • Color & Cut Transformations
  • Blonde Hi-lights
  • Balayage 
  • Vivid-Bold Colors
  • Hair Color
  • Brow shaping, tinting & waxing
  • Women’s Haircuts

What Nadine loves most about being a stylist: “I love very technical cuts, using my craft to show off my skill. I also love creating new and beautiful colors for people–using painting techniques with foils or balayage to create something soft to vivid. When styling hair, I usually go for a soft look. If their personal style calls for something more classic or modern, those are also so fun!”

What Nadine loves most about Altruist Salon: “I love working at Altruist Salon because we are an amazing team! All of us are passionate about what we do and have a great eye for our craft. All of us are unique to ourselves and each have a piece of the puzzle that makes up our wonderful team.”

Katie Budge | Advanced Stylist

Being a hairstylist is definitely my creative outlet! Im able to work with people everyday and make them feel great!

My most requested services are Gray Coverage and hi-lighting with foil and by hand painting balayage. Some of my favorite looks are ombre’ and lived in blonde. While Coloring is my passion I have a natural talent and a lot of training for curly hair as well as women’s hair cutting and styling. 

I thrive on education and love to better my best! Upon finishing my cosmetology licensing I decided to embark on the associate training program our salon offers. I trained under one of our master stylists and our salon owner to grow as a seasoned stylist, learning through hands-on experience. I learned the art of gray coverage, color correction and overall guest experience. Through that I became well trained and will always continue to grow. A great, honest and realistic end result is always my goal! Offering a fun, quality experience through my attentive listening and creative mind I love to customize a look that is maintainable and gorgeous, whether you are looking for a bright or natural hair color. 

In my downtime you’ll find me with my daughter at her swim competitions and activities or at the lake!  Camping and boating with my family and dog are a must on my days off. 

Look me up on IG @hairbykatiebudge to see if we’d make a great fit! Give me a call at the salon to schedule an appointment or a consultation and allow me to listen to your needs and customize a realistic plan for your hair and lifestyle. 

Katie’s specialties:

  • Gray Coverage Color
  • Ombré
  • Balayage and foil hi-lights
  • Cutting both short and long hair
  • Curly Hair 

What Katie loves most about being a stylist: “I have a passion for making people feel good about themselves, and that’s  exactly how I hope clients feel after they visit Altruist Salon. It’s one of the most rewarding feelings ever to better someone’s confidence! If you love what you do, it’s not work.”

What Katie loves most about Altruist Salon: “Our team at Altruist is truly amazing. They are like a second family. We are constantly striving to better each other as well as ourselves. We always stay on top of the latest education and most recent trends to make sure our clients have an amazing experience.”

Stephanie Weller | Advanced Stylist

I love working with people, and  having the opportunity to change their lives and the way they look and feel about themselves. I get to touch peoples’ lives in a way that most people in other industries never get the opportunity; this is truly the most rewarding feeling.

Some of my most requested services are blonding through balayage and foil hi-lighting, all-over color, grey coverage, and women’s haircuts. Staying current with trends of color I offer a beautiful, blended and youthful color that is maintainable and personalized to you and your lifestyle. Whether my application provides for a blonde service or a rich, deep all over color I maintain the integrity and health of the hair with a gentle approach to give you the ability to change and update your look easily. 

I’m a huge science nerd and I love to know the ins, the outs, and the whys of all things from products, to hair color. My goal is to make your hair #goals achievable. I want my clients to have the best experience from start to finish with clear expectations and the best delivery I can provide.

What do I do in my free time? I’m a big family person and spend most of my time with my husband and two peanuts. Anything outdoors in the summertime is a win! Hiking, camping, fishing, floating, you name it I’m there.  Don’t sign me up for winter activities unless it’s movies on my couch wrapped in a Snuggie drinking coffee 😉 any other free time I have is spent in the gym working on my fitness (insert Fergie lyrics)!

I want my clients to sit in my chair and forget time because they enjoy their time with me as much as I do them. With my mean scalp massage, my super charming personality and my confident ability to perform up to the standards of my clients, my guests leave feeling satisfied. 

Visit my Instagram @sweller_altruistsalon to view my work and see if we are a perfect fit! 

Call the salon to schedule your consultation and let’s discuss the perfect look for you! 

Stephanie’s specialties:

  • Color Formulations
  • Hair Color 
  • Balayage
  • Gray Coverage 
  • Curly Hair
  • Women’s Haircuts 
  • Color Correction

What Stephanie loves most about being a stylist: “I love being able to allow my creative side to take over. I also meet amazing people who I’m able to make feel amazing on a daily basis. it doesn’t get much better!”

What Stephanie loves most about Altruist Salon: “I love the atmosphere we’ve built at Altruist. We all get along so well that they’re like my second family. A great atmosphere allows comfort for our clients and we’re  able to offer them amazing services!”

Bri Pfister | Stylist

I chose my career because I love to connect with clients by listening and making them feel great about themselves and feeling confident about their looks. I love the creativity in each person and their style. 

The services I’m most passionate about and the most requested are my Balayage and Foil Hi-light services. I’m able to offer superior gray coverage, blonding and darker hair services. While I enjoy long hair cutting with my hi-light services, I absolutely love cutting precision bobs, lobs and a-line styles. You’ll find my color techniques offer a natural and soft look with great movement and lived in grow-out lines. My business casual style for my clients offers a professional and fun look whether you are looking for a perfect blowout style after your color service or a wash and wear low-maintenance look. I’m happy to teach you all about styling your look as well!

When I’m not at the salon with my hair family you’ll find me outdoors either on my horse, hunting, hiking, skiing or on the river. I love to spend time with my family and friends, as well as working. 

When you sit in my chair you’ll find that I am personable & outgoing and offer honest, realistic expectations with your look. I’d love to connect with you! Checkout my Instagram portfolio @bri_altruistsalon and see if we’d make a good match; our front desk team will be waiting for your call!

Bri’s Specialties:

  • Balayage Hi-lights
  • Gray Coverage 
  • Hair Color 
  • Curly Hair
  • Up-Dos
  • Precision Bobs, Lobs and A-line haircuts 
  • Lash and Brow Tinting – Brow Waxing/Shaping
  • Men’s cuts

What Bri loves most about being a stylist: “I love to do it all, I love making that person feel confident in their style and having them leave my chair with a positive attitude.”

What Bri loves most about Altruist Salon: “Everyone here treats each other like family and always has a positive attitude.

Carli Crea | Stylist

I’m definitely a relationship builder! Creating an experience for my guests to feel beautiful and confident is my top priority. One of my favorite things in my occupation is creating a beautiful color transformation. 

Balayage, hair color and foil hi-lights are my most sought after services while I do a lot of women’s haircutting and deep conditioning treatments. You’ll find my hair color services to be very natural looking, meticulous and simple with clean lines. I’m all about quality over quantity. Taking my time to be tidy and perfect are necessary and are always a given in my chair. Expect to be pampered with a massaging deep conditioning treatment not only for your soul but for the condition of your hair as well. I’ll deliver a fun, yet quite, comfortable and professional hair experience for you – and at times I can be a real hoot!

In my down time you’ll find me hanging out with my family, we love to go 4 wheeling, cheer for the Packers and watch NASCAR! Don’t count me out in the kitchen though, I also love to bake!

I’d love to connect with you! Feel free to visit my Instagram profile @carli_altriustsalon or visit my facebook page and see if my portfolio looks like a good match for you. Our front desk team is ready for your call! 

Carli’s specialties:

  • Blonding Color
  • Balayage and Foil Hi-lighting
  • Gray Coverage 
  • Lived in Color
  • Women’s Classic Haircuts
  • Brow Shaping and Tinting

What Carli loves most about being a stylist: “I love making women feel beautiful and confident.”

What Carli loves most about Altruist Salon: “I love our team and the salon atmosphere. I also like that we train continuously to improve our skills.”

Summer, New Talent Stylist

Laurie Grogan, Independent Stylist

Laurie Grogan, an independent, self-employed stylist working in Altruist Salon, has been cutting hair in the same building, through for different owners, for 30 years.

Laurie was born and raised in Renton, Washington, and started showing interest in the beauty industry in her late teens, when she worked as a receptionist and shampoo girl at a Seattle salon. She didn’t return to the world of hair until years later, though, after she had moved to Missoula, married her husband, and had two sons. When her youngest went off to school, so did Laurie, attending the Big Sky Barber College. She became a barber instructor for a short time before deciding that her passion was cutting hair, not teaching, and she settled into her current position at 1227 Helen Ave.

Laurie lives with her husband of 40 years and loves to spend time with her two sons, her two daughters-in-law, and her eight grandchildren. Besides spending time playing with her grandchildren, she also loves traveling, camping, gardening, hiking, and camping.

Laurie’s specialties:

  • Barbering.
  • Cutting.
  • Coloring.

Call Laurie at 406-549-2854

What Laurie loves most about being a stylist: “More than anything, I love my clients, who have become my other family.”