Hey there, thanks for stopping by. My name is Cierra and I am the owner of Blu Salon + Spa. I have three wildly adorable littles and a fabulous husband that mean the world to me. I have a degree from South Dakota State University (yes, I #bleedblue) in Sociology with an emphasis in Human Resources and minor in Communication Studies along with a Cosmetology license from Stewarts School in Sioux Falls. With the combination of these degrees and the love for my family I have created Blu Salon + Spa to really be both a great family orientated place to work (with flexibility to keep family life at the forefront) and a great place to come and feel pampered with your mom, dad, or even sister! The reason I created this space is to bring a relaxing getaway right here to our community. Brookings + Watertown and surrounding communities all deserve a place to go to get the pampering you deserve with the customer care you deserve! We all need a time to give ourselves some love and find our own true beauty. We got our name from the idea that true beauty lies underneath (see what we did there?). And maybe I’m just a little biased to the Jacks. Blu is a welcoming, warm place with professional staff to greet you at the door with a smile and cup of joe. We want you to feel like you’re always welcome and a part of the Blu family! If you are looking for a facial, full spa day, or just a trim, our doors are open to you! Come be pampered with us at Blu.
Michaela is a stylist who loves helping people feel beautiful. She specializes in blondes and loves to get creative with colors, highlights, and balayage. Michaela also does a mean blunt cut, so if that’s your thing; she’s your girl. Michaela and her husband have 3 adorable kids who are full of life and energy and live in Brookings. Michaela graduated from Stewart School with a Cosmetology license in 2016. When she’s not working, Michaela is definitely with her family… and maybe watching HGTV.
Kelsey is a stylist at Blu. She loves to provide Haircuts for the whole family! She also loves a beautiful formal updo. She really loves big changes and helping clients try something new! Lately Kelsey has been focusing on Hand Tied Weft Extensions. We like to think she’s one of the best around! Kelsey takes great pride in making her clients feel loved from the moment they walk in the door to the second they leave. Kelsey attended Stewart’s School of Cosmetology and has worked in Brookings for the last 7 years. Kelsey enjoys spending time with her husband and family and watching some Augie basketball (we’ll let that one slide only because we just love her dad, Coach B)!
Grace is a licensed esthetician and our go-to gal for all things facials, eyebrows, makeup, and waxing! In the last year Grace has really focused on results based skincare. She is transitioning into more MediSpa practices and we are so excited to showcase her talent even more! Grace went to school at Black Hills Beauty College in Rapid City. Her passion and love for makeup led her to her profession! Grace likes to dive into a good book or take a hike with friends when she’s not performing the services we love (and need!) She may also have a love for all things T. Swift!
Korissa loves to provide men’s haircuts and all things nails. Korissa has become one of the top mens’ stylists in this area and we couldn’t be more proud. She also does a wonderful pedicure if you're in need of some cute toes! Korissa was born and raised in Brookings. Korissa attended Lake Area Tech for Cosmetology and graduated in 2018. Upon returning home, Korissa worked in town for a couple of years until finding her home with us at Blu! When she’s not at Blu, Korissa is a social butterfly and also loves to run with her dog, Gracie.
Breanna (Bre) is a native to Brookings, but attended massage therapy school at Omaha School of Massage and Healthcare and graduated in 2015. Bre has two of the sweetest girls, and owns her own massage practice in Badger, SD (which she loves). This means that Bre is only at Blu one day a week, but we’re so grateful for those days! Bre brings with her a wealth of knowledge in massage, Young Living oils, and so much more! She loves making a difference in people’s lives and helps them feel their best! When she’s off the clock, Bre enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters, taking care of their animals together, raising and showing sheep with her family, and ice skating. *Bre is also Cierra’s sister-in-law! – “I’m the luckiest to have the sweetest sister-in-law there ever was” Cierra says often!
Courtney grew up on a farm outside of Balaton, Minnesota. She attended Stewart School in Sioux Falls and graduated in 2019. Courtney has grown into a fantastic stylist who is LOVING the colors. Getting the fun fall effects and blending is her passion. Courtney’s focuses at Blu are balayage, highlights, colors, and cuts!. Courtney now lives in Brookings with her husband, Levi. Levi and Courtney love having sauna sessions at Blu as some time to relax, recoup and rejuvenate. *if that’s not your hint to take a break with your spouse in the sauna, I don’t know what is?! Courtney loves making people feel great about themselves and truly cares about each and every single client that sits in her chair!
McKenzie is originally from Volga, South Dakota, but graduated from Josef’s School of Hair Design in 2015. She worked behind the chair in Fargo for 5 years following graduation before moving back to Volga in 2020. McKenzie lives in Volga with her husband and daughter Stevie, who might just be the salon’s favorite 1 year old! McKenzie’s main focuses at Blu are balayage,blondes, womens haircuts, curly hair, and updos. McKenzie can also do some fancy nails! Mckenzie’s passion is hair and she loves making people feel great about themselves.
Adrienne is originally from Hendricks, Minnesota, but attended Lake Area Tech in Watertown and graduated in 2019. Adrienne now lives in Brookings with her boyfriend and two dogs. She loves meeting people and making them feel comfortable in her chair! She’s very knowledgeable and great at explaining things to clients! Adrienne’s focus at Blu is blonding, balayage, extensions, fashion colors, and facials.
Stephanie is a Brookings native! BORN AND RAISED! Stephanie is a hairstylist that focuses on all types of cuts! She has in the last year really focused on body wraps and all the relaxing spa services, and let me tell you if you enjoy a massage – you must do a body scrub or even wrap with this girl! HEAVEN! Stephanie enjoys riding motorcycle, camping, going to concerts and time with her fiancé! And as you may see a pattern here she also loves time with her pets – a dog + cat!
Nikki is originally from Rock Rapids, IA. She attended the Aveda Institute for Cosmetology, and worked at Rustic Retreat in Rock Rapids after graduation. Nikki loves all things BLONDES!!! She also enjoys working out, photography, and fashion. She fits right in with the crew at Blu because her biggest weakness is animals! Nikki has really become a part of the team and is rocking out some major fashion hair – we are loving it!
Erin is a Stewart School graduate that came to us from Rainn Salon and Spa in Sioux Falls. Erin enjoys all things hair and nails. Erin has recently found herself absolutely in LOVE with nails and doing some major fantastic gel nails with designs! If you don’t have her insta page! You may want to search, like now! Erin is just one of those people who you can always see smiling and giving off the best vibe!
Allison is our Botox and Filler specialist. Alli comes to us from Cierra’s home town Arlington! She received her RN at USD and her family nurse practitioner degree from Clarkson College in Omaha, NE. She has received her Botox/filler certification as well as continuing education from AAFE! Alli enjoys time with her husband, two girls, and sweet son any chance she gets. Alli is one of the most caring CNP’s we know as well as a gift for the look of natural beauty enhanced!
Hailie is a Lake Area graduate, who has been a stylist for 6 years. She was born in Minnesota, but has been in SD for about 14 years. Hailie specializes in cuts, waxing, pedicures and manicures! She loves her cat Lilo, traveling, and learning new things. She is just a gem to be around!!
Kiley was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ!! Umm… can you give me some of that warmth ☺! She attended Avalon School of Cosmetology and graduated in 2019! Right after graduation Kiley worked at a salon in the heart of Phoenix’s Art district, but soon decided to start a new adventure and move to SD. Her love for vivid colors lead her to the path of hairstylist and she fell in love with all things hair. Kiley is excellent at short cuts, bald fades, curly cuts, and very much enjoys the fantasy colors! Kiley, like many others, enjoys her pets, painting, and a good road trip!
Braxton is our main girl here at Blu Brookings. She is the one who keeps everyone in line and on schedule. Braxton is a master "appointment maker" and she is excellent at making sure all of our clients are well taken care of. Braxton is from Arlington, she graduated from South Dakota State University (GO JACKS!) with a degree in Exercise Science. She is in the best shape and makes sure we all drink our water especially after all of the coffee we drink! She is also very knowledgeable in our services and products! We are so lucky to have her.
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