Team Members

Our energetic and talented staff help inspire confidence and creativity by doing what they love.

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 Emily Nicolaisen


Owner*Stylist*Day Maker


My dream as a very young girl was to become a professional hair stylist.  I have been doing hair forover 10 years now and I am still loving every minute!  My passion for the beauty industry is very clear and shows through out all of my work.  I have attended many color and cutting classes throughout the years.  Trends are always changing, so it is important for me to always stay up to date.  I especially love working with custom hair extensions, blondes of all shades and tones, and our latest and greatest smoothing treatment.  If you are looking for that sweet new look or just a simple refresher..look no further.  See you soon!


Carissa Buhl

Stylist.Colorist.Surface Educator


I have wanted to be a hair stylist since I was 12 years old. I began really chasing my dream and pursuing hair education and training when I was 14 and have loved it the whole time. Cutting coloring and updos are my top three loves in the hair industry, I can't pick a number one! Along with being passionate about hair, I am also passionate about my guests’ health, my own health, and respecting the earth. That is why, for the past 7 years, I have worked with all-natural, organic hair care products and cutting system called Surface. I recently got accepted onto the Surface Art Team, which means I get exceptional training all year long to stay on top of the latest trends. Come in for an all-natural nourishing experience, I’d love to meet you!



Carla Ruiz 

Hair Stylist*Day Maker*Artist 

Whether it was the countless hours with my girlfriends trying out ridiculous hairstyles or absurd makeup applications, I have always had a passion for this industry, But those exact moments were what made me realize hair was my life.  I was 13 and ready to start cosmetology school, but they had to fight me off until I was old enough! After finishing up school at Paul Mitchell in Raleigh, NC  and obtaining my license, I ventured out west to sunny Colorado for my sister’s wedding. A friend of mine gave me a short tour through downtown Fort Collins and I swear it had to be fate! I found myself walking into the most trendy, eclectic, warm and inviting salon I have ever stepped foot in. I’m surrounded by talented hairstylists who love to give encouragement and who have a passion for their chosen career, so I knew I chose the right place! Styling for special occasions and up do’s are my jam! As far as color goes- whether you’re looking for sun kissed natural looking highlights or those BOLD colors that really make a statement, whatever it is, I'd love to chat! Look forward to meeting you!

Amanda Brierly

Licensed Massage Therapist

I knew at a young age massage was an incredible way to help people and make a difference in a person's life. In high school my hands used to itch to massage someone and  I would usually end up massaging whoever was sitting in front of me. I graduated from The American Institute of Alternative Medicine in Columbus, Ohio and have been licensed since 2006. The majority of my experience is in therapeutic massage. I use elements of neuromuscular therapy, Swedish relaxation, deep tissue, trigger point, and myofascial release to ensure the best individualized results for overall well-being and health. I am known to be a “seek and destroyer” but my overall goal is to help people feel human again. I believe I have a natural born talent for massage therapy and am persistently on my journey to change the world with my healing hands- one body at a time.

Brittany Anderson

Owner*Reiki*Day Maker

I have always loved the health and beauty industry and wanted to be a part of it. I moved to Northern Colorado in 2008 and immediately fell in love with the lifestyle. I feel that many of the people here have a passion for a healthy lifestyle, including the outdoors and slowing down to take better care of ourselves.  I love being part of this community.  I dabble in all sorts of areas, and am so excited to be a part of Roots Beauty Studio.  I have a passion for serving people and making them feel bettter about themselves.  With all the services that we offer at Roots, that will be easy to do. From a cut and color to a massage, to a yoga session, you will leave our studio feeling better than ever. I am happy to meet and serve you at a place where you can truly honor yourself!


Paige Lutz

Hairstylist*Day Maker*Artist


Hello everyone! My name is Paige Lutz and I've had my hands in this industry for as long as I can remember. I literally grew up in the salon and knew it was my calling from the start. I love to showcase my clients inner beauty through beautiful hair. There's nothing better than loving your hair and I promise you will walk out feeling rejuvenated and excited to show off your look.

I specialize in color, whether you want natural sun kissed highlights or bold dimensional reds and everything in between, I'm your girl! I also pride myself in bombshell blowouts and up to date up-dos. I know it can be confusing figuring out how to style your hair like those tricky Pinterest hair queens and that's why I love to do styling consultations and how-tos! I guarantee I can teach you how to get those perfect curls at home.

While we are at it maybe we can chat about yoga and cats :) I also grew up here in sunny Colorado and know all the best spots to camp, hike, and climb! I can't wait to meet you!


Amanda Jackson

Stylist*Day Maker*

I believe I wanted to become a stylist at a young age. My neighbor friends would come over to play, and our favorite thing was to play salon! My mom would catch me with scissors in my hand and clumps of hair on the ground and that's when we knew!  I get excited about new trends and being put to the challenge.  Im always looking to try new things and get new ideas and clients in my chair! I sometimes hate to admit it, but I am a bit of a perfectionist and want you to leave feeling better, beautiful, and more refreshed then when you walked through the door.  When I'm not cuddled up on the couch Pintresting new styles or sitting with my eyes glued to Youtube hair tutorials I live a pretty active lifestyle riding four wheelers in the dunes, boating on the lake, taking my dogs (my babies!) and camera on morning and evening walks, to hitting the gym as much as I can. Now that you got to know a little about me, I would love to get to know you!

Makenna Dancer

Lash tech Extraordinaire

Hello! I'm Kenn. I moved to Colorado from Southern Utah and am so happy to be in Fort Collins. I've always had an interest for beauty products and the ingredients on the label which steered me towards a career in Esthetics, where beauty and science meet. Soon after graduating school at Taylor Andrews Academy, I began perfecting the craft of eyelash extensions and that's when my passion for the beauty industry grew immensely. I love seeing the first reaction to your fresh full lashes and making all of my beautiful clients feel foxy. By happenstance I stumbled into Roots one evening and instantly decided that it was where I needed to be Roots has such and inviting atmosphere and a super groovy feel, I guarantee you'll leave feeling refreshed and uplifted! When I'm not lashing I'm likely to be found listening to local music or hiking around our incredible backyard. I'm a cat person, a dog person, and a people person, so whether you have four legs or two...I'm so excited to get to know you! Peep my instagram for some pictues of my work! @kennadancerbeauty

Photography Credit: Stacie Haring