About Us

We welcome you to Mayapple Salon, and we assure you that you’re in good hands. When you come to us for hair services, you receive a full attentive consultation, during which we truly get to know your lifestyle, personality, hair type and facial structure. We take into consideration your hair concerns and your styling routine when we come up with the perfect cut and color to suit you. Here at Mayapple, we appreciate and celebrate differences, and we do our absolute best to bring out the gorgeous inner you, so you leave feeling fabulous and looking fabulous. We believe everyone deserves to feel beautiful, so our prices are very reasonable. We want your experience to be a little different here than in other salons. You can drink green tea, sangria with organic berries, or perhaps a PBR, as you peruse our boutique, try out our makeup lines, and marvel at our unique art and decor. Sit and read European style magazines while you’re waiting, and get some ideas. We thank you for checking us out, and hope to have you in our chair soon!

Our Stylists

Melissa Arens

Senior Stylist

Born in Michigan, Mayapple Salon and Boutique Owner, Stylist and Make-Up Artist Melissa Arens settled in Northwest Arkansas by way of southern California to pursue her career in hair, makeup and fashion. Mel discovered her passions for hair design, makeup artistry and fashion styling at an early age, and she attended Leon’s Career Academy of Hair Design in Springdale, Arkansas, graduating in Cosmetology in 2005. Mel has served as Fashion Show Producer and Hair and Make-Up Artist for Art Amiss for over five years, and she joined the Art Amiss Board as Fashion Director in 2010. As Fashion Director, she always is looking for new and upcoming designers to recruit to the Art Amiss collective and to feature at the biannual Art Amiss Fashion runway events. Additionally, she loves to find inspired fashion and accessory designers regionally and nationwide to showcase at Mayapple Boutique.

Beyond the salon, she has worked as Make-Up Artist and Hair Design Instructor for N.c.K Talent Management and Stage 28 Talent Casting in Fayetteville. She was a co-producer of the inaugural Ozark Couture show, and she is a featured designer showing at NWA Fashion Week in March 2012. Mel approaches hair and make-up with creativity through color, texture and style, and she’s known for experimenting with the latest styles and trends. She is extremely versatile and works with clients to achieve optimal looks, whether bold, eccentric designs for the runway or themed editorial statements for print. At Mayapple Salon & Boutique, she provides salon services, cosmetics consulting, makeovers, color matching and color correction for both everyday looks and special events. Her specialties include all types of hair color and highlighting techniques, editorial styling, hair and makeup. You can see her work in The Idle Class magazine and her monthly fashion column in the Fayetteville free weekly. Mel cuts long thick coarse and ethnic hair types dry (much like the curly method.) and enjoys short eccentric cuts with asymmetry texture and any fading involved. She specializes in all balayage and Ombré style coloring techniques and services.

“I love interpreting hair and makeup design from an artistic point of view while enhancing people’s natural beauty,” Mel said. Mel’s styling work has appeared on runways across Arkansas for such high-profile events as Designer’s Choice Fashion Preview, KNWA Ladies’ Night Out and Ozark Couture, as well as on national television for Inside Edition and ESPN. She is starting Mayappleboutique.com and we Will be and are carrying Flora and Faunna (custom pieces for Mayapple) and Nicolia Jacoby jewelry. "Curly hair" specialist.

Jacque Shirley

Junior Stylist

Jacque is a local graduate from Springdale High school who has had the opportunity to travel around the South-West — from Texas to New Mexico and Arizona. Traveling has given her the ability to vibe with all types of people and personalities. She loves doing hair and making people feel more confident. She is also adamant about continuing her education to become the best stylist she can be!

Jacque is a Paul Mitchell Graduate. While in school, she earned her way to a Paul Mitchell convention in Las Vegas where she was inspired by all the platform artists and their artistic abilities.

Jacque has worked on two Art amiss fashion shows with Mayapple Salon prior to becoming a full-time hair stylist with the Mayapple team. Her artistic ability and passion shines through all of her work! She offers a full range of hair services such as women's long and short cuts, balayage, Ombre' and highlights/lowlights. She enjoys waxing and is fast and proficient with kids cuts. Jacque puts a lot of detail into her men's cuts as well with precision and a love and talent in fading.

Amanda Hallam

Senior Stylist

Amanda began her career as a hair stylist in 2006, in Fayetteville, AR where she grew up. She then relocated to Flagstaff, Arizona where she worked as a stylist for two years before returning to NWA in 2010. Amanda also works as a Davines Color Educator for Modern Salon Services and specializes in Davines color and products. She has a sincere passion for all facets of the industry and understands the importance of continuing education. She offers Traditional and Specialty Color Services such as Flamboyage, Davines Mask Color and ammonia free A New Colour. She approaches Hair Cutting more as sculpting and has been trained in the Dry Cutting method by world famous stylist Mike Karg. She loves styling for weddings and special occasions, photo shoots and ArtAmiss fashion events. She also offers the Cezanne Keratin Smoothing Treatment which is superior quality and formaldehyde free. Amanda has always had an artistic niche which she combines with strong technical skill. She takes time with each and every client. She listens to their desires and concerns to create styles that are not only a reflection of their unique inner beauty, but also a wearable, healthy and functional. She believes in the Davines mantra of “Beauty Sustainability” meaning “Beauty can save the World”, encouraging us to take care of ourselves, the environment, and the things we love. "Curly hair" specialist.


Senior Stylist

Born, raised, and trained in Seattle, Stylist Roxie Hunt been customizing hairdos for over 10 years. From young hipsters to old hippies and everyone in between, she specializes in hip, custom, low-maintainance ‘dos that totally suit one’s face, lifestyle and personality. After three years at Seattle’s most fabulous salon Vain, Roxie moved to Fayetteville and opened Mayapple Salon and Boutique with a mission to provide a comfortable, fun environment where anyone can feel at home. She founded Mayapple based on the concept of a place where getting one’s hair done is fun, exciting and relaxed—all at the same time.

Roxie is back at home in Seattle and has started the popular hair resource How To Hair Girl, but still comes back to visit Mayapple from time to time. Please call the salon to inquire about appointments during her Arkansas visits. You can check out How To Hair Girl and her shamphree products here.

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