Meet The Team





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After working long hours for several years, Jessica decided to start her career and passion in the skin care industry. She has been an esthetician for 4 years and specializes in analyzing her clients skin and working with them to achieve results! Jessica is extremely knowledgeable in her trade and can tell you about any ingredient in your current skin care products and recommend ones that will benefit your skin. She will work with you to find what works best with your lifestyle! Jessica is also one of our talented lash artist specializing in classic eyelash extensions.


Amy Rusk

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Eyelash Artist/ Esthetician

Amy has been a part of Curly Willow Spa since the beginning! As an esthetician Amy has mastered the art of eyelash extensions and skin care after being in the industry for 6 years. Amy is amazing at working with her clients to find the best result that suits their lifestyle and preferences. You will love Amy for her kind heart and sincerity! Amy "loves making women's' morning routines quicker and giving them a boost of confidence" when the come visit her.  When she's not working she loves to be with her two rescue dogs! 


Stephanie Talley

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Eyelash Artist/ Esthetician

After beginning her career as a makeup artist and being in the beauty industry for over 8 years, Stephanie is our specialty waxer and lash stylist. Her experience has taught her how to reshape eyebrows based on your face and eye shape and is always willing to share tips and tricks on how to do them at a home!  Stephanie loves "making people feel better in their own skin, is being able to have so many different people from many different backgrounds on my table and being able to learn about their cultures and traditions." Some fun facts about Stephanie are that she loves animals, I'm well versed in the office,

and I dabble in special effects makeup. 


Ashanti Ellis

Front Desk

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Becoming intentional with self care I became a client of Curly Willow Spa! I religiously get my lash extensions done. The stars aligned allowing me to become a member of the amazing team.  I am excited about this new journey. My friends would describe me as easy going, a good listener with an infectious smile. I am a college student currently studying Psychology. On my off days I spend it at the gym. 


Katie Dietz

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Artist/ Cosmetologist 

Katie has been in the beauty industry for about 12 years as a makeup and hair stylist. She decided to join us at CWS to expand her career,

learn new trends, and add “lash artist” to her resume! She is amazing at what she does and has caught on to lashing so quickly!

One of Katie’s best characteristics is that can make anyone laugh and feel comfortable! Katie’s favorite part about what she does is that she loves “being able to give women something to make themselves

feel beautiful each and every day.” 


Katie Walker

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Lash Artist/ Cosmetologist

Katie moved here from Southern Oregon last year and is excited to start this new chapter of her life here in Virginia! She is a licensed esthetician and has been doing lashes since 2017. Katie has a passion for making others feel beautiful is excited to bring her services to Richmond, VA! 

When she’s not working she loves spending time with her Australian Shepherd Kora, who shares the same love of Starbucks and lazy days by the pool. 


Kara Lefever

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Esthetician/ Lash Artist

Kara Lefever is a Richmond resident, who studied theatre at Radford University. This is where she learned her love of makeup.  She later moved to Orlando, FL to study beauty/bridal makeup.  She has been doing makeup for 10 years and has expanded her horizons! She now is a licensed esthetician and has been offering lash services for a little over a year. Her goal is for each client to feel beautiful on the outside just as they are on the inside. 


She loves to hang with her two dogs when not at Curly Willow Spa, or you can catch her on the field playing kickball with some friends.