Owner and head stylist, Katie Arbes has been in the beauty industry for over 25 years. She started her styling career in Monmouth County but soon left to pursue bigger dreams in New York City where she studied with several top stylists like Vidal Sassoon. After a successful stint at Jason’s Salon at the famed Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan, she returned home to raise her family and continue furthering her career. Katie opened the doors to the original High Maintenance in 2008 and a second location in 2016. As a stylist and owner, she believes in continuing education and offers her team a variety of opportunities to learn the latest and greatest techniques by sending them to classes in New York, Miami, Las Vegas, and California. All of her styling team are Goldwell certified colorists, trained in the luxury line Kerastase and are well educated on the eco-friendly skincare inspired hair care by Kevin Murphy. Katie is grateful for her incredibly talented, hard working team and all of the salon's beautiful and loyal clients.
Ana - Oakhurst - Stylist
“Color, Highlighting, Haircuts and everything in between aren’t complete without my signature blowout!” As a stylist with 16 years experience, she holds several certifications in treatments by Trisolla, Coppola, and Brazilian blowout. Working at High Maintenance is “everything I ever wanted thanks to Katie and her dream. I truly love coming to a beautiful place to express my creativity. Super proud to be a part of team HM!”
Jenn - Oakhurst - Stylist
Jenn V has been a hair stylist for the past 15 years. She started her career as a nail technician but quickly changed paths once realizing her passion for hair. She loves color but specializes in highlighting. She has studied at such notorious hair institutes as Tony and Guy and Bumble and Bumble, and is certified in John Sahag cutting as well as several keratin treatments. Jenn is a loyal member of the High Maintenance family and thinks that “Katie Arbes is one of the most amazing people I have ever worked for. She knows how to run a business and work behind the chair as well. The team here is wonderful and I consider them all my FAMILY.”
Joy - Oakhurst - Stylist
Over 30 years experience and “still loving every minute of it”, Joy brings her constant enthusiasm and love to everything she does. She has taken several classes at the Paul Mitchell Institute, Oribe in New York, and most recently attended the Kevin Murphy hair show in Las Vegas. Color is her favorite thing to do, but she is well versed in cutting, keratins, and many other areas of salon life. She loves her “beautiful, kind, best boss Katie, and the best staff ever”. She has been a “joy” to be around for the past 8 years at HM.
Keira - Oakhurst - Stylist
Bumble and Bumble University, Toni and Guy, Oribe, and John Sahag are just a few of the places Keira has studied in the past 15 years. With her Hot Heads Hair Extension certification, she specializes in dry cutting techniques, as well as ombre and balayage. Working with “like minded professionals who love what they do”, in addition to,“having all the cutting edge products and technology”, gives Keira the “freedom to treat hair like art”.
Lena - Oakhurst - Stylist
Lena, another “blow dry queen”, has been a stylist for the last 26 years. She “loves the clients, amazing boss, and co workers” at High Maintenance. Color, Cutting, and keratin treatments are some of the other things Lena loves.
Lyndi - Oakhurst - Stylist
Although Lyndi has only 5 years experience in the salon industry, she has been styling hair her whole life. Out of college, she began working at a regular desk job, until her talent and passion led her to pursue her cosmetology license from the Paul Mitchell Academy. “If you have a passion for what you do, you never feel like you’re at work”. Her braiding and wedding styles are what Lyndi is known for.
Jill - Oakhurst/Deal - Stylist
Jillian has been a licensed cosmetologist for 10 years. She is certified in Brazilian Blowouts as well as Hair Talk extensions. Her love of highlighting and blonde hair led her to LA where she attended a class, "all about blondes" at NineZeroONe salon."Everything! the staff, education, and support!' are some of the things she loves about HM. Her contagious laughter is one of the many HM loves about her.
Pam - Oakhurst - Stylist
Pam started her career over 40 years ago studying at the Paul Mitchell Advanced Academy in New York City. She has attended salon workshops held by Jingles Hair Center, Clairol, and Goldwell as well as many advanced cutting and coloring courses. As a former salon owner, she loves High Maintenance for it’s professionalism and well trained staff.
Susan - Oakhurst - Stylist
One of our longest resident stylists at High Maintenance is Susan. She has been part of the High Maintenance family for 9 years and a stylist for over 30. She has been extensively trained in the art of hair and some of her credits include studying at Metroplex Beauty in Dallas Texas, Haircut and Coloring techniques at Paul Mitchell in Las Vegas, and Updo styling at Oribe Hair Institute in New York City. She is also a hair extension specialist with certifications from Hot Heads and Great Length Extensions in Manhattan. Susan is well seasoned in all areas of haircutting and coloring including men’s cuts and color, keratin treatments, and perms. She says finding the salon “was one of the happiest days of my life. I finally found a home.”
Theanna - Oakhurst - Stylist
Theana started her off in 1981 and spent the first part of her career training at several prestigious salons in New York City. She has been in the Monmouth County area for the last 20 years honing her skills in the latest color, highlighting, and cutting techniques. Theana is certified in keratin treatments and continues educating herself on bridal styling and updos. Although relatively new to High Maintenance she loves “the freedom to be creative in a great atmosphere with great coworkers and an amazing owner.”
Denise - Deal - Stylist
Denise has been a stylist for over 20 years and has studied at such prestigious locations as the Sassoon Academy in Miami and Santa Monica, and is a color graduate from Behind the Chair with Beth Minardi. She is certified in Milbon smoothing treatments as well as Great Lengths Hair Extensions. Her specialties are hair color and special occasion/bridal hair. “Hard working stylists, extremely talented staff, and a very professional but comfortable and welcoming atmosphere” is what brought her to join the HM team.
Gena - Deal - Stylist
Gena has been working as a stylist in the Monmouth County area for the last 25 plus years and is well known for her color and cutting techniques as well as for being a “blow dry queen”. She specializes in corrective coloring, highlighting, and balayage and ombre techniques. Gena has been certified in straight razor cutting by Bumble and Bumble and her work has been featured on television in commercials for Band-Aid. She also attended the Kevin Murphy show in Las Vegas. “ The staff at High Maintenance is friendly, yet professional, with a family feel. We work together as a team!”
Sonny - Deal - Stylist
In Sonny's 30 plus year career, he has studied at various hair institutes such as Vidal Sassoon in New York City and Pivot Point in Los Angeles. He is passionate about color and cuts, and staying on top of the latest trends and styles.
17 years later. certified by Goldwell USA, Bumble and Bumble University, Oribe, Kevin Murphy, and numerous other cutting, products and keratin services, Emily loves her career more than ever! Her attention to detail in point cutting, as well as precision razor styling, are her forte. But, she loves to be the author of the entire story, from color, to highlights, and a finished blowout to polish off her work. “High Maintenance has made all of this artistry so easily possible with our amazing staff, top of the line products, and an atmosphere fit for any and everyone looking for a pristine experience.”