Meet Our Salon Team
Judy Puffer, Owner & Stylist
Owner Judy Puffer developed Puffer's Salon and Day Spa over thirty years ago. Her passion for hair styling led her to elite schools across the United States and Canada, including Vidal Sassoon in California and Van Fike Academy in Canada. She has advanced training from Whitman and Whitman in Vermont, Aveda Institute in Minnesota, and the Aveda Educational Center in Boston and New York. An Aveda educator and mentor inspired her to choose Aveda and develop a Concept Salon, not only for its educational guidance, but because of the example they set for environmental leadership and their responsibility to give back to society.
She takes pride in her staff's ability to work as a team as well as their eagerness to learn and improve their skills to better serve their guests.
- 2007 Business of the Year, presented by Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce
- 1989 Aveda Highest Achievement Award for the East Coast
Anne, Senior Stylist
As a team member of Puffer's since 1994, Anne has extensive training from Aveda educators. Her versatility can be seen in her work and she can confidently recommend products to clients to enhance their style at home. She has a creative eye and the ability to offer suggestions to complement her guest's complexion, face shape and structure. She is exceptional at creative wrap design, specifically ponytail perms, and is a skilled razor cutter.
Anne graduated from Whitman's Academy of Hair Design in 1994 and continues to receive advanced Aveda education in hair cutting and colouring. She has been involved in TLC's A Makeover Story, as well as various fundraising events.
Chris, Senior Stylist
Chris has a long history with Puffer's having been with the company for the past 25 years. During this time she has participated in advanced Aveda education and continues to expand her talent. Chris was in the first graduating class at Whitman's Academy of Hair Design in Vermont and was an award-winner for both her long hair design and hair cutting. In addition, she attended Pivot Point, an Academy in Chicago, and the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis, to enhance her cutting capabilities. She is certified in the Keratin Taming System and well-experienced in permanent waves.
As a senior stylist, she is reliable, efficient and maintains a close relationship with her clients.
Colleen, Makeup Artist & Stylist
Colleen has been a stylist since graduating from the New England Center for Cosmetology in 2009. She joined Puffer's in 2013 and is a talented stylist who also specializes in facial waxing, makeup, and airbrushing.
She takes joy in designing for special occasions and shared her talent by providing styles at the 2013 Westfield Colleen Pageant.
Colleen continues to receive advanced education from Puffer's Cutting Specialist, Kristen, and the Aveda Institute in Boston.
Emma, Stylist and Makeup Artist
Emma's passion and drive to succeed as a stylist are marveled only by her natural talent. Her talent is evident in her flawless long hair designs for formal events such as weddings, parties, and proms. She expertly creates braids in a variety of forms for formal events, chic parties, or glamorous weddings. Emma is also very well versed in highlighting and balayage. She has a keen eye for creating the perfect tone to complement the features of her guests and she takes pride in creating a complete, finished look for each guest which is where her talents as a makeup artist appear. Emma loves having the opportunity to provide the "complete" look for her guests from perfect highlight placement to the perfect lip shade. She also provides facial waxing--she can do it all! While very outgoing and bubbly, Emma has an 'old soul' making her the perfect addition of youthful energy and seasoned charm to the Puffer team.
Emma is a 2017 graduate of Springfield Technical Community College.
Jamie, Senior Stylist & Aveda Certified Hair Colour Trainer
Jamie is an Aveda Certified Hair Colour Trainer and Puffer's Colour Specialist. She receives in-depth Aveda education from Minneapolis and New York and communicates her knowledge of colour to the Puffer's salon team. Jamie's patience is acknowledged by her guests in the way she conducts her colour consultations. She offers recommendations to help customers achieve their desired look without jeopardizing the quality of their hair. She is highly skilled in all areas of hair cutting and styling techniques.
She has been with Puffer's for over fifteen years and her career has been very diverse--participating in TLC's a makeover story, commercials, and various fundraising events.
Kate, Assistant Director of Haircutting & Senior Stylist
Kate cuts with precision and is meticulous in her long hair designs. Her patience and thorough consultations are especially appreciated among her young guests. She is knowledgeable in all forms of hair cutting, colouring, and design perm wraps for textured styles. Kate continues to advance her education at the Aveda Institutes in Minneapolis and Boston to stay on the forefront of cutting and styling techniques.
She has been involved in community events, fundraisers, and was featured in a commercial highlighting Puffer's Salon and Day Spa.
K.C.'s enthusiasm for haircutting is present every time a guest sits in her chair. Each guest is given her full attention--from consult to styling, K.C. offers tips and product suggestions to recreate their look at home.
She began her career at Puffer's after graduating from Springfield Technical Community College in 2009. She continues to challenge her creativity by attending advanced Aveda education in Minneapolis and Boston. Her academic focus on scissor and razor cutting allows her to cut fine hair with precision.
K.C. has been involved in many community and fundraising events and was featured in a commercial highlighting Puffer's Salon and Day Spa.
Kristen, Director of Haircutting & Senior Stylist
As Director of Haircutting, Kristen is consistently learning new skills and techniques to keep Puffer's on the forefront of cutting. She has participated in advanced Aveda education with national artists in Minneapolis, Boston and New York City. She is a detailed stylist with a strong sense of design and uses her knowledge of hair cutting to educate each new Puffer's hire on Aveda artistry. Each guest receives Kristen's utmost attention, as she enjoys providing her clients with an unforgettable salon experience.
Kristen attended Whitman's Academy of Hair Design in Vermont and has been with Puffer's since 1993. She has participated in various fundraising events and TLC's A Makeover Story.
Kelsea is a talented stylist who specializes in long hair design including updos and braiding and she also specializes in dimensional colors using techniques such as balayage, foiling, and color blocking. She continues to advance her education with Aveda and she has also taken the Blonde Obsessed class by Redkin. She is a 2014 graduate of Springfield Technical Community College where she was awarded the David and Andrea Whitman scholarship. The scholarship required her to participate in a styling competition that she won because of her proficiency with long hair design. Kelsea possesses an easygoing personality which is a trait enjoyed by her guests. She joined the Puffer’s team in May of 2014.
Melanie, Makeup Artist & Stylist
Melanie appreciates the versatility of Aveda's Full Spectrum hair colour---providing guests who like to push the envelope a customized colour---from vibrant blue to rich orange hues. In addition, she is well-versed in traditional styles for guests who want to update their current look. It is only fitting she uses her knowledge of colour theory for makeup applications and lessons. At New York City Fashion Week, she prepared the model's makeup for the runway under the direction of Janessa Pare, lead Aveda artist for the event. Melanie also receives frequent education at the Aveda Institute in Boston for hair cutting and styling. She has been with Puffer's since graduating from Springfield Technical Community College in 2011.
Missy began her career at Puffer's after graduating from Springfield Technical Community College in 2009. She continues to receive advanced education at the Aveda Institute in Boston. Missy developed her passion and skill for long hair design by attending a class instructed by acclaimed fashion stylist, Jon Reyman. She is knowledgeable in hair colour and cutting, providing guests with a variety of options that complement their face shape and structure. In addition, she is certified in the Keratin Taming System.
Missy has participated in various community events, fundraisers, and was featured in a commercial highlighting Puffer's Salon and Day Spa.
Rachelle, Senior Stylist
Rachelle has been with Puffer's since its first location on Church Street in Westfield over twenty-five years ago. Her vast knowledge of the industry, coupled with years of advanced Aveda education, has earned her a title of Senior Stylist. She has years of experience in all forms of hair cutting, styling, colour, and specialized services--including perms and the Keratin Taming System.