Meet Our Team

Ruth Ann Sletten - Master Stylist/Owner

Ruth Ann originally moved to Southern California from South Dakota with the famous De'Cut Hair International Design Team assisting them with training, education in hair design and opening additional salons. Ruth Ann trained with Toni & Guy and Swartzkopf then honed her personal style and technique. She decided she wanted to offer more services to her clients and ventured out on her own.

In 2000 Ruth Ann made the difficult decision to close her award wining Salon in the Santa Ynez Valley after 13 years of serving the elite Hollywood stars as her clients and move to Idaho. She had decided she wanted to be near her daughter and grandchildren. When she arrived she went to work at the renowned Coeur d'Alene Resort & Spa. Ruth Ann used this time wisely by getting to know the locals and doing her demographics study. This research enabled her to design a fantastic salon and spa with great detail to provide the very best in all-around coiffure, cosmetics and spa treatments.

In July 2007, Ruth Ann partnered with Julie Lind to open Hayden Creek Salon & Spa.

In less than five years after opening, Hayden Creek Salon & Spa was voted the best in North Idaho.

Ruth Ann is an expert in solving complex damaged hair problems, colors gone awry and home perms that did not go well. Ruth Ann is a master in hair cuts to complement and enhance your facial features. She has specialized in all aspects of hair design including Perms and Relaxing. She continues to educate herself by attending national spa & hair shows to gleam the latest styles, products and techniques. She loves to mentor young stylists and encourages them to be the best of the best.

Ruth Ann feels lucky to get to do her job everyday as she loves meeting new people, kindling friendships, and making people look their best to feel good about themselves. Ruth Ann goes above and beyond for special group appointments, such as wedding groups. She provides them with all their special request of eye lashes, nail color, special up-dos, etc. She makes the event a festive and fun party of beauty for everyone by providing wine, cheese and fresh fruit. This all adds to the wonderful memories of the wedding experience and Ruth Ann is truly a professional in this regard.

Ruth Ann has over 30 years of excellent experience and has directed over 19 salons in her career.

Ruth Ann invites you to call or come in to discuss all your beauty needs...because it is all about you!

Julie Lind - Master Stylist/Owner

Julie has been a hair Stylist for over 30 years. Her professional education and training began with Toni & Guy and include Pureology, Schwarzkopf, Redken and many others.

Julie truly believes she has the best career in the world! "I get to make people happy everyday. It is an absolute joy to get to know my wonderful clients and create the best look for them. I feel so fortunate to be a Hair Stylist!"

Julie started her career as a Hair Stylist in California and then moved to North Idaho in 1996. Julie and Ruth Ann decided to open Hayden Creek Salon & Spa in July 2007.

Randy Rod - Master Stylist

Randy graduated from Bjorn's Hairstyling Academy in Vallejo, California in 1983. Since then he has worked in 3 outstanding salons in his career: Bobbie Freitas Hairstyling in Lafayette, CA for 17 years, Joseph Michael's Salon & Day Spa in Lawrenceville, GA, for 8 years and The Hayden Creek Salon & Spa.

Randy completely enjoys the satisfaction of using his training and experience to create, color, cut and style to fit his clients needs, desires, and lifestyle.

Randy has worked at and attended many hair shows and seminars throughout the years and has had the privilege of training with great people in this industry including: Sir Robert Clegg, Derek Roe, Dwight Miller, Paul Mitchell, Alan Benfield Bush and Nick Arroja.

Lauren Haag - Stylist / Nail Tech

Lauren started working for Hayden Creek Salon & Spa the summer of 2013. She moved to Idaho from Hawaii when her parents came up here to semi-retire and fell in love with Idaho, so she worked to get her license here. Lauren graduated cosmetology school January 2011 from Paul Brown Institute at Remington College. Her first few years as a stylist were spent in Hawaii where her main focus was hair cutting and coloring. On the side she helped with hair and make-up for a children's fashion show and also assisted for special effects make-up for an episode of Off The Map in North Shore. Lauren has kept up her skills by learning new techniques some of which are: Paul Brown, Paul Mitchell, Matrix and Wella. Right now at our Salon, Lauren utilizes her skills in spoiling her clients and making them look and feel their best whether it’s hair or nails!

Ally Bertsch - Stylist

Ally is originally from Olympia, Washington, where she began her hairdressing career in 2013. She enjoys coloring, cutting, and styling hair. Ally is up to date on all the latest trends and specializes in balayage/ombre hair coloring. Once a client is in Ally’s chair, she takes the time to discuss exactly what the client desires for their hair color and/or styling.
The favorite part of her job is seeing the reaction from her client when they’ve seen their beautiful transformation. Ally truly loves her career, so much so it doesn’t even feel like work to her!

Testimonial from client: "I had an appointment with Ally. She took the time to listen to what I wanted and needed, I might add. My hair is very thick and she layered and thinned it. It looks fabulous!!! Finally someone can cut and style my hair the way I want it. I’m looking forward to my next appointment with my new stylist."

Melissa Unruh - Esthetician

Melissa is from Phoenix, Arizona where she began her medical aesthetic training under a naturopathic doctor, over ten years ago. She has journeyed through high end resorts, plastic surgeons and retirement communities to expose herself with a variety of skin types and conditions as well as numerous modalities and treatment methods.

Melissa specializes in treatments that exfoliate dull, lifeless skin to reveal and nourish healthy layers. These treatments include microdermabrasion and Dermaplaning, which can both be a solo treatment or incorporated into a facial for added hydration.

Melissa is obsessed with brow shaping and finding your natural arch that will complement your facial structure. She says that a well-defined brow shape can make your look. All of Melissa’s facial treatments include the element of massage therapy. She believes radiant skin is a result of using medical grade products to address the physical needs of the skin, and using massage to address the internal stress of the body that will also contribute to aging.

Crystal Watson - Nail Tech/Cosmetologist

Crystal is originally from Mississippi, where she started her career in 2007. In the year 2008, she graduated from the Head Master’s School of Hair Design. Crystal has over 10 years of experience in the cosmetology field. She specializes in nail services and ethnic hair. Crystal offers the latest nail trends and has perfected nail art for those who so desire it. She enjoys providing excellent nail services and putting a smile on the client’s face!

Caitlyn McKinney - Makeup Artist

Caitlyn has lived in the Hayden area since 2004, and started working at Hayden Creek Salon & Spa in the summer of 2016. Her career in the beauty and makeup industry started in 2015. This experience includes freelance makeup artistry and high-end makeup sales. Caitlyn continually educates herself on all the latest makeup trends and techniques. Caitlyn is able to do any style of makeup- whether it’s bridal, natural, full glam, or costume makeup. She is also knowledgeable on how to apply makeup on all skin types. Makeup artistry is a true passion for Caitlyn and she loves enhancing the beauty her clients already have!