As the proud owners of First Impressions, including Aveda & Davines haircare, KPS Essentials Skincare and 1st Phorm Supplements, Andrea & Anthony would like to be the first to welcome you!
The little white house with a pretty pink door was built in 1927. Beginning as a hair supply store, it was converted to an Aveda salon by its original owner and has currently been a salon for over 30 years. as of August 2015, Andrea and Anthony are the 3rd owners. Wanting to remain loyal to it’s roots, they chose to rebrand under the salon’s original name. It has since been completely revamped, bringing you a trendsetting, innovative salon that feels like home.
Andrea graduated from Columbia City High School in 2003. She went on to follow her passion of being a hair stylist and received her licensing from Masters of Cosmetology, here in Fort Wayne. Andrea has 17 years of experience as a hair stylist, 14 of which have been with Aveda. As an owner/stylist, she takes great pride in using her creativity to make clients look and feel incredible. Andrea, along with all stylists & our esthetician from F.I. regularly attend continuing education classes and shows to further their education, providing you with the latest trends and techniques. Andrea enjoys working on DIY projects at the salon and at home in her spare time. She adores their daughter, Aurora who without a doubt is the light of her life and two dogs Rica and Tuck who are spoiled as well. After taking dance lessons for nearly 20 years, dancing is one of Andrea’s favorite things to do. She also loves traveling to new places with her husband and daughter, spending time with family and friends, outdoor activities and being a mother. She devotes a considerable amount of time to her health and wellness through working out and proper nutrition.
Anthony graduated from East Noble High School in 2005. As a standout athlete, he was recruited by multiple universities. Ultimately choosing Florida State University to compete on the men’s cross country and track & field teams, and to attend the FSU/FAMU School of Engineering pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. Anthony joined the US Air Force in 2010 and has continued to serve an active role as an air reserve technician. He has since become a reservist in USAF Reserves, and in order to serve our local community is a police officer. He and Andrea were introduced in 2012, while Anthony was on temporary duty in the pacific. He asked Andrea to marry him, among family and friends, after returning from deployment in 2013. Anthony loves working on cars & motorcycles. He enjoys volunteering at local schools through junior achievement and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Anthony is also a representative for a supplement company based in St. Louis named 1st Phorm. He is currently pursuing a career in the fitness industry, aspiring to help others achieve their ultimate goals, and hoping to possibly expand future business efforts to include a gym.
Andrea & Anthony’s vision is to create a salon where every guest feels welcome and comfortable, while providing excellent customer service. They have the utmost confidence in the team, as each member brings a special talent to the first impressions family. Your decision to entrust First Impressions with your patronage is a choice we sincerely appreciate.
Jami graduated from the Douglas J. Aveda Institute in Lansing, Michigan in 2004 and has been part of the First Impressions family ever since. Jami’s specialty is women’s haircuts but she enjoys men’s and children’s haircuts as well. If you are looking for a refresh or a whole new style, Jami would love to have you in her chair. She is also an amazing colorist, so if you would like a little dimension added to your new style, she’ll take care of that too. Making you feel beautiful is what she loves about her job most!
Andrea was born and raised in Fort Wayne. She graduated from Canterbury High School, and went on to bartend at a few local hotspots before deciding to return to school. Andrea received her licensing from Ravenscroft Beauty School and began working at First Impressions in 2008. She enjoys keeping up with the latest trends and has recently attended ‘blonde bombshell’, ‘styled to last’ and the Aveda Mid-America hair show.
Andrea’s husband, Michael, works at the Rescue Mission. She has a daughter, Sydney, who is in the third grade and a 2-year-old son, Cameron, who is already looking into a career as an acrobat. They keep her busy, but she still finds time to enjoy a reading, gardening and hiking.
Samantha was a graduate from Leo High School in 2008. She continued her education at Aveda Fredrics Institute in Indianapolis, IN. Sam has been doing hair for the past 7 years. She specializes in highlights, lowlights, gray coverage, hand painting eclipting, balayage, ombre, Brazilian Blowouts, special occasion styles, and women’s cuts. Continued education is very important to her, so she can provide guests with the best product knowledge and up-to-date styles.
Samantha is married to Austin Harrison. They share a home with their dog, Peyton, in Fort Wayne. Her passion is making guests feel beautiful and looks forward to sharing her talents with you! Check out her photo gallery on Instagram.
Michaela has been part of the Aveda family for over 7 years. Being a hairstylist isn’t just a job, to her it is a passion. She is always eager to learn and expand her knowledge by taking advanced education classes, keeping her up to date on the newest hair and beauty trends. One of her best attributes is her care for her guests. Michaela always spends the extra time carefully listening to her guests so she can better create the look they desire. She is very thorough and provides special attention to every detail. She genuinely cares about her guests and will always go out of her way to make sure they have an amazing experience each visit.
Visit First Impressions and experience Michaela’s passion while beautifying your hair!
Jen became an Esthetician in 2001 and has been with Aveda for 16 years. During that time, she has continued growing her skills through educational training and networking with other skin and hair professionals. One of her top priorities is to give all of her guests an amazing experience by incorporating rituals and aromatherapy during every visit. She is known for her “relaxing waxing” technique. Her goal is to help people obtain beautiful brows and healthy skin.
Hiking on the marsh or in the forest is where you will find Jen when she is not working. So much so that she became an Indiana Master Naturalist, currently working with Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve. Inspiration…spiritually, mentally and physically comes from her 3 children, Nate, Lindsey and Joshua. She says they are her greatest teachers and her biggest fans.
Terri Collinsworth recently moved here from Durham, NC and says she is finding Ft. Wayne to be a happening city!. She’s a native of Ohio, (Go Bucks), where she owned and operated a salon for 18 yrs. Terri has always enjoyed attending hands on classes and hair shows to remain up to date on the latest fashions and trends in the industry. That’s what she loves most about the career, styles are always changing. Terri says, “I feel very fortunate to be in a salon like FI, with such talented team of hairdressers. We learn alot from each other.” She loves to cut, color and create a whole new look for clients, the smile on their faces is what continues to be her inspiration. That’s where she gains the most satisfaction. Call in and book your appointment with Terri!