Meet The Salon Utopia Team

Lara Christy

Owner, Hair Artist

SU team member since: 2001

Specialties: coloring, cutting, curly hair, and fine hair


  • NC Licensed Cosmetoligist
  • Keratin Straightening
  • Hotheads Hair Extensions
  • Toni&Guy
Inspiration: I love people, and I love to create! I get a lot of my ideas for hair color from nature.

Fun fact: Born, raised, and have resided right here my whole life! I have been to just about every state in the country. I love traveling, boating, and skiing with my husband and two boys.

Tyona Brackett

Massage Therapist

SU team member since: 2015

Specialties: deep tissue, relaxation, trigger point work, and reflexology


  • NC licensed massage therapist
  • medi-cupping

Inspiration: I love helping people. If someone is in pain or discomfort, I love finding the muscles that are causing it. Healthy living and wellness are also a big inspiration that made me choose massage therapy.

Fun fact: I love my job, I’m easy to talk to, and love to be with my friends and family.

Vickie Byrum

Hair Artist

SU team member since: 2016

Specialties: curly hair, short haircuts


  • NC licensed Cosmetologist
  • NCA award winning haircuts

Inspiration: I love the transformation of uplifting one’s spirit through a new hairstyle

Fun fact: I love music, dancing, and spending time with friends and family at the beach.

Gloria Cherry

Hair Artist

SU team member since: 2005

Specialties: wedding and special occasion styles and up-dos, and color correction


  • NC licensed Cosmetoligist
  • So.Cap USA certified hair extension artist
  • All Nutrient certified hair colorist
Inspiration: There is always something new! It’s fun to be creative!

Donna Eichstaedt

Micropigmentation Specialist

SU team member since: 2016

Specialties: skin rejuvenation and permanent makeup


  • micropigmentation certified
  • skin needling certified

Inspiration: I love to make people feel good about themselves.

Fun fact: I love to party and have fun!

Irene Kennedy-Wyllie

Hair Artist

SU team member since: 2013

Specialties: Keratin Straightening, color, and cutting


  • NC licensed Cosmetoligist
  • Advanced education with top industry professionals including: Aveda, Vidal Sassoon, and Toni & Guy

Tammy Dye

Nail Technician/ Manicurist

SU team member since: 2017

Specialty: nail art, nail enhancements


  • NC licensed Manicurist

Inspiration: I love to be artistic and create!

Fun fact: New to our area from Idaho

Eva Rudolph

Hair Artist

SU team member since: 2005

Specialties: Special occasion styles and up-dos, fine hair, highlights, texture perms, and Keratin straightening treatments


  • NC licensed Cosmetologist

Sydney McPheters

Hair Artist

SU team member since: 2012

Specialty: Goldwell Hair Color


  • NC licensed cosmetologist

Guest Services

  • Lynn Brittain
  • Tracy Broome
  • Aimee DeFina
    Salon Coordinator
  • Brenda Mitchell
  • Kathy Smith
  • Kristi Wilson

At Salon Utopia, outstanding customer service is our first priority. Staying current and up-to-date in our fields of expertise is a close second. We are inviting you to explore the possibility of becoming a part of our team of skilled professionals if these things are important to you also! We are a hybrid salon with many different types of compensation to choose from, and many amenities to enjoy. We would love to hear from you!