meet our staff

theo pettway
education director / stylist
voted Best Stylist in Birmingham 2019 (finalist)

Theo was the catalyst of opening Arcadia.  Christie, the owner, knew him for many years and after reconnecting, she knew that he would lead what was to become Arcadia.  theo graduated aveda institute birmingham in 2009 and has been an industry professional ever since. he’s a father of 2 and also an abstract painter, preferring large canvases. when asked what drew him to salon education he answered “ i live for that ah-hah moment!” he leads team arcadia with confidence and patience and also became a Davines Educator in 2019.  If you really want to be his friend, bring him so General Tso’s Chicken – extra spicy please!

@theopettway

mary fulton
color director / stylist social media director / stylist
voted Best Stylist in Birmingham 2019 (finalist)

mary graduated from the Aveda Institute Birmingham in 2016 and hit the ground running.  she started in a salon right away and began taking classes on her own following school to improve her skills.  she’s now a Blonde Specialist stating, “I love all of the different foiling patterns and techniques with all of my blondes.  I try to create what I call ‘lived in blondes’ that have the feel of very low maintenance.”  Mary spends her spare time on various DIY projects and hopes one day she will also become a commercial airline pilot.

@maryfulton_hair

christina castorini
stylist

christina is a transplant from seattle and has called birmingham home for several years now.  She’s vegan and can roller skate better than most, hosting skating events in birmingham in her spare time proves she’s dedicated.  she specializes in mens cuts and short haircuts in general.  

@christina.hair.skate

jaisy ray 
stylist

jaisy is a transplant from kentucky and is loving birmingham. color is her specialty, whether all over or highlights, she loves it all.  in her spare time she loves spending time with her husband, her german shepherd Rey and playing guitar on occasion.  Oh, and if you want to become a vivid pink – this is your girl!  

@jaisyrayhair

kista hamilton
stylist

Disney, Elvis and cross stitching – these are just a few of Kista’s favorite things.  You can find her experiencing travel with her family as often as life permits, camping being a favorite of theirs.  She recently bought a can of bear repellant – no joke!  Color is her passion and is the reason she fell in love with with hair.  Many things inspire her but we thought the following would be best in her own words:

“In life I’m inspired by activists, politicians, community organizers and all the citizens that care so deeply for their home places. It’s incredible what is possible with some organizational skills and a heart for equality and justice. The change taking place here in our own city has been so exciting to watch and take part in. I am so incredibly proud of Birmingham and what it is becoming.” Kista

@arcadiabham

lis barton
stylist

Lis (pronounced Liz) is a graduate of the Aveda Institute here in Birmingham but sort of feels she’s been in cosmetology most of her life – she’s always had a love of hair.  You can find her paddle boarding on the weekends, plus she has a fondness for creating digital illustration, printmaking and her newest hobby is hooping.

As far as hair goes – she loves everything!  Cutting is a strong suit and as far as color – she loves the entire rainbow.   

@lis.b.creative

Ashley

ashley blankenship
stylist

Ashley joined the Arcadia Team in 2020, she’s a Paul Mitchell grad and she immersed herself in our culture immediately. she loves the old and the new – whether exploring the lake paddle boarding or finding old restaurants in Birmingham, she enjoys the discovery. She considers her specialty as grey coverage and blending but loves everything about hair and each client that she experiences. her philosophy is “I really think that there is an opportunity in every day.  you never know what is going to come and it makes it exciting to get up and try something new each day.”

@hairbyashleyblankenship

christie white
owner / salon social media director & marketing

christie has worked in the salon industry since 1995, holding various positions of leadership until 2018 when she, along with her husband bill, were lucky enough to embark on creating their own salon at arcadia. she’s a lover of vintage tiki culture, collecting various ephemera and original mid-century modern art. she leads team arcadia with careful guidance, tailoring success for each individual and actively assists them in achieving their dreams.

@tikikiliki