Meet the Staff

founders:

Roy A Fredericks and Connie Strang founded Avant Garde in 1983 in Austin, Texas. Texas Original AVEDA Salon Spa. Their vision was to have the ultimate hair salon in Austin—a company where excellence and impeccable service were the standards. A relaxed atmosphere with an energy level that can only be associated with progressive work in action. Avant was positioned to be the salon at the cutting edge of fashion. 

In a 40 year career Roy has toured as an AVEDA Creative Artist, a Business Expert at MidWest Show and Serious Business, Presented at AVEDA Congress,  Roy was instrumental in the creation of the AVEDA ABC Education Program. Most recently Roy Fredericks has been recognized by Austin Fashion Week as "Austin Fashion TrailBlazer".

In the words of the Austin Chronicle: "Y'all love Avant. You just can't help yourselves. Owner Roy Fredericks is a true pioneer in Austin's beauty scene with decades of successful salons under his belt. Extraordinarily talented stylists go through Avant's meticulous training process, ensuring that when you see an Avant haircut, you know it's an Avant haircut. With his ever-growing empire in Central Texas, Fredericks and Avant will be remembered as the foundation upon which our current fashion scene was built." 

Since then both Austin and Avant have had phenomenal growth. Avant has grown from one salon to three salonspas, with two in ATX and one in San Antonio; as well as a photography studio.

In 30 years, Avant has:

Avant's clients have included Nastassja Kinski, Jon Voight, Don Henley, David Byrne, Kelly Willis, Lucinda Williams, Rosie Flores, Shawn Colvin, Charlie and Will Sexton, Laurie Anderson, Ann Richards, Max Frost, Brad Womack, Eva Longoria, Paul Qui, David Cross, Fran Lebowitz, Bob Balaban, Martin O'Malley, Sonia Sotomajor and Terri Gruca to name just a few.

Avant's educators train all around the globe and have been featured at USA top Educational events including American Excellence, Serious Business, Midwest Beauty Show and Aveda Congress.

As a fully computerized salon since day one, Avant was the first hair salon internationally, to see the potential of the Internet and create a web presence.

Avant Garde is Austin's original Aveda salon. Together, with other local Aveda salons, Avant has raised over $40,000 for local environmental groups over the last three years.

downtown:

Alfonso Hernandez

Alfonso Hernandez

Araceli Guerrero

Araceli Guerrero

Brittany Hampel

Brittany Hampel

Jasmine Stelly

Jasmine Stelly

Joe Edwards

Joe Edwards

John Kolar

John Kolar

Ron Fredericks

Ron Fredericks

Rudolph Leon-Guerrero

Rudolph Leon-Guerrero

Stacey Tomon

Stacey Tomon

Steven Culbreth

Steven Culbreth

Tracy O'Hargan

Tracy O'Hargan

Tim Patrick

Tim Patrick

Rachel Casillo

Rachel Casillo

gateway:

Anesia Jackson

Anesia Jackson

April Downs

April Downs

Candice Lumpkin

Candice Lumpkin

Connie Strang

Connie Strang

Courtney Smarr

Courtney Smarr

Erikka Walor

Erikka Walor

Jenni Villarreal

Jenni Villarreal

Jennifer Finkelstein

Jennifer Finkelstein

Kiley Mitchell

Kiley Mitchell

Kimberlee Krivokucha

Kimberlee Krivokucha

Leslie Cardiel

Leslie Cardiel

Maryam Milligan

Maryam Milligan

Samantha Lloyd

Samantha Lloyd

Sarah Pucci

Sarah Pucci

Shanna Letbetter

Shanna Letbetter

Taya Williams

Taya Williams

Vanessa Pereira

Vanessa Pereira

Jackie Rumsey

Jackie Rumsey

san antonio:

Daniel Guerrero

Daniel Guerrero

Irene Canaria

Irene Canaria

José Castañeda

José Castañeda

Karla Aguayo

Karla Aguayo

Lori Kassinger

Lori Kassinger

Natalie Guerra

Natalie Guerra

Norma Burgueno

Norma Burgueno

Rafael Ramirez

Rafael Ramirez

Sylvia Gonzalez

Sylvia Gonzalez

Vanessa Sosa

Vanessa Sosa

Trinity Nelson

Trinity Nelson