Fall in love with your curls again
More Than Curly® Salon was founded in May 2011, as Colorado’s only Chemical Free, Curly Educating Salon, by Melissa and Jason Vaz. The desire to open a multi-cultural, drama free, and peaceful Salon environment, that provides Curly Cuts, Color, Wash and Go Styles and education, was completely Melissa’s idea, after searching for a Curly Salon to work in after becoming licensed, and could find none.
Our goal is to have you fall in love with your curls again.
More Than Curly is a Ouidad® Certified Salon, and we also have a Curly Barber! When it comes to being creative with Curly Undercuts, fades for women (Fade it and Forget it), or barbering services for that special guy in your life, we have you covered.
*As an exclusively Curly Salon, we only use products that are water soluble or organic, and are good for your curl pattern. We are a Curly Collaborative Team, sharing the same focus and mission of providing excellent services that produce healthy, happy hair.
We will not have you in the Salon all day, and try our best to be respectful of your time. We will not "slip in" a softening conditioner in your Deep Conditioning Treatment (that's just wrong). We love Curls, and celebrate them.
about melissa - colorado's curl queen
After Melissa received her cosmetology license in 2008, she began looking for a Salon to work in, that specializes in Curly textured hair like hers. To her dismay she found that none existed, so she booth rented at Mykal Grant Salon, and then moved on to Salon Bodhi.
In 2010, while a booth renter at Salon Bodhi, she introduced the Ouidad Product line and the Carve and Slice® to Denver. That Summer, Melissa set out with Stacy Jo (Salon Bodhi Owner) to advance her knowledge and education by venturing out to NYC, to obtain her Ouidad® Training and Certification. Melissa was personally trained by Ouidad herself in the Carve and Slice® cutting technique, but has advanced and built upon it greatly, to what we now call our “Curly Session”.
In 2011, Melissa returned to NYC to take part of the new Ouidad Train the Trainer pilot program, where she became the first Certified Ouidad Educator outside of the Ouidad Flagship Salon in NYC. Her education, Curly improvisation, and teaching experience, has set Melissa and the Staff at More Than Curly apart from any Curly Salon in the nation.
Since opening in 2011 with an average of 3 Curl Specialists, More Than Curly® Salon has performed thousands of Curly services and counting, and continues to grow as the premiere Curly Salon in the Rocky Mountain region.
centennial flagship staff
Melissa vaz - (Curl Expert)
Founder/Owner - Ouidad Educator
As a Master Stylist, Melissa trains and certifies each stylist at More Than Curly in our Signature Services. Whether it is a Ouidad Carve and Slice®, or our Advanced Curly, Kinky or Transition Session, the standard Melissa has set must be met before a stylist performs any services.
“When my clients leave MORE Than Curly Salon, I want them to feel loved! I do this by listening to my clients. Asking them: “What is your hair goal?” and giving them the education to achieve that goal. I want them to leave excited, comfortable, and ready to wear the beautiful curly hair God has given them!
My biggest inspiration is my beautiful husband and best friend who inspires me to be the woman that God has purposed me to be. My mother inspires me also, because she illustrated what hard working, sacrificial love looks like in a mother. I praise the Lord for both of them.
My favorite thing about curls is how there are so many different types of curly hair. I get so excited when a client comes in not liking their curly hair, but loving their curly hair when they leave! They never knew they had such beautiful hair. The words I live by are: “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” –Jesus-
Taylor Lewis - curl specialist
“I became interested in doing curly hair the day I “big chopped” my own hair. From there, I wanted a clean slate and my own personal understanding of natural curls, and the beauty of being a natural curly girl. What sets me apart as a stylist, is the passion I have for curly hair. I love curly hair, and how versatile curly hair can be. It ignites a flame within me to love what I do, it’s a challenge that most haircare professionals shy away from, and that keeps me motivated.
I think excellent customer service is getting to know my client and making them feel at home. It’s giving someone the confidence to be who they truly are, and to keep them coming back for more. I want my clients to feel warm, welcomed and educated, from the time they walk in, to the time they walk out the door.
My clients and myself are my motivation. I believe my “Big Chop” experience, gives me a way to relate to clients with their own adventurous curly hair dreams. I want to motivate others to know it is a beautiful thing being naturally curly. I also want to inspire confidence in my clients to wear their hair curly.
What makes me “More Than” would be my heart and my compassion for others, the desire to see curly hair people embrace who they TRULY are. I wanted to be part of the More Than Curly team when I met Jason and Melissa, the environment was like no other. You won’t always get family, love, hope, encouragement, and a sense of “forever” working at a regular job, and that to me is what makes this experience more than… more than a job, more than a career, more than happiness, I love it here.”
Rhonda Curley - Colorist/Academy Student
Rhonda began her Curly Hair Career at More Than Curly in May of 2018. Yes, Curley is actually her last name.
Rhonda's passion for Curly Hair Care led her to MTC, after graduating from Empire Beauty School. Rhonda has excelled in Color science with Curly Hair, and is currently accepting Curly Cut Models to complete her Curly Academy Training with Salon Owner Melissa Vaz.
Quincy Jones - Curl Specialist
Quincy "Kiki" Jones is Melissa's brother and licensed barber.
Quincy developed a passion for Curly Hair after seeing how versatile Curly Locks can be when given the proper attention. Of course, being exposed to the expertise of his sister Melissa over the years, helped develop that passion as well.
Quincy completed our Curly Academy in only 11 weeks and is happily accepting new clients.
Alice Lesnic - Salon associate
Alice, originally from Ghana is a Colorado Licensed Cosmetologist. Alice has always loved and embraced her Naturally Curly Hair, and brings a special warmth and kindness (and sense of humor) to the Salon each day.
Alice is a More Than Curly Academy student, and is available for Color application and Curly Sets.