Owner / Director of operations

Stephanie Barker

Stephanie never saw this one coming—a salon? Well, it seems the universe had other plans and here she is. Having spent the better part of the last 15 years in Human Resources it was time for a change. She’s still putting her background of Operations, Training & Development and Engineering Fun to good use as Director of all things Cobalt Hair Lab.

A Louisville native, Stephanie has lived in Upstate New York, Ohio and Colorado. She has quite the adventurous spirit: she loves rock climbing, backpacking, was once a scuba diving instructor and even climbed a few mountains in her day (most notably Mt. Rainer, the highest peak in the lower 48’s). We think she's well-equipped to take on the day-to-day challenges as co-owner of Cobalt Hair Lab.



Hair designer


Rachel is a transplant from Lexington, KY, who was searching for a fresh start. After working in the industry 5 years, she craved new opportunity and furthering education. Her main focus has been with men’s grooming but her goal is to continually evolve into the best well-rounded stylist she can be.

Rachel considers the importance of being a student in everything she does, even while teaching others. She found her love for hair while soul-searching about her future. Ultimately, the artistic nature of the craft invited her in and the rest is history. “My passion [for hair] is like those characteristics that are always living within, and when unearthed, they become fuel for creative fire.” We asked Rachel what was the catalyst for igniting her passion. “I have always had a strong appreciation for sculptural art. For me, hair is just that.”

Rachel draws a lot of personal inspiration from her variety of clients. “It’s not about having an exact sort of clientele or the days where everything goes according to plan. It’s when you dig in a little deeper and challenge yourself to become a better you.”



Hair designer


Aubry has been a professional in the hair industry for over 10 years. WOW, how time flies when you are doing what you love! Her training includes extensive education from front runners in the hair industry, including an intensive study at the Sassoon Academy in California. She believes that continuing education is imperative and essential to staying current and to push her creative boundaries.

“I don’t believe in creating “haircuts” but rather working with a client’s unique bone structure, hairline and texture to tailor a style unique to them. I enjoy the juxtaposition of combining the structural elements of hair design with an approach that delivers soft movement and flow.”

Specializing in short, textured cuts, Aubry also has an affinity for doing soft shag layers and lean waterfall layers for clients with long hair, and also takes delight in creating convertible cuts and color elements that help her guests enjoy multiple looks for different occasions.

“Hairstyling shouldn’t be an intimidating experience for the client but rather a chance to relax, have fun, and leave looking amazing!”

Yep—we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.