Aiming to serve, love, and care for their clients, Michelle Ryan and Adia Grimm founded J. Michaels Salon in 2013. 


J Michaels Salon owners Michelle and Jay Ryan have brought an upscale design mixed with a luxurious feeling to the greater Des Moines metropolitan area. As the first exclusive L’Oreal Professionnel, Kerastase, Oribe and R+Co salon in Iowa, the focus of J Michaels Salon is providing every guest with an unprecedented salon experience. From the moment you walk into the elegant entrance of our salon to the time your service is completed, you will be treated as a member of our family. It is our mission to serve you, and we put our guests needs at the forefront of our business.


Meet Our Team

J Micheals Michelle

Michelle Ryan | Salon Owner

Hair stylist & mentor

Michelle is the owner of J Michaels Salon.  She is a coach, mentor, motivator and hairstylist at J Michaels Salon whom provides direction, support and education to her team day in and day out. Over the last 15 years, Michelle has traveled, trained and mentored under the top names in the industry. Her creative direction and inspirations for the guests’ experience enable the team at J Michaels Salon to deliver a salon experience that is unprecedented and attracts the attention of the top stylists and leaders in the industry.

J Micheals Adia

Adia Grimm | Artistic Director

Level 4 Stylist

Adia has a career that spans over nearly a decade in the hair industry in addition to completing her AA degree in Psychology.  Through hard work, dedication, and compassion for others, Adia has created lasting relationships with her guests over the years. She loves being challenged and sees every situation as a learning opportunity to grow herself as well as her skill set. As the Artistic Director at J Michaels Salon, Adia stays true to her love for education and supports each team member that works alongside her every day.

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Level 4 Stylist

Anita appreciates the fact that she’s in an industry where her creativity is allowed to flow and the possibilities are endless. She has always been inspired by art and the vision of silhouettes around her and sees hair as her canvas. Her techniques run the full spectrum from simple to fashion forward. It is important to Anita that her guests love the style she has professionally created and that they are able to recreate their style at home!

Anita has trained extensively with the salon owner of J Michaels Salon and has a key leadership role in the company. Anita has continued her education by attending the L'Oreal Professionnel's Academy in New York City and taking business classes at Summit Salon Business Center. She is very experienced in advanced hair cuts, hair color, Keratin Smoothing Treatments, and Hot Heads Hair Extensions.

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J Micheals Erikka


Level 4 Stylist

With over 10 years experience, Erikka has extensively trained in Redken, Pureology, Keratin Complex Smoothing System, Kevin Murphy, Kerastase, L’Oreal Professionnel and Hot Heads hair extensions.  

Erikka truly enjoys all aspects of hairdressing, especially cutting, color, formal styling and hair extensions.  She listens, understands, and has an artistic eye for personalizing each of her client’s ideal look. What she loves most about her career is making her clients feel happy, beautiful, and confident as soon as they walk in and out of the salon.

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J Micheals Adrian


Level 4 Stylist

Adrian believes strongly in continued education and constantly is researching the latest trends and techniques in the hair and fashion industry! Her background includes education in Aveda and advanced training classes with Dusty Rhode and Jon Reyman. Adrian has a love for various color techniques including: balayage, color melting, and blondes. The relationships she builds and the smiles she witnesses on her guests' faces is what inspires Adrian everyday! 

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J Micheals Kelly


Level 3 Stylist

Kelly has relocated to Des Moines from Richmond, Va. Kelly has been a stylist for over a decade and began her career at an Elite salon in Virginia training under the industry's top educators including advanced color, cutting, and chemical texturizing. Kelly thrives on education and her ability to inspire herself to always be at the forefront of the most up-to-date trends and techniques. She also takes the time to educate her guests on how to maintain and utilize their hair as their accessory....after all, you do wear it everyday! Kelly is also one of J Michaels Salon's Certified Stylists in the Natural Beaded Row Extension method!

One of Kelly's favorite quotes states: "The only way to do great work is love what you do." - Steve Jobs, and she loves what she does! 

To view Kelly's talent, click here and here.



Salon Manager

As a psychology graduate from Iowa State University, Tina always loved working with people and helping others. Having education in both the business and cosmo side of the industry, her top priority is to ensure every guest is receiving outstanding customer service every visit.

Tina’s history in the industry includes managing and coaching a front desk team and a team of stylists. You not only will see Tina leading our front desk but she is also a lead support for the J Michaels Salon stylists. 

J Micheals Janelle


Level 4 Stylist

Janelle's passion for hairstyling lies within making her guests look and feel their most beautiful! Prior to pursuing a career in cosmetology, Janelle received her bachelors degree in communication and entrepreneurship from the University of Iowa.  She holds education highly and has gained experience in her career through learning one on one from some of the most influential individuals in the industry. Janelle has worked backstage during New York's Fashion Week and thrives being in an environment where she's allowed to be creative and learn something new everyday! 

Extensively trained, Janelle enjoys every aspect of hairstyling including color, cut, styling and is always striving to stay up-to-date on the lastest techniques and trends.  She is also one of three stylists at J Michaels Salon that is a Certified Stylist in Natural Beaded Row Extensions. Janelle is inspired by her guests and loves making them feel beautiful and confident inside and out!



Level 3 Esthetician

Cassie is J Michaels Salon’s licensed Esthetician. Cassie specializes in Eyelash Extensions, Eyelash Lifts, Brow and Lash Tinting, men and women Full Body Waxing, Chemical Peels, and Custom Blend Facials using Bioelements Skin Care. Cassie surpasses her client’s expectations, aiming to deliver an experience that really leaves them “WOWED.” Her outgoing personality and confidence in her amazing work puts her guests at ease, earning her their long-term trust and loyalty. 

Why Work For Us

We take pride in our salon being a place where our staff can come to work each day with a smile on their face. Take it from them—building a career at J Michaels Salon is much more than being a hairstylist.

Adia Why Work For Us


We learn from every mistake we've made and making mistakes goes hand in hand with success. Over the years we've learned, we've grown, we've struggled, and we've experienced the priceless victory of success. Though the face of our salon stays the same, we are always growing and changing in the right direction—avoiding stagnancy, and doing our best to improve. Our staff, education, and structure may change, but from the beginning to the end of each day, we still have the same vision, passion and desire to equip and lead both our team and our community of supportive and loyal guests. We are more than just a salon that provides services. We are a brand that provides an experience that we hope and pray leaves others feeling welcomed and valued.

Anita Why Work For Us


I made the choice to work at J Michaels Salon because I needed a change in my career. I have been with the company from the day we opened our doors and have seen it grow and flourish into this amazing place. We have such a successful team of women and I can say confidently that by choosing to be a part of this journey has been so beneficial for my family. We have a great environment that supports and is dedicated to each guest that comes through our doors. I truly feel like we are not like any other salon in Des Moines and I am proud to be a part of this team.

Adrian Why Work For Us


I began my career at J Michaels Salon straight out of Cosmetology School. The training I was provided right from the bat allowed me to continuously grow. I'm very appreciative of the fact that I was also allowed to take guests within the first 4 weeks which allowed me to grow into a level 3 position in just short of 2 years. The team vibe that J Michaels Salon has provided me year after year has been such a blessing. Most importantly when I was looking for a salon to begin my career, I was looking for leaders who believed in me. The leadership in our company has believed in me continuously, and for that I am forever grateful.

Janelle Why Work For Us


The J Michaels Salon team believes in empowerment and success both on an individual level and as a whole. I’ve never been surrounded by such support and encouragement before joining this team! Imagine what you want your career aspirations to be and J Michaels Salon will give you the foundation and tools to create just that!

Kelly Why Work for Us


J Michaels Salon is a team of individuals with unique talents! The company provides a positive environment which has given me the opportunity to live out my passion and plant my roots. My life and career have both been quite the journey. I once thought of stepping away and joining the 9-5 corporate world, but something told me to look one final time in Des Moines for a place I can call my salon "home". J Michaels nurtures not only the best opportunity for that but also inspires me to grow in my profession even more. Education has been my foundation and has provided me with the tools to give those personal "experience" touches to each of my guests. I have been surrounded by coworkers that are knowledgable, respected ,and extremely talented which inspires me even more! Having a Summit salon be a part of my journey has given me the business guidance to grow, has provided a sense of financial security by reaching my goals, and is proving my career is legit and I'm not just some hairdresser!

Erikka Why Work For Us


I chose J Michaels Salon because of the company's foundation and tools that are necessary to build a successful career. I love that I am surrounded by an amazing team and salon owners that genuinely care for one another, each other's families, happiness, and life goals. Best of all, I can call them my second family!

"Never tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon" - Author Unknown

Come work for us!

J Michaels Salon offers an upscale design and high-energy work environment that encourages individual creativity supported by team inspiration and vision. We have a very open and inviting culture that allows you to learn and grow in a space where you can truly thrive. 

At J Michaels Salon you will have an opportunity to be a part of a team that is focused on exceptional guest experience and hair artistry with monthly coaching sessions and performance goal setting to help you achieve success in your professional and personal life. We are very passionate about helping our stylists build the careers that are beyond their own expectations, and we hope to be a strong force that propels you to long lasting greatness!

Benefits include:

  • Advanced In-House Education

  • 30 Day New Hire Training Program

  • Monthly 30-45 Minute Personal Development Meetings

  • Service Commission 50%-60%

  • Up to 20% Monthly Retail Commission

  • Paid Vacation

  • Bi-Weekly Incentives

  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance

  • Career Oriented Salon Company


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