Meet the Team

Katie Astoria, Owner/Principle ArtistKatie Astoria

My fascination with hair and makeup began as soon as I was tall enough to reach my mom’s dressing table as a child. By the time I was a teen, I had already experimented with every imaginable beauty treatment and adornment. In college, I woke up early to do “blowouts” on my hair, long before blow dry bars were even a thing. I took immaculate care of my skin and never went a day without makeup. I was a glamour girl from the start! But I didn’t jump into a career in beauty right away. Before I could even wrap my mind around being a beauty professional, I went through the motions of college, three degrees, and a couple of desk jobs that left me feeling like a corporate drone.

It wasn’t until I was arranging hair and makeup artists for my wedding in 2005 that I found myself increasingly drawn to the beauty industry. My friends had always come to me for fashion and beauty advice, and I dreamed of having a career that would allow me to immerse myself in the things I loved most, while helping other women feel beautiful and confident. So, with my husband’s blessing, I quit my corporate job jumped right in to training for a total career transformation. After several years of training under the best leaders in makeup artistry and completing my cosmetology training at The Aveda Institute, I became a full time independent hairstylist and makeup artist at a busy salon in Central Austin, where I am blessed to spend my days helping others look and feel amazing.

These days, you can find me behind the chair in the salon, creating custom cuts, color, and styling for each of my clients. I LOVE to share my wealth of beauty knowledge  so that my clients can achieve salon quality looks at home on their own. Understanding the science behind hair and cosmetics is a top priority for me, and when I break it down for my clients in a simple, approachable way, I empower them to make smart and conscious choices about their hair and makeup. Educating the next generation of stylists is also important to me.  When I’m not in the salon, I travel the Central Texas region as an Educator for Hotheads Hair Extensions, and go on location for countless weddings, fashion shoots, and photography sessions.

My philosophy of beauty is simple: I believe that makeup and hair styles should enhance a person’s natural beauty and define their best features. Hair and makeup might seem like a mystery to you, but I unlock the magic for you, empowering you to achieve and maintain your best look ALL the time, not just when you leave the salon!  So if you’re ready for a new kind of salon experience – one that gives you a great style that will last beyond just that salon appointment – then book online at  I look forward to working with you!


Chara Sroufe, Apprentice/Hairstylist

Chara graduated from the Cosmetololgy program at Avenue 5 Institute in Austin, Texas in 2016. But this isn’t her first foray into the beauty industry. She began her career as an esthetician out of the Paul Mitchell School, and shifted focus when she learned that she could love hair as much as skin. Her unique perspective from both sides of the industry gives her a special understanding of what makes a great client service. As she continues her advanced training at Modern Muse Beauty, her interests guide her towards a specialty in balayage, vivid colors, and extensions. She has a fantastic attention to detail, great intution, and a killer sense of humor.

When she’s not working hard as Katie’s second set of hands and second brain, she’s spending time with her family, especially her pride and joy nephew.