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:

Ron Fredericks

Ron Fredericks

Connie Strang

Connie Strang

Joe Edwards

Joe Edwards

Jasmine Stelly

Jasmine Stelly

John Kolar

John Kolar

Alfonso Hernandez

Alfonso Hernandez

Amanda Arthur

Amanda Arthur

Robert Grimes

Robert Grimes

Stacey Tomon

Stacey Tomon

Steven Culbreth

Steven Culbreth

Lindsey Schubert

Lindsey Schubert

Gabi Chavez

Gabi Chavez

gateway:

Jennifer Finkelstein

Jennifer Finkelstein

Irene Valdez

Irene Valdez

Shanna Letbetter

Shanna Letbetter

Jenni Villarreal

Jenni Villarreal

Aaron Franich

Aaron Franich

April Downs

April Downs

Taya Williams

Taya Williams

Leslie Cardiel

Leslie Cardiel

Vanessa Pereira

Vanessa Pereira

Carmen Spivey

Carmen Spivey

Candice Lumpkin

Candice Lumpkin

Samantha Lloyd

Samantha Lloyd

Maryam Milligan

Maryam Milligan

Hannah-Skye White

Hannah-Skye White

Anesia Jackson

Anesia Jackson

Jackie Rumsey

Jackie Rumsey

san antonio:

Vanessa Sosa

Vanessa Sosa

Irene Canaria

Irene Canaria

Oscar Cardona

Oscar Cardona

Jami Eastin

Jami Eastin

Karla Aguayo

Karla Aguayo

Norma Burgueno

Norma Burgueno

Natalie Guerra

Natalie Guerra

Trinity Nelson

Trinity Nelson