Our Salon Family

Our Mission:

At Hair Classics we are dedicated to excellence. We strive to be unique in concept, to achieve quality service, education and commitment to our guests.

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Dreams do come true!
Renae wanted to become a hair stylist in high school but life took her in a different direction. She has been a Accountant for 35 years. When her daughters went to college she took the opportunity to go to Cana Virginia Beauty School. She joined the Hair Classics Associate program in August 2019. Having a background in accounting she was able to help Amy and Donna with bookkeeping. With the Lord guiding them every step of the way in October 2019, Renae purchased Hair Classics.  

She is so excited to serve you as a stylist and owner of  the salon. 

Renae Shaffer - Owner/Stylist

I graduated 1968 from Instate Beauty Academy in Norfolk, VA. Won the Most Talented Award. Went on and was an instructor at the Academy for 2 years. Then worked at Yackey Yak for 7 years. Moved to Galax and opened Hair Classics. My daughter, Amy, joined me and became my partner in 1997. In 2019 we sold the business to Renae and passed on the ownership of Hair Classics.  I’m committed to continuing education and learning new and exciting techniques. So I strive to make my guests feel and look as Fabulous as possible.

Donna Higgins - Stylist


Ashleigh Shaffner has been part of the Hair Classics family for over 7 years. As a second generation stylist, she specializes in cutting edge color techniques, color corrections, foil highlighting, fashion and modern cuts, as well as being a trained make-up artist. Ashleigh believes in continual education and strives to expand her knowledge for her guests. She stays updated on all the latest trends in cut and color. She places high value on listening and understanding her guests ever-changing needs. She also loves stepping “out of the box” with her creative flair.

Ashleigh Shaffner - Stylist

Ashley Huff received her license through the cosmetology program at Carroll County High School in 2013.  She loves creating trendy looks using balayage techniques, color melting, and foliage. Staying up to date and being able to manage her social media feed is something she takes pride in. Currently accepting new guest that are looking for the latest trend. 

Ashley Huff - Stylist

Carrie Vass has been a hairstylist since 2013. While receiving her education through Carroll County High School, she was awarded 1st place at District Level Hair Competition and 4th place at State Level Competition. My enthusiasm for hair has led me to Hair Classics, where my passion has grown and excelled. I enjoy my clients by offering a variety of customizable services!

Carrie Vass - Stylist


Janie has been part of the Hair Classics family since 2010. With over 30 years of customer service experience, she is a real “people person”. Janie is our “Go-To-Gal”, always greeting guests with a smile and has a knack for remembering names and welcoming everyone that comes into our Salon. Not only is she there to assist in scheduling appointments, but does whatever is needed to make the guest experience Fabulous. She enjoys working with the guests and strives to assist in pampering them so they leave relaxed and satisfied. Janie is originally from Chicago, but don’t let her accent fool you. She has a true love and appreciation for South West Virginia, where she is married and raising her 2 children with her husband of over 15 years. Their family moto is “A family that Prays together, stays together” and “Family comes first.”

Janie Rupe - Front Desk Coordinator


Autumn is a graduate of Cana Virginia Beauty College. She has been growing her hair career since 2018. She is passionate about hair, and making her guest feel their absolute best. Autumn has a strong passion for short, textured hair and loves masting the perfect blonde for her guest! Please call and reserve your appointment today!

Autumn Fuller - Stylist & Nail Technician 


Katie Myers - Aesthetician

Katies love for the Blue Ridge Mountains brought her and her husband to the area in 2016. Prior to Galax she received the prestigious CIDESCO International Skin  Care License in 2001. She has worked in both the Medical and Resort Spa fields over the years. Katie has had extensive training and education in the aesthetic industry, but has never lost sight that every guest and treatment needs to be customized individually. She is now taking reservations for facials. 


Nicole is a graduate of the 2016 Cosmetology class at Grayson County High School. Her passion is creating customized nail art and acrylic nail sets. She has been growing her career as a nail tech and as a stylist. She is focused on nails but looks forward to starting the associate program soon. Nicoles love language is acts of service, so she is very eager to pamper all her guest. We are so excited to have her on the team and she is ready to schedule new guest! 

Nicole Estrada -Nail Technician