Christine started her career as colorist at the age of twelve experimenting with Sun-In and food coloring after watching Duran Duran videos. A brief stint in art school revealed her natural propensity for the color wheel and formulating. She headed West from New Jersey to San Francisco where, shortly after arriving, she started her formal colorist training at the now defunct Architects and Heroes Salon. She completed her formal training at the world-renowned San Francisco beauty mecca, diPietro Todd Salon and, after honing her skills, Christine was promoted to Head Colorist of their busy Mill Valley location. In order to enjoy a more relaxed and intimate experience with her clients, Christine decided to leave the big salon after 9 years to open Revery with her long-time friend, stylist Heather Fultz. In the epic summer of 2018 Christine bought out her partners to become the proprietrix of both Revery and Shavery.
She is best known for her sun-kissed & fluid balayage highlights and her rich, tonal, moving brunettes. Her style can be as graphic as the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, as vivid as a pre-Raphaelite painting or as refined as a Ralph Lauren ad. As a Colorist, Christine is most inspired by the relationship between light and shadow and how it moves and changes. She also draws from subtle tonal changes in nature as found in beach stones and feathers.
Known for her sense of humor and humility, she enjoys making people feel good and nurturing her clients' radiance.
Christa Thomas - Creative Director/Stylist/ Educator/
Christa picked up a pair of scissors at 8 years old and headed straight for her Barbie doll collection. After giving each doll their own unique haircut, she turned her attention to her brothers’ heads and began her career as a self-taught stylist.
After formal training at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica, Christa landed an apprenticeship at Architects and Heroes in San Francisco where she would begin to build a loyal client base who would eventually follow her to DiPietro Todd Salon.
In 2009 Christa packed up her scissors and headed for New York City to explore the fashion scene working as an editorial stylist for some of the industry’s top photographers. In between fashion shows, Christa built a loyal clientele at Cutler Salon in SoHo that she still maintains by traveling every 8 weeks to NYC.
Happy to be back in the beauty of The Bay, Christa has joined her friend and now lady boss Christine Donahue in her beauty haven, Revery Salon.
She enjoys collaborating with clients both in the salon or on location. She loves sweating the details but also appreciates the beauty in the imperfect. Like good design, good hair can be simple or complex and it can evolve from necessity or pure whimsy.
When she is not doing hair she loves to swim, sew and would like to take piano lessons again.
Elena Riley - Stylist, Wedding Specialist
As a natural lover of people, affinity for the creative side of life, and an intuitive listener- Elena was born to be a stylist! She specializes in Cutting, Color and Event Styling. From 2016 to early 2019, she accrued an advanced education in haircutting and color at Revery Salon in Mill Valley, apprenticing under Christa Thomas and Christine Donahue.
Collaborating with her clients to find their dream hair is where Elena feels right at home. She loves to encourage her guests to play around with their natural texture, to not be afraid of a curling iron and point them in the right direction of products specific to their hair needs. She’s a perfectionist when it comes to structure and feel and will work with you to get it just right!
Elena has been styling Bridal Hair since 2012, long before she started working in a salon. She has always been drawn to those high pressure and emotional moments that wedding days offer. Her presence, ability, jovial attitude will leave any bride at ease on their wedding day.
Out of the salon, Elena can usually be found planning one of her next adventures to Uganda, Thailand or locally to the beautiful Wine Country or San Francisco.
Gale Bergeman – Stylist, PuraLuxe Smoothing
Gale is enthusiastic about her craft. She couldn't be more excited to do your hair! She loves everything about it, including styling, coloring and products. That is why she came to Revery, to hone her skills and to become a sought after stylist.
Gale currently accepts clients Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.