About Us

Verve was founded in 2001 by the husband and wife team of Jeff and Julie Lopinot.  We began in the South Grand Business District and are currently located in Tower Grove South.   We are in a newly remodeled building along the Morganford Strip. 

The Verve Team:

Jeff Lopinot

Jeff got his start in the field over twenty years ago. He apprenticed under Gary Palmer a master colorist and educator. During that time attended Vidal Sassoon in London. After two short years in the business, he then joined Irvine and Louise Rusk and worked as an educator throughout North America for Rusk. After retiring from the road, Jeff and his wife Julie opened Verve in 2001.  "Your hair is the most important thing you wear," says Jeff. "Your stylist owes it to you to take the time to listen and address all of your hair needs and that is what we give you at Verve."

Julie Lopinot

Promoting education and professionalism in the salon industry has been Julie’s passion for twenty years. Prior to being a hairdresser, she developed an eye for shape and form as a student of art. Throughout her career as a hairdresser, Julie has gained extensive knowledge and skills. She attended Vidal Sassoon in London, as well as working as a Rusk educator. Julie specializes in bringing hair back to life with soft highlighting techniques and precision cuts. As a salon owner for over fourteen years, she has been involved in business education and customer service training with professional organizations such as The Salon Association/ Professional Beauty Association and Salon Training International.

Lori Nehring

Lori is our hair extension specialist. She has over twenty-five years in the industry along with eleven years as an educator with Great Lengths performing onstage at major national hair shows, photo shoots, and ad campaigns. A native of the Midwest, Lori travels regularly to New York and South Florida to service clients including a few celebrities.

Derek Norvell

Having over 20 years experience, Derek is a master at his craft and shares his passion and success with his clients. Over the years, Derek has particularly honed his expertise as a cutting edge stylist, specializing in dry cuts.   He is also proficient in updos and as a fashion show stylist.  His background includes Hairlocs certification (extensions), Aveda Systems training and cosmetology school instructor.   Derek has a unique talent to create a diverse range of looks that accentuates personal style and charisma.

Jen Kristanic

Jen approaches all facets of the business with enthusiasm.  She is passionate about hair and makeup and specializes in bridal makeup, using both airbrush and hand painted techniques.  She also offers nail services.  We are proud to say that Jen performs a variety of salon services and her enthusiasm is contagious.