about the alchemist


As an Aveda lifestyle salon, The Alchemist Salon uses Aveda products exclusively for all spa and salon services, and has made a commitment to the highest standards of education and customer service.

To learn more about Aveda and its mission to care for the world we live in, please visit www.aveda.com.

Aveda’s knack for gathering like-minded, talented and motivated stylists, colorists, makeup artists and spa therapists isn’t just the luck of the draw; we benefit from a common commitment to beauty and caring for the whole person that attracts artists who practice these ideals in their own lives, professionally and personally

Creative freedom is essential to our success as artists. With so much individual talent in our salon, we trust our artists to explore the depths of their own ingenuity once they’ve received the education they need to cultivate it. Expressing themselves outside the boundary of a foundation of technical skills allows for inspiration and inventiveness, and in turn earns the trust of our guests – a key ingredient to the unique Aveda experience found here at The Alchemist Salon.

our staff



My career with Aveda was intially cultivated during an intense apprenticeship and was fortified by attending the Aveda Institute in Massachussetts.

I identify with the mission statement of Aveda, “to care for the world we live in, from the products we make to the ways in which we give back to society. At Aveda, we strive to set an example for environmental leadership and responsibility, not just in the world of beauty, but around the world.”

At the core of my being, I emulate the ideals of Aveda through my lifestyle choices, such as being an environmental activist, a vegetarian, a productively aware member of society and as an integral segment of the artisan community.

My salon promotes an environment and synergy of like-minded people with common ideals and expectations. I always had the goal of opening a salon, and feel blessed to have been able to implement the Aveda rituals, not only to benefit my clientele but to apply them to my lifestyle as a whole.



With more than 12 years in the industry, I have an ever-growing passion to nurture and beautify others.

I have embraced the Aveda methodology, products and philosophy as it relates to preserving our planet.

I am an artist at heart and must be creative. I think of hair as a medium with which I can sculpt.

“Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson



From apprenticeship, to school, to my chair here at The Alchemist, I have been able to nurture my belief that self-confidence can transform our destinies.

Using signature Aveda products, I am able to enhance the external and connect to the internal, whether it is a hair or skin care service.

With continued research and education, I enjoy the opportunity to remain humble, instilling the confidence necessary to continuously offer you more in hopes of exceeding your expectations.

Miki Buteau

Stylist / Colorist

Naomi Chavaree

Stylist in Training

Ena White



open-quoteThe Alchemist is a great salon. Melissa is an amazing stylist and gives you exactly what you ask for. She also has great ideas if you want to try something new! I love getting facials in the spa room. Everyone is very friendly and helpful.close-quote

open-quoteI am an avowed salon ‘junkie’ who moved to Maine from my native L.A. more than a decade ago. I also travel a lot and have been a guest at top salons at virtually every major city, from London to Paris, New York to Las Vegas. The Alchemist ranks right up there with the best of the best. The ambience and careful attention to detail is what make The Alchemist beautiful, inspiring and welcoming. I highly recommend it. It’s delightful!close-quote

open-quoteThanks to Shaina at the Alchemist I love my hair again. I showed her a picture of the “perfect” cut & color and she recreated it exactly. She makes sure to ask for my input & makes me feel I am her number one priority. The Aveda products paired with the talents of the stylists provide an experience that is unmatched anywhere in Downeast Maine.close-quote