Meet The Team
After a rousing beginning to her career in Savannah GA, Averil soon heard the beckoning call of New York City. It was there she quickly advanced her skills as a Balayage Specialist, color artist and editorial stylist. Averil was able to collaborate with some of the top professionals in the industry on photo shoots and fashion shows including Mark Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Bottega Veneta and Victoria Secrets. Her publication shoots include Vogue, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Love Magazine, Nylon and Harper’s Bazaar.
This energetic and creative designer knew she had come full circle when her heart was summoned once again to make her mark in Savannah as the new owner of JW Salon. Her love of business along with her marketing degree from Kent State University continues to serve her well. Averil enjoys educating both seasoned and younger stylists in cutting and coloring, as well as helping them in developing their careers. No matter what your needs, when it comes to hair, you will find Averil to be the perfect stylist: kind, caring and most of all professional.
David Kafer, Master Hairdresser, has been a notable hair cutting specialist, salon owner, and educator in Chicago for over 25 years. Kafer moved to Savannah (w/his partner, Jason) in 2017 after visiting the “Hostess City” many times, always being charmed, and wanting to make a life change.
Kafer was Co-Founder/Owner of RED 7 SALON (R7S) for 15 years; a widely-respected industry leader and educational institution with 2 locations and 50 employees. Kafer was named Best Chicago Hairdresser by Allure Magazine, as well as his company being named TOP U.S. SALON by Elle Magazine, Best Salon by Chicago Magazine, and TOP U.S. SALON by Salon Today Magazine. Kafer has been seen on The Rachel Ray Show, as well as been a contributor for Lucky, Allure, Elle, and the Chicago Tribune. Kafer/R7S has worked with celebrities, such as: Chelsea Clinton, Michelle Williams, Marlee Matlin, Kea, America's Next Top Model All-Stars, Perez Hilton, DEV, Mally Roncal, Arcade Fire, Gretta Monahan, Young the Giant, Taylor Miller, & The National. Kafer/R7S has also worked with fashion companies on ad campaigns, such as: H&M, Old Navy, & EXPRESS. RED 7 SALON was the official hair salon for Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, & Mamby On The Beach - all major music festivals in Chicago.
Kafer is VERY excited to be beginning his Savannah hair journey at the coveted JW Salon! He looks forward to beginning new client relationships & being the “go to” guy for precision haircuts.
Following Taylor Smart’s graduation from Paul Mitchell Academy, she spent her first few years in the industry working for the top salons in Jacksonville. Her dedication to the art of hair made her one of the best in the industry. She is a color specialist, with an emphasis on Balayage color. Taylor is known for her ability to create the perfect cut to compliment the color. She thrives on making a connection with her client and watching them walk out of the salon feeling beautiful.
Taylor’s creative side extends far beyond the salon chair, she can often be spotted on film and commercial sets. You can see some of her work in such films as Jade, Sotting, and the series, Craft. Moving to Savannah has given her more opportunities to pursue this passion.