The Mermaids


Jody Rivera  

A small town girl who took the Big Apple by storm and learned from some of the best in the business, Jody is truly a jack-of-all-trades.  From cutting and styling to coloring and straightening, she’s never content to follow and is always on the lookout for the newest techniques and products to expand her repertoire.  A fast learner with gifted hands, Jody loves hair and she won’t quit until you love yours.

Jody has been practicing cosmetic tattooing since 2006 when she caught wind of the latest technique we now know as microblading. Only one problem- the people that inspired her most lived out of the country!  Jody immediately decided to challenge herself and figure out microblading on her own. After exhausting her resources, she did it. Not only is she self taught but also has a few techniques of her own.

Since leaving Mint Salon in 2015, she opened her own shop to combine hair & cosmetic tattooing under one roof. And so, Swamp Mermaid Beauty Project was born. With over 20 years in the industry, Jody is truly a master.

Herma Benitez

Stylist & Semi-Permanent Makeup Artist:
This fabulous woman has been passionate about the hair and beauty industry her entire life and has been living is Austin as a cosmetologist for over 13 years. She has mastered a wide range of techniques; including hair color & cuts, updos, makeup, bridal style, extensions, and braids. Herma is also Microbrows Academy certified and has been working with Jody for 12 years. Every single person who sits in Herma's chair leaves feeling great about themselves. Do yourself a favor and call to get on her schedule. 



Leah Thompson

Microblading Artist:
Leah completed her training with Microbrows Academy and continued perfecting her craft as an apprentice under Jody. Previously, Leah worked under a medical director providing microneedling treatments and PRP facials. She is passionate about beauty, fitness, and her two bulldogs.

Malinda Jordan

Malinda has been making people beautiful nearly half her life. She started her career in 2001 when she enrolled in cosmetology school. She believes there is something special about building relationships with people, in an atmosphere where we're listening to music and communicating authentically, to get their desired results that really excites her about her job. Malinda says, "I've always felt that I am not trying to change anyone, just enhance what they already have and show them how to achieve their hair goals on their own. People aren't always going to have the best hair days, but if they have the right cut & color, styling knowledge, and products, it makes life easier. They can rock it till I get to see them again. Win win." She specializes in curly hair, men's specialty cuts, and balayage.




Atealia Betancourt

Lash Stylist & Makeup Artist:

Atealia may be new to Austin, but she is not new to the beauty industry. She has worked as a professional makeup artist for over a decade across the country. Atealia's creative energy and desire to help clients reach their full potential drove her to add lashes and waxing to her service repertoire. 

Embracing client individuality, Atealia customizes each full lash set she does.  Personalized styling continues with each lash fill appointment.  The goal is to create a lash experience that enhances the beauty and lifestyle of each client.

Atealia's patience and attention to detail extends to her waxing and other specialty services.  She is known for her gentle touch!