Danise - Owner / Certified Colorist / Educator
With a passion for the industry, love of mentoring, and desire to continue to grow, Danise welcomes you to Xanadu Hair Salon. Danise is probably best known for her communication and dedication. As an accomplished and respected hair designer with over 20 years experience, she has actually taken the fear out of getting your hair cut. Danise loves to create a custom, freeform shape that fits your face shape, lifestyle and personality. Be prepared to have really healthy hair while in Danise’s care. It is a must!
Danise is a Certified Haircolorist that specializes in natural, believable hair color as well as corrective color services. Members of this elite group are recognized for their expertise, commitment to excellence, provide top notch service, and guarantee exceptional haircolor results. She is also a Color and Business Educator for Eufora International.
Dani - Salon Director
With a background in Business Management and a love for the beauty industry, our Salon Director has a hand in every aspect of creating a wonderful salon experience for you here at Xanadu. Guest services, social media, team recruitment, community outreach and continuing staff education are just a few of her day-to-day focuses. Please let Dani know if there is anything we can do to make your experience here at Xanadu a fabulous one!
Taylor - Level 4 Stylist / In-Salon Educator
Specializing in: Haircutting, Men’s Grooming, Balayage, Corrective Color, Curly Hair Cuts & Styling
Why we know you’re going to love her: Taylor brings a lot of fun to our team! She’s funny, caring and will do just about anything to make you smile. She has been known to dance when her jam comes on... so watch out!
Professional Background: Taylor was a part of the first launch of Eufora International Color here on the East Coast and has been continuing her education with the brand ever since. She loves hair color, but her true talent is with her shears! Taylor is best known for creating shapes that accentuate texture and movement. If you’re brave enough to let her, she will give you a textured razor cut you won’t believe!
Fun facts: 80’s music, sea turtles, Harry Potter, English bulldogs… bring up any of these topics and you’re sure to excite her!
Anna – Level 4 Stylist / Head Shape Matters Certified / Eufora Color Educator
Specializing in: Balayage, Vivid Haircolor, Corrective Color, Long Layered Haircuts
Why we know you’re going to love her: Anna can be best described as an unexpected surprise! Calm and soft spoken. but man does she know her stuff!
Professional Background: Anna began her career as an Apprentice in Richmond, VA working directly under another top stylist and quickly mastering complex corrective color services. Since her move to Xanadu, Anna has begun training with Eufora International to become a color educator for the brand. She is also certified as a Head Shape Matters haircutter and has completed advanced Vidal Sassoon cutting education.
Greatest Strength as a Stylist: Anna is an excellent communicator! You can expect an exceptionally thorough consultation each and every visit with her.
Sara - Level 4 Stylist / Head Shape Matters Certified
Specializing in: Men’s Grooming, Grey Coverage & Blending, Precision Haircuts
Why we know you’re going to love her: Sara has a passion for making people feel amazing that is contagious! She gives “hugs and haircuts” and was the founder of our catchphrase “Stay Awesome!”
Professional Background: 18 years in the beauty industry has Sara dubbed our most experienced stylist. She is a Certified Head Shape Matters Haircutter and has had advanced color training with Eufora International.
Her favorite moment in her career: “Not one moment, but all of the little moments when I get to have meaningful connections with my guests. Those moments make me a better person and are why I love my career!”
Diana - Level 3 Stylist / Bridal Team / Makeup Artist
Specializing in: Soft and Romantic Formal Styling, Makeup Artistry, Balayage, Gray Coverage, Curly Haircuts & Styling
Why we know you’re going to love her: With a background in the arts as an accomplished dance instructor, Diana is as graceful behind the chair as she is in the dance studio.
Professional Background: Diana started her career with Xanadu fresh out of Cosmetology school when we first opened our doors! Since then she has attended various advanced trainings but has especially excelled in Formal Styling and Makeup Artistry. Diana now leads education for our Bridal Team.
Favorite quote: “Perform with integrity to inspire.” - Unknown
Heidi - Level 3 Stylist / Bridal Team / Makeup Artist
Specializes in: Vivid/Fashion Color, Dimensional Haircolor, Formal Styling, Makeup Artistry
Why we know you’re going to love her: Heidi’s been rocking unicorn hair since before it was cool! You never know what color it will be from one visit with her to the next. A proud wife and mother of two, Heidi is by far the coolest mom at PTA!
Professional Background: Heidi, our resident unicorn, has been with Xanadu since she graduated from Rudy & Kelly Academy in 2013. Fashion/Vivid colors are her favorite, but she isn’t afraid to keep it subtle if a natural look is more your speed. Heidi has a passion for makeup artistry and special occasion styling as well. It’s amazing what she can do with a braid!
Just for fun: Always in lipstick and heels, you would never know from first glance, but Heidi is a total secret nerd and Star Wars fanatic!
Sophia - Level 3 Stylist
Specializing in: Blonding, Pixies, Dimensional Haircolor, Trichology
Why we know you’re going to love her: Sophia is beauty AND brains! She loves to educate her guests on the science behind everything we do.
Professional Background: With more than 10 years of experience in the beauty industry, Sophia prides herself in being a “Blonde Specialist”. She understands the struggles most blondes face and welcomes the challenge of creating the perfect shade of blonde! Sophia has also studied Trichology and loves helping to solve hair loss concerns.
Favorite hair related topic: Sophia has an extensive background in Trichology (the study of hair loss) and has a true passion for using her knowledge to help her guests that are struggling to find answers.
Cailey – Level 3 Stylist / Bridal Team
Specializing in: Men’s Grooming, Balayage, Extensions, Vivid/Fashion Haircolor, Formal Styling, Makeup Artistry
Why we know you’re going to love her: Always positive and upbeat, Cailey’s smile & sweet disposition are absolutely contagious!
Professional Background: Cailey began her career as a Cosmetologist in 2013. She has continued her education by traveling all over the country attending as many cutting, styling, color theory, color technique and business classes as she can get her hands on! There isn’t much that Cailey can’t do. Her next step is becoming a licensed Barber.
Outside of the salon: Cailey has a spirit for adventure as colorful as her hair! You never know what kind of fun she’s been up to between visits.
Beca - Level 3 Stylist / Head Shape Matters Certified / Bridal Team
Specializing in: Blonding, Vivid/Fashion Colors, Corrective Color, Balayage, Razor Cuts, Formal Styling
Why we know you’re going to love her: Beca is a real-life mermaid! Ok, Not really… But she might as well be! She’s kind and beautiful and everything little girls dream of becoming. We just love her calm energy and know you will too!
Professional Background: Beca comes to Xanadu after launching her career in the Outer Banks of NC. Her love of the beach transfers into her work behind the chair. Hair painting and razor cutting are two of her favorite techniques used to create soft shapes that accentuate movement.
When she’s not behind the chair: Beca is a cat-loving, cruelty-free yogi!
Katie – Level 3 Stylist / Bridal Team / Makeup Artist
Specializing in: Balayage, Blonding, Hair Extensions, Vivid/Fashion Haircolor, Textured Haircutting, Formal Styling, Makeup Artistry
Why we know you’re going to love her: It’s a true delight being in Katie’s chair. She gives an incredibly thorough consultation and is great at making professional recommendations for your new look that you otherwise might not have thought of.
Professional Background: Katie graduated from JMU with one thing on her brain, HAIR! She immediately enrolled in Cosmetology school and the rest is history. Now Katie is one of our most diverse stylists. She can recreate just about any look. From natural sun kissed hair color to precision bobs, she can do it all!
Hidden Talents: We all knew Katie was in an acapella group in college, but it wasn’t until we heard her sing karaoke one night that we all understood how crazy talented she is! Check out her Instagram and see for yourself... the girl can SING.
Leah - Level 3 Stylist
Leah is a color and smoothing specialist who loves to create fresh looks for her guests - whether your style is punky, trendy, or classic. Leah's passion is to help others who are trying to find their path in the salon industry, so she has also taken on the role of becoming an educator for our Xanadu Academy that opens in 2018! Leah believes in using responsibly-sourced products, community service and great hair...a perfect fit for our Xanadu team!
Rachel - Level 3 Stylist
Specializing in: Grey Coverage, Precision Cuts, Razor Cutting, Men’s Grooming
Why we know you’re going to love her: Originally from Kentucky, Rachel brings real southern charm to her guest experience. She’s “Kentucky nice” y’all!
Professional Background: Rachel has 8 years of experience under her shears! She’s best known for her soft and subtle foiling techniques and precision haircuts.
How she became part of the Xana-fam: We’ve known Rachel through our stylist Taylor for years and have always known she’d be a perfect addition to our salon family. Once she was ready to come back to the salon after spending a couple of years at home with her little boy, Xanadu was her first choice and we’re SO glad!
Joana - Level 2 Stylist
Specializing in: Dimensional Haircolor, Grey Coverage, Haircuts that accentuate movement
Why we know you’re going to love her: Joana’s goal for every guest is to make them look AND feel amazing. We must say, she does an incredible job! She will leave you smiling each and every visit.
Professional Background: Joana’s training comes from an Aveda salon in South Florida where she learned some of her favorite color and cutting techniques. She has a true talent for creating natural, dimensional hair color on just about any palette.
You may not know: Joana, our bilingual beauty, was born in Venezuela! She moved to the states with her family when she was 10years old.
Lauren - Level 2 Stylist
Lauren was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. At the age of 19, Lauren started working in a salon as an apprentice to pursue her passion in cosmetology to express herself artistically everyday!! Lauren apprenticed under some of the top stylists in Virginia. Lauren has made it her goal to be the best she can be. She is always educating herself and staying on top of the newest and latest trends. She has a passion for creative color, balayage, corrective color, and edgy looks. However, if edgy isn't you're style, Lauren can also blow you away with her natural soft looks. Lauren is a hugger. She wants every guest to feel comfortable and become more then just a hair client to her. She makes it her duty to make sure every client leaves feeling absolute beautiful and confident.
Alanna – Level 1 Stylist
Specializing in: Blowouts, Long Layered Haircuts, Grey Coverage, Dimensional Haircolor, Eyebrow Shaping & Tinting
Why we know you’re going to love her: Besides for her long gorgeous hair, Alanna is our favorite girl to go to when you need a good laugh! She never takes herself too seriously and always wears a smile.
Professional Background: Alanna is a recent graduate of our Apprentice Program here at Xanadu! We are so proud of her hard work and commitment to perfecting her craft. She is always learning and growing, but quickly conquers everything she learns.
Why she became a stylist: Alanna chose this career above any other because it means she gets to spend each and every day making others feel beautiful and confident. The joy she gets from that is incredible!
Kasey - Assistant
Why we know you’re going to love her: Kasey’s bright and bubbly personality mixed with her sweet southern accent will make you feel right at home in her chair.
Professional Background: Kasey is a Cosmetology student at Rudy & Kelly Academy. When she isn’t in school she’s helping out around the salon eagerly awaiting graduation! Already pumping out some killer work, this girl is on fire! We have a feeling she’ll be quickly moving into a stylist position soon after graduation.
What she’s most excited about: Kasey has a huge passion for makeup artistry. She has trained with top makeup artists on the East Coast (think Kim Kardashian's MUA) and loves a transformation!
Tiffany - Assistant / Student
Why we know you’re going to love her: If you live in Chesapeake, chances are you already know and love Tiffany! She makes it a point to build meaningful relationships with everyone she meets and is so refreshingly genuine. There isn’t much you won’t love about her!
Professional Background: Tiffany made a big career leap joining our team here at Xanadu and we’re so glad she did! She’s starting with us from square one and earning her Cosmetology License through our Apprenticeship Program. Each week she gains more on-the-job training, along with attending mandatory class time hours towards becoming a licensed stylist. While she’s completing her training, you will see her smiling face helping out around the salon and assisting our other stylists.
At home: Tiffany and her son, Owen, are running a small zoo! Really. A dog, 2 cats & a big bunny. Then there are the random fun pet adventures we get to hear all about: ant farms, caterpillars that turn to butterflies… you name it!
Chelsea - Assistant
Why we know you’re going to love her: Chelsea is easy going, kind and always on trend! She has a way of making you feel immediately comfortable as soon as you meet.
Professional Background: Chelsea certainly has her hands full! She’s a full time student, mother, wife & chooses to spend her few precious hours of free time here building on her craft and helping out. She’s truly dedicated & on her way to becoming an amazing artist!
You may not know: While in college at VCU, Chelsea took some time off and worked on a farm in Maine selling produce at a farmer’s market.
Rebecca - Assistant
Why we know you’re going to love her: Rebecca is our newest addition to the Xana-fam and she just fit right in! You would never guess she hasn’t been with us since the very beginning.
Professional Background: Like a lot of our stylists, Rebecca attended a traditional 4-year university, only to reaffirm she truly wanted to become a stylist. She now attends Rudy & Kelly Academy while assisting here at Xanadu until graduation.
One thing she would like you to know: It’s Rebecca, Becca or Bec… but never Becky.
Kat – Esthetician
Kat has been a licensed Esthetician, and Professional Makeup Artist since 2002. She has been an educator, and traveling artist for many years on the West Coast. Her passion for learning, and enhancing skin is evident in every one of her services. Kat enjoys the difference she can make in her clients skin. Whether you're looking for a relaxing European-type luxury facial or something more , like a Anti-Aging Facial, Kat will definitely give you what your craving.