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 is 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!”
Sophia - Level 4 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.
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!
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 / 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.
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!
Leah - Level 3 Stylist
Specializing in: Foiling, Precision Haircuts & Corrective Color
Why we know you're going to love her: Leah believes in using responsibly-sourced products, community service and great hair...a perfect fit for our Xanadu team!
Professional background: 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!
Loves outside of the salon: All her babies! That includes 3 children, 2 pets & endless plants!
Mel - Level 3 Stylist
Specializing in: Pixie cuts, Men's cuts, Fantasy Haircolor, Makeup Artistry
Why we know you're going to love her: Mel is so super easy going! We just love her laid back personality.
Professional Background: Mel has spent the first half of her career in chain corporate salons. This experience brings another level of customer service to her vision for you, her guest. She understands the importance of an exceptional experience from your shampoo to your blowdry finish. And she is determined to make every visit better than the one before! Mel loves to be creative and expresses that through her makeup artistry. If you've never had a professional makeup application before, give Mel the chance to wow you! You may not know: We call Mel "The artist formerly known as Missy." Melissa is her given name, but she's always gone by Missy until now. We love her new alias and think it fits her MELlow attitude.
Joli - Level 3 Stylist
Specializing in: Pixies, Razor & Texture Cuts, Curly Hair, Foil Highlights & Grey Coverage
Professional Background: Joli has almost 30 years in the beauty industry, but who's counting?! She has spent the last 17 of those years doing hair for the tanned and relaxed in St. Croix, Virgin Islands. She brings island vibes and good energy to our team & we just love it! You are going to be truly relaxed in her care!
Why you are going to love her: Loves to work on all types of hair, very good listener, loves to have fun with her clients. She is "Style with a Smile and a Sparkle."
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.
Ki - Level 2 Stylist
Specializing in: Corrective Color, Men's Grooming & Layered Cuts that accentuate movement
Why we know you're going to love her: Ki loves meeting new people as much as the next stylist, but what she REALLY loves is the familiarity of family she feels when she gets to see a guest for the second, third, or twentieth time.
Professional Background: Ki has been in the hair industry for over 6 years. During that time she took a little break to serve one tour in the US Navy. Yes, she can operate a nuclear reactor and give you bomb highlights! Currently she is studying for a dual degree in nursing & psychology to better herself in this industry. After all, your hair stylist usually ends up being your therapist too!
Lauren - Level 2 Stylist
Specializing in: Balayage, Long Layered Cuts & Curly Hair
Why we know you're going to love her: Lauren was born and raised in Charlotte, NC.
Professional background: 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. You might not know: Lauren is a hugger! She wants every guest to feel comfortable and become more than 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 - Level 1 Stylist
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!
Taylor Ashlea - Level 1 Stylist
Specializing in: Formal Styling, Balayage & Fantasy Haircolor
Why we know you're going to love her: Taylor Ashlea is a self proclaimed coffee addict. (Hey, admittance is the first step, right?!) If you like coffee, you've made a friend for life in her chair.
Professional Background: Taylor Ashlea is the youngest stylist on our team, but no where near the least experienced! She has 4 years in the beauty industry under her belt and just loves to continue growing and learning. This blonde beauty loves to help others create their perfect shade of blonde & adds her real life experience to her consultations when deciding if going lighter is the right option for you.
Favorite quote: "Life is short, make every hair flip fabulous!"
Misty - Level 1 Stylist
Specializing in: Precision bobs, hand painted dimensional color & & Formal Styling
Why we know you're going to love her: Misty is the sweetest thing with the kindest eyes! With 5 children, she definitely has a very gentle motherly approach.
Professional Background: Misty is so unassuming! You would NEVER guess that she was a Deputy Sheriff for many years before pursuing her passion of doing hair. She's always loved helping people, now she gets to do it in a totally new aspect! Misty loves to listen. She will do her very best to hear you through your consultation & body language to make sure you feel 100% confident in her care before beginning your service.
Favorite Quote: "Beauty begins in the moment you decide to be yourself." -Coco Chanel
Robin - Level 1 Stylist
Specializing in: Cutting Bobs & Layered Looks, Grey Coverage, Dimensional Haircolor & Formal Styling
Why we know you're going to love her: Robin is following her dream and beginning her second career after 22 years of being a restaurant owner/operator. (Make sure you ask her which one!) She is a true inspiration!
Professional Background: Robin has a business degree from the college of Charleston, has owned her own business & now does hair! There isn't anything this beautiful woman can't do! Behind the chair, she loved creating big transformations to make you feel like a new you. Not sure where to start? Robin will guide you every step of the way, beginning with her professional recommendations based on your budget and maintenance expectations.
Words to live by: It's never too late to follow your dreams!
Monica - Level 1 Stylist
Specializing in: Precision Haircuts, Makeup Artistry & Men's Grooming
Why we know you're going to love her: Monica is a veteran of the US Navy and we are so proud to have her on our team!
Professional Background: After her time serving our country, Monica attended Rudy & Kelly Academy to pursue her dream of becoming a stylist. Monica loves to cut hair! It's always made more sense to her than formulating hair color, which is usually the opposite for most stylists. Let Monica help you discover how tweaking your cut just slightly can create a whole new look!
In her free time: Monica loves to go camping and fishing!
Tiffany - Apprentice
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!
Kat - Esthetician / Makeup Artist
Why we know you're going to love her: Kat's personality glows almost as much as her skin!
Professional background: 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 you're craving.
Added bonus: Kat has trained with top companies like MAC, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Nordstrom & Neiman Marcus.
Brooke - Front Desk Coordinator
Why we know you're going to love her: You can always count on a smile and positive attitude from Brooke! She's genuinely excited and happy to see you!
Professional Background: Brooke has always held customer service type roles because she loves helping people, but discovered her love for the beauty industry while working at Sephora. Those two traits combined make her the perfect fit for our front desk team!
Outside of the salon: Brooke enjoys her time spent with family. She and her husband have 2 sweet children & are active in their church.
Katlyn - Front Desk Coordinator
Why we know you're going to love her: Katlyn has been a part of the Xana-fam for many years! She began as a guest of ours at the very beginning and has worked with us in a couple different capacities over the years. We just know you'll love her as much as we do!
Professional Background: Katlyn is a licensed stylist! Since graduating cosmetology school, she's decided that her true passion comes from working more behind the scenes. Her knowledge of the hair and beauty industry makes her an excellent addition to our front desk team! If you have any questions about what to expect at your next visit, Katlyn's your girl!
Katlyn has such a love for Law and Order SVU, she can quote almost any episode!
Shimene - Front Desk Coordinator
Why we know you're going to love her: Shimene has TONS of experience in the salon industry. There won't be much she can't help you with.
Professional background: Shimene moved from Northern Virginia to Chesapeake to be near family this past year. Her lovely grandmother was a guest of ours and told us we would just love Shimene if we could only meet her. Well, she was right! Shimene brings 10years of salon industry experience with her, along with a super quirky & fun personality!
In her spare time, Shimene is a huge dog lover! She volunteers with different dog rescues and organizations when she isn't busy at the salon.
Jensen - Intern
Why we know you're going to love her: Jensen is a true unique spirit! Her style lives somewhere between the 70's and today.
Professional Background: Jensen is currently a student, enrolled at Rudy & Kelly Academy during the day & assisting here at Xanadu when she isn't in school. She motivated & cant wait to start her journey behind the chair!
Vision: Jensen hopes to help people to see a brighter future when they may not always see beauty staring back.
Samantha - Intern
Why we know you're going to love her:Cute and funky is Sam's style. It reads from her platinum bob to her quirky personality!
Professional Background: Sam is a student currently at Rudy & Kelly Academy. With a fast approaching graduation date, she's been attending as much additional education as she can. This girl has already mastered so many techniques! We can't wait to see what she has in store for us after graduation.