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!
Brooke - Salon Manager, Great Bridge Location
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.
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. Taylor’s consultation is a true gift. She won’t do anything until you’re speaking the same language. 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 are looking to update your look, Taylor knows just what it takes!
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, Reds
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.
Katie – Level 4 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.
Beca - Level 4 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!
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.
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 Hair Color, Makeup Artistry, Long Textured Cutting, Blonding,
Why we know you're going to love her: Mel is so super easy going! We just love her laid back personality. Don’t let that fool you, though. She is an incredible listener! Especially during your consultation.
Professional Background: Mel has spent the first 10 years of her career in 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!
Mel is our resident baker. If you haven’t tried her turtle brownies, you haven’t lived! When she isn’t baking (which is more often than we’d like!) she’s spending time with her husband and their 2 bulldogs.
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."
Lauren - Level 3 Stylist
Specializing in: Balayage, Long Layered Cuts & Curly Hair
Why we know you're going to love her: Lauren’s a new mom & family is her everything! She travels to South Carolina every chance she gets to spend time with the rest of her family.
At the age of 19, Lauren started working in a salon as an apprentice to pursue her passion in cosmetology to express herself artistically every day! Lauren has apprenticed under some of the top stylists in Virginia. She has made it her goal to be the best she can be and never stops educating herself and staying on top of the newest and latest trends. Lauren is a certified Deva Curl cutting specialist. So, if you have curly hair, Lauren’s your girl! She also has a passion for creative color, balayage, corrective color, and edgy looks. However, if edgy isn't you're style, that’s ok! She loves a natural look just as much.
You might not know: Lauren loves thrift store shopping almost as much as she loves cutting curly hair.
Jennie - Level 3 Stylist
Specializing in: Men’s Grooming, Formal Styling & Highlighting
Why we know you're going to love her: Jennie started working in her brownie troop leaders salon at age 12! She’s been in love with the beauty industry ever since.
Professional background: Jennie has been behind the chair as a licensed stylist for 7 years now. Her experience goes beyond the salon though. In 2013 Jennie was featured in Veer magazines swim suit edition as the hair stylist for the shoot! Jennie says “I believe in the magic of feeling beautiful and strive to display each clients inner beauty on their outer canvas.”
Fun Facts: “I’m an animal lover and major ally for the human rights campaign. I sometimes sing for open mic nights and local artist showcases.”
Tricia - Level 3 Stylist
Specializes in: Precision Cutting, Pixie Cuts, Bobs, Men’s Grooming, Dimensional Hair Color
Why we know you’re going to love her: Tricia is a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy! After 8 years traveling and defending our freedom, she made the leap to get back to her creative side and has been doing hair now for the same amount of time, 8 years!
Professional Background: Her artistic talents include all aspects of hair, but Tricia’s focus is in precision cuts and textured, lived in hair. Tricia is especially talented at bobs and styles that require precise lines. She also loves working with short and sassy cuts and men’s cuts too. She does outstanding dimensional color and when it comes to highlights, not only are they clean and seamless, but she can achieve any blend you desire. Tricia possesses true artistic vision and shows impeccable attention to detail. Working with clients to achieve their individual style is her passion. She strives to keep up with the latest techniques and most desirable fashion innovations. Tricia is trained in Wella, Schwarzkopf and Eufora color, Bumble and Bumble cutting and styling, and Keratin conditioning treatments.
What sets her apart: Whether you are looking for that contemporary professional look or something a little avant-garde, Tricia will provide you with the ultimate experience while delivering exceptional results.
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.
Kasey - Level 2 Stylist
Specializing in: Blonding, Balayage, Makeup Artistry, Formal Styling
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’s goal before she attended beauty school was to work at Xanadu…and here she is, fulfilling her dream! We are the luckiest!!! She is a total beauty babe, loving all things fashion, current trends, hair & makeup! She even has a blog so you can follow along. She’s a total sucker for blondes & has made it a goal of hers to perfect the art of Blonding, in a HEALTHY way. She believes that you can be blonde AND have healthy hair. (She’s right!)
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!
Samantha (Sam) - Level 2 Stylist & Eyelash Extension technician
Specializing in: Eyelash Extensions, Avant-Gard Styling, Precision Cutting, Custom Color Placement
Why we know you're going to love her: Sam’s favorite thing ever is giving people confidence through a new look!
Professional Background: Sam craves creating new styles that are outside of the box but she also has a sweet spot for timeless beauty. I mean you can't forget where it all started. Her true talent is creating cuts and color placement to accent each of her guests favorite features, personality and style. She also enjoys makeup artistry for formal and bridal events. Updos and avant-garde styles really get her creativity flowing! Sam graduated from Rudy & Kelly Academy in Virginia Beach and immediately enrolled in our mentor program here at Xanadu. She quickly rose to where she is now, and is killing it!
Favorite quote: “I’d rather be saved by criticism than ruined by praise.”
Madison - Level 2 Stylist
Specializing in: Men’s Grooming, Grey Coverage, Professional Blowouts, Pixie Cuts
Why we know you’re going to love her: Madison is fresh to the beauty industry, but has 15 years of customer service experience!
Professional background: Madison graduated from Longwood University with an English degree in 2011. 5 years later, she finally took the plunge and decided to follow her passion. She graduated from Rudy & Kelly Academy in April of 2017. Her goal is to be AMAZING at color and eventually become an educator.
Fun Facts: Madison has love for animals, musical theater, brunch, and singing!
Brittany - Level 2 Stylist
Specializes in: Men’s Grooming, Dimensional Hair Color, Fashion Colors
Why we know you’re going to love her: Brittany is always keeping us laughing!
Professional Background: When Brittany isn’t at the salon working behind the chair, she’s busy as an instructor at Rudy & Kelly Academy. She loves sharing her knowledge with her students and with her guests. She knows that education is the key to success behind the chair! You’re much more likely to love your hair if you know how to style it and what products to use at home.
Fun fact: Brittany is originally from North Carolina.
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!
Tiffany - Level 1 Stylist
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!
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.
Dawn - Intern
Why we know you’re going to love her: Dawn is a huge animal lover! She has 2 cats and 3 pups.
Professional background: Dawn graduated from Rudy & Kelly November 2014. She’s currently completing our intern program here at Xanadu and working hard at really refining her skills as a well-rounded stylist. She has a passion for playing with fun fashion colors and creative color placement and really has an eye for it! When she isn’t working towards perfecting her craft she can be found at concerts or the beach with her boyfriend, Micah, or reading a good book.
Fun Facts: Dawn is a self-proclaimed “Huge nerd!” She loves everything Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Dr. Who, etc.
Lizzy - Intern
Why we know you're going to love her: Lizzy grew up in a big family and has lived all over the world including Africa and Korea!
Professional Background: Lizzy is a recent graduate, but don’t let that fool you, the girl has skills! She loves foiling highlights, updos and being creative with fashion colors.
Fun fact: Her favorite color is pink and her favorite quote is “The early bird catches the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.” Her favorite food is pizza!
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.
Misty - Front Desk Coordinator
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!
Favorite Quote: "Beauty begins in the moment you decide to be yourself." -Coco Chanel