Meet The Team.
The best investment I made into my career was becoming ABCH certified (American Board Certified Hair Colorist). It has allowed me to truly understand hair from the inside out. The second best investment I made was attending the first national hair loss conference. I learned so much about the causes of hair loss and the variety of solutions to those causes.
Creativity and the hair industry run in my family. I stumbled into hair during high school and graduated with a cosmetology career. I tried college twice throughout the years, but hair was always there. Once I found Xanadu that was it. I knew. Connecting with my clients is the best feeling and the smiles are the greatest reward.
In my spare time I take care of my two boys (dog mom) and my variety of plants.
We welcome Missy back to our Xanadu Team...some might know her as "Mel". After spending some time out West, she is back home...Missy's 13 years of experience show in every way behind the chair. Great consultation, great color and fabulous cuts! She got into this industry because she wanted to make people feel beautiful and confident while also nourishing her creative side.
Top 3 strengths:
Outside of work she likes hiking, tie dying, crafting and plants/gardening. Missy enjoys "all things plants" and is a dog mom.
Brazilian Blowout Certified
Eufora cutting and coloring continued education.
Sarah's goal would be to consistently surpass client expectations. Two things that bring her joy are making connections and finding solutions. She gets to connect with her clients daily and brainstorm to find cuts, color, and styling techniques that suit their hair type, maintenance, and lifestyle!
Sarah's favorite type of haircut: Long bobs to pixies! WHY? She enjoys customizing each cut based on hair density, texture, and styling preferences. She also enjoys smoothing treatments and scalp treatments.
Fun Fact: She was named after the Sahara Desert!
"I will continue to learn daily and strive to understand the hair needs and wants of everyone who sits in my chair."
FAVORITE QUOTE? Comparison is the thief of happiness.
Tiffany began her career at Xanadu in our apprenticeship program. After graduating with honors, this talented gal went off to the beach to spread her wings. She is back at Xanadu with a few more years of experience, knowledge and skills. Tiffany is an animal lover, a yogi and a mom + she rides her motorcycle in her spare time.
Fun Vivid Color
Kate graduated beauty school in February 2020. She started in the beauty industry because she had always had a hidden interest to work with hair, but never saw it as a “real” career option, until she finally went to beauty school…and she LOVES every second of it. Kate enjoys color – especially blonding…and she loves to make people feel beautiful.
Kate was born in San Diego, yet moved every 2-3 years because her dad was in the Marine Corps.
Being a Virgo, Kate loves being in nature and going on hikes. When not in the salon, she loves hanging out with her cat.
Lauren came to us to pursue her true passion, after following a path towards nursing…
She has completed our apprenticeship program right here at Xanadu. Lauren is great at haircuts and natural, believable hair color…and she gives a killer blow-dry finish!
She is always seeking more education. We are so thankful that she has chosen to begin her career with us.
Even though Mea has grown up in Hampton Roads, she has just recently moved back to the area, after graduating beauty school in Georgia. She has chosen Xanadu as her salon home, and we couldn't be more exited to welcome her.
Mea loves doing all the things. She is certified in Aqua Hair Extensions.
You might have met Alexis greeting you when you've come in...she's been with us while finishing beauty school. Freshly graduated, she is now full-time behind the chair and eager to do everything. We are starting her off with the basic services, like usual...but she is eager and we know she's going to kill it!
Alexis chose hair because she wanted to help people see their own beauty and feel more confident in their own skin. She loves long haircuts, color and making her guests feel like "super models" with their blow-dry finished style!
Robin started as a guest at Xanadu, and now she can be seen greeting you as you come in! Since her husband is in the military, Robin and her family have lived all over the country and in Europe.
Robin stays busy with her three kids attending dance classes, volleyball games, crew regattas, and sewing costumes for theater productions. She loves a good day at the beach, a great iced coffee, and anything Disney.
We love the energy Robin brings to our team…please stop by and see for yourself!
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Owner / Founder
The powerhouse behind the scenes. She is our primary educator, our magic elf, our maintenance maven, and our biggest cheerleader. She loves to build things from the ground up, whether that’s a team, a wall, or a whole salon. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Danise is a business owner who “gets” her employees. Outside of work, she hosts "The Little Things - A Podcast for Stylists" and The Little Things YouTube Channel - designed to help new stylists to excel behind the chair.