Illuminate is a bright, fresh studio salon near Annapolis, focused on the craft of hair care, cutting, coloring, and styling. Our experienced stylists offer consistent, up-to-date skills and a warm, open approach to collaborating with our clients, making sure you will always leave with gorgeous results, tailored to fit your needs, and that lit from within feeling you get when your outer beauty is reflecting your inner beauty.
I am the proud owner of Illuminate Salon, which opened in 2013. The concept began as soon as I graduated from The Temple, A Paul Mitchell Partner School in 2007, where I got my head start in the beauty industry. After a few years gaining experience with my technical skills in hair cutting, coloring, and styling, I became an educator for Davines, an Italian luxury hair care company. Being an educator meant traveling, spending time getting to experience varying types of salons, and interacting with stylists from all over. Those four years of educating were invaluable to me, and gave me the knowledge and confidence necessary to open my own salon. As a stylist, I most enjoy color; creating a flattering, easy to maintain look using balayage, color melting techniques, and careful formulation, while also integrating the best cut to match, is so much fun! My vision for Illuminate has been coming to life in the relationships we’ve built with our clients, the quality team members I’ve had the pleasure of working with, and the fantastic results we get by putting our skills and education to work. When I’m not at the salon, you will find me cuddling with my dogs, watching the latest episodes of my favorite shows, and enjoying good food with good friends.
Since graduating from The Temple, A Paul Michell Partner School in 2007, I have been very active in the hair, make up, and fashion world. I love to attend classes and shows to keep myself involved and updated on the latest styles and trends. I particularly enjoy precise haircuts, avant-garde looks, and blonding techniques. Nailing just the right shade of blonde for my clients is one of my favorite things to do, particularly when using balayage to achieve the best natural-looking results. Men’s grooming is another of my specialties; I love to see how much confidence it gives a man when he knows he’s all shaped up! In my free time you’ll find me hiking, snuggling with my cat, or spending time with friends.
After obtaining my cosmetology license in 2010, I’ve been exploring this amazing industry and all it has to offer! I love trying new things and staying educated on the latest techniques and trends. My passions for doing hair span across all aspects, including color, cut, and styling. One of my strengths is in formal styles; I can make you polished and picture-ready in no time! I’ve been told often that I have a gentle touch, a skill I pride myself in to encourage maximum relaxation. Making my clients feel good about themselves is the best part of my job; watching someone light up as they look into the mirror makes me so happy that I get to do this every day. After hours, I enjoy playing with my pets, watching a good scary movie, and relaxing with some candles and a nice cup of tea.