Owner/Permanent Makeup Artist
I grew up in Michigan and relocated to Wilmington, NC in 2001 which I now call home. I am a mother, foster mother, aunt, big sister and wife. I love traveling to Asia, getting tattoos and drinking champagne. I have been with I Am Salon and Day Spa since 2009. As an Esthetician with over 10 years of experience, I have spent many years in an ever growing field keeping up to date with the latest beauty and skincare products and services in order to better serve and educate my clients. With a background in Fine Arts, Architecture, Skincare, and a touch of OCD, this makes for the perfect recipe for Microblading and PMU. Having trained with the Phi Royal Artists, Microblading Academy of LA and Mara Studios my focus has been set on giving women (and men) the confidence they need and brows and lips they would love to have. Besides being a service provider, it was here that I absolutely fell in love with the Aveda culture, and in 2014 I partnered into the business in order to manage the team of incredible, like-minded people at I Am. On top of embracing the Aveda culture, we all work together by giving back to the community. Each month we pick a different cause or local charity and come together as a team to really make a difference. The teamwork and relationships built with each other, our clients, and the community is what makes us an I Am family.
I am a Wilmington native ( we are rare, I know ) that has been working in the beauty industry since 2001 and graduated from Cosmetology school in 2005. In August of 2016 I joined the I Am team as a Salon Coordinator / Assistant Manager.
I feel truly blessed to be part of this family to work alongside of these energy-based people. When you walk in, my goal is for you to feel the warmth, education, positivity, creativity and tranquility we offer here at I Am Salon and Day Spa. My goal / our goal is also to make an impact not only in the beauty industry but locally by giving back to community organizations each month. We are taking AVEDA’s mission and rooting ourselves in their culture and I honestly feel that this is why we are not “just another salon/spa”. By doing this we can be the change that we wish to see in the world.
I am from Charlotte, North Carolina and moved to Wilmington in May 2020. After completing my degree in Public Relations at UNC-Chapel Hill, I decided Wilmington would be the perfect place to pursue my passion in wedding planning. Growing up I always went to an AVEDA salon so I was thrilled to find I AM. I not only love the amazing staff here, but I also love watching our clients feeling happy and beautiful after receiving one of our services.
I am a Pennsylvania native who moved south for the winter, and never left! Wilmington became my home in 2014, and I started with I Am in 2020, after being a client here for several years. In my spare time, I am a freelance artist who loves to draw, do makeup, and write short stories. I have always wanted to get into the beauty industry to some degree, as I love all things to do with skincare and makeup. I love getting to work in an Aveda salon, as Aveda holds my same views of all-natural products and preservation of the Earth and all she has to offer. I am very passionate about both customer service and helping people to feel beautiful and confident, and this job has managed to blend both perfectly! Helping people in any way I can has always been very important to me. My goal here at the front desk is to always give you a smile, compliment, or joke (hopefully a good one!) to brighten your day. I believe that we can make a difference in the world with just a smile and a positive attitude. I look forward to helping you, and I hope you have a wonderful day!
Esthetician / Makeup Artist / Lash Artist
As a Licensed Esthetician, my true passion lies in marrying my love for beauty with my love for science and health. It is my goal to help every guest feel radiant from the inside out through relaxation and improvement of skin health. Through conscious skin care and self love, I believe every guest can achieve healthy, beautiful skin. I specialize in customizing at-home skin care regimens, facials, and lymphatic drainage facial massage. I can’t wait to meet you!
I am a Wilmington native who got her start in the beauty industry due to my love of makeup. I attended Miller-Motte Wilmington to obtain my Esthetics license and graduated at the top of my class. I then followed that passion to New York City for additional training at Chic Studios NYC to specialize in Bridal makeup. I feel I exceed my clients expectations and deliver a relaxing service or a quick and efficient wax! I’m excited to be apart of I Am Salon and Day Spa and the wonderful clients I will continue to work with.
Stylist / Makeup Artist
I have been in love with the beauty industry since I was a child- from Barbie appointments to teenage experiments on myself. I graduated Carteret Community College with my cosmetology license in 2016 knowing it held a lifetime of opportunity. I have a strong background in beauty and customer service oriented work. I’m grateful to be a part of the I Am Salon and Day Spa team and look forward to helping my clients achieve any look!
I have been in the cosmetology industry since I was 19. Since my mom was a stylist and salon owner it was something I was surrounded by throughout my childhood. I’ve been with I Am Salon and Day Spa since I moved to Wilmington in May of 2017 ! I specialize in blonding but I love all aspects of this industry. Customizing looks for each individual client and making them feel gorgeous is my passion. I look forward to continuing to grow with I Am for years to come!
Melissa has been at I Am since 2012. She specializes in cut, color, makeup, and thermal smoothing Keratin treatments. Although she loves to work on all hair textures, she’s very comfortable and knowledgeable with people with curly hair. She enjoys being able to use her creativity on a daily basis and making life-long relationships with her clients.
Stylist / Makeup Artist
Brittany was born and raised in Swansboro, NC. The hair industry piqued her interest at the young age of 13. Salons at that time weren’t available to fit her funky style. She graduated from the Aveda Institute in Chapel Hill in 2006 and CCCC with her cosmetology instructor license in 2010. She has been with Aveda for 11 years and has taught at their institutes. She specializes in color, fashion color, short women’s haircuts and textured hair.
Licensed since 1985, Kelly specialties include all areas of hair care from cuts, color, straightening and highlighting. She is also committed to special occasions, wedding hairstyles, and makeup. Kelly loves the creative part of doing hair that makes the clients look better and ultimately leaves her clients feeling better about themselves. Kelly studied color under Beth Minard.
I have been doing hair professionally for 10 years and with Aveda about 11. I really love doing highlights/working with different shades of blonde hair and creating colors and styles that are natural, easy to grow out and maintain. I moved to Wilmington to further my education at UNCW with a degree in environmental science and continue to work part time here at I Am.
Obviously I’m a student, so that takes up a lot of my free time but I love the learning aspect. I really enjoy learning about the history of towns, places, and landmarks of NC. I also really love being outside and staying active if not working or doing school work.
I AM living my best life while continuing to strive for greatness. I love sports, tacos, salmon (yes, I love food), working out, reading, and the beach. I also love AVEDA and have been a stylist for 23 years, 15 of which were with AVEDA. Recently, I have been virtually educating at the AVEDA Institute in San Francisco, allowing my move to the east coast. My AVEDA career allows me to pursue my passion and expertise in color, grey blending, special occasions styles, long hair cutting, fine hair, and any cut I can do with my razor. My coworkers and I get to contribute to wellness and self-care in all services, which is why I love what I do. It is such a wonderful thing to be an AVEDA artist, where I can give back to society in the world of beauty and beyond. I look forward to seeing you in my chair.
I AM from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. My fiance took a job promotion here in Wilmington which is what took us from Amish Country to the Port City. I've vacationed in Topsail for years and am excited about calling Wilmington my new home. In high school, I was the girl who did everyone's hair and stained my bathroom all sorts of colors. I've been with AVEDA for 3 years and what I love about doing what I do is that it allows me to be a part of helping people feel better about themselves. Blonding and balayage are my favorite things, but when I get to use Aveda's Vibrants I get just as happy. You can find me behind the chair on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
I AM from Wilmington and grew up in the hair industry & I am so excited to continue to grow & build with my community. Color is my passion, but I L O V E a bouncy blowout! I invite you in my chair to feel radiant, relaxed & rejuvenated.
I specialize in blonding & balayage as well as men’s cuts.
Let’s create beautiful hair!!
I have been a massage therapist since 2014. I graduated from Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, New York. I specialize in Chakra balancing which is energy work that helps to balance and restore the body’s energy and can help with anxiety and relaxation. My clients appreciate the way I connect and mold with their body, they say I have a strong but tender touch. I am very excited to be a part of I Am and your healing experience.
KaLéna is from Whiteville, NC and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with her Bachelors’ degree in Kinesiology concentrated in Sports Medicine. She has had multiple experiences in the Physical Therapy and Athletic Training setting, and joined the team here at I Am Salon as a Massage Therapist in 2018. She graduated from the Massage Therapy program at Miller-Motte College in Wilmington, NC. She specializes in recovery and rehabilitative massage and wants to help you get back to your best self!
Gina is a native of Wilmington and has returned after living the past 20 years in Asheville, NC. Gina graduated from the Body Therapy Institute in 1994 and within her 23 years as a therapist she has received extensive training in Neuromuscular, Trigger Point Therapy and Deep Tissue. She specializes in integrative and therapeutic bodywork to provide a profound state of relaxation of body, mind and soul. Her background as a massage therapy instructor, trainer and spa manager has enhanced her career through the years. Gina is very excited to be a part of the I Am Team and connecting with our Wilmington community.
I AM so excited to join the I Am team. I recently moved to the area from Winston Salem, NC with my husband and our two children. While I perform and enjoy a variety of massage modalities, my true passion is working with individuals who are pregnant and postpartum. Along with my training and experience as a massage therapist, I have worked as a birth doula for five years. I believe there is no greater honor than to be a part of a growing family's journey. I have seen first hand the many benefits of regular massage on pregnant and birthing people. I look forward to working with you.