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.
Lead 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!
Esthetician/ Makeup Artist / Farmhouse Fresh Ambassador
Hi, I AM Sydney! I have been in the esthetics industry for a few years now and joined the I Am Team in March of 2021. I am lash lift certified and and proud to be a Farmhouse Fresh Ambassador. I love all things skin care! As an esthetician I am able to combine my love of beauty and passion for working with people to create a comforting atmosphere for my guests where we can achieve their skin care and relaxation goals. I look forward to helping you feel your best!
I Am from Florida and relocated to Wilmington in 2016. I got into the skin care industry because I love making people feel confident (men and women alike) and talking with people about everyday life. I invite you to come relax with me where you can feel positive vibrations, thoughts and feelings with Red Calcium and Tourmaline throughout your time with me as I address your skincare needs and concerns. I also specialize in full body waxing and will make sure you have a pleasant waxing experience no matter the area (yes men and women alike).
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 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 a south jersey girl, born and raised, who relocated to North Carolina in 2021. I graduated from an Aveda institute and have been in this amazing industry since 2018. My specialties include dimensional brunettes and blonding. I love working with clients looking for a big change or transformation. Having had my hair every color under the sun, from pink and red, to blonde and brunette, I’m well versed in the wants and needs of a wide range of clients! My goal as a stylist is to not only make you feel beautiful and comfortable while you’re in my chair, but to also give you the tools and education to care for your hair and achieve that salon look at home. I can’t wait to meet you and share my love of Aveda and all things hair. No bad hair days on my watch!
I Am from Milwaukee, WI and recently moved to Wilmington, NC. I’ve been in the beauty industry since 2016 and absolutely LOVE it! I love sports (Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Green Bay Packers fan here), traveling, meeting and getting to know so many fun people. I love to help my guests feel even more confident and more beautiful than before they walked into the salon. My guests become friends very quickly. I enjoy talking about their travels, families, hobbies, what shows they’re watching, I love to hear it all. Since I’m new to the area, give me all your favorite spots to hang out, eat, explore, and travel to.
I love all things Aveda and I am the salon’s Aveda Ambassador. I specialize in haircutting, highlights/balayage, lash/brow tints, Keratin Smoothing Treatments, and have recently added Lash Extensions to my services.
Paul has been a respected Acupuncturist for 27 years and is certified by the National Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). A native of Long Island Paul received his three year acupuncture training in Stamford Connecticut. Paul practiced acupuncture in New York for ten years before relocating to the Atlanta area. A few years ago he decided to move to Wilmington to be closer to family members and the relaxed coastal living Wilmington provides. Over the years he has helped thousands of people with pain reduction, smoking withdrawal, fertility issues and face rejuvenation using low level lasers.
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 an Army Veteran who found a passion for massage and attended the College of Wilmington. I might look like I would have rough, calloused hands, however, I do not. Because of this, I am unable to work with hot stones. However, I love deep tissue and will slowly work into the muscle allowing you to feel no discomfort, as many people think that deep tissue cannot be a pleasant experience. When not in the Spa, you can find me riding around town on my Harley or taking Boujee (my rescue Yorkie) to the North End in my Jeep. I look forward to helping you relax and just remember... life’s too short for boring socks.
I Am very excited about joining the team at I Am Salon and Day Spa. I moved from West Virginia to Wilmingron in 2006. Three years later, I attended Miller Motte College where I obtained my associates degree in Massage Therapy, working for the college as a massage therapist for an additional seven years. I worked my way up and eventually became the College's Clinic Supervisor, overseeing the students and helping them learn the proper techniques to become licensed massage therapists. I felt drawn to massage therapy as I love helping people to feel better and my goal is for each client to walk away with less pain. I specialize in therapeutic, cupping, sciatica, and neck pain. Life is always better with less plain, and I AM here to help.
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!
I’m a NC native. I was raised in Charlotte and recently moved to the Wilmington area after pursuing a 4-year degree. I was studying criminal justice and political science but was left feeling unsatisfied and bored. My passion lies with esthetics and I’m so excited to start my journey to become a licensed esthetician in August. I would definitely consider myself to be girly.. I love all things makeup and clothes (shoes and pursues please!) but I have a great admiration for the special effects industry, horror especially.