hello, friend!

It brings me joy to know that you are considering joining me in my journey to leave all I touch ready to show up in the world encouraged, confident, and valued. 

As a Tri-Licensed Artist in the industry for 18 years, I completed my training in Las Vegas, and continued my education at 3 salons across Southern California as an Assistant. Illinois has been my home since 2009 and I have been blessed with the best guests a girl can ask for.

There are so many facets of the Beauty Industry and I have found my passion led me to specialties in Color, Extensions, and freelancing as an Up Styling Specialist through 19 seasons. (Purpose)

I have often been asked the inspiration behind my heart's Mission. After being a part of varied salons I found elements of the environment I longed to provide, but never the experience as a whole. I found that I was craving a space to exist unencumbered..... A no judgement zone that reminds you of the comforts of home. A space to come as you are, a place that inspires you, and a space to belong. Thus, my Refuge and a Suite Escape was born. (a Hair by Nicole Hawkins creation). A space that encourages creativity, community, art, relationship, relaxation and will leave you better than how you were found. 

In my time away, you can find me spending quality time with my loved ones ( often with a fierce toddler in tow) and our 3 dogs. I enjoy travel, live music, and all the elements of memory making. 

I believe in giving back to the community I am blessed to serve.
Throughout the year you will find Salon Refuge on a different cause driven mission to bless many communities.

Whether in Salon or On Location I look forward to creating a look that will carry you through the seasons ahead or a timeless piece to look back on fondly.

Life is something to celebrate and all are invited!

Our time is precious friend, and I can't wait to partner with you on the journey to making your hair dreams come true. 

Until then,


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