Gallery Artists

Gallery Artists have tested out from the basic Michael Helene Program and are moving up in the educated hair artist world. They have completed over 50 hours of advanced education and shown that their classic skills cannot be challenged! They are no longer copying what they were taught but actually understanding the procedures and processes in order to cut and color hair based on head shape and customization of the individuals hair. Hair is, after all, like snowflakes, no one, is exactly the same!!

 

Ashley Wright

Gallery Artist 

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Tuesdays: 12:00PM – 8:00PM 
Wednesday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Thursdays: 12:00PM – 8:00PM 
Fridays: 11:00AM – 8:00PM
Saturdays: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Ashley specializes in intricate up-dos, Balayage and Highlighting. She began her career graduating from the prestigious Paul Mitchell the School in Tyson’s Corner. Ashley is eager to learn all of the new trends. in her spare time, she watches videos of her mentors demonstrating hairshaping and color techniques. Using these day to day, her clients leave the salon loving her hair!

Fun Facts About Ashley:
1.) What is your zodiac?
Aries
2.) Do you have any recommendations for local restaurant?
I love food. I would recommend Bites Wine and Grilled Cheese Bar, The Conche, and East Gate Bistro.
3.) If you had a super power what would it be?
Flying, so that I would never have to deal with traffic!
4.) What TWO items would you take to a deserted island if you were stranded for a year? 
My German Shepherd, and my husband, because he would bring everything we need.

 

 

 Ava

Gallery Hair & Make Up Artist 
Wave Whisperer

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Sterling Location: 
Mondays: 10:00AM-8:00PM
Tuesdays: 10:00AM-8:00PM
Thursdays: 12:00PM-8:00PM
Fridays: 10:00AM-7:00PM
Saturdays: 9:00AM-6:00PM

Ava is a creative artist born from the great golden state of California, raised in the glamorous city of Los Angels. Combined with over 28 years of experience and sustained with her ongoing education over the course of these years. Making her up to date with old and new styles and what is trending. She attended DELOUX School of Cosmetology and graduated in 1989. Her passion for hair always came naturally as it runs in her family. Having an open imagination made anything possible for her to handle. Even at the her earliest age of 10, she was inspired to create hairstyles and change peoples moods and perspectives. She always strives with every reservation to create that ecstatic smile!

Fun Facts About Ava: 
1.) What is your zodiac?
Pisces
2.) What TWO items would you take to a deserted island if you were stranded for a year?
Fire starter, and a five gallon water bottle so when it was empty I can catch the rain water.
3.) What is your favorite breakfast item? 
Tea, and biscotti
4.) What is your favorite or first car?
A 1965 convertible Mustang baby blue
5.) What superlative would you give someone or some team members? 
Everyone is a winner!

 

 

Helen

Gallery Hair & Make-Up Artist
Wave Whisperer
Art Team Coordinator

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Follow Helen’s Facebook page called Live Your Passion!

Sundays: 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Tuesdays: 9:30AM – 8:00PM
Thursdays: 12:00PM – 8:00PM
Fridays: 12:00PM – 8:00PM

She is a  NOVA native and grew up in Centreville, VA. She went to Centreville High School and from there she was able to attend academy over at Chantilly High School Academy, where she found my passion for Cosmetology! Her Cosmology instructor was Wayne White, the same as Micheal Helene! She met Micheal at Chantilly High School and completely fell in love with her and her passion for the industry. Helen has worked on many photo shoots for the salon in order to learn and grow as an artist. While working with Micheal, she has worked on photo shoots for the salon, being able to learn more and grow as a new artist. When she not at the salon,  she is continuing her education for hair and makeup and she spends time with her family and dog. She is also Affinage Color Certified!

Michael Helene Says:Helen is one of our newest apprentices and a student at Chantilly Academy with Wayne White, my teacher when I was in school (20 years ago, my time flies)! Helen is so devoted to the art of hair and is always wanting to be ahead of the game. She is like a sponge for knowledge, it is very refreshing and keeps me motivated to keep on keepin on. I think Helen is gonna be a very good artist. Her kind, down to earth demeanor will take her a long way!

Fun Facts About Helen:

  1. What is your Zodiac? 
    Libra
  2. What movie character would you say reminds you of yourself? And why?
    Joy from Inside Out, because I love being happy and working with my team.
  3. If you had a super power, what would it be and why?
    I would be a shape-shifter because I could become a dog whenever I would like! 
  4.  Who is your inspiration in the hair/fashion industry? Why? 
    Larisa Love, I have been following her through social media for a while now and I love how she’s always educating! She is also using new techniques and multiple techniques in her work.  

 

Mackenzie

Gallery Artist

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Sterling Location: 
Tuesdays: 11:00AM – 8:00PM
Wednesdays: 11:00PM – 8:00PM
Thursdays: 12:30PM – 6:00PM
Fridays: 11:00AM-7:00PM
Saturdays: 10:00AM-6:00PM

A proud Cat mom of 3, with stretched ears and tattoos. Basically an early 00’s emo kid grown up, and forever defending pop punk. I’m still driven by the music scene and love everything about it. Die hard Pittsburgh Penguins fan, and obsessed with anything coconut and coffee. Arlington, VA native.
Around the age of 22 I realized I could make a career based around two things I loved: makeup and hair. So that’s exactly what I set my sights on. I fell in love with barbering after seeing my first straight razor shave and knew one day I would be doing just that. After working in various barbershops assisting and on the desk I found how important it is to not only have a passion for a your craft and niche, but also a well rounded knowledge of being a hairstylist to really be able to excel in the industry.

 

 

Denise

Gallery Artist

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Sterling Location: 
Saturdays: 9:00AM-6:00PM

Ever since middle school I have wanted to do hair. 3 years after high school I went to Paul Mitchell in Tyson corner, and graduated in 2009. I loved it, it was an incredible experience.  I have 4 amazing boys and a wonderful husband who has been supporting me through my journey back into the hair business. I have been doing hair for about 8 years, but due to family issues I had to stop; although I’ve never stopped completely. I did friends and family’s hair while working in accounting, customer service, and administrative work for about 3 years; throughout those 3 years I was never happy sitting at a desk. One glorious day I realized I wanted to go back to doing hair properly in a salon, and I am so happy I did.

My plan now is to keep getting educated by the staff here, and to take multiple classes to gain more experience. Hair is my passion, I love to make people feel and look great. Meeting new people and experiencing new challenges every time someone sits on my chair keeps me a happy, honest, and loving person. I am so grateful to be working with Michael Helene and her team.  In the next 5 years I see myself becoming an amazing hairdresser and growing within the Michael Helene salon gallery team.

Fun Facts About Denise:

  1. What would you consider to be the best date or day? 
    The day my kids were born and my wedding day.
  2. What movie character would you say reminds you of yourself? And why?
    Sherley Temple, She’s fun, loving and always has a smile on her face.
  3. What is your favorite breakfast item?
    French Toast!
  4.  Who is your inspiration in the hair/fashion industry? Why? 
    Sam Villa. I like the way he explains what he is doing, and shows you step by step haircuts and colors.

 

Andrea

Gallery Hair & Make-Up Artist 
Wave Whisperer

Portfolio 
Follow Andrea’s Facebook page called Andrea’s Portfolio

Thursdays: 12:00PM-8:00PM
Fridays: 11:00AM-8:00PM
Saturdays: 10:00AM-5:00PM
Sundays: 11:00AM-4:00PM

Andrea got her Cosmetology License through C.S Monroe Technology Center and in currently studying for her Associates for Business. She loves hair, make-up, music, movies, books and her dog, Wolf. She also really enjoys anything horror and PUNS! She is an easy-going, a go-with-the-flow kinda woman, but is  also the type that takes initiative, and is always open to try new things and see new places!

Fun Facts about Andrea: 
1.) What TWO items would you take to a deserted island if you were stranded for a year?
Books and music
2.) What movie character would you say reminds you of yourself? Why?
People call me Moana at the Salon, which I will take as a compliment because: 1. she’s beautiful and 2. because she’s so amazing and strong willed so I am Moana.
3.) If you had a super power, what would it be? Why?
If I had a superpower it would most likely be telekinesis. Because then I would be like Eleven from Stranger Things and That’s so freaking cool.
4.) Who is your inspiration in the hair/fashion industry? Why?
Zendaya is my favorite hair/fashion icon because she is so real and does whatever she wants and whatever she thinks is beautiful.
5.) What is your zodiac?
Libra

Mirela

Gallery Senior Artist 

Sterling Location:
Mondays: 10:00AM-6:00PM
Tuesdays: 11:00AM-7:00PM
Wednesdays: 12:00PM-8:00PM
Fridays: 10:00AM-7:00PM
Saturdays: 9:00AM-5:00PM

Mirela has over 20 years of experience and is an amazing artist! She is very excited to have join our team! She specializes in custom color and cutting!

 

 

Pari

Gallery Senior Artist

Sterling Location:
Tuesdays: 9:30AM-5:00PM 
Wednesdays: 12:00PM-8:00PM
Thursdays: 10:00AM-6:00PM
Fridays: 10:00AM-5:00PM 
Saturdays: 9:00AM-4:00PM 

Pari has over 30 years of experience and is a fantastic classically trained artist. We are so excited to have and her long time clients joining our family. She specializes in custom color, cutting, Eyebrow Threading and Waxing!

 

Nancy

Gallery Senior Artist 

Sterling Location:
Mondays: 10:00AM-7:30PM
Thursdays: 9:30AM-7:00PM
Fridays: 9:30AM-7:00PM
Saturdays: 9:30AM-3:00PM

I have been in the hair industry for 40 years.I enjoy doing color, haircuts and perms.I am always going to classes to learn new techniques.My clients are WONDERFUL and range in ages 1 to 96!!!

Fun Facts About Nancy:
1.) What TWO items would you take to a deserted island if you were stranded for a year?
Bathing suit and Sun tan lotion!!!
2.) What is your zodiac?
Capricorn
3.) If you had a super power, what would it be? Why?
Cure all illnesses.
4.) What are your top 3 favorite musical artists?
Charlie Puth, Michael Bolton, Faith Hill

 

Lori

Gallery Senior Artist 

Sterling Location:
Fridays: 12:30AM-7:00PM

I have been doing hair for over 30 years. I had my own shop for 10 years and worked for Clairol educating for a few years during that time. I love doing hair color and seeing the change in people especially if they have had a problem in the past. I pride myself on my listening skills and not being afraid to tell people the truth about what will work and what will not for their lifestyle.

 

Fun Facts About Lori: 
1.) What is your zodiac?
Scorpio
2.) What movie character would you say reminds you of yourself? Why?
Wonder Woman
3.) What is your favorite breakfast item?
bagel
4.)What are your top 3 favorite musical artists? 
Reggae music Bob Marley, Guns n Roses ,Pink

 

Mary

Gallery Artist 

Sterling Location:
Wednesdays: 2:00PM-8:00PM
Thursdays: 2:00Pm-8:00PM
Fridays: 1:00pm-7:00PM
Saturdays: 12:00PM-5:00PM

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always had a passion for hair and making people feel beautiful. I grew up playing softball and from the age of 11 up until I was 21, I would always be the team “hair braider”. I attended and graduated from the Aveda Institute in Washington, D.C. where I completed my cosmetology hours. I specialize in Balayage, Highlighting and Vivid colors. I am always eager to learn new techniques to perfect my skills. When I am not in the salon, I usually spend endless amounts of time on YouTube and Instagram continuing my education and learning or you can find me in bed watching Netflix.

Fun Facts About Mary: 
1.) What is/ was your nickname?
Skillz
2.) What TWO items would you take to a deserted island if you were stranded for a year?
my phone and a boat to get off the island
3.) What would you consider to be the best date or day?
april 25th because it’s not too hot not too cold, all you need is a light jacket
4.) Who is your inspiration in the hair/fashion industry? Why?
I am mostly inspired by Bescene and Larisa Love both amazing artist. I look to Bescene for more inspiration for my fashion color and vivid color clients and Larisa Love for her amazing balayage techniques

 

Elle

Gallery Artist & Extension Specialist 

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Mondays: 11:00AM-7:00PM
Tuesdays: 9:30AM-6:00PM
Thursdays: 12:00PM-8:00PM
Fridays: 10:00AM-7:00PM
Saturdays: 9:00AM-5:00PM

My name is Elizabeth, but I am going by Elle at Michael Helene Salon Gallery. I’m 30 years old and I’ve been doing hair for many years. I recently moved here from NJ and I have a toy poodle named Scamper. I would describe myself as outgoing, funny, but also professional. I am certified in tape in extensions and Brazilian blowout, as well as full body waxing!

Fun Facts About Elle: 
1.) What is your zodiac?
Scorpio
2.) What movie character would you say reminds you of yourself? Why?
Jess from New Girl
3.) What are your top 3 favorite musical artists?
Queen, breaking Benjamin, pink
4.) Who is your inspiration in the hair/fashion industry? Why?
Balancedbalayage because she is super talented and not afraid to be real.

 

Nino

Gallery Hair & Make-Up Artist 

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Sundays: 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Mondays: 11:00AM – 7:00PM
Thursdays: 12:00PM- 7:00PM
Fridays: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Saturdays: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Don’t let the Virginia license plate fool you! Nino has a big New Jersey attitude. A Garden State native, Nino received his cosmetology hours at Empire Beauty School in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Nino pushes the boundaries and has a keen eye for trends within the industry.  Nino has spent many days roaming around the streets of New York and Philadelphia learning and absorbing the roots of fashion.  He has a passion for making everyone’s inner beauty shine through by making them feel beautiful through hair and makeup. He is excited to be part of the team to further grow his knowledge.

Michael Helene Says: What to say about Nino, a character, talented, fun loving! I knew the second I met Nino that he was a great addition to the team. He may not be the neatest person in the world but he is a hell of a hairdresser, always has a smile on his face and keeps me motivated everyday! He loves hair and makeup and does it like he was born to do it!

Fun Facts about Nino:
1.) What is/ was your nickname?
lil’Bish
2.) What TWO items would you take to a deserted island if you were stranded for a year?
My iPhone X that’s coming at the end of nov, and my best friend Justin
3.) What movie character would you say reminds you of yourself? Why?
Regina George, let’s face it, They all want to be me.
4.) If you had a super power, what would it be? Why?
I don’t need any powers. I’m pretty good at what I’m working with now.
5.) What is your favorite breakfast item?
Ehhhh more of a dinner man myself