Kristen Shehadi | Creator & Hair Guru
Kristen is the face and brilliance behind GLOW. A passionate mother of three and lover of all things related to wellness and beauty.
Kristen graduated from Clemson University with a BS in Business. Her desire to create lead to Graham Webb, where she discovered a love for making others feel beautiful! In 2003 she obtained her cosmetology license and later that year became an American Board Certified Colorist. Her career has been full of rich experiences in various salons, sole proprietor of Salon Kris, the Director of Hair for Primp Style Lounge, and an educator for Eufora International.
Liz Kurila | Co-creator & Body Guru
Liz is a passionate advocate for the benefits of massage therapy. Massage enables her to connect with people, address their pain or stress issues, and assist her clients to feel more free and balanced in their bodies.
A graduate of JMU with a degree in Health Science, she searched for a way to truly make a difference for people in their health. Over the past 15 years, she deepened her skills in massage therapy, learned to support her body with essential oils, and became a certified health coach. Leveraging this wealth of experience, she feels more prepared than ever to be able to serve a community that wants to look and feel their best. Liz lives in Ashburn with her husband, two children, and a lively Rhodesian Ridgeback.
Kristin Hanshaw | Hair Guru
Kristin has been in love with hair and makeup since she was a young child and started experimenting on her own hair at age 11. She attended Graham Webb in the early 2000’s and finished her schooling as an apprentice working under busy northern VA stylists. After working in professional salons in her home state of Virginia for over 13 years she left to explore and experience life on the west coast. We are happy to have her back and at GLOWstudios. She has a knack for thick, coarse and unruly hair and loves to use her creative skills to design new looks for guests from start to finish She has been trained and certified as an educator and color specialist by many of the industry’s leading companies. In her own words “I’m super excited to be back in the area and in such an amazing space!”
Maddy Goubeaux-Nelson | Hair Guru
Maddy has been working in the beauty industry for 8 years now. Born and Raised in Northern Virginia, she attended Vocational School for hair at 16, and began immediately working in a salon setting. She has made it a priority to educate herself along the way in all facets of the business, and prides herself on her ability to communicate with her clients and deliver a style that is customized to them specifically. From Multi-Dimensional Hair Color catered to best accentuate a guests skin tone and eye color, to styles for men and women to emphasize their best features. She helps educate her clients on how to maintain their style, as well as protect their hair’s integrity so they may always be GLOWING!
Kelly Zak | Body Guru
Kelly is a compassionate individual and an avid networker. She has always been drawn to wellness and connecting with like-minded people. Massage therapy has been a part of her life since 2002 when she completed her training. Kelly did take a 5 year hiatus to serve in the military, however there was never a question she would return to massage. In 2014, Kelly received her Bachelors in Business Administration and maintained a private practice in San Diego throughout her schooling. In 2015, Kelly move back to Virginia to be closer to family and has loved every minute of that decision. Her practice focus is in pain management, mobility, and oncology massage. Kelly is Board Certified by the NCBTMB and is excited to keep furthering her skills in the field and beyond.
Dianna Vargas-Hicks | Skin Guru
Dianna joins GLOW’s growing team as an esthetician. She obtained her esthetics license from Aveda Institute Washington, DC, in 2008, and began her career as an esthetician shortly after. “My training at Aveda was key to helping me understand the mind and body connection through their ‘Rituals of Renewal’ – techniques offered using aromatherapy and massage. I love offering my clients that experience through those same rituals to provide a relaxing and rejuvenating facial.”
She believes beauty comes from within and a nutrient-rich diet along with the proper skin care regimen will nourish you to reveal vibrant, healthy skin. THAT investment is ever-lasting. She also believes scientific advances in the esthetics industry is on-going and keeping up with it is key to being a great esthetician. Along with customized facials, she is also a bikini/brazilian wax specialist. She’s ready to share that knowledge with her clients at GLOW.
Dianna lives in Fairfax with her husband, 3 kids and a rascal of a Maltese named Louie.
Lauren Huling | Microblading
Lauren’s passion is helping others feel good about themselves! She has been able to truly fulfill this passion through the art of Microblading.
Microblading is a natural looking cosmetic tattoo for the eyebrows. It fades faster than a traditional tattoo so annual touch up sessions are required to maintain the look. Lauren’s goal is to give you the brows you’ve always wanted in a clean, comfortable and relaxing environment.
Lauren has over 10 years in the beauty industry as an Esthetician specializing in professional make up, skin care, and cosmetic tattooing.
As a former surgical technician, she understands the importance of safety and sanitation. All products used during the procedure are sterile, one-time use, and disposable to prevent any contamination and to protect both the client and artist. The pigments used are of the highest quality and made right here in the USA. The pigment is also custom blended for each client to ensure the most natural look possible!
In her free time she enjoys traveling, cars, cooking, and spending time with her fiancé and their dog and cat (who actually get along)!
Lauren is always happy to answer any questions you may have and information is just a phone call away!
Samantha Plummer | Hair Pro
Samantha is a dual threat specializing in both hair and skin! She’s obsessed with all things beauty and loves to share her craft to make others look and feel beautiful.
Samantha began her beauty journey in 2005 when she attended Yvonne de Vilar Scientific Skin Care. Working in everything from luxurious day spas to a plastic surgery office, she made the leap to continue her journey and attended Graham Webb Academy for cosmetology. She has a passion for learning and continues to take advanced courses to keep up with the latest hair trends. Samantha lives in Leesburg and is the mother of two beautiful children.
Kaitlin Avila | Hair Pro
Kait has been working in the the hair industry for 7 years. Originally from Western Mass., she’s lived throughout the DMV area for about 10 years. She attended college in Maryland where she received her Associate’s in business. Kait specialized in Mermaid Hair and Babe hair extensions and is a blonde enthusiast. She had her own private studio previously but came to GLOW seeking a positive, team environment.
Emily Pino | Hair Pro
Welcome Emily Pino! Emily is the newest addition to our team of talented GLOWgetters. She attended cosmetology school from 2005-2007. She has apprenticed and worked in the Ashburn area for the past 10 years. This Jersey Girl at heart loves doing color, highlights and long layered women’s cuts. She specializes in truly listening to her clients and her loving attention to detail. She is excited to continue her journey here at GLOWstudios.
Spencer Grow | Hair Talent
Spencer was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. She graduated with my BA in Communication Studies and played basketball in college! Since The age of 5 she has dreamed of being a hairstylist and one day owning a salon. She began her journey attending Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy in Jacksonville, FL before beginning her apprenticeship.
“I am excited, motivated and inspired by the talent around me and can’t wait to GLOW here.” -Spencer
Janet Paz | Hair Talent