Team

Meet the Owner

Michelle Ghassemi

Owner/Business Strategist/Stylist Coach

Michelle graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2005 for Cosmetology and attended Finlandia University in 2009 for Business and Communications. Throughout her career, she has played a variety of roles in both local independent salon & spa businesses and corporations as well as booth renting as an independent stylist. Although she is no longer behind the chair, making the transition to managing her own salons,  Michelle remains a growth centered strategist who strives to remain innovative in her approach to the industry & the needs of her team. She values a holistic, low toxic environment for her salons, striving to ensure sustainability for stylists and the best haircare for guests, showing you can achieve luxury hair without the toxins!

She enjoys listening & communicating in a sincere authentic way, valuing active participation in each individuals growth. She takes the time necessary to ensure that anyone that enters her business will leave feeling appreciated, heard and respected. She has a passion for people & loves the variety of life! She strives to create & maintain a natural, organic, health centered, sustainable environment for both her family & business. Outside of the salon, she enjoys road/mountain biking, plants! &  international travel with her husband.

Meet the Team

Summer Mitchell

Master Colorist/Extension Specialist/Mentor~Lead

After concluding her schooling in 2008, Summer went on to work in a salon and complete her apprenticeship on the lovely 0BX (outer banks) of North Carolina.    She has gone on to craft her passion with enhanced education from Aveda and Kevin Murphy to truly re-create all shades of blondes with classic and advanced custom techniques. She also enjoys textured cutting of all lengths and everyday styling. She has been trained in hand tied & tape in custom extensions. Summer has a unique ability to ensure her clients are truly heard & feel comfortable. She provides an honest upfront dialogue her clients can trust & rely on, to deliver the total package for them!

Ashley Walden

~Both Locations~

Craft Hairdresser/Mentor~Lead

Graduating from Aveda in 2007, Ashley worked in Chapel Hill for 7 years then made the move to Raleigh. Specializing in natural balayage, full transformational colors and color contouring,  Ashley has the skills needed to formulate the perfect color for a guest whether it be dramatic, subtle or anywhere in between. “ I love taking on the ‘challenge’ of all hair types and taking part in matching my guests inner beauty with their outer beauty.”  Understanding the frustration of recreating a desired look, Ashley takes the time to listen to your routine and simplify your style and maintenance. “There are too many things in life to worry about already,  hair should NOT be one of those. I am all about kick ass hair with little effort.”

Caroline McCoy

Balayage Specialist/Craft Cuts

Caroline completed her schooling in 2016 at Paul Mitchell The School in Delaware. She loves lived in balayage and low maintenance colors as well as custom craft cuts! “As a hairstylist, I believe my work is not only about the hair, but also about the client and the art that we create. I like to focus on making every client feel unique, valued, and ultimately satisfied with the end result. My heart and dedication are put into every haircut, color, and client interaction.”  She loves to make sure each person leaving her chair is happy and satisfied.  “I look forward to making Meraki my salon home as well as Raleigh and can’t wait to meet you all! Let’s create art together!”

Chloee Britt

~Both Locations~

Curly Cut/Custom Color~Blonding Specialist

Chloee graduated in 2017 from Paul Mitchell The School with top honors in color and cutting.  Chloee has a passion for custom color & balayage and the unique customization it provides her guests. She is also a curly cutting specialist and loves all types of texture and curls! “Hair to me is more than that…it’s happiness!” She loves working here at Meraki Salon “because it’s a welcoming and happy environment to be in, it feels like a home away from home!”

Rachel Jacob

Vivid Color/Blonding~Balayage Specialist

Rachel graduated with honors from Aveda Institute Chapel Hill in 2016.  She especially loves color melting/balayage & short cuts! She truly enjoys “fun” colors as well as the classic lived in low maintenance blonde looks she specializes in.

She has a background in art & fashion, contributing styling & makeup for photoshoots & special events. She enjoys collaborating with team events including 4 years with the special Olympics & the Carolina Mudcats.

Outside the salon, she enjoys spending time with her spouse and family. Fun fact:she loves anything to do with water polo. She’s eager to learn and grow here at Meraki!

Lyndsee Graham

Lived In Color/Custom Cut Specialist

For Lyndsee, hair has always “been her happy place”. From creative cutting to all things blonde, her passion lies within each transformation. She believes the perfect salon experience starts with a thorough consultation, in which we collaborate on the clients every need to produce the perfect result.

Lyndsee enjoys all elements of the hair industry and is excited to broaden her skill set here at Meraki as a part of the team. “I look forward to being a part of your hair journey at Meraki Salon!”

Jessica Bramble

~Both Locations~

Lived In Color/Extension Specialist

Jessica graduated from Paul Mitchell the School in Delaware in 2018. She likes to focus on balayage with blonding and bronding techniques as her fav as well as that perfect cut and style to finish the look. She also specializes in taking your transformation a step further with extensions, both hand tied and tape-ins.

She joins us here at Meraki Salon with a passion for continuing education, attending industry classes and shows around the country. Jessica loves to create that perfect look for brides and bridal parties as an additional speciality.

“Making people feel beautiful is my passion, and hair is the perfect canvas to do that on!”

Alyssa Foligno

~Both Locations~

Bronde Specialist/Lived In Color

Alyssa is a spring 2019 graduate of the coveted “Phase 2” program of  Paul Mitchell the school in Charleston, South Carolina.

Alyssa truly enjoys blonding and balayage and all things low maintenance and “lived in”. She also specializes in curly cutting techniques.

Doing hair has always been a passion of hers, and after years of working in hospitality and hoping to get behind the chair, she realized her dream when she turned her hobby into a career.

Outside of the salon, she enjoys spending time with her family-both on the couch and in the outdoors. She is a novice chef, enjoys crafting, and loves to explore new places.

Alyssa is thrilled to be joining the Meraki team, and can’t wait to see what Raleigh and her new career have in store!

Kerry Lott

~Both Locations~

Balayage/Vivid Color & Textured Cut Specialist

Kerry is an Aveda Institute in Chapel Hill 2019 alum. She is a 2019 Professional Beauty Association Beacon winner where she attended specialized classes among other top students from across the country at the International Salon and Spa Expo.

She enjoys vivid colors, custom cuts and all things balayage. She specializes in total transformations helping each guest achieve their perfect look!

A life-long lover of art and fashion, Kerry graduated from NC State in 2017 with a degree in Fashion and Textile Management. She is excited to join the Meraki team where she can grow and learn alongside her fellow stylists & mentors!

Besides her love of hair, she loves quality time with her loved ones and cat Luna. She enjoys listening to podcasts, drinking coffee and seeing live music.

Sara Hunt

Curly Cut/Balayage & Custom Color Specialist

Sara joins us with experience in curly cutting, styling, and curl by curl coloring, which is one of her specialities as well as custom color & balayage! Her passion lies in educating her guests about the best methods for styling and learning to love their curls/hair while using sustainable and green, organic products.

“I am obsessed with learning and love observing and helping out around the salon!” Sara recently bought a house with fiancé Thomas and enjoys reading with a good cup of coffee, relaxing with her pup Joy and close friends and family.

Morgan Cook

~Durham~

Balayage/Extension Specialist

“Being a hairstylist is hands down my passion.” Morgan is a 2016 Paul Mitchell
graduate. “I love being able to see a client light up when they see their
new look. I want your hair appiontment to forever be the highlight of
your day!”
She has taken over 4 extensive trainings on hand tied extensions as well
as tape ins. It’s her favorite thing to be able to give her clients a
color/style that fits their lifestyle! Its her mission to take your vision and
use her creativity to make your hair dream a reality!
“I love being apart of the Meraki team because of the like-minded
importance to share and use Organic hair care! When I’m not behind the
chair you can catch me living it up in the outdoors or spending time with
my husband and baby girl Mila Rose.”
Cant wait to meet you! Peace & Love – Morgan

Katie Gilmore

~Durham~

Master Stylist/Precision Cuts/Custom Color

Katie is a master stylist who has 15 years experience around the Durham/southpoint area. She specializes in precision cuts and textured cuts of all lengths. She loves to create custom colors and blonding using different techniques. 

Katie enjoys using her knowledge to create exactly what her clients are envisioning when they sit in her chair. 

“I love working with my clients to create unique looks that they feel great in” 

When Katie is not in the salon she enjoys being outdoors with her husband and two kids.

Hannah Pope

~Durham~

Blondes/Lived In Color Specialist

Hannah completed her cosmetology schooling at Cape Fear Community College in 2017 in her hometown of Wilmington, NC. Ever since she was a little girl she has had a passion for doing hair and making people feel their best! “Making that dream a reality is one of the best decisions I have ever made”

Hannah’s focus in the industry includes blondes and lived in color, as well as specialties such as extensions and bridal hair. “Nothing is more rewarding than seeing you in my chair and being a part of your special day!”

One of her favorite parts of being a stylist is establishing relationships with her clients; making them feel welcomed every time they sit in her chair!

Outside of the salon, you can find Hannah hanging with her two kitties and exploring NC- from the mountains to the beach!

Bekah Alfonso

~Durham~

Apprentice/Mentee

Bekah is a 2019 graduate from Aveda Institute in Chapel Hill. She is currently polishing her technical skills & learning hands on with the talented Meraki team to be able to bring an elevated level of education & confidence behind the chair.

 “Coming to Meraki was one of the best decisions I ever made for starting off my career. I can’t wait to debut my techniques & create hair magic that makes my clients feel totally reinvented and sexy!”

  With a background in art & design, Bekah also has a passion for bright vivid color as well as custom blonding transformations with balayage & foilyage. She’s a Raleigh native that recently made the switch to Bull City and will soon be joining the Durham location full-time!

Liz Landeros

Salon Coordinator

After Liz’s studies in 2011, this sassy Latina went straight to working in the service industry. She enjoys helping others and spending time with her family. This hardworking lady bought her parents a forever home in 2018 and couldn’t be any prouder.

In her free time, she likes to get lost in unfamiliar cities with her boyfriend and try new restaurants. She also enjoys going to live concerts and tending to her plants. She plans on going back to school to get her esthetician license and work in a medical spa whilst doing freelance makeup.

Bethany Bebik

~Both Locations~

Salon Coordinator

In 2013 Bethany graduated with a degree in Public Health focusing on Women’s and Gender Studies. Upon completing her degree, she worked at non-profits until she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a cosmetologist! She is currently attending Paul Mitchell the School Raleigh and plans on graduating in 2012, focusing on creative colors and blonding. 

Outside of work and school she enjoys taking walks with her dog, Opal, and cuddling with her cat, Betsey. She also takes joy in taking her partner on mini adventures and balcony gardening!

Katherine Concepcion

~Both Locations~

Salon Coordinator

I’ve always been a creative person ever since I started grade school. I took lots of art classes in school and eventually graduated with a degree in Graphic Design! At the moment, I’m branching out and exploring my creative options since I’ve been wanting to try something new. I’m currently thinking of going to cosmetology school!

As far as hobbies go, I love drawing and making digital art. My love for art translates to my love of makeup. I’ve always thought makeup was like painting your face. I also love playing video games and collecting plush toys! 

Jenna Bertolami

~Both Locations~

Salon Cordinator

Jenna loves anything outside and she’s in! Spending quality time with fur babies & friends makes me happiest. helping others has always been a calling to me in any aspect. We are all human & better together 🙂

Mara Evans

~Durham~

Salon Coordinator

Mara has a passion for people. She combines her love for all things hair and caring for others as a salon coordinator. Whether she’s answering phones, checking out clients, or highlighting stylists’ talents for Instagram, Mara is energetic and aims to make you feel excited about being with us at Meraki2. Come say hi and be greeted with a smile! 

Sunnie Saad

Salon Coordinator

It’s always a “sunnie” day when you’re with me 🙂 I love to travel, try new foods, enjoy nature and go to concerts with my friends. My love for fashion and art started at a very young age. After graduating with a fashion merchandising degree, I am still trying to find my place in the fashion world, but confident that one day I will dress people! I take everyday as a new experience to grow and learn!

Jessica Fritz

Virtual Media Marketing Partner

After graduating in 2011 with a BA in studio art, Jessica applied her creative background throughout her work. She’s excited to bring her experience in marketing, design and photography to Meraki. She’s thrilled to be apart of such a close knit team in a warm, creative environment.