Meet the Owner


Michelle Ghassemi (she/they)  

Owner/CEO/CFO/Mindset & Business Coach

“There are no limits to me, no limits to my company, no limits for those on my team.”


I remember when I visited salons as a kid and was so scared to be seen and heard, always afraid and equally fascinated by the skill it took to perform a service and then to feel so changed and beautiful after was a gem in my young angst driven adolescence . These curiosities brought me to the industry to give that same feeling to others thru my hands and skills. Then it turned on me…making me sick for years finally erupting out of my skin and pores the toxic sludge I had been absorbing for a decade and I was so heartbroken I wouldn’t be able to serve my guests again. 

I took that sorrow and unforeseen circumstance and shifted it to understanding the cause of this and researching a better safer way to perform what I loved. It was too late for me(I was now sensitive to so many things even good for me items) but I was determined to pass along my experience and knowledge to other stylists and provide the same beauty to our guests, achieving beautiful luxury results without having to sacrifice their health even if “its just an hour”.

This is the foundation of why I opened Meraki Salons, to provide safer spaces for stylists to have longevity in their careers and produce top level work and for our community~showing them they don’t have to choose beauty over health. 

This has spread in my passion to provide a strong team, growth and education centered culture which lends to that unseen but felt “feeling” when you step into our spaces. We are different because my experience as the founder is unique and my intent has always been to give back to our industry and our community thru what we do.

I graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2005 for Cosmetology & attended Finlandia University in 2009 for Business and Communications courses, even though I never graduated high school, failed any kind of math course, was homeschooled and got my G.E.D.

Throughout my career, I have played a variety of roles (stylist/manager/mentor/master colorist) in both local boutique salons & spa businesses across 3 states & corporations as well as a self-employed renter as a successful independent stylist, for 10 years behind the chair. Although I am no longer behind the chair, making the successful (after many “failures”) transition to managing my own employee-based salons as CEO/CFO 8+ years ago,  I will always remain a growth centered strategist as growth is a non negotiable for me!

I look forward to meeting you in my salons!

Meet the Team


Katie Gilmore 

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.


Maddie Michelle 

Lived-In Color/Blonding/Vivids/Bridal/MUA


I specialize in blonding, lived in color, vivids & wedding/formal makeup and hair!…

I have a passion for a safe and comfortable environment as well as helping each client that sits in my chair to achieve their individual hair goals. 


Madison Holland 

Multi-Dimensional Color/Cuts


Madison is a North Carolina native. She escaped small town life to grow her business…

She has been in the hair industry for 8 years and specializes in cutting and multi-dimensional hair color. She enjoys giving her clients an “above and beyond” experience in and out of her chair; the ultimate people pleaser! 


Kylie Winchester 

Vivids/Creative Cuts


I graduated from Alexander Paul Institute! I’m all for the vivid colors and edgy cuts,..

. I love bringing out the uniqueness in each individual. When I’m not behind the chair I love being creative in other ways, from painting to crocheting I’m always picking up a new project. I’m almost always hanging out with my kitty, Peach. 

becky gibbs

Becky Gibbs 

Extensions/Curly~Natural Hair Specialist/Bridal

Salon Manager

Both Locations

My name is Becky and I’m originally from the Topsail beach area. I’ve been in the Raleigh area for close to…

10 years now and I have two beautiful children. My passion for the beauty industry doesn’t stop at hair, as I have a love for doing nails as well as Individual lash extensions! In my spare time, I love watching a good horror movie and spending time with my family. 


Jasmine Williams

Salon Coordinator

Originally from DC, I have been in Raleigh for 15 years.I graduated…

from NC State with my Bachelors of Science in 2014 and have almost 10 years of business operations and management experience. I am currently a flight attendant with goals of also becoming a stylist who specializes in curly hair, I come from a family of stylists and salon owners so being in a salon has always felt like home. I plan to start school in 2024. I have a very big and close family including two beautiful nephews and a dog whom I adore. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, cooking, and being out with my loved ones. 


Emily Browder

Salon Coordinator

I am originally from Lexington NC. I moved to Raleigh last year to study Political Science at NC State…

and in my free time I like to read and enjoy music. I am very excited to be part of Merakis team and help our stylists give our customers the best hair experience possible!


Fiona Stewart

Salon Coordinator

Coming Soon!