meet our team....
Management & hospitality
People often ask me how I came up with the name “Karma”. I have been in this industry for almost 15 years, in that time, I have seen more people who are consistenly trying to take care of everyone around them without taking time for themselves. They often come to me totally drained, mentally and physically. My job, as I saw it, was to help them take some time out for themselves. For me to listen; and for them to relax, rejuvenate, recuperate, meditate, or whatever you want to call it…..sometimes, just to cry and be heard. Yes, my job is more than just to fix hair and polish nails. When I opened Karma, I wanted to create a place where you can come, not be judged or snubbed, and just relax--however you like to do it. I have built a fantastic team, with whom I now consider my family. We have a chemistry that is undeniable and we all want to create the same feeling for you when you enter. We are building relationships with our clients here. My hope is that you would feel the same about us.
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Nicole is the General Manager of Karma Spa Lounge & Beauty Bar and has over 20 years of hospitality and management experience. Nicole oversees all financial, marketing, events, and administrative affairs within Karma. She holds a degree from The Culinary Institute of America and currently attends Columbia College where she will complete her Bachelors's Degree in Business Management in December of 2020. Outside of work, Nicole enjoys volunteering with the Civil Air Patrol as a 2nd Lieutenant/Safety Officer, spending time with her family and teaching Polish dance.
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Charlie has grown up in the beauty industry. Having been in his step-mother’s nail salon for most of his young life. He has been a licensed nail technician since 2011, and has been at Karma almost since it’s beginning. He has a fantastic sense of humor and services with him are never boring. The skill Charlie brings to his manis and pedis is hard to beat and his clients love him for it!
Lead Nail Tech
Julie began her career in 1990. She specializes in manicure, pedicures ad acrylics enhancements. Until now, most of her time was spent in central-Indiana where she grew her business becoming a local authority at her craft. Her chair was always full thanks to a loyal following. Julie’s bubbly personality draws people, we are sure you will feel the same.
A mother of four boys and a grandmother of one with one on the way, Julie’s focus is family. Julie and her husband relocated to the area in 2019 from Chattanooga Tennessee and are excited to be a part of the community.
Cosmetologist | Lash Expert | Nail Tech
Kristin earned her Cosmetology license in 2008. After working in the industry from Chicago to Denver, she relocated and focused on helping Karma build our brand in Southern Pines. She is our go to person for any and all things Karma and ever so lovingly keeps us on our toes everyday! Kristin is a fluent Spanish speaker so our multilingual clients have no fear of being lost in translation when visiting us. Kristin specializes in manicure and pedicure services, and organic airbrush tanning. She will do her best to create an experience for you that is second to none. View Kristin's online portfolio here: www.instagram.com/kris10karma
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Cosmetologist & Salon Lead
I grew up in New York and was captivated by an amazing hairstylist; my mother. You could say that hairstyling is in my blood. I moved to Southern Pines in 2006 and decided to attend the Aveda Institute in Chapel Hill in 2008. I was very fortunate to train with some of the most talented stylists via Vidal Sassoon over the last 8 years. I have attended numerous hair cutting courses through the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Seattle Washington, London England, and New York City. I was also extremely lucky to attend the “level 10 blonde” course with Sara Pestella. It should be every hairstylist's ambition to attend her course. I am happily married to my best friend since 2014 and I am the proud mother of our son Luca. I am extremely excited to be a part of the Karma team!!! View my online portfolio here: https://www.instagram.com/hair_daniellemeza/
China is a Level 2, Junior Stylist with Karma. China’s hair journey began when she was little girl struggling to find the right stylist to help repair and educate her on how to care for her hair. When she did find that special stylist, she knew she wanted to help others do the same. After graduating and gaining experience working in a salon as an assistant for two years, China received her cosmetology license in 2016. She specializes in curly hair, balayage, and straightening treatments. She also has a passion for mani/pedis and loves helping clients relax and unwind. View China's online portfolio here: www.instagram.com/chinadoll115t
Olivia has been calling North Carolina home for almost 6 years. In 2016, she realized her love for the hair and beauty industry. She began working in a studio in Fayetteville providing event makeup and hairstyling, as well as custom spray tanning. Olivia earned her cosmetology license in February of 2020at the Paul Michell School in Fayetteville. She expresses her passion for hair by helping others to feel beautiful! Olivia specializes in hand tied weft extensions. and color. Olivia is a Level 2 stylist. See her portfolio here:
Julian is our newest Master Stylist. He received his Cosmetology license in 2010 in Germany after he simultaneously completed a three-year apprenticeship with the highly-regarded Jung family, near Frankfurt, and coursework at the Fissler Berufsschule, a well-known Cosmetology College. He has also been specially trained by European industry leaders in professional hair color. Julian remains committed to the high standards that were demanded of those who apprenticed with the Jung family, and he later went on to manage one of their family-owned salons in the Rhineland-Pfalz area of Germany, just north of Ramstein Air Base. Julian accompanied his husband, a Major in the Army JAG Corps, to the U.S. in 2017, after which he gained three years of premium salon experience in the Washington, D.C. area. Hair is Julian’s passion, and he takes pride in his holistic approach to ensuring that his clients look and feel their best. View Julian's online portfolio here: www.instagram.com/hair_by_hagner
Cosmetologist & MUA
Rachel was raised in South Korea and started off doing airbrush makeup in the bridal industry in 2014. She transitioned behind the hair to do hair in 2016, and loves working on blondes and all things color! Rachel also trained at a blowdry bar and excels at leaving clients with the perfect finish after their service. Rachel is a Level 5 stylist and you can find her online portfolio here:
Jessica is a Level 2 Stylist at Karma. She spent most of her life in Germany and Ohio but has recently moved to Fayetteville with her fiancé. Jessica is fluent in German and English and she is a retired Army veteran. She has a passion for hair and makeup and decided to further her education in cosmetology. Jessica specializes in event styling, hair color, makeup, and extensions and can recreate almost any look! You can view her online portfolio here:
Lauren Wells is a licensed Aesthetician, Yoga instructor, and Massage/Bodywork Therapist creating the ultimate full spectrum holistic experience. As a resident of the Moore County area for over 15 years, Lauren is dedicated to helping clients receive the maximum benefits of massage and skincare in and beyond the treatment room. Lauren's specialties include outcome-based therapeutic massage, Kinesiology taping, medical cupping, and fascial scraping. View Lauren's online portfolio here: www.instagram.com/lauren_marie_at_karma
Elyse King has been helping clients relieve pain through massage for two years. She received her Massage Therapy License at Sandhills Community College. She specializes in Swedish, Hot Stone, Thai Compress and Prenatal, but is certified in most modalities. You may recognize her, Elyse has been with Karma since we opened as part of our fabulous Hospitality Team.
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Brian is a licensed massage therapist, happily here to assist you on your wellness journey. He believes everyone should feel beautiful and comfortable in their bodies and massage is a wonderful way to encourage health, promote relaxation, and best of all, reduce stress! Whether you are seeking target muscle work or general relaxation, Brian has a wide range of techniques to ensure you receive the most exquisite massage suited to your own personal needs. Either way, you will receive the healing benefits of massage!
Esther is a licensed Esthetician who graduated with honors from Aveda Chapel Hill. Although skincare is her passion, she is an extremely talented lash artist! Esther specializes in creating custom treatment plans to reach even the most extreme goals and individual needs. When she's not in the spa, you can find her in our lash lounge expressing her artistic side through brow sculpting, henna tinting, brow lamination, and eyelash extensions. Find Esther's online portfolio here: https://www.instagram.com/esther.the.esthi/
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Danielle Smith has been a licensed Master Aesthetician since 2016. She is an Institute of Advanced Medical Esthetics graduate, and has over 1200 hours of skin care education. Danielle enjoys educating her clients on proper skincare, and providing effective, relaxing treatments. Her favorite Karma skin treatment is the Deluxe Hydrafacial MD. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her french bulldog, Penny, and going to the beach with SPF 50 on. View Danielle's online portfolio here: www.instagram.com/danielleskarma