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.
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, training, events, and administrative affairs within Karma. She holds a degree from The Culinary Institute of America and a Bachelor's Degree from Columbia College in Business Management. Outside of work, Nicole enjoys volunteering, exploring new foods, and spending time with her family and friends.
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.
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
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/
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
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
Originally from Hanover, PA, Kathe began her career in the '70s where she worked for Salon Nicholas in Fort Myers, Florida for 10 years. Kathe trained with Vidal Sassoon in London and assisted with numerous hair shows with the Sassoon team. Kathe was introduced to AVEDA in the early '80s and had the pleasure to meet the founder Horst Rechelbacher. Kathe applied her AVEDA training as a mentor to other stylists at Salon Nicholas. During the early '90s, Kathe moved to North Carolina where she opened Taylor David Salon. It was important for Kathe to continue her Sassoon and AVEDA training while owning her salon so that she could not only further her education but also so she could pass her knowledge onto her own team. March 2021, Kathe made the tough decision to close the Taylor David Salon. However, she found herself a new team/family at Karma Spa Lounge and Beauty Bar where she will continue to mentor and train new and upcoming stylists. She is excited to be part of the Karma family.
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: https://www.instagram.com/lived.in.hair/
Kayla graduated from the Cosmetology program at Robeson Community College in December 2018. She has always had a passion for doing hair, and finally made the decision to pursue her dream after having the opportunity to work along side her mother and sister in law in their salon. Kayla's favorite services are haircoloring and haircuts. More importantly, she strives to make her clients feel beautiful before they leave her chair. When not in the salon setting, Kayls enjoys spending time with her family. She is a mother of two boys and loves sports. Kayla is excited to start this new chapter in my life here at Karma.
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
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/
Johanna has always felt compelled to assist other people in achieving their overall well-being. She is originally from Costa Rica and began her massage career in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2006. Johanna graduated from Carrington College and the Universal Therapeutic Massage Institute, where she specialized in Neuromuscular and Medical Massage. In 2016, she also became a skincare specialist and, since then, gained extensive and relevant experience in the area of esthetics. These two fields combined have provided her with the tools she needs to help her clients relieve stress and pain, and treat their specific skin conditions, among other things. Johanna believes in the body’s ability to heal itself and apply her knowledge so that she can assist her clients with their own, customized wellness programs.
Kayla pursued Esthetics in 2016 in order to professionalize her makeup skills, but gained a passion for skincare in the process. Her goal is to treat, educate, and help anyone needing to create a skincare regimen or better understand their skin. She's creative with a big personality which helps her clients feel comfortable and confident. Any service you receive from Kayla will be unique and exceed your expectations. Applying a personal yet knowledgeable touch, she will give you the best brows, waxing, skincare, and overall spa experience that will have you excited to come back! Her favorite service to perform is a customized 80 minute facial and brow tint/ wax. Although, she is happy to provide any service that will help her client achieve their goals. For more information you can find Kayla at: https://www.instagram.com/kayy_bro_iz_love
Licensed Esthetician/ Brow specialist/ Reiki therapist from sunny California, with 5 years of experience, Justine is a passionate skin therapist who understands that healing begins within. With a holistic approach, she couples science, knowledge, intuition, and energetic work to create a harmonious experience. Leading you to rekindle your outer and inner radiance. She is also trained in Hungarian facial massage and is a brow shaping expert!
Kelly was born and raised in CT but has called North Carolina home for the past 12 years. She received her Esthetician license at Miller-Motte College in Cary, NC in 2010 and absolutely loves what she does. Kelly enjoys educating her clients on proper skincare and helping them achieve their goals so they can look and feel their best.