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 consistently 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 fixing hair and polishing 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 undeniable chemistry, 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.
Hi, I’m Alana, and I am the Business Manager here at Karma. I was born and raised in the Sandhills and absolutely love living and working here with my husband Josh and our three kids Bradley, Emryn, and John Luc! My family and I love to travel and go on adventures around the country and world. We often joke that we only come home to wash clothes! Despite our travels, we believe Moore County is the best place on Earth and we are glad you are here.
It is my passion to ensure you experience the very best service available while visiting with us at Karma. You are a Star and you deserve to be treated like one! If you ever have any concerns about your experience with us please do not hesitate to contact me or one of our management team members and we will do our very best to either pass on the praise or correct the concern.
Assistant Manager/ Hospitality Lead/ AVEDA Ambassador
Hello, I'm Juaquin, and after discovering Karma, a hidden gem, I quickly fell in love with this diverse industry. Being from the Sandhills and having grown up there, it is a blessing to have found a place such as Karma so close to home.
It is my goal to ensure that every experience at Karma is revitalizing and alleviating. My wish for every guest is that you connect with Karma far beyond just a place for your nails and hair. I invite you to discover what the Karma experience is all about.
Marketing Manager & Nail Professional
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
Lead Nail Professional
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 & 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/
Born and raised in New York City, I moved to Pinehurst in 2018 to be closer to family. Having a background in painting and the arts, being a cosmetologist has always been something I've wanted to do. After receiving a Bachelor's of Art from Queens College, I returned to school in 2020 to follow my passion of becoming a professional stylist in North Carolina. Having worked with various non for profit mental health organizations, helping people in all aspects of life is something very personal and special to me, and doing hair is no exception. I did my apprenticeship at Karma under the guidance of a very talented and professional salon team. I love changing up my look as a form of self expression and confidence, so I strive to give my clients that same experience. Whether it's a haircut, refreshing highlight, or a fun fashion color, I enjoy giving clients a change that'll make them fall back in love with themselves. I also love to perform mani/pedis, as well as esthetic work.
Julia a Level 2 Stylist excited to start her journey at Karma. She specializes in haircuts for men and women, highlights, and making her clients feel better with brand new refreshed hair! She also enjoys natural nail services and is available for booking manis and pedis. Find her online portfolio here:
China is a Level 4, Senior 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 2020 at 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 4 stylist. See her portfolio here: https://www.instagram.com/lived.in.hair/
McKenzie, a recent graduate from Paul Mitchell, earned her cosmetology license in December 2022. She is joining Karma as a Level 1 Stylist and eager to meet new faces.
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/
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.
Linda earned her esthetician license in 2016 after graduating from Career Academy of Beauty in Southern California. She gained an interest in skincare as a preteen going through her own struggles of trying to obtain clear skin from cystic acne. A few years after college, Linda decided to go back to school in order to have a career she knew she would absolutely love! She is extremely passionate about assisting her clients in achieving their skin care goals so that they may feel confident and relaxed in their own skin.
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!
Shemeka Yates has been a Licensed Esthetician since 2012, Graduating from Sandhills Community College in 2011. Previously an Elite Esthetician with Hand and Stone. Shemeka is trained with Oncology Spa Solutions, whom specialize in Skincare for the Oncology Community going through cancer treatments. As well as a Cannabis Master Esthetician, trained through Colorupcbd to specialize in Organic Plant Based Skincare to support the Endocannabinoid System.
Christine is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist who recently relocated to Moore County from Southern California. She is passionate about massage and believes that it is an integral part of achieving health and wellness. Her ultimate goal is to help provide relief and relaxation in order to allow the body to heal physically and function freely.