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After working in the film industry in Los Angeles, I realized my true passion was beauty. I attended cosmetology school at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in LA and went on to work with Sassoon in LA and Washington, DC. During that time, I taught Classic and Advanced Color Courses at the Sassoon Academy; demonstrated Sassoon’s latest collections on stage at numerous trade shows, including the Alternative Hair Show, IBS, ISSE, and Premiere Orlando; taught workshops at salons across the country, and trained the next generation of Sassoon’s Color Specialists.

I joined Klinger Advanced Aesthetics in Chevy Chase, MD as National Color Director. I was extremely excited to take my career to the next level by working hand-in-hand with spa and Johns Hopkins Cosmedical Professionals. I truly believe that beauty is all encompassing—hair should be complemented by a beautiful complexion, which should be further complemented by well-manicured nails. Our personal image is an entire picture. During that time, I developed a training program to roll out to all KAA locations nationwide and continued educating apprentices in-house.

I then became the General Manager of The Salon and Spa at Saks Fifth Avenue in McLean, Virginia. I continued the goal of providing my clients with 360 degrees of beauty potential, now to include make-up and wardrobe, by working closely with Saks’ Make-Up Artists and Personal Shoppers. I was fortunate to be able to market the Salon alongside Saks at local events, with local magazines, newspapers, television stations, and fashion shows.

I moved to Roanoke in 2009. After many years of working in large metropolitan areas, I was eager to move to an area where I could get out of the rat race and have more time to enjoy my family life and my career.

As a result of my dedication to my craft, it was an honor to be named as one of DC’s top ten color specialists in Washingtonian’s “Great Hair” issues. I have also been interviewed as a color expert by The Washington Post, New York Times, and various beauty blogs.  I am very lucky to have retained a VIP clientele in DC who are wonderful enough to work around my schedule.

I am an avid traveler and music lover. I like to think my style is influenced by the street looks I discover in other countries as well as the music industry. I believe hair plays a huge part in fashion, and fashion is created not only by designers but also by everyday people expressing themselves.



I am a Master Cosmetologist and have been in the industry for 23 years now. I am proud to be a principal and stylist at HigherGroundHair. I am certified in Redken and Keune color, and also trained in Deva curl and Brazilian Blowout. I continue education to bring new and fresh styles to my clients. My passion is to help my clients accomplish their goals for their hair and nails. Being a stylist is one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life. Come in and let our team take you to HigherGround...



I have been in the beauty industry since 1995 and took a break to apply my skills in the insurance business. After working in insurance for a decade, I realized how much I missed being able to be creative and work with other like minds. I have managed several salons and have been in customer service for many years. I love doing natural nails and doing abstract art. I also love doing creative hairstyles and updos. I’ve never met a stranger and I absolutely love to laugh and put a smile on your face! I look forward to welcoming you in my chair—whether it be for hair or nails. Here’s to living your best life…I can’t wait to meet you on Higher Ground.

Style is about panache, and about embracing individuality…That’s what beauty is about for me—celebrating uniqueness, not conformity-–Isabella Rossellini