Michelle Michelle is a United States Navy Veteran with 25 years of active military service. She was originally a client of the salon & joined the Salon@31st Team to learn more about the beauty industry & Salon and Day Spa Management. She developed a bond with the staff and commitment to the clients, and took on the position as Salon Manager in 2015. Coming from outside the industry, she continues to be amazed by the talents and artistry of our staff and their dedication to customer service. She loves our loyal Local clients, including the many active duty, Veteran, and military family members that choose our Salon and Day Spa for services & enjoys meeting the thousands of beach vacationers that visit our Salon each year. Michelle enjoys the outdoors and travel, and combines those interests while running in local 5K & 8K races, camping, and hiking and backpacking on the Appalachian Trail.
Cris Vargas Cris Vargas is originally from Columbia, South America and has enjoyed living in Virginia Beach for twelve years. She discovered her love for the beauty industry while styling hair for her mother, who was a professional singer. As a young woman she obtained her Cosmetology License and practiced her skills at a few salons before finding her perfect fit with Salon @31st under the tutelage of her mentor and previous salon owner, Yvonne Chau. Cris has worked with Salon @31st for eight years and is consistently in high demand with her loyal guests. She specializes in highlights and formal up-dos, however loves to provide color and cutting services to complete an overall accomplished look. While outside of the salon Cris enjoys practicing Muay Thai and spending time with her son Santiago, her loving husband Javier, and their new beagle puppy,Marshall!
Heather Heather has worked in the beauty industry for nearly 15 years. Working with Paul Mitchell Schools took her to events across the country promoting the brand and facilitating special events. Working with Occo Luxury Spa and Pure Medical Spa in South Carolina incited her passion for creating a unique, relaxing experience for spa guests. A recent transplant to Virginia Beach, Heather continues to provide warm, courteous customer service to the guests of Salon @31st.
Melissa Melissa has been a massage therapist since 2012, and trained at Centura College. She is truly passionate about the positive effects of massage therapy on the mind and body, and performs various massage techniques, including Swedish and Deep Tissue massage. She also specializes in relief of migraines and tension headaches, and assisting with relieving everyday life stresses through therapeutic touch. Melissa strongly urges everyone to try massage therapy at least once. You never know it may be just what you need to start a healthier and more positive lifestyle.
Paulette Originally from Northern Virginia, Paulette worked in several Day Spas in the Metropolitan area including Dupont Circle, Fairfax. VA, and Waldorf, MD. She relocated to Virginia Beach 2015 and immediately joined the team at Salon@31st. With over 10 years of experience as a nail technician, she believes that nail services contribute to beauty and also overall health and wellness, and finds it very rewarding to see the customer happy at the end of every service. She specializes in manicure & pedicures, nail enhancements (acrylic, UV gel, Pink & White, Kiara Sky Dipping Powder), as well as full body waxing. She is also certified in Individual Eyelash Extensions and has been applying beautiful lash services for over 2 years.
Becca Becca is a creative and artistic individual who aspires to be a Cosmetologist and learn everything there is to know about the beauty industry. Originally a regular client, Becca started working as a Host/Receptionist May 2016 and has since then graduated to working as a Salon Assistant, where she also receives training and gets to participate in Professional Education courses. She will be starting formal training classes in September to become a Cosmetologist.
Kira I have been in the industry for over 15 years. I specialize in hair extensions and color. I am a multi-cultured hair stylist and I love my job as a Beauty Expert. I am certified with over five major hair extension companies worldwide. I am very passionate about the beauty industry and currently enrolled as a Trichology Student.
Kim Kim (AKA Ms. Kim)affectionately refers to herself as "The Nail queen". She is a mother of 4, born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. "Ms. Kim" is a nail technician & artist, licensed in the states of Nevada, Indiana, and Virginia, with over 28 years of professional experience. Specializing in free hand nail art, 3D nail art, junk nails, chrome, artificial and natural nail care. Images of her artistry are available on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Apirl S. April Solomon- April fell in love with massage at about 11 years old. She graduated Utah College of Massage Therapy in Oct 2006. She has worked as a massage Therapist in Salt Lake City, UT; Idaho Falls, ID; Seattle, WA, and now at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. She started her career doing mobile massage. She provided services at a variety of venues, including hotels, homes, offices, restaurants, truck stops, chiropractors’ offices, and community events such as marathons. It was fun and a great learning experience for her. Massage is her absolute passion. She loves helping people feel better. April’s favorite modalities are Deep Tissue, Swedish, Injury, and Craniosacral therapies. She is thankful to God for her talents in a career field she loves.
Kimberlee Hesse Licensed Esthetician Kim graduated from the Chrysm Institute of Esthetics in Virginia Beach, VA, and has been practicing her trade since 2007. Kim attends continued education classes to further her knowledge and better serve her clients. She has developed an expertise in Eminence Organic Skin Care products of Hungary, used to treat rosacea, hyperpigmentation, hormonal skin, sensitive skin, mature skin and acne. Kim also specializes in in full body waxing that includes eyebrows, bikini, Brazilian, chest and back. She takes pride in providing each of her clients a unique experience and tailoring each one specifically for his or her own individual needs. Her focus is on educating her clients and always welcomes the chance to help her clients feel better. Specialties include: 1.Eminence Organic Facials 2.Body Treatments 3.Bikini/ Brazilian waxing 4.Back / Chest waxing 5.Eyebrow Shaping 6.Eyelash Extensions 7.Eyelash Tinting
Anastasia Anastasia moved to VA Beach from North Eastern Russia and has been a Nail Technician for two years. She is very detail oriented and has a passion for nail art and design. In her free time she enjoys playing piano and guitar, and loves to sing
Cassandra Cassandra has been practicing massage therapy for over 11 years. She studied at NY College, earning a degree in Applied Science and professional licensure in massage therapy. The majority of her career has been focused on medical massage, helping with chronic pain and injuries. She is fully trained in trigger point therapy, myofascial release, reflexology, and relaxation techniques to help her clients feel their best. She loves incorporating hot stones and aromatherapy into client treatments. She had a successful medical massage business, but three years ago, she decided to relocate to Virginia Beach and continue her career at Salon @31st. Her personal interests are caring for animals, practicing Pilates, being in nature and helping others.
Iris Garza Iris Garza moved to Viriginia Beach summer of 2016 from Houston, Texas. She is a new wife, new to military life, but an expert at mothering 2 amazing teenagers and a sphynx cat! Visible Changes Inc. back in Houston was her first salon home for 7 years allowing her to master all haircuts, hair designs and updos, keratin treatments, and extensions! Salon @31st has welcomed her to continue to grow and specialize in hair color and spa services, and she brings her excellent customer service and continues to build great relationships with her guests.
Kristin Klein Kristin Klein, Massage Therapist Kristin is a Virginia Certified Massage Therapist with eight years of experience. She graduated from the Hawaii Healing Arts College in Hawaii, learning different modalities along the way.She has worked with a variety of clients and is trained in Swedish massage, Thai massage (stretching), Lomi Lomi, Hot Stone, Deep Tissue, and Myofascial Release.
Michael Lawes Michael Lawes, Massage Therapist Michael is proud to offer clinical, therapeutic and Swedish massage. He joined the Salon@31st team in September 216. A true professional who understands the value of massage therapy for relaxation, clinical deep tissue work and holistic well-being. He values taking his time to understand clients needs for pain relief or decreased tension. !
Raven Jennings Raven Jennings, Master Hair Stylist Raven has been in the industry for 10+years and loves her career. “I get to be a day maker and make sure that every person that sits in my chair gets to adopt a new energy about themselves in the transformation". She is a Master Stylist and a very well rounded in the beauty industry and stays current on trends and techniques. She is a specialist in creative color, cutting, blondes, Japanese hair straighteners, smoothing treatments, wedding styles & up do's, and corrective color. She looks forward to meeting you and making your experience the most satisfying possible!
Jillian R.-Hair Stylist Jillian recently moved to the Beach from her hometown of Roanoke Virginia. She has a passion for helping every client reach their full potential and making sure they have a great time while doing it. She strives to make every visit to the salon a great experience and something to look forward to. She is well-rounded stylist who is comfortable doing color, cuts, styling, Up-dos, nails and more., Hair Stylist Jillian recently moved to the Beach from her hometown of Roanoke Virginia. She has a passion for helping every client reach their full potential and making sure they have a great time while doing it. She strives to make every visit to the salon a great experience and something to look forward to. She is well-rounded stylist who is comfortable doing color, cuts, styling, Up-dos, nails and more.