Offering you the perfect combination of talents Maria Heckscher has a natural sense of style, a flawless eye for beauty and boundless creativity. These assets, along with Maria’s love of hairdressing, have given her an enviable reputation as an internationally renowned hair color artist. She’s also a remarkably successful entrepreneur having designed and opened one of Atlanta’s chic-est, most unique salons.
Maria has trained at the world’s top academies and she now teaches at the most respected hair shows in the industry. She’s traveled the globe, absorbing trends and picking up leading-edge techniques along the way. Maria’s styling finesse has enhanced MTV video shoots, movie sets, the local Peachtree Morning TV program, and fashion runways galore. Her celebrity clientele list is long and impressive. But no one is more in the spotlight than the client she is working with at the moment. Thanks to Maria’s outstanding experience and exceptional skills, that’s the person who is truly going to come out looking like a star.
Paul started his career early with Sebastian Hair Care Products and quickly branched out into hair shows and editorial work.
Paul has designed and accessorized hair for many actresses including Heather Locklear, Jenny McCarthy, Michelle Pfeiffer, and many others.
Paul’s experience in publishing, film, photography, and hair care product and salon promotion has all been played on an international stage, easily placing him into a category that’s all his own. Be sure to stop by to introduce yourself and to welcome Paul.
Inspiration: Art, travel, music, great food – Happy, motivated people and unusual hair.
Favorite Quote: “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good” – Anne Landers —R.W. Emerson
Favorite Product: -Kevin Murphy – a well rounded sulfate free hair care line that allows you to mildly cleanse, condition, mold and sculpt most any hair type and style.
Sheila Alligood McDonald has been in the business for over 30 years. After attending cosmetology school, she trained with Scott Cole where she refined her cutting skills. She later became a member of Cole’s artistic team, where she studied the Vidal Sassoon cutting style. Sheila is a true perfectionist. She is able to create beautiful hairstyles with her vast knowledge and experience. She is a precision hair cutter and loves to create dimension with blonde highlights. Inspiration: A beautifully cut bob. Being outdoors and seeing the world through my children’s eyes.
Inspiration: A beautifully cut bob. Being outdoors and seeing the world through my children’s eyes.
Favorite Quote: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” —Aristotle
Favorite Product: L’Oreal Cataplasme conditioning treatment for dry and damaged hair. It provides lots of conditioning without weighing the hair down. Also MoroccanOil that smoothes frizz without weighing hair down.
Victoria Johanos is one of the senior talents at MH Salon. She studied cosmetology in high school and continued her education beginning in 2007. As an apprentice under Maria she has attended various Framesi Italian Style cutting classes; Including the Framesi class in Prague 2009, Rome in 2013 and others in the Atlanta area. Victoria is a natural talent; she is always eager to learn from her superiors, yet is blessed with a creative eye for cut and color. Her sweet and spunky personality is sure to make you feel appreciated.
Inspiration: Seeing my clients glow from the inside and out … when you look good you feel good! Traveling, living, and loving!
Favorite Quote: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths that we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
Favorite Product: Combine Framesi BY Sparkling Mousse for a sleek smooth finish with a touch of Neuma Styling, for the perfect amount of hold and shine.
Irina Snyderman has been in the hairstyling industry since 1994. She attended cosmetology school in the U.S. after relocating from her native Russia. Irina has a wonderful work ethic and is well known for putting in long hours and accommodating her clients’ schedules. She is a true professional.
Inspiration: Happy people and watching my clientele grow.
Favorite Quote: “What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.” —R.W. Emerson
Favorite Product: Framesi Volcanic Wax because it is a great versatile finishing product for any length hair. Amazing for those who do not like hairspray and will remove static.
Josie Labara grew up in the hairstyling industry. Her father owns a salon in Michigan and at age five she discovered her passion of making people look and feel beautiful. She learned the art of hair color from her friend and mentor John Teitter. Josie is always up on the season’s latest fashions. She believes in continuing education and has studied in New York and Italy. She is extremely talented; creating gorgeous updo’s is one of her specialties. You will never leave Josie’s chair without feeling like a million bucks.
Inspiration: Happiness and positive people. Also, travel—I love different cities, countries and cultures.
Favorite Quote: “Make it a great day!” Because, it’s a choice, attitude is everything.
Favorite Product: Kevin Murphy Dry Shampoo because you can extend the life of your blowout for days plus it’s great for volume and updos.
Daryl Sommers has had a long-running career with MH Salon. Starting out as Maria’s assistant, she has worked diligently over the past 16 years to become an established stylist. Her talents range from classic haircutting to the latest trends in Italian styling. She loves to learn and is great about educating her clients on how to style their hair at home. Daryl is down-to-earth, and her warm personality is sure to keep you coming back.
Inspiration: Music, travel, creative people, and the changing seasons.
Favorite Quote: “Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels.” —Faith Whittlesey
Favorite Product: KM Beach Texturized. Perfect finisher for natural curl without leaving hair sticky or weighed down.
Mandy Gispert has been in the industry for 17 years. She has a long list of qualifications. She has formerly owned her own salon, she styles for private wedding parties, fashion shows, photo shoots and many other special events. Mandy is an expert colorist and she absolutely loves the challenge. Mandy’s bubbly personality is sure to keep you looking and feeling great.
Inspiration: Great hair inspires me, watching and learning from others and my clientele.
Favorite Quote: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Favorite Product: Undressed by KM. Perfect for styling men’s hair and making women’s hair look smooth and piecy on the ends.
Meredith McMillen is one of our senior talents at MH Salon. She has been with us since the summer of 2010. She takes pride in learning to master the Italian style of cutting and color. Meredith would love to revamp your color, or just style your hair for a special event. Meredith also serves as our resident makeup artist. She trained under Stephanie Guarino, regional makeup artist for Dior. She has a very bright future ahead of her and you should be sure to keep an eye out for this talent.
Inspiration: All of my peers at the salon!
Favorite Quote: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” —Dr. Suess
Favorite Product: Renee Furterer Dry Shampoo. Saves the day when you don’t have time to lather, rinse, repeat!
Lee has been a member of the MH Salon since 2013. He started doing hair at 19 years old in his hometown in Dublin Ireland. He worked for Peter Marks were he found his love for cutting hair and his passion for color. He is also into fashion and keeping up with the latest trends. Lee’s unique style and charisma will keep you relaxed and feeling your best. As you leave, you’re sure to be thinking of the next time you will return. Don’t miss this talent!
Inspiration: street fashion,different cultures and art.
Favorite Quote: “Ask, believe and receive.” —The Secret.
Favorite Product: Nuema Organic Smoothing Products. Nourishing to the hair and leaves it soft. Also the KM Anti Gravity Spray. It’s lightweight and adds texture and body to the hair without leaving it heavy.
Holly M. Armbruster, a native of Savannah, Georgia, graduated from the Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics in 2004. After working in the skin care industry in Savannah for five years, Holly moved to Atlanta in 2009 to work with one of the top Facial Plastic Surgeons in the area. In August of 2013, she excitedly joined Maria Heckscher Salon. Holly is an expert in all that is skin and was voted Atlanta’s “Best Esthetician” by Jezebel Magazine in 2011. Her expertise includes Microdermabrasion, Dermaplaning, Chemical Peels, Acne and Anti-Aging treatments.
Call today and let her customize the perfect skin regime for your skin’s needs.
Inspiration: Seeing a positive change in someone’s skin and the smile on their face when they see it, too!
Favorite Quote: “If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”—Thomas Jefferson
Nabat graduated from Paul Mitchell School in 2014.There she mentored under Scott Cole and found her passion for color. Nabat joined the MH Team in 2014 where she specializes in color and Keratin services. looking for creative color ? you just found her!
Inspiration: seeing the end result of each and every client
Favorite Quote: “Be somebody that makes everybody feel like somebody” —Unattributed
Favorite Product: Kevin Murphy Young Again. It keeps your hair shiny and soft. A great protectant for the flat iron junkies!
Daniela is our newest talent on the floor graduating from Paul Mitchell School in 2014. She fell in love with hair and the beauty industry.Trained under Scott Cole ,she mastered the art of balayage and Ombre .come sit in her chair and she will make you look and feel beautiful!
Inspiration: art,nature ,fashion and daily life
Favorite Quote: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever.” —Mahatma Gandhi
Favorite Product: Plumping Wash and Rinse. It strengthens and gives volume and also leaves the scalp feeling refreshed.