OWNER & MASTER STYLIST
Jessie completed an apprenticeship program in Richmond and went on to become the program educator at one of the top salons in the Richmond area. She also has spent time training in such places as Italy, Florida, New York, and California. She opened La Bella Hair Studio in March 2006 and has gone on to become very involved in the community and in fund raising for such causes as Veronica’s Voice Fund and Locks of Love. In 2011, Jessie was named one of Style Weekly’s “Top 40 Under 40.”
ERIC MICHAEL STEWARD
MASTER STYLIST & EDUCATION DIRECTOR
Eric Michael’s extensive career in hairdressing includes editorial styling for magazines, commercials, fashion shows as well as being voted a best stylist in the Richmond Style Weekly “2011 Best and Worst” Issue. He has traveled the world as a Master Colorist educator while also leading the education department at a top salon in Richmond. Eric Michael has an advanced education in cutting and color services with the world famous Vidal Sassoon Academy in New York, NY. He has also studied under Bumble and Bumble, Nick Arojo, and The Doves. Eric Michael’s expertise in hair care, meticulous technical skills and unparalleled client service make him a fantastic addition to our team!
EXECUTIVE STYLIST & STUDIO COORDINATOR
Shanti decided to follow her passion of hairstyling when she began cosmetology school in 2005. After a year of school she continued her education through an apprenticeship. She gained a vast knowledge through hands on experience and went on to obtain her instructor license. She then began mentoring and educating students. Shanti has expanded her knowledge through many local classes and studied in New York. She has attended a wide range of product classes including Bumble and Bumble and Wella. She specializes in the dry cutting technique, has a passion for color and a love for doing up-dos for any occasion.
Nancy has been a stylist and educator in and around Richmond for over a decade. Working for international color and product lines as well as mentoring apprentices has allowed her the opportunity to keep up with the constantly evolving trends in hairdressing. Nancy uses her extensive understanding of hair color and precision cutting to help every guest feel their most beautiful!
Over 4 years ago, Libby began her hair styling journey at Paul Mitchell the School. She graduated in 2013 and has not looked back since! Showing an extensive knowledge of color, Libby is best known for her color corrections and fantasy colors. She knows what it means to look and feel your best after a visit to the salon, and pursued this career to ensure as many people as possible could feel their best selves.
I believe that the true mark of a great hairdresser is to not just “create”, but to be able to “recreate” amazing work and to teach my clients how to recreate their look at home. With over 25 years of experience, I have been a color educator for an international color line as well as a platform artist. I have kept my education updated and fresh throughout the years. I am excited to join the La Bella Team at the end of June!
Bethany has been pursuing her passion for hair since 2013. She kickstarted her career by hands on experience through an apprenticeship right here in Richmond! Trends are constantly progressing so she always wants to be up to date with the newest techniques and styles! She has a go-getter personality and is always up for a challenge. She loves brainstorming creative ideas with clients so they can achieve their ultimate hair goals!
Page is pursuing her passion for art and fashion through hairstyling! After working in retail for many years, Page has finally found her home in the cosmetology field and at La Bella. She is excited to participate in our mentoring program and looks forward to assisting you!
Erin worked as an Aesthetician in Delaware doing permanent makeup, eyelash extensions, and skincare before moving to Richmond in January 2016. After discovering her love for the business side of the beauty industry, she has been managing for the past four years. She looks forward to helping you with appointments or any other needs or questions you may have!
Penelope joined our family in October 2017 after being adopted from Richmond Animal Care and Control. While she takes her role as Therapist very seriously, she is also good for keeping your lap warm while you get a cut or process color. She excels are complimentary snuggles and brightening days. Come visit with her today!