About Melissa

Who am I?


I am 39 years old and currently live in Milwaukie, Oregon with my partner Chris. I am an animal lover and currently have 3 dogs; Groot Magoo,  Ajax and CB, 2 cats; LOKi, Nyx, 7 chickens and a horse; Buddy. I spend  much of my free time riding my horse, camping, and traveling when I can.  Maui is my home away from home. We are avid BMW enthusiasts. I also  have an extensive tattoo collection and beat ovarian cancer in 2017.

How did I get here?

I became a licensed nail technician in 1998. I went to Cosmetology  Careers Unlimited in Portland, Oregon. I have focused my talents towards  acrylic nails, pink and whites, colored acrylics, sculptured nails and  free hand nail art. Additionally I work with problem nails to make them  less of a “problem.” 

I've been in the salon full time since 2011 and love it! I'm located inside Hair Designers Salon, in the Oak Grove neighborhood.

I also have a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice, but my passion for  the nail industry has lead me in a different direction. In 2015 I  attended a 3 days intensive training to become a certified educator with Hand and Nail Harmony. With my certification I can teach  cosmetology students how to use all Harmony products including Gelish  Soak off gel polish. I’ve also had the opportunity to work trade shows with my Gelish family. Which is hard work, but I love every second of it. I continue my education by attending classes regularly throughout the year. In January 2019, I'm planning on taking a "nail cruise" to the Western Caribbean.

I  strive to give every client personal service and top-notch customer  service. I love doing nails and look forward to taking a more active  role within the nail industry.