About Melissa

Who am I?


I am 39 years old and currently live in Milwaukie, Oregon with my husband Chris. I am an animal lover and currently have 3 dogs; Groot Magoo,  Ajax and CB, 2 cats; LOKi, Nyx, 8 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 continue my education by attending classes at  least yearly. In 2017 I took the Wildflowers Portfolio Builder class and  Profiles Twisted Pink and Whites. 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.