CurlyologistMona Harb, magical Curlyologist – ( or curly hair expert ) possesses the expertise to transform the most challenging set of tresses. She has the uncanny ability to diagnose the very personality type of your curls (lovely, mellow, mad, angry, or even chaotic curls) and sets about coaxing them into shape in just the right way. Having perfected what Mona calls “the diamond technique” for cutting curly hair, she has trademarked her brand as “Curlyologist.” Only stylists trained by Mona can boast the title of Curlyologist. For every head of curls, there is a specific cut and style, and different products to bring out the beauty in every strand.
Mona sincerely enjoys sharing her lifetime of sensible secrets with anyone who has ever had a squabble with their follicles and encourages to embrace your irresistible, natural ringlets and let them flow naturally.
Mona's Protege, Hair ColoristOriginally from Costa Rica, Carmen has been working closely with Mona in various salons in the area for the last thirteen years. She is a certified hair stylist from the Springfield Beauty Academy. Carmen’s extensive training in color from Davines and Affiance has given her the ability to identify, formulate, and create just the right color that enhances your eye color and skin tone. You’l look and feel great stepping out Lofty’s door after a specialized color treatment from Carmen.
Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor, CMT, RYTMatthew is a certified massage therapist and a registered yoga teacher but prefers to call himself a movement therapist. His precise knowledge of anatomy and physiology is seamlessly integrated into his massage therapy and yoga, allowing him to offer his clients a comprehensive approach to releasing myofascial restrictions as they relate to stress, sport specific muscle fatigue or injury, as well as adaptive postural patterns and muscle memory. His unique approach to myofascial anatomy addresses specific issues of postural alignment and repetitive motion and helps to relieve chronic pain patterns such as frozen shoulder and sciatica.
Everybody is unique and should be addressed from the whole-body perspective. Too often therapists only address the painful area and overlook the systemic pattern that causes it. Matthew works to educate his clients about their individual posture and movements as it relates to the demands of their daily lives. Through a combination of proper breathing, postural alignment, and manual therapy, Matthew has achieved profound results in the quality of life of his clients.
Hair Stylist, Makeup ArtistTaylor is a certified and experienced hair and make-up specialist from the prestigious Graham Webb International Academy of Hair, the DC area’s highly accredited university of cosmetology arts and sciences. Taylor is passionate about designing a signature style for the individual from innovative, beautiful rich color, a fresh, signature haircut, or even a simple yet highly effective bold lipstick. Not only skilled in her artistry for the ladies, Taylor is also experienced in fashion-forward cuts for men and looks for special occasions. In addition to working in the fashion, hair, and make-up industry, she also comes from a theatrical background. She has been associated with Moonlit Wings Productions for the past five years, designing hair and make up for multiple stage productions and theatrical events. Taylor believes that each client is a new inspiration, deserving of a cutting edge look that’s exciting and sure to turn heads.
ReceptionistSvetlana Lysenko, who goes by Lana, was born in Belarus and grew up in Germany and Ukraine. She graduated from Kiev State University with a Bachelor of Arts in German language and literature. She has spent the last 20 years in Alexandria and Vienna, Virginia. A dancer since September of 2008, Lana has been a member of a belly dancing and Persian dancing troupe. She also holds a 200-hour yoga teacher certification and has practiced reiki. She speaks Russian and Ukrainian in addition to English. She has an interest in nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle, and cares about the environment. Lana enjoys being with people, helping people, and working at a place where people smile a lot. She likes to look at the glass as half-full, or at least refillable. Lana believes that everything happens for a reason.
Master EstheticianPatricia is a Master Esthetician with over five years’ experience in the field and the founder and co-owner of Beautique Station. Before entering the world of skin care, she was in healthcare at Fairfax Hospital for 17 years, working as a medical assistant, then as a surgical tech, where she developed her deep commitment to caring for her clients and, working with notable plastic surgeons, she found her passion for skincare. She is an expert in many treatments, including microdermabrasion, chemical peels, waxing, body wraps, laser treatments, and calming, relaxing facial treatments. She is ready to help you love the skin you are in!
Sami Marie Post
Social Media and MarketingSami is a first-generation American, as her mother immigrated to the states by way of Jamaica. Starting her own production and photography business at 19, Sami has been working in the world of Social Media and Marketing internationally for over six years. An avid traveler and artist, she has performed across the country and abroad in various stage and film roles. When she is not enjoying her days at Lofty, she’s managing her own business, designing costumes, and advocating for human rights. Sami is excited to be a part of the Lofty family and to have the opportunity to find her own curl personality through Mona.
Elizabeth Ernst has been a nationally certified massage therapist for over 25 years. Her practice is very nurturing. She believes healing massage is a combination of muscle work and positive intention.