John Chrisman, Chez Madeleine’s CCO (Chief Colorist Officer)
“Drama belongs in hair not hair salons.”
John Chrisman, owner Chez Madeleine
You could say that John’s brand of respect borders on client worship. His secret weapon is a keen eye, inherited from his fashion-forward grandmother who designed and created all her own clothing, and the Master Colorist techniques he acquired when the salon’s original owner Madeleine Inscoe targeted him as her protégé.
Years later, when Madeleine was looking for that special person to carry on what she started at Chez, she discovered a fiercely focused stylist who showed up knowing what he wanted, and possessed the fire needed to execute his vision. And so a bond was formed: mentor-mother and son… best friends. John will never stray from the salon manifesto which places hair health and integrity above all. That could be why people show up in droves for color correction, or why regular clients travel from Washington, D.C., North Carolina and New York for standing appointments with John.
Dmitry Irshinskiy, Stylist
A bouncy personality (and billboard body) are what initially draw eyes to this Russian native, but the cuts, color and extreme makeovers that pleased, or should we say blew away, our most adventurous clients, triggered an overnight following. ‘Dima’ never met a hair extension client he didn’t like; in fact he performs the ten hour hair-building process without fading, or losing the signature spring in his step.
PJ Mahoney, Stylist
Licensed to do hair in California, Indiana and Virginia, PJ is a wig shaper for the American cancer society and Chez team ‘mum.’ Known as the DIY prop queen, PJ will spend as much time as it takes to show you which brush to use, and what angle to hold the dryer so you can do it yourself and get extra mileage out of every visit. Not one to get wound up over a challenge, PJ can blow body into the leanest head of hair one minute, and un-kink the tightest curls five minutes later.
Louanne Wilson, Stylist
It’s hard to get clients to stop fawning over Louanne. “It’s everything she does,” says Barbara Whiteway. “It’s the cut, the color…if she moved to California, I’d follow her.” When she’s not giving blondes something to feel smug about, or attending hair shows in NY, Louanne is chasing her three boys, or shaving some time off her mile.
Kanoa Von Bernewitz, Stylist
Don’t let the sweet smile fool you. This petite brunette brings an edgy, multi-cultural beat to the Virginia Beach hairstyling scene. Encouraged to travel as a child, Kanoa has experienced fashion on every continent but Africa. Her full range of work, from updos to dry cuts (style first, cut last) is influenced by visits to Tokyo, Milan, London– and her time in New York. Nodding back to her Japanese roots, Kanoa is as well known for her sleek hair-straightening treatments as she is for her extra-dimensional haircuts.
Nancy Armstrong, Stylist
What you might not know about Nancy is that her first love is making people happy, (Hair is a very close second.) Men flock to her for fades but she’s also known for producing a great finished look, and for beautiful foils. What we think clients treasure most is that she’s honest and gives them the only kind of feedback that leads to ultimate hair bliss!
Amy Shaw McCrimmon, Master Nail Technician
There are perfectionists and then there’s Amy. The file-and-drill-wielding spitfire is one of few nail technicians who excel with silk, acrylic and gels. Thorough and speedy, Amy’s confidence in her own superpowers gets the job done fast, but without ever making her clients feeling rushed.
James Riley, Salon Assistant
For the last ten years, James has been right by (or pretty darn close to) John’s side. Any client who has experienced his ridiculously relaxing shampoos and reflexology-based head massage (or his pondering on the meaning of life) knows that when his fingers hit your head, cleanliness is godliness.
Jeannie Ives, Massage Therapist
Our very own kink killer! Massage therapist, Jeannie Ives, is known by adoring clients throughout Virginia Beach as an all-around sports buff, yogini and compassionista, whose intuitive touch tells her how much pressure is needed to get your knots completely worked out– without taking your breath away.