MEET the Team

Laura Durkalski

A native of Park Ridge, Illinois, Laura graduated from Valparaiso University whereupon she taught high school French for four years. Missing the Big City life, she returned to Chicago working a brief stint with the Chicago TwinCities AIDS Ride, recruiting riders and assisting in the 7 day bike ride to raise money for AIDS research. After the event was completed, she retired her bicycle and became employed by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce where she worked for four years with grants from the Feds & the State to help companies implement drug & alcohol policies for their employees. Never believing she would actually leave Chitown (go CUBS!), she had an offer she couldn’t refuse – to move to the Charleston peninsula and live with her brother and sister! While helping her brother establish his small business, she began working part-time at Grace as front desk manager. She had the opportunity to purchase the business from the original owners in 2004…and loves it! She prides herself on offering a relaxed yet professional atmosphere and feels as tho her fabulous employees and clients are family. Besides running the show, her specialty is matching clients with the proper AVEDA staff specialist, so if you are unsure whom to see on your first visit, just ask her!

McKinnsey Patterson

While pursing a degree in Civil Engineering at UNC Charlotte and the Citadel, Mckinnsey decided to follow her true passion for design and redirected her career into the beauty industry (and we’re glad she did!). She graduated from Strand College of Hair Design. Always striving to make her clients feel beautiful, she utilizes the skills and techniques learned in cosmetology along with the precision acquired in engineering. McKinnsey prides herself on wanting every client to leave satisfied by listening to his or her specific needs and desires. To further her education and keep in step with the ever-changing industry, she frequently receives advanced training from AVEDA for product knowledge, cuts and color. She has been dedicated to Grace and our clients for 10 years now!

Katie Jones

Katie is originally from Nashville, North Carolina. She attended Mitchell's Hair academy in Wilson. Katie has been with Aveda for 9 years. She has had advance training in Aveda product knowledge, color, color techniques, and cuts. Her passion is updos for any and all occasions. Katie describes herself as happy, someone who listens, and is a perfectionist. Schedule her now while you can~~she fills her schedule quickly!!

Emily Howe

Emily comes to us from Salon Carcica in Atlanta. She is a graduate of the AVEDA Institute in Atlanta and has mastered all the latest AVEDA color & technique classes. She loves her work and certainy fits into the Grace Family! She settled into her first home with hubby Patrick and dog Charlie last year. She is one of our two family members certified in Hairdreams Extensions and she loves being busy! 

Catherine Owens

Trained at the AVEDA Institute in Charlotte two years ago, this gal knows what she is doing! And she gives a fabulous blowout! We welcomed her mid-2014 to our growing team.

Monica Fernandez

Monica is our “local” Designer, a graduate of CCI, A Pivot Point School here in Charleston. Her specialties are color & cutting but she also performs waxings and makeup application (she does a great job for bridal parties and special occasions!) Monica is always looking for new faces to work with and has expanded her services to include AVEDA facials and eye lash extensions too! After a brief year of being gone, we are happy to welcome Monica back to the Grace family!

Rachel Harris

Rachel is our dual family member---ours and McKinnsey's real sister! She is a graduate of the Paul Mitchell School of Design and did an excellent job of managing the front desk while earning her cosmetolgy license. She quickly built her clientele! (And, oh, did we mention talent and dedication run in the family). She has been with us for four years now!

Keesha Chambers

Keesha attended the Paul Mitchell Academy in Atlanta, where she graduated with honors. She has been in the industry for 10 years and strives to learn everything about the industry. She was an educator in Atlanta and is extensively trained in Keratin smoothing treatments as well as Hairdreams Extensions. She moved to Charleston in 2012 and became part of the Grace family in 2013. She has done several fashion shows as well as photo shoots and specializes in wedding styles, cuts and color and our Hairdreams Hair Extensions. Keesha is great at customizing a look to suit each client individually. Come see her today!

Kathy Sullivan

Salon Coordinator

Caitlyn Miller

Caitlyn is a graduate of Paul Mitchell The School and earned her cosmetology license in 2015. She is certified in Microbead Extentions and Balayage. Caitlyn's talent in bridal hair and make-up was recognized early in her career while working as a consultant for local upscale salons. Her work was featured during Charleston Fashion Week 2015 and Charleston's Bridal Shows 2015 and 2016. Caitlyn's love for cut and color, as well as her desire to stay on top of new techniques in cosmetology, brought her to Grace Salon. Whether clients want to maintain their present style or transform their look, Caitlyn is ready to help! Don't wait--schedule your appointment with her today!

Jennifer Jones

Jennifer grew up in Ohio and graduated from Bowling Green State University. She studied Interior Design which led to her career in Cosmetology. She completed school at Paul Mitchell in 2011 and her salon career took off!
Jennifer is certified in Xtreme Eyelash Extensions (now a new service at Grace!) cuts, color, nails, wedding hair as well as make-up. She has been a great addition to our family so say hello on your next visit...and don't wait to schedule a service with her!

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