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!

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! 

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!

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!

Tina Parker

Tina is a native of Kingston, Pennsylvania where she grew up in a very artistic family. She attended art school in Philadelphia wanting to pursue a career in Fashion Illustration. But as time went on she felt that her passion for art would serve her better in the beauty industry. Tina started her journey 30 years ago in cosmetology school and has no regrets. She has owned 2 hair salons (go Tina!) and worked with many interesting people along the way in salon education and stage work. She loves being able to create new looks for her guests and feels the art of coloring hair is like painting on a canvas. Tina moved to Charleston in 2017 to be closer to her son who moved here 2 yrs ago to become a Charleston police officer. After visiting him many times over the summer, she felt that Charleston would be a great place to call home. Tina loves Charleston, the people here, and can’t wait to meet you! Tina is experienced with coloring, cutting, nails, updos and make up for special occasions. She is certified in keratin smoothing treatments and Dream Catchers and Donna Bella hair extensions.

Nina Bartels

Nina has been in love with the hair industry for as long as she can remember. Working for her family’s salon in Chicago since 2005, she gained the inside experience of what running a business really takes. She began assisting at the age of 15 and hasn’t stopped learning since. Nina’s knowledge of hairstyling, education and guest services expands far beyond the salon walls. Her ability to create custom looks for her clients is what she prides herself in. Nina enjoys pampering her guests in an environment she so passionate about. She is excited about becoming a "Southerner" (and not having to bear the Chicago winters anymore)! Our family is excited to have her on board!

Francis Campbell

Francis is a master stylist from Louisiana and is here to make Charleston, South Carolina beautiful! She brings with her a Golden Labrador Retriever “Bailey”, her hubby, son and 15 years of hair fashion experience. Her specialties are AVEDA style precision cutting and color, Highlights, low lights, Balayage, current trendy styles, traditional styles, taped-in & clip-in hair extensions, keratin smoothing treatments, updos, formal hair for events and occasions. Additional services provided by the talented Francis include facial waxing, manicures and pedicures. Come experience AVEDA with Francis and relax today deserve it !

Seth Bourne

Seth received his training at The Savannah School of Cosmetology from 2001 to 2002. Specializing in blondes he also loves to cut and style. After many years of living in Savannah, he moved to Charleston to start a new chapter in his life. He currently resides in Mount Pleasant with his partner and his dogs. He's loves paying attention to detail and communicating with his clients to give them exactly what they want is his priority. Seth is a great enhancement to the Grace Team!


Michelle moved from Cleveland, Ohio (go Tribe!) in 2002 and loves calling Charleston home. She has been married to Jason since 2011, and has 2 kiddos, Jacob who is 18, and Justin who is 15. She lives with her three dogs, Winston, Bella and newest addition, Harley Quinn. She graduated from Kenneth Shuler school of cosmetology in September 2019. Michelle specializes in highlights, and is certified in Keratin Treatments as well as DreamCatchers hair extensions. In addition to hair and makeup she is a pro at facials and manis & pedis so don't hesitate to see her for all your beauty needs!

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