Graduating beauty school in 2007, Maria began her stylist career in a trendy local Portland barbershop doing fun, funky short hairstyles. She keeps up with cutting trends, has an abiding interest in evolving hair fashion trends, but she longed for an opportunity to learn more about color and found her way to Defining Image in 2009.  Working with two stylists certified as master colorists, Maria immediately resonated with the Defining Image team, as they did with her.  She still excels with short hair, but can show any of her guests how to get the most out of their hair (no matter curly, straight, thick or thin).  She builds confidence in her guests that they can style their hair in a way that is easy for them.

Maria’s certifications include Keratherapy Smoothing Specialist and she regularly takes cut and color classes with notable style luminaries, Artistic and Creative Directors and NAHA award winners.  This is the backstory to her skill as a stylist, while her aim is for her guests to truly enjoy being in the salon…to come right in, sit right down, relax and unwind.  She focuses on building a lasting relationship with her guests who look forward to getting their hair done.