After twenty years as a stylist, Melissa is still passionate about hair. At a young age she recognized she wanted to be in this industry, and after high school immediately enrolled in Cosmetology School at Headhunters School of Hair Design. It is there that she met her future business partner, Nancy Cartonio. The pair shared a vision to improve upon the great salons they had worked at in the past and in 2001 they co-founded bei capelli. Over the past decade, the salon they started from scratch has grown into southern Maine's finest salon.
Melissa strives to constantly improve herself as a stylist. Her educational credentials include training at some of the most prestigious hair academies in the world. She has attended the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Miami, San Francisco, Toronto and London. She also has trained at the Rusk Academy in Glasgow, Scotland and the Toni & Guy Academy in London. Melissa is a certified cosmetology instructor and worked for several years as a teacher. Melissa is also a certified Goldwell colorist, a certified Great Lengths hair extensions specialist, and a Davines Level I Trainer.
Melissa’s ability to grow her loyal clientele has earned her the reputation as one of the finest stylists and colorists in the Portland area. In addition to her commitment to her clients, Melissa is also a passionate mentor. She believes hard work and a positive approach are the recipes for success in the hair business, and she eagerly shares her knowledge and experience with the salon's stylists.