our stylists and staff
Collaboration is the key to a successful style.
The most important part of any service is you. Your input makes the difference between a good style and a great one. Our stylists will thoroughly consult with you, whether it's your first visit or fiftieth, to ensure that a look is created to suit your individual needs. Whether you are looking for cutting edge or classic, we can get you there. Continuing education is a core value of our stylists; ensuring that we are always aware of the newest trends and are consistently refining our skills.
All of our stylists are here to take care of you. Feel free to get to know one of us or all of us to find the stylist who best suits your personal style and needs.
Matt began his cosmetology apprenticeship at Chas Hair Design in 1984 and received his license in 1986. During the next thirteen years he worked as stylist and educator for Lola Jones, Inc. helping to train new talent. For three of those years Matt worked as a Regional Design Artist for Sebastian International, educating in the Mid Atlantic. In early 2000 he launched Balance the Salon.
Throughout his career Matt has advanced his skills through his participation in education at Sebastian International in Woodland Hills, Modern Organic Products at Art + Science in Chicago, Vidal Sassoon in Miami, and local toni & guy and American Crew classes and videos. Matt is a Senior Stylist 2.
Ken began his education at the Robert Paul Academy and obtained his cosmetology license in 2003. He then trained under Mario Tricoci, regional hair cutting educator for Elizabeth Arden's Red Door Spa. Ken went on to become the in house cutting educator for the Red Door Spa in Baltimore. He has enjoyed working backstage at fashion shows and working on event hair. Later Ken worked for Bubbles Salon for three years. He joined the Balance team in November of 2010.
Throughout his career Ken has advanced his skills through his participation in education with Graham Webb Academy. Ken is a Senior Stylist 1.
Woody began his education through an apprenticeship at Studio 1612 and received his cosmetology license in 2002. He went on to become the East Coast Deputy Director for TIGI Bedhead Cosmetics for six years. this position gave him the opportunity to work on stage with some of the best hairdressers in the industry. Later Woody worked for Textur salon for three years. He joined the Balance team in July of 2011.
Throughout his career Woody has advanced his skills through his participation in education with TIGI Advanced Academies, Surface, Italy Hair Fashion, Goldwell, and, Framesi. Woody is a Senior Stylist 1.
Holly started her education at the Robert Paul Academy and received her cosmetology license in 2002. She continued her education through many classes with the Graham Webb Academy, Wella color, and is a certified technician for Hairlocs extensions. Throughout her career Holly has been interested in doing hair for editorial photography. Her work has been published in numerous niche fashion publications and websites. Recently, Holly's photography has been getting published in addition to her hair styling. Holly is a Senior Stylist 2.
Bethany began her education at the Graham Webb Academy and received her cosmetology license in 2005. Her skill and enthusiasm for hair earned her a platinum diploma from Graham Webb The following year (2006) earned her the attention of both The City Paper and Baltimore Magazine's best of lists. While she enjoys both edgy and classic styles of cutting, Bethany most enjoys multidimensional color work. In addition to color and cutting skills, Bethany has worked with Human Hair Fusion extensions for years, even before becoming a licensed cosmetologist. She also has been a member of the Charm City Roller Girls since 2005.
Throughout her career Bethany has advanced her skills through her participation in education with Redken, Joico, and Bumble and Bumble. Bethany is a Level 3 stylist.
Risa has been a member of the Balance team since September 2007 . Her easy going demeanor contributes to a comfortable visit at Balance.