Our staff members have spent many years devoted to pursuing excellence in their field and have attained a certain level of expertise. Through extensive training, certification and dedication, our staff has attained mastery in their field. Here are a few of John James Salon's staff members:
Tom Freed and Debbie Neagle-Freed
Tom and Debbie both share a passion for the industry and a dedication to customer service. Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Towson University and Debbie Neagle-Freed attended the Von Lee International School of Aesthetics. She has worked in the aesthetics field for nearly 20 years and is a lifelong resident of the greater Annapolis area. She is also the founder of the Connor Cares Foundation (www.connorcares.org), which gives back to the community and honors their son, Connor John-James Freed, who is also the namesake of the salon.
Senior Stylist & Salon Manager
Stephanie brings 24 years of experience to the industry and is always furthering her education to keep up with today's trends. At John James Salon, she provides personal looks from short to long hair as well as color to a diverse range of clientele, always focusing on her client’s satisfaction. Stephanie also specializes in special occasion styling, creating phenomenal bridal designs.
With more than 25 years of experience in the beauty industry, Ellen specializes in innovative techniques with her creations featured in national beauty publications. In addition to her advanced techniques in razor cut and coloring, Ellen is also highly skilled with extensions. She is dedicated to continually working on her craft, pursuing education on the latest trends and techniques. Both a Redken Specialist and Wella Certified Colorist, Ellen is exceptionally knowledgeable about products and services.
Marlene has been in the industry for more than 30 years, honing her expertise in hair as well as customer service. She has the experience and creativity to offer her clients a fresh perspective using both current and time-tested techniques. She specializes in razor cuts and coloring.
Joe has been in the hair industry for more than 30 years. Trained in Paul Mitchell, Sasson and Matrix Schools, he specializes in short and medium hair styles for women and trendy men’s haircuts. After years owning his own local salons, he is excited to have returned to a profession he truly loves.
Patrik has been in the hair industry for more than 27 years, with experience working for and educating some of the industry’s most respected companies in New York City to performing onstage as a platform artist. He brings all of this knowledge and experience to John James Salon with a specialty in curly hair.
April has been dedicated to serving the Crofton/Annapolis community for more than 17 years. One of the original stylists at John James Salon, her high level of skill and client service have earned her the nickname “the Hair Wizard.” April loves her clients like family and there is nothing she won’t do to help each of them achieve their best look. Her knack for thinking outside the box and dedication to studying the latest trends and techniques allows her to always ensure that both the salon and her clients achieve the highest level of success and service.
Hannah has been a hair professional for 2 years. Her talent and drive led to the opportunity to attend the elite 3-year cosmetology program at the Center of Applied Technology South. She has a passion and love for hair techniques, with a special skill in highlights.
Hope brings more than 20 years’ experience to John James, with expertise in all aspects of haircare, including women's cuts, men's cuts, color, highlighting and blowouts. Hope's goal is to provide a luxurious and customized experience for her clients. Whether it’s helping to choose the best products to enhance a client’s hair quality and color or educating her clients regarding blow-drying techniques, her goal is to teach her clients how best to care for their hair.
Amanda has been hairdressing for nearly ten years, focusing on listening to her clients’ concerns and working with them to update their look into something they can maintain. She loves sharing tips and tools to make her client’s beauty routine as smooth and manageable as possible. Her training includes classes from top educators such as Toni & Guy, Bumble & Bumble, Eufora, Make Up For Ever, and Smash Box. In addition to all aspects of haircare, she specializes in special occasion hairstyling.
Advanced Stylist & Barber
Monique’s career spans more than 15 years in the cosmetology industry, specializing in highlights, color, cut, blowouts, long curly hair, color corrections and all over color. She also specializes in bridal hair and makeup. She is known for spending quality time with her clients to determine their exact wants, needs and concerns to ensure satisfaction. Her outgoing personality, eye for color and customer service skills make her a true asset to the field.
Stylist & Salon Manager
Hannah has been working at John James Salon for the past nine years assisting all stylists while developing a well-rounded knowledge of cosmetology. She graduated from the Paul Mitchell School in 2017 and is a licensed hairdresser with expertise in services such as coloring, highlights, balayage and braiding. In her role as salon manager, she has established herself as the go-to staff member, keeping both the salon and the staff running efficiently.
Crystal has been in the salon and spa industry for 16 years. She attended Von Lee School of Esthetics in Maryland and has been a licensed aesthetician and makeup artist for the past 13 years. She is also certified in brow extending techniques and lash styling. Crystal is very passionate and stays educated with what's on trend each year in the industry. Her license and training also includes facials, makeup, waxing and spray tanning.
Senior Nail Technician
With more than 14 years of experience, Katie specializes in natural nail services, gel manicures, and exceptional pedicures. She is devoted to providing each client with exceptional, relaxing service.
Owner & Customer Relations Manager
Before launching John James Salon, Debbie worked as an aesthetician where her passion for high quality service and an elite spa experience grew. She now devotes her time to ensuring every client of John James has the very best customer experience and the highest level of service at one of the premier salons in the area.
As anyone who visits a salon can attest, the quality of a good shampoo goes a long way. With her key customer service skills and outgoing personality she always makes our clients feel at home and pampered.
Having spent most of her life in a salon, Olivia has a deep passion for the industry. She meets the individual needs of each client, offering a relaxing experience complete with a refreshing scalp massage.
With her outgoing personality and passion for customer service, Taylor always makes our clients feel comfortable and welcome.