Our Team

Stephanie Gardiner Stout

Owner/Colorist started her career in New York City over 20 years ago. Studying and working in NYC and London allowed Stephanie to gain knowledge and experience by working along side some of the best colorists in the industry. Stephanie has editorial and teaching experience as well as catering to salon clients. Stephanie specializes in natural-looking blondes and brunettes who want to incorporate bright and rich highlights. After relocating to Northern Virginia in 2003, she has built a devoted clientele that has driven her to partner with Karen Grimm and open KLS studios. Certified in Smoothing Treatment

Karen Grimm

Owner/Esthetician has been in the industry over 10 years. Karen specializes in waxing and is in high demand for her precise and skilled work. One of her main focuses is in anti aging, clinical skincare treatments, including a top of the line Altair New Apeel diamond tip micro-dermabrasion machine. Karen can provide excellent information for at home skin care and has a vast knowledge with Jane Iredale mineral makeup. Karen’s abilities and incredible clientele has driven her to partner with Stephanie Gardiner Stout and open KLS studios.

Our team of specialists

We are experienced, dedicated and committed to complete client satisfaction. Led by Stephanie Gardiner Stout and Karen Grimm, learn about the staff of stlylists/colorists and estheticians at KLS studios by clicking on the portaits, below.

Elise has over 10 years in experience in the industry. She received her technical and creative training from Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica, CA, and worked off Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills for several years not only serving celebrity clients and doing editorial and runway work, but also has worked abroad serving international clients. As an accomplished stylist and colorist, Elise continues to pursue and enhance her craft through extended education from world renowned hair shows and international educators (including: Redken, L’Oreal, Framesi, etc.). She is constantly researching fashion and trends, and working on ways to apply fresh new ideas to northern Virginia since her relocation here in 2008.

Elise has advanced skills in color, highlighting, Ombre techniques and creative color, certified in Brazilian Blowout (among several other smoothing treatment systems) and is a hair extensions expert, with an individualized, custom approach utilizing multiple hair extension systems—Great Lengths, Perfect Tress, Babe, etc.

Elise Kelly

Jo Dene has been a licensed hairstylist for over 23 years. An award winning stylist, her editorial work has been featured prominently in many industry publications. Early in her career she also worked as a color educator for Framesi and traveled extensively teaching other industry professionals color theory and techniques. Now working exclusively in the salon, education remains her passion. She has received advanced training in cutting, color theory, color techniques, texture treatments, and styling worldwide with Framesi, Aveda, and Redken.
Certified in Great Lengths hair extensions and Smoothing Treatment.

Jo Dene Dewey

Robin has been in the industry for over 30 years. She has had advanced training in New York, Paris and Italy. She is certified in Deva Curl and advanced color techniques. She specializes in special occasion hair including weddings and proms. Robin's philosophy on hair is to make the most with what you have!

Robin Coutu

I have been in the industry for twenty five years and have extensive experience in high end salons in McLean and the Washington Metropolitan area. I have always had a passion for fashion since I was young .Sketching dresses and hair designs. Now I love creating new looks in color and cuts for my clients. I always strive to further my knowledge with continuing education in the newest trends and techniques. I have attended multiple classes recently such as the Redken Exchange in New York, coloring certifications in Framesi, Nayo and Affinage. As a group at KLS Studios we have seminars and hands on classes with instructors such as Chris Sorbie who demonstrated the latest in color techniques.
Still one of the greatest part of my career is meeting and taking time to know new people.

Linda Davis

Molly has been in the Industry for eight years. She is a graduate of Paul Mitchell the School Tyson’s Corner and worked as a Lead Stylist in a Boutique Northern Virginia Salon before moving on to become a Lead Instructor and Cutting Specialist at Paul Mitchell the School in Woodbridge. She has attended and participated in hair shows alongside many great stylists and colorists within the industry such as Paul Mitchell The Gathering in Las Vegasand Wella Color Training in New York City. Molly’s artistic and creative abilities allow her to bring to each client a warm, modern look that melds glamour and grace with youth and vitality.

Molly Alegria

Emily has been in the salon industry for over 15 years and has been a hairdresser for five of those. She believes that communication is essential to perfecting your image, and that color to is a key component in complimenting the perfect haircut. Emily thrives on continuing education and believes that it is essential in bringing a modern twist to classic looks.

Emily Stockhaus

Heather has been in the industry for 15 years. From the start, she has had a drive and passion for ongoing education. She has advanced her career with education from Loreal, Redken, Wella, and Vidal Sassoon. She loves dimensional color and precision haircuts. Heather is also certified in Great Lengths and Perfectress hair extensions.

Heather Jiron

Denise, who graduated from Aveda Institute in 2012 is a familiar face, learning the clientele as the front desk specialist. Denise has been a self-taught makeup artist since 2005, eagerly learning new techniques in the beauty industry. Her passion and main focus is for healthy skin to be the palette for endless makeup opportunities as she is now entering her career as an Esthetician to build her clientele to another level.

Denise Fredericks

Lucy has worked in the nail industry for over 15 years. She specializes in Gel and Shellac techniques and has undergone many advanced training classes that have helped her hone her skills and perfect her talents as a nail professional. Lucy has a devoted clientele due to her amazing artistic talents.

Lucy Serrano

Nicole is very passionate about coloring and cutting. With almost 15 years in the industry, guests should feel confident in her personalized approach to creating customized tones for her clients to enhance features and a color that fits into their lifestyle. She also uses hair-painting techniques to create a natural, lived-in look. Her precision cutting techniques are focused on all hair types. Her strong knowledge allows her to give the client a flawless, soft natural feel with the effortless look. Nicole believes continued education is key to keeping up on all latest trends.

Nicole Walk

Wendy Lawson has been the industry for over 15 years. She is a licensed Massage Therapist and Master Esthetician. Her massage sessions are customized, based on clients needs. The different modalities she has been trained in include: Swedish, Deep tissue, Myofasical release,Thai, Reflexology and Reiki. She is also trained in Prenatal massage. She was recognized for her talent in massage in Allure magazine for the Washington DC area.

As a Master Esthetician her scope of services include: waxing, microdermabrasion and chemical peels. She takes a progressive not aggressive approach with skin care and is passionate about educating her clients on how to care for their skin and meet their treatment goals.

Wendy Lawson

Phuong has worked in the industry for over 25 years. She specializes in all nail services.

Phuong Nguyen

Wendy Barnes