Our Team

Stephanie Gardiner Stout

Owner/Colorist started her career in New York City over 25 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 15 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.


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


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


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


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 Dean


Kylie is a very driven and passionate stylist with over 5 years in the industry. She started her journey at Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon and Spa and has worked under many experienced stylists. She continues her education and is now in the position of an educator herself. She recently became a Gold Key for Color Me with Kevin Murphy after a year of shadowing and learning in the Kevin Murphy World. She cares about each aspect of the hair industry and looks forward to continuing on this journey.

Kylie Tate


Wendy Barnes


Stephanie joins the KLS team with over 15 years of industry experience. She has spent the last 10 years in New York City honing her skills and growing her devoted clientele. She is a Wella trained Master Colorist, extension specialist and prides herself in great customer service. Stephanie's color skills have kept her in high demand and is excited to extend her career to Northern Virginia.

Stephanie Roberts


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


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

Phuong Nguyen


Katelin has been in the skincare industry for over 7 years. She is a Master Esthetician & Master Sugarist and has had advanced training from New York to Australia. She is certified with TrueBrow™, a company focused on shaping, growing and preserving the natural eyebrow. She specializes in Sugaring Hair Removal, Eyebrow shaping and Eyelash Lifting. Katelin is always researching the next best, whether that be services or products, and thoroughly enjoys continuing and refreshing her education.

Katelin Townsend