Get to Know Our Team
Annamaria is a Master Stylist & Owner of Ciao Bella salon. Together with her husband, Simone, they’ve proudly owned and operated Ciao Bella Salon for the past 9 years and counting. Anna attended the Aveda institute in her hometown of New York in 2002. She enjoys working with all hair types but has a particular love for curly/textured hair. Anna is Deva Curl Certified and has attended advanced training at the flagship DevaCurl Academy in Manhatten. Her outgoing personality will make you feel right at home when you are in her salon. When Annamaria is not spending time at her business or furthering her education, you can bet she’s with the people that matter the most to her, her family; husband Simone, daughter Aviana, son Alessio and their 2nd daughter Julietta.
Jo Brandon is a Master Stylist with over 16 years of experience under her belt. Her background in education all began with an apprenticeship at Nesbitt with training under Pivot Point along with Bumble & Bumble. She continues to further her education with Aveda, Logics, Schwarzkopf, and Unite. She offers a variety or color and cutting services including her speciality in Razor Cutting. Jo has an affinity for fun, edgy short/pixie hairstyles along with natural wavy, curly hair textures as well!
Chrissy (Christine) Grosso
Master Stylist/Nail Technician
Chrissy's recently relocated to the Richmond area. Chrissy has 20 years of experience in the beauty industry and is also Davines trained with a background of studies in Aveda. She practices in all areas, offering the love of all types of cutting and coloring from very natural to fun, fashion forward styles. She also offers manicures and pedicures for those moments when you need to pamper yourself.
Senior Stylist/Eyelash Technician
Akela began her beauty career when she was in high school and has now been in the beauty industry for 6 years. As a hair stylist & colorist who loves to stay on trend, Akela is a firm believer in furthering her education and is always working to keep up with what’s new. Akela takes pride in all of her work with highlights, colors, and cutting but has a true love for Bridal Hair/Special Occasion Styling and glamming up with her Lash Extension expertise.
Collin Dare Brown
Collin is a Richmond native and fur momma! She attended Paul Mitchell The School in Woodbridge, VA and has spent the past few years immersing herself into the beauty industry full force! She enjoys highlights, fantasy colors, and platinum transformations. Doing makeup is another one of her favorite ways to further express her creative talents. Outside of work, she loves to be cuddled up at home with her fur babies watching tv. Her favorite shows to binge watch are The Office, Law & Order SVU, and The Great British Baking Show.
Bee (Angkana) McKinley
Angkana "Bee" Mckinley studied cosmetology at The Paul Mitchell School in Tyson's Corner VA and has previous experience in the hair industry when she lived in her mother country of Thailand. Bee enjoys working with her clients to create amazing styles that fit their look, personality, and lifestyle. She has experience with all hair textures, styling, and absolutely loves coloring. In her free time she loves cooking Thai foods and spending time with her husband and twin babies!
James was born and raised in RVA. He completed his education and training at Paul Mitchell the School in Roanoke, VA. James has a passion for all sorts of creative colors, cuts, and styles! He specializes in balayage highlights to achieve anything between sun-kissed to show stopping looks. When James is not behind the chair, he loves to spend time with his pets as a loving dog & cat dad to Ezra and Zuko. You can also find him at your local neighborhood Dunkin-Donuts downing an iced coffee!