Meet The Team:
Park Potomac

Our talented, passionate artists bring decades of experience to KARMA.

We will reveal more artists and bios closer to our opening date.
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Erwin

Principal

Find Erwin in the DC location every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, and in Park Potomac every Wednesday and Thursday.
 
With more than 30 years of makeup artistry and eyebrow design experience, nationally acclaimed celebrity beauty guru Erwin Gomez is D.C.’s premier expert on all things beautiful. From Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson to A-list actresses Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera, Jennifer Garner, Tina Fey and Ashley Judd to vintage supermodels Beverly Johnson and Christie Brinkley and political heavy hitters Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and Janet Murguía, Gomez has put his golden touch on an enviably long roster of bold faced names over the years.
 
A true visionary, Gomez was the first makeup artist to open a hair salon in the D.C. metro area. His two beautifully appointed KARMA by Erwin Gomez salon and spas -- located in northwest Washington and Potomac, Maryland -- have firmly established Gomez and his team as the go-to destination for the VIPs, politicos, celebrities and influencers who make the world’s most powerful city tick. The Wall Street Journal hailed KARMA as one of the top secret spots in D.C. and Washingtonian Magazine voted it the top salon in the city.
 
Currently, KARMA’s services cover the spectrum of hair, skin, body, makeup and nail treatments, and include Gomez’s signature eyebrow sculpting technique, on-trend cuts & color, fully sanitized mani-pedi services, age-defying facials, lash extensions, body bronzing and much more. In 2015, Gomez launched his eponymous Erwin Gomez Cosmetics, a line of high-quality, long-lasting performance makeup for all skin tones and types featured in DC Magazine’s “Best Of” issue.
 
Prior to opening KARMA, the native of the Philippines was national creative director of Red Door Spas for 12 years, served as resident makeup artist for Entertainment Tonight and CBS News, and provided makeup for both the Grammy and ALMA Awards. Erwin is regularly recognized as one of America’s premier makeup and eyebrow design artists and has been featured in publications such as Brides, Capitol File, InStyle, Refinery29, Shape, Town & Country, USA Today, Washingtonian, The Washington Post and more. In fact, Allure named Erwin the top eyebrow specialist in Washington, D.C. for 14 consecutive years.
 
In addition to being an industry leader and champion for up-and-coming beauty professionals, Gomez is a passionate philanthropist and community activist, lending his time to a range of immigrant and gay rights issues. He is proud to support the Human Rights Campaign, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, the René Moawad Foundation and many more worthy causes in Washington and beyond.
 
"I had such an amazing experience with Erwin! Not only is he personable & fun to just chat with but he is SO talented! I lucked out & he was able to come to me & do my makeup for a wedding photo shoot on short notice. He was quick (being that he had another major event to go to) but he never once made me feel rushed & it was FLAWLESS! & I didn't touch up anything for the entire day! I couldn't believe it! My pictures came out amazing & I couldn't be happier." -Muriel M.

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Erwin

Erwin

Principal

Sab

Partner/COO

KARMA by Erwin Gomez co-founder, partner and COO Sab Shad has spent nearly two decades on the business side of the global spa industry, putting her skills to use in various markets, including London, Dubai and D.C.
 
In her role overseeing all operations and growth for KARMA, Shad has formed a rock-solid partnership with founder and visionary Erwin Gomez, leading to the launch of the pair’s second Washington, D.C.-area salon in Spring 2018 in Potomac, Maryland.
 
Before partnering with Gomez to help develop and shepherd the KARMA brand, Shad served as Vice President of Revenue for WTS International, one of the world’s largest spa consulting and management firms. There, she oversaw revenue generation for more than 50 spas, including several luxury boutique properties such as The Ritz-Carlton and developed concepts in Dubai.
 
Shad also served in an executive capacity as Regional Vice President for Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas and prior to moving to the United States from her native London, was Director of Spas for Living Well Health and Leisure Limited. Universal Companies, the nation’s largest spa and equipment supply company, enlisted Shad for its advisory board and she was a task force member for International Spa Association as well as a contributing writer for the UK’s LivingWell Magazine and ISPA Pulse Magazine.
 
Shad believes that giving good to get good -- karma -- is the foundation of any successful venture and relationship. Outside of her professional endeavors, she enjoys spending time with her family and is passionate about supporting charities that advocate for cancer research, children living with cancer and teen well-being through mental health and anti-bullying support.

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Sab

Sab

Partner/COO

Mae

General Manager

Like Erwin Gomez, Mae Villa-Agustin is a native of the Philippines, and that shared national pride is what drew her to the Karma family. Inspired by Erwin and his success, Mae joined the team as Park Potomac’s General Manager, adding to a successful 15-year career managing some of D.C.’s top salons and spas. Mae prides herself on providing top-notch guest experience, ensuring that everyone leaves happier than when they walked in.

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Mae

Mae

General Manager

Melissa

Makeup, Eyebrow Specialist

Melissa is a skilled makeup artist with over a decade of experience in bridal and editorial concepts, gaining technical knowledge and know-how at worldwide makeup leader, MAC cosmetics. Combined with her education at the Aveda Institute for Aesthetics and the Make-Up Designory in New York, Melissa joined the KARMA team in the beginning of 2018 and was trained by Erwin himself in the art of eyebrow and makeup design, earning her title as eyebrow specialist. In addition, Melissa spent five years working A-list events such as New York Fashion Week, Miami Swim Fashion Week, the Hispanic Heritage Awards and more.
 
“I can't thank Melissa for making me feel AMAZING on my wedding day just as a bride should! She did 9 of my bridesmaids makeup and also my mothers. They all Looked STUNNING!!! And everyone was done on time for my big day! You wouldn't regret booking her for any special occasion. She's such a sweet person, she made me feel like I knew her for years! THANK YOU AGAIN MELISSA!!!!!!” -Lesly

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Melissa

Melissa

Makeup, Eyebrow Specialist

Peggy

Hair

Peggy usually works in the DC salon, and you can find her at the Park Potomac location every other Wednesday.
 
Peggy's innate flair for creativity, warm personality and over 20 years' experience have helped make her a leading hair artist for Hollywood elite and Washington’s most powerful. A Greek-American and native Washingtonian and former salon owner, she is a versatile and well rounded hair artist and specializes in evening looks for high end events and weddings. Peggy has had extensive education with Vidal Sassoon, TGI, hair extension training in London, and color training in Barcelona. Through her talent, she has garnered a long list of celebrity clientele including Claire Danes, Bethenny Frankel, Ellen Page, Naya Rivera, Gabrielle Giffords, Paris Hilton, Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera, Kate Walsh, Judy Reyes, Frieda Pinto, Ashley Judd, Jenna Ushkowitz, Dania Ramirez, Britney Howard and many more. Peggy has been recognized in Washingtonian Bride & Groom, DC Modern Luxury as a “Best in DC,” and in Washingtonian for best men's cuts.
 
"This is the best salon and Peggy is the best hairdresser there is!! I have tried so many different places/hairdressers and had a lot of hair nightmares in the past, but those days are over for me. I can trust her to do anything and know it will be perfect every time." -Irene M.

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Peggy

Peggy

Hair

Johannie

Hair

Johannie is a Wella Portfolio Educator and a master color expert who comes to KARMA with 15 years of experience, specializing in bridal and special occasion hairstyles, precision cutting, Brazilian blowouts and balayage highlighting techniques after being trained by New York balayage specialist Eva Scrivo. Johannie who joined the Karma by Erwin Gomez team in 2017, is also a Great Lengths-certified hair extension specialist and an expert with all hair textures.
 
“Johannie has been my stylist for several years now. She took my hair from long brunette locks with honey highlights to a platinum blonde bob while still maintaining the health and vibrant texture of my hair. I absolutely love my hair and I literally get compliments from strangers daily! I would recommend her stylist expertise to anyone who is looking for a color or cut and want to be noticed.” - Chrissy P.

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Johannie

Johannie

Hair

Megan

Hair

Megan has more than 20 years of industry experience in cutting, coloring, hair extensions and Brazilian blowouts, and is a valued member of the KARMA by Erwin Gomez team. Her eye for color, texture and shape places her artistry among the most revered in the city, especially for coloring and bridal styling. Certified for extensions with Great Lengths, Megan also has an educational background from A-list brands like Oribe and Wella. She boasts a loyal band of repeat clients who praise authenticity and ability to give spot-on advice for a multitude of styles, even before they walk in the door.
 
“Megan’s approach to business and her clients is obvious from the moment you sit in her chair. I’m literally a walking business card for Megan’s creativity and consistency – always receiving compliments. She changes my color with each season and somehow manages to stay on trend with the cuts. I won’t go to anyone else.” - Lisa C.

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Megan

Megan

Hair

Zulma

Hair

Serving polished and smooth finishes, Zulma is a master hairstylist certified in Brazilian Blowout Keratin treatments and an expert in precision balayage hair color. She blends creativity with her passion, excelling in providing her guests with stunning layered looks perfectly suited for each individual’s hair type and face shape. Whether it’s beautifully bouncy or sleek straight, Zulma provides each guest with their desired look, all done with her signature smile.
 
“I recently got my hair done by Zulma. I was searching for a place that could do balayage the way I needed them to. I came across Zulma and I must say, it was the best decision I ever made. Zulma was beyond amazing. She made me feel comfortable, knew exactly what I wanted and made my experience unforgettable. I could not be any happier. I definitely would recommend her. She’s my go-to stylist going forward.” — Melissa P.

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Zulma

Zulma

Hair

London

Hair

London Burke’s passion for styling hair began while she was still in high school. The D.C.-area native became a Licensed Multicultural Salon Professional and completed cut and coloring courses at Vidal Sassoon in Santa Monica, CA, as well as the Flawless Experience Extensions Course in Atlanta. Her specializations include cutting, coloring, color correcting, bridal hair styling and balayage, making her a versatile and in-demand addition to the Karma by Erwin Gomez team. London’s kind disposition and attention to detail ensure her clients get a full-service experience every time.
 
"I took a big risk trying KARMA's new colorist, London, for the first time three weeks before my wedding, but I am so glad I did. My highlights were perfect for my big day and my hair still looks amazing two months later. She was also fun to talk to! I will be back to see London again soon." -Sophie Z.

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London

London

Hair

Simone

Esthetician

Simone believes that health and wellness are both internal and external, which she’s proven through her career as a well-known and well-loved licensed esthetician in the D.C/Maryland.-area for more than 30 years. Simone takes every opportunity to stay informed with the newest technologies and products, equipping her to customize facial treatments for each guest while educating them on the benefits of therapeutic and advanced skincare treatments. Simone’s masterful touch and innate ability to read her guests’ unique skincare needs makes her an invaluable addition to the KARMA team. In addition, Simone provides guests with body and facial waxing services.
 
“I've been a client of Simone for at least 20 years. I find her very professional. She gives a wonderful facial and is really well-versed in skin care. I have no desire to ever try anyone else. I only trust my skin care with Simone. She knows what products to use and which to stay away from. Also the facial massage she gives is marvelous. Highly recommend her.” – Arlene S.

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Simone

Simone

Esthetician

Victoria

Esthetician

Victoria’s holistic approach to skincare - encompassing mind, body, and soul - has helped her guests ranging in all ages to correct UV damage and premature aging. Victoria’s passion for skincare began in her teen years and followed her while pursuing esthetics education at the prestigious Von Lee International School of Aesthetics and the Brooms Academy of Cosmetology. Her wealth of knowledge and charismatic approach assures each of her guests happily leave with customized skincare regimens perfectly suited for their unique individual needs.
 
“If you're used to getting facials, you'll be in for a pleasant surprise with Victoria. Victoria not only addressed all of my concerns right from the beginning but all of her treatments have always been heart centered. I've had facials all over the world for many years, however, none compare to her treatments. Victoria knows how to combine clinical and results-oriented treatments with stress reduction, peace, kindness and respect. I've never been disappointed.” -Cristin M.

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Victoria

Victoria

Esthetician

Chau

Nail Artist

Chau joins the KARMA team with over a decade of expertise in nail artistry and continues to push the industry forward as a master nail educator. Chau’s high attention to detail, professionalism and charismatic personality propels him as the go-to nail guru for guests. Chau’s passion shines through his effervescent energy and magical touch through leg and foot massages that leave guests unwilling to exit his chair.
 
“Chau never disappoints! I had a manicure and pedicure with Chau and it was the best. Very relaxing, thorough massage and perfect polish. Everything was extremely sanitary and orderly. Perfect!” – Stephany C.

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Chau

Chau

Nail Artist

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