Meet The Team:
Park Potomac

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

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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

Brandon

Hair

Specializing in technical cutting and advanced coloring, Brandon treats each hairstyle as a work of art, extending his passion beyond just expert hair design. He's an educator for the Wella Brand and trains other stylists in mastering the art of hair color. Brandon helps clients visualize and perfect the ideal look using his classification as a Wella Master Color Expert to aesthetically push the boundaries of hair theory. Drawing inspiration from a variety of sources, including nature, urban graffiti, complex geometries and people-watching, Brandon is a zealous stylist known for making his clients happy. Brandon is also a certified Brazilian Blowout stylist and trained hair extension specialist.
 
“Brandon has been doing my hair color and cuts for over 10 years. I trust no one else with my hair color! He has done balayage hair color techniques on my hair, which I received many compliments on from friends, coworkers and family. My balayage has lasted the whole year (with several root touch ups in between to cover those grays) and still looks amazing! I didn’t even know it was possible to have such amazing results. Brandon has superior hair color knowledge and a great creative eye. Do yourself a favor and book an appointment with this talented stylist!” -Lauren R.

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Brandon

Brandon

Hair

Peggy

Hair

The Park Potomac team is excited to welcome Peggy as a guest artist from our D.C. location. She will be taking appointments in Park Potomac twice a month.
 
Peggy's innate flair for creativity, warm personality and more than 20 years of experience have helped make her a leading hair artist for both Hollywood elite and Washington’s most powerful. A former salon owner, the Greek-American and native Washingtonian, is a versatile and well-rounded hair artist, specializing in evening looks for high-end events and weddings. Peggy has had extensive education with Vidal Sassoon, hair extension training in London and color training in Barcelona. She has garnered a long list of celebrity and political clientele, including Jennifer Garner, Abigail Spencer, Ellen Page, Naomi and Ashley Judd, Claire Danes, Bethenny Frankel, Gabrielle Giffords, Paris Hilton, Rosario Dawson, America Ferrera, Frieda Pinto, Congresswomen Debbie Wasserman Schultz and many more. Peggy has been recognized in Martha Stewart Weddings, Washingtonian Bride & Groom, DC Modern Luxury as a “Best in DC,” as well as in Washingtonian Magazine 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 and 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

Christina

Hair

Christina is a master hair artist known for her precise cuts, color and smoothing treatments, with more than 15 years of experience. InStyle magazine included Christina in its “Beauty Black Book” as one of Bethesda’s “Top Hair Colorists.” She specializes in Brazilian blowouts and Keratin treatments, making her a well-rounded stylist on the KARMA team.
 
Christina is an American Board Certified Hair Colorist and is constantly continuing her education via courses such as Arrojo razor cutting with Gerard Scarpaci, balayage classes, Oribe editorial styling and blow dry technique. Her expertise leaves every client feeling like the best version of themselves.
 
“Christina has been working her magic on my hair for 14 years. Everywhere I go I always get so many compliments on my hair! She is extremely up-to-date with the latest styles and colors and always keeps me on trend. Her haircuts are amazing and she manages to pull off every color idea that I conjure up, all while being mindful of the integrity of my hair. No wonder InStyle wrote a review about my ‘master colorist.’ Christina is not just my hair stylist, but my hair savior!” -Nasim M.

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Christina

Christina

Hair

Julia

Hair

Julia is an exceptional stylist and color specialist who has been honing her craft for more than 20 years. With an unmatched versatility, she is known for her razor cuts and skillful color techniques. Her bridal looks have been featured in The Knot magazine and she is a certified Brazilian Blowout stylist with extensive experience styling all hair types.
 
“Julia has been doing my hair for three years and I have not been disappointed once. I have thick/curly long hair and Julia has been able to do my color/balayage, lightening it while still having my hair healthy. Julia is all-around great! She’s knowledgeable, skilled and clearly passionate about her craft. I highly recommend Julia to everyone!” – Claudia R.

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Julia

Julia

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

Evelyn

Hair

Evelyn is a certified master colorist, precision cutting specialist, and Brazilian blowout expert who truly transforms the way her clients see themselves. Her more than 20-year styling career began with her studies at Graham Webb Academy and her influential role at Georgetown’s Aveda Salon as a top colorist and stylist. She also formerly owned and operated Simply Bliss Salon, which was featured in Washingtonian Magazine in 2012 and 2014.
 
Evelyn stays up-to-date with new trends and techniques by constantly attending advanced training workshops. Her many clients commend her for her incredible haircuts and always getting their color just right.
 
“I get the best cut and color in town every time I see Evelyn who is as sweet as she is gifted in the art of making a person look and feel their best. From the moment I walk into the salon Evelyn makes sure I feel comfortable by providing that personal touch.” - Pontea K.

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Evelyn

Evelyn

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

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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