Meet The Team:
Park Potomac

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

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Erwin

Principal

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 and 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 and 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 and fun to just chat with but he is SO talented! I lucked out he was able to come to me and 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 and it was FLAWLESS!  I didn't touch up anything for the entire day! I couldn't believe it! My pictures came out amazing and 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

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

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

Kevin

Hair Cutting Specialist

Kevin joined the KARMA Park Potomac team in early 2019. He specializes in cutting, a skill he refined through his advanced education in cutting and styling techniques from Toni and Guy, Oribe, Arrojo and Vidal Sasson. His work has been featured in DC Modern Luxury Magazine and Bethesda Magazine, as well as numerous elite trade publications. Kevin also has a background as a lead cutting educator and loves developing creative story boards for photo shoots. Kevin stays up-to-date with the latest styling trends with advanced education classes and is a favorite cutting specialist amongst our KARMA guests.

"I felt so welcomed walking into the salon. I loved Kevin! He was very nice and accommodating. When I sat down I honestly had no clue what I wanted to do with my hair but yet he gave me exactly what I didn’t know I needed. I love my new hairstyle! I had many compliments and I think he’s is by far the most talented hair stylist I have ever met. - Audrey G."

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Kevin

Kevin

Hair Cutting Specialist

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

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

Sung

Hair

Sung joined the KARMA Park Potomac team in February 2019. He was trained in South Korea and brings over 10 years of hair artistry experience to KARMA. He attended advanced classes with Vidal Sassoon on cutting, is an expert in the color technique balayage, is talented with all hair types, however particularly loves working with thick, textured hair. Sung is trained in all our smoothing/straightening hair treatments and is our only stylist who performs the Japanese straightening service.
 
Sung enjoys keeping up with trends. He has a meticulous attention to detail. He believes in patience, and always takes time to listen to the needs and wants of each person who sits in his chair.
 
"I’m very happy with my new balayage and haircut. Sung took the time to listen and understand what I wanted my hair to look like and he was very patient. I LOVE the way my hair turned out, I am getting so many compliments. The color is absolutely PERFECT and the hairstyle is the best I have ever had. I would HIGHLY recommend Sung, he is the best kept secret at KARMA!" -Agali

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Sung

Sung

Hair

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