Meet the Team Behind Award Winning Progressions Salon & Spa

By Holly Martinez By Holly Martinez | July 28, 2023 | Style & Beauty Sponsored Post

Stepping inside the North Bethesda salon feels like coming home.

Clients at Progressions Salon Spa Store can rest assured they’ll walk out feeling and looking their best. Whether getting a haircut, fabulous nails or hitting the spa for a facial, satisfaction is guaranteed at Progressions.

The salon, which has been voted the Best Hair Salon by DC Magazine for the past three consecutive years, is known for its family atmosphere, as well as its philanthropic spirit. To celebrate Progressions’ anniversary each year, the team picks a charitable cause to support.

Below, we spoke with 12 Progressions team members to learn more about their expertise, what makes the salon special and more.

Evelyn Castillo, Stylist
Expertise: “I have seven years experience in the industry as a stylist and cosmetologist.”
Favorite Thing About the Progressions Community: “You can always bounce ideas off your co-workers here.”
Gaby Ellison, Inventory Support
Expertise: “With 10 years in the hair industry, I am an inventory manager, working with numbers all day. I also work with finances and marketing.”
Favorite Thing About the Progressions Community: “This feels like a second home and family. Everyone is so loving and caring.”

Navan Hok, Stylist
Expertise: “I have 15 years experience in color and cutting.”
Favorite local restaurant: “Mi La Cay.”
Megan Konieczka, Manager of Guest Services
Expertise: “After 12 years in the industry, I still listen to those around me. My special skill is my willingness to change and grow for the greatest good.”
Favorite Thing About the Progressions Community: “The instant family connection, full of love, compassion and respect.”

Nam Milam, Nail Technician
Expertise: “I’ve been doing hair for 38 years and am an expert in chemical work.”
Favorite Thing About the Progressions Community: “We are a family and look after each other. Clients have become family, too.”

Kim Milligan, Stylist
Expertise: “With a decade in the industry, I’m a passionate stylist, educator and coach. With passion, you can achieve anything.”
Favorite Local Business: “Progressions Salon Spa Store, of course!”
Robyn Munson, Master Color Specialist
Expertise: “I have over 40 years of knowledge and the ability and desire to share it with others.”
Favorite Local Business: “Club Pilates.”

Sandra Palacios, Stylist
Expertise: “I have been in the industry for around 26 years. I give a mean blowdry. Give me a head of curls and I can make it as soft and straight as silk. I have completed tons of education classes, including the Goldwell Master Stylist Program.”
Favorite Local Business: “Olney Farmers Market.”

Ruth Santamaria, Stylist
Special Talent: “Color correction is my special skill. I have 22 years in the industry.”
Favorite Thing About the Progressions Community: “Building long-lasting relationships with my clients and peers.”

Vanessa Shiblie, Stylist
Expertise: “With a vast education and 39 years of experience, I’m an expert in cutting clean lines and listening to clients.”
Favorite Local Restaurant: “Dutch’s Daughter.”

Carlin Snow, Guest Services
Expertise: “I’ve worked in customer service in multiple industries for over 20 years. I am able to talk and empathize with clients.”
Favorite Local Restaurant: “El Patio.”

Gabby Taborga, Guest Services
Expertise: “I have a decade of experience in the industry and always try to see the positive. I push for solutions to problems and stay calm in the process.”
Favorite Thing About the Progressions Community: “Everyone’s commitment to going above and beyond to make our clients’ and co-workers’ day. We are day-makers!”

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Photography by: Courtesy of Progressions Salon and Spa