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Meet our Team

Empower was conceptualized by Kerri Maphis and Vanessa Solomon out of friendship, a shared vision, and a calling to make a difference in their community. It didn’t take long for their dream to become a reality and Empower opened its doors in January of 2020.

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Hi! I’m Kerri and I co-own Empower. I have been behind the chair for 16 years with experience in all hair types. My speciality today is lived-in color, balayage, and hair extensions. My goal as a stylist is to help you achieve the hair of your dreams while maintaining its health and condition. I have a natural, simple approach to hair styling and love working with you to enhance your natural beauty.

Zodiac Sign: Cancer
My playlist consists of: Adele, John Legend, Sam Smith
My dream vacation is: Sri Lanka

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I’m Vanessa, a St. Pete native born to a family of hairstylists and co-owner of Empower. I have 13 years of experience behind the chair, but I’ve had a comb in my hand as long as I can remember. I enjoy modernizing classic looks to make them fun and wearable for men and women on the go. Natural hair coloring and precision haircutting are my favorite, but most of all I like to have every guest feeling completely pampered.

Zodiac Sign: Leo
My playlist consists of: Beyonce
I live for: thrill and adventure. 

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Hey! My name is Brittany and I am a Florida native. Recently moved back to the St Pete area from Jacksonville, Florida where I started this exciting hair world journey! I have been a stylist for about three years now and specialize in all things color! My overall goal is making each and every client leave feeling like their most confident self.

Zodiac: Aquarius (but I know nothing about signs.)
My playlist: Consists mostly of country music. I enjoy my top pop hits though!
Favorite Food: Italian
Dream Vacation: Greece

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