"Welcome to Fringe, Friends!
I'm Laura Schneider, adventure seeker, punk singer, hair nerd, and boss lady in charge at Baltimore's Best Salon.
You don't need me to be beautiful, you're perfect exactly as you are. I'm just here to make your hair dreams come true. I have a passion for learning the latest trends and I live to hear my guests say, "OMG it's better than I imagined!"
I have over a decade of experience in the salon world from receptionist to apprentice to stylist to master cosmetologist to owner! I pride myself in my versatility but my favorite thing to do behind the chair is anything edgy! Textured cuts, fantasy color, fadework, and blonding! I take hair classes for fun so I love a guest who stretches my creative muscles!
When I'm not at the shop, I'm probably checking out one of Baltimore's amazing restaurants, running a race for the medal, or cycling for my favorite causes- Bike MS and Moveable Feast. I'm a fitness junkie and I'm always down for a new workout. Don't forget to say, "Hi!" if you see me around Charles Village or Remington walking my two unruly pit bulls, Peabody and Sherman.
Bonus Fun Fact! People always ask me about my IG name @nursewretched. "It has nothing to do with hair, you should change it." Well, It's been my name since the beginning of Instagram and was actually my Roller Derby name! I keep it as a tribute to my first models: my derby sisters, who let me practice on their blue mohawks and mermaid hair before everyone else was doing it! So it has everything to do with hair! Follow me for hair tips, tutorials, dog pics, and all my quirky outfit pics!"
When someone asks Markiesha when she started doing hair, she would say 6 years old. Her first "client" was her sleeping grandmother whom she thought could use a little sprucing up. Needless to say, that didn't turn out so well but it inspired her to be the well rounded stylist she is today.
Markiesha's main goal with her clients is to enhance their self confidence. she specializes in all textures, and is super creative with up-dos, color, cuts, and styling. She even does sew-ins and manicures. Come and see her, she will make you beautiful.
"Howdy and nice to meet you! I’m Marisol Hidalgo and I am a nonbinary
queer person from Davidsonville MD who is passionate about hair, vampire films, rhinestone cowboy aesthetic, and collaborating with clients to create their dream hair!
I graduated from cosmetology school in August 2018 and around the same time, found my hair home at Fringe Baltimore. Ever since I’ve been having a blast exploring my creativity using hair as my outlet!
I love doing mullets, shags, gender affirming cuts and creative color! Do you want hair color that makes you look like Disney Villain? I got you! Do you want a mullet that makes you look like you just walked off the set of Lost Boys? Can’t wait to work with you! I love collaborating with clients to make their wildest hair dreams come true!
When I’m not at the salon you can see me walking around my neighborhood listening to a playlist I made, causing drama in Sims, binge watching spooky tv, or helicopter parenting my plants. I seriously have a growth chart for fiddle leaf fig tree and not to brag or anything, but my monstera has a new leaf. If you need a vampire film or scary tv show recommendation, I’d love to give you a few! I look forward to meeting and creating with you!"
"Hi! My name is Erin Leader. I am a Baltimore native going on 23 years of experience in the hair industry. Being a hair stylist was something that I I actually kind of fell into unexpectedly. I
was attending a high school for the arts, and my mother suggested applying for a part time job where she had her hair done. What I discovered was that hair is an amazing canvas! Hairstyling
is a career that’s afforded me the opportunity to respect my creativity, while granting me the freedom to be myself. I love that I can help my clients also be themselves and express their own
creativity. Are you struggling with expressing your identity? Let me help you...it’s what I’m here for! Remember, hair is that one accessory that goes everywhere you do.
I come from a family of teachers and counselors, which could explain why out of *all* the hats I've worn in this industry, one of my favorites was being an educator. Education is a must for me, not just for learning new techniques, but also for keeping me motivated and engaged. I take pride in staying up to date with the latest and greatest, and Fringe always has a monthly class that helps me do just that.
You should know that I am a total paranormal geek and love watching all the shows about ghosts, aliens, monsters and whatever...often to my partner’s chagrin. We both love nothing more than a good scary movie or Netflix show! My clients always love to tell me about the new ones their watching, and I always have a story about some crazy video I just saw to share back.
I also have a love for all things Coach, *especially* vintage. It’s a passion that my late mother and I shared when I was younger, and it’s now followed me into adulthood. I get excited for a good project bag, one that needs to be changed, fixed, and customized into the perfect bag for me. The more bag charms and keychains, the better. Since my clothes are pretty casual and I love having that outlet to sparkle as sparkly as I can. It's how I express my inner diva.
As a gay man, I feel like that I have a unique empathy and respect for differences in others. Differences are the things that make us unique, they’re our stories and hardships, our mistakes and struggles. Ultimately, they are our triumphs...everything that makes us beautiful and human. I believe that those traits should be respected and encouraged. Empathy has always played a large role in my life and it’s a quality I’m really happy to possess. I have learned how special it is to connect with people, and that doing hair has given me the opportunity to do so. My connection with my clients is on a much deeper level than I ever expected, and I am thankful for that.
Although I adore being a hair stylist, it may surprise you to learn that I almost took the path of becoming a Park Ranger! I’m an animal lover, and when I was younger I had a whole room full of critters. My passion for creatures is so strong that I used to volunteer at Rocks and Gunpowder State Parks. While there, I worked with all sorts of animals, and would teach visitors about them and their habitats. Particularly, I always liked the birds of prey, snakes, and turtles.
At this point, there is nothing I haven't seen or heard, and it's important for you to know that when you sit in my chair. I really do mean that. I *always* want my clients to feel comfortable and never be intimidated to tell or ask me anything regarding their hair. I am confident in my ability to solve any of your hair problems, even if it's a new challenge for me.
Another thing that is always encouraged in my chair? Laughter. It's hard *not* to notice that Fringe is a welcoming environment for it. We love to laugh here. People tell me they love my dry sense of humor, and my coworkers particularly love challenging me in sass battles at any given moment, you gotta keep your wits sharp around here!
Let me tell you, I will give you the best smoothing treatment (we use 'Brazilian Blowouts') that you’ve ever had. When I say they’re life changing for people with frizzy and unruly hair- I absolutely mean it. And while we're at it let’s do some color! That's always a blast.
So, you’ve read all this for a reason and clearly now's the time to go book a consultation! Let’s talk about what you want and how we will achieve it. If you already have an end goal in mind, grab those photos you’ve been saving and send them my way! But your first step is to click that "Book Erin" button, or call our front desk, and make it happen! Do it now! ;) I am so excited to meet you!"
"My passion for all things hair and aesthetics was passed down from the women in my life who made it a mission to wear their confidence loudly, therefore I’ve always had what felt like a primal
knowledge of beauty.
Serving the community I grew up in has always been something I wanted to be known for. In high school I was elected to do what seemed like everyone’s hair and make up for dates, parties or mid-class boredom. That’s right, I was the girl whose teacher would say, “This is a school, not a fashion show”. Jokes on you Mrs. Porter, it all paid off!
Connecting with the roots of my own neighborhood through our mutual love for beauty and style is what I pride myself on and often brag about. When it comes to creating signature hair that’s realistic for your lifestyle, I’m your girl!
I live for putting a contemporary spin on a classic look by pairing rich, natural colors and texturizing layers for that everyday glamour.
Besides making my clients feel like a timeless work of art displayed in the Baltimore Baddie museum, I also love collecting plants that I no longer have space for, spending literal hours building and customizing my own nails, and keeping up my branded image by shopping of course!
Wait... what’s that? You have a dog? Well since you brought it up, I too have a furry son that happens to be canine! I hope you like stories of mischievous Boston terriers that steal socks and get frightened by their own farts because I have plenty to tell. When I’m not busy winning first place for the best dog-mom ever, I’m usually making sure my clients are up to date on their horror films. I’m a reliable source when it comes to the latest gore scenes and jump scares. Don’t worry, I keep a mental list of what I call, “monstermash movies” to recommend for the scaredy-cats as well. My ideal day is coming home to my pupper to watch an Ari Aster horror flick after a day full of my favorite clients.
Wow, so much in common already huh? You can book your appointment with me through Vagaro or call Fringe Baltimore. If you’d like to connect with me before your appointment, feel free to Dm me on IG @comb_inhand."
Lauren is an outgoing, creative, and passionate stylist who's drive is to make her clients feel confident and beautiful with every visit. Being one out of six girls, Lauren grew up doing make overs and fun hair with her older sisters.
Starting as a shampoo tech at NV salon in 2014, Lauren then went on to graduate from Robert Paul Academy in 2017, while furthering her education in and out of the salon. Over the past year, Lauren has bolstered her book and her experience behind the chair at Padma Salon where she specialized in sleek blow outs, edgy fashion colors, and hand painted ombre highlights.
Let Lauren help you realize all your hair dreams!
"Hey Gorg! My name is Danielle Robinette, and welcome to my chair! Here, we believe that life is best lived colorfully, there’s no such thing as too much glitter, and the right playlist is
crucial to personal well-being. Let’s have some fun!
I’ve been obsessed with hair from childhood, always playing around in various ratty costume wigs, sneaking them into a backpack to wear at school,and claiming it was my natural hair. I destroyed
my *own* hair, along with my *friends* hair throughout high-school, ruining several of our Mom’s towels, bathrooms, and trust, in the process. I also learned what NOT to do to your
hair...THE HARD WAY. Forgive me; It was 2002. Later, while I studied Theatre in college, I discovered I had a knack for wig-styling, which must have been from all those years of
trying to style the same Little Orphan Annie wig into various looks. My interest in wigs, and a need to get cheap eyebrow waxes, lead me into my first salon job as an assistant, and I never
looked back. I have always wanted a job that allowed me to express my creativity, spread love, beauty and positivity, and also not require me to compromise my own sense of self. I
have found that with my career as a stylist, and more specifically, my Fringe Baltimore family.
I feel that my long and colorful history with hair and salon life has helped shape me into the stylist I am today. I have a very different education path than other stylists, as a lot of my
skills were honed doing “underground” or, as I lovingly refer to it as, “punk-rock-kitchen-hair” and working grunt jobs in salons for over a decade. I have seen it all, I’ve learned from
some of the best in the game, and I’ve been unleashed behind the chair.
I am an intersex person, which I think just makes me EVEN COOLER, and I’m always down to chat about my journey and experience. I love doing gender-affirming haircuts for newly out or
transitioning individuals. It fills me with so much joy and honor to give people a look that matches their outside to how they feel inside. Whether that’s a sleek, shiny, natural
colored bob, or a Lisa Frank Cupcake Explosion mohawk, I’m your gal. (FYI, I do identify as female, and my pronouns are SHE/HER or THEY/THEM.)
When I’m not at work, commandeering the playlist, drinking too much cold brew, and making people feel like magical beams of starlight, you can find me out and about enjoying the DIY Arts Scene
and unleashing my inner DIVA. I help run a small independent theatre called Stillpointe Theatre, and I’ve been a performer with the Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS) since 2009. It’s not
uncommon for me to finish work at 6;45pm and be onstage by 8pm. I’m also a big ol’ fat girl, so I hope you’re ready to hear about my latest insane chili recipe I found on Pinterest or newest
TikTok airfryer hack, because I’m always experimenting in the kitchen.
When you’re a guest in my chair, it’s my goal to create a safe place for you to feel your best. My bold personality, makeup, and clothing can lead people to think I only do “one type of hair”, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! Being bold and beautiful comes from the inside, so let’s work together to find what that means to you. I want to make you the version of yourself you see when you close your eyes. Strike that, I wanna make you look BETTER.
So come spend some time in my chair! Let’s chat about drag queens, D&D, podcasts, or whatever you’d like. But let’s also talk about how I can help you live a bolder, fiercer, more colorful life. LATER DOLL! "
Dayè is a licensed Cosmetologist / Make Up Artist specializing in all things beauty!
She is an extremely creative stylist who specializes in blowouts and extensions. Dedicated to hair care and knowledge, Dayè's mission is to keep up with all the best styles and constantly educate herself on the best techniques.
She is excited to help you begin your hair care journey!
"Hey y’all I’m Melissa, also known as Melissa the hair wizard. My calling to be a hairstylist started when I cut my Barbie's hair as a child. Though I enjoyed the creative freedom with the Barbies, I was missing the human connection and decided to pursue cutting hair for actual people. I’m also a hairstylist because I want to spread love to every client. Doing hair is my purpose to help others feel great.
As your hairstylist I am your #1 fan. I support you through and through. Whether it’s a pregnancy or a divorce I’ll be by your side.
Coming to the salon shouldn't feel intimidating, but I understand that it can. Through my management experience at the previous salon I worked at, I am aware of what customer service should look like, the type of focus I should give a client, and ultimately delivering the *best* experience for you.
Before I got into the hair industry I considered studying to become a therapist to help people. I’ve always had social anxiety but being behind the chair has helped me tremendously. By building
relationships daily I’ve become more confident in connecting with clients. I’m grateful to my craft because not only am I helping others - I’m helping myself.
Also, I hope you like dad jokes...because I am full of them. I look forward to quoting "The Office" and joking around with you. You might also notice that I am eyeing your shoes or outfit waiting for the chance to ask you where you got it from. I love fashion and trying the new trends and I love to bring that knowledge into the hair I'm doing.
My goal is to make your experience fun and relaxing. No matter what color or cut you desire I will walk you through the process and will work towards getting to your goal as close as we can. My hope is to get you to laugh at least once and enjoy our fun atmosphere at Fringe. At the end of the day the experience is about *you*, let me know what is best for you and I will work towards that.
Kick back, have a La Croix, and enjoy. I can’t wait to hangout with you!"
"I am the stylist who will work with you to create a bespoke color and shape for your unique life, identity, and style. I believe that a perfect blonde or rich, dimensional brunette can be a fantasy in its own right, however, you may catch me talking you into adding a soft blush or a bit of glitter for your first dip into the fantasy realm.
I love working with all identities and creating the right look for you. I tend to ask a lot of questions and I love inspiration photos. While I never recreate a single photo, seeing the looks you like, and styles you don’t want is incredibly helpful. Your hair should be suited to you and while photos are very helpful you are not that model and I am not that hair stylist. We will forge our own path together. Some of my favorite services have come from someone bringing in a pair of shoes to match, wanting to be a pacific northwest mermaid, and pictures of birds. Inspiration can come from anywhere!
Being a hairstylist is the perfect mix of art, chemistry, biology, and chatter. I love being able to move around at work and talk about all manner of things with my clients. But I am happy to also sit quietly if you would prefer, sometimes a quiet service, eavesdropping on all that is going on around us, is just what you need to relax the day away.
I have lived in three states over my three decades and I moved to Baltimore to embark on the next adventure in the middle of the world wide pandemic that is COVID-19. I cannot wait until it is safe to fully explore Baltimore and all of the East Coast, but for now I keep myself entertained by making all manner of things. From jewelry, to clothes, to macrame, to brioche, my hands don’t sit still for long. I am completely grateful to my girlfriend, Alex, who shows me how to slow down and relax. I also love bringing my sweet dog, Kevin, in to work with me from time to time. He boasts a rainbow tail and naps constantly.
If you are not learning you are dying, which is why I love to take classes, read books, and talk often about what is worming its way into my brain.
Go book your appointment! I can’t wait to meet you.