Our staff

  • Melanie Benik, Owner

    Melanie began her career in 1974 in Chicago as a Master Designer with Pivot Point International. She trained in her early years with European designers. She spent her first 10 years in Chicago before moving to South Carolina. In 1989 she opened her first salon on Two Notch Road and ran a successful business for 24 years part of which time Melanie added spa services temporarily to the menu. In an effort to focus her passion for the hair and makeup industry in a growing community, Melanie relocated the salon to our current location and concentrates on her passion and giving her talents back by working with and training young stylists.

    Melanie has had intensive training in all areas of cutting, coloring, make up application, and business. Some of her previous professional highlights include working with a modeling agency, print work, appearances on local television and working with music group Hootie and the Blowfish on their MTV Video and an MTV special.

  • Claudia Bullock, Artistic Director

    Claudia was born and raised in Germany where she began her career in cosmetology. With over 30 years of experience both nationally and internationally and has maintained continuing education across the globe as she traveled and lived the life of a military spouse.

    Claudia loves to customize your look whether through a new cut or color to fit your lifestyle using a variety of tools, or “toys” as some of her clients like to call them. She is known for her precision razor cuts.

    Claudia’s passions outside of work are for traveling and food.

  • Heather Powell

    Heather began her career in cosmetology in 2014. After spending almost 10 years as a registered nurse she decided to pursue her true passion and entered the beauty industry. Heather graduated top of her class and was chosen for a coveted internship under the direction of a Master European stylist. She continued her advanced training in precision hair cutting at the prestigious Master Cutter Academy in New York City. Heather joined the team at Melanie’s in 2018 after moving to South Carolina from her hometown of Naples, Florida.