We are just like you. We like to feel good and look good, while exuding confidence and individual style. At moko, our goal is to approach your haircare and skincare needs as a collaborative process, focusing on what works best for you everyday and in every way you choose to express who you are.
Our hair team is well-versed in precision hair-cutting methods and advanced coloring techniques. Think you would like a razored asymmetrical cut, classic bob, or textured waves? We’ve got you covered.
MOKO and our award-winning skincare experts were recognized by Philadelphia Magazine for Best of Philly for 2014 Best Facial , 2012 Best Holistic Spa and 2010 Best Of Green Beauty. Our accolades also include a Best of the Best from Allure Magazine for Best Waxing and mentions from CBS News, Philadelphia Style, InStyle and more. Our skincare gurus have acquired cult-like status among beauty aficionados near and far. When it comes to your skin, our technicians are adept in customizing treatments that are gentle and non-invasive yet truly effective.
Monique – Master Stylist / Owner
Monique’s passion for eco-conscious beauty started early. Surrounded by family in the beauty industry, she intuitively prepped herself for a career that reflected the sensory memory of her childhood: scalp massages by her barbering grandfather, mixing essential oil concoctions in her bedroom, and using Vidal and Beverly Sassoon’s book “A Year of Beauty & Health” as a teenage-bible. She went on to become a student of aromatherapy and Ayurveda, inspired by the principles taught by Aveda founder Horst Rechelbacher.
A beauty pro for over 20 years, Monique has worked in the color departments of top tier salons Bumble & Bumble and Frederic Fekkai, and specializes in both razor and dry cutting techniques. Among her achievements, Monique has earned Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of Philly” award for women’s haircuts and has been a contributor to American Salon Magazine.
Likes: Oranges, aromatherapy, nature, yoga, my dog Rupert.
Dislikes: Infomercials, peas, most country music.
Favorite Products: Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Shampoo, Purely Perfect’s Foundation Creme.
Emily – Master Stylist / Director of Education
Originally from upstate New York, Emily was just 15 when she began cosmetology school. With over eight years working as a stylist under her belt, she specializes in hair cutting and also leads the Moko team as Director of Education. She is passionate about helping others to continue learning and growing in any way that she can. Emily’s advice? “Create what you love and love what you create! Remain teachable.” Some of her favorite hair cutters are Tim Hartley, Mark Hayes, Tina Anderson and Kelly Hursh. Introverted by nature, Emily also embraces a lifestyle of Veganism.
Likes: Cycling, running, astrology (she’s a Virgo), and books.
Dislikes: Disorganization, lateness, blue pens.
Favorite Products: Everything Purely Perfect, especially the Foundation Creme.
Rachel – Lead Stylist
Rachel first discovered her passion for hair design while earning a BA at a women’s college in her home state of Massachusetts. After briefly working in the non-profit world, Rachel decided to pursue her creative passion and enrolled at the Aveda Institute New York. Upon graduating, she furthered her training under Toni & Guy, and worked at a multi-cultural salon in Brooklyn. Rachel moved to Philadelphia in 2009 and soon found her home at Moko. She has also trained with DevaChan New York, Nick Arrojo, Paul Mitchell, Organic Color Systems and CHI. Rachel loves to help empower people to be their best selves, and her expertise as a stylist and friendly, open-minded disposition make her an invaluable part of the Moko team.
Likes: Gardening, making magic in the kitchen, exploring the city of brotherly love via bicycle, her dog.
Dislikes: Toxic chemicals, pollution, negativity.
Favorite Products: John Masters Sea Mist, and everything from Intelligent Nutrients, especially the Harmonic Shampoo & Conditioner.
Gina – Lead Stylist
Gina joined the Moko team in early 2014. With an educational background in Wella and Aveda, this Philadelphia native brings her expertise with curly hair, vintage styles, and up-dos along with a calming presence and awesome sense of humor. In addition, Gina has received CHI certification in advanced haircoloring techniques and excels in highlighting methods such as balayage and dimensional color placement. She loves working with clients’ natural texture to achieve the perfect look.
Likes: Horror movies, animals, sweaters, dancing, vintage clothing, taking long walks, arts and crafts.
Dislikes: Big egos, rain, reality tv.
Favorite Products: Intelligent Nutrients Shine Spray, John Masters Organics Argan Oil, Intelligent Nutrients Volumizing Foam.
Ashley – Lead Stylist
Ashley grew up outside Philadelphia and is truly passionate about hair. Trained at the Aveda Institute in Denver in 2010, she is always on top of the latest trends. Hair is her art: she loves the process of transforming someone from start to finish and making them feel great about themselves. Ashley has styled hair in several fashion shows for NYC Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, including Betsey Johnson & Reem Acra, as well as Bridal Fashion Week NYC and the Art Of Elysium Annual Gala in LA.
Likes: Sewing old band t-shirts to wear, traveling, Indian food, snowboarding, outdoor summer activities.
Dislikes: Driving in the snow, mushrooms.
Favorite Products: John Masters Argan Oil, Purley Perfect Foundation Creme, Hamadi Shea Cream.
Jackie – Lead Stylist
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Jackie joined the Moko team in March of 2013. Before she found her way to cosmetology, she earned a BA in English and MA in Speech Language Pathology from George Washington University in D.C. In search of a more creative career that better suited her social personality, she moved back to Philadelphia and attended the Jean Madeline Aveda Institute. At Moko, Jackie’s skillful color, cuts and precision blowouts, awesome attitude and sense of humor keep clients and coworkers smiling.
Likes: Bangs, pie, seashells, reading, traveling, Scrabble, autumn, roasting marshmallows.
Dislikes: Waiting for nail polish to dry, humidity, mosquitoes, slamming doors.
Favorite Products: Max Green Alchemy Shampoo & Conditioner, Hamadi Shea Spray.
Elise – Stylist
Elise is a recent graduate of Jean Madeline Aveda Institute and the newest member of the Moko team. After working as a dental hygienist in Rittenhouse for the past four years, she decided to pursue a career that allowed more creative expression. Her passion for helping people feel and look their best lead her in the direction of cosmetology. She is excited about the chance to learn from the skilled staff at Moko and kick start her new career.
Likes: Bike riding, dancing, hoop earrings, cheese plates, live music.
Dislikes: Waiting for the bus, breaking a nail, humidity, wastefulness.
Favorite Products: Purely Perfect, Intelligent Nutrients Spray-On Detangler.
Melissa – Front Desk Manager
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Samantha – Esthetician
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