“Hello, I am Ann. Humbly serving the great people in Shawano and the surrounding areas.
I am a mother of five beautiful children, 12 grandchildren, and owner of Pure Essence Salon & Spa. Years of experience have been beneficial in helping me understand the importance of taking care of yourself, both inside and out. I believe in balance: Love, service, rest, work, play and worship.
I have been in the beauty industry for 40+ years and have incorporated the holistic approach to beauty and wellness. I have a passion for learning and because I believe knowledge is key, this knowledge allows me to customize every service. I specialize in facials that target anti-aging techniques and acne along with full body waxing. My goal is to create a personal, one of a kind experience for each guest individually.
When I am not in the spa, you will often see me outside enjoying the sun, preferably on the water, spending time with my beautiful family, or on the back of our Harley taking in God‘s masterpiece.
Audrey Hepburn one said, “As you grow older, you will discover you have two hands: one for helping yourself and one for helping others.” I invite you to experience some moments of health and wellness with me. Click the link below to visit my Instagram account @aveda.ann & view some of my work.”
“Hi friend! I’m Ashley, born and raised here & proudly serving this great city of Shawano.
As a business owner who loves to both work & play hard, I know how important it is to take care of yourself. My chair is a place you can feel relaxed & special.
I have been a stylist since 2005 & immediately found my home here at Pure Essence. I love the women I work with. The energy & camaraderie we have here is what makes this a dream job.
I specialize in all things hair color. From grey coverage to low maintenance blonde – I believe in hair color that fits your lifestyle. I often describe myself as “vanilla” as I’m drawn to things classic & timeless – building on the natural beauty God gave each of us.
When I’m not at work I love to soak up the summer sun at a Brewer game, sing my heart out at a local karaoke spot or travel to new places! I would love to swap stories with you & hear about your adventures!
I invite you to click the link below to visit my Instagram account to see my work & learn more about myself as a stylist. I can’t wait to meet you!”
“I have been a licensed stylist since 2001. I have been working with Aveda since 2007 at Pure Essence Salon & Spa. My passions include color, perms, men’s women’s & kids cuts. I also love to do pedicures & manicures, Shellac manicures, brow & lip waxing, foot reflexology & body treatments. In my spare time I love spending time with my son, family & friends. Outside of haircare, I enjoy gardening, camping & basketball. I also like traveling Wisconsin to see all the beautiful sights of this great state.”
“I started at Pure Essence Salon & Spa in 2013 after attending Paul Mitchell The School Green Bay. I enjoy hair coloring, men’s & women’s haircuts as well as styling. I also do makeup and brow microblading at the salon. I love getting to know my guests and helping them to feel beautiful & refreshed. In my spare time I enjoy being with my husband & two boys (Liam & Lincoln), going to concerts, shopping and family get togethers.”
Stylist – Currently on Maternity Leave
“I started at Pure Essence in March of 2018. I am very passionate about the beauty industry and love making all of my guests feel beautiful on the inside and out. Some of my favorite things to do are spend time with my family, pet dogs (or any animal) and go camping.”
“Hey there, Gorg! I am Destinee, a born and raised Wisconsinite with no intent of leaving this beauty… Despite the winters.
As a mama of four, including twins, I am a walking advocate of how important it is to feel beautiful, heard and relaxed in an environment that is stress-free. I want you to leave feeling refreshed, unique and more confident than ever before.
I have been in the industry since 2013, though it feels like a lifetime as I followed in some family footsteps. I love blonding services as well as spa treatments and enjoy expanding my knowledge in all things beauty at least two times annually.
When I’m not in the salon, I am often caught spending time soaking up the summer rays by the water, creating memories with my ever so large extended family, or challenging myself with a DIY project that usually takes up most of winter.
I invite you to click the link below & follow my work as a stylist because gorgeous hair is always in season!”
“Hello beautiful soul, I’m Star! I am the Jack of all trades here at Pure Essence Salon & Spa. Working with my guests to create unique looks that will leave you feeling refreshed and gorgeous. From blunt bobs dyed dark to long rainbow locks with undercuts, I’ve colored and cut it all in my 15 years behind the chair.
I am also all about the pampering for my guest from body treatments, to reflexology, to lashes; I can help you relax and let your soul glow! I am a certified lash artist as well as an Aveda color master.
When I am not working my magic here at the salon, I am with my beautiful family hiking or doing yoga while hugging a tree and picking up rocks!
I invite you to please check out my instragram @avedaglowbystar to see some of my work and to book your appointment. I look forward to meeting you soon! Love & light, namaste 🙌🏻”
New Talent Stylist
“Hi! I’m Kennedy, born & raised in Gresham. As much as I loved living & working in the Arizona weather, Wisconsin has a special place in my heart.
I may look young, but I have been doing hair for a handful of years now. My fresh approach will help get you out of your hair rut. I especially enjoy helping my guests manage a color & cut that fits with their lifestyle.
When I’m not in the salon you will see my natural red head bobbing around the mall shopping or spending time with my family. I also enjoy dancing, singing & listening to music because music is medicine for the soul!
Family is everything to me! By finding my home at Pure Essence, I’m excited to meet & serve guests who will become an extension of my family.
To see my work & book an appointment with me visit the link below.”
Esthetician/Massage Therapist/Reiki Master
“I started at Pure Essence Salon & Spa in April of 2017 after graduating from The Academy of Beauty Professionals in Green Bay. Two years later I finished schooling for massage at Blue Sky in Green Bay. I’m trained in Cranial Sacral Therapy & Reiki and specialize in relaxation massage, custom facials, dermaplaning and body waxing. When I’m not at work you can find me with my 2 kids, 2 dogs & 2 cats – cooking & drinking some wine.”
Massage Therapist/Reiki Level 1
“I graduated NWTC’s Therapeutic Massage program in 2016 and started at Pure Essence Salon & Spa in the fall of 2017. I enjoy helping others & making them feel better. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family & friends as well as cooking & baking. I also enjoy singing and listening to music.”
“I went to school at Sister Rosalind’s School of Massage in West St. Paul, MN. I have been a Licensed and Certified Massage Therapist since January 2009. I worked at Pure Essence from July 2013-March 2020, took a brief hiatus and returned in August of 2021. What I love about massage is that there are so many different modalities. I love learning different techniques. My favorite massage modalities are Swedish and Hot Stone. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.”
“I have been working at Pure Essence Salon & Spa since February of 2021. My daughter Anika, is a stylist here and I love working together. Some of my favorite things to do are cooking & baking, playing volleyball and taking my dog Rocky, for walks.”