Knaughty Staff

Billy began his career as a hair stylist in 1974 in Boston. After 4 years he returned to his native State of Maine and opened his first salon in Waterville; now known as People’s Salon & Spa. In 2000, he decided to try out the Portland market; in so splitting his time between 2 locations. In 2002, Billy and Melissa purchased the Portland establishment and renamed it Knaughty Hair Salon.

Throughout his career he has studied with many of the masters in the beauty profession, The Chadwicks, Jingles, Alan Benfield Bush, Tony & Guy, as well as many of the top educators at L’Oreal Professional. He continues to travel frequently to N.Y.C. attending workshops, as well as across the country and Europe. For several years Billy also served as a Senior Educator for ABBA, a professional care hair company, traveling around the country working many major trade shows; as well as educating others in the art of hair cutting, coloring, and finish work.

The beauty profession is a huge passion for Billy and he enjoys working with his clients to help them bring out their best and feel good about the way they look. On a personal note, Billy also runs and own The Pleasant Street Inn in Waterville and loves his two Jack Russell Terriers, Chauncey and Lucy.

Melissa (also known as Mercedes) has been in the hair industry for over 20 years. She started her profession at Matthew John in 1997.  Melissa is co-owner of Knaughty Hair Salon.  Melissa has been educated by Rusk, Tigi, Vidal Sassoon, Framesi and the latest, Loreal. She believes education is what makes a successful hair stylist to keep current and also to educate the person sitting in the chair.

When Melissa is not at the salon, she enjoys spending time with her two children.

specializes in both precision cutting and color with his artistic vision and enjoys working with clients to come up with styles individualized to their needs.  Justin always has a watchful eye on latest trends as they appear on the fashion scene.  He is always working on his technique and pushing the boundaries of hair.  He was apprenticed at Knaughty Salon by way of stylists who have mastered their skills through training at Academies such as Toni and /guy.  Whether he is styling a dream wedding or rock star hair of the Air Guitar circuit, he enjoys the medium and artistic expression.  If you are looking for contemporary cuts or a funky avante-garde style, you are sure to be pleased with the experience with Justin as well as the result. 

Ana has been a licensed esthetician since 2007, and has been involved in the beauty industry for almost 15 years. Formally of Paradiso Salon and Spa and also Fabu, Ana is extremely excited to be back with her team at Knaughty, as she originally worked with them almost 15 years ago!

Ana enjoys and provides a variety of skin care services, from full body waxing to customized facials, and especially enjoys providing makeup services for wedding parties. Ana's goal is to have you leave the salon feeling beautiful, pampered and renewed!


Adam Huntley,
the newest member of our team comes to us with over 30 years experience in the beauty business....more info to follow.


Tiana Thompson has been with us at Knaughty Hair for over a year....more info to follow.