KBB, LogoKalena's Beautiful Beginnings

345 Cobb Pkwy S • Marietta, GA 30060 • (678) 324-6993

Our Team

We know you come through our doors because you expect the best. That's why it's been our mission to provide you with the best possible experience every time you walk through our door.

Our staff participates in regular continuing education and training to ensure they grow and evolve with the latest styles, trends, and techniques. Our clients can be confident that they will be treated with respect and get the special attention they deserve at KBB.

We aim to please at KBB to be pampering our clients and making sure they know they are our #1 priority!

Kalena Duru

Owner | Lead Stylist

 

Kalena Duru

A third-generation hairdresser, Kalena Duru grew up in her maternal aunt’s hair salon in Cove City, North Carolina, where she was kept busy shampooing clients in her teens. After relocating to metro-Atlanta, Duru earned her cosmetologist license to better further her training. She landed an apprenticeship at the prestigious MTU Hair Gallery in Atlanta in 2006. After 7 years of training and work experience, she opened Kalena's Beautiful Beginnings Hair Salon, a full-service, color-based salon in the heart of her neighborhood in Marietta, Georgia.

Kalena says, “I created KBB with the vision that your experience with your hair should always be a positive one. I enjoy collaborating with clients to provide the look they want to achieve. I have a strong understanding of the many different hair types and welcome new ones. Personalizing every cut and color I create is my specialty.”

When she's not busy at the salon, she spends her time caring for her lovely family: husband, IK, handsome, cherub-cheeked son, Levi and newborn beautiful baby girl, Meroë!  You can also catch her singing her heart out with Cobb county's Eagle's Nest Church praise team. 

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Halima Sabour

Elite Stylist | Instructor | Talent Recruiter

Halima Sabour

Halima Sabour strives with determination to be one of the top leading names in the Beauty industry with her eccentric, cutting edge but classic style as a hairstylist and makeup artist. As the Assistant Manager and Make-up Director of Studio E-lan Salon and Day Spa, located in Washington, DC, she brings over 16 years of experience as both a licensed cosmetologist and instructor - and a certified MAC Make-up Artist.

Graduating from Bennett Career Institute in 1995, Halima has been on a mission to advance her education with the leading names in the industry. She has attended Color and Cutting technique classes with Paul Mitchell Systems, Toni and Guy, Rusk, Wella, Goldwell, Biologe, Sebastian Products, and Logic Color.

Halima is a certified specialist in coloring, cutting, and hair illusion, as well as a Relaxer Specialist by Avlon, and Design Essential products. When it comes to education, there are no limits; she also attended seminars on Salon Business Practices and Improving Salon Management.

Throughout her career as a stylist, she has done numerous photo and video shoots with many well known photographers and videographers. She has been featured in several magazines such as Black Sophisticated Hair, Black Passion and Mazaar.

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Kenyatta Carpenter
Master Stylist

Kenyatta Carpenter

Beaming blonde bombshell, Kenyatta Nicole, was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in the St. Paul, Minnesota. She ultimately relocated to Georgia in 2008 – and we’re thrilled that she gave up the snow & the Honeycrisp Apple for the juicy Georgia peach! 

As a child Kenyatta always showed a passion for the beauty industry – cutting and styling hair for friends and family, spending her allowance on mannequin heads and spending her free time visiting local salons to watch local stylists in action.   Kenyatta turned her childhood love and devotion for beauty - into a career when she pursued studies – and ultimately secured a Master’s Cosmetologist Degree from Empire Beauty School (Kennesaw, GA).

From quick & casual salons like SuperCuts™, where she gained a love for cut & color, to Emanuel Cuts & Salon where she further honed her skills - Kenyatta has a passion for giving back. She firmly believes that sharing gifts and talents with others can be more valuable than donating money.  In keeping with that belief, she provides services / volunteers with the WOW® Conference and Saving Our Daughters™ annual Glam Day.  Kenyatta also provides volunteer services at several local teen homeless shelters and senior living centers.

Kenyatta always keeps up with the latest trends and styles – without sacrificing the health of your hair.  Her motto is, "You have to be healthy from the inside out!”  Kenyatta understands that a client’s health greatly impacts EVERYTHING about you, the client – so your hair, skin & nail health can show signs of stress or disease before you realize it.  She specializes in natural hair care and styling. 

Client education is also key for Kenyatta.  She pledges that – as a client – when you leave the salon, you will leave with extensive knowledge about all products used on your hair during your visit, helpful tips for at-home hair-maintenance and aftercare – but – she guarantees that you’ll also leave looking and feeling more beautiful than when you walked in.

When Kenyatta isn’t here at the salon – or volunteering, you’ll find her watching movies, hanging out with her husband and three boys, usually watching them play basketball and football. 

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Leah Morgan

Master/Elite  Stylist | Make-up Artist

 

Leah Morgan

Leah is the youngest on our team but her work speaks for itself.

Leah was born in Indianapolis Indiana and moved to Atlanta in 2001 with her family. As a young child Leah would pick up a barbie doll and began to braid as if it was nothing. Right then, she knew she was destined to be in the beauty industry.

Leah then attended Mceachern Highschool where she took a cosmetology course to get the ball rolling. In High school, Leah grew an interest for Makeup. She would do her friends faces for prom and school activities.

In 2013 Leah thought she would go to College but God’s Plan took her directly to beauty school.

In the 2014 she enrolled to Empire Beauty school and her talent really took flight. Hair was just a Hobby to Leah but now its a passion.

Leah Graduated Empire with Honors and was accepted the award for student of year for 2014.

Today Leah wishes to be the go to celebrity stylist/makeup artist to the Stars. Her dream gigs are fashion shows and photoshoot cause she feels that where her creativity is at its peak. Leah’s Hair and Makeup skills not only have a classic look to it but you will feel like yourself. If you dont believe us, just sit in her chair!

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Melanie Ashley

Custom Wig Maker

 

Melanie Ashley 

Melanie is a rarity.  In this city of transplants - it's unusual to find an Atlantan that was actually born & raised in Atlanta. But rare and unusual are also adjectives that one can use to describe Melanie's amazing talent for hair.

Melanie has loved doing hair since she was a kid. She is a graduate of the Vogue Beauty Academy in Kennesaw, Georgia. Custom wig making and hair replacements are among her specialties.

She has a love for wig making that is undeniable. Melanie specializes in customized wigs for on-the-go moms, busy corporate women, those who have lost their hair due to illnesses such as alopecia or cancer treatments - or women who simply enjoy the freedom and versatility a great wig can provide. .

When she's away from the salon - you'll most likely find Melanie gaming while chowing down on a bowl of pasta.  Melanie looks forward to meeting you and creating a life long relationship with you and your hair.

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Nikita Williams

Rising Star Stylist | Master Stylist

 


Nikita hails from a family of hair professionals. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, she is a proud student of The Paul Mitchell School of Atlanta. Nikita prides herself on providing anyone who sits in her chair with an experience to remember. Nikita's career resume consists of color, extension techniques, cuts, and overall hair care. She's edgy, but always professional and her passion for education keeps her seeking new trends, allowing her the ability to execute the hottest styles with skilled efficiency and precision.

Beauty is Power; a smile is its sword. John Ray

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Rowena 'Rina' Manuel

Master Stylist

 


Born in Michigan, but raised in Buffalo, New York, Rina is a groundbreaking graduate of the Paul Mitchell School in Tysons Corner, Virginia. After graduation she relocated to Atlanta, Georgia and we’re thrilled to have her here with us!

Rina’s a passionate hairstylist who specializes in healthy hair – hair CARE is her first priority. Her goal is to make clients look and feel beautiful – building confidence. She’s always striving to become a better hairstylist by continuing education, keeping up with the latest cuts and styling trends and developing her own personal ideas – so she can ultimately continue to perfect her techniques and give clients her ‘all.’

Rina believes the key to a healthy hair journey is, first and foremost, a thorough consultation. This allows her to educate the client about their specific hair type and their hair and scalp needs – and to build a client-specific hair care regime to help them reach their hair goals. She’s committed to working with her clients to ensure healthy, fabulous looking hair!

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Ashley Graves

Junior Stylist

 

Ashley Graves

Ashley was born and raised in Norfolk, VA. She Relocated to Atlanta in 2011 to follow her dreams of becoming a hairstylist. Hair has been a passion of hers since the age of 9. She is a graduate of Empire Beauty School in Kennesaw, GA.

Ashley believes that doing hair is within her and that is where her signature brand of Hair DNA came about. Ashley is now officially KBB salon’s new rising star to be on the lookout for!!! Ashley restarted her hair career at KBB as an assistant thru the assistant program and is so excited about her new journey. Now offering more versatility and options to our services that are provided at KBB Salon.

Ashley has worked at salons like Salon 19, Fusion Beauty Bar & Kalons Beauty Bar. Ashley has been known for her great art of braiding for more than 5 years within the Atlanta area and we are glad to have her apart of the team. Her goal is to take the natural beauty her client has and taking it to another level thru protective styling and much more!

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Kennedy Marie Young

Master Stylist 

Kennedy Marie YOung

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