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Denise McKinley is a hairstylist extraordinaire. With more than five years of expertise in the cosmetology industry, she is a woman to know in the realm of all things beauty.

Gaining her start as a mobile stylist while pursuing her undergraduate degree at The University of Georgia, Denise has been unstoppable since, providing the ultimate hair experience to her diverse clientele. After obtaining her B.B.A. in Economics, she went on to work as a hairstylist in various Atlanta area salons.

Feeling constrained by traditional salon structure, Denise knew she could venture out to take her talents further. This spark of motivation led her to open her own salon suite, Shear Fire Salon, in 2017. Servicing young, professional women, Denise noticed a growth in the salon’s bridal bookings. Shear Fire Salon operated for two years when she had another dose of inspiration and found a new passion.

Combining her love of bridal work and editorial beauty, this beauty professional delved into a new venture with her hair expertise. Creating ‘dayDREAMZ’, Denise is providing the ultimate hair experience for brides to look and feel their best on their big day. Knowing that hair serves as the crown of beauty, she is making it her mission to combine her passion of hair, a fun life, and travel into one.

Far from a rookie in the industry, her works have been showcased in multiple fashion shows like: A Walk for Water, International Fashion Week, Identities Xposed, Georgia Bridal and Wedding Expo.

When Denise isn’t making magic with her shears or collaborating with designers for shoots, she’s shining a light on mental health and artistic expression with her blog ‘Sight & Noise’ or servicing her community as a member of her local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. ®.

Her works far exceed the services she provides in the industry. She has created social campaigns like ‘Shear the Love’ in 2017, which featured a month of completing acts of kindness in celebration of her birthday during February.

Denise is constantly raising the bar for herself and the experiences she provides to women like you. To check out more of her work, visit the portfolio and dayDREAMZ blog.



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