Meet The Owner

Melissa A. Wilson

Owner/Principle Artist

My name is Melissa, and I’m the owner and principle artist at M.A.W.Beauty Hair & Makeup Studio. I love Jesus, the color pink, I’m obsessed with eyebrows, I love my chihuahua, and even though I’m a hair and makeup artist – I’m still a regular girl who does not have her hair and makeup done every day. I’ve experienced so many bad beauty services that served as major motivators in my decision to get my cosmetology license in 2004. During my years of training, I worked in many areas of the beauty industry – from behind the chair in independent and corporate salons, behind the makeup counter for Clinique, to beauty retail for consumers and professionals, to freelance artistry, and as an Independent Consultant with Arbonne International – leading me to open M.A.W.Beauty Hair & Makeup Studio. In addition to my beauty training, I also earned a Certificate in Marketing from CCRI in 2008.

In 2011, I opened M.A.W.Beauty with 2 simple goals in mind: to provide brides and clients with an unforgettable luxury beauty experience for one of the biggest days of their lives, or for everyday beauty services, and to create a bridal beauty business that truly caters to a multi-cultural clientele. Realizing that there was no on-location bridal beauty team that could truly cater to all hair textures and skin tones, I decided to put my passion for hair, makeup and business together to create M.A.W.Beauty Hair & Makeup Studio. Since the inception of M.A.W.Beauty Hair & Makeup Studio, I have been blessed with the opportunity to service many brides and their bridal parties, and I have had the pleasure of travelling nationally and internationally to create the perfect bridal beauty experience for destination weddings. I have also styled makeup for Style Week Northeast, Boston Fashion Week, and I provide beauty services for a number of professional photo shoots. In addition to bridal and photography work, I still enjoy taking everyday clients for services such as blowouts, wash and sets, haircuts, conditioning treatments, and makeup services.


M.A.W.Beauty Hair & Makeup Studio has been voted “Best of Weddings” by The Knot 2013 – 2018, and and also received the “Bride’s Choice Award” from Wedding Wire in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017. My work has been featured in publications such as Well Wed Magazine and Southern New England Weddings Magazine, and can also be seen on several blogs. I have also had the humbling experience of mentoring students from the MET School in Providence who aspire to enter the beauty industry upon graduation. One of my proudest moments in my career so far was providing hair and makeup for Senator Bernie Sanders during the 2016 Presidential Election. I’m constantly working hard and pushing myself to stay current on what’s new and next in the beauty industry. I love expanding my skill and knowledge through regular classes, workshops, seminars, and trade shows, and by learning from some of the industry’s top names.


I’d be honored to chat with you about your upcoming wedding or event, or about creating a look that is perfect for your every day life. Feel free to contact me. I look forward to bringing out the beauty in you.

Our Studio

Simple. Modern. Clean. Chic. Elegant.

Those are some of the words that describe M.A.W.Beauty Hair & Makeup Studio. Opening our doors in 2011, we quickly grew from a one room, 530 square foot space to over 1,800 square feet of pure feminine beauty bliss. M.A.W.Beauty Hair & Makeup Studio is unlike any other beauty studio – combining beauty, fashion and photography under one roof. We truly work to provide a unique beauty experience for all events – whether it be a first date, your wedding day, special event, job interview, or basic everyday pampering. Our clients are busy ladies – lawyers, doctors, teachers, students, entrepreneurs, mothers – who want to look their best for all of life’s events. They understand quality, and invest in it. And they value the luxury of being pampered and treating themselves to a little TLC.  Like us, they enjoy the finer things in life – good times spent with loved ones, exploring the world, natural beauty, self care, and sometimes, simple solitude from their everyday hustle and bustle. M.A.W.Beauty Hair & Makeup Studio is the perfect escape.


Our luxury beauty studio is a true pioneer in Rhode Island – offering an array of specialty services – blending together to create the perfect mix under one roof. At our core, we are hair and makeup artists – licensed and professional – offering services such as updos, blowouts, makeup artistry, and eyebrow shaping. We also teach beauty classes for the everyday woman and beauty professionals. We offer boudoir photography in our private photography room – partnering with the best boudoir, fashion and wedding photographers in the area. And we offer one of a kind vintage jewelry finds and luxury bridal consignments in our private boutique. We understand that when all eyes are on you, you need to look your best – and we are here to help.


M.A.W.Beauty Hair & Makeup Studio is the perfect place for a little pampering – whether solo or with a group of your best girlfriends – we truly are a girl’s playground.