Special Effects Hair Design of Annapolis, Maryland

About Us

For over 29 years, Special Effects Hair Design of Annapolis has been serving the greater Annapolis area. Our continued professional services in a warm and friendly environment make our salon unique -- an experience you will want to continue for a lifetime! We are there to provide you with the artistic and creative look you have been searching for. Whether you'd like just a cut and style, or a whole new you with color and highlights, we will be able to transform you as you please. Feel free to stop by and meet with us and discuss your future look.

We proudly use Keune color, and offer a wide variety of retail products, including Keune, Sebastian, Pureology, Brazilian Blowout, Big Sexy, Rusk, Matrix, and Biolage. We can also special order products based on your needs.

We have a small boutique of wonderful purses , gloves, scarves, pashimas and many other items including an incredible selection of jewelry. To make your day complete, come in and treat yourself to something special!


Special Effects takes great pride in the longevity of our stylists. Not only are they extremely talented, they have the unique bond of being together for many, many years!

Sally Roberts Russell

Born and raised in the Annapolis area, she brings a creative touch to hair that is untouchable. From her incredible razor cuts to her meticulous foiling and coloring, it's a pleasure to be in her chair. With 32 years of experience, and 25 with Special Effects, you can't go wrong!

Tracy Coleman Wilson

Our energizer! Tracy's enthusiasm in life transfers directly to her ability behind the chair. Her complete knowledge of coloring, perming and cutting are hard to match. From the wonderful greeting and consultation to the final snip of her scissors, you will be pampered and emerge looking fabulous. Tracy has 30 years of experience -- 27 years with us.

Kathy Schwink

From the moment you sit in her chair, you feel special. Kathy will cater your hair to your lifestyle to make you look incredible. Whether it's for a special occasion or everyday life, she can make your day happier through her abilities in cutting, coloring, and perming. After 29 years -- and 27 with us -- she can do whatever you need to feel and look beautiful!

Carol-Ann Adam

Class from head to toe! Her never-ending knowledge of product and the way it transforms your hair are outstanding. Her foiling, coloring and cutting skills are superb. She brings a sophisticated look to all her hair designs. Men's hair has never looked better. Carol-Ann has 23 years of experience -- the last 11 with us.

Julie Fowler 

Julie is the newest member of the Special Effects family! She joined us in April of this year. She loves all aspects of hair and specializes in coloring and special occasion hair styles. Julie has been doing hair since 1985. She even does roller sets!

Dawn Gobel

Dawn has been with the Special Effects family for 5 years! She is a certified hair color specialist, with additional expertise in custom coloring, Keratin Smoothing Treatments, specialized perms, and Great Lengths Hair Extensions. She has over 26 years of experience in the Annapolis area.

Terry Powell

Special Effects is thrilled to welcome Terry Powell into our family. Terry has been doing hair for over 25 years and still loves it! Her motto "keep growing, stay current and stay in the game!" She is certified in DEVA cuts, Keratin treatments and the Brazilian Blowout. Terry is Vidal Sassoon trained, loves up-do's, balayage and Pentura Beautiful Blonde Highlights! For a unique experience, she's the one!

Ellen Wells Taylor, Co-Owner and Stylist

Ellen enjoys hair of all types. She was trained in precision cuts and can master most any cowlick! She thoroughly enjoys coloring and highlighting, and loves people of all ages and the diversity that they bring to her career. Ellen has been doing hair for 39 years.

Deborah Lynn Durling, Co-Owner and Stylist

Raised in the greater Annapolis area, Debbie is our early bird! If you need a hair cut, color or perm before work, she is your stylist. Her 31 years of experience and her vision with hair are outstanding.

Susan Giddens

Our go-to girl! She is not a stylist, but other than hair, she does just about anything you need in the salon. Make appointments, order products, shampoo your hair, even order your lunch if need be. Just ask and Sue can do... Sue has been with us 20 years!

Sharon Shean

Sharon is our daytime shampoo tech. Once you experience one of her head massages and shampoos you will melt with relaxation, it's the start to a wonderful day at Special Effects!

Call us for your next appointment at 410.263.8266 or 410.266.0792.