- Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee
Maria is a beauty, DIY and lifestyle blogger. As a wife, mother and entrepreneur, she understands the stress of balancing it all. Maria grew up an only child to a single mother in St. Louis, Missouri, and was always learning how to help her mom out around the house. To keep herself busy, Maria enrolled in lots of courses and learned different skills. After going to college and working a corporate job, she decided to follow her dreams and become a cosmetologist. As a textured hair expert, Maria has braided and styled hair for a host of celebrities and models, and her work has appeared everywhere from The Lifetime Network to global campaigns. After working as a stylist for years, Maria launched a digital imprint that grew to a reach of over 350K. She then decided to expand her brand from just hair to DIY and lifestyle. She currently resides in Tennessee with her husband and her "crafter in training" son, Garrison.