Member Monday: Karen Anne Vinson

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Karen Anne Vinson, hair stylist/colorist extraordinaire who inhabits the sort of energy that glows from across the room.  I was lucky enough to get my hair colored by her recently (she saved me from rootmaggedon) and not only did she do it in record time (miracle), the result was flawless.  During that session, I got the chance to hear her story about the brave launch of an at-home hair color product into which she has poured an honorable amount of hard work and creativity.  And, it wasn't just the intelligence of her brand that got my attention, it was the risk she was taking in launching it into the world.  Visibility.  Vulnerability.  Courage.  Fortitude.  Service.  Check her (and it) out.   

Karen's Bio:



  • The first Texan to qualify as a Board Certified Master Hair Colorist, a national distinction achieved by few in her field.
  • Currently one of only 10 hair colorists in the Houston area to hold that certification.
  • Founded Blondie’s Hair Studio and grew the location until 2001 when she opened her private salon in Houston.
  • Founder of the Houston LoVE Project- philanthropic endeavor to raise awareness about Human Trafficking.
  • Karen Anne makes a mean grilled cheese sandwich!


One of her proudest moments was placing second in the American Board of Certified Hair colorists speed foil competition (by one foil!). Articles featuring Karen Anne’s words of wisdom can be found in numerous industry magazines including Modern Salon and Salon News. When Karen Anne isn’t shaping (and coloring) the future of her industry, she serves on the Board of Directors for Friends of Mandell Park, is a member of the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce and is an alumnus of Leadership Houston Class XXIX. Karen Anne was listed among the Women of Excellence in 2010 by the Professional Referral Organization of Women where she also previously served as Board President.  

Big Dreams

Upgrade home hair color to salon quality. Hike the NaPali Coast.


When the economic downturn hit, and clients began asking for help coloring their hair at home, Karen Anne recognized the need for a high quality at-home custom hair coloring system without the expensive salon price tag.  Founded Della Ricca Hair Color, a professional quality home hair color product, in April 2011. Her mission is to educate her clients about hair coloring at home and provide them with a professional-grade hair color, custom blended to fit individual clients’ needs.
Karen Anne Vinson is a professional hair colorist who brings more than 25 years of hair color experience to her leadership at Della Ricca Hair Color.


"Life is a Verb"

What makes you, Karen, feel strong?

Always exploring.