Cofounders Audrey & Diane met at a Philadelphia salon in 2002, finding in each other a partnership that propels them both to the top of their fields. They believe that diversity in talent & style helps create an atmosphere for true expression & learning.


Audrey Traum

Owner & Stylist

As a professional stylist for over 16 years, Audrey helps clients envision and develop their own unique style. She has a keen ability to understand her client's vision and interpret it into strong visual elements. From a conservative bob to an outrageous rainbow mohawk, she does it all!

When not at Modify, you can find Audrey participating in educational classes for hair and for business, styling hair for photo shoots or just walking around enjoying her hometown of Philly. Music, street fashion and traveling are critical sources of inspiration in her development as an artist.


Diane Precht

Owner & Stylist

Philadelphia native Diane Precht brings an artistic vibe to her work as a master stylist and co-owner of Modify: The Hair Art Studio.  Diane launched her career in hair and beauty over 15 years ago, with a strong focus in theater as a production stylist for the Academy of Music, Forrest and Merriam Theaters in Philadelphia. 

In addition to a theater career, Diane's experience spans from platform artistry to salon management to trend stylist.  Her talent as a beauty and fashion professional helps clients explore their beauty through her expertise in luxurious hair extensions and the latest celebrity styles.

Diane received her Cosmetology Teacher's License from Paul Mitchell Academy and also studied at the Wella Institute and the Fashion Institute of Design in Los Angeles, California.  Diane currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband Greg and their two children.


Linde May

Manager & Stylist

Linde started her career in the hair industry 14 years ago. She considers herself a sculptor at heart and enjoys the technical and artistic aspects of haircutting. She believes communication and education are key to getting a good haircut and enjoys working closely with her clients to achieve their goals. She is a firm believer that hair is best maintained by client education. Linde is thrilled to join the team at Modify so she can continue her education, expand her service repertoire and service her clientele in a more intimate and fun environment. Linde's haircutting services include; men's professional, fades, scissor cuts, dry cuts, razor cuts, curly hair, women's cuts.


Kat Knepp


Kat Knepp brings 9 years of experience as a licensed cosmetologist to Modify. During this time, she has focused on continuing education and a professional work ethic, making her a trend setting, precise, and popular stylist. She has filled salons with her bright spirit from Davis, CA to New Orleans, LA. In NOLA, she helped grow the Rocket Science Beauty Bar from a small speakeasy-type salon to a full service bustling business catering to a diverse on trend clientele. Her speed and precision in hair cutting, paired with the creativity and passion found in NOLA, has molded her into a talented and artistic hairdresser. She recently relocated to Philadelphia in search of new professional challenges and a community of open-minded artists. If you like cats, science fiction, and freakin' great hair, she is the hairdresser for you!








School was eastern center for arts and technology 2005-2007 

Favorite hair to do is men's cuts and extensions.

Favorite brands are Paul Mitchell and Kevin Murphy.

Find inspiration through social media and magazines.




Meera believes deeply that feeling at home in your hair is vital to leading a happy, productive lifestyle. That being said, one person can have many homes, and she ensures that each of her clients feel free to "redecorate." Meera's education at an organic salon, and subsequent apprenticeship at an alternative salon gave her a fundamental understanding of both ends of the spectrum, and how and where they may meet. Her knowledge of textiles, garment-making, and painting feed her passion for the soft sculpture medium we call hair. Meera loves the process as much as the product, especially off-kilter colors, hair "tattoos", bangs of all shapes and textures, and color correction. More than anything, she values finding out who her clients are, and who they want to be. Helping her clients feel like their best, most powerful selves is the only way to medicate her self-diagnosed Fairy Godmother Complex.