Dani trained for her cosmetology license at Paul Mitchell in Danbury and in 2005 started styling hair in Westport, where she grew up. Her passion for hair is universal, including building the structure for an updo, though she is particularly fascinated by the creative side of coloring hair. Depending on what you want the results to be and the technique and the tool used, she thinks hair color possibilities are endless. The most rewarding part of her job is making a woman feel the best ever when she walks out the door.
Elena moved to the US from Romania when she was six and immediately was captivated by the beauty she saw and everything that went into creating it. Her training and certification are from Christian Valmy and Renasci Academy with extensive follow-up at Wella, L’Oreal, and Framesi. Elena is the go-to person for au courant styles that she especially likes to use for photo shoots and fashion shows. She is a makeup artist and likes to use her incredible eye for color to add bright peek-a-boo highlights on long hair for an edgy look.
Ewa studied economics as a college student in Poland before moving to the States in 1990 and deciding to join her sister who was training at the National Academy of Hairdressing. As an experienced stylist, her talents run the gamut. Whether a client wants a natural, carefree look, a more dramatic updo using extensions, or simply an expert blow out, Ewa is never tired of doing hair. Her thoughts on color lean toward the “simple is always good” school of thought—something that is not too hard on the hair so it stays nice and healthy.
Jennifer Polito, LMT
Jennifer graduated from the Healing Hands Institute in New Jersey and has been a licensed massage therapist in Connecticut since 2004. Her passion for massage therapy is grounded in the belief that it acts as an emotional and spiritual form of stress management as well as a physical aid for aching muscles and joints. Jennifer specializes in Swedish, deep tissue, sports, myofascial release, reflexology, acupressure, hot stone, and aroma therapy.
John trained with salon educators in California and London following studies at Beauty Tech in Stamford. Out of all that, it’s the London experience that has had the most impact on his work in salons in Greenwich over the last 20 years. John also teaches at the SoNo Academy in Norwalk, using the frequent demonstrations by leading hair care companies to help his students, and clients, stay current on the latest techniques, products, and styles. John specializes in easy-care, low-maintenance cuts and color, saying: it’s the kind of hair that can be worn down and loose; hair that takes care of itself.
Nicole moved to Connecticut in 2013 from Texas where she was a platform artist for Rusk professional hair care products for the past six years. Fortunately for Christopher Noland, she is able to schedule her appointments in Greenwich around the dates of the two or three expos she attends each year as an educator. At those shows, Nicole teaches other professionals about the latest techniques and hair styles, sharing recent changes in hair coloring and new ways to use old standbys like clippers. (She says they make a great replacement for scissors—and they’re faster too.) Nicole does cut and color and everything else, including keratin treatments that reduce frizz and can cut drying time in half.
Quinn graduated from the International Academy of Hair Design in Daytona Beach and trained and worked in Florida as a colorist and stylist for several years following that. As a frequent student at Wella classes, she is adept at the math and chemistry of individual color formulations and has an uncanny ability to keep treated hair looking perfectly natural—a complementary highlight to skin tone and eye color. Quinn especially likes classic, simple, casual styles that are easy to maintain where she can tweak the tones to keep things interesting.
Zuzana started out teaching special needs children in Slovakia and then English as a second language when she moved to the US. Before long, however, she decided to turn her passion for beauty into a career and took courses at Norwalk Community College and at Christian Valmy, becoming a licensed esthetician in 2006. Zuzana is committed to making your skin look beautiful—and you look younger.
Otto came to the States from Brazil where he had trained for two years and was licensed as a hair stylist. His love of hair runs in the family: three of his siblings are stylists, including the one who owns the shop where he first started working. Otto likes Greenwich because women here appreciate hair styles that can be both simple and grand; fashionable like New York City but more conservative. Otto works side by side with Christopher as his apprentice.
Guest Services and Support
Alexandra handles the front desk and positively enjoys meeting a lot of people. She also likes keeping things organized and helping everyone out so the day runs smoothly. Alexandra’s usually the voice on the phone that reminds you of your appointment the day before you’re scheduled to come in.
Judy came to the States from Honduras in 1996 and has worked in several hair salons as an assistant ever since—she credits this as one of the ways she has learned English. Judy’s shampoos are like a relaxing massage, loosening tight scalp muscles so you feel soothed. The cool water rinse she likes to use after your shampoo will leave you feeling refreshed.
Nicole, a Greenwich native and Greenwich High School grad, loves communicating with people and has always wanted to do something with hair. As the receptionist at Christopher Noland, she has the best of both worlds. Though she spends most of her time helping our guests, Nicole says she also is learning a lot about hair.
Paula studied at the Brio Academy, is a junior makeup artist—though she also plans to master blow drying hair. She sees both techniques as ways to make clients feel pampered and pretty. Paula often is the person who massages your scalp and helps you relax when your hair is washed.
Sonia the matriarch of the salon, comes from the Philippines where she learned all there is to know about manicures and pedicures. Sonia likes taking the extra time to smooth any calluses and soften cuticles so her clients walk away feeling both beautiful and better. Because nail polish dries out the nails, Sonia recommends removing it the day before a manicure and generously lubricating the nails.