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.
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.
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.
Anthony is a San Antonio transplant, having trained there and worked at a Paul Mitchell studio before becoming one of the company’s instructors. He’s passionate about hair because it’s always changing and evolving, particularly when it comes to hair color and the ability to achieve a more organic-looking effect. Being closer to the New York photo-shoot action is a plus but he also returns to Texas to try out new colors and styles on his grandmother, who’s benefited from his talents since he was fourteen.
Javier trained at the Paul Mitchell school in San Antonio and went on to become a skills specialist in the company’s teaching program. There he needed to know the most updated procedures on everything from cutting and coloring to creating texture—the fine art of perms, relaxers, blowing, curling, and straightening. Though he started out interested in dance, he was drawn to work with hair because it’s an atmosphere of beauty, helping people feel great about the way they look.
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.
Paige grew up in Norwalk and loved doing makeup and hair for friends as far back as middle school, but she only decided to make hair her career after hearing students explain what they learned at the SoNo Academy. So that’s where she trained, followed by several years of experience in Greenwich. Paige finds color fascinating because with new techniques like freehand painting, it’s possible to pick and choose where the wispy effects of lightness and darkness will go.
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.
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.