Our Team at the Galleria

Visit Dolce Vita Salon at TYSONS GALLERIA, to find familiar, talented, caring, and hard-working individuals with diverse life experiences and a singular purpose: To help you look and feel beautiful. We are very excited about our beautiful new location here–and even more excited to meet you. We are absolutely delighted the vast majority of your favorite stylists remain ready to serve you in the same elegant surroundings. Take a look. We are certain you will find a favorite stylist who is just right for you.

Jean Paul Achour

Founder | CEO


  • Women’s Cut  105
  • Color 95+
  • Highlights | Balayage  200+

With 25 years experience in hair design and color, our Executive Stylist takes the lead in color design. His trend-setting hairstyles complement one’s look and personality as he implements the latest techniques in dimensional color, Balayage and Free-hand cutting. He maintains a limited yet solid book of patrons that extend from students and moms to corporate executives and politicians. “Style works it’s way from the inside out. My ideal as an artist is to construct a look for each guest that will mirror and reflect their inner style. My work will also enhance their best features and compliment their life-style enabling them to look effortlessly beautiful.”

Jean Paul opened the original DOLCE VITA SALON & SPA in downtown McLean, VA in 2003 so you may enjoy the “good life”.  He acquired the second DOLCE VITA SALON location at TYSONS GALLERIA in late 2015 thereby  expanding the DOLCE VITA brand and taking it into new heights.

Now accepting new clients at Galleria Location only.


Claudia Birkahn

Executive Stylist & American Board Certified Colorist
Business Development Advisor

  • Women’s Cut  105
  • Color & Glaze  145+
  • Highlights | Balayage  200+
  • Men’s Cut  75

Claudia is an American Board Certified hair colorist and executive stylist with more than 20 years industry experience. A founding stylist of the former Salon Bleu, established 2003, Claudia has been a critical team member, integrating and solidifying the Dolce Vita brand in Tyson’s Galleria.

Deep passion for artistic styles, radiant colors and client service attract an impressive following that includes some of Washington’s more prominent personalities. Claudia’s work has been featured in numerous publications including Capitol File magazine.

Claudia is a firm believer in hair health, providing all clients with the appropriate KÉRASTASE treatment in order to maintain high hair integrity. Understanding the value of continuing industry and professional education, Claudia has earned diplomas and certifications covering a broad range of hair styling, extension systems, keratin treatments and coloring techniques.

This tireless dedication to high-end service standards, product and industry knowledge has led to numerous invitational engagements in New York and Los Angeles, participating in trade shows and continuing education classes. Claudia has also been sponsored by Wella’s TrendVision Awards, traveling to Berlin, Munich, Barcelona, England, Portugal and Italy on their behalf.

Claudia looks forward to guiding you on your hair journey to discover your perfect style, color and look.

“Hairdressing is my passion, and making people feel good is my promise” -Claudia Birkhan

Sara Kim

Executive Stylist & Colorist
@hairbysarakim #hairbysarakim

  • Women’s Cut  105
  • Color  105+
  • Highlights 210+ | Balayage  225+
  • Men’s Cut  75

Sara is an executive stylist, holding a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from George Mason University. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Sara is constantly engaging in continuing education to keep on top of cutting edge hair and color trends.

Versatility in technique, styling and client needs serve as one of Sara’s guiding principles. Her wide array of talents include cuts, relaxers, and keratin treatments, Sara’s true passion is color. Her stunning bayalage work and gift for color corrections have generated significant buzz across DC social media. Organic creativity and strong expertise in all shades of blonde—especially cool blondes—has proven Sara to be a true color artist.

Sara loves taking on any challenge, and finds fulfillment in working with clients to transform hair without compromising its integrity. Sara’s top priorities in hair care: keeping hair healthy and maintaining its natural shine and bounce.

Describing Sara as passionate about this industry, her clients and her work is an understatement. Her focus, dedication and laser-like attention to detail have led some to label Sara a perfectionist. We, at Dolce Vita, think that’s a good thing.

Sara is here to help you achieve the look and style you’ve been searching for, while nourishing your hair to optimal brilliance and health.

“My goal is to customize and create a hairstyle that brings out the beauty in each individual and makes my clients look and feel their best.” -Sara Kim


Executive Stylist


  • Women’s Cut  115
  • Treatment Cut  160
  • Men’s Cut  115
  • Blow Dry & Style  55+

In his 20 years of hair cutting experience, Hunter has been both stylist and educator in London and Scottsdale, AZ. Hunter has been part of several notable salons including Vidal Sassoon, Klinger Advanced Aesthetics, and the Salon and Spa at Saks Fifth Avenue. We are very glad to feature him with us at Dolce Vita Salon in Tysons Galleria. Hunter collaborates with our colorists to provide outstanding customer service, in our 5 Star setting, for all DC area women as well as his high profile clientele. “My goal is to make every woman feel fabulous, attractive, and sexy.” -Hunter

Irene Liberman

Executive Stylist &  Colorist


  • Women’s Cut  95
  • Color  95+
  • Highlights | Balayage  170+
  • Men’s Cut  75

Irene is a Master Stylist and Color Specialist, whose exceptional vision, and vast technical skills, have developed for over 25 years at top salons in major metropolitan areas including Moscow and Washington, DC. Her level of mastery enables Irene to provide personalized service of the highest quality to her clients. Prior to joining Dolce Vita Salon, Irene was part of the Salon and Spa at Saks Fifth Avenue, where she consistently earned their SUPERSTAR Award, a recognition that is reserved for the top 1% of nationwide talent. Irene is very excited to now be part of the Dolce Vita team. Outside of the salon, Irene nurtures her artistic talents by painting oil on canvas and her works have been showcased in various art exhibitions. “My goal is to make sure my clients feel confident and attractive. I love seeing them happy with the way they look.” – Irene Liberman

Allie Rowland

Master Stylist

  • Women’s Cut  105+
  • Men’s Cut  95
  • Blow Dry & Style  55+

For 20 years Allie has loved cutting, and styling her clients’ hair. After 17 years with Vidal Sassoon, she joined the former Salon Bleu, now Dolce Vita Salon. Allie’s commitment to extensive education on the art of cutting hair gives her vast flexibility. Whether your hair is short, long, thin, or thick; Allie is your girl! Her cutting techniques can satisfy a range of styles, from the picture perfect Sassoon bob to a shattered A-symmetrical shag. She certainly has a way with her shears where the hair has no option but to bend to her will. She is also one who really enjoys cutting men’s hair. “It makes me happy to make you happy. Come see me and you’ll see what I’m talking about :)” – Allie Rowland



Master Stylist

  • Women’s Cut 85+
  • Color 95+
  • Highlights 155+
  • Blow Dry & Style 60+

Mona brings more than 20 years of industry experience to Dolce Vita Salon as a master stylist. Color correction, balayage, highlights and keratin treatments are where Mona’s passion lies.

Mona graduated from the Graham Webb Academy and honed her training under the guidance of Andre Cherkey in Washington, DC. Continuing education sets Mona apart, receiving education and earning certifications in New York and Paris. She has styled and colored a wide range of clients with different hair types at Salon Bleu and Alexander de Paris.

Mona prides herself on listening to her clients and watching them leave her chair looking and feeling excited and rejuvenated.

“I thrive to make women feel better about themselves, enhancing their beauty through new, bold and more complimentary styles, colors and hair textures.”  – Mona


Men’s Barbering Specialist & Stylist

  • Men’s Cut 65
  • Women’s Cut 85
  • Color 85+
  • Highlights 160+

With over 13 years of experience at Dolce Vita, Sam has excelled as a technician that’s dedicated to his craft. The words that best describe Sam are genuine and a perfectionist. He specializes in short barber-style and trendy cuts for men, both young and older. He is also excellent with Keratin treatments, highlights, and women’s long hair styles that are soft, smooth, and manageable. “I take a lot of pride in my work and enjoy taking my time with it – the only thing I love more than transforming my guests hair style is making them feel great and seeing their confidence rise as they leave my chair.” Sam Achour


Farrah Farahi

Master Stylist & Colorist

  • Women’s Cut  85+
  • Color  95+
  • Highlights | Balayage  170+
  • Men’s Cut  65

Farrah has been styling and coloring hair for over 20 years in Northern VA. Interestingly, Farrah came to hairstyling through her watercolor painting. “I saw the relation the two had with each other. I have an eye for color and how it will complements someone’s skin tone. It was a natural fit.” Farrah attributes her success to her ongoing professional education. In addition to the training Dolce Vita provides, she travels to at least one major U.S. training, by top hair stylists and colorists, each year. When it comes to her clients Farrah says, “I love my clients. When they are in my seat they know I concentrate on them and that pleasing them is my goal. I listen to them and respect them. I am always honest with my clients, and always do what is right for them.” Farah Farahi


Master Colorist

  • Color  95+
  • Highlights  170+
  • Balayage  170+
  • Blow Dry & Style  55+

Huda has been a color specialist for over ten years and a makeup artist for over 20. She learned from the best through apprenticeship programs around the Virginia and D.C. areas. Her philosophy is to consult with her clients, keeping their lifestyle in mind when it comes to their hairstyle and color. Huda is a big fan of natural dimensional color, modern looks, and maintaining the integrity of the hair. Her specialties include keratin treatments and Platinum Seamless hair extensions. Allure Magazine awarded her “Top Colorist” in D.C. and she was the colorist on Ted Gibson’s “Makeover Special,” in the Washingtonian Magazine. “I love to meet people from all walks of life and make them look and feel their best.”  -Huda


Master Stylist


  • Women’s Cut  95
  • Color  95+
  • Highlights  170+
  • Men’s Cut  75

Fery started her styling career in 1982 working at the International Salon in D.C. She relocated to Northern Virginia in 1988 when she joined Elizabeth Arden at Saks Fifth Avenue as a hair stylist and colorist. Fery worked with Arden for ten years before it became Saks Fifth Avenue Salon and Spa. She consistently earned certificates and awards each year for cut and color design, and in 2002 she was chosen by Elizabeth Arden as the best hair stylist nationwide. “I’m extremely passionate about hair and that’s why I’ve been working in the salon industry for the past 34 years. I enjoy working with all hair types and services.” – Fery


Stylist | Schwarzkopf Master Colorist

  • Women’s Cut  75
  • Color  95+
  • Highlights | Balayage  160+
  • Men’s Cut  65

Gloria has dedicated her career to honing her craft, working up the ranks at Dolce Vita to become a very capable stylist. Gloria became a Schwarzkopf Certified Colorist in 2018, an elite and internationally recognized certification for colorists that stand out in the industry. Starting as a shampoo assistant, her talented hands and creative mind proved Gloria was meant to stand behind the salon chair.

Styling, long hairdressing and color formulation are areas in which Gloria has focused, training closely and extensively with Jean Paul.

Blowouts make Gloria smile, wide and bright. She loves watching her clients walk out with that extra little bounce in their step—and their hair.

“I love to be able to work with a guest and re-create a celebrity look, develop a new style or simply enhance their current one with one of my favorite styling techniques.” – Gloria

Amy Mrad

Nail Artist


  • Manicure  35
  • Pedicure  75
  • Deluxe Manicure  45
  • Deluxe Pedicure  85

Amy is our nail artist extraordinaire. She has been sought after in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area for over 31 years. Amy is the proud mother of two children, and three grandchildren. Her client rapport, dedication, and attention to detail have built her reputation for excellence and retained her clientele for decades—some for two generations. Amy has earned accolades such as the nationally recognized “Top Nail Technician” and the “Star Award” five years in a row. Amy is dedicated to finding the best most natural products to ensure each of her clients has healthy long-lasting nails. Her spa services include many personal touches, creating a very special and unique atmosphere for you. You simply won’t find anyone like her anywhere else. “My goal is to give first-class spa services to each and every one of my clients.” – Amy