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

DSC_2362With 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.

Not accepting new clients at this time.


GALLERIA SALON STAFF


Claudia Birkahn

Executive Stylist & American Board Certified Colorist
Business Development Advisor

  • Women’s Cut  105
  • Color & Glaze  145+
  • Highlights | Balayage  195+
  • Men’s Cut  75

Claudia is an American Board Certified Hair Colorist and Executive Stylist with over 20 years of experience.  Claudia is one of the original stylists to help establish Salon Bleu, now Dolce Vita Salon, when it opened in 2003. She’s built an impressive following, which includes some of Washington’s more prominent personalities. Claudia is a firm believer in healthy hair, therefore every guest will receive the appropriate KÉRASTASE treatment in order to maintain a higher integrity. Her value for education earned her many diplomas for a broad range of hair styling, extensions systems, keratin treatments and coloring skills. She has been featured annually in magazines such as Capitol File. Because of her high standards of service, and product knowledge, she has traveled numerous times to New York and L.A to participate in trade shows and classes. Claudia was also invited to Berlin, Munich, Barcelona, England, Portugal, and Italy, sponsored by Wella’s TrendVision Awards.  “Hairdressing is my passion, and making people feel and look good is my promise.”


Sara Kim

Executive Stylist and Colorist

  • Women’s Cut  105
  • Color  95+
  • Highlights | Balayage  190+
  • Men’s Cut  75

Sara is an Executive Stylist with over 18 years of experience. She is one of the original stylists to help establish Salon Bleu, now Dolce Vita Salon, when it opened in 2003. Sara is a true artist with expertise in Balayage & artistic highlights. She’s also well versed in the latest hair cutting techniques, styling, Magic Sleek, Keratin, and Brazilian Blowout. Sara also holds a Psychology degree from George Mason University. Sara is passionate and loves all aspects of hair design. Sara is extremely focused and truly dedicated to her craft and pays tremendous attention to detail. She provides her guests with the latest styles and trends. “My goal is to customize and create a hairstyle that brings out the beauty in each individual.” Add to that her luxurious, attentive service and it’s no wonder Sara has a huge following.



Ruth Kim

Executive Stylist

  • Women’s Cut  105+
  • Men’s Cut  105
  • Extensions  1800
  • Blow Dry & Style  55+

Having over 15 years of extensive experience in the industry, Ruth began her career at Graham Webb, which was distinguished as the top cosmetology school in the DC Metropolitan area. Upon graduation, she furthered her education by attending the internationally known, Vidal Sassoon, enrolling in the “Precision Cutting Program.” After graduating, she began working for Vidal Sassoon as a stylist and an educator of new trainees in the cutting program. After five years, Ruth continued her career with Salon Bleu where she gained her Great Lengths Hair Extension certification. After nine years, Ruth transitioned to Dolce Vita Salon, where she was elevated to the level of Executive Stylist and continues to love the industry and her career. Ruth is a very reliable and straightforward stylist and she is passionate and honest about her work and art. She is able to deliver clean and edgy looks, as well as soft and sexy styles with all textures of hair, for both men and women. “The most rewarding aspect of my career is being able to build continuing relationships and creating bold new looks for my clients.”


Hunter

Executive Stylist

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  • 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.”



Moira

Executive Stylist and Colorist

  • Women’s Cut  105
  • Color  90+
  • Highlights | Balayage  170+
  • Men’s Cut  105

Since training with Vidal Sassoon in Santa Monica, CA, Moira has worked at several premiere salons including Vidal Sassoon in Los Angeles, Boston, and D.C. She also worked at Klinger Advanced Aesthetics, in D.C. and at Salon Bleu, now Dolce Vita Salon, in Tysons Galleria. Moira has done session work for numerous photo shoots and the prestigious NY Fashion Week. At Vidal Sassoon, Moira mastered precision cutting methods and developed her love of education. At Klinger and Salon Bleu, Moira discovered the art of styling and the fun of color. She enjoys personalizing the latest fashion and celebrity trends to create classic, sophisticated looks with a bit of edge for her variety of clients. “I want every client that leaves my chair to feel beautiful and cool!”

Heather Reed

Master Stylist

  • Women’s Cut  105+
  • Color  90+
  • Highlights  170+
  • Men’s Cut  95+

Heather started her hairdressing career in 1990 in El Paso, Texas. Seeking more knowledge and inspiration, she trained with Vidal Sassoon in Scottsdale, Arizona. Heather soon moved to the East Coast to open the Sassoon salon in McLean, VA. Heather worked her way up to Creative Director at Sassoon where she trained apprentices, taught advanced cutting courses at academies in L.A. and London, and was involved in photo shoots and session work. A few years ago, she was selected as a standout stylist in Washingtonian Magazine’s “Great Hair” issue. Heather later worked at Salon Bleu, now Dolce Vita Salon, for six years and is thrilled to be part of the new Dolce Vita Salon. “Whether classic or funky, I provide the attention to detail and strong technique that allows hair to grow out beautifully balanced and hold its shape until your next haircut.”



Anne Landry

Master Stylist and Colorist

  • Women’s Cut  95
  • Color  90+
  • Highlights | Balayage  170+
  • Blow Dry & Style  55+

Anne started he career in the late 1990s as a hard-working assistant to Andrea Auman the Clairol Educator. My foundation is based in performing a strong consultation using the client’s eye color, skin tone, and natural hair color as the basis for my recommendations. Completing many master color and cutting classes in such places as Paris, London, and New York, led her to work on Project Runway: All Stars under the direction of Linh Nguyen, as well as doing “Fresh Look” makeovers on the TLC Television Network. Anne’s approach is to use cut and color to enhance a woman’s natural beauty. For Anne the most important thing is the beauty and integrity of hair. She listens to her clients and guides them in the right direction—while staying within their comfort zone. “My hobbies include traveling and sharing the beauty of life with my muse—my son—I love seeing the world through his eyes. I love nature, and enjoy socializing with friends and family.”

Farrah Farahi

Master Stylist and Colorist

  • Women’s Cut  85
  • Color  90+
  • 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.”



Erin

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

Erin received her training at the Graham Webb Academy in 2003. She originally joined DOLCE VITA from 2005-2011 before taking the opportunity to manage Andrew Taylore Hair Design from 2011 to 2014. Fortunately, she let us welcome her back home in March 2014. As a Master Stylist, Erin only works with women, she specializes in cutting and blonding color techniques. She’s very punctual and enjoys spending the appropriate amount of time on her work. Erin is focused, she carries herself in a very professional manner, she’s a listener, and is regarded by all as being very genuine. “I care very much about my clients. I take pride in listening to their needs and desires. I love helping women get the result they are looking for and giving them the treatment they expect and deserve.”

Gloria

Stylist

  • Women’s Cut  75
  • Color  85+
  • Highlights | Balayage  140+
  • Men’s Cut  65

In more than seven years honing her craft, Gloria is now a strong Stylist with a rapidly growing book. She began her career with Dolce Vita as a shampoo assistant and due to her talented hands and creative mind Gloria was able to go up the ranks very quickly to become a full time Stylist. She extensively trained and continues to work with Jean Paul as his Associate Stylist, she preforms his color applications, keratin treatments and blow-dries. Gloria is able to whip out one gorgeous blow-out after next, watching her guests leave the salon with an extra bounce in their step. Continuing her education with in-depth color and free-hand cutting enables her to bring you the latest trends. Gloria exudes passion for her work saying, “I love to be able to work with a guest to re-create a new look for her or to simply enhance the existing one with one of my styling techniques.”



Kathleen Oelschlager

Master Stylist and American Board Certified Colorist

  • Women’s Cut  95
  • Color  115+
  • Highlights | Balayage  170+
  • Men’s Cut  65

Kathleen has been in the beauty industry for more than 17 years and has earned the distinction as an American Board Certified Colorist. She has extensive training in hair and scalp health. As an Educator for Phyto, a plant based color line, she worked closely with top stylists to perform scalp analysis and develop prescriptions. Kathleen’s styling tips have been featured in Northern Virginia Magazine. She is also certified to provide keratin treatments smoother healthier feeling hair. “I pride myself in keeping up with the latest trends and styles. I believe in great customer service and the guest’s experience is my highest priority.”

Nadia Hijazi

Master Colorist and Stylist

  • Women’s Cut  90
  • Color  90+
  • Highlights | Balayage  170+
  • Phyto Relaxer  250

Nadia has been in our industry for 18 years. Six of those were spent training and working for Vidal Sassoon. She believes in ongoing education, being deeply committed, to evolving her passion for creative advanced haircuts and color. Her specialties include curly hair, clip-in extensions, and bridal techniques. Nadia has done work with local photographers on photo shoots and has been featured in both Capitol File and Northern Virginia magazines. Nadia loves making people look and feel their best. When she is not creating in the salon, her passions are, “ Trying out new restaurants, going to my kids’ footballs games, traveling, and spending quality time with my loved ones.”



Nsombi

American Board American Certified Colorist

  • Color  115+
  • Highlights | Balayage  190+
  • Phyto Relaxer  250
  • Blow Dry & Style  55+

Specializing in complimentary classic and on-trend hair designs for all hair types and textures, Nsombi has 15 years experience in our industry. She is an American Board Certified Colorist with experience training with Vidal Sassoon in London and Virginia. In order to provide custom on-trend looks for my clients, she consistently attends advanced training classes and workshops for knowledge and inspiration. “My goal is for my clients to always have “good hair days.”

Allie Rowland

Master Stylist

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

For 18 years Allie has loved cutting, and styling her clients’ hair. After 17 years with Vidal Sassoon, she joined 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! She is also one who really enjoys cutting men’s hair. “It makes me happy to make you happy, so please come see me!”


Irene Liberman

Master Stylist and Colorist

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  • Women’s Cut  85
  • Color  90+
  • Highlights | Balayage  170+
  • Men’s Cut  65

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. “My goal is to make sure my clients feel confident and attractive. I love seeing them happy with the way they look.” Outside of the salon, Irene nurtures her artistic talents by painting oil on canvas and her works have been showcased in various art exhibitions.


Huda

Master Colorist

  • Color  85+
  • 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.”


Fery

Master Stylist

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  • Women’s Cut  85
  • Color  90+
  • Highlights  170+
  • Men’s Cut  65

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.”

Amy Mrad

Nail Artist

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  • 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. “My goal is to give first-class spa services to each and every one of my clients.” You simply won’t find anyone like her anywhere else.