Our Salon Team in McLean
We are a talented, caring, hard-working group with diverse life experiences and a singular purpose: To help you look and feel beautiful. So, whether you visit us here at our original location, or in our new Dolce Vita Salon at TYSONS GALLERIA, you are sure to feel our energetic warm vibe. Now, let’s meet the salon team in McLean. We are confident you will find several intriguing stylists who are just right for you.
Jean Paul Achour
Founder | CEO
With over 25 years of experience in hair design and color, our Founder and Chief 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 multi-dimensional color and Balayage. “Style works it’s way from the inside out. My ideal as an artist is to create a fresh look for each guest that will leave them feeling renewed by creating colors and cuts that bring out their best features and complement their character.”
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.
Having been in the industry for over 25 years, Tap is an Executive Stylist at DOLCE VITA. While he has perfected the classic cuts, he enjoys stepping outside the box to create custom designs for those looking to be more cutting-edge. Tap enjoys the process of transforming his guests by taking the time to understand their lifestyle and individual needs. His work has been featured in many magazines and he has worked behind the scenes at many fashion shoots. If you want that perfect look, whether it’s for a wedding or a special night out, he is known for his “event” hair. His attention to detail and perfection of his craft has built a loyal following. We are confident you will be more than pleased with Tap’s styles and consistency.
Leslie is an Executive Stylist offering her extraordinary talents to you through DOLCE VITA. She comes with more than twenty-five years of experience, a positive attitude that exudes confidence, and an unequivocal sense of style and fashion. Her expertise, and the different techniques she uses to achieve a particular look, speak of a focussed professional entirely dedicated to making a difference. “My goal is to always find the best possible way to fit the haircut and the hair color with your facial features while taking into account your lifestyle and personal taste.”
An Executive Stylist delivering stunning looks for over fifteen years, Julia Perez brings passion and the love of classic styling with proven techniques to her clientele. She is known for individualizing every hairstyle to her guest’s own distinct personality. Julia’s skill-set brings you a full spectrum of services that have taken a lifetime to perfect, including The Brazilian Keratin Treatment, corrective coloring, highlighting, and innovative and dynamic cutting. She has also perfected the amazing updo. She possesses a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the science, health, and art of hair design. “I find it important to take the time to get to know the client and her needs to ensure her complete satisfaction!”
With twenty years of experience as a Master Stylist, Shahnaz has mastered the art of hairdressing, particularly round brushing and up-dos. She has studied and practiced her art in New York as well as Northern Virginia. Shahnaz is very talented and loves creating new looks for her guests. She is also a master colorist and a Baroque type of hair cutting technician. Shahnaz is also known for being a book warm, a great conversationalist and for having a tremendous heart. “I enjoy the looks on my guests’ faces as they get excited and become full of joy with their new looks; it’s not only a physical but an emotional metamorphosis as well”.
Madina Maksidova , a capable Master Stylist and a color perfectionist. She attended cosmetology school in Nalchik, Russia and was mentored by Soslan Shashev before moving to Northern Virginia where she joined the Dolce Vita team and assisted Jean Paul’s from 2009 until 2011. Madina believes the best hair service starts with a thorough consultation. She has a very strong sense of style and aesthetics that makes her a true artist. Madina’s dedication to her craft and continuing education makes her highly skilled in the latest techniques in cutting, coloring and finishing. She also specializes in Keratin treatments including The Brazilian Blowout. “The best feeling in the world is when I see the expression on my guests’ faces when their hair transformation is complete. When my clients keep coming back to me; it’s the greatest compliment they can pay me!”
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.”
As a Master Stylist and colorist, Paulina’s specialty is blending modern, contemporary, and conservative styles which allow her to give her clients a fresh, updated look without drastic changes. She has more than twenty years of experience and has studied the many facets of the business in distinguished schools on three continents, including the Llongeras School of Barcelona Spain. She is multilingual and has experience working in Italy and Ecuador. “I like the level of confidence my guests place in me which supports and inspires my creativity. My goal is to provide a relaxed environment in which my guest feels comfortable expressing his or her vision for their look.”
With five years of intensive training as an Associate Stylist with Jean Paul, Sam has now excelled as a Stylist for the past ten years. The words that best describe Sam are genuine and perfectionist. He specializes in Keratin treatments, highlights, and women’s long hair styles that are soft, smooth, and manageable. He is also excellent with short barber-style and trendy cuts for men, both young and older. “I enjoy my work very much and like to take my time with it – The only thing I love more than making guests look beautiful, is making them feel stunning.”
Louma brings a young, fresh, and innovative approach to hair as a Stylist. She is constantly on the lookout for new trends; ensuring her clients are kept up-to-date. Louma always asks many questions to understand which color, cut, and style will best suit her guests. Louma’s specializes in updo’s and she has been working in the bridal business for over six years. She is our go-to-stylist for any special occasion or wedding. Louma’s friendly and super-positive energy is what automatically attracts people to her. She has also mastered color and cutting techniques that always leave her guests coming back for more. Louma’s Mantra: “Change is Good. After all, hair is constantly changing so we must change with it.”
In more than ten years honing her craft Ashley is a Master Stylist who has perfected her cutting and coloring skills. In addition to time spent with guests, she works in the classroom as a color trainer for Wella Professionals. Continuing her education with in-depth color correction and design enables Ashley to bring us the latest techniques. Her other activities include charity work with Walter Reed Army Hospital and on fashion shows benefiting AIDS patients. Ashley exudes passion for her work saying, “I love to be able to work with a guest to create a new look for any chapter in her life.”
Jinny has built a career as a Nail Artist since 1996. She is, by nature, a very calming and relaxing influence on everyone she serves. Jinny is a lovely balance of artistry, creativity, skill, perfectionism, and dexterity. She appreciates the beauty of natural nails but her strengths enable her to work with any product or technology including polishes, textures, gels, shellacs, and acrylics. The experience she provides her guests is constantly satisfying and unequaled anywhere in the region. “What I like most about my job is that bond I create with my guests. I enjoy seeing them on a regular basis, sharing life’s milestones as well a the simple moments. I am happy when my guest is happy.”