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

DSC_2362With over 25 years of experience in hair design, color and extensions, 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 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.



Tap

Executive Stylist
Tap

  • Women’s Cut  95
  • Color  95+
  • Highlights | Balayage  180+
  • Men’s Cut  65

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

Executive Stylist
Leslie

  • Women’s Cut  95
  • Color  95+
  • Highlights | Balayage  180+
  • Men’s Cut  65
  • Brazilian Keratin  375+

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 focused 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.”



Julia

Executive Stylist | Schwarzkopf Master Colorist
Julia

  • Women’s Cut  95
  • Color  95+
  • Highlights | Balayage  170+
  • Brazilian Keratin  375+

Julia is one of Dolce Vita’s executive stylists, delivering stunning looks for more than 15 years. Classic styling by perfecting proven techniques guides Julia’s philosophy for haircare. She pays careful attention to each client’s unique personality, working with them to discover and define their best style.

The Brazilian Keratin Treatment, corrective coloring and long hairdressing are where Julia’s talents shine. She’s also perfected an unforgettable updo.

In 2017 Julia began intensive color training, earning certification as a Schwarzkopf Master Colorist in 2018. This prestigious accomplishment is internationally recognized as an elite circle of colorists and considered by the industry as a terminal certification for hair color.

The skill set Julia provides her clients is the result of a wealth of knowledge in hair health and hair design, gained through a lifetime of training, education and one-on-one work with thousands of clients who have taken a seat in her chair.

Julia finds fulfillment in watching the wide smile of a client who loves their style, feeling more confident and more like themselves.

“I find it important to take the time to get to know each client and their needs to ensure complete satisfaction.” – Julia


Shahnaz

Master Stylist
Shahnaz

  • Women’s Cut  90
  • Color  95+
  • Highlights | Balayage  160+
  • Men’s Cut  55
  • Brazilian Keratin  350+

Shahnaz is truly a master in the fine art of hairdressing. That’s why she’s one of Dolce Vita’s most sought-out master stylists and colorists. Twenty-three years of experience in New York and DC gives Shahnaz a unique perspective when working with clients to discover their best look. Shahnaz is an artist, who will take on any look from the most retro you can challenge to a modern shattered bob—and even a 1970s bouffant! Her skills range from classic precision shear cuts to baroque razor cutting.

Her magical powers are realized when her blow dryer is in hand, it’s her wand.

When Shahnaz isn’t thinking about the next hair trend, she’s reading books—lots of them! More than a master stylist, Shahnaz is a conversationalist with a tremendous heart. Clients know she considers them family and will do whatever she can to make them leave happy.

“I enjoy the looks on my guests’ faces as they get excited and become filled with joy from their new looks. It’s not only a physical, but emotional metamorphosis as well.” – Shahnaz



Madina

Master Stylist | Schwarzkopf Master Colorist
Madina

  • Women’s Cut  85
  • Color  95+
  • Highlights | Balayage  180+
  • Brazilian Keratin  350+

Madina is a color perfectionist, who also happens to be one of our strongest master stylists. Listening to a client and understanding their needs guides Madina’s practice. That’s why every hair service begins with an in-depth consultation. She relies heavily on her strong aesthetic intuition. Clients consider her a hair artist.

In 2018, Madina received certification as a Schwarzkopf Master Colorist. This prestigious achievement is considered a terminal education in hair color—basically, a PhD for hair. Medina has earned her place among an elite group of colorists across the world.

Training under Soslan Shashev and attending cosmetology school in Russia, Madina moved to the DC area and joined Dolce Vita in 2009. She worked alongside Jean Paul until 2011. Madina also specializes in a wide range of 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!” – Madina

Erin

Master Stylist |Schwarzkopf Master Colorist
Erin

  • Women’s Cut  85
  • Color  95+
  • Highlights | Balayage  180+
  • Brazilian Keratin  350+

Erin is a master stylist and has been a member of the Dolce Vita family since 2005. Working exclusively with women to enhance their true beauty fuels Erin’s drive. She specializes in cutting and blonding techniques such as balayage, color-melting and shadow roots.

In 2017, Erin took on one of the most challenging hair certifications in the industry: Shwarzkophf Master Colorist. Considered a terminal education in coloring industry-wide, this certification is the hair care equivalent of a PhD. This prestigious accomplishment is internationally recognized and earned by only an elite circle of colorists.

Erin understands what life for women and moms inside the beltway is like and is known for being punctual—making sure you sit down and leave her chair on-time. Focused, professional and client-centered describe Erin’s salon philosophy. She listens to her clients, and genuinely cares about their beauty and confidence from the moment the leave her chair, to the moment they walk back in the door of Dolce Vita.

“I care very much about my clients. Listening to their needs, and meeting and exceeding their desires makes me proud. My passion is helping women get the result they are looking for and giving them the treatment they expect and deserve.” – Erin



Paulina

Master Stylist
Paulina

  • Women’s Cut  75
  • Color  95+
  • Highlights  160+
  • Men’s Cut  50

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 Liongeras 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.”

Gloria

Stylist | Schwarzkopf Master Colorist

  • Women’s Cut  75
  • Color  95+
  • Highlights  160+
  • Brazilian Keratin  350+
  • Men’s Cut  50

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



Louma

Stylist
Louma2

  • Women’s Cut  75
  • Color  85+
  • Highlights  140+
  • Brazilian Keratin  350+
  • Men’s Cut  50

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.”

Elena

Stylist

  • Women’s Cut  70
  • Color  85+
  • Highlights  140+
  • Brazilian Keratin  350+
  • Men’s Cut  50

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Jinny

Nail Artist
Jenny

  • Manicures, Classic 30  | French  35
  • Spa Pedicure   55
  • Full Set  85
  • Fills  50

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.”



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