A true master of Ouidad’s Carving and Slicing technique, Anila has been part of the New York flagship team for over 19 years, sharing her knowledge, expertise, and passion with her colleagues and clients. Anila served as Ouidad’s right hand for several years, and learned Ouidad’s signature styling techniques from the Queen of Curl herself (she also inherited many of Ouidad’s own clients). She loves expressing her creativity through her work, and the results speak for themselves: She’s earned rave reviews from clients who mention her possessing “magical” fingers. This seasoned full-service stylist is a great choice for all your styling needs.
One of the things Virginia loves most about her work is her ability to “free clients from their stresses about caring for their tresses.” For over 17 years, Virginia has made it her mission to teach her clients how to handle their curly hair so they can love it as much as she does—a passion she learned from Ouidad herself. After experiencing the thorough styling lesson that accompanies each visit, clients have proclaimed that a service with Virginia is one of the best and most educational. Virginia’s passion and meticulous approach make her a solid choice for softening treatments, permanent waves, color, haircuts, and formal styling needs.
Twenty-one years ago, Ayanna started her career at Ouidad’s New York flagship salon assisting the Queen of Curl herself, company founder Ouidad. Not only has she been a witness to the growth of the salon, Ayanna has committed her knowledge, expertise, and passion, making her a top stylist and major contributor to the success of the brand. As Lead Educator, Ayanna trains flagship apprentices and instructs stylists from all over the country through Ouidad’s Certification program. She is a member of Ouidad’s expert Curl Advisory Board. Ayanna’s expertise includes haircuts, styling, and softening services. Ayanna is also a Goldwell Color Master Specialist, making her a great choice for all your color needs. Ayanna is one of our Lead Stylists when booking VIP and PR clientele.
Robert Evan Thomas, a master educator with Ouidad, is a world renown hairstylist with an accomplished record as an industry leader. His experiences include film, runway, television, and behind the chair. Robert is visionary with the gift of listening, to confirm and validate the needs of each client and with his unique approach he allows the client to connect with the full potential of their image. He is recognized among his peers as an inspiration and clients as a healer. As a celebrity stylist, Robert has shared his incredible talent with first ladies Hillary Clinton and Nancy Regan as well as film and stage actresses such as Laura Linney, Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chelsea Handler, and Kylie Jenner to name a few yet finds his most signature work reflected behind the chair sharing with amazing individuals every day. Robert sees curls as an energy force supplying the opportunity to awakening the denial of every curly clients joy. As a color master he also has a unique viewpoint n color and curls ensuring that color is articulate in a way that celebrates the curl.
Jason wears many hats, as his talents are endless. As Lead Educator for Ouidad flagship salons, Jason is responsible for training and developing New York and Santa Monica flagship apprentices, as well as training stylists across the country on Ouidad products, styling, and haircutting techniques through the Ouidad Certification program. He is a member of Ouidad’s Curl Advisory Board, and in 2014, was the lead hair stylist for designer Tracy Reese’s New York Fashion Week show. Our go-to stylist for bloggers, vloggers, and entertainment personalities, Jason is based out of Ouidad’s New York flagship, and also takes clients at Ouidad’s Santa Monica salon, as he splits his time between the two. Aside from his haircutting artistry, Jason is known for his balayage, ombré, color melting, and styling creations.
Meet Suleky Roman! A vibrant Dominicana, NYC native who loves to encourage others to rock their curls! Grabbing her inspiration from the world of music, personal style and her career in social media branding. She has a passion for creating dimension, fun vivid colors, and cutting movement for effortlessly lived-in styles.
Suleky graduated from Arrojo Cosmetology in SoHo, NYC. She is able to break down product knowledge and pop culture, sitting in her chair is always a fun time. She genuinely understands the importance of maintaining the looks that are perfectly suited to each individual’s needs and lifestyle. Don’t miss out on a spot in her chair!
Growing up, Horlenny watched the women in her life straighten their natural curls, and she never understood why. Curly hair is so beautiful! In 2018 she made the decision to focus her talent and love for curly hair by joining Ouidad. Now as a curly hair expert, Horlenny’s goal and passion is to help women to embrace their natural curls. She hopes everyone will fall in love with their natural curls by educating and empowering them to understand how to care for and treat their hair on their own hair.
As a young girl growing up in Poland, Malwina set her sights on the fashion capital of the world, New York City. She trained at the renowned Paul Mitchell Academy, where she had the opportunity to work with celebrity stylists at numerous fashion week shows. Before joining Ouidad, she was a professional keratin treatment specialist, her clientele mostly curly haired women. The experience allowed her to understand a variety of hair textures inside and out. Eventually her views and focus began to change, and she wanted to help women embrace their curls. Today, working at Ouidad, she takes pride in teaching clients how to style and treat their beautiful curls, and her specialized haircutting training allows her to address any of her clients’ issues or concerns.
An accomplished hair stylist with over 18 years of experience, Jessica has built her reputation as a texture specialist. Prior to joining Ouidad’s New York Flagship team, she was a senior stylist, Artistic Team Member, and Curl Specialist at the renowned Gene Juarez Salon in Seattle. Jessica’s expertise includes styling for fashion shows, photo shoots, bridal, and formal functions. She attributes her success as a stylist to her ability to analyze a clients hair texture and bone structure while addressing their unique needs and concerns.
Born in Jamaica, West Indies, Keesha has been doing her own curly hair, and those of her immediate, and extended family members for as long as she can remember. She moved to New York City as a teen, where she realized her love for the arts, food and fashion and learned to love and embrace all the diverse cultures she found in her friends and neighbors. Keesha has had the opportunity to work side by side with Several Ouidad Master Educators since becoming a Ouidad educator herself and completing extensive training in many different textures. Keesha genuinely loves people and has found her niche with curly hair. She intensely-relates to all her clients because for too long she too searched for someone to care for her curls.
Mirsada joined the Ouidad family over 13 years ago. As New York flagship Head Apprentice, she gained valuable insight assisting Ouidad herself with her loyal clients’ coloring and styling needs, as well at off-site events such as photo shoots and TV appearances. Mirsada has gained a loyal following and is one of our most requested stylists. Mirsada performs softening and color, but is best known for encouraging her clients to embrace their curls and for her passion for protecting the health and integrity of curly hair. Mirsada prescribes a personalized in-salon conditioning treatment and an at-home regimen to ensure your hair is at its best.
Ryan’s hair career started in 2016 after graduating from Vidal Sassoon Academy in Los Angeles, but it truly began once they joined the Ouidad team in 2019. After nearly four years at a salon whose focus was California blondes and straight hair, Ryan began their journey with Ouidad Santa Monica. Starting from scratch in the apprenticeship program, Ryan was immersed in Ouidad’s signature carving and slicing techniques and the unique approach to creating beautiful shapes and colors within textured hair. After three successful years in Ouidad’s Los Angeles salon, Ryan has moved to NYC to the Ouidad salon where it all began! In today's day and age people are so over-saturated with different product recommendations and styling tutorials on Instagram and Tik Tok, Ryan's goal is to simplify and provide specificity on what approaches and products will give you your dream hair. Known for their empathetic and warm approach, Ryan excels at creating space for their guest's concerns and hair goals. Using Ouidad’s signature techniques for curly hair, Ryan aims to create a complementary style that suits your lifestyle and aesthetic, to achieve a look that is uniquely yours.
Growing up in a mixed-race household, embracing my naturally curly hair was a challenge. As I grew older, I would experiment with my hair as well as my siblings and mom. This was the start of my passion without me even knowing it. While attending cosmetology school, curly hair was just another chapter in the textbook without any real field experience, which led me to OUIDAD. Through the years of trial and error with my own curly hair including coloring and cutting as much as I wanted, I’ve learned to appreciate the art that is curly hair. With a passion for color and curls, I want to help men and women embrace, love, and nurture their natural curly hair as much as I’ve grown to love mine.
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