Laura has been in the beauty industry since graduating high school. She moved from NJ to Orlando to work as a freelance hair and makeup artist for television and photography. She has travelled the world performing her craft and has done hair and makeup for companies like Home Shopping Network, Miller Brewing Company, Wella and Sally Beauty. She also worked in the salon at the Ritz Carlton, where she specialized in making brides radiant. Laura graduated from the Aveda Institute and has attended continuing education classes from Vidal Sassoon and Aveda. Laura is passionate about making sure every guest to Salon Dulay has a relaxing and rejuvenating experience and loves their hair!
Originally from Ohio, Shelly relocated to Orlando with her family 2 ½ years ago after spending the previous 12 years in Charlotte, NC. She has spent most of her life in retail management, and has worked with brands such as Starbucks, The Walt Disney Co., and most recently Margaritaville at Universal Orlando. Having previous salon experience, Shelly is excited to bring her passion for customer service to Salon Dulay. Shelly resides in Windermere with her husband of 21 years and their 2 teenage daughters.
Brandon is a graduate of the Aveda Institute, and he is one of the cutting educators at Salon Dulay. His specialties include men’s cuts, undercuts and women’s short cuts. He loves making over and correcting styles. His high energy and big smile will always be here to greet you! He performed with Walt Disney World for seven years, as well as onboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis. Hair is just another way for him to express his passion for the arts!
Level 5.5 Stylist
Marisol discovered her passion for beauty at the age of 12 in New York and studied and pursued her love for the craft on the island of Puerto Rico. Early in her career she landed a contract with Chanel 4 WAPA Television performing before-and-after’s on live television. In 1999, she relocated to New York and had the privilege of working with actors from The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Friends and Oz. Marisol found her calling in 2002 when she became a part of the Aveda family as an educator at the Soho New York Institute.
In 2005, she relocated to Florida to touch people’s lives by certifying at Hair Club for Men and Women. Her love and passion for sharing knowledge of Aveda led her to reconnect with the Aveda Institute Orlando in 2008. In 2010, she was chosen to be part of the design team at the Orlando Institute for the Edwin Neill educators competition worldwide, and her work was displayed on the wall of fame at the Aveda Institute Minneapolis.
The favorite part of her journey was when she participated as a platform artist creating elaborate hair and makeup designs at the fashion shows on stage for breast cancer and Earth Month fundraisers. In 2016, Marisol continued her passion for education by becoming the lead educator of Matthew Michael’s Experience and created a bootcamp which set new-hires up for success by improving quality of technical skills and speed.
In 2018 she continues her journey in striving for excellence and becomes part of the Salon Dulay family. Marisol is excited to exceed her guests’ expectations by further enhancing their needs with exquisite hair shape designs and customized finishing styles.
Level 5 Stylist
Shawn has over 12 years of experience in the beauty industry in which he’s worked to perfect his craft. A former Paul Mitchell and in-salon educator, he’s passionate about continuing his education and learning the newest trends and techniques. After working with several different brands, he found his home at Salon Dulay where his personal values mirror the Aveda mission.
Shawn specializes in combining the latest fashions with each individual’s hair type. He utilizes smoothing treatments, extensions, and the latest cutting techniques to provide guests with beautiful styles they can easily recreate at home. Care is always taken to ensure the proper styling tools and products are thoroughly explained. With experience in long and short hair, as well as clipper cuts, Shawn prides himself on delivering results to any guest who sits in his chair.
Level 4 Stylist
Melanie is from Orlando and graduated from the Aveda Institute in 2013. She provides facial waxing, makeup services and is very passionate about cutting and styling to enhance natural waves and curls. She is a certified stylist in the Deva Curl technique. She loves doing beautiful blow-dries and has always had a strong passion for making people look and feel their best!
Level 3.5 Stylist
Cleo has been with Salon Dulay since January of 2014. She was Aveda’s 2013 full tuition Scholarship winner and she continues to challenge herself daily to master and perfect her skills. With a love for change she has become Salon Dulays’ Extension educator and has made hair extensions her specialty. Creating change and helping her guest achieve their dream look is what drives her passion. She is constantly learning and keeping up with the latest trends but most importantly her goal is to offer insight to her guests about how to properly care for their hair so that they are able to achieve their desired results. Her love for beauty extends to makeup, bridal styles and much more. She is caring and gentle and will always listen to her guests allowing her to deliver optimal results and make her guests visions come to life.
Level 3.5 Stylist
Vanessa is an Aveda Institute Orlando alumni. She has a passion for creative growth and strives to stay at the forefront of the industry with her knowledge of new trends and services. She has numerous certifications including American Wave, Hair Loss Alternatives, VoMor Extensions and Brazilian Blowout.
Vanessa shares her knowledge as one of our haircutting educators at Salon Dulay. With a great eye for art and a combined intuitive understanding of texture, balance and geometry, she translates these into amazing styles for her guests. Vanessa specializes in short haircuts, texture and waves. Aveda as a company has been the perfect ground for Vanessa to grow and excel. She takes pride in her work and feels confident knowing she’s using products that will not only produce great results, but are also plant-derived.
Level 3.5 Stylist
Lauren’s passions include education, fashion, and making her guests feel warm and beautiful. Born and raised in Ohio, she attended the University of Cincinnati prior to moving to Orlando and graduating from the Aveda Institute. She has worked with many fashion designers from across the globe at New York and London Fashion Weeks, including Oscar de la Renta, Naeem Khan, Nike, Nicopanda, Levi’s, among many more. Lauren is one of the cut and style educators at Salon Dulay, and loves working together with her guests in not only achieving their desired results, but in educating them how to re-create the look at home.
Level 2.5 Stylist
Christy joined the Salon Dulay team in 2016 when she moved from New York City, where she attended the Aveda Institute New York. Having been a dancer and performer for years, Christy has always had a passion for makeup and hair styling. She went back to school for cosmetology and her journey has been an exciting new adventure.
She is a cutting specialist and her specialties include short, textured cuts, precision bobs and curly hair. Styling and special occasion hair and makeup are among her other passions. She has devoted a lot of time to her education to give her clients beautiful cuts suited for their face and lifestyle. She loves to connect and listen to her clients’ wants and needs, and make them look and feel their best. Christy is Deva Curl-certified and is excited to transform beautiful curls.
Level 2 Stylist
Yari’s absolute passion is helping her clients feel confident and beautiful by using her love and knowledge of the art of hair and makeup. Being a graduate of the Aveda Institute, she is an organized, self-driven individual, dedicated to developing her skills and providing luxurious services. With a desire for learning and developing her craft, she values continued education immensely. Yari is a strong believer in the Aveda mission.
Level 2 Stylist
Monica, who was born and raised in central Florida, fell in love with Orlando and knew she wanted to live here at a young age. She graduated from cosmetology school in 2014 and spent the next two years doing hair behind the chair. In 2016 she was offered an opportunity to travel the country with a touring theatrical show as one of their lead vocalists and decided to take a break from the salon industry. Although Monica enjoyed being in the entertainment industry, she recently made the decision to step aside from performance and travel to get back to her salon roots. Through her experiences with entertainment and performance Monica thinks she has found her niche and her passion within customer service and is so excited to be a member of the Salon Dulay team.
Level 2 Stylist
Zella is originally from Chicago, Illinois and has been in Florida since 2015. Zella has always had a passion for hair and makeup. After completing comprehensive training at the Aveda Institute Orlando, Zella looks forward to finally bringing her passion, creativity and forward-thinking style to life at Salon Dulay. Education is very important and Zella continues to take multiple classes each year to stay up to date with the latest fashion trends. She was 2018’s Best New Aveda Artist winner and she continues to challenge herself daily behind the chair.
Level 1.5 Stylist
Sarah recently moved from the beaches of Long Island, New York to central Florida. She always knew she had a love for hair but didn’t know what it would turn into—finding Aveda as a company has been a dream. Her plant-based lifestyle quickly turned into a career with education from the Aveda Institute Winter Park. Aveda is more than just a hair company to Sarah, it’s a way of life. Sarah loves to share her passion for natural beauty with different textures and cuts suited for individuals and their personal needs.
Level 3 Colorist
Amanda is a master colorist and an Aveda-certified Educator. She trained at the Aveda Institute Tallahassee and also completed the Aveda Institute’s Masters Program. Amanda has lived in several of Florida’s beautiful cities, and after graduation she relocated to the greater Orlando area, where she has lived and worked for over a decade.
Amanda has continued her education through Aveda as her career has progressed and strongly believes that in order to grow as a stylist and stay relevant in the industry, stylists must maintain a high level of education. In accordance with this philosophy, she attends multiple classes every quarter through the Aveda Advanced Education Academy. She has extensive training in Aveda color as well as a plethora of hair coloring techniques. She is passionate about her guests, (and their hair) fashion and education. Amanda specializes in redheads and natural tone-on-tone color.
Level 3 Colorist
I grew up in Puerto Rico and some of my best childhood memories were watching my father cut hair at his barbershop and take care of his guests with love and dedication. He has inspired me over the years to provide excellent service and to give a caring, unique experience to each of my guests—which has always been my number one priority.
Needless to say, I fell in love with this industry and am so grateful to do what I’m passionate about for 16 years now. Continuing education has always played an important role in what I do to stay inspired and current with trends. I specialize in color, and some of my most favorites are corrections and blondes! Healthy, shiny hair is my goal! Aveda is so special to me because it’s not only an amazing company with compassion for the world we live in, but a lifestyle! I look forward to enhancing the beauty that is already in you!
Level 2.5 Colorist
Nicole is a native Floridian who was born and raised in Kissimmee, FL. Her family relocated to Lakeland, Florida when she was 17, and it was there that she finished high school and earned her cosmetology license. She went on to work for six and a half years at an Aveda salon and has attended numerous advanced classes at Aveda while being trained under an Aveda color educator. She is also a student at UCF in pursuit of a BA in Religion and Cultural Studies. Her two passions in life are hair color and learning and studying about other cultures around the world.
Level 2 Colorist
Taby was raised in Orlando and is an Aveda graduate. She loves learning new coloring techniques and loves giving guests a fresh new look. Taby also enjoys challenging herself with corrective color and takes great care of her guests. She also loves sharing her knowledge and is the salon color educator. Taby has been doing special event makeup and updos since her teens and loves working with brides and anyone going to a special event to give them a customized, beautiful look!
Level 2 Colorist
Lauren is originally from Naples, Florida and recently re-located to the Orlando area. From a young age Lauren was passionate about the creativity displayed by hair stylists, and knew this would be her career. After earning her cosmetology license as soon as the opportunity was available, Lauren began her career at an Aveda salon in 2011. There she had the opportunity to learn from a master stylist to hone her skills in addition to attending multiple Aveda classes as she sought to further advance her education. Lauren has a passion for blondes, balayage, and for creating special occasion styles.
Level 2 Colorist
Monique believes that the best part of life is making people feel special. Creating and formulating a unique look for each guest to enhance the beauty that each of them already exudes is her ultimate goal. As a fourth generation hairdresser, there is no denying she was born to live out her passion and share her talents with the world.
Level 2 Colorist
With an Armenian background and raised in Tallinn,Estonia, Nonna Akopjan spent time around her uncle who owned a recognized and very busy hair salon, became passionate about beauty and fashion at a very early age, and pursued this passion years later by earning a degree at the Aveda Institute Orlando. Choosing her mentors carefully, followed the works of Amanda, Nonna gained significant technical expertise by serving as an assistant for one year, mostly under Amanda herself as she continued to take additional courses as a result of her dedication to perfection.
Nonna’s dedication to providing superb service and creating spot-on results for her clients is second to none. She applies precision and skill to any work she undertakes, from simple processes such as highlights, to unique and complex solutions such as color corrections. Whether her clients are blondes, brunettes, red heads or somewhere in between, Nonna has the ability to work with all hair types and colors. And most importantly, she excels at consistently keeping her clients highly satisfied. Nonna joined the Salon Dulay Team as a colorist in late 2015.
Level 1.5 Colorist
Kelsey is a Michigan girl living in the sunshine state. She graduated in 2014 from the Douglas J Aveda Institute in Ann Arbor, MI. Since moving to Florida and elevating her career as a colorist, Kelsey has developed a passion for soft blended blondes, balayage, and ombré. She also loves providing clients with fun, fashion colors. Her ultimate goal is honing in on clients wants and needs and having the client leave the salon feeling beautiful. Kelsey is proud to have worked for Aveda for over 5 years and the opportunity to grow with the company. Additionally, she loves working for a brand that is environmentally conscious and gives back to society.
Level 1 Colorist
Sandy is a Michigan native who moved to Florida in 2014 and decided to change careers, following her passion for cosmetology. She is an Aveda Institute graduate and believes in continuing education throughout one’s career. Sandy has a love for color and all things Aveda. She has a calm, engaging presence and enjoys connecting with each and every guest.
Margerie Montoya was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Orlando. She has been an Aveda graduate and licensed cosmetologist since 2013, and is currently the lead assistant at Salon Dulay. Besides making others feel beautiful Margerie, has a passion for being outdoors, animals, and making people laugh. You usually can find her personally assisting our master stylist Jason Feria because they make a great team together.
Brandon’s Personal Assistant
Mariah is an Aveda Institute scholarship winner and licensed graduate. She is originally from beautiful Sarasota, Florida, and has found her love for the industry here in Windermere. You will usually find her working with our master stylist Brandon. She starts his master experience with a relaxing shampoo and enjoys assisting him with Brazilian blowouts, styling and finishing touches. They’re a dynamic duo!
Jacquline was born and raised in Windermere, Florida, and is an Aveda Institute graduate. Growing up, Jacquline always had a passion for doing hair for family and friends, which led her to furthering her education by attending cosmetology school. Jacquline enjoys being able to create sleek styles, striving to make each and every guest feel beautiful. Jacquline also has experience working with textured hair and is trained in Brazilian Blowout and VoMor™ hair extensions.
Cristalis was born and raised in New York where she spent most of her childhood watching her aunts do hair in a beauty salon. Cristalis graduated from the Aveda Institute where she grew to love color. She plans to further her color education to provide exceptional service.
Stephanie grew up with a true admiration for the arts. She found herself naturally gravitating towards the world of theatre, a medium of storytelling that she fell in love with. It was only a matter of following her intuition that led her to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Theatre from Florida Southern College. There, the pursuit of costuming led to the appreciation of the beauty industry and Stephanie was advised by mentors to look into the Aveda Institute. Always a supporter of the creativity found in self-expression, she ultimately graduated with her cosmetology license, with an intent towards hair coloring. As an assistant at Salon Dulay, Stephanie is excited to begin working with guests in this exciting field.
Marissa is originally from Seattle, Washington and moved to Florida in 2015. Prior to joining the Salon Dulay team, Marissa graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Social Science and Communication. She has worked in the customer service industry for the past three years and is passionate about making sure guests are provided with the best experience possible. She enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.
Jenna is originally from Winchester, Virginia but has lived in Orlando previously. She moved back to be closer to friends and to pursue a new career path. She is looking forward to working in a different area of customer service since the majority of her past experience has been retail based, most prominently with The Walt Disney Company and Loft. She is looking forward to new challenges, opportunities, and to being a part of the team.
Jillian was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and moved to Orlando in 2017. After years of watching the beauty industry grow, she decided to finally become a part of it. She joined the Salon Dulay team in May 2018 and is hoping to study cosmetology at the Aveda Institute Orlando in the beginning of 2019.