Master Stylist/Manicurist/Makeup Artist
Abby comes to us directly from the prestigious Aveda Institute of Los Angeles. Abby is a multi-talented beauty professional with skills that range across hair, skin, and nails. Abby has received extensive training in Aveda color, cut, makeup and facial services. She also has a special love for braiding, curly hair, texture and unique styling. Abby has a warm heart and prides herself in being a good listener and understanding just what her guests need. She wants to make you feel beautiful from head to toe.
Master Stylist/Master Trainer
Michelle has over 15 years in the industry, is a certified California State Board of Cosmetology Master Trainer, and was also trained by Aveda's Global Master Trainer Lupe Voss. She also does exceptional men's cuts. She loves working with her guests to help them achieve a customized look to suit their personality. Michelle's work has been featured in L.A. Bride magazine.
Kristen is an Aveda trained master colorist and has received training from Aveda global directors David Adams and Lupe Voss. With over 11 years of experience in the industry, Kristen has mastered all areas of cut, color and specialized styling. She is dedicated to Aveda and to giving her guests the best experience possible. Kristen is sincerely dedicated to the vision of every guest she has.
In her free time, Kristen loves hiking, camping and exploring our beautiful desert!
Director of Salon Operations
Certified Aveda Mentor
Nathan has over 15 years of experience with Aveda from his work as a Master Stylist at award winning Aveda Salons, an Aveda Experience Center team lead educator, certified Aveda Mentor and Alankara's Director Of Operations. Nathan brings his communication training, product knowledge and master stylist skills to the front of house. It's his goal to provide our guests with clear communication and exceptional customer service to ensure that you are matched with the best experience possible at Alankara.
Manomi de Silva
With international fashion industry hair-stylist roots, London training, and successful salons in Los Angeles and SE Asia, Manomi established her local salons and the Aveda brand in the desert over 35 years ago. With a passion for hair, business, and people Manomi's Aveda Lifestyle Salons have won awards locally and internationally growing and evolving the Aveda Brand to new heights and dimensions. Manomi is Aveda's largest individual partner, affording her and her salons access to Aveda resources and support unlike any other salon.
Manomi's number one passion is the well-being and experience of her loyal guests. She takes great pride in providing unparalleled service. Also close to her heart is the development and growth of her Alankara Stylist and Esthetician Family. Manomi is committed to innovation, growth, and the highest level of service.
GROW YOUR PROFESSIONAL CAREER TO NEW HEIGHTS - JOIN THE ALANKARA AVEDA FAMILY
Establishing and growing the Aveda brand in the desert for over 30 years, Alankara Aveda Lifestyle Salons are amongst the top performing Aveda Salons in the world with a track record of success built around Aveda and in-house training, business development, and year-after-year growth of our team members.
Interested in joining our Aveda Family and growing your career? Email your resume to Alankara@AlankaraSalon.com, or drop off a resume at any of our locations.
All Alankara Team members have been able to stay home safely with full pay and benefits throughout the state-wide covid-19 related shutdowns a result of Alankara Salon practices and benefits. Join a salon that protects you, your livelihood, and career.
Nicole has a strong Aveda background with extensive training in both hair color and cut at the prestigious Aveda Institute of London. She is a certified technician with Dream Catchers Hair Extensions in Hollywood. She confidently embraces her guests' lifestyles and personalities to give them a look that is right for them while maintaining her creativity and attention to detail.
El Paseo Salon Director
Ricardo joins the Alankara Aveda Family with broad retail and service industry management and leadership experience including Lucky Brand Jeans, and high-end restaurant supply and operations.
Ricardo's number one goal is an amazing guest experience. He takes great pride in ensuring each Alankara Aveda guest leaves with a smile.
Jackie is one of our multi-talented beauty professionals with skills across the board! Jackie's passion for makeup is what lead her to the beauty industry. A graduate of Aveda's Hair Color Magic Master Class and Aveda makeup with Nick Marshall, Jackie has received top training in all areas of cosmetology, including certification as a master makeup artist. After joining our Aveda family, Jackie has completed Aveda training in hair, skin, nails, waxing and makeup. Jackie believes beauty comes full circle and should not stop at hair. Her warm and loving approach is admired by all her guests.
Dimitri de Silva
Director of Legal Affairs/Business Development
Dimitri, the son of Alankara's founder, focuses on the business development and Estée Lauder/Aveda corporate relations.
A graduate of UCLA, and Arizona State University's College of Law, Dimitri handles all legal and business elements. Dimitri provides business training and development to ensure each member and location continues to grow and flourish. Dimitri works hard to ensure Alankara Aveda continues to develop, while adhering to the highest level of guest experience.
Sharya de Silva
Director of Design and Brand
Sharya, the daughter of Alankara's founder, focuses on the design and construction each location to ensure an innovative, high functioning salon space. Sharya also designs and develops Alankara branding.
With a degree from UCLA, and a Masters from Brooklyn College, Sharya oversees the evolution of the locations, and their design, providing Alankara Aveda with creative and modern spaces to support its guests and high-level services. (Picture coming soon!)
Front Desk Advisor
Justine is a jill of all trades with skills that cross the board of cosmetology. Hair color is what inspired Justine to start working with Aveda over 13 years ago and she's been with Aveda ever since. She then expanded her skill to skin care and nails. Justine has a passion for art, color and creating a relaxing space for her guest to come feel renewed inside and out.
Bonnie has been in the industry for 17 years, the last 7 of which have been with the innovative and exciting line of Aveda products. Bonnie remains at the forefront of contemporary style trends, color enhancement and grooming techniques. Her passion and love for the industry are always reflected in her professionalism, creativity and attention to detail.
Corporate and Social Affairs Director
Caitlin manages corporate logistics with Aveda for Alankara Aveda Salons. With a degree from University of Montana, and over 20 years of experience with Aveda from Aveda HQ in Minnesota, Aveda Southern California Salon Development Partner, and Aveda Independent Experience Center Director, Caitlin takes pride in ensuring Alankara Aveda Lifestyle Salons continue to perform as one of Aveda's top service salons in the world.
Master Stylist/Makeup Artist
Monica is a hard-working & exceptionally talented Master Stylist who especially loves seeing the joy on her client’s face after a transformational hair cut. She knows just what products, tools & techniques to create your perfect cut + color + style. Monica has received training from the Aveda training center in Los Angeles as well as multiple Aveda Master Class Series. Her work will speak for itself!
Director of Internal Operations and Education
Dylan, the son of Alankara's founder, focuses on the internal operations of each location to ensure it meets its full potential each and every day. Dylan takes pride in high-level guest engagement and experience.
With a degree from Arizona State University and completion of Aveda's business school, Dylan leads the team in product education and training. Working with each team member on Aveda products, ingredients, and potential for results.
Master Stylist/Skin Care Expert
Isaiah is an Aveda expert and also Aveda certified in both hair and skin. Isaiah has studied at the Aveda training center in Los Angeles and has been certified as both a color and cut expert. After completing the Aveda color mastery series, Isaiah went on to complete advanced skincare and esthentician training with Aveda. He has also completed Hair Color Magic Master Class by Aveda's Global Master Trainer Lupe Voss. With talents accross the board, Isaiah is ready to handle any of his guests needs. Isaiah prides himself in keeping a positive demeanor and creating a positive experience for his guests.
April is one of our very talented Aveda Master Stylists! April has over 15 years of experience in the industry and has been fully trained in every service that her guests might need. She has also completed the Aveda Hair Color Magic Master Class Series. April is a certified Aveda Master and is excited to help all of her guests achieve any beauty goal that they may have. She wants every guest to know that they are in good hands.