Hair, beauty and fashion has been Dora Kakarides’s passion for over 20 years. With influences from some of the nation’s top educators like Vidal Sassoon, L’anza, The Aveda Academy, Paul Mitchell and Deva Curl Institution. Dora has taken her love for the hair industry and has made it her life’s work, motivating her to open Salon DSK.
Over the past 20 years Dora has dedicated herself to her career. She has consistently furthered her education and has always made it a priority to stay ahead of the latest trends. The knowledge she has acquired through the years has given her the skill and capability to accomplish any look or style her clients desire. From color to designer haircutting, hi-liting to extensions, her creativity and sincere love for the art has been the driving force that has brought her to where she is today.
Now as a salon owner and mentor, Dora is thrilled to be able to inspire her staff with the knowledge and techniques she has attained through the years. With a team of well educated, talented artists and a cutting edge salon environment, Dora has created an atmosphere where every client feels welcome and leaves looking amazing!
Kayla graduated from Black Austin Beauty Academy located in California as an Esthetician in 2014. While working as a makeup artist since 2012, she felt that it was important to receive more education to broaden her knowledge and enhance her customer experience. During her exposure in the beauty industry, Kayla discovered an additional passion in leading others and has been working towards her B.S. in Business Management. One of her favorite things about her profession is creating strong relationships with clients while “leveling up” their look and letting their natural beauty shine! Kayla has had intensive training by skincare company Lira Clinical including completing both Smart Peel and Smart Peel Advanced classes. She also attended several Kryolan Professional Make-Up classes in San Francisco and has attended many seminars taught by industry-leading Makeup Artists. Her participation in the Summit Salon Business Center has given her advanced knowledge in Front Desk Operations and Salon Management.
With over 21 years in the hair industry, Donna has dedicated her life to her career. Donna is certified in Diva Curl and has a passion for hair and color. Donna enjoys keeping current with new hair and fashion trends and loves what she does. Her number one priority is ensuring her clients leave her chair happy and feeling beautiful She loves working with people and is a great asset to the Salon DSK team.
Elsa has been a stylist for 22 years and has recently moved to our Garden State from Southern California. While in California she was a Manager in Color for Aveda Salons and is considered to be a Master Stylist and Colorist. Elsa genuinely loves all things color from a simple root touch up, to highlights, to a full-blown color correction. There is not a color project she is afraid of and you will always feel at ease with her cool and calm demeanor while she transforms your hair. She is also an expert in Brazilian Blow Outs which are perfect for these humid New Jersey summers! Elsa loves traveling and trying out new restaurants but her heart will always belong to the “Happiest Place On Earth” Disneyland! She is thankful to her husband who serves in the U.S. Military and thankful to God who has given her and her family so many wonderful opportunities.
Lisa has been in the beauty world for over 6 years and recently relocated from North Jersey to South Jersey. Lisa completed her cosmetology program through East Brunswick Vo Tech and when she first entered in the industry, she was in an Apprenticeship Program with her former salon. While there she received education while working on the salon floor and additional weekly sessions in a classroom. Her passion for hair and for her clients to receive the best experience keeps her up to date on all of the latest trends and techniques. More advanced classes became interesting to Lisa and she sought out haircutting classes from Vidal Sassoon and Gina Bianca, color education classes from Loreal, Redkin, Matrix, and Lanza, certifications courses from Brazilian Blow Out, as well as various other classes from local beauty guides. Lisa specializes in formal hair, blow-outs, barbering, and balayages – she works with a wide variety of clientele from doing a child’s first haircut, to a bride’s updo and groom’s haircut, to a wash and set on classy and mature ladies. Her sweet personality and wealth of knowledge will make everyone feel beautiful and delighted leaving her chair.
Marina graduated from Paul Mitchell cosmetology school. Her passion for the beauty industry include the love for makeup, hair coloring, styling, and cutting. Marina has grown from an assistant at the salon to a confident Lash Artist and blooming educated stylist. She is also our waxing specialist so if you need a brows to your leg waxed she is your girl. Whether you are laying on her lash table or sitting in her salon chair you will be taken care of from start to finish. Her number one goal is to have every person that sits in my chair feel confident, beautiful, and happy.
Callysta (or as we call her Cally) was born and raised in Florence, NJ and began her journey as a stylist right here in Salon DSK. She graduated from Empire Beauty in 2018 and started working for us as an assistant while she was still attending school. Within a year and a half, she graduated from Assistant, to Jr. Stylist, to a now well-rounded and educated Stylist. Not only did Callysta work and apprentice here at Salon DSK, she simultaneously apprenticed at Mike’s Barber Shop in Princeton. To say she is a hard worker is understatement as she has also taken classes from JRL Barbering, Wella Color, Kell Grace’s Updo Classes, and continuous Lanza Education including traveling to Nashville to attend Lanza’s 2020 Big Event. Not only does Callysta love being educated she also loves to educate others. From teaching product knowledge classes to her fellow stylists to coaching her clients on retail products to give them the look that they will love. While her first passion for the beauty industry was doing updos and makeup, it has evolved into working with vivid colors and blondes. When Callysta is not at the salon you can find her at home playing and snuggling with her kitt
Fran has been a stylist for 20 years and specializes in 2D/3D highlights as well as enjoys barbering and body waves.
Hannah has had a life long passion for health and wellness, originating in her obsession with skin care. This, in addition to her schooling at Innovate Salon Academy, has given her the knowledge and hands on experience necessary to tackle any skin concern or desire.
“Hair and makeup is art, an extension of your wardrobe, can make you stand out, can make you blend in, and can make you feel different everyday. It’s whatever you want it to be. It is who we are. It is our philosophy. It is art that gives us the creative control and range to achieve polished perfected beauty in every person we touch. To make you look and feel beautiful, that is our mission.” -Salon DSK