From the production rooms of the fashion district to the makeup chair on a photo shoot – from the eyes of a seamstress to the vision of a colorist, Maureen is a true renaissance woman. She began her journey in the world of fashion and beauty as a production coordinator in the garment industry, responsible for an item of clothing from its inception down to the trim. Fascinated by the possibilities in creating an entire look from start to finish, Maureen became a makeup artist for everything from beauty campaigns to weddings.
She joined the creative team at Privé Salon New York as a makeup artist and eventually took her career one step further by becoming a colorist. Over the course of her 5-year career at Privé, she cultivated a chic clientele, was featured in many popular magazines and consulted on makeup and hair for several television shows. Part of her gift is in being an avid listener who is able to translate your desires into reality. Sensitive to what is possible in terms of realistic parameters, Maureen has an innate sense of the best results for each client based upon skin tone, eye color and hair color.
Alyson began her career as a colorist at a prestigious salon in NJ where she quickly built a loyal clientele. She then joined the team at Minardi Salon in NYC and worked under colorist Beth Minardi. This experience enabled Alyson to build a strong foundation in the art of hair color and correction. When the opportunity arose to work with Color director, Zoë Staricco and Master stylist Christine Ku, Alyson moved back to New Jersey to join the Zoku team.
Alyson specializes in making her client’s final look, natural and healthy. She gives a personalized consultation, taking careful consideration of the client’s lifestyle and maintenance preference, before transforming their look through color. Alyson excels in all phases of hair coloring, from dimensional red creations to creating dramatic shade-on-shade blonde statements.
Isak Muratov, born in Moscow and raised in Uzbekistan, immigrated to America at an early age, but never lost his European eye for beauty and elegance. Born of a Spanish-Israeli mother, Isak recalls, “My first spark of interest in the hair industry was when I saw women basking on the beaches of Israel with a mud-like substance on their hair, later in which, I learned was Henna. I now use Henna to add more hues to my color repertoire.”
After college, Isak chose to follow his passion and become a hair color specialist. Isak’s meticulous, artistic ability blossomed when he worked at Prive NYC where he started his career under celebrity stylist, Micki Loicano. Wanting to further his future in color, Isak began an apprenticeship under Zoë as her personal assistant. His reputation for excellence landed him a colorist position at Zoku Salon where his popularity soared.
Isak’s method of expertise, is a very natural form of Balayage…(a painting technique that originated in France.) This allows him to be extremely precise when highlighting, piece by piece, creating the perfect, personalized tresses. Subtle and natural or strong and vibrant, he will give you what you are looking for.
Bari began her journey into the beauty industry as a model, where she realized her desire was to be behind the scenes rather than in front of the camera. After graduating from the Artistic Academy, she began specializing in color in New York City at the Chris Chase Salon. Shortly there after, she began to train with master colorist Zoe Cortez-Staricco.
Bari is always open to new techniques and becoming knowledgable in all aspects of color by continuously educating herself on all the latest trends. Bari is artist at heart and able to find inspiration wherever she goes- whether it be in her daily surroundings, being in NYC or traveling abroad. In a recent trip to Paris, she became very interested in a new technique, a form of Balayage which she can now replicate with astounding success. Whether she is helping you create a new image or bringing you back to your roots, Bari skillfully brings out your natural beauty.
Danielle joined the Zoku team in 2008 and studied extensively under Master Colorist, Zoe Cortez-Staricco. From her many years of experience, whether you are looking from a conservative or funky standpoint, Danielle is eager to capture the alluring hues that brighten your face. With a naturally fiery personality, Danielle’s color has a stand out personality that pops with a zesty flare. Fun to the core, you can rest assured that your color will never be dull.
Joseph began his career in hair when he graduated from both high school and beauty school back in 2011. Directly out of school, he acquired a job working in a high end boutique salon and began training under men and women who have been in the industry for 15+ years. After 3 years of training he found himself drawn to Zoku Salon for the fast pace and New York City salon feel. After training and learning the fresh and diverse techniques of the Zoku colorists he was ready and able to start working on the floor full time as a junior colorist. His passion for the industry never ceases to grow through his experience with clients, outside education and social media outlets. “I plan on always continuing to enhance my abilities as a colorist.”
Jackie Cardona hails from Los Angeles, California; where she found her calling in styling hair, later bringing her to New York City.
With over 10 years experience, Jackie has worked with some of the most elite salons in New York City, including Pierre Michel, Prive Salon and Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon. Jackie is known for her technique in cutting hair dry and creating exceptional updos. Having extensive product knowledge, in areas such as Restructuring Hair Treatments, Straightening Systems and Perms, allows Jackie to broaden and grow clientele. Jackie is constantly aware of what styles are current, adding her own touch.
Whether your style is casual, chic or edgy, Jackie can manage it, all while bringing a unique sense of style and ultimate satisfaction to each client, women, men or children. For Jackie, styling hair is “all about bringing out that sense of style in each client, and which works only for them.”
Irene’s journey in the beauty industry started in New York City over 8 years ago, where she sought out great opportunities to train as a stylist by first apprenticing for Master Stylist Laurent D of Prive Salons, Master Stylist Christine Ku and several others. Her artistic vision and impeccable attention to detail has allowed her to work with many celebrity clients and such venues as the CBS Early Show, Fashion Shows, and editorial photo shoots. Irene also enjoys tremendously, styling for weddings and other special occasions.
Although she is well versed in all types of haircuts and styling she enjoys contemporary cuts and funky avant-garde styles. If you sit in her chair you will find Irene is down to earth, a great listener, and refreshingly candid. She believes in “educating myself and sharing that knowledge with others while respecting, acknowledging and servicing different hair types from men, women and children of all ethnic backgrounds.”
Visit Irene and not only will you receive a great cut and style but also the ins and outs on how to care for and maintain your hair.
Gil has now been with Zoku for six years. He began his styling career at the Aveda Institute in NYC. He apprenticed for two years with the Antonio Prieto Salon before graduating to the floor as a senior stylist. Gil has taken advanced training classes with The Toni and Guy Advanced Education Institute as well as The Wella Studio.
Gil approaches his work based on the density and texture of his clients hair taking into account head and facial structure. Working systematically, with great technique and precision he creates a beautiful balance. He is a great listener and will arrive at a harmonious outcome incorporating the client’s wishes and needs. His styles can vary from classic to edgy modern cuts.
Manny’s love affair with hair started at the early age of 12, when he and his younger sister started charging clients for braids and haircuts out of their parent’s house. The evolution of his career led him to start working behind the chair as a professional at 17 years old. Since t that time Manny has come to work at some of the top barber shops and salons in New York and New Jersey as a senior stylist. His work as a global educator has brought him to travel throughout the U.S., South America and Asia. Achievements aside, Manny still views himself as a humble student of the craft and continues to seek ways to improve his own abilities. The story doesn’t end there, so stay tuned to see what else is to come of Manny…
When not busy behind the chair Manny trains the new up and coming talent as Co-Director of Education.
Professionally trained under the Yosh technique in the San Francisco area, Pat joined the Zoku styling team in 2007. Working closely under Christine Ku, she perfected precision wet cuts with dry cut detailing and sleek, effortless styling. Her forte is creating texture and life in limp, fine hair and reducing weight in thick, heavy hair with a unique razor/shear technique. Pat is also certified in Calligraphy cutting.
Pat believes that “the hair design should match the level of maintenance and lifestyle the client can support,” so a personalized consultation takes precedence when you sit in her chair. She also actively collaborates with other Zoku stylists, colorists and makeup artists to ensure a polished look from beginning to end.
After joining our team in 2009, Mackenzie worked directly with Master Stylist Christine Ku. Under close study and examination, Mackenzie developed an eye for detail and carefully created a system of cutting in which she fused practicality and uniqueness. Mackenzie believes that listening to her clients comes first, resulting in polished, manageable looks that can be easily replicated at home.
Starting at a young age, Jessica’s passion for the arts has been nurtured through a strong impact from her family and the encouragement of the environment she works in. She began her career a small town salon at a young age and immediately recognized her natural ability to mold and shape hair visually. Furthering her education at Kean University, and eventually graduating from Robert Fience, she joined Zoku at the beginning of 2010.
After assisting her mentor Jackie Cardona, Jessica had the opportunity to work under Christine Ku at Chris Chase and Sally Hershberger in NYC. She has had the privilege of working on editorial pieces, and makes it a lifetime goal to have her talents bring her around the world.
“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” -Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Tanya is a native of Costa Rica and brings the warmth and passion of her birthplace to her work. She has been in the hair industry since 2002, and has been polishing her craft at Zoku Salon since 2013.
Since the early stages of her life, Tanya has always exhibited a great sense of style which she combines with her passion for hair, creativity and artistry to deliver effortless and fashionable hair styles. Tanya’s hair cutting certifications include: Razor Mastercraft, Arrojo NYC, Sassoon Cutting NYC, and Caligraphy Cutting. She has also been influenced by closely working with top stylists at Zoku including Christine Ku. She also holds certifications for Global Keratin Smoothing Systems and Goldwell Kerasilk Control. Tanya takes great pride in her work and pays attention to every little detail to achieve polished looks that will make you leave her chair feeling relaxed and confident.
Diana is a skin-obsessed perfectionist who was quite literally born into the business. Having grown up around her mother’s successful NYC skincare salon Diana has been honing the craft of making peoples skin look beautiful and radiant for most of her life. She makes it her mission to make every single client look and feel their very best by bringing her lifetime of experience and education to her very personalized custom facials and treatments. No matter what your concern may be-acne, aging, rosacea, a precision eyebrow shaping, when it comes to your face…you are in good hands with Diana.