MENLO PARK | SAN FRANCISCO | STYLISTS
CHRISTINA AGUAYO LEAD MAKEUP ARTIST/BROW SPECIALIST

An accomplished makeup artist and esthetician, Christina started her career in the beauty industry in 2005 at the counters of MAC Cosmetics (as a certified MAC trainee), where she found her craft and enthusiasm for makeup application and subtle blending. Her creativity and desire for experimentation in cosmetics dates back to her childhood where she would elevate mundane eye shadows to an art form for friends.
In addition to being a California Certified Makeup & Brow Specialist, Christina is also a Licensed Esthetician. She is proficient at creating a clean, sophisticated look for the traditional bride as well as an exotic, dramatic look for fashion runway and photography. Christina has trained and interned for the prestigious LeClub Spa in Madrid, Spain, where she trained for eyebrow shaping and European skin care. Artistic and ingenious at what she does, she takes her time and listens to her guests desires. Christina Aguayo has an innate ability to visualize and advise others on how to achieve and maintain perfect skin.

To schedule an appointment with Christina, please email christina@alexchases.com.

IRINA ANIKINA SENIOR HAIR COLORIST

A Master Hair Colorist, Irina began her career as an apprentice, developing skills that would soon make her a sought after talent throughout the Bay Area. Her attention to detail and expertise in hair coloring techniques has endeared her to guests seeking that personalized touch for their haircare needs. Joining the team at ACS has proved an incredible step in her career, for Irina counts her peers and Alex Chases as mentors and inspirations to being her best. ACS is equally enthusiastic to count Irina Anikina as part of its dynamic team.

To schedule an appointment with Irina, please email reservations@alexchases.com.

VANESSA AUERBACH  SENIOR HAIR STYLIST/COLORIST

The vibrant and talented Vanessa Auerbach brings her skills back home from New York where she thrived as an editorial, runway and celebrity stylist. While continuing in these disciplines, Vanessa has added the title of educator, teaching other hair designers the skills needed for success.
Whether plying her talents in color, design, makeup or extension work, Vanessa’s calm and confident demeanor creates an experience her clients leave raving over, again and again.

To schedule an appointment with Vanessa, please email reservations@alexchases.com.

HUMAN AVIJ SENIOR HAIR STYLIST/COLORIST

From a very young age, Human took to hairdressing. At the age of thirteen he was styling for brides, manipulating hair pieces and working with extensions. By age sixteen Human took to professional hair design as a freelance artist for models and music video productions, all while attending high school. After moving from Sweden to the U.S. as a Pre-Med student to complete his four year study program, Human realized that hair was still his greatest passion, turning to the industry with great success.

His pursuit of excellence has allowed Human to explore hairdressing through his varied background of music, art and chemistry: creating a successful business and loyal following; and has compelled him to share his knowledge as an artist for L’Oreal Professionnel.

To schedule an appointment with Human, please email human@alexchases.com.

ELAINE BENSON SENIOR HAIR STYLIST/COLORIST

Elaine’s passion for hair sprouted at a very young age. Her commitment to education and growth is evident in the creativity and dedication she gives to every guest. With an extensive background in color education, cutting and thermal straightening: from such notables as Vidal Sassoon, L’Oréal Professionnel and Damien Carney; Elaine is constantly at work developing her skills and creativity. Her greatest inspiration though, is the daily interaction and desire of each guest and the talents of her peers. The evidence of this commitment to perfection is in the beauty Elaine creates on a daily basis.

To schedule an appointment with Elaine, please email reservations@alexchases.com.

OSCAR FAORO SENIOR HAIR STYLIST/COLORIST

A color and style master from Italy, Oscar is a natural born artist creating beauty for an ever increasing VIP guest list. Recruited by European stylist Gabrio Staff as an apprentice, Oscar immersed himself in developing skills: seeking out elevated education from famed colorist Aldo Coppola. Desiring greater challenges, Oscar moved to Florence and eventually opened his own salon, which remains one of Florence’s finest. Oscar's looks have been featured in such big name runway shows as Ferragamo, La Perla and Dolce & Gabbana, along with Vogue and Marie Claire magazine covers.

To schedule an appointment with Oscar, please email oscar@alexchases.com.

JESS GALINDO SENIOR HAIR STYLIST

Jess has been committed to following her passion of hair design since 2009. She has an exceptional talent for developing a unique and personal style for each of her clients by creating natural, carefree results for active lifestyles. Her skilled technique of hair smoothing treatments, color, and blow-drys are reflected in the natural styles she creates for her clients.


To schedule an appointment with Jess, please email jess@alexchases.com.

DRE GONZALEZ SENIOR HAIR STYLIST

From European fashion runways to over a decade of styling celebrities and fashion designers in Beverly Hills, Dre brings years of experience and artistic skill that reflect her passion for hairstyling. Known for her ability to focus on each clients needs, Dre strives to achieve natural looking hair that is healthy, youthful and easy to manage.

To schedule an appointment with Dre, please email reservations@alexchases.com.

VIVIAN GRIMALDO SENIOR HAIR COLORIST

Renowned for her brilliance in hair color and mastery in the art of balayage, Vivian has been sharing her talents with guests and peers for over 25 years. Vivian’s extensive history includes training from the prestigious Frédéric Fekkai Salon in New York and later as the Color Director for the Fekkai Salon in Beverly Hills. As the Color Director, she oversaw education for the color department and assistants.
As a L’Oréal Professionnel Balayage Artist and Color Educator, Vivian shares her knowledge and expertise with colorists throughout the country; teaching and inspiring them to reach new heights in beauty just as she creates on a daily basis with her guests. ACS is proud to have Vivian Grimaldo leading the education department and to count her as part of a growing team of talented hairdressers.

To schedule an appointment with Vivian, please email reservations@alexchases.com.

CLYDE HIGUCHI SENIOR HAIR STYLIST

Clyde Higuchi is a meticulous designer who shares his gifts with guests from coast to coast. His professional experience includes styling for clothing designers, fashion shows and editorials for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Allure. Clyde creates simple and elegant designs that are consistent with current fashion, yet timeless in their quality. Clyde Higuchi provides cuts and styles that reflect who you are and what you want to project to the world.

To schedule an appointment with Clyde, please email clyde@alexchases.com.

JAYE KARSA SENIOR HAIR STYLIST/COLORIST

Working as a hairstylist for over 2 decades, Jaye’s expertise is as extensive as his training. His desire to be the best has taken him to seek advanced training at L’Oréal Academy, Goldwell Studio, Vidal Sassoon and Martin Parsons, to name a few. With an emphasis on color and styling, Jaye brings profound knowledge and creativity to every guest, ensuring needs are always exceeded. Listing credits such as Vanity Fair, CNN and Gentry, to name a few, his passion for beauty and his quality of craft make Jaye Karsa a much sought after hairstylist, both in the salon and by the media.

To schedule an appointment with Jaye, please email reservations@alexchases.com.

LUCA MATURELI SENIOR HAIR STYLIST

Since joining Alex Chases Salon, Luca has established himself as a highly successful stylist with a keen eye for spotting trends. A graduate of the prestigious Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica, California, Luca creates beauty through his influences of architecture, international design and fashion concepts. Born in the Republic of Georgia, Luca has lived extensively throughout Europe and is fluent in English, Georgian, Russian and German. Working at both ACS locations, Luca’s guests include notable Bay Area executives and celebrities.

To schedule an appointment with Luca, please email luca@alexchases.com.

KAZUMI MORTON SENIOR HAIR COLORIST

Always inspired and passionate about hair, Kazumi Morton’s career began when she moved from her home in Japan to Los Angeles to train at the prestigious Vidal Sassoon Academy. Upon graduating, Kazumi was mentored by world-renowned colorist Stuart Gavert at the Gavert Atelier Salon in Beverly Hills. Throughout her career, Kazumi has worked internationally and with clients including Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Christina Applegate.
Allure, one of the many publications Kazumi has been featured in, tagged her as a “brunette master”. A true master of color, Kazumi strives daily to bring out the best in all her clients. As an educator for Milbon – sharing her knowledge of Japanese hair straightening – Kazumi also creates custom coloring extensions for Hair Lingerie.
Based out of Los Angeles, Kazumi visits Alex Chases Salon on a five week cycle, and travels to New York as well, sharing her talents with an extensive following.

To schedule an appointment with Kazumi, please email kazumi@alexchases.com.

KELLY PACE SENIOR HAIR STYLIST

Kelly has a love for showing people an easy, effortless way to make their hair a staple accessory to their style. Her career began in North Carolina, but after stints at top salons in Raleigh and Cary, greater things beckoned. Kelly traveled to Los Angeles where she would become first, an assistant at Frédéric Fekkai Salon: learning from top designers as well as directly with Frédéric; then as a top stylist at Frédéric Fekkai for over 10 years, where she styled celebrities, athletes, singers, socialites, and people in the entertainment industry. Kelly has also worked on television and fashion shows as well as extensive editorial work. Upon moving to San Francisco, Kelly found a new home at Alex Chases Salon, wherein she quickly established herself as a force to be reckoned with. Now living in Seattle and working at The Red Door Salon in Bellevue, WA as the Lead educator, Kelly commutes back to California on a monthly basis to style her extensive clientele.

To schedule an appointment with Kelly, please email reservations@alexchases.com.

GUSTAVO ROSALES SENIOR HAIR STYLIST/COLORIST

Gustavo Rosales is an innovative and skilled stylist with nearly a decade of experience. Specializing in looks that artfully mix provoking sophistication with modern edginess, Gustavo’s cuts have been featured on fashion runways from San Francisco to New York. Gustavo examines his guests individual style, personality and unique features to create beautiful looks that are all their own. Professionally trained at renowned schools like Paul Mitchell, Bumble and bumble, and Vidal Sassoon, Gustavo delivers a distinctive blend of artistry, advanced cutting technique and exquisite customer service that has earned him a dedicated following throughout the Bay Area.

To schedule an appointment with Gustavo, please email gustavo@alexchases.com.

BIANCA RUBI MAKEUP ARTIST/BROW SPECIALIST

Bianca’s creative background for the past decade includes work as a professional makeup artist and brow specialist. She honed her skills working for Dior beauty and traveling with the National Estée Lauder team. Makeup artistry is Bianca’s passion, with bridal and photography work being her forte. As in-house makeup artist for an online boutique, Bianca aided in creative direction and development. Working closely with wardrobe specialists and photographers, she is thrilled to bring her particular blend of makeup expertise and distinctive brow artistry to Alex Chases Salon.

To schedule an appointment with Bianca, please email reservations@alexchases.com.

SCOTT SMITH SENIOR HAIR STYLIST/COLORIST

Scott Smith has been exploring all facets of the beauty industry nearing three decades, forever acting the student. From assistant to salon owner: with film, print and session work layered within; his passion for learning and challenge still grows with each day.
Beginning as an assistant to his creative mentor and being introduced to a world of learning: Smith’s many teachers and influences around the globe have given him the tools to succeed, yet challenged him with pushing boundaries and experiencing failures; thus allowing success and creativity to flourish. Now, as a designer, educator and business consultant, Scott Smith shares his knowledge, experience and passion with others.

To schedule an appointment with Scott, please email scott@alexchases.com.

MENG THEA MAKE-UP ARTIST

Meng is an accomplished and creative make-up artist who enjoys an established and loyal clientele in San Francisco and the Peninsula.
Originally from Boston, Meng's background at Lancome Cosmetics and her training at The Concepts Institute of Advanced Esthetics for European Brow and Lash Tints, have made her one of the Bay Area's most popular Make-up stars. Her talented ability to enhance each client's individual beauty coupled with her passion for perfection and color have made her in-demand for a wide variety of events including weddings, photo shoots, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, as well as Red Carpet Openings and Events.
Meng makes it a priority to stay focused on leading make-up trends and color as well as consistently expressing her signature style of a natural, glowing complexion and perfectly shaped brows. She is known for her professional approach and her ability to instantly connect with her clients. The result is a radiant and natural looking face that leaves each of Meng's clients feeling confidently beautiful.

To schedule an appointment with Meng, please email meng@alexchases.com.

JULIE YUREWITZ SENIOR HAIR STYLIST/COLORIST

Julie has been committed to her craft and guests for over 20 years and her passion for creating beauty shows. A graduate of advanced training in color and cutting, Julie loves to focus her attention on creating a natural palette of highlighting tones and effects for a very discerning VIP guest list. Julie’s list of credentials include hairstyling for magazines, as well as fashion and bridal expo events. A consummate perfectionist, Julie Yurewitz brings a passion for her craft matched by few.

To schedule an appointment with Julie, please email julie@alexchases.com.