Our Team

Penni

Nail Technician

My name is Penni.  I am a licensed to perform all nail services and all waxing services.  I maintain a certification in spray tanning. I am blessed to have been in this career for over 35 years.  I have been with Maia since the salon/spa opened. I love all aspects of my job; the place I work, the people I meet, the services I provide and my fellow employees.  I have experienced many life altering events and took the challenges as stepping stones to a greater appreciation of the gift that is life. The technical aspects of my career give me the opportunity to meet and provide comfort and beauty to many wonderful people.  One of my greatest pleasures is to make you smile inside and out with services that will not only beautify your outer body but also relax and rejuvenate your soul.  

Every morning I start my day with an open mind.  Providing services allows me to not only have a job to provide for my family, but it’s a job I love and cherish every day.  Whether servicing a brand-new client or one I have maintained for over 30 years, I give my best to every client that enters my world.  I am always looking to expand and grow my clientele. I love people and know every path that I cross has a purpose. Being in this industry always provides me with opportunities to continue to learn.  I will always try to stay on top of the latest trends. 

I am also honored to be a part of Monday at Racine’s.  This organization provides complimentary salon and spa services to cancer patients currently receiving treatment.  Our beautiful salon provides these services the 2nd Tuesday of every month.  I can not say enough about my wonderful coworkers that share their time with me to provide these services. And I can tell you, we are all truly blessed to see the strength and beautiful souls of these patients.

Please note, it will be my pleasure to meet you.  Your next step is to make an appointment.  

Some of my many talents include:  Manicures, pedicures (classics and assorted spa), acrylic, hard gel, gel manicures, nail art, Biosculpture gel, dip powder, waxing and spray tanning. 

Julene

Designer Artist

Start date:

October, 2018

 

What I Love:
I love interacting with my guests by expressing my creativity through their, my canvas. I am interested in everyone’s “story” which allows me to utilize my skillset to achieve the look they want.

 

Where I’ve Been:
Born in Brooklyn to a hairstylist and entrepreneur, you could say I was born for this. My love of hair began as a child playing with dolls, then moving on to friends and family where I recreated styles and looks I saw around me. When I moved to South Jersey, I attended the cosmetology program in high school.  Fast forward many years and after marriage and children, I was encouraged to reignite my passion for hair becoming licensed in the state of NY. I’ve had the pleasure of participating in New York Fashion Week and taking numerous classes and workshops to further my career. I am certified in the Brazilian Blowout and other smoothing systems. I am also certified in multiple variations of hair extensions, not limited to sew ins, bonded, beaded and hot fusion methods. I am always ready and willing to take additional classes to stay informed of currents trends and to further improve my skills to assure the highest level of satisfaction for each guest that sits in my chair.

Jolie

Hair Dresser

I started out in my home country in Turkey, I owned my own hair salon and kept my clients dear and close. I went to school there and first got my cosmetology license there; however when I came here I had to go back to school for my license since I could not use my Turkish license here. I rekindled my love for the creativity that comes as a cosmetologist but I still keep my clients as dear and close to me as I did in my own shop in Turkey. I’ve also done work in Midtown Manhattan for close to 15 years now in a little shop owned by a close friend of mine. I still work there on Sundays just for the joy of being able to do what I love in one of the best known cities in America.

Vanessa

Master Stylist

My goal as a stylist is to maintain the highest standard of professionalism, performance, and integrity. I feel that I have the ability to work diligently and communicate effectively to achieve clients desires, color and style. The highlight of my career was being an Educator for Framesi North America where I taught my fellow peers hair color techniques and formulation. I traveled and received the opportunity to master my craft under the watching eye of amazing stylists.

 

When I’m not doing hair, I enjoy traveling and exploring new places.

 

Certified in:

  • Brazilian Blowouts
  • Trissola Keratin Smoothing treatment
  • Bellami Hair Extensions
  • Perfectress Hair Extensions
  • Goldwell Hair COlor
  • Eufora Hair COlor
  • Framesi Hair Color
  • Quad Curly Hair Cutting tequniques
  • Kim Vo
  • Framesi Italian Style Cutting

Floridalma

Stylist

My name is Floridalma and I have been in the beauty industry for 5 years now. My desire to do hair started in high school. The girls on the cheer team with me would ask me to do their hair before games.  This is when I realized I have a passion for hair. I didn’t mind being late to our games as long as our team looked beautiful!  I attended Centereach high school,  where I completed cosmetology school and started my career at Maia in  2015 right after graduation. I feel grateful to be apart of such an amazing salon,  to work with  and learn from  talented hairstylists.

My passion and dedication enabled me to earn the position of stylist just one year later.  I have taken specialty classes in the color lines we use and carry  Goldwell, Eufora, as well as creative and online classes from “Pretty Little Ombre”. Combining what i have learned with my creativity enables me to  specialize in balayages, highlights, and creative and corrective color.

Adding just the right Haircut, and or extensions enables me to create  the perfect look for my clients and make  their hair goal come true!

My available is Tuesday- Saturday, and every other Sunday.

I speak fluent Spanish

Check out my work on my instagram!! @Floridalma_stylist

Holly

Hairstylist / Makeup Artist

In the very beginning of my career I actually wanted to become a barber, as men’s cutting is how I started my love for hair, but my family and friends urged me to go to cosmetology school instead so that I could pursue  both men’s and women’s cutting and coloring. So my journey began, starting at Long Island Beauty School, where I got my first job as an apprentice at an Arrojo flagship salon. I worked closely with stylists during my apprenticeship, taking in as much as I could in my time there. In March 2019 I began my new journey at MAIA. It has been one of the best decisions I have made thus far in my career. I have taken various classes from Goldwell color education, classic cuts, styling, bridal makeup application and also received my certificate for application of hair extensions through Bellami Pro.

In 2018 I worked New York fashion week and Brooklyn fashion week, building relationships with designers and photographers. I plan to further my education at Vidal Sassoon Academy in London and become an educator to salons and stylists for my favorite color company Goldwell. I specialize in blondes, bright reds and coppers, corrective color and fashion colors. I believe it’s extremely important to continue educating myself to be able to give my clients the latest trends. I look forward to meeting all of my new guests and making all of your hair dreams a reality!

To view my work my Instagram Handel is @hairbyhollye

Kelsey

Stylist and Esthetician

My name is Kelsey and I have been working in the beauty industry as a hair stylist and esthetician for 11 years. I am so blessed to have been with MAIA Salon and Spa from the very beginning, when the idea of an integrative holistic approach to beauty and inner well-being was just a vision. Watching the space grow and evolve over the past few years has been an amazing experience.

 

I have knowledge and skill in most aspects of hair and skin care including custom coloring/cutting/styling, keratin treatments, formal styling, makeup, waxing, facials and microdermabrasion. I am currently most passionate about corrective color and human hair extensions. Being able to create a look that a client had thought to be unimaginable is what keeps my passion for the beauty industry thriving.

 

As far as skin care services, I have worked with many product lines including Dermalogica, PCA Skin and SkinCeuticals however, Eminence Organic Skin Care has been my favorite line to utilize on my guests as well as my own skin for more than 8 years.

 

I have been very fortunate to have taken many advanced training courses throughout my career as a stylist in several academies in New York, Florida and California. My extensive education consists of techniques from Vidal Sassoon, Paul Mitchell, Kim Vo, Pravana, Redken, Wella, Goldwell, Keratin Complex, Lasio, Brazilian Blowout and many more. The past few years at MAIA have been spent building my knowledge in Eufora’s color and product lines which utilize Organic Aloe Vera, natural plant extracts and essential oils, fitting the holistic approach we strive to deliver.

 

Having a career based on helping others look and feel amazing had inspired me to continue my education and career journey to becoming a Registered Nurse in order to truly understand how to promote health and wellness to my guests in all aspects. I hope to someday combine both of my careers and passions completely to deliver the full experience of beauty and health from the inside outward.

 

My goal is to share all of my knowledge and experience with each guest that sits in my chair. I truly believe that I, personally, can only show an individual how to care for themselves in order to look and feel their best. The rest is up to that person to utilize the power I give them to continue their own journey to a happier, healthier being.

 

Book an appointment to see me for your beauty needs at MAIA on Saturdays from 9am-6pm

 

Or check out some of my work on Instagram @hairbykelsmarie

Nicolette

Esthetician

My name is Nicolette and I am a licensed esthetician. I’ve always been interested in the beauty industry and started off as a self-taught makeup artist, before venturing into the skin care world, while attending Long Island Hair, Skin and Nails. I was lucky to have an amazing group of teachers, who helped guide me toward finding my passion. I fell in love with all things skin care, and the feeling of helping someone feel beautiful in their own skin was priceless.

I continued to learn past introductory esthetics and became interested in oncology esthetics. I started volunteering at MAIA Salon while still in school, for a program called Mondays at Racine. Mondays at Racine is a nonprofit organization, which provides complimentary services for cancer patients currently going through treatment. This program touches me deeply, as it hits close to home. I’m blessed and humbled to be a part of this program.

After graduating, I was immediately welcomed to be a part of the MAIA Salon family, as an esthetician. Working here has only built my knowledge and expanded my horizons and I am grateful for the opportunity to do so. I’ve built a close relationship with every person who walks into the spa and enjoy meeting new faces every day!

I custom each facial towards my client, to ensure the most enjoyable and relaxing experience. I work on all and every skin type. My services also include microdermabrasion, high frequency treatments, enzyme peels and so much more. I am available Tuesday/Friday through Sunday. I look forward to meeting you!

Check out my instagram: @beautybynicolettexo

Evelyn

Esthetician

What I love: I have been practicing Raja and Hatha yoga for 22 years. I have interests in art, design, and travel.

My love and fascination for the art of esthetics dates back to my teenage years. I came to understand early on, that even the simplest esthetic transformation can have a significant impact on a person’s sense of well-being.  Skin care is the most basic, but one of the most important elements of beauty.  I truly believe that skin care is one of the best investments a person can make, as it is a practice in self-care and a step towards maintaining healthier, brighter skin for years to come.  I enjoy building relationships with my clients, and truly value the client experience.  Helping my clients feel their best is one of the most rewarding aspects of my work.

I’ve been: I obtained my esthetics license at Long Island skin institute.

I’ve lived in Argentina, the Caribbean and travels to many countries through South America and Europe and am fluent in English, Spanish and Basic Italian.

Tatiana

Esthetician

I have been an esthetician for over 10 years now. I hold licenses from the state of New Jersey and New York, with microdermabrasion certification, training in different skin care lines including eminence, specialist in waxing and eyebrow design with certification from Brazil.

My job is to make my clients feel good about themselves and to love the way they look with the right skin care regimen and treatments. You can change the way your skin feels and looks without surgeries, Botox or fillers.

I also speak fluent Spanish.

Grace

Cosmetologist

Future stylist/Lash Tech Start date: Oct 2019, My name is Grace and I am a licensed cosmetologist. Growing up with an older sister, who is also hairstylist, I was always her model. Little did I know that some day I would pick up the same profession. Ironically, my passion for hair began when my life was at an all time low. I was not able to reach my dreams due to family issues. This meant I had no choice but to move out of my guardians house after high school in 2017. I soon moved in to a more stable environment and was able to gain clarity. I took a couple years after high school to discover what I was truly meant for. I began my career at Western Suffolk Boces and was taught by one of the best teachers there. Not only did she encourage and skill me, but she was the mother figure I unfortunately never had. I found such a new meaning and love for my purpose. That is to make other people feel beautiful and worthy. Soon after my cosmetology program I became licensed in 2019. I had the pleasure of taking classes from Redken, Wella, and Goldwell educators. I am also certified in Brazilian Blowout, Keratin Complex, Trissola, and other keratins. I am currently registered to take a full day lash course in Brooklyn. This course will be beneficial for my career since I can notice how much of a difference full lashes can make on clients. My goal is to further my education to become as skilled as possible for my future clients. While assisting at Maia salon, I was able to work with a Eufora educator during our Mondays at Racine program. I was able to learn aboout the Eufora color line which is derived from aloe vera. They take an organic approach to deliver the needs of clients. This line is also used during our Mondays at Racine program. This program  delivers complimentary services to cancer patients undergoing treatment.  Being able to make people in need of services beautiful, is something that is unmatched. I am beyond humbled and proud to be apart of something so moving. Learning about this innovative line made me so happy to be apart of such a sophisticated family. They offer educational opportunities for stylists so I attended Eufora Vision Quest 2020. Even though it was virtual, I could still take notes and live stream if I had any questions. I also plan on attending Eufora Vision Quest 2021 in San Diego. Helping clients feel their best is something that is an irreplaceable experience for me. I am so excited and humbled to see how much I grow in the near future. When I am not working, I am traveling. Whether it be local or a full week vacation. I enjoy learning about different people from around the world. I have been to the Bahamas, Bermuda, and plan on visiting different countries and learning new cultures.

My instagram handle is @hairbygraceliz

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