When natural talent coalesces with exceptional training and unparalleled dedication, that's true art. With an artistry that is truly unique to her, Vaso expresses a refinement that sets her above the fray amongst the teeming South Beach salon set. She's honed her skills during years in the business beginning at a young age as a child spending time in a family friend's salon in New York City. The rest, as they say, is history!
The stylist's career officially began in 1990 as a cutter in NYC's prestigious Dramatics Academy. Between 1990 and 1998, Vaso became known as a master colorist and stylist at top salons in the City before moving to South Florida to serve as education and creative director at the internationally renowned White Salon and Spa in South Beach.
Though creating workshops and incentive programs to keep stylists in the know about trends was satisfying, Vaso longed to return to her calling. Staying with the upscale world of luxury spas, she took her talent to The Standard Spa where her thriving salon welcomed a steady stream of Miami Beach's elite and jet-setters from around the world.
Her clientele flourished but the expert stylist and colorist yearned to create her own salon, one that would be an expression of her personal style. Salon Vaso has fulfilled this dream.
Considered a prodigy in esthetician industry, Ana was creating beauty at the tender age of 15. Born in Medellin, Ana was always interested in beauty and cosmetics and had a keen eye for framing the face – beginning with the brow. Following her passion, Ana is a certified esthetician and make up artist, holds a BA in Business, and honed her craft at Benefit cosmetics. Ana founded “Browlash”, a beauty line dedicated to beautiful eyebrows. Miami’s go-to for threading, shaping and framing brows and effortlessly natural, flawless eyelash extensions, an appointment with Ana should be booked weeks in advance.
An incredibly talented beautician, Darlene has been with Salon Vaso for eight years. She specializes in coloring, custom blending, highlights, lowlights, and color corrections using AlfaParf Coloring, Goldwell and Organic Coloring Systems. She also has extensive hands-on experience with tools and techniques from haircutting to human hair extensions, making her a great asset to our Master Stylist department. Darlene recently had a shout out from Allure Magazine for her expertise with soft highlights.
Originally from the bustling Mexico City, Mariana enjoys living in Miami Beach. She studied marketing and advertising in Madrid, Spain where she had the opportunity to broaden her horizons through international business and travel. As the front desk manager at Salon Vaso, her public relations skills have been a major asset to the team and guests. Always positive and easily approachable, you will get nothing but the best customer service from Mariana. She'll greet you with a warm smile and make you feel comfortable before your services even begin.
A Miami native of Colombian descent, Mary is able to deliver rich, multi-tonal shades for a look that is natural and dimensional. She treats each client like a VIP, making them feel at ease the moment they sit in her chair. Mary joined the Vaso team in 2012, and is certified with Peter Coppola Keratin Treatments, Überliss Smoothing Treatments, Hotheads Extensions and delivers the most beautiful Phyto style French Blow-out. She is experienced with Alfaparf Color, certified with Organic Colouring systems, Goldwell and is a master of the art of Balayage.
Innovative, driven, and unconventional are just a few words to describe the young, fresh mind of Natalia Mejia. A student of the Academia Mariela in Medellin, Colombia Natalia earned her Cosmetology Degree. Feeling that her talent would be more appreciated in the fast paced city of Miami, she landed a major apprenticeship here with Alejandro Carbajales, a prestigious stylist and salon owner in the Latin community. While studying at the Miami International University of Art and Design, she found she had a talent for styling as well, which led her to Salon Vaso. Natalia’s expertise extends to curly hair, extensions, color and highlighting techniques, and eyebrow threading. Named by Refinery 29 as one of Miami’s Blow Out Whisperers and featured as an educator for Remington Latino tools, she continues to be an icon in the style and beauty community.
A super star within the industry, Tanya is one of Miami’s most talented nail technicians. Believing a manicure is more than a manicure, Tanya’s attention to detail, professionalism and bright demeanor put Tanya in a class of her own. Hailing from Bulgaria, Tanya is a licensed technician with Salon Vaso since its inception. Specializing in natural nail services and utilizing the latest technology and techniques, Tanya is an expert in product knowledge and prides herself on excellent customer service. She maintains a male and female clientele that rely on her for their beauty and health needs. Insider tip – Tanya’s chair books up fast!
Uppy is a veteran nail technician in Miami Beach with over 12 years of experience. Growing up in South Florida within a family of beauty technicians, Uppy is not only exceptionally talented but also an expert with all types of artificial nail treatments. Her wealth of knowledge includes soak off gel systems, acrylics, gel nails, cone nails, sand nails, and loves to create custom nail art like 3D, flowers, marble, multi colored lines and so much more. Uppy also is lightning fast and flawless with natural manicures and pedicures.
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York, Ricky’s longtime interest in hair, make-up and beauty led to his desire to join the Salon Vaso team. As a long time client of Salon Vaso, Ricky knew that joining the Vaso Team would definitely help advance his skills and foster his development. Ricky strives to perfectly execute a client’s vision at all times, as a true believer in the saying, “You are never fully dressed without great hair!” With 12 years of experience in providing outstanding customer service, Ricky contributes greatly to making our salon a unique, personable, and friendly experience.
Trisha is originally from Rhode Island and holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island. She’s been a local of South Beach for over 15 years and has over 6 years experience as a licensed Estheticican. She is licensed in microdermabrasion and permanent eyelash extensions, is certified with HotHeads Extensions and specializes in beautiful blow outs, creative up-dos, twists and braids. Trisha’s customized methods are an extension of her personal mantra that with every client there is the opportunity to create love for the hair. Her talents and enthusiasm for the beauty industry as a whole have made her a perfect fit for Salon Vaso.
Originally from Paraguay, Elena has over six years of extensive experience as a nail technician. She is known for her attention to detail, product knowledge and ensuring that each guest walks away with picture perfect nails and polish. Her talents also include languages – Elena speaks Guarani, Paraguay’s indigenous language as well as Spanish, Portuguese and English.
Fascinated by the hair industry from a young age and active as a hairstylist for almost two decades, this French Canadian has now arrived in Miami.
Realizing his biggest dream to work on prime time network television productions in Montreal, he shared his passion with the greatest Canadian hairstylists for many years.
Martin chose to explore the U.S. a few years back and see what life in Miami had to offer. He absolutely loved it and is now here to continue his mission: Highlight a woman's maximum beauty by using the minimum effort so they are confident and happy.
From bubbly Blake Lively blond to the sophisticated Julia Robert's chameleon colors, Martin will match your personality to bring out your best with his subtlety while maintaining the integrity of your hair.
Martin is most certainly another polished diamond being added to Salon Vaso’s treasure chest of extraordinary talent.
Cynthia Imperatore is a Master Stylist and Master Colorist par excellence. Her greatest passion has always been fascination for Fashion, Hair, and Makeup. Her extensive education includes Toni and Guy in London as well as San Sebastián, Spain in addition to continuing education at Vidal Sassoon and Sebastian International in Los Angeles. She also was an educator at Sebastian International on the East Coast of the United States from Maryland to Miami, Florida and in South America.
Over 25 years, constantly being up to date on the latest trends in hair and fashion never losing sight of her special skills in coloring and cutting, Cynthia has put together endless spectacular styles for extraordinary events in many peoples lives. She is very proud as a Master Stylist and Colorist to be able to say that in over 25 years in the Beauty Industry the clientele that sits in her chair is beyond satisfied.