Peggy Strauss

Owner, Operator and Hair Stylist

Peggy has over 23 years of experience cutting, coloring and styling hair. She has worked in Hawaii and on the mainland. She considers herself a very down-to-earth woman, enjoying salsa dancing, cooking, the outdoors and most of all, spending time with family and friends. She treats people how she wants to be treated and believes that what you give to the world is what comes back to you. Being present, loving, respectful, genuine and kind to others gives her the most pleasure and joy. This is one of the reasons she became a hair stylist – to spread happiness.

 

Peggy believes education is the most powerful way to service her clients. The hair industry changes so much every year and staying current through education and training, is one of her top priorities. In the last 23 years, Peggy has attended advanced training at least twice a year at the best hair academies. These classes often require her to take time away from family and servicing her clients, but she is extremely passionate about learning new techniques, methods and products that can be brought back to the salon. Some of the classes she has attended are:

  • Vidal Sassoon (Precise Haircutting and Color)

  • Toni and Guy (Hair Cutting and Color)

  • Wella Studio

  • Goldwell (Hair Color)

  • Fremesi (Hair Color)

  • Great Lengths Hair Extensions

  • Gene Juarez Academy and Advanced Training

  • L’Oréal NY

  • Aveda

  • Evolve Volumizer and Hair Extensions

Frani Thacker

Hair Stylist

Frani began her career in LA at Marinello School, working in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and San Francisco alongside talented industry stylists. She worked on editorial print, but quickly realized her best and most fulfilling work happens behind the chair. Frani loves meeting new clients, taking the time to determine their best look and how to achieve it. “I love meeting people and sharing stories. The best part of my job is that it allows me to build friendships through beauty.”

 

Education and Training:

  • Marinello School of Beauty

  • L'Oreal Professional Balayage Techniques

  • Vidal Sassoon Santa Monica, CA for Classic Haircutting

  • Todd DiPietro San Francisco, CA for Creative Haircutting

Nyree Silva

Hair Stylist

“Be kind, continue to work hard and be a Grateful Servant...it's the way I strive to live my life."

As a licensed cosmetologist, Nyree has been serving her clients for over a decade with the highest quality and care. Her primary purpose is ensuring her client leaves her chair feeling confident and beautiful, inside and out.

After completing her education at the Paul Brown Institute of Cosmetology, she was blessed to work alongside top stylists in the industry, learning from their experience while perfecting her own skills. Over the years, Nyree has learned to truly listen to her clients' needs, forming relationships and bonds that go beyond standard working relationships. 

Growing up in the Hakipuu valley on the island of Oahu, Nyree learned to love and appreciate the island she was born on. She is the mother of 3 and along with her husband, raises her children to 'do what's right, even when no one is watching'. They believe instilling great character and integrity will help them become great community contributors.

Education and Training:

  • Paul Brown Institute of Cosmetology

  • DI Biase Hair Extensions

  • Wella (Hair Color)

  • Vidal Sassoon (Hair Cutting)

Colleen Bonds

Hair Stylist

From Calgary, Canada, Colleen brings 20 years of hairstyling experience. Her body of work is versatile and diversity is what sparks her passion. 

 

Early in her career, pinup hairstyling played a large role as she worked full time in a retro hair salon while also styling for a pinup clothing catalog. 

More recently her art has settled into a soft and effortless form as she caters to the ‘natural lovers’. Colleen gears towards organic ingredients and specializes in hair color for clients with allergies and sensitivities. 

 

Your experience in Colleen’s chair will be inviting, lighthearted, and educational. Her approach is communicative and thoughtful and she prioritizes client experience.

 

Fun facts:  Colleen is a real sucker for dreamy imagery, she knows how to indulge in the world of hygge, and swoons over blissful sayings like “keep your hands in the garden” and  “It’s easy like Sunday morning.” 

 

Education and training: 

 

  • Bowness Cosmetology School

  • Farouk Systems (Educator Training)

  • CHI (Haircutting & Coloring)

  • Brazilian Blowout Certification

  • Farouk Systems (Up Styling) 

  • Loop and Lock (Hair Extension’s)

  • The Ave (Barbering/Fades)

  • Denim & Smith (Straight Razor Shave)

  • Redken (Color)

  • Living Proof

  • Unite

Kui

Hair Stylist

Born and raised on the Big Island, Kui is familiar with a broad range of hair types, having cut and styled Hawaii’s diverse population for many years. 

 

 Kui found her passion for hair while attending Paul Brown Institute at Remington College. Since then, she has worked alongside industry professionals and trained as an instructor at Honolulu Community College. 

 

Kui feels right at home on Oahu and enjoys the charm and community feel Kailua town has to offer. Building relationships with her clients and making them laugh is the best part of her job! 

 

“With every service, I hope to help those in my chair feel relaxed, rejuvenated, and, most of all, empowered.”

Education and Training:

 

  • Paul Brown Institute at Remington College

  • Paul Brown Salon

  • Instructor Training at Honolulu Community College

Melissa Frost

Hair Stylist

Melissa specializes in making positive transformations by performing subtle yet amazing enhancements. 

 

"Satori's top-notch team, location, style, and reputation are such a great fit for me and my growing business. I'm thrilled to call Satori my home and delighted to have my guests experience a salon that matches the level of quality I put in every cut & color." 

 

Originally from California, Melissa has over 20 years of styling experience. She initially studied at Ogle school and shortly thereafter advanced her training at Toni & Guy Academy. It was there that she found her calling as an educator; she spent 6 years with Tigi, helping stylists hone their skills, and she recounts many of her best memories as a stylist from her time as a teacher. 

 

She then spent 9 years partnering with one of the most sought after salons in Austin, TX, specializing in dimensional color & textured cuts. 

 

With a passion for beautiful hair and beautiful cities, Melissa moved to Kailua & joined the Satori team in 2020.

 

"Hair can reveal a lot about a person, and everyone deserves a fabulous haircut, style, and color that makes them feel confident." 

 

When not in the salon you can find Melissa studying the healing arts in the jungles of Costa Rica. With a passion for beautiful hair and a blend of urbanism meets nature, Melissa was beckoned to Oahu to serve. She dedicates her life work to culminate in creating a revolutionary experience helping others look and feel their best.

Sonya Weaver

Nail Technician

Sonya is an experienced nail technician from a small town in Ohio who values nature, family, friendships and love. She is passionate about providing nail care services to her clients that are clean and thorough. She is here to express her art through her work and every client that she sees can expect to feel respected and heard, as well as pampered. 

Jessica Hofland

Massage Therapist

Jessica has a passion for healing and strives to provide massages designed specifically for each individual and their needs. When she’s not busy providing therapeutic treatment to Oahu's inhabitants, she loves spending time with her friends and family, skateboarding, surfing and enjoying Hawai'i's natural beauty.

Stacey Alonzo

Massage Therapist

Stacey tailors her sessions to meet her client’s specific needs using a variety of techniques. Her specialties include Swedish, lomi lomi, deep tissue, sports, myofasical release, and cupping. She is also well-versed in Thai massage, lypossage, okazaki, and is a certified Sarga bodywork practitioner. 

Stacey was raised in Kailua and attended Hawaii Healing Arts College for her certificate in massage therapy, obtaining her license in September 2011. She loves her profession, but when she’s not helping her clients relax and rejuvenate, Stacey enjoys, yoga, paddling, traveling, listening to audio books, and spending time with her family, friends, and fur babies.

Jessica Gerrish

Esthetician

Jessica’s thoughts on beauty are simple: Indulge yourself. 

 

Her extensive experience and education background in cosmetic tattoo, medical esthetics, innovative clinical and therapeutic treatments, and her keen awareness of ever-changing and evolving beauty trends means she can provide the very best in beauty and facial techniques. 

 

Jessica has almost 2 decades of experience as a licensed esthetician in Hawaii, and became a licensed master esthetician in the state of Washington in 2014. 

  

Her training at the Washington Laser Institute involved 100 hours hands-on laser experience led by Dr. Emily Sabbagh, a maxillary surgeon who brought Jessica’s skin care knowledge to an exciting new level of understanding and skill.

 

Jessica customizes all beauty and facial treatments to each individual skin type while using a clinical and botanical skin care product line, offering high-quality, US-made products.

 

For her, beauty is about care - caring for yourself by caring for your body, nourishing your skin, a good diet, a healthy lifestyle. With these tenants and a positive attitude, Jessica’s treatments are simply a way to shine up on the outside what is already beautiful on the inside. Her treatments are innovative, clinical, and therapeutic, but they all start with the spirit of aloha. 

 

Sunny Chen

Eyelash Extension Artist

Sunny has been an eyelash extension artist for over 7 years. She is a classically trained musician with a Masters degree in Fine Art/Music, and she leverages her proclivity for these intricate fine motor skills and her detail-oriented mindset to create gorgeous eyelash art. Sunny has traveled extensively to train with the top lash masters and international lash judges from all over the world to perfect her eyelash extension craft. Her clients include professionals, doctors, celebrities…to name a few! 

In addition to making health standards as a top priority in her work, Sunny believes eyelash extensions should enhance your natural beauty effortlessly while preserving the health of your natural eyelashes! Making beautiful lashes is her passion, and it’s Sunny’s goal to give every client who joins her for a lash extensions session improved confidence and a simplified beauty routine!  

 

She has recently settled here in Hawaii and now gets to make Oahu more beautiful, one lash at a time!

 

Sunny’s training and credentials include: 

  • Philash International - Serbia

  • Eyelash Excellence - England 

  • Lash Tribe - Australia

  • Angel Wings Academy - Russia

  • Certified lash artist member of National Association of Lash Artists

  • OC Beauty Academy

  • MFA degree from UCLA 

Martina Sormilic

Makeup Artist

"We all want to be the best version of ourselves. My goal is to bring it out no matter the occasion."

After discovering her love of make-up while prepping dancers backstage for a high school dance show, Martina enrolled at Makeup Designory in SoHo, New York, studying both beauty and character make-up. From there, she went to work at Kett Cosmetics, one of the leading airbrush companies in the industry. The owner and vice president both took Martina under their wings, sharing their expertise and refining Martina's airbrush technique. Since then, she has freelanced in everything from bridal to retail to runway, including New York Fashion Week. 

 

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