Emilie

Head Stylist and Make-up Artist

Licensed stylist since January 1994
At Stylin’ Since May 1999

Emilie is the owner of Stylin’ and has been in the beauty industry for over 24 years. A Norwalk native, she opened Stylin’ in May of 1999. Well versed in hair styling and make-up, some of her favorite moments at Stylin’ have been participating in doing hair for the cast of American Idiot, donating her time to glam up young models for the Juvenile Diabetes Fashion Show to help raise money for juvenile diabetes, as well as being featured in the local newspaper for her salon’s many donated haircuts for the child-charity Locks-of-Love. Emilie is also the co-operator of “Model for a Day” which she runs with local photographer Rosemarie of Photos & Faces.

One of her favorite things about being a stylist: ”Helping people discover their inner self and having the ability to bring it out! ”

My Fashion Icons: Jayne Mansfield and Gwen Stefani (especially from her early No Doubt days). “I love vintage with a twist of Rock-n-Roll.”

If I Weren’t A Hairdresser: “I’d be a Photographer or a Teacher. A photographer, because I love how you can see the world differently and express that through photos. A teacher, because I love inspiring other people to do great things.”

Style Trends I’m Liking: Asymmetrical haircuts and colors, lots of layers and vintage styling.

Motto: “In your head is the answer – let it guide you along. Let your heart be the anchor – and the beat of your song.”

Taylor

Stylist and Curly Hair specialist

Licensed stylist since September 2014
At Stylin’ Since Feb. 2015

Taylor’s passion is cutting hair. Whether it’s a short bob or a long layers, it’s one of her favorite parts of being a stylist. She is a Deva Curl Inspired Stylist – certified in levels 1 and 2 of the Deva Curl training and is on her way to becoming a certified Deva specialist! She is a wonderful addition to our family and we’re so lucky to have her! Taylor’s favorite thing about being a stylist is: “Just doing what I love is my favorite feeling in the world. I would say just seeing a client smile over their hair – whether it was from me, or another stylist – brightens my day.”

My Fashion Icon: Jennifer Aniston — “her style is simple yet beautiful, and that is how I love living my life.”

If I Weren’t A Hairdresser: “I’d be writing articles for magazines or writing my own books.” (I always loved creative writing in school!)

Style Trends I’m Liking: Short, edgy haircuts on ladies and I think it’s really fun to see old-fashioned haircuts on men coming back in style. My favorite style though is CONFIDENCE!

Motto: “Give love to get love.”

Dayanara

Colorist/Stylist

Licensed stylist Since October 2014
At Stylin’ Since October 2017

Dayanara is our jill of all trades. Very open-minded and versatile, she enjoys learning it all. From barbering, to color, hilighting and updos, there’s nothing she limits herself to. It is important to her to pamper her clients and make them feel like they have a place to escape and relax. Not only does she want to make sure her clients look good, but also feel good. Her specialty is blow drying – especially thick, curly hair … bring it on!

My Fashion Icons: Rihanna. “She always dares to be different and doesn’t care what anyone thinks.”

If I Weren’t A Hairdresser: : I would be a dancer. “Once the music is playing, my body naturally starts moving and I feel in my zone – like nothing around me matters.”

Style Trends I’m Liking: Big kinky curls, balayage, asymmetrical cuts, skin fades and pompadour haircuts.

Motto: “Don’t limit yourself – versatility is key!”

Janessa

Assistant / Junior Stylist

At Stylin’ Since July 2019

Janessa is a Toni and Guy graduate and is proficient in braiding and styling. She loves all things color and updos and really loves watching those two things come together. Even as a child, she knew she had a passion for hair and beauty. She is certified in Keratin Treatments and has taken many color and cutting classes and has even been a hair model for Kimberly Ibbotson. Janessa’s favorite thing about being at Stylin’ is the amazing clients and friendly atmosphere.

My Fashion Icons: Zendaya. “Her styles are so versatile. She can go from full glam to casual and still look amazing.”

If I Weren’t A Hairdresser: : “I would be studying in school to be psychologist. I love helping people.”

Style Trends I’m Liking: “I love pops of color and the “messy” hair look.”

Motto: “We become what we think about.”

Erica

Vintage Stylist and Updo Specialist

Licensed stylist Since January 2015
At Stylin’ Since June 2017

Erica adds a fun, exciting vibe to our team. She is originally from Florida, and moved to NYC 14 years ago to persue a career in fashion. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology, she worked in the industry in various positions, and began doing wardrobe styling for photo shoots. In addition to styling wardrobe, she was styling hair, which launched her career in editorial styling. For the past 13 years she has been a freelance editorial/ bridal stylist, specializing in vintage styling. “It is so nice as a freelance artist to now have a home base at Stylin’ and to be able to learn more cutting/color techniques from the talented staff.”

One of my favorite things about being a stylist: “Other than getting to be a part of a bride’s wedding day, it would be working on a movie set this year!”

My fashion icons: Jayne Mansfield, Mae West and the B-52’s. “I love all things vintage (namely the 1940s and 1950s). I love all of the color palettes, patterns and styles of the time.”

If I Weren’t A Hairdresser: “Since I have had another career, styling hair is my therapy, and what I truly love doing. When not styling hair, you can find me at the flea market or estate sales, hunting for treasure.”

Style Trends I’m Liking: While not too much of a fan of most modern trends, I can say I love the fact that having bright colored hair or pastel colors are more acceptable in the mainstream. I love all things bright, kitschy and fun!

Motto: “Life is nothing without obsession.”- John Waters

Dena

Licensed stylist Since February 2002
At Stylin’ Since August 2019

Dena has been in the industry for almost 20 years, starting with sweeping hair and shampooing at 15 years old, to becoming a Cosmetology Educator in 2012. Amidst enjoying the Beauty Industry, Dena also attended Norwalk Community College for Medical Office Management and Billing, and found she has a knack for Business Management. As they say, the planets aligned and Dena found her home at Stylin’ in August.

My fashion icons: Lana Del Ray. “Slightly hippie with an ethereal, modern vibe.”

If I Weren’t at Stylin’: “I’d still be in the beauty industry in some way. It’s who I am.”

Style Trends I’m Liking: Bright fun colors, long layers and loose, beachy waves.

Motto: “Nothing worth having ever comes easy.”