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The Studio 4 Salon Family
Monique Knowlan & Roxanne ChavezOwners
The Studio 4 story begins over two decades ago while owners Roxanne and Monique met while working together at Jose Eber Salon. Quickly realizing they both share a strong work ethic and a deep passion for hair, it was merely a matter of time before they began shaping the vision of their own salon that would years later become Studio 4. When the time came to open their new space back in 2007, Roxanne and Monique filled it with their closest friends and colleagues who also happened to be some of the best stylists in Orange County.
The Studio 4 experience is about you the customer. Our goal is to provide the highest quality of services for each and every client that walks through our doors. Our talented award-winning stylists are passionate about the work they do and are committed to staying current with new trends, techniques and products, offering you a truly unique client experience. At Studio 4 our focus is on you and leaving you looking and feeling your best.
In addition to managing a thriving and bustling salon, Roxanne and Monique have been active supporters of various animal-based charities. Their passion to save animals has amounted to raising over $200,000 up to date.
You will not believe your hair could ever look so beautiful after Johnny performs his magic on you! This creative and innovative stylist has worked in Newport Beach for over 20 years, specializing in haircutting, haircoloring, high fashion styling, and Brazilian Straightening. He was trained with the Vidal Sassoon, has educated stylists throughout Southern California, managed Cristophe Salon of Fashion Island and worked at other prestigious salons in Orange County. He is well known and respected in the hair industry. When you visit Johnny for a hair session, you are a guest treated with the ultimate customer service and hair artistry.
My name is Jeni Dilks I am a highly educated cutting/styling specialist for the past 12 years. I have completed advance training in Kerastase, Sebastian, and Loreal Professional hair products/treatments. My areas of expertise include long layering techniques, short men’s cuts, clip in and skin weft extensions, house calls, weddings, and formal styling. I have been at Studio 4 Salon now for 5 years and have continued to build a large and faithful clientele. Outside of work I’m a diehard animal lover and have rescued over 6 chihuahua mixed breeds and loved all of them as if they were my own children. I’ve done runway hair for New York fashion week and for the TV show Exterme Makeover, magazines etc… As for my work I find it essential to consider my clients lifestyle and maintenance desires when designing your looks!
Samantha Murray is passionate about hair, style and exceptional service. As an excellent listener, she takes time to find the style and cut best suited for each client’s personality and lifestyle. She then shows her clients how to get these looks at home! She specializes in haircuts, style and weddings. In in her free time she enjoys hiking, yoga and traveling with her family and friends. Also being the best aunt she can be.
A quote she lives by at the salon, “If you don’t look good, we don’t look good.”
My name is Kimmi Le and I’ve worked as a hairstylist and makeup artist for 14 + years. I am highly educated and trained as a specialist in haircutting, haircolor, and makeup (Lifestyle, Bridal, and Editorial). I also work closely with our education program at Studio 4 as an educator and trainer. When I’m not working behind the chair you can find me working on fashion shows, photoshoots, weddings, and hair competitions. I’ve had many publications in books and magazines and I’ve won the North American Hairstyling Award for Avant Garde Hairstylist of 2007. I’ve also won RAW Artists Orange County Hairstylist of 2011 leading up to winning RAW Artists National Hairstylist of 2011. I have a passion and love for fashion and music, which I find much of my inspiration for hair, makeup, and life. I live for love, traveling, spending time with my loved ones, and my dog. “Inspire and be Inspired!”
This Southern California based hairstylist fell in love with the art form after his first encounter with somebody else’s hair. He cut, colored, and chemically straightened his own hair for years when friends started lining up to have him experiment on them. At this point Anthony knew this was his path. He has spent the last 12 years with the same love and drive to continually better himself.
It’s this same passion, keen eye for balance and detail that has earned him multiple national awards, including NAHA (North American Hairstylist Awards) 2007 “Avant-garde” award and most recently NAHA 2013 “Texture” award. As a Sebastian Professional “Design Team” member, Anthony is traveling around the nation as a platform artist and educator to inspire and share his experience/knowledge.
When Anthony is not on the road he is behind the chair at Studio 4 Salon in Newport Beach where he tends to his loyal clientele. His ability to listen to his clients wants/needs and combine that with his professional experience has built him a strong, eclectic following. Anthony likes wearable-chic with an edgy details and approach paired with multi dimensional color.
Anthony believes the beauty/hair industry can be uplifted to new heights through education and instilling the mindset that what we do is not just a job, but an art form and a craft.
Craig Alan has been designing and creating beautiful hair in Newport Beach for over 26 years.
He specializes in haircutting, haircoloring, Brazilian Straightening, hair extensions, NXS hair extensions system, and hair perming. He has managed salons and worked in hair education. His motto is “If you do what you love, then you won’t work a day of your life!” It’s his passion to bring out the beauty in his clients!
Jacqueline is a passionate hairstylist with six years of experience. She studied with the education team at Salon Gregories and is currently an instructor with the Studio 4 Salon education team. Jacqueline is credited with a nomination for the 2012 North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) Colorist of the Year. Jacquline’s passion for hairstyling began at an early age as she was raised in the industry by her mother who has been a professional hairstylist for the past 45 years. Jacqueline is a well rounded stylist; fluent in cutting, color, hairstylist, and special occasion hairstyling.
I’m a cancer. I like sunrise walks, but live for romantic sunset strolls. My favorite colors are orange and blue. I’ve spent almost 25 years making women feel beautiful…
Kristen HarrisMake-up Artist
Kristen Harris is a board certified full-service esthetician that offers over a decade of experience and expertise. Kristen began her career working in some of the finest spas in Southern California and quickly realized that her creative and artistic talents were a perfect match for the meticulous nature of the services she provides.
Kristen’s core focus of services currently include brow design and maintenance, brow and lash tinting, lash extensions, as well as make-up services. As a make-up artist, she provides a variety of services ranging from the everyday need to look good, to life’s special moments. She routinely offers on-site bridal make up services, and still tries to sneak in the occasional magazine photoshoot to keep those creative juices flowing.
For Kristen, 100% client satisfaction is the measure of her success. By staying current with new trends, techniques and products, she is able to offer a unique client experience that surpasses expectations. Kristen truly loves what she does and it shows in the many happy and beautiful faces that leave her chair each day.
Being an artist, confidence is key to building a successful career in the beauty industry. Jason Atkins’ has built his portfolio with confidence in hair coloring, hair cutting and making sure that each and every hairstyle is ideal for the individual. With a love for people, Jason’s fearless passion for hair comes out when working with his clients and educating other hairstylist. Surrounding himself with successful people and talented artists, Jason has built a credible career and continues to take on opportunities to share his passion of hair.
“This is my love and I feel very passionate about hair. I am a very positive person and ready to take on any challenges with a positive outlook.”
It has been a pleasure dedicating many years to helping people look and feel their best. Doing hair allows me to seek life’s knowledge and be immersed in many areas of art, culture and expression…which are my fuel for passion and inspiration. Having experience with fashion shows and photo shoots, my focus has remained on education and servicing my client’s needs in the salon. Outside of work I love spending time with my wife and dog, being adventurous, indulging in traveling, playing music, skateboarding, and everything that life has to offer.
For more than 20 years, David File has put a focus on structure, foundation and balance. With a deft hand and an eye for precision he has developed a reputation as a premier Southern California hair stylist and colorist. His passion and expertise has led to his role as Creative Director and educator at one of Orange County’s premier salons. Today, David is sought-out by up-and-coming stylists as a mentor and teacher. He enjoys sharing his experience and knowledge and feels that working to properly educate and train the next generation is key to his own continued education and creativity.
Greg has been doing hair for 7 years. He developed an interest for hair at a young age since his mom is a hair dresser and he grew up around it. Greg attended the Career Academy of Beauty.
He has been with Studio 4 for over 5 years assisting our owner, Monique, along with our master stylists and NAHA winners, Anthony Cress and Kimmi Akasaki. After years of being trained by the best, he finally took center stage!
Greg’s pursuit in the industry started at a young age and his passion for hair only grows stronger. Skilled with a pair of shears and a confident color, he is currently accepting new clients.
In his free time, Greg likes to spend time with his son Eli.
A stylist since 2001, James found his passion for hair at an early age. As a touring musician he became inspired by fashion trends and hair styles in the music industry as well as those he found in different countries and cultures. His background in music and entertainment has helped shape the stylist he is today. In 2016, James relocated to Studio 4 with a desire to be challenged and surrounded by some of Orange County’s top stylists. Placing a high importance on continuous training, James is also a part of the Studio 4 Education Team where he works hands on with the junior stylists and assistants, sharing his knowledge with them to help further their growth. The impact James has had on those around him cannot be overstated. His continuous drive for creativity and excellence in both hair coloring and hair cutting trends has built him both a fun and loyal clientele.
With every client that sits in Jessika’s chair, her focus is to combine your personal style with her expertise to bring out your best look and encourage change to keep you on top of ever evolving fashion trends. Her passion is to make her guests feel as beautiful on the outside as they are inside. Jessika excels in all facets of hair, but specializes in Haircutting, hair color, Brazilian blowout smoothing service and Special Event Styling.
Mallory began her career as a hairdresser in Michigan through Aveda in 2010. She moved out to California over 4 years ago and has been specializing in California blondes ever since! Over her 7 years as a hairdresser she has furthered her education as a Goldwell color specialist and through the Bumble and Bumble academy in New York. Outside of work she spends her time at the beach with her pug, Ruby.
Marisol ChavezColor Specialist
I offer a full range of services including balayage, base, highlights, glosses, treatments and more. With over 15 years of experience, I continue to passionately pursue the newest techniques and trends for hair color. My career and education began at Jose Eber Salon formerly located at South Coast Plaza, and I’ve worked in the Newport Beach area now for over 10 years. My clients love that I take the time to customize each service with my personal creative touch and mix it perfectly with their desired outcome.
Why Choose Marisol?
Professionally trained, I’m an expert in the latest techniques and products. My service and dedication to my clients is unsurpassed.
My goal is to continuously expand my training to bring you innovative trends that deliver exceptional results and maximize the health and wellness of your hair. My passion for mixing tried and true techniques with new and fun trends guarantees that my professional knowledge is at the forefront of the latest developments in color. Quality is important to me, I choose to use only the best product lines such as: Schwartzkopf, Loreal Professional, Redkin, Goldwell, Kenra, Brazilian Blowout, Wella, Olaplex and more.
Matty has been in the hair industry for 17 years. He started at Toni & Guy in 2002, became a stylist and educator in Newport Beach, and made his way to Gods & Heroes in 2006. Matty has been a stylist and educator for 12 years, and is finally making his home at Studio 4 Salon as a stylist/colorist and educator.
“My goal is to educate and assist my clients to achieve the hair styles when they leave the salon, at home.”
Summer B specializes in California Summer Blondes and Spicy Brunette coloring, and also featuring “Summer B Hair Extensions,” the only application method that actually improves your hair quality. Clients can look forward to restoration from past damage from poor quality extension techniques. Summer B designs your extensions so that you’ll get optimal results that are not only beautiful, but natural and good for your hair. Summer B’s Custom Hair Extensions require initial consultation and color/texture match, and take between 2-3 weeks to arrive.