Since 1998, when her career began, Kat Kern has been living by her motto: “Hair is everything!” With a passion for hair styling and love of making each person she encounters feel fresh and renewed, she believes hair is the frame to your beautiful face and should enhance your best qualities!
Jennifer Freesia – Manager / Hairstylist / Deva Inspired / Tanning Specialist / Makeup Artist
Jen, a Bay Area native, has worked in the service industry for 17 years. She is passionate about providing exceptional customer service and has a strong background in managing, promotions, mixology, graphics and more. She attended Avalon School of Cosmetology, is certified in the DevaCut method and holds a Certificate in Advanced Makeup Application. She has taken advanced education with Mac, Scruples and Paul Mitchell. She is also experienced in spray tanning, face painting, henna tattoos and is the designer of Freesia jewelry line coming soon to Mio Spa & Salon. You could say she’s a “Jen” of all trades. She has an interest in skin care and over all health and well being. Jen has a passion for the arts and dance. She is an intermediate Salsa Dancer and professional Belly Dancer. She holds a level 1 certification in the Suhaila Salimpour School of Belly Dance.
Book online See her work at www.JenniferFreesia.com Follow her on Facebook or Instagram
Lhiza Llacer -Hairstylist/Permanent Makeup Artist/ Deva Inspired/ Lavish Lash Certified
Lhiza has more than a decade of experience in styling and customer service. She has developed a strong team of trained stylists, manicurist, masseuse and esthetician to create a full-service salon that is dynamic and welcoming.
Trained by Toni & Guy and Rusk, she learned valuable, creative techniques and high standards. To compliment her training, she sharpened her skills by becoming certified in Devacut by DevaCurl, Keratin Complex and Framesi etc. Along with her depth of experience, Lhiza demonstrates a commitment and passion for her career by being an active member of the National Cosmetologist & Professional Beauty Association. In 2002, Lhiza became interested in Permanent makeup and built a clientele based in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. In 2013 she became a certified BioTouch instructor who will teach and certify students in the art of Permanent Makeup. Call for any information regarding Permanent Makeup or Classes coming up soon, so stay tune!
Lhiza’s formula for success is evident in her client relationships including, her belief built upon the trust in delivering quality results and superior service to ensure customer loyalty.
Lhiza lives in Oakland, California and enjoys spending time with her family, friends, 2 dogs, sharing her love of adventure and exploring the great outdoors. Book online now!
Claudia Tinajero – Manicurist/ Waxing Specialist/ Lavish Lash Certified/ Makeup Artist
Claudia is a licensed Cosmetologist who specializes in nail care and full body waxing with 7 years experience in the field. She is an expert in full body waxing and fast Brazilians. She loves adding creative art designs on natural nails and Shellac. Claudia is certified in Lavish Lash eyelash extensions and attended The Makeup Institute course for bridal and special occasion makeup. She’s friendly, warm and her attention to detail shows with her client retention. Follow her on Facebook or Instagram or Book online now!
Sameh Zahda – Hairstylist
Sameh is an accomplished hair designer with over 25 years of experience in the hair industry. Specializing in advanced hair cutting techniques, color, hair design, and blowouts, Sameh is considered at the top of his league with a keen eye for creating artful hair transformations. He truly has a unique natural ability when it comes to hair design as clients and colleagues alike often comment on how Sameh skillfully and easily executes his craft. He received his foundational training internationally and at top professional hair care companies such as Wella, Schwarzkopf, and Redken. As a former Alfaparf certified educator, Sameh is passionate about sharing his in depth knowledge of hair care and hair design with his clients and strives to provide excellent customer service and true individualized hair consultations.
Sameh’s journey as a hairstylist took an interesting twist into the hair care arena. As a stylist, he was never truly satisfied with the results achieved using many other hair care products so he decided to venture out and specially formulate and create his own salon quality line of non-stripping hair products to help improve the health, elasticity,
and manageability of his client’s hair. After a few years of research and development,
Sameh perfected a select number of high quality hair care products that he markets under his private label, Sameh Zahda Luxury Hair Care.
Kasia Lewakowski – Hairstylist / Deva Inspired / Makeup Artist
From a very young age, I knew I would be a hair stylist. I would spend hours braiding my sister’s hair, doing her make up and photoshoots afterward. My background education includes the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica, and I have trained with Bumble & Bumble, Toni & Guy, DevaCurl, and MAC. I am always looking for ways to improve my skills, and attend classes and shows to keep up with the latest techniques and trends.
My specialties are the Deva cut, men’s haircuts, bombshell blowouts, updo’s, and make-up artistry. I love working with all types of hair, from pin-straight to super curly. A relaxing scalp massage comes with every shampoo! I love communicating, listening, and collaborating to create the style that best suits your features and lifestyle. I am passionate about taking care of your hair and am thrilled to be spreading beautiful hair in my community!
Rachell Douglas – Nail Technician / Hairstylist
Rachell is very passionate about nails and makeup and is inspired by the latest trends. She truly embraces change as you will notice with her own hair and its ever-changing style. Her number one priority is providing clients with a great experience. She is always ready to have fun and laugh with her clients, making each and every appointment a new experience.
Charles “Chuck” Dahlke Butler – Hairstylist/ Deva Inspired Stylist
Hairstylist /Deva Inspired Stylist
A licensed professional for over 13 years, Chuck has experience in all facets of the Spa & Salon industry. Master Stylist, Director, Manager, and Educator, he has a constant drive to learn and improve the industry he is so passionate about. He believes in a “Healthy Hair” lifestyle and specializes in Extensions, Color, and Inspired Deva Curl. Past clients include The Today Show, The National Football League, New York Fashion Week, Ebony, Jet, Essence, San Diego Living Talk Show, and he has been a featured guest forthe Paul Mitchell Academy.
For the past few years he has traveled the world with Steiner Leisure of London where he served as Spa Manager & Stylist for Celebrity Cruise Lines. In this capacity he managed and worked along side top stylists from Paris, London, New York, Milan and South America. Now settling in the Bay Area, he brings his extensive knowledge and expertise to the Mio Spa & Salon. Call (510) 590-1985 or Book Online now!
Meghan Gutowski- Salon Coordinator/Esthetician/ Waxing & Tanning Specialist
Esthetician/ Waxing & Tanning Specialist
Meghan is a very passionate Esthetician who has a love for beauty on the inside and out. she is skilled in skin therapy and has made it her goal to help you feel comfortable in the skin you’re in! Relaxation is her passion and she demonstrates that from the tips of her fingers to her calming personality that will leave you calm, relaxed and excited for your next session! She’s available in both locations. Book on Grand ave or Book at Montclair
Wendy Ventresco – Hairstylist / Makeup Artist / Deva Inspired
Wendy loves hair! She’s been trained by Framesi, Redken and Keratin Complex. Her vision is to create creative manageable hair for her clients. She has superb ability to listen to what her clients want and makes it a reality. She is always exploring new cutting edge techniques for those who want to stay a step a head of the fashion industry. Call her for appointment at or call 510-593-6813 or Book online now! She is now located in Montclair working 5 days a week!
Bertha Solorio – Hairstylist / Makeup Artist
Bertha has been in the beauty industry since 1989. She has a passion for her craft and has continued her education. Bertha is a specialist in color correction and is certified in Aveda haircutting, Alfaparf, Aveda, Scruples and Davines hair coloring techniques and Brazilian Blowout. She also specializes in air brush and Bridal make up application. For 2 years she was a hair cutting coach, in charge of training new salon stylist.
Originally from Mexico, she came to the United States in 1989, and lived in San Francisco and Wisconsin before moving to Oakland 2011. She loves cats and owns 2 chickes. She loves to cook healthy meals from scratch for her family. She enjoys growing her own tomatoes and peppers to make a fresh salsa.
To book an appointment visit www.berthasolorio.com or call (510)301-1489
Elyse Rabb- Hairstylist/ Makeup Artist / Deva Inspired Advanced Stylist
With over fifteen years experience in the realm of hair, make-up, image and professional consultation; Elyse has become a seasoned educated vet specializing in maintaining hair health, while delivering phenomenal fashion forward looks. Throughout her professional career she has worked for media outlets ESPN, Essence, and the NBA; developing and creating looks for broadcast, media, television, special event, and corporate talent. Her personal mission is to transform the beauty of her clients by implementing a system that develops the total package. She uses quality products to attain a healthy glam look and implements educational consultations to evaluate and inform clients on ways to implement cohesive healthy beauty regimes. For more information go to www.theglamologist.com
Regina “Remi” Mitchell- Hairstylist / Deva Inspired Stylist
Remi is an Educator with over 15 years of experience in the field of Cosmetology. Holding a license in Cosmetology and Esthetics, she is passionate about the world of beauty. Remi takes pride in her constant thirst for knowledge by attending trade shows, specialty classes and advanced educational courses throughout the United States, which keeps her abreast on the latest styles and techniques within the beauty industry. As a Redken Master Specialist Remi has trained with top stylists, in hair design, haircoloring, cutting, and the fundamentals of business. Remi also understands that the relationship between she shares with her clients is more of a partnership. In addition to filling their needs, she also keeps them educated on maintaining their new look on their own. “I promise to care for your hair, if you promise to.” Book online now!
Phat Mcglothlin – Hairstylist / Deva Inspired Advanced Stylist
Phat has been with Mio Spa & Salon since 2011. Phat brings with her a funky style infused from her various interests and continued education. Some of Phat’s training includes: Sojourn and in house education, Redken Color Advanced training, Framesi and Keratin Complex. She is not afraid of trying out new techniques, while being mindful of what looks flattering and is functional. From haircutting and color application to styling special events, Phat loves paying close attention to detail. She is exceptionally good at helping you recreate your style at home. When she is not creating in the salon, Phat is exploring new food, art and the many treasures Oakland has to offer. Click here to book online or call her (707) 334-3711
Gina Baldinelli- Hairstylist/Makeup Artist/Deva Inspired Stylist
Gina Baldinelli has been working in the beauty industry for 8 years now. She has constantly maintained her education by attending advanced training with various companies such as: Framesi, American Crew, Pureology, Paul Mitchell, DevaCurl and Brazilian Blowout. Gina loves to bring her edgy and funky style into her craft and encourages her clients to step out of their box. she prides herself in her thorough consultations and truly listening to clients needs and making their visions come to life. She strives to make each and every client feel amazing, bring out their best self and feel ready to take on the world! Gina is so excited to join the MIO team and bring her own personal flare to this already amazing salon energy.
Call to book an appointment (510) 909-3120 or Book Online Now!
Kat Kern – Hairstylist
Kat stays very current and inspired through continual education and retaining new techniques for the most updated hair trends. Her career has included styling for the stars, photo shoots and set work both in San Francisco and in New York. You can catch her work featured in Magazines like Town & Country, Allure Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, 7×7 magazine, and even on Channel 5 News San Francisco! Book an appointment