A team, a family, a collective group of individuals that are of one mind, one purpose, and one mission and shared core values – the Walter Claudio crew of professionals are like none other.

team leaders


walter claudio

Owner, Principal
Creative Director
Master Artist
Creative Salon Life Coach, CT
Creator of Headmapping System™
Instagram: @walter.claudio.hair

“As a hairstylist and salon owner, I am dedicated to the highest possible standards of service and integrity. I am here, at the salon each day with the intention of making a difference—in both the lives of our guests, my team and the community.”

The founder and owner of Walter Claudio Salon, which opened its doors in 1991.

Walter is happily married and the father of two children. He loves to cook, garden and is a Ducati motorcycle enthusiast and international soccer aficionado. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, raised in California and Italy and fluent in three languages, Walter Claudio has shared his talents across the globe as an educator, consultant, trainer and platform artist. For the past 30 years, Claudio has traveled the world: New York, Paris, Munich, Milan, Japan, South America, the Caribbean Islands, Australia, New Zealand and Los Angeles working as a hairstylist, behind the scenes of fashion photo shoots and hair shows. Walter Claudio is also a dedicated world wide educator holding various appointments as a consultant and educator for Goldwell International, Schwarzkopf and Aveda as an Aveda Global Master and served as a member of the Aveda Salon Business Advisory Panel. Walter Claudio also received the prestigious Global Salon Business Award in Barcelona, Spain.

His work has been published in numerous trade magazines, such as ​Esthetica, Modern Salon, American Salon ​and ​Salon Today​, as well as consumer magazines, such as ​Los Angeles, SPA, InStyle, Santa Barbara, C Magazine​.

Claudio has styled for the runway shows of Chloe, Donna Karan, Dolce & Gabbana, Stella McCartney, Valentino, Salvatore Ferragamo, Monquie Lhullier, Roberto Cavelli, Samora and numerous LA Fashion Week shows.

More importantly, as a salon owner in Santa Barbara, California, he is devoted to a local and celebrity clientele, as well as creating innovative education and business systems that support and inspire staff and colleagues alike to be successful in the world of beauty. Being a hairstylist first and foremost, nothing can compare to the daily work of being a salon owner, creative director of Walter Claudio Salon (after his namesake) and mentor to the people of his salon. As he says, “Our team is what motivates me to be ‘on top of my game’ and continually improve as a stylist, leader and human being.”His motto is that without education the doors to enlightenment are closed.” For Walter Claudio it is apparent that education is a serious lifelong pursuit.

Walter Claudio is the creator of HeadMapping Color System™, Business of Color Seminar, designer of ColorMix Collection of salon furniture and co-creator of ColorBiz™, the first salon software for salon owners and colorists.

Who Inspires you?
“My wife Angela. Her tenacity and commitment to our family is remarkable.”

My mentor is…?
“Professionally, the late Horst Rechalbacher, founder of Aveda®; As a child my mother, Aida; As an adult, my father-in-law, Carmelo.”

What is your proudest accomplishment?
“My two children, Claudio and Analiza. They are both such amazing beautiful people with incredible souls and hearts and a passion to succeed in life that surpasses anything that I have ever possessed. They put an exclamation point on my life story.”

Your Favorite Designer?
Giorgio Armani. His sense of style is timeless.”

The perfect ending to a hectic day?
“Family dinner on our balcony.”

When I’m not working I like to spend my time…
“Traveling with my family, cooking, gardening and following international soccer.”

I never leave home without…?
“Recording a Anthony Bourdain episode.”

Favorite Vacation Spot?
“It is actually not just ‘one’ place but it rather encompasses the entire Southern region of Italy.”

If you could live anywhere in the world…where would you like to call home?
“On a beach in Sicily, Italy.”


jesse walcott pell

Lead Senior Stylist, Mentor
Master Artist
Floor Director
Editorial Stylist
Instagram: @jwp.styles

“That’s the best thing about this career: trends are constantly changing and education is the key to success. You have to keep yourself current and one step ahead.”

Jesse began her career with Walter Claudio in 2004​ ​after enrolling in the Los Angeles Apprenticeship Program. While in the program, she attended rigorous classes, workshops, and courses with Vidal Sassoon and Aveda® in New York, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis. While building her clientele, giving each guest pristine and customized service, Jesse continued her education and path to become a Master Stylist. Her dedication to her craft elevated as she uprooted herself and temporarily moved to Santa Monica to attend the Comprehensive Cutting Class at Vidal Sassoon for six weeks. After returning from that extensive course, Jesse’s commitment to excellence was bar none.

But don’t let that fool you, Jesse is an incredible hair colorist as well. She is a certified HeadMapping™ hair colorist and has a beautiful nact for color formulation and combinations. Her consistency and precision is what keeps guests happy in her chair. Jesse’s passion for what she does is driven by an artistic eye and a dedicated sense of focus. She has worked behind-the-scenes in various shows, such as Aveda’s Congress and Master Jams with Master Stylists like Rudy Miles, Ana Karzis, and DJ Freed, LA Fashion Week for the designer Samora, charity events like Priscilla Presley’s Charity, Dream Foundation, and Teddy Bear Foundation, as well as local fashion shows, such as Roberto Cavalli, Chloe, and Stella McCartney. She has also worked in editorial for magazines such as American Riviera, as well as in television for KEYT’s Weekly Morning Makeover Show.

With all of that said, her guests always comes first, as she puts an emphasis on client communication. This is essential when it comes to knowing what the guest in her chair wants in order to make them look and feel their best. As a salon leader and mentor, Jesse provides young stylists with the skills, discipline and tools necessary to achieve success, as well as continues her own educational path to stay current and refined.


dustin janson

Lead Senior Stylist
Walter Claudio Haircutting Educator
Cutting, Color, and Styling
Retexturing Specialist
Editorial Styling
Instagram: @dustinjanson

“My focus as a stylist is to find and define each individual by molding the best style to fit their personality and character.”

Before moving to the West Coast from Cincinnati, OH, Dustin traveled throughout the midwest as a razor-cut hair model, where he discovered his affinity for haircutting. No opportunity was passed as he took in as many courses as possible during his time at Eastern Hills Academy of Hair Design, including Sahag Dry Cutting Technique with Albie Mulcahy as well as many others.

After graduating in 2008, he moved to sunny Santa Barbara to continue his career on the West Coast. Dustin immediately immersed himself in his education, taking the entire Aveda cutting curriculum including, but not limited to, Style and Texture, The Distribution of Weight, PureForm, Neo-Goth, Innovative Cutting Essentials, Retro Classics: Reliving the 20s, and many more, as well as many color courses.

Dustin continues to educate new talent in our salon and works behind-the-chair to give guests customized solutions for both cut and color. Don’t let his cool-vibe throw you off though, he is a giant teddy bear who is not only kind and warm, but also technically skilled and an excellent listener to each and every guest. Dustin creates consistent and excellent results for his guests and is a great addition to our team.


lexie faust

Senior Stylist
Lead Stylist
Master Artist
Marketing Director
Instagram: @lexie_faust_hair

“I follow trends, but am classically trained, as precision and balance are key to excellent hair color and cuts… My mission is to study my craft with constant education and passion, give an excellent consultation for a clear and concise plan, and have an open ear and eye to create the best service for my guests.”

After attending SBCC and onward to receive a Bachelor’s Degree from Temple University in 2004, Lexie always had a passion for the beauty industry. She decided to go back to her native Southern California roots and attend the SBCC Cosmetology Academy, where she began to fall in love with the endless opportunities this career has to offer. Lexie began working at Walter Claudio Salon in 2007, where she not only fell in-love with Aveda, but also Walter’s precise system in haircolor, HeadMapping™. She began immediately training other salons in HeadMapping™ and became a certified trainer, as well as learning her craft in the salon under the ultimate, Sue Darling.

As a “yes” person, Lexie has never turned down an opportunity. Her work ethic and dedication to her craft and the community is unending. She has taken multiple classes through the Aveda network, such as Spoke and Weal’s Jon Reyman’s Innovative Curl Cutting and Advanced Styling, Lindsay Victoria’s Creative Cutting, Lupe Voss’s “Hair-Painting” color technique, Daniel Holzberger “Seattle Grunge,” CoreCutting, as well as various in-salon events, such as Travis Jay’s “Face-Framing Foil” and “Paint and Swirl”. Lexie has assisted in various hair shows as well, such as LA Fashion Week with designer Samora, local Dream Foundation events with Donna Karan, and other designers, such as Rocha Swim. She has also spearheaded events with the EDC and Surfrider Foundation for Aveda Earth Month, organizing and participating in fashion shows to raise awareness for clean water, as well as various hair soiree’s for guest-appreciation parties.

Lexie continues her education by attending Aveda’s big events like Master Jams and Congress, but mostly has the desire to elevate herself and her team to the next level. She helps manage our social media accounts, as well as our education calendar, promoting from within and our partners in the Aveda network to host in-salon training. Her passion for creating a positive work-environment of skillful artists is important for all of us.

But beyond all of that, most importantly, Lexie has a passion for her guests and truly listens, giving thorough consultations each and every time. She loves creating new looks for her guests, as well as consistently delivering results when guests don’t want change. There is a subtly about her that understands movement and weight, as well as accenting variation in hair color.


salim mazahreh

Lead Stylist
Master Artist
Updo Specialist & In-Salon Educator
Instagram: @hairbysalim

“I strive to provide each guest with years of experience in order to create an amazing look for them. To make them feel their best.”

After apprenticing in 2000, Salim started doing hair throughout many countries in the Middle East and in various Four Seasons, such as Jordan’s Hotel Amman. He began working with celebrities, travelling and became an expert in styling throughout his time in the Middle East. Salim joined Walter Claudio Salon in 2014 where he began his career as a stylist in the States. Salim has keen attention to detail, not to mention the technical skill to follow. He is known for creating beautiful shapes and his sweet demeanor is endless. Salim understands balance extremely well, as he strives for excellence. He is also a fantastic hair colorist, creating dimension and depth, and shine for all hair types.


myriah bujak

Senior Stylist
Educator/ Intern Trainer
Cutting, Color, and Styling
Instagram: @myriahninaphotography

“I am currently on sabbatical, traveling in South America, getting inspiration… I am fascinated by the beauty industry and so honored to be a part of it.”

Myriah has been a dedicated stylist with the Walter Claudio team since 2004. From behind the chair providing hair services for her guests, to teaching interns, to advancing her own knowledge through continued education, Myriah is truly a talented and multifaceted professional. For Myriah, education is the means through which she gains inspiration, fuels her passion for creating new styles and serves her guests each and every day. Always a student, and in turn, a teacher to many, Myriah inspires young talent with her passion for the craft as well as by skillfully working alongside others, sharing techniques, creating color formulas and servicing guests.

salon artists


eren montoya

Cutting, Color, and Styling
Instagram: @erendira.hair
“I care about the Aveda Mission and strive to bring calmness and intention to each and every guest, while also paying a high level of detail to the outcome of their hair.”

After graduating from Paul Mitchell in downtown Santa Barbara, Eren joined Walter Claudio Salon in 2011, where she interned with Jesse for about a year. After learning the skills needed and gaining confidence, Eren’s career blossomed. Her attention to guests needs is outstanding. She creates effortless hair that is well-balanced, yet easy to let be care-free. Eren is refined, yet sets a tone of calm when in her chair. She listens well and works hard for her guests.


candiss smith

Cutting, Color, and Styling

“A native of nowhere, in more recent years SoCal.”

Upon graduating from the Aveda Institute of Los Angeles, CA Candiss picked up her career at Walter Claudio Salon in 2014. After training under Walter himself for nearly two years, she’s gained a love of tailoring to guests needs and providing the Aveda experience.

Candiss has a creative eye and loves coming up with solutions for her guests. Her hip-ness is that of an artist, but her character can cross multiple-generations and genres of haircuts and color, making her personable, skillful, and well balanced.

Candiss also works at the Aveda Store in Paseo Nuevo Mall and continues to educate her guests on the naturally-derived ingredients and excellence that goes in to each and every product. Not to mention, her magical hair and scalp massage will have you melting. She is an excellent addition to our team.


ashley bentley

Cutting, Color, and Styling
Instagram: @smishsmash11
“​Animal lover, kind, creative, music lover. I love making other people feel and look good.”

After graduating from The Paul Mitchell Academy in Santa Barbara, CA in 2013, Ashley immersed herself as an intern and began taking Walter’s precise hair color system, HeadMapping(™), as well as various haircutting classes with our own, Dustin Janson. Ashley was looking for her next phase in hair and decided to move to Los Angeles in 2015, where she continued to work with Aveda at Glendale Salon Spa.

During her time in LA, Ashley took multiple education classes, specifically Vidal Sassoon ABC Cutting, Susan Ford’s Men’s Modern Classics, as well as multiple Beyond Balayage classes with Aveda. Ashley returned to Walter Claudio Salon in 2017 where she continues to push her career forward. She has quickly gained the confidence of a great stylist, yet always stays focused on one service at a time, trying to achieve the guests best look.


samantha wagner

Cutting, Color, and Styling
Instagram: @hairbysamanthaaa

“​I am dedicated to making everyone who sits in my chair feel beautiful and confident.”

After graduating from Paul Mitchell in 2015, Samantha joined our team in 2016, where she interned under Dustin and Jesse for nearly two years. Samantha began her path as a stylist in 2018 and loves doing transformations on people, whether that be a cute, trendy bob or highlights.


nikki reden

Salon Artist
Instagram: @nikkireden

“My focus is on my clients natural beauty and giving them easy maintenance styles and colors.”

Nikki started her career at Walter Claudio Salon in 2008. After working with Aveda for 6 years and building a beautiful clientele, she uprooted her life for adventure. She moved to Seattle for many reasons but mainly for life experience and growth. She worked as a hair stylist in a couple of salons there, where she specialized in organic, natural hair color and products.

In her career she has always focused on enhancing her clients natural beauty as well as making sure their maintenance plan is achieved. She has studied under many amazing stylist including Walter Claudio, Travis Jay, Lisa Vann, Sally Rogerson and many more. With experience, technique and skill, Nikki talks to her clients about achievable colors and styles to fit her clients needs.

Outside of the salon she loves staying active from mountain biking to yoga. She loves living life to the fullest and with much love! Nikki returned to Walter Claudio in 2018 and we are thrilled to have her effervescence back.

booking agent


jessica kutrzman

Booking Agent
Email: info@walterclaudio.com