OUR EDUCATION TEAM
Director of Education
Sonja has been working as a professional hair stylist since graduating from the Brown Aveda Institute in 2003. She spent the first 13 years of her career working for an Aveda concept salon before joining the Dino Palmieri family in 2016. Despite being an Aveda Color Coach for 10 years, she quickly converted to Wella upon experimenting with Wella’s innovative color line. Sonja has become known in the industry as the “Blonding Queen”, her talent is remarkable. Her clients truly benefit from the new trends and techniques she has been exposed to since joining our team.
Sonja worked as an educator for 5 years at her previous salon. That, coupled with her extensive experience as a stylist, made her a natural choice for the Director of Education. Her passion for hair and approachable nature allow for a dynamic learning environment for all in attendance. In addition to her technical knowledge, Sonja possesses a “client-first” philosophy which enables her to take a person’s vision and make it a reality.
Sonja is currently a Senior Director for Dino Palmieri Salon in Eton and the Director of Education for our New Talent Program. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband Joe and their daughter Emilia, even if that means watching the same Disney movie 500 times!
Director of Education
Melanie has worked as a professional hair stylist since graduating from the Brown Aveda Institute in 2012, but it wasn't until she joined Dino Palmieri in 2014, that she found a true outlet for her passion and creativity as an artist. Because of the importance placed on continuing education, Melanie stays current on all industry trends and even manages to set a few of her own!
While she has mastered the Balayage technique and the intricacies involved in the perfect men's cut, her artistic passion lies in fashion colors. Whether it's the brightest blonde or the most vibrant red, Melanie thrives on knowing her clients will stand out in a crowd. in the best possible way.
Recognizing that being a hair stylist is equal parts art and science, Melanie is fascinated by the chemistry behind her creations. She knows that she can't be consistent or replicate an outcome, without understanding how and why she achieved it in the first place. This endless curiosity is what makes Melanie an exceptional stylist and educator.