Danny Sayag

Danny Sayag was born in Fez, Morocco and raised in Israel. He moved to the United States in 1984, following the completion of his commitment to the Israel Defense Forces. In Washington, DC, Danny began apprenticing for his Uncle who owned hair salons. Though initially he was just trying to earn spending money, he quickly learned to understand and appreciate the industry. He was particularly intrigued with mastering the processes of colors that can transform a person’s look and therefore their attitude and self-confidence. Danny became a partner in New Wave Salon in Mid-Pike Plaza in 1990, and after many configurations of ownership, he became sole proprietor. Danny bought Rainbow Hair Designers in White Flint in 2005. In 2014, Danny gave new life to both New Wave and Rainbow by combining them into a brand new, state of the art New Wave Salon in Federal Plaza.

Danny really enjoys supporting the clients and the staff who are so loyal to New Wave. He is dedicated to operating a high quality salon, offering his employees the respect, independence and opportunities for growth they deserve. He is always looking for ways to improve the salon experience for every client, and he still loves attending to his own clients. Danny married his wife, Paula, in 1988; they live in Brookeville, MD, and have three sons, Jonathan, Eitan, and Eric.


Asha-Marie Kandero

I was born and raised in Nottingham, England. I apprenticed and worked in the hair industry for 5 years. In 1984, I came to the US and continued a career in hair and beauty. In 1995, I was written up both in Washington Post and Washington Magazine. I have been employed at New Wave for 12 years.


Barbara Hensley

I have been a stylist for many years. I started with an apprenticeship in England and worked in London before coming to the United States. I have worked at New Wave since 2002. I love to see the way I can make a difference to a woman’s appearance.


Barbara Lee

As a native to Montgomery County, I have been able to enjoy a diverse culture around me and see our area grow. My career started at age 15 and since then I continue to learn new trends. Many of my loyal clients have been with me for over 20 years. I have enjoyed meeting their families and seeing their children grow up. My favorite part of my work is helping people feel good about their hair and how to maintain a ‘salon look’. I’m a mother and have an active lifestyle. Looking good ‘on the go’ is important and something I like to help my clients achieve. New clients are very welcome. Hope to see you soon!


Bella Sayag

I was born in Israel and immigrated to the States in 1984. I followed in my family’s footsteps and became a hairdresser in 1994. I am a proud mother of two amazing boys, Sebastian and Dylan, who inspire me in every aspect of my life. My passion for the industry is making a client look and feel good when they leave the salon. There’s nothing more rewarding. My hobbies are charity events, working behind the scenes on photo shoots, horseback riding, and tennis. My specialties in the field of hair designing are color, cutting, updos and perms.


Cesar Vega

I am originally from Guatemala. I came to this country in 1989. I have been working with Danny for the past 21 years. I specialize in color, color corrections, highlights, and keratin treatments. I am a father of a son whom is 12 years old. He and my work are my life. My hobbies are cooking and hanging out with my son.


Carolita Hoover

I was born in Iquitos, Peru. I came to this area in 1974. I started in this business in my twenties. I started working for Rainbow in 2005. I am a color expert and enjoy doing updos and Brazilian relaxers and Keratins. I love music and painting.


Carole Jacuk

As a native Washingtonian, my career as a Hair Stylist follows my family’s affinity for creative professions. My grandfather was a prominent tailor and fashion designer for the Washington Elite, and my father was a sought after Home Improvement Specialist. I began hairdressing at 23 years old, and in 1985 launched my career at Rainbow Hair Salon, quickly ascending to Senior Hair Stylist. I have been trained by the best for hair coloring, cutting, styling, and up-do fashions at the Sassoon Academy – England, Martin Parson – Canada, Tony and Guy – Texas, and the Sebastian Academy – California. In order to stay abreast of the latest hair techniques and trends, I have successfully completed numerous seminars in Chicago, New York, Texas, Oregon, and California. As a Hair Stylist Educator, I have conducted hair color classes for Sebastian Academy. I belong to the International Hair Color Exchange and specialize in cutting, styling, coloring, color correction, brilliant blonding techniques, and curly hair. When not at work, I recharge my creative energy by immersing myself in the great outdoors and all facets of fitness; especially swimming, tennis, and weight training.


Elie Ephrem

Thanks for turning on our website. I am here for you at New Wave to assist you with all of your hair needs. As a professional, dedicated, enthusiastic hair designer, I do the best of it all. Come try me and you won’t regret it – I promise


Gisela Zurheide

I was trained in Germany and gained experience in London. I have enjoyed working for different salons such as: Garfinkels, Bloomingdales, Rainbow, and now New Wave. My days in the salon are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. I am skilled in doing haircuts, colors, and highlights. I fill my spare time with gardening, swimming and walking. Life is good!


Ido Achrak

I was born in Israel and grew up in Tel-Aviv. To this date, I am only 1 of 4 deaf stylists found within the United States since 1999. I attended Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. for their English Language Institute program with international deaf students. Afterwards, I transferred to Montgomery College in Rockille, MD to pursue graphic design. However, I always had a longing to join the fashion/hair industry. So, I decided to follow my heart and got my license in Cosmetology in MD and VA. I am fluent in four languages – Hebrew, Israeli Sign Language, English, and American Sign Language. I specialize in trendy and designer cuts, color and highlights, blow dry and flat ironing. My favorite aspect of it all is seeing my clients’ happiness after I give them a new look. My hobbies include: dancing, socializing with all types of people, spending time with my family, scuba diving, paragliding, soccer, sport events, volleyball, beaches, traveling, and formal events.


John Kuri

John has been in the industry for over 30 years. Over the course of his career, his work has been recognized in local magazines including the Washingtonian. He has a knack for short innovative cuts that are modern yet feminine. His long styles flow effortlessly and softly. He is at ease with all the latest color techniques allowing him to work with clients to navigate fashionable colors from season to season. He enhances hair texture with keratin treatments. Also, his expertise in hairstyling, updo’s, and make up application has made him the go to man for weddings, photo shoots, runway work, and special occasions.


Joy Sansbury

I am a native of Washington, DC. I have always had a passion for art and especially drawing faces and fashion since elementary school. I am grateful that by pursuing a career in hair designing, I was able to express my passion and creativity and allow me to come in contact with so many wonderful people.

I was a stylist at Rainbow Hair Designers for some 25+ years. My philosophy about consulting with a client is that we collaborate. I need to understand your lifestyle to make your look as functional and easy to manage and at the same time, flattering to your facial structure.

I have done extensive training at the Vidal Sassoon, San Francisco, New York, London, Paul Mitchell’s New York, L’Oreal Color Institute, New York, Color Institute, Miami, Florida. I maintain my enthusiasm by being a perpetual student.

I have been honored to be on Washingtonians Magazine best stylist list: “Expert with fine hair, texturing thick hair, color specialist” My other interests include the Stock market since 1989, children, dogs, Pilates, yoga, golf, gardening, life reading, love my iPad.


Jean Luc Maury

I started in Paris, France in 1976. I formerly worked at Rainbow for many years. I studied in Paris and London under Bruno Dessange, now Frederic Fekkai, Maniatisfor dry cutting, John Sahag, and Vidal Sassoon for precision cutting. I have also worked in New York and Los Angeles. I enjoy cutting and my specialty is bayalage: the art of hand painting. I also do Brazilian and keratin. My hobbies include teaching martial arts, playing the piano, fishing, riding my motorcycle, and I will never lose my love for French cuisine. I place a high importance on listening to clients and understanding their needs. I combine the French ‘flair’ with the English precision for styling all types of hair. “If you don’t look good, we don’t look good”.


Laurel Kelley

I am an experienced stylist and colorist. I have studied with Sassoon, L’Oreal, Wella, Macro Pelusi and others. I believe collaboration with my clients is the key to perfection. The actress Annie Potts once sat in my chair as I nervously gave her some highlights. Afterwards she said “Your highlights rock!” I do a special placement of foils I learned from Macro Pelusi called Hollywood Highlights. The end result is that there aren’t any ‘chunks’ and they grow out gently. I also am proficient in cutting and styling wigs. I enjoy working with anyone who wants something simple or something more dramatic.


Mike Perez

My father emigrated from Cuba to the U.S. and settled in Lynchburg, Virginia where he established a hair salon chain, Perez Salon. As the owner and Senior Hair Stylist, my father operated and managed three other salons and opened the first licensed beauty school in Virginia. At the age of 14, I launched my hair designer career as a ‘shampoo boy’ in Perez Salon. After hours, my buddies and I would sneak into my Dad’s salon so that I could color their hair jet black and style it to emulate Elvis Presley. I never looked back and at the age of 17, I became a licensed hairdresser – the youngest hair stylist in Virginia, as far as I know. Over the course of my career, I have owned and operated five salons including Perez Salon and Day Spa in Rockville and Chevy Chase, two of the most prominent and successful salons in the Washington, DC area. I am certified in Keratin straightening and specialize in hair coloring, complete make-overs, thinning hair, curly hair, wig transformation and styling for cancer survivors. My favorite aspect of this industry is completely changing an individual’s hair color and restyling their haircut. I thrive and excel on fashionable and avantgarde hair creations, especially short trendy haircuts with the goal of making my client’s look and feel their absolute best. Three words that best describe me are: intricate, compassionate, and creative. I love my profession and I have never doubted my career choice. I have studied both the art and science of hair design in London and Paris and have won numerous hair styling competitions. My work has been featured in professional national hair magazines. I was both humbled and flattered when I was approached by the Bravo Channel to appear as a featured hair stylist in their Makeover Story Reality Show. I have had the pleasure of working with Jill Zarin from Bravo’s Housewives of New York. My passions include riding my motorcycle with my wife, camping and skiing with my wife and son, and music


Mahin Alinaghi


I was born in Iran. I have been an esthetician since 1984 and have always worked in this area (from Chevy Chase to Rockville). I absolutely love what I do! My hobbies include cooking and reading, especially anything related to skin care. If you have any questions about your skin care and waxing needs, please feel free to contact me at New Wave Salon and Spa – I’d love to talk to you!


Martine Billingham

I have been in the business since 1993. I trained in England. I am a Vidal Sassoon trained colorist moved to the United States in 1992. Over the years, I have worked in the Washington, DC Metro Area for David’s Beautiful People and started at New Wave one year ago.


Miriam Rios

I am very proud to be working at New Wave Hair Salon. I have been a professional stylist for the past 15 years. I have traveled to L.A, NYC and California in search of inspiration and furthering knowledge and education. I have worked for different salons, but here at New Wave I find myself very please and inspire because I work with so many talented people. They are friendly, they are professional and experienced. When I am not working with my clientele, I am educating myself on new trends to keep myself up to the day. I do yoga on the weekends, I like to cook and gardening.


Michelle Tamayo

Michelle Tamayo senior stylist/colorist, former co-owner of Salon Capelli, from 2008-2013. In 2008 Salon Capelli was recognize in Washingtonian Magazine for top Salons in the Washington area. Michelle was nominated for best colorist and trained with top educators in the industry, which including Vidal Sassoon, Tigi, Oscar Bond, and Ira Ludwick. She has been fortunate to have worked in top Salons in Rockville area, and has been exposed to great talents. Michelle is looking forward to working with the team at New Wave. She will provide excellent service to the guests at New Wave.


Mimi Hailu-Aga

Mimi is originally from Ethiopia , but has lived in the United Stated for most of her life. Licensed in three states. She has taken two emotional 1Q training with next level leadership workshop. She has been in the hair and beauty industry for 20+ years. Mimi’s continued education keeps her skill set up to date in her field. Constantly expanding her knowledge of new techniques, cutting edge coloring and a wide range of hair cutting techniques; including long hair , men’s hair, kid’s haircut, styling, and special occasion. Her specialty and passion is curly hair. She also specializes in cuts, color, and curly hair highlights ( Pintura) . In 2009 she was trained by Deva Chan a curly hair advanced stylist in New York . Mimi has stayed updated on her knowledge of new products. Specially in curly hair knowledge and advancements in all other types of services to provide excellent service. She places high value in listening to understand clients’ needs, as she strives for unlimited creativity.

Nisan Sayag

I was born in Israel. I moved to the states at the age of 20 but I have been following in my family’s footsteps since I was 16 years of age. I have been employed at New Wave since 2001. I am passionate about working in the hair industry as a senior hair designer. It is extremely rewarding making my clients feel good about the way they look when they leave the salon. I specialize in extensions, designer cutting, coloring, relaxers and perms. My hobbies include skiing and dirt biking.


Nury Solano

I was born in Cali, Colombia. I have been in the area since 1994. I was 18 years old when I started in this business. I started working at Rainbow in 2005. I love to make people look their best and bring out their best features. I also love to travel and read.


Nidal Aboultaif

Nidal began his career studying in Dubai and Lebanon. Now with more than 19 years of experience, he came to New Wave in early 2016 bringing different and unique techniques as well as continuing to take classes and expand on his career with us.


Rene Aboultaif

I was born in Lebanon and came to the States in 1998. My passion for the hair industry started when I was 11 years old. I gained my education in the industry while abroad in Europe. Since 2007, I have been a senior designer at New Wave Salon. I can truly say I love everything about the industry, from making my clients happy and confident, to challenging myself each day to be the best. I love it all! My specialties are dimensional colors/highlights, trendy cuts, keratins, and formal up-dos. I spend my free time cooking Mediterranean foods.


Shala Blackmon

I am creative, funny, and caring. I am also a perfectionist who listens to client’s needs and goals. My hobbies are rock climbing, water sports, skydiving, chess, travel and tae kwon do. I am a former owner of three salons. I was trained and certified under Vidal Sasson in London as an instructor/manager. I have worked and performed cut/color hair shows all over the world. I specialize in makeovers: designing a suitable style for your face and creating a new you! I am a color specialist using the latest highlight and cutting techniques. I also do Brazilian and keratin relaxing. I can do short, long, thin, and curly hair, along with updos. My greatest pleasure is to see my clients leave with a smile.


Sung Lim

Sung joined New wave salon and spa not only with his talent for making every guest look and feel their very best, but with a driving passion for hair. You can expect a thorough consultation with detailed advisement in hair design and hair coloring best suited for you. Sung’s approach in hair coloring maintains the health and integrity of your hair, achieving the most beautiful and youthful look. With over 10 years of experience, he continues to add to his repertoire by attending hair seminars and hair shows to keep up on all the new trends. Sung specializes in hair color, cutting, bridal styling and he is a certified keratin specialist.

“I always say that; a new hairstyle will give the guest a new attitude!”


Theresa Novel

Tina Phan


I was born in Vietnam. I have been a nail technician since 1994 and have lived in Maryland. My specialties include, shellac, acrylic, manicure, pedicure, and nail art. My favorite part of my job is making each guest feel welcome and leaving satisfied. During my free time, I love to spend time with my children and cook.


Veronica Chavez

I was born in Guatemala. I have been in this area since 1991. I became a hair dresser in 1998. I enjoy bringing out the inner beauty of a person and expressing my creativity. I specialize in dimensional coloring and contrasting (highlighting and lowlighting), color corrections, and formal updos. My favorite aspect in this industry is color enhancement with personalized hair shaping. I am a perfectionist, creative, and dedicated. My skills and ability allow me to optimize and individualize physical traits, thus creating individuality. I am bilingual.


Wissam Aboultaif

I am originally from Lebanon. I came to this area in 2004. I’ve been a stylist since 1998. I’ve worked at New Wave Salon since 2007. I specialize in hair cutting, hair coloring, highlighting and updo styling. Styling would be my first choice. In my spare time, my hobbies are taking classes to improve my knowledge.


Zach Sayag

I was born in Haifa, Israel. I moved to the states at the age of 18 but I have been following in my family’s path since I was 16 years of age. I have been employed at New Wave since 1999. I am a proud father of two beautiful girls. I am passionate about working in the hair industry as a senior hair designer. There is nothing more rewarding than making my clients feel good about the way they look when they leave the salon. I specialize in designer cutting, coloring, relaxers and perms. My hobbies include flying, skiing, and dirt biking.