WHO WE ARE
Salon Àcôté was founded in 1998 by Gaston Safar, with a vision to offer the best in hair care services by an internationally trained team of expert stylists in a beautiful and inviting atmosphere. Serving gourmet cappuccinos, maintaining a lush outdoor terrace, and providing an in house wedding coordinator are a few examples of our commitment to exceeding our client’s expectations.
Gaston’s journey began in the south of France, where he worked as a young hairdresser in his parent’s salon in Marseilles. Before turning 20 years old, he moved to Boston and shortly thereafter opened his first salon: Safar Coiffure with his brothers Serge and Jean-Pierre. More than four decades later, the name Safar is synonymous with beauty, style, and elegance.
In 2010, Gaston brought his passion for the hair industry to Miami Beach with the opening of his third salon: Safar Miami. Sharing the ideals of unsurpassed client satisfaction, our Miami location features furniture designed by Phillipe Starck, full height Italian marble walls, and a breathtaking patio overlooking glamorous South Beach.
Today, the Safars own three premier hair salons and have won numerous awards and received praise from nationally recognized publications, such as Allure and Elle magazine but their dedication to the craft of hairdressing and their commitment to the industry that they love has never been stronger.
When booking at Salon Àcôté, please note that each stylist has a unique style and skill set, please visit the team page for a better idea of which stylist would best suit your needs . We use a three tiered system depicting the stylists level of experience and the cost of services: Stylists, Top Stylists, and Senior Stylists and all team members have gone through extensive education and training.
We encourage clients to book reservations in advance to better ensure that you receive your desired reservation time. We offer online booking as well as telephone booking with one of our experienced receptionists, all coloring reservations require a credit card in order to secure a reservation.
Please notify us a minimum of 24 hours in advance prior to your scheduled reservation time should you need to cancel your reservation. Salon Acote reserves the right to charge 50% of services cancelled less than 24 hours in advance.
Alexander SafarAs the Owner of Salon Àcôté , Alex has acquired knowledge from his father Gaston as well as extensive education in creative color theory with Redken-New York and Goldwell-Boston and modern cutting with Vidal Sassoon in Miami. One of the most sought after stylists in Boston, Alex has extended his craft with the latest techniques in hair straightening, also known as the Keratin Smoothing Treatment. His eager nature, keen talent for client satisfaction and salon success, has been recognized in magazines such as Stuff, Insight and Improper Bostonian.
Gaston SafarGaston started cutting hair at a young age at his parents’ salon in France. Before turning 20, he moved to Boston with his family and one year later opened Safar Coiffure with his brothers Serge and Jean-Pierre. Almost three decades later, the name Safar is synonymous with beauty, style and class. In 1998 Gaston took over Vincent Cox Salon and re-opened it as Salon Acote, offering the best in hair services. Today the Safar family owns Safar Coiffure and Salon Acote in Boston, and Safar Miami in the heart of South Beach.
Danielle ChooljianA native of England, Danielle has a passion for art and hair design. After graduating from beauty school with a Cosmetologist of the Year Award, Danielle moved to Boston and shortly after joined Salon Acote. Since being with our salon, Danielle has quick become one of the most sought after stylists on Newbury Street. A talent for elegant updos, she is capable of creating the most intricate looks and making people feel happy about themselves. Danielle is always learning new trends by attending classes. Whether looking for sultry highlights or a chignon for a wedding, she is able to deliver any look her clients have in mind.VIEW PORTFOLIO
Jana RagoJana has been with Salon Acote for over 15 years and has become one of our most talented and experienced hair stylists. She is certified by Cinderella, Hair Dreams, and Hair Stiletto, which are all companies for extensions (bonds, tape-in, etc.) She is also certified in Wigs with Tokyo Stylez, who is the stylist that styles wigs for Kylie Jenner and the Kardashians. She specializes in elegant, classic coloring and creative updos. She is a well-known stylist in Boston, New York, and Paris. Jana has an impressive styling portfolio, which includes Vogue Japan, SK-II, Kate Spade, Elle Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Missoni, and The Knot. She has styled for many fashion shows including Saint Laurent, Hermes, La Perla, Kenzo, Lanvin, Balenciaga and Acne during Paris Fashion Week, and Reem Acra, Catherine Malandrino, Elizabeth and James, and Giorgio Armani during New York Fashion Week. She also styled for the world renowned Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She has styled many celebrities including Gigi Hadid, supermodel Jessica Stam, Steven Tyler, Rachel Patton and Mary Louise-Parker.VIEW PORTFOLIO
Donika PulakeDonika started her craft in her native country of Albania, later graduating at the top of her class from the Institute di Bellezza in Policoro, Italy concentrating in various color techniques and theory. In 2003 she moved to Boston eager to use her techniques at Salon Acote. Since joining our international staff she has become well-known for precision dry-cutting as well as elegant updos and natural henna coloring. Donika continues her education in color techniques by taking classes with Redken and Goldwell of New England.
Mihal-SmithTrained in Dublin, Ireland, Mihal graduated from David Marshall School in 2002 where he excelled in precision-cutting and creative coloring. In 2007 Mihal moved to Boston and shortly after joined Salon Acote. His fashion forward concepts and cutting-edge style have given him his deep passion for the beauty industry. His creativity and high energy has landed him many projects, among them styling hair for the MTV show Made. Mihal is certified in the Keratin Smoothing Treatment and has trained with Vidal Sassoon. He specializes in mens haircut.
Richard DiGianniGraduating at the top of his class from Blaine Beauty School of Boston, Richard has furthered his craft by attending classes throughout the northeast with Redken, Wella, Rusk and Goldwell of New England. He attributes most of his success to his intuitive approach in creating edgy looks for men, classic and natural highlights for women. He also enjoys styling for fashion shows and experimenting with avant-garde looks on the runway.
Vincent CoxMaster stylist and a former salon owner, Vincent is a household name on Newbury Street for over 30 years. He has been teaching and attending seminars across America and has further extended his international career by working in France, Argentina, Chile, as well as in his native England. Vincents eye for creating picture-perfect looks with hair and make-up has earned him a well-known clientele and extensive work with top photographers, models and magazines in Boston and New York. His recognitions include Best Haircut & Color by Improper Bostonian, GQ and Boston Magazine. His work has been seen in magazines such as Vogue, Mademoiselle and Glamour.
Jason RingWith over 20 years of experience Jason has been a member of the Acote team from the beginning. First inspired by a TV show that he saw while in college about beauty, Jason took off from there, receiving his training from Vidal Sassoon in London, Tony & Guy, Goldwell, among others. He went on to gather an array of awards and a loyal clientele that always comes back, not only for his skills in the Keratin Smoothing Treatment, gray coverage, corrective and multidimensional color but also for his superb professionalism and warm personality. Jason draws his inspiration from music and gives back to the community by offering complimentary hair services to WIC, an organization that helps women and children who are displaced due to domestic violence. His gusto for life, passion for his craft and desire to constantly evolve while offering the best services to his clients makes him one of the most sought after stylists in Boston.
Kelsey NorlingKelsey received her training at the Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy and enjoys all aspects of the beauty industry. She specializes in curly hair, hair extensions, and the Ombre color technique, which she learned from celebrity stylist George Papanikolas, the Kardashians go-to hair guru. She loves styling hair for fashion shows and mostly recently styled for the Miss Teen Massachusetts Pageant.
Melissa-SantoesA graduate of Empire Beauty School, Melissas passion for the beauty industry started at a young age while watching her aunt style hair. She has trained with Goldwell in various color techniques and specializes in styling textured hair, the Keratin Smoothing Treatment and hair extensions. Melissa loves to be involved in various salon events, from most recently styling hair for Boston Fashion Week to doing weddings and fashion shoots.
Miriam MezaMiriam moved from Mexico over 10 years ago and received her training from Vidal Sassoon concentrating in various cutting techniques. Her favorite aspect in working at Acote is our diverse staff and clientele. She specializes in curly textural hair and adding natural highlights to brunette hair. Miriam spent two years at our sister salon Safar Miami and recently returned to Acote. Her love for make-up artistry has gotten her more involved in editorial work and styling for fashion shows, which has always been one of her professional goals.VIEW PORTFOLIO
Dana EshlemanDana has dreamed of being a hair stylist since she was 8-years old; she was always asking her friends and family members if she could style their hair. Eventually, she had the opportunity to attend various color and cutting classes by Goldwell as well as Robert Brown’s Color and Foil shows. Dana specializes in haircuts and precision coloring. She prides herself in her versatile skills and is known for creating romantic and effortless-looking styles. She excels in both female and male hair styling. Her influence comes from the current styles in the fashion world and among celebrities. Stop by and get to know this fun, vibrant, and talented stylist from Rochester, NY!
Nazila RiahiA former salon owner with over 31 years of experience, Nazila received her hairdressing and aesthetics training in various institutes in her native country of Iran. She enjoys all aspects of the beauty industry and specializes in natural looking highlights and balayage, men’s and women’s haircuts, and elegant updo’s. In addition to hairdressing, Nazila is very talented at eyebrow shaping and threading, and is an exceptional makeup artist. She enjoys participating in weddings using her passion for hair and makeup to create beautiful looks for a bride on her special day. Nazila’s diverse set of skills and her warm personality has her consistently receiving praise from her clientele.
Madavy KeoMadavy has been interested in the beauty industry and styling her own hair since a very young age. She always knew that she wanted to be a hairstylist, so it comes as no surprise that she attended and graduated from Empire Beauty School at such a young age. The talented Madavy specializes in styling and color, most specifically, in ombre, balayage, and fashion colors. She is inspired by models and fashion editorials and prides herself in her ability to create styles that are refined yet natural. She was born in Providence, Rhode Island, grew up in Texas, and moved to Boston in 2012. In her spare time, she enjoys watching dramatic T.V. shows, shopping, and listening to music.VIEW PORTFOLIO
Wissam RobehmedMeet Wissam Robehmed! Wissam has loved hair-styling ever since he can remember. As a child, he was always eager to accompany his mother to the hair salon; he loved to watch her get her hair done and found it fascinating. As the years passed by, fashion design piqued his interest. He graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design. Although he studied Fashion Design in college, he kept coming back to hair styling, so he attended and graduated from Empire Beauty School at the top of his class. Wissam stands-out among other stylists because he has the ability to incorporate a client’s personal style (make-up and clothing choices) into their hairstyle. He loves creating complete looks. Wissam specializes in precision coloring, balayage coloring, haircuts, styling, and updos. “Old Hollywood” celebrities like Jean Harlow, Veronica Lake, and Marilyn Monroe are a few of his major influences when creating hairstyles. He prides himself in his ability to create classic and glamorous looks. Born in Lebanon and raised in Connecticut, this versatile stylist can be found at concerts or exploring the local restaurant scene when he is not at work. Wissam’s outgoing and friendly personality paired with his talent and “eye” for hairstyling make him a true asset to the Salon Àcôté team.“The world is our runway, so why not have perfect hair to walk through it?” –Wissam RobehmedVIEW PORTFOLIO
Timothy ReidyTimothy was born and raised in Auburn, Massachusetts. He has always enjoyed the beauty and fashion industries since he was a child. Eventually, he went to Toni & Guy Academy and graduated at the top of his class. He specializes in men’s and women’s hair cutting and is an expert in styling and blow drying. In addition, he has been a Goldwell colorist for over two years and he has taken numerous classes at their flagship university. He is driven, charming, and charismatic and loves to ensure that his clients’ beauty glows. He loves cars and likes to go shopping in his free time. He has styled for numerous charity fashion shows including the Beth Israel Cancer Research Annual Fashion Show; Beth Israel Cancer Research is a charity that is near and dear to his heart.VIEW PORTFOLIO
Kyle ZembschBorn in Costa Rica, and raised in Connecticut, Kyle’s style and personality are a perfect blend of cultures. While attending Greensboro College in North Caroline, Kyle realized that his true passion was Hairdressing. He began cutting his college baseball teammates hair, and eventually chose to attend the prestigious Toni & Guy Academy in Newtown Connecticut, where he was educated by celebrity stylist Anthony Mascalo.
Kyle specializes in precision men’s haircuts, natural balayage/ highlights and woman’s haircuts. He believes that a proper consultation is critical to understanding what a client hopes to achieve, and is an opportunity to share suggestions and exchange ideas. He enjoys the complete transformative process from: consultation – service – styling, Kyle takes great pride in his attention to detail.
When he is not working, he often volunteers his time, recently participating in events to support The Wounded Warriors Foundation and Locks for Love. He also enjoys Boston’s social scene and often frequents the City’s most stylish restaurants and lounges. A warm personality, a true passion for the industry, and a zest for life are only a few of the reasons that Kyle has been so popular at Salon Acote.VIEW PORTFOLIO