Cheung has been a hair stylist since 2001. His interest in hair began at the early age of 15 when he began cutting the hair of his friends and family. Cheung began his career with an apprenticeship at Architects & Heroes salon in 1999. He later joined the opening team of Red Chair Salon in April of 2003, created the hair cutting training program, and continued on to Groove Salon in 2008. Cheung continued to refine his craft with advanced training at Vidal Sassoon in London, where he studied classic, salon creative, and advanced creative techniques. He then went to Bumble and Bumble in New York to further advance his razor technique.
Cheung’s specialties range from modern geometric influenced shapes to complete hair style changes from long to short. He is also an expert with all hair textures. Cheung is influenced by hairstyles from Europe and the fashion industry. He also draws his inspiration from the individual personalities and personal style of each of his clients. After a short stint of cutting and teaching at Cowboys & Angels Salon where he met his business partner, Riccardo Cinotti, the concept of Élan Hair Salon was born. He is now the head educator for the cutting and styling program.
Cristen graduated from an art driven school in Northern California. Given her creative background, she relocated to the Bay Area to pursue a career as a colorist. Hired at Cowboys & Angels salon she grew as a colorist under Riccardo Cinotti and Robert Tottherman. After completing her color program apprenticeship, she followed her mentor, Riccardo, to join the Élan Hair Salon team.
With her hunger for education, Cristen continues to travel coast to coast attending advanced color academies as well as various styling courses. Her approach to color is inspired by nature as well as the 1970’s bohemian lifestyle. Cristen specializes in balayage techniques, sun-kissed blondes, rich brunettes, natural reds, Keratin treatments as well as Skin Weft & Ron King extensions.
When Cristen is not in the salon, you will most likely see her baking gluten-free goodies with her two puppies or soaking up the rays while surfing.
Ever since she was young she possessed a lot of creative energy, she’s a natural. Natalie draws a lot of inspiration from music, geometry, nature and literature. She is most inspired by people themselves with all their distinctive traits and unique qualities. She loves to work with silhouettes, lines, shading and texture. Natalie studied hair at Skyline College and completed two apprenticeship programs in SF and Berkeley.She really takes the time to listen to each of her clients and creates looks to fit their lifestyles.
Riccardo has been a color specialist for over 15 years. Originally from Italy, he draws inspiration from Italian architecture, art, and fashion. He began his career in the hair industry by apprenticing at Vidal Sassoon.
After two years with Sassoon, he accepted an offer to further foster his craft with the creative team at diPietro Todd, San Francisco.
Eager to share his creativity and knowledge he went on to Cowboys and Angels salon to become an educator for aspiring colorists, where he also met his business partner Cheung Ng.
In search of a more creative environment, he finally worked with Cheung to create the concept of Élan Hair Salon. Riccardo is renowned for his blondes and has a remarkable talent for various hair extension methods.
Debra began her hairdressing career at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London and worked with them in Munich and San Francisco. Her 15 years of experience includes salons such as Architects & Heroes, diPietro Todd, and Cowboys & Angels here in San Francisco.
Her specialty is cutting, both men and women, and her particular interest is short and mid-length hair. Soft, flowing layers on long hair are welcomed as well, whether bohemian or not.
Debra has instructed apprentices, performed demos, and has participated in fashion shows as well as various photo shoots. She also likes to attend Master Classes to continue her knowledge and passion for her chosen craft.
“The business of beautiful is second nature to me.”
A lot of clients want to know how Don became such a passionate hair stylist at a very young age. His answer is the best; “My family is full of hair stylists and some of the best in the business.” Working next to his mom for over six years in the family salon, and attending hair shows with her in San Francisco, was all it took for a career and life in the beauty industry to become a reality.
As many of the leader’s in the industry will attest, Don’s career has spanned the “best decades” of hair styling in America; from the Avant-guarde eighties and nineties, to the more chic and polished hair of now.
Just like his brother, Oribe editorial stylist Eric Gabriel, Don has always been instinctively influenced by the essence of celebrities and rock icons. Although getting the opportunity to style Stevie Nicks whenever she plays the Bay Area, Don is equally grateful for his vast San Francisco based clientele who have followed his evolution and cherish the freshness of creativity.