What do you want to be when you grow up? That is a question everyone has heard before, and like many people, I never knew what the answer was until I went to Cosmetology school. As soon as I picked up the scissors and applied my first color I knew I chose exactly what I was supposed to be doing…. bringing out the beauty in others! And I am fortunate to be celebrating my 14th year in the beauty industry.
After realizing what passion and love I had for hair I knew I had to try and master the art, so I landed here at Dpz on West, where education is the key to success! Learning from the best in the business; Jo Blackwell from Loreal Professionnel, Gerard Kierans from Surface, Bumble and Bumble, and Geno Stampora and being such a perfectionist, I’m able to give my clients looks that work best for them and their lifestyle. Being in a profession that is forever changing I’m also able to bring new haircut, color and trend ideas to my clients all year long. Short to long, dark to platinum blonde and classic to trendy, I will strive to achieve the best for you every time you sit in my chair!
Ever since I was a little girl, I always played with hair and make-up. So no one was surprised when I decided to start my career doing what I love! I graduated from cosmetology school in 2014 and have been building my clientele ever since. My favorite part of this career is learning new things every day and the continued education to stay fresh and current. It is so rewarding when somebody leaves feeling beautiful with a smile on their face. I am very happy to be part of the DPZ family and have the opportunity to work with talented people who share my passion for hair!
Brenna- Senior Stylist
I grew up in a salon learning the artistry of hair from my mother. Seeing her cut, style and above all make people happy is what drove me to becoming a stylist. I graduated from Henry Abbott Technical High School in 2008 with my hairdressing license and have never had a second thought about my decision to create beautiful hairstyles. I love creating short textured styles with my razor. The added movement it gives to hair is phenomenal! I also enjoy designing up styles for special occasions and have a special love of creating custom fashion hair colors for my clients.
I was born and raised in Danbury, CT and I am a proud wife and mother of two beautiful boys. I believe loving what you do in life makes all the difference in the world! My lifelong dream has always been to be a talented Hair Stylist! That dream and passion for “HAIR” led me to join the Dpz Team 13 years ago.
Each phase of hair care is important in enhancing the client’s inner and outer beauty. I help my clients form a foundation of health and strength to maintain their hair’s integrity. I apply different techniques and skills to create complimentary color and highlighting, as well as precision cutting with lasting shape and definition. Then complete the look with customized detail in styling and finish work. I pride myself on working as a team with my client to provide the necessary wants and needs to suit their lifestyle. A complete consultation determines our direction and plan. I believe in making my clients comfortable and am confident that I will care and nurture their hair care needs.
Continuing my education is key in keeping current, inspired and in LOVE with what I do. Education keeps me ahead of the upcoming trends and fashion. I am fortunate to have been educated by many of the industry leaders: Loreal, Bumble and Bumble, Alterna, Oribe, Surface, Prive, Wella, Graham Webb and more. Some of the industry giants include Jo Blackwell, Nancy Braun and Marcus Daniels of Loreal, Gerard Keirans of Surface, Julie Shepperly, salon coach and consultant , and Geno Stampora, a life enhancement coach for the beauty industry. I also stay inspired with ideas, new looks and trends through television, magazine and the Internet. I would be honored to create an artistic vision for you from “the first snip to the last spray.”
Hello, my name is Carmelo and I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of the DPZ team for 12 years now. I’ve been a part of the this industry for 17 years and I’m still excited about the forever changing trends of the business. I love the fact of being creative with both haircutting and coloring. I adjust both things to my clients personality, lifestyle, skin tone, face shape, and hair texture. To make someone look their best accordingly makes me proud to know that I’m doing a good deed & making someone feeling good about themselves leaving the salon. I love this industry & I don’t plan on changing my career any time soon.
What inspired me to be a stylist was being a “girly girl”; always into hair, makeup and fashion. I use to draw gowns and outfits and had dreams of becoming a NY Fashion Designer. That changed with my first high school job, sweeping up hair in a salon, and from that moment on I was sold! I realized that creating styles in hair was as creative and much like designing a gown~ picking a hair color that compliments someones skin tone & eye color along with creating a shape with style & movement out of someone’s hair is amazing! A fresh style can change how a woman feels about herself. I still look to the world of fashion and celebrity for inspiration. The newest and hottest trends hitting the runways and red carpets offer so many ideas that I can incorporate into my styles. I absolutely LOVE glam up styling and makeup for any event!
I am fortunate to have the perfect marriage of creativity and education here at Dpz. Not only are we encouraged and nurtured with our creative vision, but we are able to attend ongoing classes with industry leading companies and educators like platform artists Jo Blackwell and Élan McDowell, Gerard Kierans with Surface, and classes with Bumble and bumble, L’oreal Professionnel and Oribe.
I am confident that we can create a look that matches your lifestyle and your style! I work with all ages and hair types, even the most unruly hair….it doesn’t scare me. Come see me at both Dpz North and Dpz on West and start realizing your dreams today!
Christy is a experienced nail technician for 12 yrs. Christy does natural, gel, acrylic nails and pedicures. She also specializes in detailed nail art. Christy focuses on helping clients maintain healthy nails and feet. Christy has had a passion for nails since she was 15. She enjoys pampering clients and making their nails and feet look beautiful. Christy is looking forward to meeting new clients and making you feel beautiful.
One of my most cherished memories of my mom was sitting in the kitchen while she would do my hair. She was a gifted stylist and took special care to make sure her little girl always looked as pretty as possible. The time we spent together, just the two of us, had a profound impact on what I would end up doing as an adult. After she passed away, I knew that I wanted to follow in her footsteps. I enrolled in cosmetology school, and began my journey.
After joining the DPZ team, I have been fortunate enough to train with leading professionals in the industry, such as Jo Blackwell Preston of L’Oreal and Gerard Kierans of Surface. The talented instructors at L’Oreal Professional, Oribe, Surface, Bumble and Bumble, and Cadivue Smoothing Systems keep me up-to-date on the latest coloring, cutting, and styling techniques, allowing me to better serve my clients and give them the true DPZ experience.
Nothing makes me happier than seeing a client feel good about themselves after a transformation. Being part of their experience, from concept to completion, allows me to use my skills and continued education to keep my clients looking and feeling their best, at home and at the salon.
Owner and Master Artist, opened Dawns’s Pizzazz Artistic Group & Day Spa, now known as DPZ on West, in Danbury in June of 1986. In April of 2012 Dawn opened her second location, DPZ North, in Litchfield, CT. Having a clear vision of what she wanted to accomplish, the salon and day spa has steadily grown over the years to become not only a leader in the beauty industry, but a strong partner in the community in which she does business.
In June of 2004 Dawn was honored at a 4 day business conference in London, England with a Global Salon Business Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence in Client Philosophy. DPZ on West was recognized for this award from over 3,200 applicants worldwide. DPZ on West was once again nominated for this award by Laurel Smoke, editor of Salon Today Magazine and was named a finalist. DPZ on West was the recipient of the Salon Today 200 award on 7 different occasions, as one of the top 200 fastest growing salons in the country. Dawn and her team were recognized by L’Oreal Professionnel as the national winner of the “Richesse All Caps Off” color competition. In April of 2010 Dawn was inducted into the Henry Abbott Regional Vocational and Technical School Hall of Fame for not only her continued success, but for her commitment to the community. And in May of 2012, Dawn was the recipient of the First Annual Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western CT Danbury Leadership Award for her leadership, commitment and generosity. In October of 2012 Dawn was awarded the Boy Scouts of America “Good Scout Award” for her commitment to the community. These accomplishments can only be attributed to the ongoing education, training and the sense of community Dawn provides and nurtures in her team of dedicated professionals.
“My main goal when I opened my doors was to create an environment that people were content in, and to also serve the community. All of my dreams, accomplishments and aspirations are dedicated to the memory of my parents. I have always lived my life the way they raised me and I’m very grateful to them.”
I am blessed to say I have been with DPZ for my entire career starting in October of 1987.
During my 26 years at DPZ I have been involved in all aspects of the business from the daily operations to utilizing my talent & creativity as a senior stylist. I cater to both women & men with a focus in speciality wrap perms & cutting.
I continue my education to keep on top of the current trends & techniques. Working with industry leading companies such as as Bumble & Bumble, L’oreal Professionel, Surface and top educators Gerard Kierans, Jay Vosper & Joe DiMaggio for Advanced Haircutting and Advanced Coloring Techniques, you can be assured that you will receive an exceptional service every time you sit in my chair! I was also fortunate to be able to participate in a 12 week program with Salon Training International studying all facets of the business.
Starting in April of 2012 I began managing our new location in Litchfield, Dpz North, where I also See clients Wednesday through Saturday. I am also available at DPZ on West in Danbury on Tuesdays.
Hi, my name is Heather and I’ve been a hair stylist for 22 years at DPZ. I would have to say I didn’t choose to be a stylist…it chose me. I graduated from cosmetology school in 1992 and I have been fortunate to stay current in the industry through many changes. I was also an educator for L’oreal Professionnel for 6 years and in that time I had the opportunity to travel and teach my peers within the industry. I’ve also been able to showcase my creativity by working events such as hair shows and fashion shows.
After taking an extensive course to become a makeup artist I went to work for the Bobby Brown & Chanel cosmetic lines. That was a great learning experience for me; learning different techniques and providing me with the knowledge on how to create a custom look for any age group. While the department store cosmetics lines provided a solid foundation for me, the retail world wasn’t the direction I wanted to follow. I WANTED MORE!!! I wanted a career that encompassed all aspects of the Beauty Industry. Someone I trust encouraged me to take the next step in my career path and expand my horizons. So after a good push I enrolled in a Cosmetology Course.
As soon as I started at school I also started my apprenticeship at Dawn’s Pizzazz which gave me an upper hand in my journey through school. I found my passion is in hair coloring & barbering. I learn something everyday from my talented team of coworkers at DPZ who I look up to and admire. I have had many opportunities to advance my education with many of our industry’s greats.
What truly drives me are the clients. I truly enjoy creating a look that suits people’s individuality, recommending ideas and using my knowledge and skill to make it happen. Making people feel good is what gets me up everyday! It’s a rush to have someone really appreciate what you do!
When it came time to choose a career at 18 I was always unsure of what I wanted. All i knew is that I wanted to make a difference in peoples lives. I started by working at a retirement home where I met a friend who introduced me to the world of cosmetology. I enrolled into Paul Mitchell The School Danbury and graduated in their phase two honors program. Now looking back on my journey I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Being a beautician is such a rewarding career because nothing is as gratifying than making a client feel confident and beautiful. I am excited to be apart of the DPZ team and cant wait for the opportunities that are in the future.
We are pleased to welcome Licensed Massage Therapist Kristine to our team. She received her licensing from Ct Center of Massage therapy with a 4.0 average. Kristine has chosen Massage Therapy as her profession because taking care of people comes naturally to her. She has a gift for finding areas of tension and helping her guests find relief and a solution. Kristine has a kind-hearted nature and is passionate about helping her clients heal. Her areas of expertise are: Acupressure, Injury Rehab, Therapeutic Massage, Sports Massage , Trigger Point Therapy, Swedish Massage and Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage.
Krystle- Master Stylist
When making the decision on which high school to attend, I decided to enroll in the hairdressing program at Henry Abbott Technical High School. Just after my first year I fell in love with making people feel good and look beautiful. In 2006 I started working as an assistant here at Dpz on West and within 6 years I have grown from a stylist into a designer stylist with a dedicated client base. I now challenge myself to advance my education and push myself to be an even more confident and knowledgeable stylist. I find the more I mature and grow I have more passion and creativity to offer to my clients.
Some people may say I did things in life a little backwards. At the age of 18 I had no idea what I wanted to do career wise, all I knew was I could not wait to start my family and do the whole “mom” thing. My early twenties were dedicated to raising my 2 amazing sons! My sister had gone to cosmetology school and I always loved her work environment but hair was never my thing. Since I was a young girl I had always loved playing with makeup. I even waxed myself and all my friends. I loved what I was doing and I found that I was actually really good at it. When both of my kids were in school full-time I decided I was ready to make my passion into a career. I walked right into the local esthetics school and signed up that same day for the program. I was beyond fortunate to join the DPZ family shortly after graduating, and I have never been happier. Since working at DPZ on West, I have continued my education with specific training in Yonka Paris, GloTherapeutics, Cures body products, and Your Name Cosmetics. Since starting here I have met some amazing clients who I know will be life long friends, and I look forward to meeting many more! What I love most about my career is making people feel great, look their best, and having them see and feel results with the products we use on their skin. Backwards or forward or whatever you want to call it, my life is now complete with my perfect family and my amazing career. I can’t wait to make you a more beautiful YOU!
I’ve had a passion for the cosmetology industry since I was a young girl. With that I’ve also loved the world of fashion. I was born and raised in Macedonia and to follow through with my passion I received a seamstress degree. This was one way to enter this industry. In the mid-90s I came to America and started to raise my family here. I always had a desire to make people feel and look their best. I followed my dream and decided to continue my education and attended Paul Mitchell the School in Danbury. This was the perfect fit! This opened the door and allowed me to do what I have always wanted to do and enabled me to blend my love of fashion with making people feel and look their best. Being a cosmetologist at Dawn’s Pizzazz has also given me the opportunity to achieve my goals in providing a better quality of life for my family and for my clients.
As a young girl, I was blessed to be around the beauty industry, as I watched my mother make people look even more beautiful than they already were. I found my passion young and I knew this wasn’t going to be my job, but something I truly cherished doing.
I graduated from Ricci’s Academy in 2009 and was ready as soon as I got my license to make people pretty! I love everything the beauty industry has to offer. I have gone to many educational classes and seminars to further my knowledge and love coming back to the salon feeling refreshed and ready to share the latest trends with my clients.
What better job is there than to make people feel good about themselves? I love meeting new people and believe I’m a great listener so I can truly give you a magical experience the first time we meet in my chair.
I have always loved anything and everything to do with hair. I can remember being a little girl and strategically placing colorful bows and ribbons in my dad’s hair as he sat patiently, pretending not to be mortified. From then on my interest in hair turned into a great love and passion for creativity and beauty. Although my life took a different turn after I graduated from high school, I eventually found a way to do what I love. After receiving my Bachelors degree in history and law, I decided to go back to school and enrolled myself in Ricci’s Academy of Cosmetology in 2010. While there, I not only received my license in cosmetology, but I also found a new love in providing services in aesthetics, such as facials, waxing and makeup.
Sometime after graduating, I joined the DPZ team as a stylist in August 2011, and as an aesthetician in March 2012. I can finally say I have found my calling in life in providing clients with a well rounded experience at DPZ, from giving them the hair of their dreams, to giving them relaxing spa services to help melt their stress away. Being at DPZ has also given me the opportunity to enjoy a wide array of educational experiences and expand my knowledge. Classes from L’Oreal Professional, Bumble and Bumble, Oribe Haircare, Hairdreams Hair Extensions, and Yonka Paris, have helped me to become the well-rounded stylist and aesthetician that I am today. Being a part of the DPZ family, I can truly say that I have found my calling: helping people feel beautiful and confident in their own skin. It is a truly rewarding experience to do what I do everyday.
Hmmmm?… What would I be if I weren’t a hairdresser? Honestly, I can’t imagine. I LOVE being a stylist! It’s creative, social and there is nothing more satisfying than helping another person to look and feel their best. My personal goal is to have each person that sits in my chair feel individual, important and appreciated. I am truly grateful for all of the people who have trusted me with their hair needs and solutions over the last 19 years (and counting!) that I have been with DPZ.
What is my favorite part of hairdressing, you ask? Well, some say I excel in short textured cuts! But, I love it all! I am not afraid to change my look and I’m not afraid to change yours! I am a big fan of “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” But, just say the word and I can make it lots more fun!
Favorite Quote: “If you think you can do a thing or you think you can’t do a thing, you’re right” -Henry Ford
I started doing hair at a very young age, always helping my mother and my sisters braid their hair. I have always had a knack for hair and then I continued to follow my path, working in different salons to do anything I could do to learn the business. I finally made the decision to make my passion into my career and I’ve never been happier! I enjoy all aspects of hair and really like to push myself to create the ideal look for an individual.Now I am learning from the best industry professionals including Loreal, Kerastase and Bumble and bumble. I also have the opportunity to work different charity events with Dpz Group within the community. And as a bonus, I get to enjoy every day with the guests that sit in my chair.I look forward to meeting new people every day and thank every one of them for giving me the opportunity to take care of their hair needs.
I was fortunate to learn how to care for my hair at a very young age, by none other than Dawn. Being a long time client of the salon, hair and the beauty industry grew into a passion of mine. Since 2001 I’ve been practicing my craft and furthering my education. I have taken classes from industry leading companies, such as L’Oreal, Kerastase and Toni and Guy . While studying with L’oreal Professionnel, I was selected to become an educator with them, which I did for 5 years. I was given the opportunity to train with the best in the business. I would then share my knowledge with other salons by traveling to them and educating them on what the new trends were and any new products offered . Being an educator has transformed my career. I now have more confidence and education to offer my own clients something special in my chair. Not only can I offer my clients creative hair-dressing, but I can offer make up as a part of my finishing touch. Being a part of the DPZ family has given me a home to be myself. It allows me to balance my home life as a wife and mother to two young children, and a place to welcome my clients. I am also a volunteer for Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, providing home hair care for their patients.
I can’t remember wanting to do anything else other than having a career in the beauty industry. In 1991 after losing my job as a bookkeeper, I finally made a career change to follow my passion. I researched and began taking classes to become a nail technician. I worked as a nail technician for 8 years, which 4 of those years were with Dawns Pizzazz. I then left the industry in 2000 to start my family. After 13 years, raising my 2 children I decided I needed something more for myself. I’m glad to say I’m home again doing what I love to do, at a place that I call home, Dawns Pizzazz!
Not everyone can say why they ended up in the career that they practice. But my sister’s passing inspired my passion for caring for people and enriching their lives through beauty. I have now been a stylist for 23 years and my love of the industry stills inspires me to this day. I specialize in texture and excel in all color techniques and finish work. Over the years I have been fortunate to study with the industry’s best including L’Oreal Professionnel, Aveda, Graham Webb and many more. My love of learning and education brought me to Paul Mitchell, The School as an instructor for 6 years.
I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, but Danbury is where I have called home for the last 30 years. Being the mother of 2 boys is what keeps me busy out of the salon and brings great joy to my life! I am so happy to be in an industry that allows me to be creative and nurturing and I am so excited to be back at Dpz!
I have been drawn to this industry ever since I can remember. I’ve been a stylist since 2005 and have worked at DPZ since 2006. I’ve been fortunate enough to have received extensive training with some of the top stylists and educators in the country, I continue to attend educational classes with L’Oreal Professional, Bumble & bumble, and Kerastase, keeping me up to date with the latest products, trends and newest looks to bring to my clients.
My strongest talent is creating natural looking hair color. Depending on the look, I will foil highlight or free paint with balayage, followed by a customized haircut and a polished finish. I love making hair move and flow. I’m very comfortable working with all different hair textures and lengths. Thick, curly haired clients frequent my chair because they know they are in good hands. I also do men’s cuts and colors. I enjoy creative upwork and formal styling which enables me to cater to brides, bridal parties and any other special event you might be going to.
I love transforming someone’s look, or simply tweaking and adding polish to a style. It’s amazing having the ability to turn someone’s day around and make them feel confident, happy and beautiful. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. I love what I do! Hope to see you at DPZ On West soon!
I’ve always LOVED hair and naturally felt it was the best way to express myself. As far back as I can remember I experimented with fun styles, always convincing my little sister to sit still while I did her hair and makeup when we were kids. I love being artistic and working with my hands, pair that with making people happy and you have my dream job. The decision to become a hairstylist 8 years ago as was the best thing I’ve ever done. Every day is filled with fun and I’ve met some really amazing people along the way. I have a passion for coloring and love to do fun trendy haircuts! Come see me at DPZ West so I can help make you feel your BEST!
Stefani- Junior Stylist
After 40+ years on earth, the one thing I have NEVER second guessed was my desire to touch people’s lives through their hair! Early memories of going to the salon with my mom; the smells, sights, and sounds all captured my imagination and sparked my creativity. Not all of the experiences were positive though…bleach and perms of the late 80’s and 90’s led to a few challenges—all of them leading to the stylist I am today. Thanks to the high standards of the DPZ team, and Dawn’s dedication to education and creativity,I have over 20 years experience doing what I love. It is a pleasure on a daily basis to bring together the gifts God has given me, spiritually, personally, and professionally, to every person I service behind the chair.
When I was growing up my grandfather was a barber and owned a barber shop in New York. After he passed away I was proud to be the only family member who followed in his footsteps and I know he would be proud of me as well. Ever since high school I knew I wanted a career that was hands-on, fun, and motivating. I started at Dpz in 2004 as an assistant while studying in beauty school. I went through an extensive training program with platform artist Élan McDowell my first few years at Dpz before starting on the floor as a stylist. Since then I have grown into a creative and confident stylist advancing to Senior Stylist. I’ve attended educational classes and seminars with some of the top educators in the country including Gerard Kierans (Surface), Élan McDowell, Jo Blackwell (L’oreal), and Oribe, so I am able to keep my clients educated and up-to-date on the latest trends and hair care. I have also attended classes at the L’oreal SOHO Academy and Bumble & bumble in NYC.In my 10+ years in the industry I have found a love for brides and formal styling. The fact that I can play a huge role in the most important day of someone’s life and make them feel beautiful is an amazing feeling. I also love up work because I can tap into my creativity and knowledge to customize each up-do for the client knowing what will work best with their hair type. I also enjoy cutting and custom-coloring as well. Not only do I have an amazing and creative work environment but I’m fortunate to have an amazing family of talented and loving people to work with.
My name is Tiffany and I was born and raised in Danbury, CT. Dawn’s Pizzazz has been a part of my life since I was just a little girl, from helping out on the floor to becoming a receptionist at the front desk, and now as I start my career as a nail technician in our spa. My mother Francine has been a nail technician at Dawn’s Pizzazz since Dawn opened her first salon almost 28 years ago, so you can say I have learned from one of the best! My mom has been an inspiration to me in so many ways and I am so fortunate to be able to do what I love and to be able to share it with one of the most important people in my life. I love working at Dpz because of the family environment we share, it is truly something special. I love to make people happy and look and feel good, what better way than to be pampered and relaxed in the spa at dpz? I have always been told to do something you love and you will never work a day in your life… well it’s great to be able to be doing just that!