22 WASHINGTON AVENUE | MIAMI BEACH | PH: 305.538.1973
GASTON SAFAR – Owner
A name synonymous with beauty, style, and fashion, Gaston Safar began styling hair with his family in Marseille, France. With his brothers Serge and Jean-Pierre, Gaston brought his French charm and stylistic heritage to the states, most recently to the heart of South Beach. Gaston’s philosophy regarding cut and color is simple—natural, versatile, and wearable south-of-France sexy looks. When you book your appointment with Gaston, talk to him about his rich career experience and his unique perspective on style as you sip a cappuccino.
ALLISON SAFAR – GM | Stylist | Extensions Specialist
Allison comes from a family tradition and legacy of beauty and fashion. After training with her father and brother in Safar Miami’s Boston sister salons, Allison brought her experience, talent, and unique personality to South Beach. She has had some exceptional experiences; Allison has styled many celebrities, has traveled the globe to attend hair shows to expand and develop her perspective on stylistic culture. All of these experiences make her a truly versatile stylist. She specializes in the smoothing Keratin Treatments and natural hair extensions. Beyond the salon, Allison masterfully coordinates on-site wedding party styling. Her experience in logistics and planning ensures that these wedding preparations are beautiful, seamless, and memorable.
Known throughout Miami for his distinct talent as a hair colorist, Silvano first got his training at the Robert Gierdano Hair Salon in his native country of Argentina. For over 10 years Silvano worked at some of the top salons in Miami, among them Brownes & Co. and JMD Salon, later finding his true calling as a colorist under the Jacques Dessange Program where he spent time developing various techniques to achieve the most natural coloring for his clients, from Balayage highlights to the most complex color correction services.
A native of sunny El Paso, Diego brings his rich career experiences to every client. After operating his own salon in El Paso, Diego brought his passion for excellent customer service and engaging personality to Safar Miami. When you sit down for your appointment with Diego, ask him to tell you about his experiences behind the scenes of numerous beauty pageants, styling local celebrities, and working with Ivana Trump, and he will just modestly tell you that he loves what he does. Diego offers each client out-of-the-box attention to detail, a truly personalized experience. He specializes in original, imaginative up-dos and teasing.
Luis has long been on the style scene of Miami; he had worked in the industry for over fifteen years before joining the Safar Miami styling team. Previously, Luis owned and operated his own salon while garnering a fabulous reputation as an indispensible, go-to stylist. In addition to creating unique hairstyles, Luis also specializes in facial waxing, creating flawless frames for any face. Luis ambitiously supplements his rich experience by taking frequent classes and engaging his passion for haute-couture runway style (his exceptional personal style says it all!). When you sit down with Luis for a cutting-edge coif, enjoy a glass of wine or cappuccino while discussing the latest and greatest of this season’s runway collections!
A native of Long Island, Michael has an awesome sense of humor but never jokes about fabulous hair! While honing his craft in the glamorous NYC for 17 years, he has worked not only with clients but also in developing and researching shampooing and moisturizing systems for color-treated hair. After pursing his career throughout the country, he joined the Miami hairstyling community in Bal Harbour, which eventually led him to the Safar Miami team. Whether you sit down with Michael for a classic or more contemporary, out-of-the-box cut, it will be beautiful, practical, and wearable. Michael has the expertise to ensure that you get the most out of your most important accessory!
All the way from Louisville in Kentucky, Racheal moved to Miami in order to pursue her modeling career. But along the way, she found out that her real passion was being behind the chair, first getting her training in a family salon in Dallas. With nearly 10 years of styling experience, she specializes in blondes, hair extensions, make-up and eyelash extensions.
Jacques’ career started in the 80’s in the south of France where he was invited by Sebastian to attend a training course in Los Angeles to master their range of products and techniques for hair treatment and coloring. In the 90’s he was invited by fashion designer Thierry Mugler to join his team as global hairstylist director for all his fashion shows. During the Mugler era, he got to work for fashion shows and photoshoots of magazines with some of the biggest supermodels, amongst them, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen, Naomi Campbell, Christie Turlington, and Eva Herzigova. In 2006, after establishing his brand in France, he decided to embark on a new adventure and moved to NYC where he joined the team of his friend Frederic Fekkai, as artistic director, at the famous 5th Ave salon. In 2010 Elite Model Agency made Jacques their international consultant for fashion shows in Europe, USA and China. In 2012, Jacques moved to Miami Beach joining the Safar team as Artistic Director, where you can now get to experience this beauty expert’s skills.
Olga left her native country of Argentina over 10 years ago and moved to Miami to pursue a career as an aesthetician. Her passion for fashion and the detail work found in haute couture pieces served as great inspiration, which she carried into her own craft. That attention to detail is what makes Olga an expert in nails and waxing. She specializes in acrylic nails and hard wax. She loves to get to know her clients, helping people and to have a laugh. Her soothing energy and talent is what continuously draw her clients back.
A native of sunny Brazil with a passion for beautiful hair, Francine has brought her bubbly, energetic personality and talent to Safar Miami. Francine has exceptional experience in the glamorous Miami style scene; during your visit with Francine, ask her about her work with the Fashion Rocks show at the Eden Roc Hotel and the illustrious Mercedes-Benz swimsuit/fundraising shows, and she will just tell you that she loves what she does. Francine is all about styles that accentuate the innate beauty of her clients.
Joy Perez is a true talent with a vibrant career and the personality to match. Born in the Philippines, Joy developed her career in the states, particularly in Chicago and Las Vegas. With experiences styling hair for many editorials and Victoria’s Secret, Mercedes-Benz Swimweek, and Miami Fashion Week models, we feel quite fortunate to Joy as part of the Safar Miami team. A well-rounded and versatile stylist, Joy specializes in a wide range of hair extension techniques including tape, microlinks, bonding, and sewn-in hair. Even when applying these advanced techniques, Joy ensures that her coiffure creations are both gorgeous and functional for her clients’ unique lifestyles.
Karina has long been a member of Miami style scene working in her husband’s salon and developing her expertise regarding all forms of nail and waxing care. Karina has a love and passion for what she does, and her work says it all. From a sleek, classic French manicure to more inventive, contemporary styles, Karina maintains a fastidious attention to detail and exhaustive knowledge regarding all aspects of nail care and health. Beyond the salon, Karina consistently stays abreast of the latest nail and waxing care technology and product development, sharing the most effective new polishes and treatments with her devoted clientele.
With 7 years of experience behind the chair, Brook has always had a passion for coloring, styling and haircutting. Growing up in New Jersey allowed her to work for New York Fashion Week year after year and to continue her education with the Paul Mitchell School. She has also attended numerous classes with the Vidal Sassoon Academy where she got to expand her skills. Brooke then made the transition to South Beach, where she continues to impress clients with her creative style and charisma.
Originally from Ohio, Alex has been a stylist for almost 10 years. He followed in his mother’s footsteps and even worked at the same Aveda salon with her. He specializes in color where he can always push the envelope of creativity. The ever-changing celebrities and versatile styles that Miami has to offer often inspire him. Alex professional style and charming personality makes him a wonderful addition to the Safar Coiffure team.
Originally from Puerto Rico, Hector is the newest addition to the Safar Team. He lived previously in Philadelphia and has been a stylist for over 14 years now. A graduate of the Aveda Institute, Hector decided to pursue a career in the beauty industry after getting a taste of hairdressing by assisting his aunt at her salon. He specializes in haircutting, color, updos and the Keratin Smoothing Treatment. He is happy to not only be residing in sexy South Beach but also to be part of a team where he can truly demonstrate his extensive skills and upbeat attitude.
A talented member of the Safar Miami team, Amalia has committed her lifelong career in the beauty industry to nail care for her devoted clientele. Her comprehensive manicure and pedicure treatments, along with her exceptional massage makes an appointment with Amalia a true luxury beauty experience! Once you see Amalia, you will find (like the large majority of her clients) that her treatments will become a regular part of your beauty ritual!
A native of Greece, Christina has worked with the Safars for over 15 years now, first starting at their salons in Boston and then moving to the Miami location. She specializes in color, updos and men’s precision cutting. She loves styling for fashion shows and events. Christina keeps up with the latest trends by attending hair shows in New York, Boston and Miami.