NEEKO AND TANYA ABRIOL HAVE BEEN LEADING THE WAY AS CREATIVE DIRECTORS AND OWNERS OF SALON SESSIONS STUDIO.
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Neeko Abriol is a name that has become synonymous as a rising hair hero. In ten years, he has risen the ranks to establish himself as one of the most sought after hairstylists in the fashion and entertainment industries. Neeko was encouraged by a youth counselor who also happened to be a barber to enroll in beauty school. That divine intervention has certainly paid off and as he explains, “Two days into the trade, I knew this was my calling. Soon, everybody was calling me a natural!”
Halle Berry, Charlize Theron, Tyra Banks, Iman, Pink and others call on Neeko for his unique approach to styling from the client’s perspective in order to achieve an attainable look they can recreate on their own. He has also worked with countless supermodels and renowned photographers on advertising campaigns such as Revlon, CoverGirl, Monique Lhuillier, Adidas, and Halle Berry Fragrances.
He has performed makeovers for high-profile shows such as Oprah, America's Next Top Model, The Wendy Willams Show, Style Network's "How Do I Look?", as well as offered expert tips as a judge on Shear Genius. You can also see Neeko's handiwork as key hairstylist for the films Swordfish, New Year's Eve and Executive Decision.
Neeko has won the North American Hairstyling Award four times, including the 2012 Editorial Hairstylist of the Year.
Allow us to introduce you to celebrity hairstylist and salon co-owner, Tanya Abriol. To call this woman a badass is an understatement. Tanya has been slinging hairstyles for 20 years, starting beauty school at the tender young age of 16. She trained under Arthur Viecco and Michelena Toscano at Umberto salon in Beverly Hills and worked alongside Teddy Charles, Kevyn Ryan, David Babaii and Neeko Abriol, the latter who is now her husband.
Fast forward a decade and now she counts Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hayden Panettiere and Sara and Erin Foster as just a few names on her roster of A-list clients, and co-owns and manages the wildly successful Salon Sessions in Pasadena. At first, you might think that Tanya has some sort of superpower–allowing her to stay totally calm in a line of work that is anything but. But then you realize it’s her talent and continued emphasis on personal and professional growth that keeps her sane.