ROBERT LUPO, renowned stylist and passionate creator, established The Salon by Robert Lupo, with the vision of making it the style center of cutting edge salons within The San Francisco East Bay. Raised in the Bay Area, Robert planted his roots in Alameda, California. Robert’s creativity flourished, as he traveled throughout the world as a dancer and choreographer, working in an industry that is influenced by fashion and beauty. There, he honed his skills as a make-up artist and stylist. Extensively trained, he works on all hair types, textures and styles with clients from all parts of the world. His life and career have thrived in the rich culture of the Bay Area, inspiring him to become a meticulous master of his craft and setting trends by creating beautiful hair. The Salon by Robert Lupo is the reflection of Robert’s artistic vision. Passionate about his work, Robert, a world-class stylist, continues to establish himself as a trend setting leader and mentor while maintaining both his classic and contemporary edges. He now brings that unique combination to his own salon.
KHALILA WOLFE is a Bay Area native, who has 14 years of experience as a stylist. She brings a background in fashion and an innate sense of style to all of
her clients. Khalila has an intuitive approach to her work, while staying in tune with the current trends in hair, style and fashion. Whether it is edgy and unique, blunt and bold, or a fluid and seamless look you are after, she has the techniques to create it for you. Khalila enjoys all aspects of hairstyling and believes in listening to her clients wants and needs. She marries this awareness with her own creative flair, to give each individual their own best version of themselves. She truly enjoys the feeling of seeing her clients leave the salon, feeling exceptional.
LORI COSTABILE started her career 20 years ago at the world renowned Vidal Sassoon in Scottsdale, Arizona. The company transferred her to work in San Francisco. She fell in love with the magical city instantly, with its unique and colorful clientele, she never left. As her career unfolded, she worked at some of the top salons in San Francisco. Creating a strong, devoted clientele and consistently keeping on trend while working alongside some of the most influential stylists in SF. Always diving deeper for a inner need for personal growth and adding to her craft, Lori decided to open a salon herself. Tease Salon in the upscale neighborhood of Presidio Heights in San Francisco. Tease has been a successful salon for over 7 years and provided Lori with learning even more about impeccable customer service and housing amazing platform artists in her salon for training classes, the inspiration and talent has continued. Lori’s expert eye and deep love for people make your salon experience like no other. In depth consultations, customized foilwork, balayage and effortless hairstyles just a few of her points of expertise. Hair mishap? Corrective color is also a place where Lori can guide clients to a remarkable outcome without compromising the hair. Lori has lived on the charming Alameda over 4 years now with her husband and two young children. “I’m so excited to be part of the team at The Salon by Robert Lupo. Such talent and sophistication right here in Alameda!”
KAYLA VAN SKYHAWK started her career in hairdressing in Seattle, WA at the age of 18. At 19, even before she graduated beauty school, she was one of three in the United States to be nominated for the Toni & Guy Hairdressing Awards Competition. Immediately after, she dedicated three and a half years to apprenticing with the owners of a salon in Seattle getting the highest quality and most up-to-date hairdressing education. From then, she worked as a stylist until she decided to relocate to Los Angeles to work in the fashion and film industry at the end of 2015. While she was there she worked on red carpets for the Grammys, movies, music videos for Snoop Dog and Drake, and high-end magazines such as Hollywood Weekly and Basic Magazine. At the beginning of 2018, she relocated to San Francisco to get back to what really makes her happy, which is her daily interactions with her clients and being able to transform everyday people into the best versions of themselves. Kayla has now been a stylist for seven years. She takes pride in her work in making sure she's up-to-date with every trend and technique in the field. There really isn't anything she doesn't know how to do or won't try. Even though she loves both cut and color equally, she really enjoys updos and avant-garde styling the best. Being a part of The Salon by Robert Lupo has been the biggest blessing to Kayla because it feels like she finally found the place she's been searching for all along...a warm, authentic group of talented stylists that make a solid team for anyone to walk in and get a great experience, every time.
ENRIQUE REYES Growing up as a child, a Libra child...I was always drawn to beauty. I felt a constant pull towards beautiful things of all kinds and found them in most of my surroundings. Eager to learn, I jumped into a receptionist position at a salon and would do makeup touch ups on clients on my own time, while their hair was processing. Knowing that I had found my passion, I knew the next step was to attend cosmetology school.
I made my way from my hometown in Morgan Hill to San Francisco and enrolled in the cosmetology program at the Aveda Institute. Focusing on my trade and education, I put myself through school working as a MAC makeup artist. Bringing my two worlds of hair and makeup together, I was living and breathing hair and makeup artistry in San Francisco. With an itch to expand my network, I knew it was time to move on and relocate to Los Angeles. Within 6 months, I had landed my first publication with Vogue, which was the launching pad for my career. I was then referred to several fashion stylists in the area, who were looking for a trustworthy hairstylist with a vision for the fashion industry. Working in a fast paced market, I couldn’t focus simply on makeup, coloring or cutting hair. Instead, I was doing it all.
In the summer of 2018 I fell for my soon to be husband, Robert Lupo and made my way back to the Bay Area. I am still making trips to Los Angeles to service clientele, but I have found a home here at The Salon by Robert Lupo. I believe that artistry and technique go hand-in-hand in offering something to all people. Helping people to feel good in the transformation of their look, excites me and leaves my professional cup spilling over.
ARI EL-WAHIDI My love of hair began before I ever thought of going to cosmetology school and becoming a stylist. As far back as I can remember, I was putting on performances with friends, dressing them up and doing their hair. When I was young, we would entertain our parents for hours on end with everyone in high style hairdos. In high school, I styled my friends’ hair for their proms, homecoming dances and even senior portraits. I was on my way to becoming a stylist and I didn’t even realize it.
Robert started styling my hair when I was a young girl. I would watch him effortlessly moving through, not only the canvas of my hair, but I also observed him interact with his clients and coworkers. It was at that time that it clicked for me, that I too wanted to be a part of that type of culture. I decided to attend the Paul Mitchell San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology School.
I have been involved in being a stylist for several independent films and photo shoots, both for up and coming actors, as well as for stylists and designers. My advanced training includes working with L’Oreal, Bumble & Bumble, Vidal Sassoon, Arroyo, Aveda, and Hot Heads Hair Extensions.
I loved the hustle and bustle of working behind the scenes and working on sets, but realized that my true passion was creating looks for clients behind the chair. I love providing a style that leaves them feeling and looking a little bit more confident than they were just a few hours before. The esthetic part of styling hair is just as exciting to me as the emotional connection I create by getting to know my clients through the years of working with them. Building these relationships has been my biggest reward to date.
RISHAY SOBOUTI Rishay has been a professional stylist in the hair industry for about 13 years. Growing up in San Jose with a runway model for a mother, Rishay has always been surrounded and influenced by the latest trends in fashion and style. Occasionally featured in runway shows and photoshoots in her adolescence, it's no wonder her passion for hair started at a young age.
Once Rishay was old enough to be in control of her own style, she constantly played with and changed her hair. She found that when she had someone else do it, she was never satisfied until she had a moment to put her own hands to work, correcting and styling until it was perfect. She enrolled in the cosmetology program at San Jose City College and graduated in 2006. She began an assistant-ship right away, working with a very talented stylist in Los Gatos, California, who specialized in hair color and trained Rishay extensively in color solutions and color corrections. Within two short years Rishay started taking her own clients and built up her clientele fast. Even though her days are busy helping clients feel phenomenal, she still makes time to attend classes with top stylists on highlighting/balayage whenever possible. She is constantly refreshing her education on how to give clients that effortless “lived in” look. Along with hair color and the magical science behind it, she also excels at cutting and styling,
and she specializes in tape-in hair extensions. Just one or two can really make a difference!
The gift of connecting with others is what brings Rishay to work every day. She works hard to earn the trust of her clients because she wants them to feel comfortable and relaxed in her chair. She asks for feedback and encourages clients to be honest with her about what they want and what they don't want, knowing that as people grow and change, their style does, too. Someone who has gotten the same cut for five years might suddenly want something different, and Rishay always loves a good makeover! There is no better feeling than knowing she has helped someone feel their best.