Sonya Talamantes

CEO | Master Stylist | Makeup Artist

As a former Costume designer Sonya always had a passion for design, fashion and art. This is where she developed an artistic passion for hair & makeup which ultimately led her into the beauty industry. As a Master stylist with over 14 years experience, she has attended advanced training courses on hair cutting from nationally recognized institutions such as Vidal Sassoon Academy, Eufora International, Tony & Guy, celebrity artists Ted Gibson and Riwana Capri. Sonya further pursued advanced training in many advanced hair coloring techniques from Eufora, Redken, Wella, Davines, Schwarkopf, Nine Zero One and Mane Ivy.

Sonya’s expertise lies in her precision short hair cutting, Natural dimensional hair coloring, highlighting, Balayage and Makeup Artistry. As our head Makeup Artist and Creative Director, she continually participates within the production industry collaborating in Photo shoots, NYFW, Fashion Shows, editorial magazine features and Television. Sonya’s determination to continually stay relevant in the industries trends exemplifies our culture of customer satisfaction, our passion and individualistic creativity at Haim salon.

“My goal for every guest in my chair is to help bring out the best version of you possible“.

“Beauty Begins The moment you Decide to Be Yourself” 

-Coco Chanel

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Haim Knister

Master Stylist | Former CEO

From his beginnings as a Stylist’s apprentice in Tel Aviv with one of Israel’s most noted professionals, to his acclaimed full service exclusive Salon in Del Mar, California, Haim Knister has enjoyed a very colorful and successful career in the beauty and fashion industry. In his early 20’s Haim ventured to London to continue his advance training under Vidal Sassoon. In 1974 Haim moved to the United States where he established his career with three salons in the Midwest.

In 1989, his dream to create a one of a kind color group became a reality when he opened Haim Ltd. Salon; a full service exclusive Salon in Del Mar, one of the finest beauty and fashion destinations in Southern California. He has worked with Logics and L’Oreal and for the last several years has shared his knowledge and experience as a premier educator for Eufora Int’l and his salon is noted as one of the nation’s leading Eufora Salons.



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Kelly Zien

Kelly Zien


Often mistaken as Mrs. Haim this fantastic lady has been Haim’s right hand woman since the first day he opened the salons doors 30 years ago! She has been the momager for many of the staff members, best friend to the owner Haim and our clients just rave about her! Although she’s stepped back to enjoy time with husband Sam the Cooking guy and her family, she will always be the backbone of support to the staff and our salon.

Brittany Hyatt


Brittany has been in the salon and spa industry for over 13yrs where she began as a front desk salon coordinator. She always had the natural leadership ability along with five star training in customer service that led her to years of experience in managing people and excelling in guest customer service. She has been a part of the Haim salon management team for 4 years where she was the Manager at our Park Hyatt Resort location. Her strengths lie in employee financial coaching and wedding coordination.

“We are not a team because we work together. We are a team because we respect, trust and care for each other.”


Ana Mauricia

Senior Hairstylist | Make-Up Artist

Ana is a highly experience hairstylist & makeup artist that has been serving the beauty industry since 2006. Her passion for the industry and love for her clients drives Ana to keep current and updated on the latest fashion trends. Ana works closely with celebrities, social media influencers, models and the film industry. Her work has been featured in local magazines, bridal books and catalogs and has been seen in fashions and more.

Ana believes that advanced education is the key to success and has the following certifications:
Vidal Sassoon Precision Cutting & Color, VIA (a french haircutting technique), Eufora Advanced Coloring for Blonding, Advanced Balayage Technique, Hero Barbering Courses, Napoleon Perdis Makeup Training, Chanel, Bobbi Brown, and more.

“You will always be a priority whether it’s your first time or 20th time in my chair. I am confident that when you leave you will feel and look your best!”
– XO Boggi


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Tracy Aquino

Senior Hairstylist | Make-Up Artist

Tracy joined our team in 2015 and quickly accelerated through our stylist program to become one of our senior stylists. Another graduate of the highly regarded Bellus Academy, Tracy’s advanced education includes Vidal Sassoon Hair cutting and Eufora International various classes. Men’s cutting  is a natural for Tracy as it’s evident by her large male clientele. Her goal is to learn all aspects of the beauty industry to maintain the highest standards possible. Tracy is a full spectrum stylist, will listen to your goals and help you achieve them by carefully crafting personalized formulas to meet your expectations all while maintaining the integrity of your hair.  Her specialties include Men’s Hair cutting, special event hair styling and makeup artistry.

“Together we will create the perfect look for you and most importantly one you can duplicate on your own at home”


Courtney Smith


Dreams do come true…

Through my hard work and dedication while at Bellus Academy in 2017,   I was offered an externship here at Haim Salon which  quickly reaffirmed my passion for the industry . The team welcomed me, guided me , and set the bar high for which I set my own standards. I earned a permanent assistant position which allowed me to continue my education from some of the best in the business. Fast forward to today and you will find me behind the chair as a  Stylist with confidence, grace, and skill.  I am grateful for Haim’s trust in allowing me to call Haim Salon home.

“True beauty lies within us all… discovered through the many phases of life,  a deep understanding of yourself and an appreciation for the incredible person you are. My job is to enhance your style to reflect the “true you”.

Lauren Fitzgerald


Since being a teenager and discovering the magic of makeup and hair color, Lauren has been in love with the beauty industry and what a transformation can do for your confidence. Through her training and experience in hair styling, Lauren developed a particular passion for natural-looking hair color and hair extensions.
Following her training at Paul Mitchell the School, Lauren has pursued advanced education with Bellami Professional for hair extensions and many highly sought after educators for new hair color techniques. Lauren’s specialties include lived-in balayage hair color, color corrections/transformations, and hair extensions. Lauren is certified in all hair extension methods but her favorites are keratin-tip and hand-tied extensions!

“My goal is for each and every person in my chair to look in the mirror and see the version of themselves they dream of.”

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