Tara Madijanon, Owner

Tara was born and raised on the lovely island of Oahu.  Her love for doing hair became evident shortly after graduating high school in 1997.  After several years in the industry, she decided to combine her love of hair styling with her love of animals and began styling and grooming dogs for a many years.  Although, she loved the dog grooming business, Tara realized she really missed interacting with her “human” clients.  So she decided to open her own salon and spa business, Desire, in 2009.  She says her favorite part of her job is enhancing the beauty that people already withhold.  She specializes in waxing, nails and hair color and particularly loves the Redken line of color.  She strives to stay current on all the newest trends and looks; therefore she receives continuous education year after year.  She is very proud of her talented team and looks forward to meeting new clients each day.

                   Sarah Jones

Sarah graduated cosmetology school in 2007 and obtained her license in North Carolina.  She started her career as a barber to advance her clipper cutting skills, as she is from a military family.  From there, the military took her to Texas, where she transferred her license and began working in a salon.  In Texas, she worked with many different products and color lines. Unceasingly, she developed her skills in cut, color and styling. Once again, the military called her family to move to beautiful Hawaii where she found a home at Desire Salon and Spa. Sarah specializes in cut, color and styling of multicultural hair.  There is no hair too unruly for her to handle.  She educates her clients on how to care for their hair because she believes that what she does for your hair is only as good as what you can do with it at home.  Sara is married and cannot wait to expand her family.

                   Edward ("Ed") Perez

Ed graduated from Hawaii Institute of Hair Design and has been a Hairstylist for 12 years.  His specialties are cut and coloring (color specialist).  He can create all sorts of looks, ranging from a precision, classical haircut to a trendy, rock star look to up-dos and pageants.  In addition to being a hairstylist, Ed has been a Personal Trainer for 20 years and also a Massage Therapist for 15 years.  He specializes in massages for the back, neck and shoulders using the following massage modalities: Swedish, deep tissue, Shiatsu and sports.  He has been married for 20 years and has two boys, ages 19 and 14.  In his spare time, he likes to workout and run with his dogs.

                  Jennie Honda

Jennie graduated in 2005 from the International School of Beauty and Esthetics in Honolulu, Hawaii. In order to stay current & knowledgeable in this ever changing beauty industry, she has furthered her education by attending classes in Hawaii.  She has been an Esthetician for 5 years.  She is trained in European facials, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, full body waxing and makeup artistry, but her specialty is Brazilian waxing.  She says she feels truly blessed for all the wonderful things in her life:  a career that she loves, getting to work with amazing professionals, her awesome clientele, and great friends and family.  This September, she is getting married to a great man named James.  She says she looks forward to this new chapter in her life of becoming a wife and hopefully sometime in the future, a mom.

                 Michelle De La Cruz

Michelle graduated in 2003 from the International School of Beauty & Esthetics in Honolulu, Hawaii.  To further her education and keep up with the growth of the skincare industry, she also attended annual conventions & seminars held by the IECSC.   She has been an Esthetician for 7 years, and although she is trained in European facials, microdermabrasion treatments, chemical peels, full body waxing & make-up application, her true passion & specialties are her facial treatments.  "Everyone deserves to feel beautiful and pampered and I am happy to be a part of that," says Michelle.  She has been married since 2002, and she and her husband have a beautiful 3yr. old daughter named Asia.  She says, "motherhood has certainly changed my perspective on life, it's opened my eyes to what is really important in life, such as: family, friendship & laughter."  She also says that since becoming a parent, the saying 'don't sweat the small stuff' has never made more sense.  She is truly grateful that she gets to do what she loves and also for the love and life that she has at home.

                   Melissa Gomez

Melissa was born and raised in the heart of Honolulu.  She is a HCC graduate, and has been a licensed cosmetologist since 2003.  Her strong interest in cosmetology led her back to school at the International School of Beauty and Esthetics in 2006, where she discovered her passion for eyelash extensions.  With attention to detail, a patient hand, and an eye for design, her work is second to none.

                  Nalani Yee Poong

Nalani is a local girl, born and raised right in Aiea.  In 2009, she 
graduated from the Paul Brown Institute in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Although
she considers herself a "baby" in the industry, don't be fooled!  Her love
and passion for the industry only fuels her to be the best that she can
be.  Haircuts, hair color, and eyebrow shaping are where her main
focus is.  Education is very important to Nalani so that she can always
be up to day with the latest styles and trends.  She loves being able to
work amongst her wonderful colleagues and meeting new people. 
When Nalani isn't being a workaholic, she enjoys spending time with
her soon-to-be husband, Michael and two children, Maicah and Jylian.

                   Nelly Mau

                   Chelsea Gualdarama

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