Master Hairstylist / Colorist / Bridal Hair Specialist
At the age of eleven Darya Afshari entered the world of beauty through summers spent at her uncle’s salons in eastern Massachusetts. Always admiring her aunts and uncle’s creative eye and professionalism with clients, by her early teens she was convinced that the beauty industry was the best career for her.
Growing up in Florida as the daughter of an engineer and entrepreneur, she was always pushed academically. However her passions were always in the 3-dimensional arts; pottery and sculpting. While studying fine arts in college with no definite direction for her future career, her father Reza reminded her of a career in cosmetology like her uncles. Upon graduation Darya felt fulfilled. Moving to New England, working and apprenticing under her uncle for three years she felt confident to take the next step.
In 2002 Darya moved to Nantucket and worked very hard to advance her techniques in cutting and color when along the way she was reacquainted to the hair form of sculpting; up-styling. As the wedding industry grew on Nantucket so did Darya and her colleages popularity. With numerous write-ups and recognition in many local, Boston and cape magazines, it was without a doubt, “our thing". However not our only thing! This was our opportunity to express to our clients the importance of great skin products and skin regiment.
Master Hairstylist / Colorist
“Your hair can be your best accessory. Keep it healthy and wear it beautifully.”
Libby Hight is an accomplished stylist known for her precision hair cutting, custom color capability, beautiful up dos and styling. She got her big break in the beauty business sixteen years ago when she had the opportunity to work under the owner of Van Michael’s, the leading salon in her hometown of Atlanta. Libby moved north in 2007 to become a full time Nantucketer and was among the original team that opened Darya’s. Libby has been cutting, coloring and styling at the Salon ever since.
Master Stylist / Color Specialist / Makeup Artist
“Hearing someone say ‘I love it, it’s exactly what I wanted!’ …there’s nothing better”
Melissa Pigue grew up in Gainesville, FL and studied fine art. Her artistic background definitely adds to her creative approach to styling and coloring hair. As a network educator, she travelled to NYC twice a year for training, which kept her current and updated with cutting and coloring techniques. Her aesthetic is creative and artistic and she is excellent with color and creative Upstyling. She moved to Nantucket in May of 2010, and has been living here most of the year as a stylist and color specialist at Darya Salon and Spa. Concerts and especially outdoor music festivals like Bonaroo are her favorite thing to do. A close second would be collecting vintage clothing!
Master Stylist / Colorist / Makeup Artist
“I love beautiful and healthy hair and want every client to have dazzling color and a style that gives her bounce and flair.”
Sarah has always had a passion for beauty. A graduate of Dean College with her Associates Degree in Business, Sarah went on to get her manicuring license and continued her professional education at Toni & Guy Beauty Academy and the Paul Mitchell School. She continues to seek inspiration and fresh ideas from attending color and styling classes in New York City with leading industry professionals. While styling hair is Sarah’s first passion, make-up is a close second having studied under a veteran Chanel makeup artist. She has also taken advanced courses from makeup icon, Jane Iredale. Sarah joined Darya's Salon team in 2012 and has continue her education at the Bumble and Bumble Institute in New York.
Hairstylist / Colorist
“Perhaps the most important lesson I have learned is to provide each client with excellent service and always a smile.”
Rali was born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria. She came to the States for the first time in 2005 and settled in Chicago where her parents lived and attended beauty school there. After graduation, she came to Nantucket to be Darya's apprentice for the summer of 2010. She was invited back for the following summer season and is now an island resident and proud member of Darya’s professional team. During her apprenticeship at Darya's Salon, she had the opportunity to be trained not only by Darya, but Libby, Melissa, and Sarah who provided her with the benefit of their years of professional experience. Ralitsa continued her education at the Bumble and Bumble Institute in New York, where she has been able to train with some of the best stylists in the nation.
Junior Hairstylist / Nail technician
A proud graduate of the Nantucket high school career program for the beauty business, Jaime went on to study hair styling in 2007. Her sister says, however, that she really got her start in the beauty business when she was just 15 doing both nails and hair for friends and family. Jaime joined Darya Salon team in April of 2012. She participated in the salon apprentice program assisting all the stylists and coordinating the other assistants to insure smooth operations at the Centre St. location. Jaime is thrilled to begin her career as our newest junior stylist this summer!
Hairstylist / Colorist / Makeup Artist
“There is nothing better than making people feel beautiful.”
Jodi is a very talented Nantucket Native who has worked in the beauty industry on island for over 14 years! Her aesthetic and Nantucket roots have created quite the loyal clientele and we are so lucky to have her join our team! Jodi even started her career as a salon intern while attending Nantucket High School. She went on to attend Blaine Beauty School, where she graduated in 2003. During her years in beauty school, Jodi took a great interest and focused classes in highlighting and long hair care. She recently joined the team of artists at Darya Salon, and is excited to experience her first summer at the downtown location.
Maggie Pyne joined Darya Salon and Spa as a Master Aesthetician in November of 2013. Maggie's experience as a an Aesthetician for 11 years is evident in her vast knowledge of the science of skin. Her kindness and desire to help and educate her clients makes her the most wonderful person to give facials, skincare advice and education. She has traveled a great deal, from Arizona to Maui, but it is Nantucket that stole her heart and is now her home. For the most enlightening and relaxing skincare appointment, ask for Maggie.
Hairstylist Apprentice / Salon Assistant
“My passion is fueled by making people feel more confident and beautiful about themselves.”
Yolanda’s true obsession for hair and makeup began from watching videos on YouTube. She enrolled in the makeup artistry program at Brio Academy in 2010, began freelancing and started MZFanceePantz as her trademark. She worked as a beauty advisor for Lancôme, Estée Lauder, and Shisiedo. Yolanda completed the beauty school program at Marinello School of Beauty and has worked at Darya’s Salon since 2013 as the salon assistant.