For over 20 years, Angelo's unique talents and expertise have created a loyal clientele that possess only the highest standards. He has worked at top salons all over the world, from the celebrated Avanti and James Joseph salons in Boston, to Manhattan's Robert Kree, to various international posts in Belgium, Iceland and Italy. Today, he has established a trusted reputation right here in New York City for artistic, modern cuts and an impeccable approach to color and style. He began making his own mark with the premiere of RIZZA Salon his first salon in Chelsea, with his innovative styling as well as an exclusive staff and service list and top-notch selection of luxurious hair care products.
Jim brings 30 years of styling experience to Rizza. Jim has designed haircuts and styles for several Broadway shows and Broadway notables as well as celebrities that range from Alec Baldwin to Blythe Danner. As a visual artist with a strong sense of form and balance, Jim creates shapes and styles that look fantastic whether blow-dried or simply left "wash and go." Jim is excited to bring his rich range of experience to Rizza.
Not only does Ilka specialize in Aveda color and cutting techniques, she is a classical pianist! Hailing originally from Mongolia from a family of musicians, it was as a teenager she developed a passion for beauty while giving them haircuts. Ilka spent over a decade working Mongolia's top runway and hair/makeup shows, then relocated to NYC in 2001. Ilka has built a career on her talent for precision cutting, dry hair sculpting, balayage, and color transformation.
For over two decades, Lennie has been creating beautiful hairstyles at some of New York’s City’s finest salons. Trained at the Aveda Institute, Lennie always keeps up with the latest trends and treatments, including different keratin treatments. His specialty is precision cutting for all hair types and textures. After 15 years styling on the Upper West Side, he is excited to bring his artistic skills downtown to the West Village and to work with the Rizza Salon team.
Aveda Ambassador Damaris brings the latest trends in cut and color to Rizza. This native New Yorker has trained extensively at the Aveda Institute as well as with the art director at Vidal Sassoon. Known for her natural looking balayage to the trendiest vibrant hair hues, her real specialty is color. Damaris prides herself in working closely with her clients to find the perfect haircut and color they've always wanted.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Alan has been a Village resident since his City College days where he earned his BA in Art. Hair styling was a means of going to school, which in turn became a career along with Photography. “Hair is a wonderful medium to work in and clients inevitably become friends.” He has worked in several New York salons over a 40-year period including Bleecker People, Bluni Rea, Robert G, Avalon and now Rizza.
Excited to join the Rizza team, Leila has been working in the hair industry for over 13 years. This longtime Aveda Ambassador found her passion for hair when she attended the Aveda institute at the young age of 17. She loves all things hair and keeps on top of the latest trends as well as a particular fondness for vintage hair styling. Leila has focused her time and education on perfecting her style of fun edgy haircuts complete with customized Aveda formulas and color placements. From natural sun kissed blonde, to sultry red, all the way to loud fashion colors, Leila will have a in-depth consultation with you to discuss all your hair concerns and needs. To view Leila’s portfolio you can check her out on Instagram : @ThePinCurlQueen