Pawel is the owner of Salon Oko. His beginnings in hair styling originate in Royal Oak, Michigan, where he studied with world-renowned stylist Patti Barreault. After completing a two-year apprenticeship with Barreault, Pawel continued his education with a multitude of industry leaders including J Beverly Hills, Vidal Sassoon, and Kemon Academy. He then became recognized as a true hair artist, stylist, and industry expert, which afforded him a position as Education Director at Palazzolo Salon in 2004. This specific experience allowed Pawel to share his unique techniques and skills by mentoring fellow stylists and apprentices. His courses ranged from dry cutting to color and theory.
Pawel Jan was also fortunate enough to have studied with an industry innovator, the late John Sahag, and subsequently become a member of his education team. He has gone on to work with a multitude of artistic teams, including Kemon and J Beverly Hills. Pawel has also worked with a repertoire of prestigious clients through Neiman Marcus’ fashion events including Derek Lam, Christian Louboutin, and Carmen Marc Valvo. Today, Pawel is still as eager to continue his education and lengthen his list of accomplishments, which indubitably keeps him at the forefront of the industry.
Allie grew up in Philadelphia with a passion for beauty and a hands-on approach to everything she did. In 2017, she turned that passion into a career by graduating from the Jean Madeline Aveda Institute.
Dedicated to constantly improving her skills and knowledge, Allie became certified in Cinderella, Hot Heads, and Bellami extensions. She also obtained her balayage certification through L’Oreal and sharpened her balayage techniques under the guidance of National Board Certified Colorist; Christy Cosgrove in the Main Line area.
Allie’s commitment to education also led her to take classes from reputable hair stylists and complete an apprenticeship under Pawel Jan. In August 2022, she joined Salon Oko as a stylist and colorist.
Although Allie’s specialties lie in balayage, blonding, and extensions, she uses her vast knowledge and skills to bring her clients’ visions to life. Her dedication to her craft and commitment to providing excellent service make her a valuable asset to the salon and a sought-after stylist in the Philadelphia area.
Hector is a hair stylist with a unique background in professional salsa dancing. His passion for hair began when he started helping women style their hair for competitions in Puerto Rico. After switching from photography to cosmetology school, Hector discovered his talent for hair color, relying on his instincts and eye for mixing colors.
After graduation, Hector began working in editorial hair and continued to invest in his education. He took classes from renowned hair stylist Guy Tang and attended the Sexy Hair Academy in California. In pursuit of expanding his knowledge and skills, he went to the Redken school to learn about extensions.
In 2020, Hector moved to Philadelphia and worked in multiple salons before he found Salon Oko. With his extensive experience and training, he is well-equipped to provide a variety of hair services to his clients. His unique background in dance also adds an artistic flair to his work.
Catherine has been in the hair industry for more than four years. She specializes in balayage, highlights, and lived-in color. Her goal is to create the look of high-maintenance hair for low-maintenance clientele – meaning that you’ll leave her chair with luxurious hair that needs minimal upkeep. Catherine utilizes a variety of foiling techniques, strategically placing each foil to ensure a natural grow-out that will last for months.
After starting out as a hairstylist in her hometown of Gettysburg, Catherine moved to Philadelphia in early 2022 to advance her career.
Outside of the salon, you can find Catherine scouring record shops, looking to expand her collection of over 300 albums. Her taste in music is all over the map, but some of her favorite artists include The Smiths, Depeche Mode, The Monkees, Jim Croce, and Black Flag.
If you sit in Catherine’s chair, she’ll probably tell you all about Bart, her three-legged cat. She spends a large portion of her free time spoiling him.