Meet the Team
Ellie DeSantis, Owner
Ellie DeSantis has been a hairstylist for over seven years. Ellie got her start at one of the top salons in Greenwich, Connecticut where she learned from some of the best stylists and worked Fashion Week in New York City. After a few years, Ellie decided to go solo and open up her own salon in her home. Since then, she has built an extensive list of clientele in the tri-state area, and expanded her skill set by becoming a master Wella colorist and a certified makeup artist. Ellie's specialization lies in bridal hair and makeup, balayage, and color correction and she continuously takes classes in Manhattan to stay atop of trends. She opened Ell Beauty Bar's flagship location in June 2016 where she has been ever since.
Dana Gualtieri, Hair and Makeup Artist
Dana has been licensed for over seven years and has apprenticed under some of the best stylists in the industry. Having a passion for hair and makeup, she got her first job in a salon at the age of 16. Continuous education has helped her achieve a Wella master colorist certificate and a wide variety of skills. Danas skills include: bridal hair&makeup, full service color, balayage, corrective color, hair extensions and fashion colors.
Samantha O'Keefe, Hair Stylist
Samantha has been a licensed cosmetologist for over six years. She began her career as a hairdresser at just 14 years old at a salon on eastern Long Island. Samantha worked alongside some of the best in the Hamptons, which led her to become a senior stylist in an upscale salon in Southhampton. Her passion for hair and continuous education has made her versatile in her work. Through her experience with different color lines and hair types, Samantha can help you achieve your desired style. She specializes in bridal and wedding styling, and will help you feel your most beautiful on your special day
Melanie Casablanca, Hair Stylist
Melanie has been a hair stylist for over 20 years. She has had the pleasure of working in Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess County. Melanie ran a hair studio built from scratch for over 7 years! She has a passion for what she does and enjoys it very much. Her expertise is with all love of hair, and on top of that she truly enjoys the consultation aspect in the art of hair. "We are all unique and my job is to make each guest feel beautiful and confident walking out of Ell Beauty Bar!"
Rebecca Finning, Hair Stylist
Rebecca has been a licensed cosmetologist for seven years. She worked locally in salons for 5 years until branching out to become a freelance stylist specializing in event hair. Styling everything from high school proms, to weddings, to NYC photo shoots she has a true passion for her craft. Rebecca will also be attending Capri Cosmetology’s program for esthetics this fall to further her knowledge of skincare & makeup, and to continue her love of making people feel beautiful!
Lara Malloy, Receptionist/Bridal Coordinator
Lara is available for all your questions, bookings, scheduling, and day of details! She prides herself in her excellent customer service skills and in assisting our stylists at Ell Beauty Bar. Making sure to always be prompt and personable with all our inquiries, future brides, and anyone entering our salon, her professionalism and kindness are just a few of many reasons why we love having her as part of our team!