Meet Our Team
Raika Studio owner and top hairstylist, Kathleen Firth, attracts a clientele that looks to her for fashion-forward haircuts and color. With a few bold strokes, Kathleen can create a signature blonde, a chocolate brunette or a fiery redhead. Color and cuts by Kathleen are always on-trend and customized for the client’s personal style.
Kathleen trained in Dublin under David Marshall and became the top stylist at her family’s salon in Woodlawn, New York. She began working with Paul Mitchell Systems in 2001. Today, as a Senior Educator, she leads seminars and in-salon classes instructing stylists in the four elements of hair—Cutting System, Coloring System, Texture System, and Style System.
Kathleen believes that cutting and coloring are forms of art. Education and development are lifelong challenges requiring commitment, dedication and most importantly, passion. Raika Studio emphasizes a team environment and stylists are encouraged to and rewarded for continuing their education throughout their careers.
Kathleen’s association with Paul Mitchell coincided with her own philosophy on the business and creative aspects of hair styling. Her appreciation of the Paul Mitchell family influenced her decision to open a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon in nyc
Monika began her career as a professional hairdresser over 20 years ago. She started her education in Croatia and took advanced courses at The Hairstylist Academy Mona Lisa International in Zagreb, Croatia. She attended many seminars and workshops all over Europe and worked in various fashion shows and public events. She received her masters craftsmanship degree in 2004. She found home in New York since 2010 with a passion of furthering her career. With her extensive knowledge of hair she is always up for a challenge whether you need a different approach to your haircut, color or complete style. Monika prides herself on being a team player and mentor to her fellow stylists and apprentices here at Raika Studio. Her passion for hair is still as strong as it was when she first began her career and that’s what you feel when you sit in her chair!
Tatiana has been in the beauty industry for over 8 years. She is extension certified and prides herself in her abilities to bring out the utmost confidence in people through their hairstyles. A graduate of the Cactus Academy/Paul Mitchell Partner School in Long Island, NY, she continually strives to become a master of her techniques through further education. Being that Raika Studio is a Paul Mitchell focus salon, she has extensive experience with Paul Mitchell color lines, products, and techniques. knowledge spans all hair types and textures, and she possesses particular talents in dimensional color, balayage, expert in blonde tones, highlights, styling, and cutting.
Tatiana’s commitment to excellence is apparent in her results. She pays close attention to detail and finds satisfaction in making people feel beautiful. When not working her craft, she enjoys attending concerts and festivals, finding new restaurants, spending time with friends and family, and participating in charitable events.
Dominique has been part of the beauty industry doing makeup for 5 years and hair for 2 years. She is very passionate about her artistry and making clients feel beautiful as it shows in her work. She began her journey watching countless makeup tutorials and doing bridal makeup learning to work with different skin tones and types. To further her career, she figured why not conquer hair and makeup. She attended the Cactus Academy/Paul Mitchell Partner School in 2014 and fell in love with the hair world and Paul Mitchell Systems. Dominique has acquired experience in working with all hair types and textures. She continues to strive for excellence by taking classes to further her knowledge and is always on top of the new trends.
Growing up in upstate New York Alivia attended the Paul Mitchell school in Schenectady. There she fell in love with creating classic styles and developed an eye for color. While in school Alivia made it a goal to move to NYC and work at Raika Studio. Now that she is here she prides herself on continuous education and learning new techniques and skills. An active member of the Salvation Army, Alivia has a heart for giving that translates to her passion for customer service at the salon. With a love for the arts as well, Aliva has volunteered by styling hair for multiple events and shows. With her extensive knowledge of the science behind the Paul Mitchell color system and products, Alivia feels confident to help direct her clients find what is best for their hair needs.
Carlos has been in the hair industry since 2013. He completed his education from The Cactus Academy- A Paul Mitchell Partner School in Long Island, NY. The transition from cosmetology school to Raika Studio was seamless. With Raika Studio being a Paul Mitchell focus salon, he has wide-ranging experience with Paul Mitchell color lines, treatments, hair care products and techniques. Carlos, apprenticing under Kathleen since joining Raika in 2014, is super dedicated, and on his way to becoming a top artist in the industry.