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La Jolla’s Top Hair Artists

Joel C Ma has assembled some of La Jolla’s and San Diego’s top talent at his studio, making it one of the best hair salons in La Jolla. With decades of collective experience, undeniable artistry, and a passion for making clients look and feel their best, the Joel C Ma team has build a reputation for being one of the area's most trustworthy, creative, and friendly salons. It has amassed an impressive community of clients who love the studio's work and soothing environment.


At Joel C Ma Studio, we welcome you to a world of excellent hairstyling. Positioned at the edge of Golden Triangle and La Jolla, the studio is an open space filled with natural light where clients can relax while they're pampered by expert hair artists.

Together with Joel’s flawless hair artistry, you'll also find some fresh, enthusiastic faces, talented in delivering innovative hair services. All the stylists at Joel Ma Studio are handpicked by the salon owner, Joel. The entire team closely collaborate for everyone’s benefit, ultimately working more like a family than mere colleagues.

Joel takes each new addition to the team under his guidance and trains them personally. The initial emphasis is on foundational cutting techniques, after which their skills evolve to advanced cutting techniques. We also believe in ongoing education. Our hairstylists regularly attend advanced training classes to stay up-to-date on the newest innovations and the hottest trends, bringing back that excellence to our salon. 

Step into our salon and rejuvenate in the welcoming environment created by our cheerful, enthusiastic team waiting to offer you the highest class of services and bring out the best in you with the professionalism and finesse you deserve.


Whether you want to go for a chic look or a soft and elegant effect, Joel Ma Studio will deliver the head-turning style you deserve.

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Our Team


Joel C Ma


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Joel C Ma Hair Studio is the culmination of an artist's dream. Joel C Ma, the heart and brains behind the studio, is one of the best haircut artists and color specialists in San Diego. A former Tony & Guy hair cutting master, he believes that hairstyling is more than a transaction—it's an immerse experience that helps bring his clients' beauty and confidence to the forefront. He has delivered exceptional hair styling services to clients for more than 25 years. Joel is especially renowned for his razor cut and laser-like approach to long and short layered cuts.


It all began when Joel immigrated to the US from Vietnam in 1983. Though he was only 16 and without his family, his aspirations were huge. Focused on his passion, he was trained and mentored by a master on straight razor cutting techniques. By 2000, his signature razor cut and layering technique were beloved among clients, and by 2010, he was acknowledged as a master color creator and blending artist.

With a passion for learning new techniques and delivering his expert skills on different platforms, Joel always dreamed of working at a place where he could inspire and mentor other stylists to bring excellence to the haircutting industry. The manifestation of his dreams, in the shape of Joel C Ma Studio, began in 2015. It’s a hair salon where Joel brings brilliance to the art of hairstyling through impeccable craftsmanship and hands-on mentoring.

Joel's wife, LeAnn, is always by his side as the operations manager while he shares his industry knowledge. What sets him apart is his sheer regard for every client’s uniqueness. He excels at conceiving flawless hairstyles to bring out each client's best features.

Whether it’s a client or an employee that walks through the doors of the studio, they leave with something they’ll treasure for life.

Vanesa Gomez


Hairstyling and the beauty industry have been a significant part of Vanesa's life ever since she was a little girl. When she was younger, she was intrigued by how her mother and sisters would pour hours into choosing the right dress, putting on the perfect makeup, and styling their hair until it looked classy, sleek, and elegant.


Each passing day fueled her interest in the beauty realm to the point that it led her to finish trade school with flying colors in 2017 from Bellus Academy for Cosmetology & Makeup Artistry. Upon formally completing her degree, Joel took her under his wing and helped sharpen her technical skills in cutting, coloring, and styling hair for men, women, and children.


Her years of formal education at a specialized school, training under a professional hairstylist, and hands-on experience with real clients and customers have allowed Vanesa to transform herself into a stellar hairstylist.

Today, she is proud to be the third generational hairstylist in her family!

Vanessa offers the following services:

  • Balayage

  • Highlights

  • Color Transformation

  • Textured Cuts

  • Blunt Haircuts (inspired by Vidal Sassoon)


Are you intrigued? Check out her work on Yelp and Instagram!

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Zara Haghighatkhah


With her true love of all people and electric smile, Zara has the uncanny ability to create life and energy in everyone she meets. She has a natural talent for highlights, color, and cuts. She is an amazing hair designer for special events and weddings.


Zara has dedicated her career, which began in 1990, to her clients in the top hair salons in La Jolla and UTC. Zara has an innate ability to choose and create the right color and style that fits her client’s interests and their lifestyles. She has a following of professional men and women who have enjoyed her high level of energy and her enthusiasm for her artistic work. 

Maryana Katsel


Maryana has been a master colorist at Salon MK_Studio for the past 9 years and has over 13 years of color and stylist experience. Maryana is trained and certified in multiple color systems in different countries (Ukraine, Italy and United States). She enjoys using her knowledge to create and transform color to align with her client's vision. In addition to being a color expect, her specialties include treating damaged hair and hair extensions. Maryana is excited to welcome you to her chair.

Lamya Slaiman 

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Lamya Slaiman has established herself as a successful and talented hairstylist with 20+ years of experience. She has worked at some of New Zealand’s top hair salons and earned the 2017 award for best stylist awarded by her peers. Lamya consistently enhances her hairdressing skills, including balayage, ombré, highlights, and design cutting. Lamya also participated backstage in a fashion show in New Zealand. A job opportunity for her husband has brought Lamya to San Diego from New Zealand in 2019. Lamya’s goal is to make clients feel beautiful and leave feeling good.

Gary DeYarman

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Gary is a Master Barber Hairstylist with a career path marked by excellence. He collaborates with his brother Dr. James DeYarman, a cosmetic surgeon in La Jolla/UTC, as a consultant to his patients. Before a patient’s robotic hair transplant procedures, Gary cuts their hair and performs follow-up treatments as needed after the surgeries. Gary is a well-respected stylist in the San Diego business community and a favorite of those who appreciate a professional look. Gary has enjoyed a solid booking of followers and fans for many years. He has also partner/owned and managed one of the most popular, trendy hair salons in San Diego for over a decade. His appreciation for his clients, excellent workmanship, and caring manner are highly valued among his clients and other apprentices in the industry.

Sunny Muto Tran


22 years in the salon industry both as a stylist and a salon owner, I value the importance of delivering excellent customer service with hair styling techniques that cater to client’s needs. 


Trained at both Vidal Sassoon and Soh Hagiwara Tokyo Hair Academy, I’m able to perform long lasting precision haircuts as well as personalized sculpting haircut by using texturizing technique for those who have thick and unruly hair. 


I also specialize in Creative color and highlights, Color corrections, Grey blending, Permanent straightening, Permanent wave, and more. 


Customer satisfaction is my number one priority.  A big smile on my client’s face when they walk out of our salon, that’s what keeps my day going. 

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