About Us

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BEKIM “BENJAMIN” OSMANI

Bekim became aware of his talents at age 14 and has consistently elevated his skills to the next level.

Bekimʼs vision of fashion and beauty are influenced by many different cultures from around the world. Bekimʼs editorial work has been published in several magazines including trade & fashion publications.

He has taken his vision Internationally through his artistry on television and stylist to the celebrities. He was the featured stylist on NBCʼs show “Daytime” for a year and a half. Bekim was featured on Allure Magazine as TOP 50 colorist and has won multiple awards such as Makeover Hairstylist of the Year, Menʼs Hairstylist of the Year…..

As an educator, he has shared his knowledge and creative talents with stylists for many years including his award winning salon, Salon Gaboa USA established in 2004. Experience, training & his complete love of beauty and fashion has brought an award winning edge to this insightful Artist. Bekim will always continue to enjoy his vision passionately.

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LEE EMMACK-RIVERA

Lee began her career over 20 years ago in the salon. Realizing her desire to work internationally and in many facets of the industry, she expanded her work into TV commercials and print work. She has worked in Paris, Milan, Germany, California, New York City and Miami as a hair stylist and make up artist.

Lee has worked for a vast range of entertainers and celebrity clients such as Willem Dafoe, Terri Hatcher, Joan Rivers, Kevin Spacey, Luciano Pavarotti and Julio Iglesias. Some of the models include Carol Alt, Jill Goodacre Connick and Cindy Crawford; designers such as Pierre Balmain, Nicole Miller, Edith Head, Michelle Piccon, Alfred Angelo and Angel Rivera are also in her repertoire. Lee has shared her skills on over 100 TV commercials such as Diet Coke with Elton John, Maybelline, Macy’s, Gillette, Pepsi, DeBeers Diamonds, American Express and Revlon Cosmetics with Iman. Some of her magazine credits include Cosmopolitan, Elle, Rolling Stone, Brides, Marie Claire and L’Officiel. She was on the team of stylists for 2012 and 2013 Couture Fashion Week at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC.

She is certified in Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy. Her specialties are razor-cutting, precision cutting, training in Vidal Sassoon and Philip Wilson. She excels in upstyling–from elegant couture styles and sexy waves to romantic weddings and braids. Lee’s make up training included Bobbie Brown and Eve Pearl. She also worked for Borghese and Helena Rubinstein.

Her passion for knowledge provides her mantra, “The more I learn, the more I can please my clients!”

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MIKE HILL

A hairstylist for over 30 years, Mike Hill has joined the crew at Salon Gaboa to bring his cutting and color skills to Clearwater, Florida. Mike comes to us from Northwest Indiana/Crown Point. Mike has been employed by some of the top salons in Chicago and was trusted to help manage and coordinate and direct young stylists. After being in the industry for 12 years, Mike was seeking more training and education.

He was trained by the prestigious Vidal Sassoon Salon located on Michigan Ave in Water Tower Place, Mike entered the apprenticeship program as a varder (experienced stylist) and finely tuned his cutting skills following the technique that is taught in the Sassoon Salons and academies around the world.

Since completing his Vidal Sassoon training, Mike has played key roles in developing apprenticeship programs throughout the Chicago land area. Mike thrives on learning, so he makes certain to attend workshops yearly to secure his role as a premier stylist in the industry today.

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OLJANA “OLI”

Oljana, grew up in Albania, finished her second year of college and moved to America in 2001. She had to learn english very fast in order to better understand the people, culture and everything else in order to move forward and live her AMERICAN DREAM.

Despite studying finance for 2 years she always found herself in the fashion and beauty world. She enrolled herself at Sunstate Academy in Clearwater for the Cosmetology program. Despite the difficulties with not knowing the language she successfully graduated.

Training under Bekim and Vasko she has become the very successful hairstylist that she wanted to become. She continues to educate herself by taking ongoing courses and keeping up with the latest hair trends in the fashion industry.

“The better I educate myself, the better I am able to serve and deliver that to my customers,“ she says.

As a Master Stylist she specializes in precision cutting, dimensional color and high lights, formal styling, waxing, manicures and pedicures.

She also specializes in ORIBE as well as KERATHERAPY and COPPOLA keratin smoothing treatments.

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BRIDGET CLAIR

With more than 21 years of experience, Bridget’s love of the industry is strong, thriving and growing every day. Her passion for people, her upbeat spirit, and the love of her craft has made her a rare and distinguished artist.

Bridget specializes in many fields including lifestyle looks, razor sculpting, event styling, expert colorist-skilled in color correction, Keratin Treatment, and is certified in Keratherapy.

Bridget brings her clients vision to reality with her knowledge and use of these following products: ORIBE, Wella, Sebastian, and Nioxin.

Throughout her career she continues to gain the trust and loyalty of her clients. Bridget thrives in making her clients feel good, look good, and have them leaving, uplifted, elated, and fabulous. Bridget learns new techniques, and expands her expertise with continuing education.

“No matter how much you know… there is always more to learn; being a hairdresser is not just a part of me… it’s who I am”

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BRANDY LARIOS

A true artist of all forms.

She sings, she paints and creates beautiful modern hairstyles. She join the Gaboa family 4 years ago, immediately after graduating cosmetology school. With a positive energy and ambition to thrive, Bekim Osmani took her to the next level by sharing his trade secrets and becoming his personal right hand for several fashion shows. Brandy’s true passion is color. Just take a look at her own hair. It says it all (hello vivids)!

Her constant desire to learn is beaming just like the welcoming smile on her face. With great knowledge, strategic skills, and charming personality, Brandy will make you feel like your in the right chair. So stay at ease and enjoy your transformation for her motto is:

“First listen, then cut.”

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RENEE DEVRIES

Renee DeVries is living the dream of being a successful hairstylist. With 20+ years of building her reputation, she is an artistic vessel for all hair types. Renee graduated from the International School of Beauty in Michigan.

She has won various awards for hair cutting. She also specializes in precision foiling techniques and polished perms. Renee’s flair for fashion and hairstyles keep her motivated on continuing education for the beauty industry. Her upbeat personality helps her get along with all walks of people. Just ask her loyal clientele!

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do”

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VALMIRA (VAL) HAZIRI

Valmira has had a passion for the hair and beauty industry most of her life. She has been licensed for more than 6 years. In that time she has mastered a wide range of hair techniques including long hair, cutting and up-dos.

However her specialty and passion is color. Valmira believes in continued education and strives to stay at the fore front of her field with her knowledge of new products and services available, in order to provide excellent service to her clientele. She specializes in coloring techniques, foil highlights and lowlights, color corrections, and gray reduction.

She is also advanced in fashion cuts, modern cuts, razor cutting, mens cuts, kids cuts, and special occasion event styling. She stays updated on all the latest trends so that she can give you the look you want. Val places high value on listening to her clients, understanding their needs and respecting their hair…and she strives for unlimited creativity! At your scheduled time together, she will look forward to providing you with the best service you will ever experience!

“My clients satisfaction means the world to me, and if they are not happy then I am not happy”

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DANIELA SHEGANI

Daniela has been a stylist since 2010. She has recently completed advanced classes at Salon Gaboa. Her training foundation was directed under Michael Hill, a Vidal Sassoon trained stylist, which taught her to pay very close attention to details..

Daniela excelled at all of the techniques. She is Keratin certified and completed Wella’s ombré and balayage class. With her you will be highly satisfied and impressed with her skill level. She believes your hair should be fun and expressive, a reflection of who you are.

Her mission is to make sure her clients are completely satisfied when they look in the mirror with the service she provided.