Haim Knister

CEO | Master Stylist

From his beginnings as a Stylist’s apprentice in Tel Aviv with one of Israel’s most noted professionals, to his acclaimed full service exclusive Salon in Del Mar, California, Haim Knister has enjoyed a very colorful and successful career in the beauty and fashion industry. In his early 20’s Haim ventured to London to continue his advance training under Vidal Sassoon. In 1974 Haim moved to the United States where he established his career with three salons in the Midwest.

In 1989, his dream to create a one of a kind color group became a reality when he opened Haim Ltd. Salon; a full service exclusive Salon in Del Mar, one of the finest beauty and fashion destinations in Southern California. He has worked with Logics and L’Oreal and for the last several years has shared his knowledge and experience as a premier educator for Eufora Int’l and his salon is noted as one of the nation’s leading Eufora Salons.



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Sonya Talamantes

Master Stylist/Makeup Artist

As a former Costume designer Sonya always had a passion for design, fashion and art. This is where she developed an artistic passion for hair & makeup, which ultimately lead her into the beauty industry. As a senior stylist with over 12yrs experience, she has attended advanced training courses on haircutting from nationally recognized institutions such as the Vidal Sassoon Academy, Eufora, and Tony & Guy. Sonya further pursued advanced training in hair coloring and Balayage techniques from Eufora, Redken, Wella, Davines, Nine Zero One Academy and Schwarkopf.

Sonya specializes in precision short haircutting, Natural dimensional hair coloring, highlighting and balayage and Makeup Artistry. As our head makeup artist and Creative Director, she continually participates within the production industry collaborating in Photo shoots, Fashion Shows, editorial magazine features, and Television. Sonya’s determination to continually stay relevant in  industry  trends exemplifies our culture of customer satisfaction, our passion and individualistic creativity at Haim salon.

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Ana Boggiano

Senior Hairstylist | Make-Up Artist

Ana is a highly experience hairstylist & makeup artist that has been serving the beauty industry since 2006. Her passion for the industry and love for her clients drives Ana to keep current and updated on the latest fashion trends. Ana works closely with celebrities, social media influencers, models and the film industry. Her work has been featured in local magazines, bridal books and catalogs and has been seen in fashions and more.

Ana believes that advanced education is the key to success and has the following certifications:
Vidal Sassoon Precision Cutting & Color, VIA (a french haircutting technique), Eufora Advanced Coloring for Blonding, Advanced Balayage Technique, Hero Barbering Courses, Napoleon Perdis Makeup Training, Chanel, Bobbi Brown, and more.

“You will always be a priority whether it’s your first time or 20th time on my chair. I am confident that when you leave you will feel and look your best!”
– XO Boggi


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Tracy Aquino

Senior Hairstylist | Make-Up Artist

Tracy joined our team in 2015 and quickly accelerated through our stylist program to become one of our senior stylists. Another graduate of the highly regarded Bellus Academy, Tracys advance education includes Vidal Sassoon training and Eufora International . Mens cutting  is a natural for Tracy  as is evident by her large mens clientele . As a great stylist will tell you , the yearn to learn  all aspects of the industry   became her passion. Specializing in modern color techniques Tracy will listen to your goals and help you achieve them by carefully crafting personalized formulas  to meet your expectations all while maintaining the integrity of your hair.

Specialties also include Keratin treatments  and special event styling and makeup

“Together we will create the perfect look for you and most importantly one you can duplicate on your own at home”



Courtney Whalen


Dreams do come true…

Through my hard work and dedication while at Bellus Academy in 2017,   I was offered an externship here at Haim Salon which  quickly reaffirmed my passion for the industry . The team welcomed me, guided me , and set the bar high for which I set my own standards. I earned a permanent assistant position which allowed me to continue my education from some of the best in the business. Fast forward to today and you will find me behind the chair as a  Stylist with confidence, grace, and skill.  I am grateful for Haim’s trust in allowing me to call Haim Salon home.

“True beauty lies within us all… discovered through the many phases of life,  a deep understanding of yourself and an appreciation for the incredible person you are. My job is to enhance your style to reflect the “true you”.