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Meet the Team

Meet the Salon Team

Atelier Artists

Master Artist

This level is best for clients who want the highest level of experience. Haircuts: $95-$125

Senior Artist

Senior level artists possess an extremely high level of education and have extensive industry experience. These artists are comfortable with creative, new concepts as well as industry classics, and are best for clients who want a very high level of education and experience, and who understand the value of this proficiency. These artists are in high demand, please call ahead. Haircuts start at $75

Advanced Artist

Advanced artists have strong advanced skills and a solid background of education, with a roadmap of continuing advancement through additional training.  These artists are on their way up!  Haircuts start at $60

Atelier Artist

An Atelier Artist has completed the 18-24 month Atelier Prote’ge’ program. These artists are taking their skills to the next level through continuing advanced education with their sights on becoming Atelier Advanced Artists through the next level of accomplishments.

Haircuts start at $50

Advanced Protégé

Advanced Protégés have passed the final exam for specific technical modules in the Protégé Program and provide supervised services by an Atelier Coach at an increased rate from the Protégé level. A simple service on a budget. (No color correction services) Haircuts: $40


The Atelier Protégé is an essential facet of Atelier. The word, Prote’ge’, means, “one under the care and protection of another”. We take that to heart, by caring for the development of the education of our new generation, and protecting the culture that keeps us strong and deeply passionate about our craft. Atelier’s commitment to improving the beauty industry, one hair artist at a time, is best demonstrated through the Atelier® Prote’ge’ program. This comprehensive, 24-month program develops incredible technical skills, strong customer service vision, and excellent product recommendation abilities. This program is unique in its comprehensive, organized curriculum created by Atelier Master Artist and founder, Karie Bennett, who draws on over 30 years of experience and education. Atelier Protégés are fully licensed cosmetologists who assist the Atelier artists during the week and receive a mix of hands-on and theory time taught by Atelier trainers, the salon owner, and Aveda certification classes. Appointments are taken for live models and include a thorough consultation, a finished style and complimentary makeup touchup, all for a very reasonable cost to the model. Protégés ‘test out’ their technical skills on class models throughout the program. In the end, the Prote’ge’ has an opportunity to audition for a position as an Atelier Artist. At that time, a new Atelier star is born, and lifelong learning begins! As a model, we ask that you keep an open mind and remember that this is a learning environment.  This is an amazing opportunity for you to watch the architecture of a haircut, the creation of a custom-blended color formula, or find out how face shapes and haircuts come together to balance perfectly. Your participation is essential for these passionate artists to hone their craft. Your appointment may last from 2-4 hours depending on the class focus. The students are licensed cosmetologists and many of them have already worked in salons. They have made a commitment to take their skills to the next level. Model haircut appointments are $35. Models must be 18 years of age or older. Each appointment has a time component, so starting on time is important. If we need to reschedule your appointment for any reason, we will happily accommodate you at the next available class, please just give us 24 hours notice so we may find a substitute model. Extra long and/or extra thick hair or color correction may incur a supplementary color charge. We will give you a quote prior to starting the service. Classes are held on Mondays from 9 am to 2 pm. From time to time we need class models–‘like’ our Facebook page to see our model call posts.Please note that our calendar may change at any time. Call to inquire about our upcoming classes. 408-244-4222

Founder and Master Artist

Karie Bennett

CEO, Atelier Salon and Atelier Studio

  • redCHOCOLATE™ colorist
  • Curly hair specialist
  • Precision haircuts
  • Gray coverage, gray reduction, and transitioning hair back to gray

Karie Bennett has passed the 30-year mark as a hairdresser and 16 years as a salon owner, and her momentum hasn’t slowed one bit.  To say she likes to stay busy would be an understatement.  Besides her work ‘behind the chair’ on her beautiful clientele, she is a local favorite of the fashion show and photo shoot community.  She is often found leading show teams behind the scenes, and her styling work has been featured on the covers of Gentry, South Bay Accent, Scene, Gastronomique en Vogue and Salon Today magazines, as well as on the fashion runways for Santana Row, Harker School, Junior League of San Jose, Innvision, and the Vitamin Water’s Fashion Challenge.  And once in a while, she does something different, like design period-accurate hairstyles for a local theater production of Les Miserables.   Karie says, “What I love most about what I do is the people I meet.  I’m so interested in what they have to say–I learn so much from the diversity of experience.  I also love to make a dramatic change to someone’s hair and see the reaction…the beaming smile, the new posture, the renewed confidence…it’s really like having a magic wand, it’s that powerful.”

Karie Bennett and her Atelier salons have received numerous business accolades such as: The North American Hairstyling Association’s Salon Master of Business Award,  The Global Salon Business Award (sponsored by UCLA’s Anderson School of Business), Salon Today Top 200, and the Salon Today S.T.A.M.P award for excellence in salon marketing.  But it’s really her team of top-notch, highly educated and skilled professionals that make Atelier a salon that draws and keeps happy, loyal clients.

In honor of her 30th year as a hairdresser, Bennett celebrated by diving into a second career-–as a writer, and a third, as a business consultant and speaker.  She is a Contributing Writer for Salon Today magazine, the nation’s leading salon business publication, and is also a Small Business Examiner for San Jose’s Check out her blogs and articles:

She continues to make education and inspiration a priority and her belief in listening to and educating the client at every visit has built her a loyal following, as well as helped a new generation of hair artists find their way to success.

To book an appointment with Karie, call 408-244-4222.

To contact Karie for media inquiries, speaking appearances, business consulting, or for shows and shoots:, or 408-244-4222 x301.

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Meet the Spa Team

Mel Ruiz

Atelier Certified Esthetician / Waxing Expert / Makeup Artist

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Michael Gomez

Makeup Artist

Michael Gomez

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Meet the Guest Experience Team

We love our guests!  We really do.

We want you to have an amazing visit to Atelier each and every time. We have a mission to deliver 5-star service. Every member of our staff is empowered to help achieve this mission. When you call or visit, you’ll meet one of our super friendly team, who are dedicated to making your Atelier experience wonderful. Whatever you need, they’re here to help.

Atelier Guest Experience Coordinators
Salon Maintenance

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