Meraki Hair & Makeup Studio Takes Top Honors at New York Hair and Beauty Awards

January 24 2020




Another Staten Island hair salon was named winner of the inaugural New York Hair and Beauty Awards organized by Creative Oceanic.

Congrats to Meraki Hair and Makeup Studio who nabbed the prize for “Best Customer Experience in New York City” at The New York Hair and Beauty Awards 2019 — a competition that translates into an exclusive celebration of highly trained and talented individuals who specialize in enhancing natural features — with a goal of leaving the New Yorkers looking fabulous.

The salon was nominated and became finalists in two categories: Hair Salon of the Year for Staten Island and Best Customer Experience in NYC. The latter category was where they took honors.

The Long Island Marriott Hotel was the setting for the trend setting event, where the crème de la crème of hair and beauty specialists gathered to celebrate the champions of the industry.

The winners demonstrated an outstanding performance and were off the charts in fashion and trends — and they had the continuous support of their clients and the public who voted for them in order to gain the recognition they deserve.



Meraki (pronounced: may-rah-kee; Greek): https://www.salonmerakinyc.com/aboutus.php

It’s meaning, simply put – is doing something with soul, creativity, or love — when you put “something of yourself” into what you're doing, whatever it may be, the essence of yourself put into your work.

At Meraki Hair and Makeup Studio their expert team does exactly that, although their team makes what they do seem effortless, every member of their team is not only a New York State licensed Cosmetologist but also have graduated their very own Meraki Advanced Academy and are required to participate in continuous education courses annually designed to continually challenge their skills and keep them up on the latest trends.

Centrally located in the heart of the South Shore of Staten Island at 1281 Arthur Kill Road, guided by the vision of Jenn Christie, Salon Owner /Artistic Director, Meraki Hair & Makeup Studio is a modern luxury salon built on the belief of a "guest centric experience"  delivering unsurpassed service and personal attention in intimate and relaxed atmosphere. Every member of their team at Meraki strive to make their guests feel at home and offer a full complement of beverages and other amenities, while we cater to our guests unique concerns and requests in every aspect of hair care and beauty enhancement.

At Meraki, love, creativity and passion for what we do is the essence of who we are. We understand that hair is an ever-evolving art and looks change and move every season, our proven success is based upon the commitment of expertly trained team to ongoing education to bring our guests only the best in hair and beauty care services. Meraki Hair & Make Up Studio  prides itself on its continued stylist education to stay ahead of the hottest trends and latest styles to make our guest(s) look and feel their best, with advanced color techniques, precision haircuts & style or even subtle to dramatic makeup applications.

 The Meraki style team comprises expert technicians trained in the latest techniques of color application and precision styling and are certified professionals in all the latest beauty enhancements services, including Brazilian Blowout, Great Lengths Hair Extensions, Japanese Straightening, Lash Extensions, Microblading and so much more. Our team are not only on top of the latest trends but help create them every day! Whether it's that stunning look on your wedding day, the wow factor at your Sweet 16 or prom, or simply that head turn every day!



Jennifer graduated from Beauty School in 1997 and has never stopped her passion for learning. In 2003 Jennifer attended Vidal Sassoon's Advanced Training Academy in London and became a Paul Mitchell Advanced Educator in 2007. She is passionate about continuing education to stay current on evolving industry trends; in addition to attending, assisting and creating many hair shows and classes throughout the states.

Jennifer brings 20 years of experience in the hair and makeup industry to Meraki Hair & Makeup Studio. Jennifer has spent most of her career at AF Bennett Salon and Wellness Spa, as the styling floor director, educator, master stylist and master colorist. 

Jennifer is a Paul Mitchell Certified level 4 Cutting Specialist the highest accreditation in cutting as well as a master colorist. In addition to her precision cutting skills and expert coloring techniques, Jenn is an expert makeup artist, formal styling specialist and is a certified master technician in Brazilian Blowout, Japanese Straightening, X-Treme Lash, semi -permanent lash applications, as well as Microblading, the revolutionary new custom brow treatment. Jenn is also one of the only certified Master technicians in the application of Great Lengths custom hair extensions on Staten Island!

Even with all of her experience Jennifer is always seeking to improve upon her and her teams knowledge to not only stay on top of the latest trends but to actually create them!


Although not a stylist, Shane brings a tremendous amount of talent and vision to the helm of Meraki Hair & Makeup Studio.

As graduate of Monsignor Farrell High School, and an accomplished Martial Artist for almost 3 decades, Shane has gone on to successfully run his families martial arts school & later his own business, Apex Credit Solutions which specializes in assisting consumers navigate the credit reporting process, raising their scores and addressing adverse information including late payments, collections, foreclosures, judgments and more.   

Shane is deeply involved in the local community through networking, community involvement and philanthropic endeavors and was formally the board chair of the SIEDC 40 under 40 Leadership Group and as well the Board Chair of New Vista for Families a Domestic Violence Shelter.  

Together with his wife Jennifer Christie Sorrento, the styling floor director, Shane runs the day to day operations of the business and is directly in charge of all our guests complete satisfaction.

Shane Says: “In a world full of choices, we are truly grateful to all of the guests that we have the privilege of servicing. We believe what sets us apart is our passion to not only deliver the best in hair care and beauty enhancement but to create an environment and an experience for our guests that are second to none. We are a Full-Service Professional Salon, but we are also a Destination Salon. We understand that our guests plan in advance and may travel from great distances to make time to come and see us to look and feel their very best. When a guest visits us for services that may be their only opportunity to relax and take some time for themselves in an otherwise crazy world, our core mission is to create a sanctuary of peace and tranquility and an experience they will take with them.”


We are thankful to be recognized for this award but more importantly we are thankful to our guests continued loyalty and our team for all the hard work that they do each and every day!



Meraki Hair & Makeup Studio
 1281 Arthur Kill Rd., Greenridge
Website: www.salonmerakinyc.com