Carla Yamanaka

carla yamanak

Carla thrives on keeping Mizu Salon a well-oiled machine, making sure that each and every team member focuses on growth and harmony.  As a stylist and in-salon educator, color formulation and design is her passion right up there with make up, brow design and special occasion up designs. She loves making women feel prettier.

With a strong belief in growth through education and experience, Carla always has ideas brewing in that head of hers, such as Aveda Congress and Master Jam in Europe. Carla’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Business at SJSU, and countless classes and certifications throughout the years from names such as Aveda, Keratin Complex, Alterna, Pureology, Deva Curl, Brazilian Blowout, Hot Heads Extensions, NaturaLash, Mac, Goldwell, etc.

Because of Carla’s dedication to Mizu Salon, she has managed to mesh her passion for dog rescue within the work place. As of 2014, her non-profit dog rescue found homes for 52 dogs through Mizu Salon. 


Erika, Senior Stylist

Erika, Senior Stylist & Esthetician

Erika thrives on the latest and the greatest. After 4 years in Burlingame, Erika decided to bring it on home to Half Moon Bay. From the opening days of Mizu Salon, Erika has made her mark.

Keeping up with the latest requires hours upon hours of dedication and passion. The countless classes with Aveda, Keratin Complex, Brazilian Blowout, Vidal Sassoon, Crew, Deva Curl and Goldwell has barely sustained Erika’s appetite for education. Aveda Congress 2015 was an incredible experience with Congress 2017 right around the corner...so excited! Erika's passion for Aveda Skin Care naturally added the title of Esthetician to her credentials. We can thank Rachel for her gift of education.

She loves spending time with her husband, two girls and two canine loves in her fabulous Mexican inspired Casa de Lovely! She does a great impression of her of her mother and truly cares for her father too.


Jessica, Senior Stylist
Makeup Artist/Lash Extension Specialist 

Jessica is our most detailed, intricate, and patient artist. Starting out as an Apprentice in 2008, her innate talents navigated towards detail and intricacy. It's hard to define her greatest strength because there are many. Let's start with cutting... special effects make up, lash extensions, brow design, hair extensions and color. Wow! 

Jessica comes from a place where education means opportunity. Aveda’s extensive advanced classes has taken Jessica to Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and Minneapolis and Las Vegas (God forbid!)  Other training include Kryolan makeup, Hot Head Extensions, Joico, Goldwell, NaturaLash, Brazilian Blowout and Keratin Complex. 

What thrills Jessica? Tattoos designed by Jeff at Seventh Son Tattoo. She is covered with amazing designs that tell a story. She also loves trotting around the world to places such as Australia, Barcelona, England, Portutgal and The Azores.  Let’s not forget her flip side.  She makes specialty cupcakes…very sweet.


Meredith, Senior Stylist

Meredith is always looking out for the next best thing.  And she finds it every time. Starting out as a Jr. Stylist when the doors opened July 4, 2008, she hones in on new techniques and trends bringing innovation to any guest while staying in their comfort level. 

Meredith has a BA in Business from CSU Fresno followed by completing the SF Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology program. She has attended classes with platform artists Stephnie Kocielski, Winn Claybaugh, Yosh and Jane Warwand.  She regularly attends Aveda’s Purefessional Classes and is certified by Brazilian Blowout and Keratin Complex. 

Aveda Congress 2015 was quite inspirational where she founde herself on stage on Halloween night with her skeleton onesie, lip syncing to I Will Survive!! This woman knows how to have fun! During free time, she can be found chanting, "GO GIANTS" at Momo's. 


Amy, Senior Stylist

Amy joined Mizu in November 2011. After taking several years off to care for her young children, Amy decided it’s time to get back in the game. Shadowing and assisting Master Stylist Carla Yamanaka has proven invaluable. Countless Aveda classes and an innate ability to tame, manage, and sculpt unruly hair has hurled Amy to the top. Through all her hard work and tenacity, she was promoted in October of 2016 to Senior Stylist. 

Amy has mastered many classes with Aveda, Keratin Complex, Brazilian Blowout and Hot Heads Extensions. 

When not at the Salon, Amy loves shopping at Nordstrom and on the flip side, trotting through the Half Moon Bay Farmer’s Market for fresh quality delights. Her best times are spent playing with her two young ones.



Camille, Stylist

Camille, Stylist

Camille walks with purpose. When she stomps in with her black boots everyone knows it. All of that 5’1” has arrived for another glorious day. Camille brings to the table a great attitude and hilarious sense of humor. She has a nickname for everyone.

Way back in 2008, Camille decided to launch her career at Mizu Salon as an assistant. What a great choice for this native HMB girl!

Throughout the years, she has taken numerous Aveda Purefessional classes, countless in-salon classes and even had the opportunity to attend Aveda Congress 2015. She is certified with Hot Heads Extensions, Brazilian Blowout and Keratin Complex. Camille discovered that she excels in highlighting and has mastered the art under the watchful eyes of the senior staff here at Mizu.

Camille’s favorite country is Italy, where her grandpa comes from. Numerous trips back to the old country has made her an Italian cuisine aficionado. 


Taran, Stylist

Taran joined the Mizu Team with 8 years of experience as a stylist already under her belt. Raised on a cattle ranch in Hollister, this California girl spent her early years as a stylist in San Diego at a fast-paced salon. Taran is already taking advantage of the opportunities here with the bounty of education offered here at Mizu.

Taran is also learning advanced cut and color techniques at Aveda classes. Taran has an entrepreneurial heart and a strong work ethic. Her "days off" are actually dedicated to her small business based on her creation called "La Onda" -- it's a delicious almond pâté -- yum!!

Her nature is her strength. Taran is a soft spoken, kind and such a sweet person. But don't be fooled...that sense of humor is wicked. She loves laughing and cracking up at all the goings on at Mizu Salon. Her sidekick Kodiak, an Australian Shepherd comes to work too and she's got that little boy trained...amazing he even speaks Spanish!


Alex, Stylist

Alex is methodical. She observes and absorbs every detail. A native to La Honda, this hometown girl pulls inspiration from her innate connection to nature. Climbing mountains and trail running helps Alex strengthen her mind, body and soul.

Certification from numerous Aveda Purefessional Classes has kept Alex inspired and on trend. Not only is Alex talented, methodical, and reliable, she's got the cutest and smartest little doggie (Brody) that comes to work every day. 

Brody has such a wonderful character. He loves everyone. And we LOVE him! He should have his own Bio. Make an appointment and you'll see what we're talking about! 





The Pack

The old guy on our team is Zeke Yamanaka and he is nearly 17 years old (Zeke's the black and white one in the center). Zeke has showed up to work on time almost every day since the Salon opened.  His style is aloof and arrogant... he gets all the girls. Then there's Brody Perry sporting the red and green tail (ask for the Aveda formula when you come in). He's sure to keep your lap warm during your service. Brody is a kind and gentle soul. Unlike his best friend, Andy Yamanaka, who is a wolf in sheep's clothing. With Andy, look out for your calves, ankles, and fingers. Count them after your appointment. And for God's sake don't look him in the eye.


Don, Accountant

Carla's sidekick at home is also her sidekick at the Salon. Don has been with Mizu since its inception. Without his dedication and support, Mizu wouldn't have progressed to its current success and high standards.









Tyler, Salon Manager & Barber

The glue that holds the place together, thank you Tyler! This man is graced with the gift of gab. He is highly intelligent and as witty as it gets. He makes us laugh and walk the fine line of inappropriate behavior...perfect! 

But let's honor his accomplishments first. Spoiled and underexposed, this privileged thing floated through life on the private school path. From... to Bellarmine to Emerson for his BS in Marketing! Well thank goodness he sashayed into Mizu Salon where he came to a startling halt...meet Carla Yamanaka from Hilo Hawaii's school of hard knocks! Here he has been training diligently three times a week on live models and quickly climbing the technical and skill ladder. WOW MOM WOW!!

This budding talent is finishing up his apprenticeship program within Mizu Salon and starts with a Junior stylist status in May 2017. Be there!!


Front Desk & Staff

Remi is our Front Desk Lead. She is strong, intelligent, and highly organized. We appreciate her steadfast disposition. 

Tatiana, Dani and Anna are our amazing Front Desk Assistants. We are really lucky to have these three as team members. Come in and meet them – they are known for their strong and healing hand treatments. 


Fabiola is our wonderful Cosmetology Apprentice. She has been at Mizu Salon as a front desk assistant beginning in High School. She is now pursuing a career as a hair stylist. Her work ethic is amazing and we feel truly blessed. 

She is looking forward to all the Aveda Education available to her. Learning "on-the-job" will greatly benefit this budding talent.