Our Team

"Alchemy is defined as the process of taking something ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary, sometimes in a way that cannot be explained." Come into the salon and meet our alchemists and let us turn your hair into something extraordinary!

Cassidy & Kari-Anne

Salon Owners

Both Kari-Anne and Cassidy have a passion for creativity, their guests and for the well-being of the salon and their employees. They strive to create a warm, welcome, home-away-from-home feeling in the studio. Kari-Anne oversees the wellness of the salon, guests and employees, as well as the direction of the salon. Cassidy works daily on the frontline, artistically creating the best colours and styles for each of her clients, as well as handling the day to day tasks of running the salon. Both Kari-Anne and Cassidy welcome you to Indaba Hair Studio – {The Meeting Place}

Cassidy Veldman

Lead Stylist

Cassidy started her career as a stylist in 2009, after her education began at a College in Toronto. From there, she spread her wings, traveling extensively, furthering her education in Sydney, Australia, where she mastered the art of highlighting in every form. Cassidy loves the more natural look, whether it’s highlights, ombr√©, balayage or hair painting, she is able to create beautiful soft looks. While traveling this past summer in Europe, Cassidy has seen first hand the new up and coming styles heading over our way. Her passion for transforming her clients wants and needs into a reality, makes Cassidy a very sought after stylist. Her passion for hair, shows in every client!

Stacey Braga

Senior Stylist

As a little girl, Stacey always dreamed of one day becoming a hairdresser; getting to meet new people and helping them look and feel fabulous. Her dream became a reality in 2015 when she graduated from Marca College, with the L’Oreal Colour Award! Stacey enjoys the challenge – whether it’s a great haircut, creative style or fabulous hair makeover. She looks forward to everyday of her journey and is excited to be working together with the talented and creative team, here at Indaba Hair Studio.

hair salon stylist

Andrea D’Souza

Intermediate Stylist

After graduating Marca College in 2018, I knew I had found my vocation in life. I absolutely loved the program. I found I was so drawn to the creative side of colouring hair, and this is where my talent lies. I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of hair styling. I started my career in Toronto, but have subsequently moved closer to home allowing me to further my career by gaining more experience in a new salon. After following Indaba Hair Studio for a few years, I am so excited to have found my new home here, full of inspiring, and talented hairstylists!

hair salon stylist

Gina Mendonca

Junior Stylist

My passion for hair started at a very young age since a little girl I knew I was meant for this industry! The environment of a salon is my happy place and where I feel I belong!

Since the beginning of my journey I continue to show myself that there is so much room to learn and strengthen my abilities and see how far my talent can take me. I love that I now have the chance to be creative in my own way as I strive to see my client smiling when leaving my chair every time.

Throughout my journey I was blessed to have received a cosmetology award and to have been a finalist in the Ontario Skills Competition in 2016. I will continue to stay motivated, confident in myself, and open to learning & growing in my career here at Indaba Hair Studio.

hair salon stylist

Jenna Darmanin

New Talent

Since grade 9, I have eagerly enrolled in hairstyling classes with a strong desire to assist individuals in discovering their true selves through the art of hairstyling. While I am relatively new to this industry, my commitment to hairstyling remains unwavering, as I am currently pursuing advanced education at Marca College to enhance my expertise. One aspect of this field that particularly excites me is the opportunity to meet diverse individuals of varying ages and styles, enabling me to engage with them throughout the day. Working at the salon has provided me with invaluable insights into critical techniques and strategies, which I continuously apply to further my growth. Witnessing the satisfaction and contentment on my clients’ faces as they leave the salon is the ultimate source of joy for me.

Meta Burak


Meta feels very fortunate to be able to leave behind her lifelong finance career to pursue her passion in the art of hairstyling. Meta loves to meet new people and thoroughly enjoys making clients look and feel their best. She graduated from Marca College in 2023 after receiving the prestigious Joe Chimenti Icon Award. Meta is honoured to hone her skills while working alongside and learning from the talented stylists at Indaba Hair Salon.