Yene Damtew
Independent Hairstylist & Salon Owner

Yene Damtew

Washington, DC.


Yene Damtew is an independent salon owner and hairstylist based in Arlington, VA. A girl on the go, Yene made a name for herself as the person to go to for unsurpassable standards of fashion forward hairdressing. Immediately following cosmetology school, Yene launched her career and within six months she moved to Washington, DC, to become one of the two personal hairstylists to the Obama Family. Her energetic attitude and go-getter work ethic has allowed her to work with other celebrity clients such as actress Tracee Ellis Ross, Aja Naomi King, Skai Jackson, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, actor Hugh Jackman, Elaine Welteroth, Angela Rye and Sophia Bush.

Yene prides herself on her standard of excellence in both high fashion and classical hairdressing. She developed a skill for combining a “'Good' Hair is Healthy Hair” philosophy with a modern and edgy style. In her free time, Yene still finds a way to give back to her community and she currently sits on the advisory board for nonprofit organizations The Color Vision and Habesha Networks.

After working in the DC market for 8 years, Yene began the journey of creating a safe space for women to be surrounded by like-minded individuals. A hub of sisterhood, Aesthetics Salon first opened their doors in June of 2017. Her unfaltering belief in continual education, transparency with her clients and development is what drives her forward and keeps her ahead of the game. In 2019, she launched the Academy, which is a virtual business coaching program for hairstylist.


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