Sonny Zizzo, owner of Tiger Eye Hair

Sonny, owner

I always knew a wanted to do something creative in my life. I feel very fortunate to have found that in hair dressing. I have been in this industry for over 20 years now and can honestly say I love it today more than ever. It’s the way I am challenged daily, it’s being able to make someone feel amazing and confident, it’s being able to travel through time by the work I’m doing , its connecting with my clients on a personal level and building trust worthy professional friendships. Early in my career I made it a point to focus on precision and strength as I learned the craft that you know as “getting my hair done.” Coming from a Vidal Sassoon trained salon and learning from some of San Diego’s best stylist, I learned how to breakdown and dissect shapes and balance in hair. As time has gone by my #1 objective is “make it look right!” I believe through a strong foundation and allowing hair to be hair my job is to give you the best style not only for you but for the shape of your face, the texture of your hair, the style you are wanting to achieve , and the amount of time you feel comfortable spending on your hair. I am not that stylist that will do something on you just because I went to a class the week prior and thought “oh that’s cool.” I’m the stylist that wants to build a relationship and evolve with you as style and hair changes. God Bless …

Ferrari, owner

Doing hair for 12+ years
Certifications & Specialties
Cut & Color specialist, extensions, certified Pravana colorist
What makes you unique?
I’m 4 foot 11, I’m honest, maybe too honest? Also I’m an animal whisperer. I’m full of love and only want to see everyone do their best at everything and I get excited when good things happen to people.
What is your favorite thing about your career?
When I see my clients walk out the door with a smile ear to ear. And when I can achieve exactly what I was thinking for my clients.
If you could have any car what would it be?
A G-Wagon that is all hooked up. A Ferrari that is black & yellow. And a 1972 Datsun 1600 pickup, WHICH ACTUALLY! I now currently have because my amazing husband got me my 1972 Datsun pickup for our 1 year wedding anniversary and I’ve been restoring it ever since, soon Dottie will be done! Its a super cute story, I’d love to share it with you!
What is the wallpaper on your phone?
A picture of me and my husband on our wedding day, right after pronounced husband and wife! He makes me melt! That was one of the best days of my life!

Sam, stylist

Certifications / Specialities
I am a certified keratin specialist as well as a haircut specialist.
What motivates you to work hard?
To make going to work is a great opportunity to improve myself a little bit every day. Whether it’s learning about the art of hair or just in life in general the people that surround me every day.
What is your favorite thing about your station?
My favorite thing in my station is my scissors they have the ability to sculpt a person’s hair the same way knives artists with clay.
If you were a box of cereal, which one would you be?
I wouldn’t be a box of cereal I would be a bag of cereal because I prefer to live my life outside of the box.
What is the one thing that is still on your bucket list?
There is a hike in China that is supposed to be one of the hardest in the world at one point you’re even walking on boards on the side of the cliff held up by nails at the top there’s a little Temple that his home to a few monks that live there I would like to one day sit at the temple and drink tea with them.

Addy, stylist

At the ripe age of one, Adelyne was kicking and screaming over a pair of play scissors she could not live without. Her parents stood there debating this newfound desire but strangely enough, could think of no other incentive to get this curious little child to sleep on her own, in her own room, all through the night. Adelyne, unbeknownst to even herself at the time, took up a life in the art of hair, smitten by the time she could walk. Over the years since her mane inception, the art of style and expression have become the essence of being able to connect with all walks of life. The practice of gratitude for community, culture, and engaging with people from all over the world.

Ashley, stylist/men’s groomer

Ashley has a gift of reading minds. She meticulously executes each clients vision, without fear of adding her own special touch. She is an artist, while her clients hair is her canvas. Her mastery in men’s grooming, allows her to approach each guest with the utmost skill and honesty. She is kind, but straight forward. Ashley has 13+ years of experience with hair. She has gone through two mentorships to ensure you’re in great hands. She came to Tiger Eye in 2017, when she realized she was looking for a space with no limits. A place to call home for her clients as well as herself. Originally from Michigan, she holds nature close to her heart, and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.

Ashley is a chameleon when it comes to her clients. She adapts to their needs with empathy. When you want to be quiet to sort through thoughts, she allows you to do so with a calming nature. If you want to sit back and enjoy a conversation about life, whether you need therapy or a good laugh, Ashley will be by your side.

Throughout her endeavors as a men’s groomer, she has created a specific algorithm to help you transition from short to long hair. She makes it easy, and is there for you every step of the way. You don’t have to wear a hat for 8 months! Just as much as she has fun growing out your hair, she has no problem understanding you’re ready for a change, and with a snip-snip she can bring you back to a length that works for your personality! A Jill of all trades pertaining to the art of cutting!

During the hour provided for you, Ashley gives you her full attention. She provides hot towel therapy, as well as a neck shave! Gentlemen, if you want high quality and attention to detail, book with Ashley today!

Priscilla, stylist

Doing hair for 12 years

Certifications & Specialties

Paul Mitchell Las Vegas Convention, Bumble & Humble straight razor New York, Loreal Balayage course, Hip Donna Bella Certification

What motivates you to work hard?

Motivations to not only just be the pink starburst but to become the red one, so be positive and succeed in what you love.

What is the favorite thing about your station (arsenal)?

The chair, I actually really love the feeling and comfort with a taste of Vintage / gangsta.

If you were a box of cereal what would you be and why?

I’m lucky charms for sure cause fun fun but also got me “normal” in my life.

What is the one thing that is still on your bucket list?

Wow, this is forever growing, at the moment I’d like to learn to rock out with some sort of instrument.

Genevieve, stylist

Doing hair for 17 years

Certifications & Specialties

Brazilian blowouts, extensions, balayage, blondes

What is your proudest accomplishment?

My children, my move to Tiger Eye after spending the bulk of my career at one salon.

Who is your style icon?

Hmmm… my 15 year old daughter. She always inspires me to look at new trends.

Who was your childhood crush?

Mike Ness or Elvis

What is your favorite family tradition?

Spinning around in the chairs with my cousins at my great grandma’s beauty shop.

Raven, stylist

Hi! I’m Raven. Let me tell you a little bit about me. I have dreamed of doing hair since middle school and the moment I graduated high school I enrolled at Bellus Academy and I have been doing what I love ever since. After graduating, I continued my education by apprenticing under my mentors Sonny and Ferrari Zizzo, honing in on my craft until becoming a full time independent stylist. I’m certified in extensions, and I enjoy all types of color but I have passion for balayage. I enjoy precision haircuts as well as lived in, low maintenance looks on any length. Tiger Eye is like my second home, where I get to show up and work with creative and inspiring people that keep me passionate about doing what I love. Well! Enough about me, I would love to get to know you, let’s do some cool hair!

Blanca, stylist

Certification & Specialties

Color correction, blonding, balayage, transformations and extensions.

What motivates you to work hard every day?

My motivation to work hard is my family, and to always give my clients my best. I absolutely love what I do and giving my clients the best experience. Being surrounded by creative individuals is definitely a motivation. Tiger Eye has some of the best stylist in San Diego who I’m constantly learning from.

What’s your favorite thing about your career?

I really love connecting with people and hearing their story. Having people feel very comfortable in my chair to talk about anything while creating magic on their hair. The ability to help someone feel and look amazing is so rewarding. When someone is going through a personal transformation and being a part of that through a haircut or color is amazing!

If you could have you any car what would it be?

I actually had a 1987 Ford Bronco Eddie Bauer, a beast of a car that’s ready for an adventure. When I was 16, I had a small car, a Toyota Tercel and I almost always got hit on the freeway because of how small my car was, so having a Bronco was a car you couldn’t miss.

What’s your wallpaper on your phone?

My 8 month old son picking his nose. It’s actually pretty cute, I promise. My husband and I struggled for a few years on starting a family. When I turned 28 it was finally confirmed that I wasn’t going to be able to have children. So, when we found out I was pregnant at 29 we were in complete shock. He definitely is a miracle baby. He is such a beautiful funny little kid. I’m the luckiest gal.

Erin, stylist

Some girls dream of being a princess, Erin dreamed of making everyone feel like a princess. She has spent the last 12 years honing in on her skills to be able to provide the absolute best services possible. From blonding to extensions, she is always striving to better her craft and seek out education in the newest trends and styles to provide clients with the most modern adaptations of classic hair. Being a mom herself, she always tries to keep ease of style and manageability in mind when creating looks for clients. Erin is a Babe Hair Extensions specialist, Pravana Color specialist, and has an extensive background in hair cutting and vintage hair styling.

Daniel, stylist

Born and raised in sunny Southern California, Daniel began cutting hair at the ripe age of 18. After graduating from Marinello School of Beauty, he began working at salon sessions in Pasadena Ca. There he learned from the amazing minds of Neko Abrillo and Hugo Urias. Wanting more, he took a position at a salon in his home town where he quickly because the artistic director. Wanting to hone his craft even further, he decided to switch course and dedicate his time and passion to learning from the best in both short and long hair. He moved to Los Angeles and began working along side Vinnie Morey and Trent Magnano at the coveted proper barbershop. After 5 years working along side Vinnie it was time to find another skill set to acquire. Greymatter LA was his next stop where he had the privilege of working with, and learning from Vince Garcia and Joey Nieves. Daniel now has settled in his permanent home of Tiger Eye. Daniel is a life time student, constantly trying to improve his craft and hone his skills.

Paisley, stylist/barber

Paisley is a San Diego native who frequently escapes the city to travel the world. She spends most of her time climbing rocks and petting cats. When she’s not seeing the world from the mountain tops, she’s bringing a creative and technical approach to her work. Paisley is dedicated to investing time in advanced cutting and color education, attending both cosmetology and barber school to master hair of all lengths and types. She enjoys bringing her client’s dream look to life and excels at envisioning a unique cut or color for each individual. Paisley always guarantees that your visit to the salon is more than just a cut or color, it’s an experience.

Zack, stylist

Doing hair for 15 years.

Certifications / Specialties
Hair cutting. Skin fades to long layers. Men’s hair and naturally worn, low maintenance shapes are my favorites.

What is your favorite thing about your station?
That it’s in Tiger Eye. What a great group to work with!

If you were a box of cereal, which one would you be?
Oatmeal with a healthy selection of fruits, nuts & or seeds.

What is the one thing that is still on your bucket list?
Cycling down the pacific coast.

What’s the best thing about slinging hair?
The relationships that grow when you help people feel better about themselves.

THE BARBERSHOP

Fonsi, barber

“Fonsi – Where other barbers go to when they want the best haircut in town”
Coming from a family of several barbers, I grew up understanding the difference between just giving someone a haircut or making their day!
With +20 years of experience and a passion to make my customers’ hair vision a reality, I love offering my best work on every one of them. I believe in the American barbering traditions of the 1900s with a strong modern flair that brings a classic yet contemporary look. I am able to accomplish it by listening to what you want and offering the best options possible.
Love spending my free time with my  wife of 12 years and my two boys, raising exotic dogs and participating in eclectic hair shows.

Benjamin, barber

In the big show of life Benjamin gets to call himself a barber. Born to a coal town with humble beginnings he touts Pottsville, Pennsylvania as his birthright. With dreams in his left hand and a modest straight edge in his right he moved to Hollywood. His studies of the handsome profession began circa 2009. Five years, three mentors and a bustling clientele later he took residence in Golden Hill, San Diego. Often in the morning he will curl his m’stache and prefers a fine cup of coffee. He enjoys the sound of people introducing him as their Barber, it is spectacular, yes?