The Crew

Colin Caruso

Owner and Art Director of Color for Paul Mitchell

As a young teenager, being a skateboarder and coloring his friends hair at home in the basement, Colin Caruso has built his success to become an icon in the beauty industry. He continues to travel the world as the Art Director of Color for Paul Mitchell creating innovative new techniques and inspiring hairstylists all over the world as well as at CARU. CARU has grown to such success through the marriage of focus and innovation. Colin maintains one humble tenant: everyone is an individual and therefore every client’s needs must be attended. Inspired by brilliant, successful moguls Colin has built his business making sure every client is cared for, as they deserve.


Master Stylist of Cutting

Originally from Hoboken, master stylist and CARU cutting educator Michael DePinto, draws inspiration from local artists as well as other cutting specialists around the world. He craves constant inspiration and education through platforms like HairBrained and Instagram. Early on in his career he decided to focus on haircutting. He has been a CARU cutting specialist since 2006. He enjoys the instant gratification in being able to change a shape. To him cutting hair is mathematical execution combined with an artistic aspect that allows him to be precise as well as creative. .


Senior Stylist

Ashley started out in this industry attending Make-up Designory in NYC. From there she went on to graduate hair school and two months later began her career at CARU in 2009 where she was mentored by our leading stylists. A “jack of all trades” Ashley specializes in coloring, cutting, texture, extensions and bridal. She is constantly inspired by fashion and the changing trends in our industry. Her growth in her career is accredited to her strive for perfection as well as her eye for detail. She maintains her biggest skill is being able to listen to every clients’ wants and needs, educating them in this process and delivering results. Ashley is a fulltime stylist at CARU, she also attends the Fashion Institute of New York in NYC. .


Intermediate Stylist

Kirsten started very young in this industry attending vocational hair school at 16 because she knew that a more creative environment was her fit.  Her vivacious personality and friendly demeanor is evident and accompanied by her extensive talent and skill.  Always wanting to learn and grow Kirsten specializes in haircutting, color, balayage, ombre, texture services and extensions.  It is her belief that while life becomes a bit of a routine for everybody it is her responsibility to make sure all of her guests feel special, cared for, and happy with their hair.   


Senior Stylist

Brittney developed her passion and talent for everything beauty-related at a young age. She was the friend you went to for all your beauty needs and in turn used her knowledge and desire to become one of our leading stylists at CARU. In creating an identity for herself in this industry Brittney resolved to become educated in many specialties including her main passion for color, she also dedicates herself to cutting, extensions, texture services, and Bridal. Since beginning her career at CARU in 2009 Brittney quickly became a guest favorite with her skilled techniques and value of time. She has a gift for connecting with her guests and collaborating with them to achieve their goals.

Brittany Murphy

Intermediate Stylist

Brittany started in this industry with not only a love for color but also in creating a unique experience for each guest. Once a hospitality major she wanted to explore other creative outlets while still using her skills in customer service. Brittany joined CARU in 2012 where she immediately started studying under master colorists Heidi Page and Colin Caruso. Even early on her skills in formulating and foil placement advanced her quickly. From there she started becoming interested in different blonding techniques from ombre to balayage and always tried to stay ahead of the trends. To her it is most important that every guest’s individual needs are met and they leave her chair feeling educated and beautiful.

Jason Torres

Intermediate Stylist

Jason started doing hair professionally in 2010.  As football player in high school Jason would shape up his teammates hair and fell in love with cutting.  He thoroughly believes that every artist can always be better through constant education, fellow professional mentors, and new innovative color techniques.  Jason also is a mentor to others and constantly attends classes with our younger talent.  Previously at another salon in Hoboken Jason not only colored and cut hair behind the chair but also managed his own team wanting to experience all aspects of this industry.  He brings that skill and knowledge to every guest he services.   

David Digiacomo

Eye Brow Specialist

David has been an eye brow specialist for over 20 years.  He owns his own shop in Atlantic City, Eye Look Fabulous, for eyebrows and eyelash tinting.  He joined our team in 2017, splitting his week between Hoboken and Atlantic City.  He specializes in eye brow shaping, waxing, tweezing, and tinting as well as eye lash tinting. 

Booking at Salon CARU Monday, Tuedsay and Wednesday everyweek.  Please call reservations to book an appointment. 

Ray Negron

Hair Cutting Specialist

Ray has been specializing in cutting, styling, barbering and up-do/bridal for about 15 years.  


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