Since it first opened for business in 1986, Tops Salon has steadily evolved into the impressive venue that it is today.
The first impression begins at the entrance, with an artistic metal sculpture garden and copper door that welcomes guests inside to a multi-tiered environment. The number of stations has grown from an initial 11 to the present-day 16, with a chic, mirror-themed design that is home to an eclectic mix of stylists and nail artists.
The ambience extends outside, where a covered deck provides the perfect place for clients to relax. This is the entrance to Tops Salon’s unique outdoor setting that presents Cinema Under the Stars, San Diego’s premier outdoor theater. It is also host to special events, private functions and industry seminars on a year ‘round basis.
An ever-changing enterprise, Tops Salon continues to discover new ways to enhance client gratification.
Under the direction of owner/operator Doug Yeagley, Tops has become one of the preeminent salons in San Diego.
He leads one of San Diego’s most creative teams, skilled in hair styling, manicures & pedicures, and nail services.
During his distinguished career, hair designer Doug Yeagley has provided clients with high-level styling services in Hawaii, Oregon, Michigan and California.
One of the keys to his 30+ years of success is communication—the ability to listen to clients and develop a special rapport. The result is a particular look that best suits the client’s personality and lifestyle. He is expert at adding just the right amount of flair to accent a client’s features, accessorizing and personalizing with color.
Consistency is another Yeagley trademark, easily duplicating a cut that ‘works’ for the client—time after time. And if a client wants a new look, Doug analyzes their growth pattern and texture to create a fresh new image.
- Trained with Paul Mitchell/Honolulu, HI
- Trained with Vidal Sassoon/San Francisco
- Trained with Tony Guy/Los Angeles
Founder and creative director Doug Yeagley is the driving force of Tops Salon. Over the years he has built up the salon to offer more personal services— as well as showcasing the work of local artists on a rotating basis— to create a dynamic environment that is constantly shifting the experience for Tops’ guests.
Doug is also a highly-regarded stylist, whose client list boasts a number of local celebrities.
One of Doug’s true passions is Tops Presents, the outdoor space behind the salon that is home to Cinema Under the Stars, beauty symposiums and private affairs.
Doug’s creative vision remains as vibrant as ever, as he continually seeks to develop new images, impressions and exclusive choices for his clients.
Originally from San Diego, Desiree graduated from California Hair Design Academy in 2010. After working as a hairstylist for a few years, she decided to go back to college. After earning an AA in Communications, an AS in Human and Behavioral Development and a BA in Print Journalism, she decided she missed the beauty industry. Now on the business side of the salon, she coordinates the front desk duties and manages Tops like no one has before.
Brianna is the newest member to our team. All the way from Connecticut, she joins us as our night time receptionist in Sunny San Diego. We are delighted to have her be a part of the Tops family. New to the salon industry, but not new to the beauty industry, she has an extensive background in skincare and a license in esthetics.
Denise is our life of the party. There is a lot to be said about the number nine: Love Potion #9, Cloud Nine, dressed in nines, etc. It is also the number of years we have had this amazing person here at Tops. You can wave to her as you pass by our salon. You will see her working her tail off in the window, with a smile. She is one of our busiest stylists. She is booked back-to-back at least a month in advance, so please plan your appointments accordingly. Her personality is revered, her talent is favored!
Daniel has been working in the industry for ten years. Originally driven by a passion for creative design and fashion, his focus turned toward precision cutting techniques and hair color mastery. While working for some of the most recognized salons in San Diego, Daniel set out to establish a clientele based off honesty and the integrity of his work. Formally trained with Aveda, Euphora, Toni and Guy, The Via Method, and Sassoon techniques, Daniel has combined his knowledge to offer quality work tailored to the unique desires of his clients. Through his combined technical skills and artistic intuition, Daniel is constantly incorporating current trends and refining classic styles. The Art of consultation opens dialogue with clients in order to best achieve the look and style they are seeking. Whether his clients have a definite look they want to achieve or are open to a professional opinion, Daniel will provide open discussion and feedback to assure you are being heard. Through his expert techniques, Daniel will ensure you leave his chair completely satisfied with your experience.
You can see examples of his work on Instagram: @daniel.leigh.stylist
Viki loves personalized color and cuts. She uses Enjoy color and Enjoy hair care products. Initially trained by Vidal Sassoon, Viki also has advanced training with Enjoy, TiGi and Redken. She loves to attend hands-on seminars and classes to stay current. She is certified with Global Keratin and the Hot Heads extentions program. With 25 years experience, she loves watching hairstyles to continually evolve. Her goal is always to make her clients look and feel great!
Savanah joined the team in October of 2014 as the owner, Doug Yeagley’s assistant. She worked in salons in high-school, graduated from the honors program at Paul Mitchell and now continues her education here at Tops as a full time stylist. She uses and has received advanced training in Enjoy color and hair care products. She has a passion for blonding, specializing in ombre’s and balayage.
To see more of what Savanah can do check out her professional Instagram @savscissorhands.
Michael has been doing hair in San Diego for over 30 years. He is Sassoon trained and a Framesi Color Academy graduate, but what we really want to say about Michael is that, “He loves exceeding expectations.” Give him a try! You will not be disappointed.
Megan Rushe joined the team here at tops salon in June of 2012. In her previous experience she managed a salon and sold beauty products for 8 years. She has an extreme passion for the industry and love for anything artistic and creative. She studied under and assisted for the owner of Tops Salon, Doug Yeagley, and stylist, Bobby Canizalez, for the first year of her professional career at Tops. Her specialty is color, but she loves precision cutting and styling as well. Some of her other services include up-dos, bridal, and anything involving an immense amount of creativity.
Beauty shouldn’t be artificial. In fact, after starting her career in 2003, Tia looked for the exact opposite. By using a variety of ammonia-free, sulfate-free and organic products, her goal is to enhance the natural radiance of her clients in the cleanliest way possible. Committed to mastering the latest trends while balancing a consistent classy quality of work, Tia truly brings out the best in each and every one of her clients. Let her reveal your true beauty today.
Bobby is a man of many trades. He loves horseback riding, boating, taking his motorcycle out, working on his truck, and taking care of his ranch. But his favorite thing to do is to make people beautiful. He has a wide demographic of clients. He works four days a week and books out very quickly, so make your appointment with Bobby as soon as you can!
John graduated from City College and the Aveda institute. With over 20 years of experience in hair design and color, he enjoys the energy, the atmosphere and the “Salon life.” He works one on one with his clients to achieve the ideal hairstyle, often creating complete makeovers. He also specializes in naturally curly hair and color corrections.
With a creative passion for her craft and the art of everything that is beauty, Natalie Toillion has become a valued team member of the Tops Salon family. She has had extensive training in advanced color and cutting by our Creative Director, Doug Yeagley; performing a wide variety of color services including Balayage, Highlights and Fashion Colors. She keeps up-to-date with modern color and cutting techniques. In addition to being a Brazilian Blowout certified stylist, Men’s Grooming is also in Natalie’s vast range of skill set. San Diego native and Paul Mitchell graduate, she is also a CAMMUA certified Make-Up Artist, expanding her avenues to the industry beyond hair.
Contact Natalie Toillion:
(858) 666- 5404
Maurice is a stellar nail technician that graduated from Bellus Academy in National City. He’s worked at multiple salon and spas, but found his home here at Tops Salon three years ago. He excels in natural nails and in enhancing the spa environment for his clientele. He books up quick so make an appointment soon!
Angie, born and raised in Nepal, loves to travel. She has combined the cultural knowledge she has gained, along with beauty secrets, from all over the world. She is a licensed Esthetician and Nail Technician, with 13 years of experience in a spa setting. We are certain you will love her level of expertise. She has a strong desire to provide excellent service along with lasting results. With that, comes a level of precision. She is simply excellent! She enjoys yoga, Indoor rock climbing, hiking and all outdoor activities. She also offers 20% off for first time clients.