Designers

Lenny Chiang Photo
Lenny Chiang Photo
Owner, Creative Designer (Level 3) , Educator
Lenny Chiang

Dear our present and future L Salon clients and staff,

I am grateful and ecstatic that Elizabeth has entrusted me with the privilege of carrying on her legacy as the new owner of the L Salon and Color Group.

Elizabeth brilliantly built a salon with top of the line stylists, friendly front desk associates, and a thriving community of amazing clients. In 2017 when I was presented with the opportunity of becoming the owner of L Salon and Color Group, I felt honored and determined to maintain Elizabeth’s vision. As I take on the role that she held so well, I plan to carry on the traditions Elizabeth bestowed upon us with her unparalleled salon.

2008 saw the beginning of my journey at L Salon. From the moment I walked through that door, the undeniably welcoming culture made me feel at home from day one. Throughout my three year apprenticeship, Elizabeth and Joe took me under their wings to ensure I knew how to be a successful stylist from the inside out, as well as the artistry of hair design and the business side of the salon.

As successful managers, they made it known that they valued investing in new talent and helping those new comers grow. This truly touched me, hence I will always appreciate the opportunities L Salon has given me in contributing to who I am today. It is not often that one lands a career that they love while simultaneously making others happy.

Throughout my career, I have been committed to attending annual hair shows and classes to keep inspired and to sharpen my skills. These classes have been run by the best of the best in the hair industry including – Vidal Sassoon, Tony and Guy, American Crew, Japan Fiber Zoom and of course Elizabeth Stenstrom.

My mission is to share my passion with L Salon’s loyal clients and all of my lovely staff.  I am so fortunate to be part of this amazing community, I thank you for allowing me to share your hair story with us.

Elizabeth Stenstrom – you left some pretty big shoes (or grippy socks, rather) to fill, and I am so honored to be embarking on this next chapter!

~ Lenny

    About Me  My favorite thing about my job is creating unique haircuts for each individual. For me, cutting hair is like a puzzle. I take each person’s features and piece together a look just for them. In order to keep up with the latest trends and styles, I attend yearly hair shows and educational classes to sharpen my skills. I recently attended Vidal Sassoon and Toni & Guy training, and traveled to Japan for a class in the Japanese method of cutting and perms. I also specialize in hair extensions. Sometimes the look we want isn’t always possible with our length or hair texture. This is where extensions come in. If you’re hair has breakage or doesn’t grow past a certain length, it can instantly give you the length you want, or the fullness and volume that thin, fine hair lacks. I use Hairdreams, a top- quality human hair brand. And if frizz and untamed curls are your problem, I am a hair-smoothing-treatment specialist. I use the Coppola Keratin Treatmentand the Brazilian Blowout. Both of these treatments will cut your styling time in half and give you silky, manageable hair. If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind haircut, or want to improve your hair’s texture or length, I would love to meet with you.
Creative Director, Educator
Elizabeth Stenstrom
Elizabeth Stenstrom has been an educators educator. Elizabeth began her career in 1974 with Yosh for hair, in Palo Alto California. In 1991 she bought Yosh for Hair and established L Salon & Color Group in San Mateo, California, and named it after her own nickname "L" and set out to make a difference in the world of hair fashion. Elizabeth takes great pride in the fact that L salon is truly a customer service oriented business. She attributes her success to her love of hair, her commitment to the industry and her seriousness in education. Elizabeth continues her key management role in what is clearly one of nations leading salons. Elizabeth was accepted as a member in the most prestigious international hair design organization in the world, Intercoiffure America, Chosen to represent the USA in world congress hair show in Berlin. Elizabeth is an expert at taking the latest, hottest styles in hair fashion and infusing her own personality and expertise to provide her clients with the most flattering of styles and colors to compliment their lifestyle. Elizabeth's work is seen frequently in leading trade and fashion magazines both nationally and internationally, her work has been published in well over thousand magazines world wide. Currently she is one of the most published hair designers.
Maria - L Salon and Color Group
Maria - L Salon and Color Group
Master Colorist (Level 4), Senior designer (Level 4), Educator
Maria Bandlow
I joined the L Salon team in 2001 and started training with two leaders in the industry, Elizabeth Stenstrom for cutting and Janice Monahan for color. As both a colorist and stylist, I take great pride in customizing each cut and color to a person’s individuality. I have over a decade of experience doing all types of haircuts and color, including updo's and perms. My philosophy is not to give everyone a trendy look but to update everyone’s style and take it to the next level, whether it’s going from long to short layers, or doing a bob, an A-line or one of the latest cuts. My colors go from natural to avant-garde and I also specialize in an amazing French highlighting technique--Balyage--that I have been doing years before it became mainstream. I am a big believer in advanced education and have done training with Vidal SassoonTiGiBeth Minardi and other top artists in the business. I have also traveled nationally and internationally attending a variety of classes and hair shows. My work can currently be seen in a variety of hair magazines for cut, color, and updo's.
Wendy - L Salon and Color Group
Wendy - L Salon and Color Group
Creative Designer (Level 3), Creative Colorist (Level 3)
Wendy Gardner
Update your look or change your image at the salon where the hottest trends are created! I have been with L Salon & Color Group since 2002. My passion runs the gamut from classic to modern and progressive looks. I get very excited when clients come see me and want a complete makeover. I am always eager to work on those who want to upgrade their look. I’m the type of stylist who is very honest with my clients about what they can expect and what is possible. I want them to look the best they can so I think it’s important to work as a team to achieve that goal. Over the last 11 years I have taken many educational classes to hone my skills. I have learned from greats such as Nick Arrojo and Beth Minardi, and attended classes from Vidal Sassoonand Jameson Shaw, where I learned the French balyage technique. Color and cut truly are my passion and I let that passion come through in each haircut and color I do. I would love to talk to you about taking your look to the next level. Your possibilities are endless!
Creative Designer (Level 3), Make-up Artist & Hair Straightening Specialist
Marisa Caprio
There are two things I am passionate about—hair and makeup. I love doing all types of haircuts—from a light trim to a complete makeover. I have a lot of experience with all different hair textures, from thick and curly to baby fine. I also love working with brides on their special day. As an updo specialist for L Salon’s wedding design team, I do updo's, blow-dries and makeup for wedding parties. I also do makeup for proms, special events or even a night out with girlfriends. Working at L Salon allows me to work with a variety of clients from busy moms to career men and women, to young teens. I love getting to meet so many amazing people and helping them become the best version of themselves. If you are looking for a way to manage your frizzy hair, I’m also a Brazilian Blowout and Keratin Smoothing Treatment specialist. If you would like more information about these services, I’d love to sit down with you for a complimentary consultation. I look forward to meeting you!
Ozzy - L Salon and Color Group
Ozzy - L Salon and Color Group
Artistic Designer (Level 2), Color Specialist
Ozzy Habibi
As a designer, my focus is to create a style for an individual that fits their lifestyle and compliments their aesthetic. Not only do I enjoy cutting hair, but I love meeting new people along the way. I work with all different hair types and textures, and I especially love doing bobs and men’s haircuts. As a graduate of The San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology, a Paul Mitchell school, I was part of the Design Team, where I did hair and makeup on models for hair shows and events. I have continued my education by attending the Toni & Guy Academy for advanced training in cutting techniques. I was privileged to attend the Global Hair and Fashion Group Photo Shoot in New York, where I helped Elizabeth Stenstrom style models for a photo shoot that will appear in hair magazines worldwide. And I also take part in the L Salon Photo shoot at our very own salon, cutting and styling the models. I love doing updos for weddings and special events, and recently traveled to Austria to do a bridal party. I would love to meet with you if you have a big event coming up, or if you are looking to update your look or a even complete makeover.
Photo od Dani - L Salon and Color Group
Photo od Dani - L Salon and Color Group
Artistic Designer (Level 2)
Dani Marie
There is no better feeling than making your passion a career and I’m proud to say that I have been a professional in the beauty industry for 20 years. That dedication is apparent in every service I provide from haircuts, Brazilian Blowouts, makeup or just a simple blow-dry. I strongly believe that the best hairdressers never stop learning. Not only is it important to constantly educate yourself with industry leaders as I do, but it is equally important to learn about my clients’ ever-changing needs. I strive to make my clients feel beautiful inside and out by truly listening to them and helping them design a look that adapts to their taste and lifestyle. I greatly value the relationships I have built with my clients over the years and I love that I have the opportunity to practice my craft in the best salon in the Bay Area.
Photo of Patty - L Salon and Color Group
Photo of Patty - L Salon and Color Group
Designer (Level 1)
Patricia Bourbonnais
I began my career at L Salon & Color Group in January in 2015. I completed our comprehensive apprentice program, and my education has led me to create fabulous looks that are customized to you specifically and your lifestyle. I will listen to your concerns and can offer helpful advice regarding how to style and obtain your cut. My training is not limited to just women, I provide cuts for men and children as well. I appreciate all aspects of the beauty industry and I take great pleasure working with my fellow stylist and clients. My philosophy is simple I listen to my clients and believe that the right hair color and cut can be transformative.
Leslie
Leslie
Color Specialist (Level 1), Designer (Level 1), Esthetician
Leslie Schornstein
Photo of Deserae - L Salon
Photo of Deserae - L Salon
Color Specialist (Level 1), Designer (Level 1)
Deserae Gorostiza

Colorists

Level 1 Colorist
Courtney Walton
Photo of Deserae - L Salon
Photo of Deserae - L Salon
Color Specialist (Level 1), Designer (Level 1)
Deserae Gorostiza
Leslie
Leslie
Color Specialist (Level 1), Designer (Level 1), Esthetician
Leslie Schornstein
Photo of Tanya
Photo of Tanya
Color Specialist (Level 1), Make-up Artist
Tanya Rodriguez
Artistic Colorist (Level 2)
Janelle Prado
I've been at L Salon since January 2015, I absolutely love doing color. I'm extremely passionate about taking classes and keeping up on the latest trends in hair color. I love doing all color but I love highlighting. I'm extremely excited to continue my career and education at L Salon & color group.
Photo of Danielle - L Salon and Color Group
Photo of Danielle - L Salon and Color Group
Artistic colorist (Level 2)
Danielle
I have worked at L Salon since 2013 and without a doubt this salon has helped transform me into an advanced colorist. In addition to attending numerous training classes within our salon and completing our extensive apprenticeship program, I continue to travel to many hair shows every year in order to keep up with current trends and to ensure my clients receive five star service. Hair color has always been my passion. I truly enjoy making my clients feel their absolute best by creating the perfect color to enhance their features. My skills are very diverse when it comes to styles of color. I enjoy taking a classic look and updating it by giving it a modern twist with dimensional colors. I also love to be creative and live outside the box, playing with bolder colors. My goal is to make every client feel beautiful when they leave my chair.
Veggy Tchmourlian
Veggy Tchmourlian
Creative Colorist (Level 3)
Veggy Tchmourlian
I’ve accomplished a lot in the last 4 years. In 2009 I came to the United States from Iran, knowing only Armenian and Farsi. Since then I have mastered English and become an Artistic Colorist at one of the most respected salons in the Bay Area. Having knowledge of both European and American techniques, I consider myself a well-rounded colorist. I am great at creating subtle enhancements that make a big difference. Whether it’s infusing caramel tones to dark brunettes or rich reds, or painting a few accent pieces to brighten up your face, my goal is to make you the best version of yourself. And if you are looking for a more dramatic change, I am always up to the challenge. I have taken brunettes into pale blondes and everything in between. I think the best accessory you can have is a smile, and gorgeous hair color.
Photo of Vanessa - L Salon and Color Group
Photo of Vanessa - L Salon and Color Group
Master Colorist (Level 4), Balayage Specialist
Vanessa Briand
Vanessa began her hairdressing career in 1985 in Southern France. In 1995 she moved to Stamford, Connecticut where she continued to enhance her craft as a color specialist at Noelle’s Day Spa. Vanessa is known to be one of the best colorist in her field. With over 30 years experience in the hair and beauty industry, both as an educator and colorist, Vanessa moved to San Francisco Bay Area to join the L Salon & Color Group Design Team. As a master colorist, Vanessa strives to perfect the latest trends in color, corrective color, and color formulation. She is also known for her signature Balayage. Balayage is a hair coloring technique which is designed to create gorgeous highlights without using foils. The highlights are individually painted onto the hair giving you a sun kissed look. Vanessa is most concerned with developing a complete understanding of her clients needs and ever changing views on beauty so that she can match their color to their personality and lifestyle. Vanessa is a natural at corrective color and is trusted implicitly by her clients to choose optimal colors with optimal results. If you are looking for a colorist to fulfill all your color needs and desires, Vanessa is the colorist to make it happen. There is no need to be unhappy with your color any longer, come in for a complimentary consultation today.
Gina - L Salon and Color Grop
Gina - L Salon and Color Grop
Master Colorist (Level 4), Makeup Artist , Educator
Gina Nelson
I've been at L salon since 2006 and I love what I do! I specialize in hair color, makeup and extensions. I take pride in what I do and believe one person cannot look like the other. My job is to enhance your individual beauty in the best way possible. I have a diverse clientele and can do everything from edgy to sophisticated. I do rich chocolate brunettes to vibrant reds and sun-kissed blondes. Whether you’re a business woman or a college student, I can take your color to the next level. When it comes to makeup, I can teach you how to vamp up your daytime look for a night out. I believe in further education and am constantly attending hair shows and finding out the new trends in the fashion world. My work can also be seen in a variety of magazines. Feel free to call me for a complimentary consultation; I would love to work with you.
Photo of Katie Lee
Photo of Katie Lee
Master Colorist (Level 4), Color Manager, Educator
Katie Lee
I’ve been at L Salon since 2004 and value the vast knowledge I’ve gained along the way and the relationships I’ve made. As a Master Colorist, General Manager and Educator at L Salon, I love helping our new generation of talent learn everything from basic theory to advanced color placement. When working with clients, my goal is to figure out a way to achieve their color wishes while doing what looks best on them. I think it’s important to tailor color to each person. While I love coloring hair, I also love connecting with everyone who sits in my chair. It’s not just about the hair, but the whole person and their story. In addition to working at L Salon, I am a member of the Hair color Council of Intercoiffure America where I travel twice a year to their symposium and present current trends to top colleagues in the industry. I also travel with Elizabeth Stenstrom where I am the lead colorist on national photo shoots several times a year where my work can be found in a variety of hair magazines. I have also attended color training workshops internationally for Logics and advanced color training classes across the nation. I love to constantly keep growing and learning new trends and techniques and to bring back to the salon.
Wendy - L Salon and Color Group
Wendy - L Salon and Color Group
Creative Designer (Level 3), Creative Colorist (Level 3)
Wendy Gardner
Update your look or change your image at the salon where the hottest trends are created! I have been with L Salon & Color Group since 2002. My passion runs the gamut from classic to modern and progressive looks. I get very excited when clients come see me and want a complete makeover. I am always eager to work on those who want to upgrade their look. I’m the type of stylist who is very honest with my clients about what they can expect and what is possible. I want them to look the best they can so I think it’s important to work as a team to achieve that goal. Over the last 11 years I have taken many educational classes to hone my skills. I have learned from greats such as Nick Arrojo and Beth Minardi, and attended classes from Vidal Sassoonand Jameson Shaw, where I learned the French balyage technique. Color and cut truly are my passion and I let that passion come through in each haircut and color I do. I would love to talk to you about taking your look to the next level. Your possibilities are endless!
Maria - L Salon and Color Group
Maria - L Salon and Color Group
Master Colorist (Level 4), Senior designer (Level 4), Educator
Maria Bandlow
I joined the L Salon team in 2001 and started training with two leaders in the industry, Elizabeth Stenstrom for cutting and Janice Monahan for color. As both a colorist and stylist, I take great pride in customizing each cut and color to a person’s individuality. I have over a decade of experience doing all types of haircuts and color, including updo's and perms. My philosophy is not to give everyone a trendy look but to update everyone’s style and take it to the next level, whether it’s going from long to short layers, or doing a bob, an A-line or one of the latest cuts. My colors go from natural to avant-garde and I also specialize in an amazing French highlighting technique--Balyage--that I have been doing years before it became mainstream. I am a big believer in advanced education and have done training with Vidal SassoonTiGiBeth Minardi and other top artists in the business. I have also traveled nationally and internationally attending a variety of classes and hair shows. My work can currently be seen in a variety of hair magazines for cut, color, and updo's.

Apprentices

New Talent | Stylist
Alex Delafiganiere

Management

Jessica - L Salon and Color Group
Jessica - L Salon and Color Group
General Manager
Jessica Castillo
Photo of Katie Lee
Photo of Katie Lee
Master Colorist (Level 4), Color Manager, Educator
Katie Lee
I’ve been at L Salon since 2004 and value the vast knowledge I’ve gained along the way and the relationships I’ve made. As a Master Colorist, General Manager and Educator at L Salon, I love helping our new generation of talent learn everything from basic theory to advanced color placement. When working with clients, my goal is to figure out a way to achieve their color wishes while doing what looks best on them. I think it’s important to tailor color to each person. While I love coloring hair, I also love connecting with everyone who sits in my chair. It’s not just about the hair, but the whole person and their story. In addition to working at L Salon, I am a member of the Hair color Council of Intercoiffure America where I travel twice a year to their symposium and present current trends to top colleagues in the industry. I also travel with Elizabeth Stenstrom where I am the lead colorist on national photo shoots several times a year where my work can be found in a variety of hair magazines. I have also attended color training workshops internationally for Logics and advanced color training classes across the nation. I love to constantly keep growing and learning new trends and techniques and to bring back to the salon.
Creative Director, Educator
Elizabeth Stenstrom
Elizabeth Stenstrom has been an educators educator. Elizabeth began her career in 1974 with Yosh for hair, in Palo Alto California. In 1991 she bought Yosh for Hair and established L Salon & Color Group in San Mateo, California, and named it after her own nickname "L" and set out to make a difference in the world of hair fashion. Elizabeth takes great pride in the fact that L salon is truly a customer service oriented business. She attributes her success to her love of hair, her commitment to the industry and her seriousness in education. Elizabeth continues her key management role in what is clearly one of nations leading salons. Elizabeth was accepted as a member in the most prestigious international hair design organization in the world, Intercoiffure America, Chosen to represent the USA in world congress hair show in Berlin. Elizabeth is an expert at taking the latest, hottest styles in hair fashion and infusing her own personality and expertise to provide her clients with the most flattering of styles and colors to compliment their lifestyle. Elizabeth's work is seen frequently in leading trade and fashion magazines both nationally and internationally, her work has been published in well over thousand magazines world wide. Currently she is one of the most published hair designers.
Lenny Chiang Photo
Lenny Chiang Photo
Owner, Creative Designer (Level 3) , Educator
Lenny Chiang

Dear our present and future L Salon clients and staff,

I am grateful and ecstatic that Elizabeth has entrusted me with the privilege of carrying on her legacy as the new owner of the L Salon and Color Group.

Elizabeth brilliantly built a salon with top of the line stylists, friendly front desk associates, and a thriving community of amazing clients. In 2017 when I was presented with the opportunity of becoming the owner of L Salon and Color Group, I felt honored and determined to maintain Elizabeth’s vision. As I take on the role that she held so well, I plan to carry on the traditions Elizabeth bestowed upon us with her unparalleled salon.

2008 saw the beginning of my journey at L Salon. From the moment I walked through that door, the undeniably welcoming culture made me feel at home from day one. Throughout my three year apprenticeship, Elizabeth and Joe took me under their wings to ensure I knew how to be a successful stylist from the inside out, as well as the artistry of hair design and the business side of the salon.

As successful managers, they made it known that they valued investing in new talent and helping those new comers grow. This truly touched me, hence I will always appreciate the opportunities L Salon has given me in contributing to who I am today. It is not often that one lands a career that they love while simultaneously making others happy.

Throughout my career, I have been committed to attending annual hair shows and classes to keep inspired and to sharpen my skills. These classes have been run by the best of the best in the hair industry including – Vidal Sassoon, Tony and Guy, American Crew, Japan Fiber Zoom and of course Elizabeth Stenstrom.

My mission is to share my passion with L Salon’s loyal clients and all of my lovely staff.  I am so fortunate to be part of this amazing community, I thank you for allowing me to share your hair story with us.

Elizabeth Stenstrom – you left some pretty big shoes (or grippy socks, rather) to fill, and I am so honored to be embarking on this next chapter!

~ Lenny

    About Me  My favorite thing about my job is creating unique haircuts for each individual. For me, cutting hair is like a puzzle. I take each person’s features and piece together a look just for them. In order to keep up with the latest trends and styles, I attend yearly hair shows and educational classes to sharpen my skills. I recently attended Vidal Sassoon and Toni & Guy training, and traveled to Japan for a class in the Japanese method of cutting and perms. I also specialize in hair extensions. Sometimes the look we want isn’t always possible with our length or hair texture. This is where extensions come in. If you’re hair has breakage or doesn’t grow past a certain length, it can instantly give you the length you want, or the fullness and volume that thin, fine hair lacks. I use Hairdreams, a top- quality human hair brand. And if frizz and untamed curls are your problem, I am a hair-smoothing-treatment specialist. I use the Coppola Keratin Treatmentand the Brazilian Blowout. Both of these treatments will cut your styling time in half and give you silky, manageable hair. If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind haircut, or want to improve your hair’s texture or length, I would love to meet with you.

Front Desk

Photo of Greg - L Salon and Color Group
Photo of Greg - L Salon and Color Group
Salon Coordinator
Greg