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LENNY CHIANG

OWNER,  SENIOR DESIGNER (LEVEL 4),  ARTISTIC COLORIST LEVEL 2, PERM AND SMOOTHING SPECIALIST EDUCATOR

In 2018, Lenny took over L Salon with the privilege of carrying on previous owner Elizabeth’s legacy. His plan was to continue to carry on Elizabeth’s traditions that she had bestowed upon her team with her unparalleled salon.

Lenny’s journey with L Salon began in 2008, meaning he has now been a key member of the team for over a decade. Throughout is career in the hair industry, his favorite part of the job has been creating unique haircuts for each individual. “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.”

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ELIZABETH STENSTROM

CREATIVE DIRECTOR, EDUCATOR

Elizabeth’s noteworthy hair career began in 1974 with Yosh for Hair, Palo Alto California. In 1991, she bought Yosh for Hair and established L Salon and Color Group in San Mateo, California. L Salon is Elizabeth’s namesake, as the name comes from her own nickname ‘L’. With this venture, she set out to make a difference in the world of hair fashion. She 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 has continued her key management role at L Salon after handing it over to Lenny in 2018.

A moment of great pride for Elizabeth was being accepted as a member in the most prestigious international hair design organization in the world, Intercoiffure America. She was chosen to represent the USA in the world congress hair show in Berlin.

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MARIA BANDLOW

MASTER COLORIST (LEVEL 4), SENIOR DESIGNER (LEVEL 4), EDUCATOR

In 2001, we welcomed Maria Bandlow to our salon. Her training began with two industry leaders – Elizabeth Stenstrom for cutting, and Janice Monahan for Color. As both a colorist and stylist, she takes great pride in customizing each cut and color to a person’s individuality. Maria’s philosophy is to rather than give everyone a trendy look, 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.

Her colors go from natural to avant-garde and she also specializes in an amazing French highlighting technique—Balayage. Which she has been practicing for years before it became mainstream. Maria has traveled nationally and internationally to attend classes and hair shows. Her work is seen in multiple hair magazines for cut, color and updo’s.

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DANIELLE SAINZ

CREATIVE DESIGNER (LEVEL 3), COLOR SPECIALIST (LEVEL 1), EDUCATOR

“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.”

Dani Marie strongly believes that the best hairdressers never stop learning. She has learned that not only is it important to constantly educate yourself with industry leaders as she does, but it is equally important to learn about her clients’ ever-changing needs. Dani strives to make her clients feel beautiful inside and out by truly listening to them and helping them design a look that adapts to their taste and lifestyle.

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OZZY HABIBI

CREATIVE DESIGNER (LEVEL 3) COLOR SPECIALIST (LEVEL 1)

As a designer, Ozzy’s focus is to create a style for an individual that fits their lifestyle and compliments their aesthetic. Not only does he enjoy cutting hair, but he loves meeting new people along the way. As a graduate of The San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology, a Paul Mitchell school, Ozzy was part of the Design Team, where he did hair and makeup on models for hair shows and events.

He has continued his education by attending the Toni & Guy Academy for advanced training in cutting techniques. Ozzy was lucky enough to attend the Global Hair and Fashion Group Photo Shoot in New York, where he helped Elizabeth Stenstrom style models for a photo shoot that will appear in hair magazines worldwide. Ozzy loves doing updos for special events, and recently traveled to Austria to do a bridal party.

WENDY GARDNER

CREATIVE DESIGNER (LEVEL 3), CREATIVE COLORIST (LEVEL 3)

Wendy Gardney has been an L Salon stylist giving clients makeovers and more since 2002. Her passion runs the gamut from classic to modern and progressive looks. Over the past 17 years, Wendy has taken many educational classes to hone her skills.

She has learned from greats such as Nick Arrojo and Beth Minardi. Also having attended classes from Vidal Sassoon and Jameson Shaw, where she learned the French balayage technique. Color and cuts are her true passion, letting that passion come through in each haircut and color she does. Wendy is here to talk to you about taking your look to the next level. Your possibilities are endless!

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PATRICIA BOURBONNAIS

ARTISTIC DESIGNER (LEVEL 2)

Patricia’s career at L Salon began in January 2015. She completed our comprehensive apprentice program, which has led her to creating fabulous looks that are customized to each client and their lifestyle. Patricia is here to listen to your concerns and can offer helpful advice regarding how to style and obtain your cut.

Her training is not limited to just women, she provides cuts for men and children as well. Appreciating all aspects of the beauty industry, Patricia takes great pleasure in working with her fellow stylists and clients. Her philosophy is simple, she listens to her clients and believes that the right hair color and cut can be transformative.

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LESLIE SCHNEIDER

COLOR SPECIALIST (LEVEL 2), ARTISTIC DESIGNER (LEVEL 2), ESTHETICIAN

Before joining L Salon and Color Group in 2015, Leslie worked in product development, gaining an understanding for color and shades of nine years. At L Salon, shes does everything from color, cuts, facials, updos, chemical services and even waxing. Leslie loves fashion, having developed a knack for incorporating hair style into the world of fashion.

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DESERAE GOROSTIZA

COLOR SPECIALIST (LEVEL 2), DESIGNER (LEVEL 2), EXTENSION SPECIALIST

Deserae joined L Salon in 2017, giving her much loved color, cut and extensions talent to clients ever since. She has become our ‘easygoing extrovert’, with a love for collaborating with her fellow stylists in creating the latest looks. She has made staying up to date with what is trending in hair a major part of her role. Experimenting with new techniques and having the initiative to work on perfecting that technique. This involves drawing inspiration from influential instagrammers and learning their techniques by closely following their work.

Balayage and highlighting are Deserae’s forte as her passion has become creating lived in customized looks for each client. Most importantly, she believes as a hair stylist the most rewarding part of her job is her ability to make each person that sits in her chair feel great about themselves. Whether you’re thinking of a subtle or rather an extreme change, Deserae can bring your vision to life with a touch of her signature style.

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TANYA RODRIGUEZ

COLOR SPECIALIST (LEVEL 2), DESIGNER (LEVEL 2), MAKE-UP ARTIST, WAXING & LASH LIFT SPECIALIST. SMOOTHING SPECIALIST,

Tanya joined our talented team in 2015 and has become a firm believer that a color and style should fit the client, not vice versa. Because of this, she customizes ever look to suit each unique clients lifestyle and appearance. At L Salon, she provides color, makeup and waxing to her clients.

Her schedule is often full with either her clients at L Salon, spending time with her children or dedicated to her passion as a freelance makeup artist. Her love for makeup goes hand in hand with her eye for hair color in the salon.

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VANESSA BRIAND

MASTER COLORIST (LEVEL 4), BALAYAGE SPECIALIST

Vanessa’s hairdressing career began 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. Today, Vanessa is known as one of the best colorist’s in our 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.

Vanessa works with her clients to gather a complete understanding of her client’s needs, and the ever changing views on beauty. She is a natural at corrective color, and is trusted implicitly by her clients to choose optimal colors with optimal results.

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VEGGY TCHMOURLIAN

CREATIVE COLORIST (LEVEL 3)

In 2009, Veggy came to the United States from Iran knowing only Armenian and Farsi. Since then, she has mastered English and become an Creative Colorist at L Salon. Having knowledge of both European and American techniques, she is a very a well-rounded colorist. Veggy is great at creating subtle enhancements that make a big difference.

Whether it’s infusing caramel tones to dark brunettes, or painting a few accent pieces to brighten up your face. If you are looking for a more dramatic change, Veggy is always up to the challenge to help you create your look. Veggy believes the best accessory you can have is a smile and gorgeous hair color.

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GINA NELSON

MASTER COLORIST (LEVEL 4), MAKEUP ARTIST , EXTENSIONS SPECIALIST, EDUCATOR

Gina has been showing us her talents in hair color, extensions and makeup at L Salon since 2005. She believes one person cannot look like another, and thus works on enhancing your unique beauty in the best way possible.

Gina has a diverse list of clients and can do everything from edgy to sophisticated. You will see her work range from rich chocolate brunettes to vibrant reds and sun-kissed blondes. Whether you’re a business woman or a college student, she can take your color to the next level.

With a firm belief in furthering her education, she is constantly attending hair shows and keeping up with the trends in the fashion world. Gina’s work can be seen in a variety of magazines.

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KATIE LEE

MASTER COLORIST (LEVEL 4), COLOR MANAGER, EDUCATOR

Katie Lee has been creating and learning with L Salon since 2004. As a Master Colorist, Color Manager and Educator at L Salon, she loves helping our new generation of talent learn everything from basic theory to advanced color placement.

When working with clients, her 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.”

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JORDAN BUGLER

COLORIST SPECIALIST (LEVEL 1)

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VERA JWEINAT

DESIGNER (LEVEL 1)

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ALISON CHEUNG

COLORIST SPECIALIST (LEVEL 1),  DESIGNER (LEVEL 1)

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GABY FRANCO

APPRENTICE (IN TRAINING FOR CUT AND COLOR)

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JESSICA FASCENDA

GENERAL MANAGER

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GREG

SALON COORDINATOR