Artists

JENNIFER

Creative Director

Jennifer loves her Guests and her profession even more now than when she began coloring & cutting in China after a 2-year apprenticeship, nearly 40 years ago. She sold 5 salons there, then plied her craft in San Francisco until founding Essence Salon in 2005. She studied at Sassoon Academies in London, San Francisco, LA and Shanghai, earning an In-Salon Educator certificate. She took Toni & Guy classes in LA & Hong Kong. She took myriad coloring courses including Schwarzkopf's Royal Master Academy. Today, Jennifer colors & cuts, travels, learns new techniques, donates her skills to charity and teaches the team the art and science of bringing out one's inner beauty, their "Essence", thereby creating "happiness through hairstyling".

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TRICIA

Master Colorist, Master Stylist

Tricia has decades of experience in cut and color. She apprenticed under some of the biggest names in Southern California and eventually became Artist for many famous personalities in Hollywood. Tricia spent a few years in Florida and then returned to California where she continued to bring her Guests happiness through her hairstyling as the Artistic Director in the salon where she worked. Tricia’s passion for her art drives her to continue her growth through advanced education at Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica.

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NATASHA

Mentor Colorist, Senior Stylist

Natasha attended cosmetology school in Los Angeles and took advanced classes at Toni & Guy in Costa Mesa. She attended one-to-one training at Vidal Sassoon in London. She has trained with celebrity hair colorists including Tracey Cunningham, Tauni Dawson and Nicole Leal. She has styled for actors, actresses and professional models in Beverly Hills. She loves doing set work at photo shoots and has worked with published photographers. Before deciding on hair artistry, she studied electrical engineering. She changed career paths when she realized: ”I was born to make things around me beautiful”.

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LAURIE

Mentor Colorist, Master Stylist

Laurie is an Educator for Schwarzkopf Professional. Winner of numerous awards, she teaches color classes at salons across the country. Laurie had been coloring and cutting hair at the same salon in Cape Cod for 15 years when we met her at Schwarzkopf's Royal Master Academy in Pittsburg, PA back in 2017. She was one of our instructors. We were so impressed, we invited her to come teach us more in California. Since then, Laurie has taught several color courses at Essence Salon. She enjoyed it so much, she decided to join our team. Laurie's outstanding technical skill is matched only by her wonderful Guest service and warm, friendly manner.

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KAYLA

Mentor Stylist

Kayla has been cutting and styling hair since obtaining her license in 2010. Along the way, she took extensive training courses at Vidal Sassoon and American Crew Academies. She worked full time at a salon in the midWest before migrating to California. Kayla has worked behind the scenes at events like LA fashion week. She started working at Essence after Jennifer asked her to interview. Kayla was getting her hair done in our salon at the time. Kayla's passion is finding the best fit for each person's hair type, face shape, and lifestyle.

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SACHIE

Senior Colorist, Senior Stylist

Sachie began practicing her art in Tokyo over a decade ago. After years of experience, she started her own hairstyling business. Five years later, she moved to the United States and took her coloring and cutting to an even higher level. Sachie is passionate about Guest service and delivers results that keep people coming back. She has completed several post graduate courses at Sassoon Academy in LA and in-salon cut and color classes. She is taking advanced classes by Toni & Guy in London on her journey to becoming a Master Artist. Sachie is passionate about her craft and loves her Guests.

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VIOLET

Senior Colorist, Senior Stylist

Violet's career in hair artistry began in 1993. She has become highly skilled in both cutting and coloring. Her Guests describe her as passionate, energetic and friendly. She creates a comfortable, stress free experience for her Guests while working with them to achieve awesome results for women and men. Violet succeeds because she has extensive experience and excellent training (Vidal Sassoon, American Crew, L'Oreal and Schwarzkopf). No doubt her love for the performing arts plays a part as well, she's a former member of the Thespian Society. She continues to learn and grow here at Essence Salon through in-salon education and outside courses. Violet uses all of this to truly create "happiness through hairstyling". 

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GRACE

Senior Colorist, Senior Stylist

Grace learned to color and cut hair in a school for the performing arts in her native Taiwan. After graduation, she worked for a TV production company doing hair and makeup for the actors and actresses in various productions. She even performed in some of the variety shows as a singer. After eight years there, she immigrated to the US and worked as a stylist on fifth avenue in New York. She worked in a salon and also did runway work. After 10 years in New York, she moved to Cupertino and has been styling hair in the bay area ever since. She loves to create happiness and does so everyday with her colors and cuts.

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JIMMY

Colorist, Stylist

Jimmy was born and raised in San Jose where he attended Cosmetology school. He was drawn to the industry by his love of people and the art form. He draws immense personal satisfaction by working with his Guests to bring out their inner beauty and in the process, creating a very personal artwork for them. Jimmy has traveled across the country to study under some of the biggest names in the industry including Jon Reyman in Boston and many masters at the Energizing Summit for Color in LA. He has also attended the Vidal Sassoon Academy in San Francisco. He plans on continuing his education through Sassoon Academies and in-salon training.

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CAROL

Colorist, Stylist

Carol began cutting and coloring hair in 2005 for fun back in her native China. It provided great stress relief from her full time job as a nurse in a large hospital. When she immigrated to the US, Carol decided to change careers and pursue her passion for hair. She attended the 44 week Cosmetology program at Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica. After graduating and obtaining her license, Carol joined Essence Salon where she received one to one training from Jennifer and coaching from our Master Artists. Carol loves to create "happiness through hairstyling".

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SARAH

Colorist, Stylist

Sarah attended Paul Mitchell, The School in San Jose where she graduated at the top of her class. She joined our team soon after and began one on one training with Jennifer. She also attended Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica and took Schwarzkopf color classes in the salon. She came to the business because “an awesome cut and color is a great way to bring people happiness” and Sarah loves to bring it.

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