Jessica graduated from Cosmetology school in San Jose, CA. She came to Essence shortly after graduating. She trained under Jennifer while perfecting her Mens’ and Womens’ cuts. Jessica attended Sassoon academy in Santa Monica as part of her advanced training.
Jade grew up in her Mom’s salon in Chicago. She developed a passion for the art form and after attending college as an art major, she took Hair Stylist training in Chicago where she obtained her Cosmetology license a decade ago. She attended Chicago Sassoon Academy where she studied Cut and Color. Since joining Essence Salon, she has completed six months of Essence Cut & Color training and received one-on-one coaching with our Creative Director, Jennifer.
Kelly’s passion for hair styling started when she was a little girl in Vietnam. Years later, she graduated from Cosmetology school before coming to the US. After graduating with honors, she worked in Asia then in the Bay area for several years before coming to Essence Salon in 2013. Since joining the Essence team, Kelly has completed a six month in-house training program, Cut & Color classes at Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica, one-on-one coaching with our Creative Director, Jennifer and several classes abroad.
Tommy performed as an entertainer on stage and in front of the camera for 12 years. He then took his entertainment industry experience behind the scenes as a make-up artist and hairstylist. Tommy trained at Ruengrit Academy, MOGA and L’Oréal professional in Bangkok in 2007. Afterward, he continued his training at MTI Makeup Technique International school, also in Bangkok. Tommy returned to his home and worked as a make-up artist and hairstylist for television, print and runway. He produced styles for Elle Magazine, MTV Vietnam, and several ad campaigns for Unilever, Coca-Cola and Sony, to name a few. Tommy also worked as a make-up artist for MAC Cosmetics. In 2015, he continued to hone his hairstyling craft at Sassoon Academy. When Tommy is not styling professionally, he enjoys fashion and fun photography.
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.
Tiffany joined Essence Salon soon after cosmetology school and earning her license. She worked as an apprentice to Jennifer for a year while taking post graduate courses in cutting techniques for women and men at Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica. She spent the following year perfecting her styling and blow out skills. Tiffany is passionate about her profession and so she attends Sassoon and other courses often to keep abreast of trends and to hone her impressive skills. She loves giving her guests a style that brings out their inner beauty.
Natalie graduated from Gavilan College in 2005 and earned her Cosmetology license shortly thereafter. She worked for salons in Hollister and San Jose before joining Essence Salon in 2013. Natalie has taken Sassoon Academy cutting and coloring courses in Santa Monica and San Francisco. She also studied styling with Jon Reyman for Aveda. Natalie’s love of hairstyling shows in her work and her ability to bring out the inner you.
Brandon’s passion for hair started early in life. As a child, he often cut and colored his family members’ hair. He graduated from Monterey Academy of Hair Design and got his Cosmetology license after passing the state exams. He started working for Essence Salon shortly thereafter. He apprenticed with Jennifer for a year while he took Sassoon Academy courses in cutting and coloring in Santa Monica and San Francisco. He also took Aveda styling training with Jon Reyman in San Francisco.
Laura joined Essence Salon shortly after graduating from Skyline College and earning her Cosmetology license. She apprenticed with Jennifer for a year while she took post graduate courses in cutting and coloring at Sassoon Academies in Santa Monica and San Francisco. Laura’s passion for hair coloring has led her to take advanced classes in techniques like Balayage and Color Melt to be able produce beautiful highlights.
Mike started his career in 1990 after graduating from Graham Webb International in Maryland. He worked for Molecule Salon in Washington DC for many years. He moved to the San Francisco Bay where he worked for an Aveda salon in Santana Row. After joining Essence Salon in 2014, Mike took Sassoon Academy courses in Cutting and Coloring in Santa Monica and San Francisco. Mike’s passion for hair shows in his technique and styles that bring out the inner you.
Jennifer started her hairstyling career in 1983 after a two year apprenticeship in Taishan, China. In 1993, she sold her 5 salons in China and moved to the US where she worked as a stylist in San Francisco until she started Essence Salon in 2005. She studied at Vidal Sassoon Academies in London, San Francisco, Santa Monica and Shanghai, eventually earning a Certificate for delivering Sassoon In-Salon Education. She also studied at Toni & Guy Academies in Santa Monica and Hong Kong and received Aveda training in San Francisco with Jon Reyman.
Today, Jennifer spends a lot of her time learning new techniques in schools around the world and teaching Essence Salon stylists the art and science of bringing out one’s inner beauty, their “Essence” through hairstyling.