Stylists

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 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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GRACE

Master 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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VIOLET

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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MARY

Stylist

Mary began pursuing her passion for hair in 1997. She put her styling career on hold to raise her children and run a successful business in another field. With the kids grown, Mary once again began pursuing her passion. She came to Essence Salon where she was coached and mentored by our Master Stylists and Creative Director. She uses the skills she has perfected to bring beauty and happiness to her Guests.

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SARAH

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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SHAKAYLA

Stylist

Shakayla has been creating “Happiness Through Hairstyling®” since she graduated from the Modesto Toni & Guy Academy in 2018. She honed her cutting and coloring skill working for two salons there. Renting a station and working for herself taught Shakayla even more about Guest service. She joined the Essence Salon team in 2022. Shakayla’s tremendous passion for hairstyling is matched only by her exceptional technical skill.

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YESSENIA

Stylist

Yessenia joined Essence Salon in 2021 after graduating from Laney College, Oakland, in 2020. She has taken intensive additional education since receiving her Cosmetology license. As a result, she provides excellent cuts and colors. Yessenia is a creative problem solver with a great passion for the industry and has a wonderful, warm personality.

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