Leslie Vasquez has more than 30 years of diverse experience in the beauty industry, including owning and operating a hair care distribution business, traveling the world as a trainer for a hair extension company, and running her own hair salon.
She owned and operated the Platinum Lounge hair salon from 1999 to 2014 to create a positive and relaxing environment for her growing clientele. In 2014, Leslie relocated to Spice Salon, an upscale salon in Scotts Valley where she remains as busy as ever.
Leslie is a nationally recognized hair extension expert and is a master in several methods of hair extensions, including Ultratress, HotHeads, Platinum Seamless, ProHair, Great Lengths, Hairdreams, and Hairwear.
In addition, she excels at color correction and has been a hair color educator for Lakme, L’Oreal Professional, Eugene Perma, and Schwarzkopf Professional.
Ashley’s journey to becoming a hairdresser began out of a high school R.O.P. class in Aptos. She describes her personality as energetic, entertaining, and funny. Ashley is fondly referred to as a “lion tamer” as she can turn any unruly mess into a manageable mane utilizing one of our keratin smoothing treatments. She loves working with her team and helping to make women feel beautiful. To further her skills, she has attended several Rene Furterer styling classes and also taken advanced training at hair shows. Most people would be surprised to know that she is passionate about professional sports. Her favorite saying, “Nothing is impossible… the word itself reads, I’m possible.”
A Santa Cruz native, Kianna describes her personality as spunky, detail-oriented, and a bit of a perfectionist. Her intense focus and attention to detail shows in her work with clients. She believes that the best parts of her job are getting to know so many amazing clients throughout her day and working with such a great team. For inspiration, she loves to watch videos of other hairstylists’ creative techniques. Blow dry styling is her favorite hair service because she loves to see the delight in her client’s eyes after she has finished the blowout. One of her favorite sayings is, “Give a girl the right hair and she’ll conquer the world.”
Born in Seattle Washington, she was practically raised in a salon where her mother and three aunts all work together as hairdressers. She describes her personality as outgoing, bubbly, and friendly. The best part of her job is helping clients to feel beautiful, inside and out. For inspiration, she visits Pinterest daily and loves bright, vivid colors. Her favorite hair service to do is fun, punky color work. To further her professional development, she has taken Men’s cutting classes with master barber, Elicia Leivia. Most people would be surprised to know that she played sports and was involved in musical theatre in high school. One of her favorite expressions about hair is, “Life isn’t perfect, but your hair can be.”
Born and raised right here in Santa Cruz County, Mea spent much of her youth in her mother’s salon and was destined to eventually wind up in the beauty biz. For inspiration, she experiments with different techniques on models and also explores Pinterest. Her favorite services to do are spray tanning, waxing, lash tinting, and facials. As part of her hairdresser education, she apprenticed in her mother’s salon. She also takes classes at hair shows to further her skills. Her favorite saying, “Your journey begins at the end of your comfort zone.”