The Beauty Beach Lounge Team
Rocio moved to Los Angeles at the age of 18, from a small town in Texas in search of a place where she could fully express her creativity. Her time spent in Los Angeles lead her to a career in hair. At a young age, she was cutting and coloring her friends hair in their kitchens and bathrooms before she had any training. Rocio has always loved making people feel and look their best. Once she realized how passionate she was about the art of transforming people's hair, she decided to enroll at Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy. Rocio then trained directly under their creative directors learning all the techniques that would help mold her into the hairstylist she is today. After graduating, she started working in Beverly Hills as a salon assistant continuing to learn and perfect new techniques. Eventually Rocio's heart was pulling her to the west side. She has always felt connected to the lifestyle and people there. Joining us at Beauty Beach Lounge, she continues to push herself as an artist personalizing looks for each and every client making sure that everyone leaves with a smile on her face.
Elisa found her passion for all things hair, pretty early on in life. She lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for 8 years where she worked behind the chair. She also styled for editorial photo shoots, facilitated in-salon education and showcased her work on stage at the Intercoiffure Atlier Hair Shows. During this time, Elisa discovered her love for yoga and became a yoga teacher. Accomplishing these two goals drove her to follow another dream of moving to Los Angeles in 2010. With over 15 years of experience, she combines her desire to help people look and feel their best with the utmost professionalism and commitment to excellence. Elisa specializes in color and cutting. Book your consultation today and see what the two of you can create together!
Originally from Huntington Beach, Illiana started her career using Toni & Guy hair cutting techniques. She worked in a few of Orange Counties top salons. Illiana eventually moved to Los Angeles, where she worked at José Eber in Beverly Hills to train under top hair color experts. She has now brought all of her skills, talent and experience to Playa Vista, where she is a happy member of the Beauty Beach Lounge family. Though she is capable of doing all hair styles and requests, her real passion is color. Illiana specializes in blondes, red heads and sun kissed brunettes. She uses a variety of techniques which include foil highlights and Balayage. Illiana has a deep appreciation for long beautiful healthy hair. She is a true professional, listening to her clients to give them the best experience possible.
Natalie is a cut and color specialist from Santa Monica, California. Her training started at British precision school, Toni & Guy. As a Toni & Guy graduate she was trained to push the boundaries of hairdressing by creating consistent quality and spotlight customer service. Natalie's specialties include Balayage, cut, color, styling and Hot Head extensions. She loves the artistry of the "back to childhood" sun kissed natural coloring. She has continued to perfect her craft by learning the latest trends and continuing education on maintaining and bettering the health of your hair as well. Natalie works with high end color lines such as L'Oreal, Wella, Kevin Murphy, Redken and Tigi. She would love to have you in her chair to bring your hair inspirations to reality, as well as making your hair and soul feel amazing.
Danielle has been working in salons since the age of 15. She practically grew up in the salon and began taking her own clients in 2006. Spending her last ten years in Chicago, she became a master stylist, a cutting educator and managed her last salon. Reaching the top of her industry in the midwest, Danielle has joined the BBL family for a fresh approach. She specializes in bridal hair, Balayage and Hot Heads hair extensions. She believes that natural is best in beauty and life. She prides herself by taking care of those around her with love and care; especially her clients.
Growing up a West Side Los Angeles native, Leanna attributes her inspiration to the diverse culture of her very own surroundings. From the beaches to downtown, the people, music, art and fashion; they all do their part. After receiving her cosmetology license in 2006, she had the opportunity to work at a few of West Los Angeles' top salons. Leanna specializes in hair cutting, color and special occasion styling. When it comes to getting those creative juices flowing, she has the most fun with heat styling and updo's. Leanna's love for hair styling comes from the joy it gives people. She believes that we all have talents that are gifts to be shared. Leanna takes pride in knowing that her talents give people the gift of beauty and confidence.
Christina is originally from Anchorage, Alaska. Moving to Southern California at the age of 9 was an eye opening experience. Christina instantly fell in love with the SoCal lifestyle. Having three older sisters and plenty of Barbie dolls to practice on, Christina started cutting hair at a very young age. That passion blossomed into a fulfilling career in the beauty industry. Christina earned her license in Valencia, California and moved to Los Angeles shortly after. She has trained at prestigious salons in Beverly Hills and Brentwood. She is highly skilled with Balayage and has mastered the art of Precision cutting. Christina has a sharp eye for enhancing ones natural beauty and will always gives her clients amazing style.
While growing up in Georgia, Lindsey was always the first to volunteer to give her friends a quick trim or curl their hair for a fun night out. While attending college, she decided to pursue cosmetology in addition to her college education. After graduating from cosmetology school, she put all of her effort in learning as much as possible about coloring and cutting, attending Vidal Sassoon advanced academy as well as balayage classes. Knowing she wanted to focus on luscious, beachy balayage and the "effortless color" look, she set her sights to Los Angeles. Since moving out to the West Coast, she has refined her skills for coloring, cutting and Hotheads tape-in extensions, while also making sure her client's hair stays in top condition. She enjoys giving her clients the perfect, beach waves to add to their gorgeous hair. Lindsey is always striving to give her clients exactly what they want, and makes sure they leave feeling amazing.
Born and raised in Southern California, Krystal has always had a strong passion for hair coloring, hair cutting and styling. From the moment she started her intensive training at Toni & Guy Academy, the passion rapidly grew into a career for her. Her commitment to advanced education has transformed her into the modern, cutting-edge stylist she is today. She has extensive experience with vivd hair color, Balayage, Hotheads Extensions, as well as a wide range of cutting techniques. Krystal's passion for her craft and commitment to her clients keep them coming back for more. You will always leave feeling beautiful!
Michelle has been a professional stylist for over 18 years. She grew up in Northwestern Montana in a small town in Flathead Valley. It was at a young age that the art of hair whispered in her ear and ignited a life long passion. Michelle received her license in Washington State and immediately started working in an upscale salon. After a couple of years, the big city was calling. She packed up and moved to Los Angeles to expand as an artist. Over her many years in the industry, she has been a top producing stylist, in-salon educator and mentored students through the State Board apprentice program. She has also created future trends for editorial shoots and music videos. Michelle is known for precision cuts on both men and women, Balayage and hair for brides and special events. She values the relationships that form built on communication with her clients. She believes that hair is an accessory we wear everyday and it should be an expression of who we are.
Born and raised in Southern California, Jackie has had a passion for hair and beauty all of her life. She has been licensed over 9 years. In that time, she has mastered a wide range of hair techniques which include Balayage, beach waves, all shades of blonde, and tape in extensions. Jackie prides herself in connecting with clients to discover their own unique look by customizing their color and cuts making sure they are tailored to their individual personality and lifestyle.
Born and raised in Culver City, Soyla has built her career in West Los Angeles. Growing up in a big family, Soyla watched her older sisters style and color their hair often. Realizing that she could explore the creativity of hair with endless possibilities was very inspiring. From the hottest trends to classic conservative looks, Soyla loves to customize and cater to the clients needs. Some of her favorite techniques include sun kissed highlights, fashion colors, precision cutting and sexy blowouts that make her clients feel like they can take on the world.
Melissa knew at a young age that she wanted a career centered around doing hair. Growing up, she was always the one doing her friends' hair and make-up for school dances and graduations. After leaving Arizona, she obtained her cosmetology license at Advanced Beauty College in Laguna Hills. Melissa then decided to follow her heart to West Los Angeles where she is now assisting co-founder Jenn Nairn of Beauty Beach Lounge. She is beyond excited about the start of her career at BBL and cannot wait to see what the future holds.
Brittany, also one of our BBL receptionist, moved to Los Angeles last Spring after working in Fashion PR/Marketing in New York. Brittany's birthday is April 7, and according to her Pantone color, Skyway (a light blue), she wants to be around things of beauty, music and the arts. Time spent by the ocean is how she recharges. Spot on! Always smiling, Brittany looks forward to greeting you at Beauty Beach Lounge.
Samantha Pike, a native of Greensburg, Pennsylvania moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career. She is thrilled to be part of the Beauty Beach Lounge family instead of waiting on tables like everyone else. Hair has always been a part of her life. Visiting her hairstylist grandmother as a kid, usually came with a bang trim or perhaps maybe a lesson on setting a pin curl or teasing out a beehive if she was lucky. All of this came in handy when she started studying musical theater and had to style her own hair for every show. Sam is thankful to be around such wonderful, creative people and is always up for some "exp-HAIR-imentaion".
Marjorie, a Los Angeles native, enjoys being in all types of creative environments. While taking photography classes she realized that she wanted to learn about the the hair and make up aspect of it. Marjorie then enrolled at MUD in Burbank and took the multi media course. There she learned the different types of make up applications along with basic hair styling techniques. When not working the desk at BBL, she is working at a beauty supply shop or on set assisting make up artists.
Ernesto is Beauty Beach Lounge's man of the house. He always has a smile on his face and makes sure BBL is always up to par.