Our Stylists

Leah Gershon DesBois
Artist Director

 

I have always wanted to do hair, and when I started 30 years ago I just wanted to make people feel great about themselves. In 2007 myself and my husband welcomed the opportunity to do just that, along with giving stylists advantages I always wanted. We pride ourselves with having outstanding customer service and our goal is to have a happy team and happy guests. I have participated in countless classes and seminars with some of the biggest leaders in the industry. During this journey I found myself following the outstanding education of John Paul Mitchell Systems. I was extremely fortunate to have the ability to reopen the location once owned by Gulio Veglio, who now owns many Paul Mitchell Schools and Lunatic Fringe Salons as well as serving on the board of directors for John Paul Mitchell Systems. I was also provided the opportunity to start my business with two close members of his family, his sister Elvita and sister in law, Nikki. Their help was valuable beyond measure and we were so grateful for them! We now work closely with the Paul Mitchell School that recently opened in Schenectady NY and is owned and operated by the Veglio's. As of today I am in this amazing salon, ZEN with my visionary team members. I look forward to what everyday may bring me and what challenges lie ahead. Whether it be a color correction, a cancer survivor growing their hair back to a new style, a woman who had to have her hair shaved due to brain surgery that I was able to give a full head of hair extensions to, or a guest that I see every 3 weeks I genuinely enjoy the light they add to my day!

 

Click on Leah's GALLERY page to view her latest creations

 

Heather Dedrick
Hair Artist & Team Leader

 

As an experienced stylist there is really nothing I won't try! If a guest wants vivid loud colors, or a new platinum blonde, I will do my best to make it happen. I am certified with SoCap hair extensions and I really enjoy making my guests feel and look amazing. I also love inviting guests back for treatments such as a wash and blow out. This really gets their day or night started and makes them feel great inside and out. When I am not creating magic here at ZEN, I love spending time with my family and my special little nephews.

Click on Heather's GALLERY page to view her latest creations

or follow her on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/heather.ds.hair/

Jessica Landry Shults
Hair Artist

 

I've been playing with hair since 2001 when I earned my license in Votec. I chose to be a "hair artist" because I wanted a career that didn't feel like a "job" I consider myself very lucky that this is my profession. I love making everyone of my guests look absolutely amazing! I am very inspired by the ZEN family. We are constantly keeping each other updated on new techniques. We go to every hairshow that we can to keep our inspiration flowing. I am certified in the GK Juvexin Smoothing treatment (which is amazing to completely defrizz hair)!! I enjoy highlighting and multi-dimensional color the most but I also love cutting and texturizing hair as well. Everybody loves the feeling of a fresh new cut!

 

Click on Jessica's GALLERY page to view her latest creations

Sophia Cooper
Hair Artist

 

Since I was a little girl I have been fascinated with creative fashion hair and makeup.

I grew up in this industry as my mother is a stylist. Growing up watching her brighten people's days was so inspiring. I enjoyed working along side of her.

After attending college I decided to change my career path as I knew my passion was and is this industry. I attended Paul Mitchell The School in Schenectady where I excelled in being able to be creative by transforming guests as they request. I love creating wild vivid colors, natural balayages, platinum blondes, upstyling with braids and formal styling as well.

Come see me @ ZEN

Click on Sophia's GALLERY page to view her latest creations

or follow her on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sophias_styles/

Kimberly Gawron
Hair Artist

 

I have been doing hair since 1991. I always love helping people and finding inspiration in the colors that surround me and have found a career where my passion for both shines through. There's no hair that's too short, long, big, fine or wild for me. I absolutely love being a stylist and having the opportunity to highlight the inner beauty in all of my clients. I want them to look and feel amazing when they leave my chair. What I enjoy the most about doing hair is teaching my guests how to recreate the look we designed together! I love educating my guest and suggesting what they need to keep their hair healthy and how to maintain the look they have always wanted. I love keeping up with new trends and creating the latest color for my guests to enjoy. 

I have formed many lasting relationships with my guests over the years. I welcome anyone that would like to visit and experience a fresh balayage, smooth blow out or a new cut. I am certified in GK (Global Keratin) Juvenix smoothing treatment system and products which help smooth out frizzy hair. What inspires me at the end of the day is setting a list of goals and seeing myself achieve them with the challenges that come in all colors. Come in and experience a service of complete ZEN with me.

Click on Kim's GALLERY page to view her latest creations

Liz Mix
Hair Artist

 

Now that I have been doing hair professionally, I realized that the things I enjoy the most are getting to know my guest, understanding their personality and helping create the best look for each individual. Along with cutting and coloring hair, I am also certified in GK Global Keratin products and treatments. This amazing line of products leave your hair healthy, smooth, full of life and reduces breakage. Some of the other services I offer are men's, women's and kids cuts, fashion colors, highlights and lowlights, balayage, ombré, root retouch, mini scalp massages with your favorite shampoo and formal styling. I continue to advance my education regularly to keep up on the latest trends that everyone wants. I look forward to seeing you and using my skills to make you look and feel good.

Click on Liz's GALLERY page to view her latest creations

or follow her on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/stylezbyliz/