Leah Gershon DesBois • Artist Director
I have always wanted to do hair, and when I started 26 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!
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Nicole Stewart Arnow • Hair Artist
14 years in this industry but it feels like I was born to cut, style and color hair!
Ever since I can remember, I was always interested and intrigued about how people wear their hair. Having choices in the way we do our hair can change the way we feel about ourselves. I like to get inspiration through education with a variety of hair shows, hands on classes and seminars which include various educators from around the world. I also attend an assortment of classes monthly
and throughout the year to keep me updated with the latest trends and styles of the season.
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or follow her on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/nicole.loves.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!
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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.
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or follow her on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/heather.ds.hair/
Thomas Russell • Hair Artist
My passion for life and this industry shine from the beginning consultation with my guest, right through to the end result. I chose this career to indulge in my passion. I continue to advance myself by attending numerous educational classes for women's cutting, coloring, and formal styling.
Also, I have worked closely with local Barber's and I am currently attending Barbering classes.
I enjoy pampering my guests during their visit with me. I feel it is important for people to take the time out of a busy hectic day to relax and get that special attention that is well deserved.
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Katie Skiba • Hair Artist
I am passionate about being in the hair industry. I love my career and all the opportunities I get day to day, meeting new guests and offering my knowledge and skills to create relationships. I graduated from The Orlo School of Hair Design in 2008 and dove right in. I still continue my education by attending many Paul Mitchell, So Cap, Global Keratin, Goldwell and Redken classes. I am certified in So Cap hair extensions, which I love to do, and I'm also certified in Global Keratin Juvexin smoothing systems. I love doing hair, especially the latest color trends and formal styling.
Sophia Cooper • Hair Artist
Since I was a little girl I have been fasinated 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
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or follow her on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sophias_styles/
Kimberly Gawron • Hair Artist
I have been a New York State Licensed Cosmetologist for over 20 years. My styles are very trendsetting and I am as passionate as ever about making my guests feel amazing. I'm grateful for the opportunities of having advanced education, working with the very best product lines and attending classes with the most fashion forward trends. Pampering my guests and giving them a stress free, mini vacation in my chair is the best feeling for me. I get very excited when I get to work with Bridal parties and formal styling events including proms. Of course men need to get that same pampering with a relaxing head massage. I truly enjoy working with every aspect of hair.
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 blowout and burst of vivid color.
Come in and experience a service of complete ZEN with me.
Taylor Twedt • Color Artist
As a stylist I have always loved dramatic hair color. I take special pride in my work which allows me to design colors and styles that create a unique experience for my clients. While I specialize in vivid color and mermaid hair, I also love giving my clients a fresh pixy cut or a new style for their next vacation. If you need a theatrical/formal makeup application or a beautiful gel manicure for your special occasion, I would be happy to give you the relaxing day you are looking for.
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or follow her on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/tayshairagram/
Liz Mix • Hair Artist
Shortly after attending and graduating from Paul Mitchell the School in Schenectady I realized my dream was to help people achieve their hair goals and making them feel good about themselves, that is why I wanted to be a stylist. I love seeing people smile and how their eyes light up when they see the end result.
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or follow her on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/stylezbyliz/