Our Stylists

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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 in Schenectady NY which 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

 

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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 at their 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/

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Katie Skiba
Hair Artist

I graduated from Cosmetology school in 2007. Certified in So. Cap hair extensions, Hand tied hair extensions, Sewn in wefts, Beaded wefts and Global Keratin Smoothing treatments. I enjoy creating formal styles for all occasions and love being a part of my clients hair transformation. Being a hair artist is my favorite thing in the world and my goal as a stylist is to always keep the integrity of your hair, while also achieving the look my client desires.

 

In my spare time (ha ha), I am a mommy of 3 and a black lab. I enjoy running which

keeps me energized and gives me the opportunity for some "Me" time.

 

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Jamie Belon
Hair Artist

 

I decided to follow my dream and get my cosmetology license while being a Mom of four children. I graduated from the Paul Mitchell School in Schenectady which built a strong structure of professionalism and helped me to fulfill my passion of being a hair artist. As a mom raising 2 - 12 year old twins and their 2 younger siblings, I know what it's like to try and find some "me time" and I am here to give you that little "extra" head massage and the pampering you deserve.

I enjoy all aspects of being a hair artist, especially dramatic haircuts and vibrant colors.

I can't wait to meet you and give you an amazing service.

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

or follow her on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/beauty.by.jbb/

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Samantha Warren
Hair Artist & Barber

 

Hello Everyone! My name is Samantha Warren and I’m so excited to start my new journey at ZEN Hair Studio! I started doing hair in 2014 and have loved it ever since. After graduating and obtaining my cosmetology license, I then started working on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. I learned so much working for the base doing hair for all the trainees. Shortly after, I became the manager and continued to learn even more, such as; short cuts, men’s cuts, natural highlighting, natural colors, and color & cut corrections.

 

After meeting my husband and getting married, we moved to Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana. There, I became a stylist at the Barksdale’s Barber Shop. Working as a barber, I learned so many more techniques and styles for men’s and boy’s cuts. In the salon, I am passionate about highlights, balayage and men’s cuts.

 

When I’m not working, I love to spend time with my babies and family. Outside of work I am very passionate about my horses. If you don’t see me at the salon, you’ll find me at the barn!

 

My goal here at ZEN Hair Studio is to provide my guests with the most extravagant experience. To make each and every one of them feel special and beautiful! My goal is to retain clientele and continue to build my dream career here in New York. I am grateful for this opportunity here at ZEN and I can’t wait to have you as a guest in my chair!

Click on Samantha's GALLERY page to view her latest creations.