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


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 family, my special little nephews and most of all my son, Carson.

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" and 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 hair show 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 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 Extensions 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.


Katie Earle
Hair Artist