Meet the 2019 Faces of Sola Salons

January 24, 2019 | 8:19 AM
Before Joey was a hairdresser, he was (and still is) a professionally trained, extraordinarily talented photographer, thanks to a career behind a camera lens, he fell in love with hair. After being introduced to the beauty industry in Maryland, he was given the chance to be an apprentice for a salon in Kansas City and was able to obtain his license through this opportunity. Joey is now killing it in his Sola Studio, working behind thescenes at Fashion Week, and was one of six stylists recently chosen to be in a Schwarzkopf Professional campaign!
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Growing up in the hair industry, Chissel really never imagined she would have a career in it. But it was after doing makeup on a commercial set that she realized the beauty industry really was for her. Following that experience, the rebellious woman enrolled in beauty school, and it’s been her calling and absolute passion ever since. Thanks to having eight family members in the industry, Chissel knows how to work with every type of hair. Having grown up in a salon, she has an understanding of the importance of creating bonds and relationships with clients.
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After being diagnosed with melanoma in 2010, Tiffany’s tanning bed habit came to a halt. She needed something that was a healthy alternative that would allow her to continue rockin’ that bronzed glow she desired. Spray tanning provided just that! Quitting her accounting job allowed her to transform her apartment into a spray tan studio! Fast forward a few years later, she’s now in three separate Sola locations and bounces between California and Arizona. Tiffany’s amazing branding is recognizable from her website to her social media pages! Her pages are a winning example of how to have a cohesive look and messaging, especially when you have three separate locations like she does!
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"This hairdresser has to be one of the most driven and determined women in the beauty industry. We are absolutely certain there is no box unchecked, no goal unaccomplished, and no stone left unturned when it comes to Rona Bunch," Sola says. Rona gives back to the beauty industry tenfold and has created an apprenticeship program in her own Sola, passionate about helping her community and mentoring young girls.
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Kelsey earned her license and now calls Sola her home. About 10 years ago, one of her younger twin sisters was killed in a car accident, reminding her just how precious life is. The lessons she's learned over the last decade have undoubtedly helped shape her career as a successful salon owner and she also attributes her logo–the first thing she sees when she walks into her Sola studio every morning–to a silhouette of her sister. Kelsey is also a GlossGenius Ambassador and most recently was selected to be an educator on the Sunlights Artisan Team.
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She was born in Chile, lived in Sweden, speaks Spanish, Swedish and English, and lives in Wisconsin—Nelly is our resident world traveler! When she isn’t getting her passport stamped, she is providing incomparable skin care services in her Sola to her always-growing clientele. Loving her life as an esthetician, she is providing memorable experiences in her Sola and truly changing her clients' lives due to her ability to transform their skin. She just expanded her business, moving into a larger studio in a brand new Sola location.
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Elom grew up in Togo, West Africa, and moved to the United States with her husband, whom she met while he was working in the Peace Corps, at the end of 2009. After, learning some English after taking some classes at a local community college, she enrolled in beauty school because she has always had a love for doing hair. She graduated beauty school five months pregnant, took her state license, and when her son was only six weeks old, she started driving around looking for a salon to call home. She signed a Sola lease with no clientele, with no business background or experience, and here she is, four years later as one of our 2019 Faces of Sola!
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This feisty and fabulous Canadian was the first to take the leap of faith to join the Sola family north of the border. That's right. Canada's first Sola owner.  Roxanne started her apprenticeship at the age of 15. It’s inspiring how hard working she is and how well she has been able to embrace her work/life balance. While not in her Sola, Roxanna enjoys spending her time perfecting her passion for cooking and with her son and boyfriend!
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"Kayla is not only insanely talented, but she’s quite strategic. You see, this is how she’s been able to build such an impressive clientele while living in a small town," Sola says. Kayla has overcame a high level of self-doubt as a child and teenager and never felt like she was good enough. Here she is now, a 2019 Faces of Sola, embracing her #girlboss attitudeand mantra she swears and lives by.
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JayR is cutting the hair of NBA players who inspired his passion for sneakers in the first place. A viral video that Hypebeast created is a beautiful insight into this multifaceted and talented barber who has an impressive celebrity and professional athlete clientele. With a heart of gold, JayR is eager to launch education efforts in the Philippines as a way to pay it forward.
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Each year, Sola Salon Studios selects 10 salon professionals who have not only excelled in their careers as salon owners, but also as educators, philanthropists, parents and more. Meet this year’s Faces of Sola:

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