Meet The Team

It’s not just an experience, it’s a lifestyle.

The team at Bella Sol The Salon is a collective group of highly trained specialists in hair, UV and sunless tanning and professional makeup application.  We are here to provide you with first-class treatment as you indulge in your beauty needs.


 

Uho7C0RRPLIkzp1TbAwoOYfrDtZXPXNgfbT-M9tqMB0Lurdes Medina

Founder and CEO
Infinity Sun Airbrush Expert
Mystic Tan HD Expert
Certified Makeup Artist

As a devoted mother, salon owner and philanthropist, Lurdes Medina is driven not only to provide her salon guests an urban oasis that reflects her style and personal life, but to also bring awareness on the need for giving back.

As the official airbrush artist for the 2015 Miss Pasadena Pasadena & Miss Century City, 2015 Miss Malibu, 2013 Miss California, 2013 Miss Teen Beauty Pageant, and official judge for the 2014 Miss Teen Los Angeles,  Lurdes is best known for re-defining the art of spray tanning and for her flawless airbrushing technique. She gained the respect and attention of high profile clientele and she continues to provide an experience of superior quality through her newly expanded Bella Sol The Salon.

The level of loyalty she receives from her guests’ stems from her commitment to excellence and innovation. Her creative gift constantly evolves making her a tanning artist unrivaled in her craft. Always one step ahead of the industry, her technique and the technology she provides consistently produce results born out of the tireless devotion to deliver only the best.

Being a Latina business owner, Lurdes empowers fellow entrepreneurs to succeed in their endeavors. As the first Latina to own a franchise Hollywood Tans over ten years go, she established herself in a male-dominated industry, successfully building her reputation as owner of one of Pasadena’s premiere tanning salons. The Los Angeles Business Journal and the Latino Business Association recently recognized Bella Sol The Salon as one of the businesses “who are setting the example for excellence through the Los Angeles county.” – Los Angeles Business Journal, January 26, 2015. In addition, she has been a nominee for the National Latina Business Women Association-LA Awards for “Women In Excellence”, as well as a finalist for Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2015 Nonprofit & Corporate Citizenship Awards in the ‘In-Kind Supporter’ category. Her work ethic both in business and nonprofit areas serve as a strong example for those who look to succeed in their endeavors while giving back to their community.


KandyKandy Velasquez

Manager
Tanning Expert
Certified Infinity Sun Airbrushing Expert

Kandy Velasquez has an outgoing personality, friendly demeanor and willingness to accommodate our clients. As a team member since 2012, she is in charge of overseeing salon operations and training staff to help them advance to their top potential.  Kandy is a key player in the successful fulfillment of Bella Sol’s services and helps both clients and team members not only realize their wishes, but also exceed their expectations.


IMG_0550Joseph Olmos

Sales Associate
Tanning Technician
Certified Infinity Sun Airbrushing Expert

Joseph is a tanning technician who brings dedication to client satisfaction with his willingness to get to the heart of a client’s needs.  His years past of cheerleading have molded his full-of-life personality that enables him to draw out a high energy level and contagious enthusiasm for both clients and team members.  Leaving Bella Sol clients happy and with the perfect tan when they walk out the doors is what makes Joe an invaluable team member.


CakoCaroline “Cako” Knedel

Master Hair Stylist
Certified Makeup Artist

Caroline creates glamorous cuts, gorgeous color, perfect updo’s and flawless makeup for any occasion.  She understands the power of personal style and pays attention to her clients’ needs so she can help them achieve their highest standard of beauty.  A naturally gifted stylist, she has taught at the Paul Mitchell School of Beauty, worked for MAC and Smashbox Cosmetics, and styled in several upscale LA salons as well as for the Grammys and Emmys. Caroline’s dynamic personality mirrors Bella Sol’s image where she carries out her clients’ vision, blending it with her artistic originality and passion.


IMG_1314Christy Contreras

Hairstylist

Motivated by the confidence and the overall joy her guests receive once they leave her chair, Christy knows no limits when it comes to styling. Her many years of experience stems from once having had a dream of becoming a stylist to beginning her career by assisting at a popular Beverly Hills salon. Having worked on projects that included styling for photo shoots, television and film, Christy is inspired by change and movement within her industry. The products she uses on all her guests include organic styling products and color that is ammonia-free, PPD-free, fragrance and skin irritant free. Christy’s ‘don’t’ is “being afraid to play. Subtle or extreme, don’t limit yourself.”


IMG_1188Dana Doucette

Hairstylist

Dana’s love for hairstyling happened came to be while working as a receptionist at a hair salon. Her initial curiosity for the hair industry then turned into a desire to help clients find their own personal style through hair. Since then, she’s accumulated many years in the industry training with Vidal Sassoon and Toni & Guy, and also having devoted her time and skills to instructing color classes. She shines at Bella Sol, sharing in the same love and passion for making clients feel good and confident after they leave her chair. Her specialty is corrective color and the way it transforms a client’s overall look. Dana’s major ‘don’t’ is “doing something you can’t maintain.”


IMG_1373Veronica Mills

Hairstylist

Veronica’s excitement for her artistry in hairstyling began at a very young age. After many years in the beauty industry, her creativity and love for styling hair is stronger than ever before. Veronica studied under the amazing talent of Vidal Sassoon before embarking on her own teaching journey instructing styling classes for an assistant program for ten years. Inspiration for this stylist stems from her surrounding environment, people, color, textures—you name it, ideas for her work come alive from many things. It’s her goal to keep her guests ecstatic about their hair, but to also help teach them achieve today’s hair trends with ease, so they are able to do them on their own. Veronica’s ‘don’t’ is “using a real rubber band on hair—bad idea!”


IMG_0013Joan Ao

Hairstylist

As one of Bella Sol’s versatile stylists, Joan has been in the beauty industry for 20 years. She received formal training at Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy as well as at a local LA beauty school, specializing in both hair and makeup. Apart from becoming a Toni & Guy ambassador, she trained and instructed assistants at a salon, using her expertise to help them achieve their goals.

As an expert stylist and colorist, she strives for greater education and outside-of-the-box thinking in order to style her client’s hair to perfection. Joan particularly enjoys working with textured and curly hair because of its versatility. She believes that the right cut and color brings forth a person’s confidence, giving them a new perspective on style. Her styling “don’t” is telling yourself you can’t.

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