Meet The Team
Leslie Vasquez, President
Leslie has more than 25 years of diverse experience in the beauty industry, including owning and operating a haircare distribution company, traveling the world as a trainer for a hair extension company, and running her own hair salon. She opened the Platinum Lounge in 1999 to create a positive and relaxing environment for her growing clientele. Leslie is a nationally recognized hair extension expert and is a master in several methods of hair extensions, including ProHair, Great Lengths, Hairdreams, and Microlines. In addition, she excels at color correction and has been a hair color educator for L’Oreal Professional, Eugene Perma, and Schwarzkopf Professional. A leader in the local salon community, Leslie is also a member of the Advisory Committee for Shoreline School of Cosmetology. Read Leslie’s Blog
Darya Lundberg, Stylist
Darya is a savvy stylist who brings positivity and her love for all things creative to the Platinum team. She is inspired by vintage and modern classic hairstyles. When it comes to styling, Darya crafts beautiful formal up do’s and loves working with you to create a personalized new style. She also specializes in multiple types of hair extensions and is excited to transform hair! Other favorites of Darya include custom cuts and flirty fun colors. Darya is experienced with on site styling for photo shoots and enjoys attending local fashion and hair shows to keep her up to date and inspired. With a passion for all facets of art, Darya has also studied design, photography and painting at the California Institute of the arts in Los Angeles. Click here to read Darya’s Blog
Amanda Wardein, Stylist
Over the last decade of her hairstyling career, Amanda has mastered the art of haircutting. The comfort and ease which she displays behind the chair will make any client feel right at home, whether you’re going for a dramatic change in color and style or simply refreshing your look. Amanda excels in creating natural looking, multidimensional, hair color that will enhance and radiate your natural beauty. If you’re a mom just looking to sass up your style or someone who’s looking for that professional edge in the boardroom, Amanda will help you create the look that’s right for you and your lifestyle.
Alex Silverman, Management
Alex has been around the beauty industry his entire life and now he is in it. As the Salon Manager and Marketing Coordinator; Alex is at the phones, answering emails, and talking to you on Facebook and twitter. He holds a BA in Economics from University of California Santa Cruz; Alex is very good at figuring out an issue you have at the front desk. So give him a call down at the Lounge today.
Leslie Harris, Reception/ Wedding Coordinator
The Platinum Lounge’s only east coast native Leslie Harris comes to us all the way from New Hampshire. Relocating to Santa Cruz in June of 2010 Leslie, known by many as Leela, has a BA in European History with a minor in Genocide studies from Keene State University. Leslie is enjoying California’s weather and beaches, and like our coast, has a knack for all things romantic. Leela is your contact for all your wedding needs.
Ashley Hoy, Stylist
Like a lion tamer, Ashley can turn any unruly mess into a manageable mane. Known as the frizz buster Ashley specializes in smoothing treatments and healthy looking hair. Ashley really loves to help clients find solutions to all of their hair woes, by adding a shot of shine to dull strands or taking the frizz from an unmanageable style she really can take your look to the next level. She does all this while being the most cheerful person anyone has ever met, an award winner in customer service; it really is a delight to spend some time in her chair. Ashley would love to see what happiness she can bring to you.
Mea Silverman, Apprentice Stylist
Mea is the Platinum Lounge’s first apprentice. Currently a student at the CosmoFactory Mea is accelerating her learning through the new apprenticeship program. She may be young but Mea is no stranger to the beauty industry, Mea has virtually lived in a salon since a very young age and has developed her natural talent for makeup over the last few years.
David Spalding, Business Manager
David Spalding has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics from the University of California at Riverside and a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Prior to his position at the Platinum Lounge, he held several sales management positions for major haircare manufacturers working with salons and distributors. David’s role at the Platinum Lounge is to oversee sales, marketing, bookkeeping, human resources, insurance, inventory management, and business analysis to ensure that the salon is in alignment to provide an amazing experience to all of our valued clients.