While she loves encouraging clients to take risks that reward them with a renewed sense of identity, she’s equally adept at creating exceptionally natural looking color for clients who prefer a traditional approach. “I was really good at chemistry and science in school,” she says. “I love that I get to come up with the perfect color blend and express my artistic side at the same.”
Her passion for hair may have started before she was a twinkle in her parents’ eyes. With two family members owning hair salons in her native Florida, the cosmetology gene seems to run in her blood. Even at the age of 15 when her family relocated to Los Angeles so her sister could pursue an acting career, Chelsea claims her sights were set on hair. “All I wanted was to get to cosmetology school,” she says.
She did just that in 2005 when she enrolled in Moro Beauty College. While Chelsea was studying both color and cutting she landed a job as a receptionist at a local hair salon where she met her first mentor, Beth Oropeza. A 30 year hair veteran, Oropeza took Chelsea under her wing as her personal assistant. “She was just the best!” she says. “She knew everything, had seen everything, and was like a second mom to me.” Oropeza introduced Chelsea to “everything Vidal Sassoon” including taking her to first hair show. “It was art on a head,” she says. “That was it for me.”
Inspired, Chelsea landed an apprenticeship at Vidal Sassoon in Beverly Hills from 2007 – 2009. She then transferred to Sassoon in Seattle where she worked as a colorist until she returned to Los Angeles several months later. In the end she feels Sassoon was a little “too corporate” for her, preferring instead the creative freedom she finds at Chop Chop. “When I first walked into Chop Chop, I felt like I was home.” Chelsea joined the team in June 2010.
Email : Chelsea@ChopChopSalon.com