MASTER STYLIST & OWNER
I have been dressing hair for 14 years. My journey to become a hairstylist started in Czechoslovakia where I was born. While receiving my high school education I studied graphic design and commercial arts for 4 years. Curriculum of this school become a strong foundation of my work today. Science of chemistry helped me to master hair coloring, history of arts become and endless inspiration and the geometry is an essential part of precise haircutting.
After I moved to Florida I graduated Fashion Focus Hair Academy and obtained degree in Cosmetology. At this unique private school I discovered my passion for hairdressing. I gladly accepted an offer to become a personal assistant of Mr.Richard Waintraub owner of the best salon in Sarasota. As his protege I have received training at Bumble and Bumble institute in New York city. I took an advanced classes in french haircutting technique from Frederic Fekkai, Candy Shaw and others. This cutting technique uses hair to frame the face resulting in beautiful, soft, versatile looks.
Eager to master French haircutting I went back to Europe. I become a student at L’Oreal Professional Paris Institute in Prague. Working at one of the downtown hair salon in this Bohemian city was also an amazing experience. After 6 moths I came back to Florida.
Venice is a wonderful town to raise my two children and maintain a healthy lifestyle. For more than 7years I joined a team of stylist in the most popular salon in our area. We were provided with styling classes by Eufora and a color education by Schwarzkopf. Recently I finished 3 months of Cutting Loose’s advanced training academy in Sarasota where I sharpened my skills in recent hair coloring trends including Balayage together with new trends in cutting utilizing French technique.
Surrounded by the best in the our industry including Mrs. Coral Pleas -salon owner,entrepreneur of the year and my mentor I decided to open my own place. At Lenka hair salon we take pride and passion in catering to every client . Our interior has chic and elegant atmosphere designed to make you feel great. If you are allergic to average like me you will appreciate and love how we make you feel you will be amazed how we make you look.
Born in New Jersey, Ali graduated from SCTI in 2009 and has since added French cutting classes to her repertoire. She excels in color, color correction, percussion cutting and fades. Equally fluent in both men’s and women’s current styles. She is always looking to further her education, and never grows tired of seeing how satisfied her clients are when they see the final result in the mirror.
MASTER STYLIST COLOR SPECIALIST
Mercedes is considered by many impressed guests one of the best stylists in town.
Born and raised in Dominican Republic Mercedes lived in New York City before moving to this paradise.
Mercedes strives to achieve class and enjoys producing work that is sleek, sophisticated, and luxurious. She is an innovative and versatile stylist, whose attention to detail contributes to her skill in creating personalized hair looks that fit her guests.
There is an enormous demand to get to her chair. Mercedes thrives to accommodate each one of her valuable guests, but never compromises the quality of her work. In order to provide the best guest experience, she teams up with another phenomenal hairstylist, former salon owner from California Oksana. She doesn’t want the commitment of her own clientele anymore and enjoys assisting to one of the best in the industry now.
These two lovely ladies create a beautifying symphony you have never experienced.
Mercedes is a Fashion Focus Academy graduate who completed an extensive apprenticeship at Lenka Hair Salon. She was Lenka’s “right hand” while attending advanced education program in French Hair cutting at Cutting Loose Salon in Sarasota years ago. She had the privilege to get certified with the famous Martin Parsons in up-styling and long hair design. Her commitment to constantly grow makes her venture outside of Florida to learn more and bring the latest to our sunny paradise. Lenka hair salon provided her with the classes in Jamison Shaw hairdressers salon in Atlanta. She was coached personally by Mrs. Candy Shaw and her team in precise French cutting as well as Balayage. Using this French, freehand technique she creates natural-looking, sun-kissed color that looks, as Mercedes says, “like you’ve spent a summer at the beach, not three hours in the salon.”
Keeping in mind that hair color should make an individual look, she strives to inspire confidence in every client. She is a genius when it comes to hair coloring. Her gifts are in an individually customized tones, and deliberate placement of contrast. You can trust this lovely, elegant lady with color correction, growing out gray transformation as well as amazing vibrant reds and perfect blonds. However, if there is something unachievable, compromising or simply not right for you she will make a better suggestion you can trust.
Mercedes has an eye for selecting haircut shapes that compliments her clients’ facial features and lifestyle. She is known for designs that range from edgy to clean cut. Her women’s short haircuts are modern and youthful, and her long-layered cuts grow out beautifully, maintaining lasting shape. If you think nobody can cut your hair right in this town book with Mercedes, she is worth of waiting for.
I know it’s almost hard to believe that stylist like this even exists. I as an owner am extremely proud to have this exceptional bilingual professional on my team.
Let me finish her bio with her own words:
“I feel that consultation and understanding what my guest desires is a key to a great style. I pride myself in listening and communicating with each guest to achieve their needs and hair goals. I am never too busy to insist on consultation every time you come to my chair. I am looking forward to seeing you at Lenka Hair Salon”.
Deborah is a top stylist in our area. With over 30 years behind the chair and a former salon owner.
Moving to Venice from PA., NJ. area, bringing her passion for hair, nature and life. Perfecting cutting and color skills by attending yearly workshops and conventions with the best Artists of our industry. Along with years in the business she is able to adapt new concepts to accomplish goals of each client.
She is a master with a pair of scissors, meticulous and precious, focused on every detail. Sessions in her chair are an experience of calmness, where you will never feel rushed.
A friendly approach will set you at ease and ready to face the new you. Deborah is starving to bring out the best in all her clients. Creating an effortless and fresh color story with the belief that “one service doesn’t fit all” whilst working with the hairs growth and curl patterns to create a natural but sophisticated look, taking in consideration lifestyle along with manageability and current trends.
Olga was born in Russia just 60 miles from Moscow. She developed an interest in cosmetology as a young girl, but a college degree was necessary in post-communist Europe. She graduated from Moscow engineering institute as an honored student.
Soon after earning her degree, she realized that her true passion is to work in a more creative setting and to help people look their best.
Olga finished cosmetology school in Moscow in 2001 and gained experience while working in several upscale salons in Russia.
Olga’s dream was to live near the beach. In 2013, she relocated with her family to sunny Florida. She studied English language at the State College of Florida. She then completed a cosmetology program at Charlotte Technical College in 2016.
This talented stylist joined our team in 201. Olga is certified in Brazilian blowout, and certified in Candy Shaw – Master Balayage class. Olga worked with Redken, Goldwell, JKS, Schwartzkopf, L’Oréal and Wella color.
With nearly 15 years of experience in the industry and international training Olga loves to match the perfect hairstyle to each guest. She believes in tailoring each look to custom fit a person’s individual needs. In her opinion best work is inspired by her client’s personal style. She is an expert in classic cutting utilizing the French technique. She is a true master when it comes to haircutting. There isn’t a hairstyle she can’t duplicate unless it’s not right for you. You can trust Olga’s expert opinion.
When it comes to color Olga has a skilled eye for color matching. She has mastered American and French balayage, as well as numerous techniques of blonding with foils. You can trust this Olga with the process of growing out your gray the most seamless way possible. Her expertise can be seen in the final look, which is always presented effortless, beautiful, and glossy.
Olga is known for her men’s cuts that range from edgy to clean cut. Her expertise is gentlemen coloring, including natural looking highlights or soft balayage to enhance youthful appearance of sun-kissed hair. Let her blend your gray sparkles without anyone noticing that you color your hair -no line of demarcation ever.
Permanent waving is one of this stylist’s techniques to add body and volume after prior consultation, consisting of hair diagnosis. Sometimes Olga perms her gentlemen guests as well to enhance the density and thickness of their hair.
To provide the best guest experience, she often teams up with another phenomenal hairstylist, former salon owner from California Oksana. She doesn’t want the commitment of her own clientele anymore and enjoys assisting to one of the best in the industry now.
Olga’s exceptional skill and ability to tailor her craft to each client’s unique vision, have earned her a widespread reputation as the best stylist for those seeking a flawless look.
After choosing an untraditional high school path at vocational cosmetology program Kipten bravely relocated himself from Vermilion Ohio to Venice, Florida.
Kipten joined our team in Jun 2019 as a junior stylist and retrained under the careful eye of Lenka herself to learn her signature techniques and received extensive French haircutting training. His incredible talent and phenomenal sense for detail promoted him very soon into the position of Lenka’s personal colorist. Working with a clientele with the highest expectation he had to deliver the best quality of services. Kipten uses exclusively only French haircutting technique; he mastered French and American Balayage while still bringing that natural affinity for men’s styles to the salon. Kipten as a winner of 2 barbering competition still enjoys gentlemen grooming and cuts.
While working on our team he enjoys teaching young cosmetology students in local schools. Kipten constantly educates himself at hair shows also takes classes with Goldwell color experts. The biggest impact on his career was three days long hands on intensive French cutting class in Atlanta with internationally recognized educator Candy Shaw and her team at Jamison Shaw hairdresser’s salon.
This young gentleman works with Goldwell, JKS, Redken SEQ and Brazilian Blowout and Keratin. His specialty is dry cutting, wig cutting and styling as well as gentleman’s grooming, perming and coloring.
Kipten is very empathetic, his ability to get into clients’ mind helps him to understand their vision, hair goals and limitations. He is very visual and loves working with pictures to ensure him and his guest is on the “same page” after thorough consultation.
Kipten’s compassion paired with his creative eye for structure, shape, and color makes him a well-rounded and invaluable stylist.
FRONT DESK RECEPTIONIST
Hi I’m Carolyn,
I am currently the Front Desk Receptionist here at Lenka Hair Salon.
A recent transplant from New Hampshire, I moved to Port Charlotte with my husband in April 2021. I have been an administrative assistant for a manufacturing company in NH for 7 years and front desk associate for a lake resort for 7 years. My passion is theater both on and off stage. I look forward to my employment here at Lenka Hair Salon and enjoy being part of this amazing “FAMILY”
I hope to bring a smile to all of our clients’ faces as soon as they walk through our door and leave a lasting impression with you all! I am dedicated to making our clients get the appointment times they are wanting and working with you one on one to make your experience at Lenka Hair Salon enjoyable.
My name is Jada. I’m from this beautiful paradise we call Venice, Florida. Shortly after high school I obtained my license in cosmetology. After several interviews in all the best salons in the area I decided to join this amazing salon. I ’ve worked at Lenka hair salon as a Protege first, later I became Lenka’s colorist. I was fortunate to have LENKA teach me one on one the fundaments of French Haircutting.
I mastered 3 days hands of advanced French haircutting class at Jamison Shaw hairdresser salon in Atlanta. I am certified in Brazilian blowout, and I am also certified in Candy Shaw – Master Balayage class. I have worked with Redken, Goldwell, JKS and Schwartzkopf.
I like to start our relationship with very personalized consultation (never rushed) going through images to be sure we are “speaking the same language”. After Consulting I define the structure of the haircut while wet, finishing the cut after the blow-dry with tons of personalized detailing. I like to liberate my guests by giving effortless structured haircuts that work with natural flow of hair. I enjoy cutting pixies, short, long hair and bobs as well. I am very passionate about curly hair. I want to give you the knowledge on all the products that will work best for you in this humid Florida weather.
I specialize in Blonding! From different techniques like highlights, baby-lights, tease-lights and Balayage to color corrections, I am ready to take on your color needs to create a transformational look! How ever I am very experienced in helping guests to embrace their gray as well and transform them from colored to natural.
I’m passionate about self-care and loving ourselves for who we are, and I hope to help so many beautiful people love themselves a little more so my goal as a stylist is to not just create beauty but to remember to love yourself too!
Mariah was born and raised in Florida, so she knows how to keep your hair looking great in this hot, humid environment.
She developed an obsession for hair at an early age that has led her to this fun, exciting and fulfilling career. She has gathered knowledge and experience as Lenka’s personal assistant- protege and later her colorist. The pivotal moment of her career was three days long hands-on intensive cutting class in Atlanta with internationally recognized educator Candy Shaw and her team at Jamison Shaw hairdresser’s salon.
Mariah mastered advanced French haircutting training and is certified in this precise method of shaping hair. She developed an eye for cuts that are unique to each client. She gives attention to different textures, densities, and patterns on the scalp to make sure the haircut feels balanced. She takes great pride in the ability to create customized looks that enhance the unique features and personality of everyone that sits in her chair.
Mariah utilizes a wide range of color applications, highlighting as well as balayage techniques and fantasy colors. As an experienced colorist, we recommend her even for difficult color corrections including repairing damaged hair.
Mariah uses the salon’s myriad resources to effortlessly create the leading-edge looks her high-fashion clientele demands.