Our Team

Our creative team
& their work

Elia Monvel

CEO of the company

With a career spanning over 30 years in the beauty industry, Elia has emerged as a prominent figure, renowned for his creativity, technical mastery, and dedication to his craft. As the esteemed owner of Salon True for the past 18 years, Elia has not only carved a niche for himself but has also significantly contributed to elevating the standards of the salon industry.

Elia’s journey of hair artistry began in Lebanon in the late 1980’s. But soon after moved to the vibrant city of Paris in 1992, where he underwent rigorous training under industry luminaries such as Jean Louis Deforges and Frank Rush. Throughout his career, Elia’s artistry has been featured in prestigious fashion shows, leaving a mark on the runways of both Los Angeles and Paris Fashion Week. His creative vision and meticulous attention to detail have attracted a clientele like major celebrities, including the iconic Kathy Ireland, and esteemed publications like Beverly Hills Lifestyle magazine.

Elia’s passion finds expression in the art of dry cutting and french balayage, techniques that reflect his unwavering commitment to innovation and beauty. Beyond the confines of the salon, he finds joy in capturing captivating moments behind the camera, showcasing his talents and artistic sensibilities.

KAYLA HENDRICKSON

Level 4 – Professional Hairstylist

Kayla has always been passionate about fitness and beauty. Backed by education from Paul Mitchell, Goldwell, and Schwarzkopf, she has a wide variety of coloring skills from highlights and balayage, to gray blending.

Turning her passion into a business has given her the opportunity to help people discover their own beauty. Kayla’s specialty focuses on coloring. However, her skills range from women’s cuts (wet or dry) to beautiful balayage and highlights. 

No matter the client, Kayla is sure to bring beauty from the inside, out.

Find her on Instagram : @kreater3

LESLIE ORTIZ

Level 4 – Professional Hairstylist

Leslie began her hair journey at the age of 5. When her mother would take her to work at the hair salon.  Her constant exposure to hair, art & fashion lead her to pursue hair artistry.  In the last 10 years ,she’s  worked with many different stylists-amongst them being Dennis Lani & Sal Salcedo. She enjoys photography, fashion & fitness. 

She finds joy in helping people bring their creations to life.  Taking her time to listen &  bring out the vision within her client.   Her main focus is curly hair , all gender haircuts & razor cuts.  Leslie also is proficient in sun-kissed color & sew-in hair extensions.

Leslie is open to help you create within your guidelines. She takes her time & will prioritize what’s best for your hair at the moment.

Find her on Instagram : @leslienataliexoxo

PAULINA PERSEKIAN

Level 4 – Professional Hairstylist

Paulina has had an interest in hairstyling since the age of 12, when she began cutting her own hair. She was born and raised in Chicago where she received her training at Pivot Point Academy and has received additional certification in Brazilian Blowout application. In the seven years since then, she has gained extensive experience with color and balayage, and specializes in making highlights look “lived-in.”  She has mastered the art of blowouts and styling and is ready to help you leave the salon looking red-carpet ready!

Find her on instagram: @paulinacolours

EDGAR OVASAPYAN

Level 3 – Professional Hairstylist

Edgar O. is a seasoned hairstylist with an unwavering passion for hair artistry and a heart for making his clients look and feel their best. Edgar’s journey in the world of hairstyling has been marked by a commitment to continuous learning and growth. In 2015, he embarked on his quest for excellence at the prestigious Vidal Sassoon academy in London, where he refined his craft and embraced the art of precision cutting and styling. Demonstrating his dedication to continuous education, Edgar achieved the coveted title of Hair Expert from the Open European Academy of Economics & Politics in 2022, solidifying his position as a true professional in the industry.

A true artist at heart, Edgar offers an extensive range of services to cater to his clients’ diverse needs and desires. From haircuts and hair coloring to creating stunning permanent waves, providing comprehensive hair care services, and crafting exquisite hairstyles and blow-dry looks, he ensures every client leaves his chair feeling confident and beautiful.

Beyond his hair studio, Edgar’s warm and friendly personality shines through as he effortlessly communicates with clients in English, Russian, and Armenian. This multilingual ability fosters a strong connection with clients from various cultural backgrounds, making every visit a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

MARY KHATCHATRYAN

Level 3 – Professional Hairstylist

Mary found her passion for hair early in life. Since she was very young she began to learn all the ins and outs of cosmetology. Naturally, she moved forward with her education and graduated from Paul Mitchell in 2012.

With over 10 years of experience, Mary is now a Master stylist. She is a color correction specialist and is not afraid to tackle any challenges that come her way. With many talents, Mary provides a variety of services like color, cutting, styling & blonding and takes pride in her customer service & providing an exceptional experience for all her clients.

Find her on instagram : @mkhatchhair

JESSICA HENNINGSEN

Level 3 – Professional Hairstylist

Jessica is a Los Angeles native who has always been driven by the creative world of beauty and fashion. After graduating from FIDM, she jumpstarted a 10 year career in the latter and geared her focus toward accessories. That focus evolved as she came to believe that hair is one of the greatest accessories of all and ultimately switched career paths in 2017. Her expansive experience across the two industries have culminated in a love for total makeovers, something she can promise to any client who is looking for a change.

Find her on Instagram: @jmorahair

ANNIE HAYES

Level 3 – Professional Hairstylist

With over 16 years in the industry, Annie is a Colour, Balayage and Extension Specialist.  She started her career in her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she first realized her unique eye for beauty and glamour at the young age of 16 years old. Since then, she has refined and perfected her balayage technique, all the while working on Hollywood’s A- list celebrities, designers and bloggers alike – including Selma Hayek, Kate Walsh, Gigi Hadid, and Bella Hadid.

Annie is known not only for her extremely natural sun-kissed balayage highlights,  but also for the dimension of her ravishing redheads and the deep, delicious locks of her brunette clients.  She believes that dimension and the integrity of the hair comes before everything, which is why she only uses L’Orèal Professional Colors and only chooses the most gentle and high-quality extensions for each person and their hair type. From single bond extensions, the new and trending tape-in extensions, to even custom selecting, colouring, and cutting clip-ins to perfectly match your signature look, Annie believes she can leave the hair in beautiful condition, while making each client as glamorous and beautiful as any of the Celebrities.

Find her on Instagram: @anniehayeshair

ABDON VARGAS

Level 3 – Professional Hairstylist

With over twenty-five years in the beauty industry, Abdon’s passion and commitment never ceases to shine as he continuously inspires clients and peers alike. His career in hairdressing started in Orange County before he moved to Los Angeles. He dedicated himself to receiving more advanced training and education from top industry leaders such as Vidal Sassoon, Tigi, Sebastian and other hair care companies to master his talents and skills. Abdon began to expand into other medias, and found himself working onset for television, magazine, and photo shoots.

Abdon dedicated five years of Research and Development of products for SEBASTIAN haircare line. Soon after, he dedicated 10 years to being a Global Artistic Team member at I.C.O.N. LINE, working as a Master Coach and Stylist. Here, he contributed his talents by teaching and conducting seminars on both national & international scales while still maintaining and servicing his clientele.

Abdon combines all of his skills and experiences as a true stylist to create impeccable styles, perms, cuts, and colors for his clients. His cutting techniques are notably precise and clients appreciate the clean lines, versatility, and customized haircuts that achieve each of their desired looks. Abdon’s professionalism, attention to detail, communication, dedication to staying current without losing his past is what keeps his clients happy, pleased, and loyal.

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Level 2 – Professional Hairstylist

EMILY GRIMM

Level 2 – Professional Hairstylist

When Emily is not at the salon she spends her time swimming at the beach or laying out and enjoying the sweet LA sun at the park with her son and family. She believes that she can be passionate about both her work and family, while still making sure that her work is exceptional. Emily pursed her education at Paul Mitchell the School Sherman Oaks, and has been doing hair professionally for 7 years. She decided that she wanted to grow her business right here locally with us at Salon True and even assisted Elia Monvel for over a year before being appointed on the floor as New Talent. Emily has since become a cutting and styling specialist. Her updo services for special events are chefs kiss!

Emily’s passion is art & love to see her clients happy and display the art she has to offer everyone around them.

Find her on Instagram:@ _emilygrimm

JENNIFER AUDEON

Professional Hairstylist

Formally trained at the Tony&Guy Hairdressing Academy in Santa Monica, Jennifer “JD” Audeon has tackled a generation of young starlets with her talent.  Jennifer has spent years cultivating her craft, and the Los Angeles beauty scene has taken notice.  She has worked with several known celebrities and musicians and is very active in the editorial world.

AVIK VARDANYAN

Professional Hairstylist

Avik began his career as hair stylist in Moscow in 2002 at the famous Dolores Academy. Three years later he won awards from Wella Congress Trend Vision, impressing everyone with his innate talent and artistry .

Avik moved to Los Angeles in 2008 and attracted a loyal group of clients who appreciated the special attention he gave to creating the most flattering and fashionable hair styles. He attributes his success in hair design to his on-going educational pursuits and passion for his profession.He is a proud graduate of the Vidal Sassoon Academy, and institutes in New York which focused on the newest cutting and coloring techniques. Avik’s determination to excel in the beauty industry has been recognized and appreciated by instructors, peers, and clients alike.

Kim Haro



Professional Hairstylist

Kim with over 15 years of experience, proudly serving the vibrant community of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Born and raised in LA, her passion for hair styling started at a young age, inspired by the ever-evolving trends of the city. With a dedication to keeping her clients looking fresh and youthful, Kim is known for her ability to seamlessly blend classic styles with cutting-edge techniques. Specializing in hair color, highlights, precision haircuts, and extensions, she is committed to enhancing her clients’ natural beauty while staying ahead of the curve in the dynamic world of hairstyling. Kim continually practices her craft by attending workshops and masterclasses to stay ahead of the latest industry advancements.
When she’s not behind the salon chair, you can find Kim exploring the vibrant culture and diverse culinary scene of her beloved hometown, drawing inspiration from the eclectic energy of Los Angeles. 

LYNETTE NERSISIAN

 

From a unique talent to a deep passion, Lynette Nersisian never dreamed that her love for beauty would ever become her career of choice. With talents that stream back more than 15 years, she realized God had sent her the gift and deep passion for beautifying at the mere young age of 16. As a young girl, it was the little things that made her smile. Moments where she picked up a paint brush or lifted a pencil ultimately invited beauty and aesthetics into her life.

Her educational background includes a bachelors degree in computer engineering and business administration, far from anything she is currently practicing right now. Still she finds it is true what they say, “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”. And, that, she did. Her experience in training as a makeup artist allowed her to work with many notable artists in the industry and create some of the most sought-out brow shapes in the community.

Lynette has an eye for illustrating faces and pays close attention to the way eyebrows shape and frame the face. With this specialty, she transforms the frames of unique and individual faces every single day. In addition to being a highly skilled brow specialist, Lynette also unites her knowledge of makeup artistry to educate how certain products can enhance the appearance and shape of one’s brows.

Hours

Monday:

Closed

Tuesday:

09:00 - 07:00

Wednesday:

09:00 - 07:00

Thursday:

10:00 - 07:30

Friday:

09:00 - 07:00

Saturday:

09:00 - 06:00

Sunday:

10:00 - 04:00