Hair Stylist

Hello and thank you for your interest in L'Atelier Salon!

We have a salon culture that is born from excellent employee and customer care as well as a cohesive, collaborative, very organized workplace environment that does not have a "glass ceiling.".  We support professional growth and encourage you to achieve your heart's desire at L'Atelier Salon!

We are located in downtown Santa Cruz at 114 Pearl Alley, between Walnut Avenue and Lincoln Street and one block off of Pacific Avenue.  Spontaneous visits are abundant!

L'Atelier Salon is a beautiful, hip, bright, relaxed, yet very professional working environment. After over 10 years in business at the same location, we have established a strong reputation that was founded upon excellent employee and customer care as well as a positive, supportive work space with regular continuing education. We ongoingly host classes from Aveda, Kevin Murphy, and Jane Iredale, to name a few, and we have monthly Develop Me Mondays to continue to hone our technical skills.  We are a certified green business through the Monterey Bay Green Business Program (www.montereybaygreenbusiness.org), focusing on recycling, preserving our natural resources, and being mindful of our own carbon footprint to the best of our ability. We are also members of Think Local First, an organization that supports local businesses, encourages keeping our spending dollars local, and maintaining a strong local workforce (www.thinklocalssantacruz.org).

Included with your employment: continuing education and ongoing daily support to learn and grow as a professional stylist, MindBody online web-based scheduling software program that you can manage from your home, smart phone/computer from anywhere in the world,  all lab/color supplies, back bar, high-end beverage bar, an excellent Salon Manager, Cassie Wood, reception services from 8:00 am to close, dental benefits, sick pay, parking permit, the list goes on...


  • Strong work ethic and desire to grow
  • Dedicated and passionate about cutting/styling/coloring hair
  • Efficient time management
  • Friendly, supportive, open attitude
  • Envision yourself working in a high-end well organized salon long term
  • California cosmetology license
  • 2+ years of experience, a clientele is not necessary

Pay is 10/ hour plus a percentage of production that is based on your experience, retail commission from 10% up to 30% and gratuities.  Local Independent contractors/renters who are looking to transition to be an employee at L'Atelier are encouraged to apply.

Are you new to Santa Cruz?  If so, you do not need a clientele to apply as we are a VERY busy and successful salon.

***See below for how to apply.


Compensation is 10/hour + retail commission + gratuities.

Join our family and continue to build your hair styling and coloring skills in our personalized Development Program.  With our one-on-one mentorship program and Develop Me Monday classes, you will begin to see clients as an Apprentice Stylist behind the chair after a 30 day, L'Atelier Salon-Specific Best Practices training program. Once Apprentice training is complete (3-12 months on average), you will be offered employment as a level 1 stylist.   After which you will continue your education at L'Atelier Salon, meet benchmarks and to grow towards a level 6/Master Stylist and beyond!

Our apprenticeship program is fast paced and designed specifically for you and where you are at in your career.  Wether you are a new graduate or have experience behind the chair we will design the perfect training program to meet you exactly where you are with your technical skills and theory knowlage.  

While we all assist each other during times that we are able to, this is NOT an assistant-only position, it is a apprenticeship program.  This program is for the serious professional who desires to be a productive and successful stylist.  


  • California cosmetology license
  • Strong work ethic
  • Eager to learn and open to coaching
  • Efficient time management
  • Friendly, supportive and humble with a can-do attitude
  • Passionate about hair styling and willing to dedicate 100% to this career
  • Envision yourself working in a high-end, well organized and structured salon long-term
  • Excellent at blow drying hair and finish styling 

The schedule for this program:

  • Monday classes/meetings approximately once per month
  • Tuesday 8-6:30
  • Wednesday 8-5:30
  • Thursday 8-6:30
  • Friday 8-5:30
  • Saturday 8-5:30

Once you are offered a Level-1 Stylist position you will have the option to work 4 days per week.  You are expected to graduate up one level per 12-18 months based off of your technical and production growth; with each level increase a pay increase is included. Once you have achieved Master Stylist/level 6 you will have full discretion over the schedule that you desire to work.


L'Atelier Salon recognizes and appreciates talented professionals with a passion for our industry; compensation and benefits are above average to include: Hourly + percentage of production, bonuses, generous retail commission, discounts on salon products, paid sick leave, dental care, the list goes on...

Please bring your resume, and references to Megan Piety/Owner or Jenna McClure/Director of Education and Development, Tuesday-Saturday from 12:30-5.

If you are unable to attend in person, please forward your resume to jenna@lateliersalon.com. A gallery/portfolio of your work is requested but not required.


We Look Forward to meeting you!