Hello, my name is Shaela.


I was raised in the Live Oak area of Santa Cruz. I realized I wanted to be a hair stylist at the age of three when my sister decided to take scissors to my hair and give me bangs! After one look in the mirror (and a quick trip to a real salon), I realized that I had to take matters into my own hands. I graduated high school a year and a half early to follow my dream of being a hair stylist. While waiting to attend the Paul Mitchell San Fransisco Institute of Esthetics & Cosmetology, I got a job at a beauty supply store here in Santa Cruz. That job exposed me to the inner workings of hair care.

The last few years I have had the privilege of being a stay at home mom while styling hair part time for clients in the comfort of their own home. I really missed the energy of providing clients with the experience of being able to do hair in the salon. After hearing such great things about L’Atelier, I knew I had to see it for myself. The moment I walked through the doors I knew that it was special. From the light and spacious environment to the kind, friendly vibe, this was exactly the place I had been looking for. The stylists are all so creative and friendly. I look forward to expanding my skills of cutting and coloring here.

When I am not at L’Atelier, I enjoy being with my two boys Mark and Luke. Whether we are hiking, fishing, camping, boating, or just watching a movie, our time together is precious. I am so lucky to be their Mom. When I have a bit of time to myself, I enjoy jogging, gardening, meditating, embroidery, and canning fruits and veggies from the garden.

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little about me. I look forward to meeting you soon!


All Services include an in-depth/comprehensive consultation before commencing your service.


  • Haircuts of all lengths

  • Highlighting/low-lighting

  • Microlights (aka babylights)

  • Grey coverage and grey blending techniques

  • All color services

I use I.C.O.N EcoTech, Schwartzkopf and Sunlights color lines.  Prices are based on length, texture and abundance not gender or age. Please contact reception for an individual estimate.

Prices From:

  • Haircuts for over the ear length from 65.

  • Haircuts for lengths under the ear down from 75.

  • Highlights/low-lights from 130.

  • Microlights (aka babylights) from 150.

  • Clear or Color Glaze from 80.

  • Permanent Color from 95.

Prices are based on length, texture and abundance not gender or age. Please contact reception for an individual estimate.

“I had a great appointment with Shaela yesterday. I felt like she took the time to find out what I was looking for and then she executed it perfectly. I'm looking forward to my next appointment with her in February.”

Melissa Y.

“Shaela was really nice and did a great job. I was very impressed and thought it was a very positive experience. Thanks for everything!”

Joani M.