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

  • Aqua Hair Extensions for length/abundance

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 50.

  • Haircuts for lengths under the ear down from 65.

  • Highlights/low-lights from 120.

  • Microlights (aka babylights) from 140.

  • Clear or Color Glaze from 70.

  • Color & Grey Blending from 100.

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

“Shaela is a warm, confident stylist. She gave me a beautiful blow out, and excellent product recommendations.”

Makai H.

“I had a great experience with Shaela yesterday. My hair looked awesome (still does), she was warm and engaging, and the salon is beautiful. All around a wonderful time.”

Camille A.

“Shaela is fabulous, the space and products are thoughtful and soothing. I’m enjoying my hair A LOT!”

Mae C.

“Hi Megan, I was very pleased with the service I received at your salon. Everyone was very friendly and I thought the Prosecco and sparkling water offerings were a very nice touch. Shaela was very nice and easy to talk to. I cut 12” off my hair and she did an amazing job. I showed her a photo of the style I wanted and she brought it to life exactly how I imagined! She was very thorough in her analysis of my hair/hair routine and was very clear in explaining the cut she planned to do. She also gave a wonderful head massage when she was shampooing me. I have been looking for a salon/stylist for a while now and I think I’ve found it with L’Atelier and Shaela. I’ve already passed along a couple of the referral cards Shaela gave me to friends who complimented my hair. Thanks so much!”

Nikki D.

“My cut with Shaela was great! She was professional, friendly, and gave me exactly the cut I was looking for!"

Julia S.

“Shaela did an awesome shampoo, trim and layering of my hair. It really has not felt this good in a long time. More importantly, Shaela listened, doing exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!”

Valerie M.

“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.