Legend has it that Lisa was born with a brush in her hand. So it’s no surprise she has more than 34 years of experience in the beauty biz as an owner and stylist extraordinaire.
"I fell in love with this industry since my first makeover in the 8th grade."
Obsessive about color, styling and healthy hair, she treats her craft, clients and team with the upmost dignity. So to know Lisa is to understand her philosophy about creating a culture of education, artistry and continuous growth.
A life goal that overflows into the community of San Dimas and the San Gabriel Valley as a part of leadership team of the Business Networking International, where she networks with other business owners who promote various local events.
And when it comes to passion, there’s no greater evidence than the smile on a client’s face as Lisa swirls the chair around and faces them toward the mirror.
“I love bringing out the best in others and giving them the confidence to be their best,”
Although balancing work, art and play isn’t always easy, you can find Lisa with her husband, Greg, and two pampered pooches cheering on their favorite football team, the Carolina Panthers most Sundays, when the salon is dark.
Daniel came to Platform as talented, young stylist ready to rock out hair. His 18th Century Rock star vibe lends itself nicely to his clientele, who are looking for something unique and fresh.
“Women are usually more avant garde with color, but men are more so with haircuts.”
Balancing out the all-female styling team, Daniel has spent nearly 5 years at the salon honing his craft and technique through education and hands-on training. Men’s cuts are one of his specialties. He describes his approach as very precise and strategic.
“When a client comes through the door, I’m thinking, what’s gonna look good on them. I study their body language, style, as well as their hair needs"
It took a 2007 television show called, “Sheer Genius,” to launch this young stylist into the world of beauty.
“I spent a lot of time watching the Fashion Network when I was teenager. When that show came out, it showed me a lot of different, creative styling and really inspired me.”
In fact, makeovers in color are Cindy’s specialty.
“I love seeing transformations and seeing how much of an impact you can have on a person by giving them great hair,” said Cindy, who rocks an urban chic vibe with tousled short hair and bright, big eyes.
So selecting hair design as a career was an easy fit for this hardworking and studious hot shot.
“My approach when trying to make a client look great is having a detailed consultation with them. Seeing what their style and maintenance is and really just listening to them."
So jumping headfirst into Platform’s apprenticeship was a great fit for this passionate and fresh-faced talent.
Seeing how you can brighten someone's day by giving them awesome hair and a great experience is what really satisfies.”
Uberfriendly with the skills to match is the best way to describe this young talent. Tori Baltz, adds youthful energy to Platform's Beauty Dream Team.
Since she was a little girl, Tori knew she was destined to become a stylist.
"I used to ask the ladies doing my mom's hair all about color and what they were doing. I used to bug the hairstylist with all my questions."
Even now, some of her favorite moves are UpDos, braids, blowouts and styling. And no one loves a wedding more than she.
"My goal is to do awesome color and weddings. I can't get enough of weddings."
Trained by the top professionals she works with and admires, her strength lies in an attentive ear and detailed approach.
"I consider myself a professional friend. I listen to what my client wants and give them my feedback. Who wants to be the unapproachable hair stylist."
Know as fashionable, yet tailored, she fits nicely into Platform fold.
"I love the family atmosphere. It feels like home to me. I consider us very stylish, but not stuffy."
Ann-Marie is a licensed skincare therapist, who specializes in brow design & waxing. Refusing to use traditional strip wax which causes the painful pulling of the skin, she invests in a specialty hard wax which shrinks wraps around unwanted hair, leaving your delicate skin in tact. Then, she tweezes the fine details of your arch and fills in the brows while tending to the area’s sensitivity.
“I take the sting out of waxing and groom your brows. Clients should walk away amazed, not red and swollen.”
This former newspaper reporter turned beauty guru studied at the International Dermal Institute and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
"I needed a color and my hairstylist wouldnt fit me in. I found this salon and they fit ne in same day. They are always good about getting me in even if i call on the same day.Everyone is super friendly and wants to make sure you look and feel like a princess. They take their time. The bonus is they Give really awesome massages when washing your hair!! Definitley try them out!"
"I am somewhat new to the area and stumbled across Platform Salon on yelp, I saw the good reviews and i thought what the heck! Lets give a shot. I was immediately impressed with how beautiful the building is inside and out. The girl at the front desk is always smiley and nice and they immediately offer you a beverage as soon as you walk in."
"I have been going to Platform Salon for 7 years and I see Angel Diaz... She always does an amazing job with my cut and color. I have also done a Keratin treatment with her. She is stylish and sweet and a great girl. When she is away on vacation I have gone with Elsa and Lisa and they have nailed my color both times."
- Sabrina C.
"I had been to Platform previously, but it had been a couple years. I went in to retouch my blonde roots and was scheduled with Cindy. She did a fabulous job and was so personable and knowledgable. She was able to make my roots match my current blonde perfectly and she even recommended a treatment to strengthen my hair in between color processes. Definitely going back to her next go around!"
- Courtney D.