Monica Salena is a Hair and Make Up Artist who began her career in a Orange County salon where she earned the reputation for precisely finished hair and make up designs for over 20 years.  Her presence behind the chair as well as her artistry was at a level that captured the attention of  many which few in the industry can compare. A firm believer in mentoring and education Monica currently  serves as a  Artistic  Design Team Member of the  Cinema Secrets Pro Artistry  Design Team LA where she joylously shares her experience and creative vision  alongside her team members.

With experience as a multicultural artist in salon, wedding, fashion and entertainment industries she has embraced opportunities in all areas of the industry that include TV, Film, Video, Fashion and Print as a freelance Hair and Make Up Artist. She believes “THE BEST FOUNDATION IS EDUCATION” and it was while she was taking an advanced corrective make up class with one of Hollywood's most respected Make Up Artist Maurice Stein Owner Founder of Cinema Secrets cosmetic line where her talent was recognized. 

Shortly after she auditioned in Miami for Sir VIDAL SASSOON's  son Elan who was creating a design team for a salon in Beverly Hills. She began to study under the direction of  Alan Benfield Bush Sir VIDAL SASSOON's most celebrated protege where she toured alongside him teaching stylists "The Method" a condensed technique that results in beautiful balanced hair designs. This opportunity allowed her to inspire many artists to explore their creative talents and technical skills in new and unprecedented ways. She has also educated professionals in salon familiarization and stylists education.

Her artistry has been published both nationally and internationally in Arsenic Magazine, Eclipse Magazine, Dress Code, Inside Wedding, Kurve 025, Mag Australia, O C Bride, Today's Black Woman Magazine and many hair and make up trade and consumer magazines namely Celebrity Style, Bridal Star Hairstyles, Hair Do Ideas, Inspire, Passion, Sophisticate's Hairstyle Guide, and Upstyles & Weddings to name a few. Her celebrity clients include Apolonia Kotero, Brandi Granville, Dee Wallace, Dominic Purcell, Dougal Fraser, Gwendolyn Yeo, Heather McDonald, Jimetta Rose, Joyful Drake, Joseph Bologna, Laura James, Madison Taylor Baez, Maurice Stein, Monique Victoria, Tania Mehra, Marrianne Williamson, Rachele Brook Smith, Renee Taylor, Stephanie Spampinato, Sue Carter, Vanessa Lyon, Victor Garber, and Wentworth Miller. Her  high profile clientele list include producers, writers, sports agents, talent lawyers, talent agents who have made their mark in the entertainment industry as well as public figures in the gaming industry namely Ludwigahgren, QTCinderella, and Justa Minxx. Additionally she was chosen by Cloutier Remix Agency LA to sit on the VIP  Hair Design Team for the unveiling of “The 2023 Cruise Collection" By Fashion Designer Nicolas Ghesquiere for fashion house Louis Vuitton held for the first time in the United States held at the Salk Institute in San Diego in May of 2022.  

Throughout her career working in the entertainment industry she has also been fortunate to meet and work with the most talented, intriguing and legendary athletes and musicians of all time.  She is currently so very  proud and honored to have been working alongside her cousin Madison Taylor Baez who at the young age of 13 years old has already significantly made an profound impact on screen as young Selena Quintanilla on "Selena" the series on Netflex and leading role in "Let The Right One In" as Eleanor Kane on showtime. She has earned two “IMAGEN” award nominations for both roles as “BEST YOUNG ACTRESS”. Madison was also SEASON 17 “AMERICAS GOT TALENT” GOLDEN BUZZER WINNER 2022. She has currently made her THEATRICAL DEBUT this year and plays  JOANNA in the play “LOVE ACTUALLY” that is currently in production until DECEMBER 30!

Monica also  gives back to her community and serves  on the Cerritos College Cosmetology Department Advisory Board Committee where she is an alumni, as well as joyously participates as an invited guest lecturer where it allows her the opportunity to share her blissful journey which include assisting the top celebrity hair, make up and master colorists in the industry today.

She encourages her colleagues and students  to continue their education as well as master the art of "Achieving Balance Between Business and Art". She is very grateful and honored of her professional opportunities and is humbled by her mentors who continue to inspire her and keep her professionally and creatively stimulated. The ability to enrich ones spirit through her artistry and mentor her students and future professionals is most fulfilling to her and continues to make a profound positive impact in the beauty industry today as a respected and Inspiring Fashion Leader, Educator , and Creative Director.

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