Saturday, April 18, 2015

Q&A with Shantel Gauna

A few months ago I came to Shantel with some pretty tortured hair (understatement). It was broken, had about fifty shades of color, and an uneven cut.

She transformed my hair, (seriously I am obsessed with it), but she also provided me with the tools to get the styles I love, teaching me about the process of my hair with each appointment, and taking her time to make sure I adored my 'do.

Beyond the salon and the glitz and glam, Shantel has the most caring heart and is the hardest worker. Working long days and jet setting, you would expect an exhausted, less enthusiastic person, but Shantel shines at all times. Every time I go into the salon, I leave inspired.

She is beautiful inside and out, incredibly smart and kind, and makes me feel like my best self.

Today, she is sharing part of what drives her in the industry, favorite products and more.

Read along, and follow Shantel on her Instagram for up to date posts about hair and beauty.


what is the most rewarding part of your job?
There are so many perks! I love building strong relationships and connecting with so many different people from around the world. Making a difference on how people view themselves just by changing their hair, then educating them on how to create professional salon styles easily at home! I also really LOVE being involved in editorial, multimedia, and fashion! It's so fast paced, you get lost in it, it's like a dream. 

what would you say to people hoping to be successful in the hair and beauty industry?
My biggest advice would be to say YES to every opportunity that comes your way. Stay hungry and surround yourself with people that inspire you and push you to be better.

what would be your dream job outside of your current industry?

Honestly? I could never see myself doing anything else. I am absolutely in love with this industry and I am really living my dream! 

what is your personal philosophy that you live by?

Never let the sparkle die! Stay inspired, excited, grateful, humble, and HUNGRY. 

what has been your greatest accomplishment so far?

Aside from the celebrity clientele I started to build as a colorist, Being able to travel the world, being on stage doing hair for Paul Mitchell hairshows, one of my greatest is landing my dream in one of Las Vegas' most prestigious salons, Platinum Entourage, and running my own successful business with a 5 week wait list under the age of 25. 

whose hair would you love to do?

That's a hard one! I have to pick a top three! Madonna, a Kardashian, and Will Farrell.

what don’t a lot of people know about you?

Outside the business world many people don't know that I pray a lot and I owe all of my success to God.

Favorite products:

Face: Kiehls Vitamin C Serum, Mac Soft and Gentle highlighter, Anastasiaseyebrow kit, lots of lashes!

Hair: Paul Mitchell Extra Body Root Boost, Moroccan Oil, Pureology Hydrate shampoo and conditioner, and Kenra Blow dry spray is everything!

Body: H2O sea salt body scrub, Bio Oil, Aveeno daily moisturizer. I also can't live without flowerbomb perfume.

What are the biggest mistakes people make with their hair?

Box coloring their hair! 

What is your ultimate beauty secret?

Hair skin and nail vitamins, lots of water, splurge on a really nice face cream!!


  1. Your hair looks awesome! My first job outside of college was at a Paul Mitchell hair school in Chicago. I learned a lot even working front desk!

  2. This was so cool! And I adore your hair!


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