Meet the Team

The Sutra Salon team is a group of the industry’s finest talent and have been hand chosen for their level of expertise in a wide range of services, including award winning hair coloring, advanced cutting techniques, African American hair styling and hair extensions. Each stylists unique style and personality creates an environment that is welcoming to a wonderfully diverse clientele.

 

Antonio Lobato

Salon Owner
Hairstylist, Makeup Artist, Reiki Master and Shamanic Practitioner, Antonio Lobato brings over twenty-five years of experience to his ultimate manifestation Sutra Salon.  As a teenager, Antonio discovered he had an affinity for hair whirl working in his aunt’s salon in New Mexico.  Antonio’s intimate instincts coupled with his belief that a hairstyle must fit the individual and their lifestyle has earned him a faithful and diverse clientele that has steadfastly followed him throughout the years.
The idea that ones hair is an intrinsic component of who they are as well as an expression of their inner and outer self is a philosophy that Antonio developed as he honed and refined his skills.  It is this guiding principle that led to his holistic approach that weaved beauty and wellness into a singular and total experience for each and every client.  Antonio delivers a rare combination of expert, cutting edge skill with an eye that tailors each style to the individual’s particular hair type and facial structure to create a signature cut and look for each person.
Antonio’s expertise is also in high demand for print, runway and live events.  His credits include New York, LA and Miami Fashion Week, Features in W Magazine and The Hollywood Reporter, interviews with Access Hollywood, Extra and The Style Network, and styling for the Academy Awards.
A proponent for lifelong learning, Antonio continues to advance his skills through training with elite educators and top stylists from around the world. This  progressive viewpoint has led him to expand his knowledge into alternative healing modalities including Reiki, Aromatherapy, Tibetan Ayurveda, Crystal Healing and Native American Medicine and Shamanism.  Sutra Salon is home to Antonio where he will continue to innovate and inspire a young generation of stylists to adopt his holistic approach to melding beauty with mind, body and spirit.

Shannon Monod de Froideville

Salon Manager

As a busy mother of two energetic children, it isn’t a surprise that Shannon has the skills and patience to manage the bustling atmosphere at Sutra Salon. Shannon has over a decade of adminstrative experience. Her expertise in organization comes from her involved background working in logistics and sitting as a Secretary of the Board for her children’s athletic club, which even prompted her careers in garment manufacturing and the service industries, as the combination of served as an excellent  platform for management in the beauty industry.  As the first smiling face our guests see when the enter Sutra Salon, Shannon makes everyone feel comfortable and welcomed as she tends to not only to the needs of her coworkers, but also treats each client withall the attention and aid they deserve.  Shannon is ready to help you organize your beauty calendar with Sutra Salon.

 

Desi Geronimo

Master Stylist

Desi believes in art in its purest form. Inspired by the world around him, this free spirit has developed a most unique method of demonstrating his craft.  His objective when styling hair is to always create a personalized look for each client bring forth and enhancing the inner physical beauty of his guests, reflecting bold personality and style. Using his creative mind and open senses as his approach to cutting and coloring hair, even this skilled stylist looks at every cut with perpetual enthusiasm and dedicated spirit.  Desi’s loyal clientele admire is dedication to his art and remain in awe of his expertise every time they visit him. While his guests always love to watch him perform his craft as an accomplice professional stylist.  Desi believes it his clients who are truly the stars.

 

Julz Coda

Master Stylist

With a passion for international travel, Julz has spent her years as a hairdresser visiting every corner of the world seeing inspiration. Between the salon, her various philanthropic endeavors and her drive for educating everyone she meets, Julz has been involved in the industry from the sets of Hollywood to the villages of Cambodia, to beauty school classrooms, all the way to lava fields of Iceland, and everywhere in between.  As an educator in the beauty industry, she thrives on teaching not only other professionals, but every guest who sits in her chair.  Her classic training of  hairdressing comes from her strong foundation from the Vidal Sassoon Academy.  It was there that her intrigue for structure, engineering and creativity were all nurtured to develop her strengths as a technical artist.  Her attention to detail and eye for color  makes Julz an amazing barber and stylist and a vibrant colorist.  From photoshoots to daily clients in the salon, Julz thrives manifesting an entire experience in all avenues of her career.  Incorporating energy, multi media and as many of her fantastic colleagues as possible.  Julz develops uniquely intricate relationships. Everything Julz does is about the process and the journey, just as much as it is about the destination.

 

Liz Diaz

Master Stylist

As a seasoned artist, avid painter and natural photographer, hair dressing is just one of her many avenues of artistic expression. Liz has developed a passion for education having studied with some of the industries most influential artists, she has developed a gentle ability to bring people together with her natural leadership skills. As a Redken Certified Hair Colorist, she isn’t afraid to bring her clients look to the next level, her artistry continues with her prowess for glamorous, and special effects makeup.  While Liz transforms her guests hair, she also focuses on little luxuries like the power of a simple hand massage. Combining her passion for wellness with her love for beauty, Liz cultivates an entirely healing beauty experience.  Her philosophy is that were are in this life to support one another and elevate each other, whether behind the chair or with family and friends.  As a Sutra’s in house millennial, Liz keeps the salon on trend with the latest social media platforms, newest technology and the beauty industries most elite events.  A true artist and a free thinker, Liz’s creativity is her shining as she takes care of her guests, her family and her team.

Mikee Castaneda

Stylist

Mikee always knew her creativity could not be contained, coming from the small town of Joshua Tree, California.  With a desire for more, a drive for excellence and a beautiful daughter to be an example for, Mikee completed her cosmetology training at Elite Cosmetology School and moved to Los Angeles.  Finding her place in the beauty industry, she has excelled in technical and creative color and loves accenting all her haircuts with the perfect style for her clients.  Having working in the service industry for almost a decade, Mikee prides herself on customer service, an amazing customer experience, and above all service with a smile. Mikee is always helping her clients achieve their best look possible.

 

Shannon Ellis

Master Stylist

Boasting over 20 years experience in Orange County and Los Angeles, Shannon is an integral part of the beauty community in the South Bay.  Always smiling and filled with energy, her ability to light up a room never fails to brighten the day of not only her clients, but especially ever member of Team Sutra.  Shannon embodies the South Bay lifestyle, from running on the beach to snowboarding in Mammoth, she stays just as active out the salon as she is inside the salon.  Her extensive knowledge of products and color have also paved the path for her unmatched skills as a makeup artist. Her unique approach to beauty begins with defining the inner beauty of all her guests, making them look amazing  and feel special inside and out.  Whether bridal makeup or photoshoots or achieving the perfectly arched brow, Shannon has a gift for bringing beauty in every life she touches.  Her contagious energy, vibrant spirit and passion for perfection is what makes her the successful and accomplished stylist she is today.