Meet The 2023 Faces of Sola
Posted on February 15, 2023
The Faces of Sola program began in 2015 with the vision to bring together independent salon owners from across the country to share their personal stories and wisdom as beauty professionals, entrepreneurs, go-getters, givers, working parents, philanthropists, artists, educators, and people on a mission to change the world.
Since we launched the program, we have welcomed so many wonderful independent Solapreneuers to the Faces of Sola fam – each hand-selected to represent our brand’s 20,000+ community of salon owners and serve as ambassadors by sharing their stories, wisdom and experiences with our Sola community & beyond. They are a testament to our mission of empowering beauty professionals to achieve their dreams of owning a salon.
It is with great excitement that we introduce you to the 8 NEW Faces of Sola for 2023! We have a feeling you’re gonna love ‘em as much as we do... 🤩
Kayla Orth, @hairbykaylaorth – West Palm Beach, FL
Kayla Orth began her hairstylist career at the age of 16, working as an assistant and washing hair at a unisex salon. This set the foundation and ignited a passion for a career in the beauty industry for Kayla – she passed her state board when she turned 18, and hasn’t looked back since. Kayla considers herself a “forever student” because of how much there is to learn in this industry. Case in point: She specialized in color and precision haircuts for 13 years until she discovered a newfound passion and niche for invisible beaded extensions in 2020. After taking master courses and dedicating countless hours into her craft, she now holds the title of Next Gen Educator on the Platform artist team!
Kayla knew she was ready to go independent after 13 years working in local salons – she shared a space with another stylist for about 5 years until Covid hit and in 2020, she moved to a suite by herself at Sola West Palm Beach. Since then, she has outgrown into a larger studio!
“I love my Sola suite and community! All of my neighbors are so amazing – we help each other when we can. We can close our doors and have privacy or mingle and share a smile and a laugh with each other.”
Chloe Calley, @hairbychloecooper - Fenton, MI
Chloe has known from a young age that she wanted to pursue a career in cosmetology – and since the age of 19 she has owned her own hair business. How many other people can say they owned their own business at 19?! But her goal-crushing doesn’t stop there; she made the top 25 for Behind the Chair’s Suite Décor!
Before coming to Sola, she worked at a booth rental salon where she met one of her best friends and now business partner, Mesina. The salon they were working at abruptly closed and they were scrambling to find their next career step. They had both been on the waitlist for their local Sola location for quite some time - and as fate would have it, they got the notice that a suite would be available at Sola the day after they had to be out of the booth rented salon. Mercedes Brynn Hair + Company was born!
“Once I had found Sola, I knew it was the perfect fit for me and my lifestyle and was eager to make my dreams a reality. My time at Sola has been more than I could've ever dreamed of and I am so excited to see what the future has in store...”
Daniel Montes De Oca, @hairby_danielm – Greensboro, NC
Daniel Montes De Oca is a true testament to the American Dream – he was born in Mexico and moved to the US in 2015. He started doing hair when he first moved here with no intention of becoming his own boss; but after years of learning, improving his skills and upleveling his client experience, he eventually found his home at Sola. Opportunities kept following Daniel as he outgrew a standard suite to into a large, and he has no plans of slowing down any time soon.
Daniel has worked on all hair types, and over the years blondes have become his specialty. But above all, Daniel is passionate about more than just hair; he is passionate about people and getting that beautiful, confident smile from his clients post-appointment.
“Becoming an independent stylist at Sola has been the best thing that has happened in my career so far. It has allowed me to manage my own schedule, I can spend more time doing other things besides work, and I feel a lot of support from Sola.”
Deniece Jordan, @bhblounge – Port Credit, ON, Canada
Deniece Jordan is the owner of Be. Hair + Beauty Lounge, where she welcomes clients of all backgrounds, races, and orientations. Having experience with all hair types, particularly including natural textures, it's her passion and mission to make all feel welcome in her space. Deniece is located in Canada and learned about the concept of salon suites at Marca College, and just knew Sola was meant to be. With her formal education from university paired with her years of styling, she has truly created a brand of her own!
Fun fact about Deniece: she played assistant to head hairstylist Glenna Sandy on the set of CBC Gem's Virgins, released last fall!
“A private salon experience was something that clients really appreciated during the pandemic, and Sola made moving in so simple. It was such a no brainer, especially because I could truly make the space my own. I wouldn't have changed a thing!”
Jaime Castaneda, @jaimeecutzbarberstudio – Avondale, AZ