Leslie Whitman

Bella Mente

About Leslie Whitman

I have been a professional hair stylist for over 27 years.  It is true, time truly does fly when you are having fun!  There are two things that have really kept me excited about the beauty industry.  First and foremost, I love my clients.  Each one is unique, interesting and I truly value the personal relationship I have developed with all of them.  Second, I love the constantly evolving changes in techniques, styling, and science in the beaurty world.  Styles and coloring are constantly evolving.  Nothing is so constant as change, which is why continuing education is so important to me.  This is why I feel equally confident about updating a clients current style or offering suggestions of something cutting edge.  I have been told this versatility is something my clients really value.  

I follow and support trends towards natural products and holistic health and wellness. My aim is to integrate these trends into my beauty practice for the benefit and well-being of my clients. I believe in using natural products that nourish hair and skin. Over the last 15 years I have embraced Eufora as a company and a line of hair care products. I firmly believe in their mission to provide natural, best-of-class hair and skin care formulations. Their high grade aloe-vera, botanical and essential oil based products will leave you feeling pampered, luxurious and confident.

I am a proud mother of four successful young men and am blessed with seven grandchildren. I draw tremendous energy and spirituality from my family, and enjoy hearing about your families as well.  I love the Tucson desert and am proud to be a native Tucsonan. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, hiking, dancing, country living, and spending time with friends, family and trusted four-legged companions, Oso and Brandy. 

My salon, Bella Mente ("beautiful mind") is a serenely pleasant setting where we can share and create a beautifying and relaxing experience together.  Please drop by just to say hello, and visit over a cup of tea or expresso.  Or, call me for a free no obligation consultation.  






My time with Leslie is more like "girls time" then a hair appointment I must keep. Not only does Leslie have tons of talent and skill, but she listens and does her best to accommodate suggestions I may give her on how I'd like my hair to look. She is always welcoming with a smile and a delicious cup of espresso! And, as she works her magic with my hair we chat about family, life and whats new, including food and ways we are focusing on caring for our best health so we can be beautiful from the inside, as well as on the outside.

Diane S.

I love spending time with Leslie at her salon. She is an expert regarding hair care and intuitive and individual in her treatment of her clients. She is thoughtful, aware, sensitive, and compassionate in her communications--which are delightful! A great experience--

Deborah H.

I avoid the madness of the big salons in preference for Leslie's beautiful little sanctuary. I get an expert color and cut, a warm and laid-back experience, and I leave feeling I have had a truly attentive stylist take care of my hair. She listens to what the customer wants and helps her clients look their best.

Judy R. , Oro Valley

Bella Mente is a cute and romantic shop in Sola. The owner/stylist (Leslie) is friendly and very helpful! Beyond the haircut and style she recommended products that meet my specific needs. She made me feel comfortable and I absolutely love my haircut!

Anna P.

I had such a wonderful experience with Leslie, from the moment I sat in her chair until I walked out the door! She gave me very honest, reasonable feedback/recommendations based on my hair, my wants and her professional opinion. She is very friendly, I had a great time and I love my hair!

Lara R.

United States

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