I feel so lucky to be able to work every day doing what I love, but I especially love the joy it brings me to have people of all ages, genders, and styles sit in my chair, be able to connect with them one on one, and outwardly portray what they visualize as their style (but pictures do help!).
Jen Astengo is the owner and mastermind behind Salvage Hair Studio in San Dimas, CA. After working for over a decade at a luxury salon and day spa in La Verne, Jen used her 17+ years of experience to found Salvage Hair Studio in 2020. She is a true professional in an amazing industry and a stylist that has been extensively trained with some of the industry’s top product lines, including Bumble and Bumble, Aveda, Enjoy, UNITE, Davines, and much more.
Jen is not your average stylist – she’s also a professional educator/trainer who’s used her experience and expertise to create and run her own successful apprenticeship program (which has produced many talented and successful stylists). What makes Jen the mastermind behind Salvage Hair Studio is her belief that the work she does is more than just a color, ombré, balayage, or great hair cut – it’s about trust, honesty (like telling you not to do something drastic, like cutting your hair right after a bad break-up!), communication, mutual respect, encouragement, and sharing her work with aspiring stylists who look to further their education before becoming professionals on their own.
Above all, Jen believes that every stylist who walks through her doors at Salvage is more than just part of the salon’s staff – they’re family, and she feels lucky and blessed to have loved every moment of her career and she hopes to bring that positive energy every day to her stylists and clients alike.
Favorite Quote: “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world” – Marilyn Monroe
Amanda Palmer has been in retail and customer service for over 14 years.
Before joining the team at Salvage, Amanda worked as a leading pet stylist and academy instructor for fellow pet stylists. On top of her knowledge in pet services, Amanda has also maintained design and product solutions for a range of organizations and non-profits.
From fur to hair, Amanda strives to create meaningful interactions through thoughtful design for Salvage. She loves helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired – her goal is simple: to celebrate individuality and empower our clients to find confidence, community, and joy through beauty.
Some of Amanda’s favorite cuts and styles are bobs, blunt cuts, ombré, and vivid color. Amanda loves any expression that’s out of the norm, branches out of that classic beauty, and allows people to stand out.
In her free time, Amanda enjoys going for long walks with her dogs, hiking, yoga, and painting.
Amanda’s favorite quote is “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take out breath away.” – Maya Angelou
Hi! I’m Debbie. I have been a hairstylist for 19 years. I always loved beauty and playing with people’s hair when I was young. As I got older, I knew I wanted to go to cosmetology school and see if I had what it took to be an amazing hairstylist.
The thing I love most about this industry is my clients. They have become family to me. We see our little clients grow and go off to college. We hurt when they hurt, and laugh when they laugh. But most of all, I love the look on their faces when we are done and they look in the mirror.
I love color and cuts equally. I love to consult with my clients to see what best suits them in color and their cut. Short razor cuts are one of my favorites, and so is playing with color and hearing my clients say that this is exactly what I wanted. Blow drying is also is a favorite of mine.
In my free time, I love to be with family. My husband and I love traveling, bike riding, reading a good book, and going out for dinner and drinks with friends.
My all-time favorite quote is “Prove yourself to yourself – not others.”
I’ve been a hairstylist for 10 years.
Since I was a little girl, I’ve always wanted to be a hairstylist. Even when I was 8 and into Barbie dolls, all I ever wanted to do was cut their hair and switch up their clothing, so I went to the cosmetology program during my 2nd semester at Citrus College and worked toward becoming a stylist.
I love everything about being a hairstylist. My clients are the best and the sweetest, great to talk to and even just hang out with. I love how happy people are when their hair is all done and fresh, and the atmosphere at the salon makes it feel just like my second home.
My favorite cuts on women are a-line/lob for short hair and layers for long hair. I also do a lot of men’s cuts (and love when they bring a picture of how they want it to look!). When it comes to special events, I love creating up-dos or anything fun when with curls or loose waves to make someone feel extra beautiful. When it comes to coloring/foiling, I get a little quiet because I’m totally in the zone and it relaxes me.
In my free time, I LOVE to hang out with my family. I have a 5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son who both keep me busy, along with 4 wiener dogs and a tortoise we love so much. We love little weekend getaways, whether we’re camping or just hanging out, and I love to go shopping, go to the movies, or just bake for fun.
One of my favorite quotes is “kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
Hi! I’m Alison. I’ve been a hairstylist since 2002. I first realized that I had a talent for styling my friends’ hair in high school – so a week after graduating, I got a job as a receptionist at a luxury salon in La Verne. quickly realized that this was the industry for me.
There’s so much to love about being a hairstylist. But what I love most is the people. I’ve formed lifelong relationships and friendships with clients and coworkers alike throughout my career.
My favorite type of work to do as a stylist is big makeovers: to completely transform someone’s looks can change their entire life. It’s like I get to watch their confidence build up in themselves right in front of me, and the whole process is so fun! When I’m not at Salvage Hair Studio, I’m at home with my husband Ray and my daughter Avery going on all sorts of adventures, especially at our favorite place: Disneyland (we go as often we can!).
I also have some unbelievably amazing friends who I try to spend as much time as I can with. I live by the wise words of Dolly Parton: “If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.”
I’m Danielle! I’ve been in the industry for 17 years. I’ve been interested in hair and makeup since I was young.
I love the personal relationships I’ve built with clients and making people feel good about themselves.
I don’t have a favorite service – but I truly enjoy that every service is unique and client-specific. I enjoy the creative aspect of customizing every service for each and every individual’s needs and wants.
In my free time, I enjoy everything outside and being with family!
I live my life by the phrase “carpe diem” – seize the day!