Born in Ensenada, Mexico and raised in the LA area since the age of 3, Vena Elizondo has been immersed in a mad concoction of cultural influences her entire life. When she was 16, Vena’s mother enrolled her in beauty school, and over the next three years, Vena would drink in education from Vidal Sassoon, Goldwell, Redken, Paul Mitchell, Bumble & Bumble, Sachajuan, and Oribe. This passionate pursuit for knowledge would create a strong basis for what would later become some of the most striking and original hair art coming out of southern California.
In the midst of her widespread education, Vena got a job assisting at the J. Russell Salon in Palm Springs. It was here that she discovered hair styling was something she could do for a life profession, and began to form her identity has a hair artist. Her career, however, did not exactly follow a traditional arc. Vena went freelance after leaving J. Russell and found a vibrant career in styling and coloring for weddings, photo shoots, and creating her own collections of artistic installments. She became a world traveller, a lifestyle blogger, and eventually an educator.
Now, when she isn’t painting a new masterpiece of hair color and cut, she teaches workshops and collaborates with other stylists across the ocean and on both sides of the equator. Her home is Los Angeles, but you could say that her art has become a citizen of the world.