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Brandon Bal-Lance

Creative Director


Color Educator with Schwarzkopf  Professional      


  Brandon’s passion and love for hair began at a very young age. As a child, Brandon’s favorite toy store aisle was “the pink aisle”! His eyes lit up with excitement as they scoured the aisle trying to decide which Barbie doll had the best hair. Brandon loved playing with, brushing, braiding and cutting Barbie dolls hair. In high school, Brandon frequently colored and styled his friends, family, and his own hair. In 2013, after obtaining his Cosmetology license, Brandon began his professional hairstylist career. In 2014, Brandon started an apprenticeship at a “top rated” salon in Mt. View, CA where he received one-on-one education with the Creative Director and obtained certification as a Schwarzkopf Color Expert and Schwarzkopf BlondMe Certification.  At this salon, Brandon‘s passion for hair became apparent to others as he started as a Stylist and soon thereafter become a Color Educator. By 2015, with his intense desire, knowledge, and skills, Brandon quickly leveled-up and became a Master Stylist. On numerous occasions, Brandon has traveled the US to receive advanced education and several certifications (including but not limited to, Multiple Cutting & Coloring Certifications) from Vidal Sassoon Academies (which is globally recognized as the ultimate in hairdressing education, and for over 60 years, has been built on developing and providing world-class education). In 2016, in order to elevate his skills and mastery in cutting and styling curly hair, Brandon completed The Love Curls Workshop presented by EVOLVh Haircare which is an intense and advanced level workshop led by top curly hair educator, Wendy Rae Johnson. During 2017, on several occasions, Brandon traveled to the east coast to become certified as a Schwarzkopf Royal Master Colorist (the gold standard in color education - the highest level of in-depth color knowledge and interactive learning experience a colorist can achieve within the Schwarzkopf brand). In 2017, at only 23 years old, Brandon opened his first salon in Santa Clara, CA. In 2018, Brandon became an Educator with Schwarzkopf Professional allowing him the opportunity to educate and share his knowledge with other artists who are as passionate as he is about hair and the beauty industry. Brandon is certified and experienced in I-Tip & Tape-In extensions by Cinderella Hair, BV Beaded Weft Extensions, and Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatments. Brandon has also received education and/or assisted several well-known beauty industry influencers such as Celebrity Hair Stylist Jon Reyman (Cinta Aveda Institute), Linh Phan ()Bescene), Ricky Zito (Hairgodzito), Candy Shaw (Thebalaylama), Butterfly Loft Salon, Josie Vilay and more. Brandon’s mission is to make the world a more beautiful place one person at a time.

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Laureano Vargas

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Senior Artist

Color Educator with Schwarzkopf  Professional  

Specialized Training from: Schwarzkopf BlondMe Certification,  Vidal Sassoon ABC Cutting Certification. Keratin Complex Smoothing Certification. I-Tip/Tape Extension Application Certification via Cinderella Hair. BV Beaded Weft Extension Certification.


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Nicole De La Grange

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Salon Associate/ New Talent


Nicole loves making people look and feel their absolute BEST. From 2007 -2017 Nicole worked as a Dental Assistant. In 2014, Nicole sought out her love for hair.  She began her journey and enrolled in cosmetology school at The Salon Professional Academy in San Jose, CA.  Nicole graduated as a Cosmetologist in 2016. Nicole worked behind-the-chair and also assisted at a high-end, well-known hair salon in San Jose, CA. Nicole is now receiving specialized training from Bella Bal-Lance Salon Mentors and extensive training to uphold the Bella Bal-Lance Salon standards in hair Artistry. 

Aditi Kulkarni

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Salon Associate


Aditi began pursuing her love for hair when she immigrated from the financial capital of India; Mumbai, Maharashtra to the US. Formerly, Aditi received her Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and has been a lead teacher at a local Bay Area children’s school. in July 2018, Aditi earned her cosmetology license through The Salon Professional Academy in San Jose, CA. Aditi is receiving specialized training from Bella Bal-Lance Salon Mentors and extensive training to uphold the Bella Bal-Lance Salon standards in hair Artistry.

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