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Meet the team

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Nicky Gibson

Owner + Stylist

I started my career in hair design in the town of Oxford, England where I was born and raised. I attended OxfordCollege of Further Education and trained at the City & Guilds of London Institute where I earned my degree in hairdressing. I came to Guerneville by way of Las Vegas where I helped create modern and personalized hairstyles for some fabulous showgirls, a Rolodex of amazing clients and in town visitors for over 15 years. During my time in Las Vegas, I spent two years teaching the next generation of hair designers at the Euphoria Institute of Beauty Arts & Sciences.  It was my way to give back to the community and was personally so rewarding to watch those talented artists learn and grow their craft.

I specialize in designer haircuts, dynamic color, razor cuts, long hair designs that are perfect for weddings and special occasions. I strive to help my clients realize a look that best suits their face, style, and personal energy.  I love living here in the heart of the Russian River Valley and am proud to call it home.

When I am not at the salon on the west end of Main Street, you can find me out on the coast riding my Harley Davidson with a big smile on my face. It’s where I recharge my soul and find inspiration.

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Lori Lee Leahy

Stylist

I have been in the business of beauty for over 30 years now. For 15 years I worked in Palo Alto and trained at Osh Salon in Palo Alto and under Gary Gerard of San Francisco. I have found my passion for coloring through the Matrix Color Line. Using this fabulous product line I create beautiful natural tones and highlights to come out in one’s hair. My goal is to make your hair look strong, shiny and most importantly healthy by using products that suit your individual hair type and by making you feel great about yourself.

I am very excited to be here with Nicky at Wishes & Secrets Hair Salon. The neat thing about us working together is that we both live in the beautiful and peaceful town of Guerneville. I am also very active with the El Molino Theater Arts, the Theater Department of El Molino High School in nearby Forestville. I play the role of ‘Theater Mom’ and spend my time helping out with hair and makeup and fixing costumes. It’s a real joy to help support our young ones in the area. I know Nicky and I are going to have some great times ahead of us here so please come by for a visit.

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Karen Zeppa

Stylist

My name is Karen Zeppa. I’m very excited to join this dynamic team of women here at Wishes and Secrets Salon! I started my journey 23 years ago in Berkeley, California. I received my cosmetology license and AA degree from Laney College and went straight into an apprenticeship with both Alexander Pope Salon and Peter Thomas Salon in Berkeley (who both teach the Vidal Sassoon method of precision cutting, coloring, and styling). I’ve worked at Salon Salon in Berkeley’s exclusive Fourth Street area and was trained there by the top Framesi color technicians. I’m so grateful for all the teachers in my life and have enjoyed very long relationships with my loyal clientele. I have years of experience doing haircuts, both permanent and semi-permanent hair color, highlights, and wedding/prom up-dos.

My husband Mark and I fell in love with Sonoma County and moved into our house up here in Guerneville last December. We enjoy taking our Beagle mix, Woody, to Gleason Beach and hiking all over this stunning landscape.

I look forward to meeting you and making you look and feel beautiful!