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Meet Christa Cascolan of Chrisper Creations in Normal Heights

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christa Cascolan.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Christa. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I sparked an interest in hair fashion as a child but it wasn’t until my teen years that I became more certain of it as a passion or career path. I grew up in the American punk scene in the early 2000’s so I’d practice a lot of mohawks and vibrant colors on friends in my bathroom. It was during that time that I met my mentor, Tanya Mia, who offered me my first position working in the industry after school and on the weekends.

Following high school, I completed my studies at The Poway Academy of Hair Design (now Bellus Academy), became licensed, and started out as a stylist in La Jolla Village Square near where I was raised. After falling in love with the historic Uptown District of San Diego, which was far less developed then, I moved my business and life to the area and continued to work at various salons in North Park and University Heights. I was fortunate enough to learn most of my vintage styling techniques while working under Loreal Educator, Monica Virissimo at Salon Cabana on El Cajon Blvd.

In 2012, Tanya asked me to join her team at the space she now owns, Pirate Salon in San Francisco. I spent two years working behind the chair in both cities simultaneously but landed back home in San Diego in 2014 due to The Bay Area housing crisis. Since then I spent three years doing hair in La Mesa, became certified with Pravana hair color company, and relocated to central Normal Heights, where most of my clientele is!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Working for yourself isn’t easy, you assume a lot of risk and responsibility like investment and paying high taxes. There aren’t any real days off, no guaranteed pay, no sick days, no paid vacation-time, and no medical benefits. Building a clientele in San Diego can be somewhat challenging with the military presence as it creates a high turnover of residents. I prefer to build my business through word of mouth by other locals. Being self-employed definitely has its perks. There is plenty of freedom and flexibility that come with working for yourself.

Chrisper Creations – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I specialize in color, haircuts, vintage styling, and Keratin Express blowouts. The majority of services that I perform involve natural tones, long layers, and loose braids. My favorite hair to create calls for bold, vibrant, fashion shades, alternative cutting, and classic styling most of which is inspired by nature, timeless fashion, various cultures, and all medias of art. I am dedicated to providing a cut tailored to my client’s lifestyle so it can be easily maintained and recreated after the client leaves the salon. Therefore, I practice plenty of dry cutting and natural texture enhancing techniques.

As a courtesy, I offer my guests tools like online booking, an in-house tablet to access reference photos and instantly rebook their next appointment, a complimentary beverage with their service, and complimentary bang trims for regular color clients.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success has nothing to do with having a lot. Yes, I need to be sensible and responsible when it comes earning a living but it’s more about having enough to feel inner happiness and quality of life. If I’m happy I consider myself to be successful.


  • Haircut $65+
  • Clipper Haircut $45+
  • Color $75+
  • Special Event Styling $85+
  • Balayage/Color Melt/Dip Dye $135+
  • Keratin Express Blowout $105+

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Image Credit:
Matt Janecek

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