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Ona Monique Watley

is a licensed hair artist in San Francisco, CA. Starting off as an assistant in 1993, at Bonita's Hair Studio located in Schaumburg Illinois, is where she discovered that hairstyling was the career for her. She moved to Los Angeles CA in 1996. After moving to San Francisco, in 2006, Ona decided to go through an apprenticeship program for cosmetology to become licensed. September 2008, she completed her training, received her license and right away started working in the salon where she apprenticed, Jazz'z Salon. August 2015, out of over 10,000 applicants world wide, Ona was hand selected to be one of the 800 creatives to participate in the program Hair: Mastered- with Sam McKnight. Completing that program in February 2016 has allowed Ona to hone her craft & take her artistic abilities further. Her work has been published in Huff Magazine & Vulkan Magazine. Working at a couple of salons, behind the chair, Ona was able to sharpen her skills and grow her network.  Late 2018, an opportunity presented itself and not only did this opportunity allow her to continue to work behind the chair but she became part owner at this salon named Phenix Hair Designs which is under the umbrella of CMO Hair Studios LLC.  Due to the unforeseen financial hardship caused by the mandatory shut downs of small non essential businesses due to the COVID 19 pandemic in March of 2020- by the end of 2020, the salon had to close its doors. However, new opportunities are always on the horizon and the journey has taken another path and as with everything else; Ona  has accepted that challenge and is ready for the new journey. Starting fresh and now as sole owner of her own business, Ona is continuing in the field of caring for clients & servicing them with the best hair care possible. View more of Ona's work or make an appointment visit

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