Carmen started styling at the young age of 15. She earned her license in Cosmetology and worked for several salons before opening her own salon and day spa, Utopia. Carmen directed Utopia to become the hottest salon in Upland, CA, being recognized by the industry as one of the Top 100 Salons in the nation. After selling Utopia, she relocated to Pismo Beach and opened Zada Salon Spa & Surf, which is now the hottest salon in the downtown area. Carmen also has her Cosmetology license in the state of Hawaii.