Lulu Elevate in Overland Park is a hybrid Hair Salon and Pilates Studio created by Leslie Giarraputo. Lulu Elevate houses a fully equipped Pilates apparatus studio and a spacious hair salon. Located off I-435 and Roe in Overland Park, KS, Lulu Elevate is conveniently accessible for the entire Kansas City Metropolitan area.
Leslie Giarraputo has been a successful hairdresser for over 30 years. She specializes in precision haircuts, contemporary colors, and seamless hair extensions. In her career, she was an educator for L’Oreal Professionnel and Toni&Guy, leading classes, seminars, stage shows and workshops throughout the Midwest Area. In 1999, she developed neurological impingements in her overworked shoulders, which lead her to seek therapy through the body movement teachings developed by Joseph Pilates. “Pilates” healed her ailments, saved her hairdressing career and opened up a Pandora’s box of passion for body movement.
Moving to Newport Beach, CA in 1999, Leslie began her certification course for Pilates with renowned educator Rael Isacowitz, the founder of BASI Pilates. Immersing herself into the Pilates community was easy for the outgoing and friendly hairdresser, and she discovered the similarities of angles and straight lines to haircutting, Leslie was a natural student and teacher. After six months, she was eager to introduce Kansas City area to Pilates! In 2000, her first business, The Body Fit Conditioning Studio was born.
In 2004, Leslie found her current commercial location and decided to gather her friends to open Lulu Salon and Spa, which was successful for over 17 years. Towards the end of 2020, Leslie decided to rebrand, remodel, and recommit to teaching Pilates again at her Overland Park Pilates Studio. With connections made back into her beloved Pilates community, Lulu Elevate Overland Park was a rebirth of one of her deepest passions. A natural talent for hairdressing, but an enthusiasm for teaching Pilates, Leslie could now incorporate both of her abilities under one roof.
Utilizing her days wisely, Leslie is available on certain days for Pilates sessions, and then available on other days for hair services. For more information, click below.