Stefani Padilla has been a hairstylist for over 15 years, steadily transforming hair for clients in New York, LA, and Portland. Prior to creating La Tierra Sagrada, Stefani embarked upon a seven-year spiritual journey exploring the extraordinary healing power of plants, working closely with herbalists of the north and curanderos of the south. These plant teachers imparted nature’s wisdom to her, and, coupled with the knowledge she gained from both her work as a stylist and her own personal health issues, La Tierra Sagrada, The Sacred Earth, was born.
Prior to relocating to Los Angeles, Stefani lived in New York for several years. On the physical realm, she worked as a hairstylist, while on the spiritual realm, she worked closely with the plant teachers of the south. During her time in New York, Stefani battled a series of autoimmune disorders, including a debilitating episode of chronic rheumatoid arthritis that required strong medication that was not in line with her strict holistic approach to medicine. As a result of this medication, her immune system was destroyed and she suffered many intense side effects. Among the worst was losing her hair.
Plant medicine has always been a clear guide for Stefani, so it makes perfect sense that it was during a ceremony using plant medicine that La Tierra Sagrada was conceived. She launched the line in 2014 to share the wisdom, protection and healing benefits of these plants with the world, and considers it her biggest honor and blessing.
Once you know Stefani’s story, La Tierra Sagrada’s line of hand-blended holistic hair care products free from harmful chemicals, pesticides, and other toxins makes sense. As does her strong focus on creating ritual and intention around your hair care routine. As a passionate believer in the healing power of plant medicine and the transformative effect of ritual and ceremony, Stefani has dedicated her life to sharing her knowledge through her brand.
Community consciousness, ritual, and sharing experience and wisdom with others all play a central role in both Stefani’s life and the hair care products she creates. She knows how busy life can get, and after recovering from a debilitating autoimmune disorder, how important self care really is. Stefani created La Tierra Sagrada not only as a means to heal herself, but anyone else looking to restore and enrich their hair’s health and wellbeing through the guiding force of the sacred earth.
For more about Stefani's journey and the thought behind La Tierra Sagrada, read more on her Press page.