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Koa Beauty

Portland, Oregon
Average rating: 4.8 127 reviews

Hair Salons Hair Extension Technician Beauty Salon Hairdresser

Hair Salon located in Portland Oregon.

Service area

Within 30 miles of Portland, OR


Reviews of Koa Beauty

Average rating: 4.8

4.8 average from 127 reviews

Rating: 5
Amber Maddox
1 day ago
I have been going to Kristina for a couple of years. She fixed my “bayalage” mess of black on top and blonde on bottom and I haven’t seen anyone else since!! She’s the best around...always keeping up on education and super knowledgeable about color and extensions. I always look forward to my glam appointments with her!!
Rating: 5
elisha oldenkamp
7 days ago
Always super friendly and welcoming. I have known Kristina (the owner) for many many years and she awlays provides the best experience and i always walk out loving my hair.
Rating: 5
cece huang
9 days ago
Excellent service, and excellent work! I love my new caramel balayage and haircut! Nikki was excellent and took her time and has great attention to detail. Would recommend her!
Rating: 5
Mary K.
22 days ago
I went and saw Nikki and she did a fabulous job. I had some highlight and lowlights done and it turned out so good. There was no chunky highlights or brassiness and she blended it out all together, beautifully. She really takes the time to make your hair exactly how you want it. She communicates what she's doing every step of the way. She is absolutely the best and I highly recommend her.
Rating: 5
Marissa Shannon
26 days ago
Looked around online for a promising salon. Found KOA and Nikki did an amazing job with my requests. Top quality and product for a fair price. Definitely going back for future cuts. Thank you!
Rating: 5
Leila Ortega
27 days ago
I went through a total transformation from brunette to blonde with Nikki. I had an idea of what I wanted, but Nikki patiently talked with me to make a clear plan for what we were going to do. I never felt nervous or uncomfortable. I have super thick hair and Nikki was meticulous and really took her time to get this right. I so appreciate all the time and energy that went in to this #glowup! She even topped it all off by giving me a cute cut! I feel like a million buck babe!
Rating: 5
Renee Geib
1 month ago
I’ve gotten my hair done before and never really loved it but my experience at Koa Beauty was amazing! I got my hair done by Nikki and she exceeded my expectations! I’m absolutely obsessed with my newly colored hair and would definitely recommend Koa to anyone that wants to get theirs done no matter what type of hair:)
Rating: 5
Audrey Johnson
1 month ago
I love Koa Beauty and my hair stylist Nikki. Koa has a relaxing and chill vibe which is a nice contrast to a typically high energy, loud, large salon. The appointments are never rushed which is great. Because of this, I can talk to Nikki about color ideas, styles, get her opinion and then decide what I want. I have been thrilled with my color and hair since I came to Nikki this fall. Having moved from another state I was apprehensive about a new hair stylist. I am lucky I found Nikki and Koa! I just love the color and style she creates for me.
Rating: 5
Jennifer Ahrens
1 month ago
I have been going to visit KOA, Kristina since opening (and before). Great service, super nice place and very pleased with the results!
Rating: 5
Cheryl Yee
1 month ago
I haven been going to Kristina for over two years now. She’s amazing and worth the drive from Seattle. She is always trying new things and learning the latest trends. On top of that, she’s super friendly.
Rating: 5
Fnan Gawenka
1 month ago
I’ve been going to Koa for a few years now and recently had my hair cut by Nikki. She listened to exactly what I wanted and did an amazing job! Great energy and made it such a fun experience. Highly recommend.
Rating: 5
FG G.
1 month ago
I've been going to Koa for a few years now and recently had my hair cut by Nikki. She listened to exactly what I wanted and did an amazing job! Great energy and made it such a fun experience. Highly recommend.
Rating: 5
Tessa Chen
2 months ago
The owner is so NICE and talkative and the price is cheaper than I use to pay. It’s also closer to my place and just right in downtown. Also it’s close to my favorite coffee store DUTCH BROS I’m happy!!! You can just walk over after your salon. Such a great great place. The most important is she is talented. SHE GOT SKILLS! She really cares your hair and wouldn’t waste your money and you would see the results.
Rating: 5
Esperanza Lorena
2 months ago
I absolutely reccomend Koa Fearless Beauty! Kristina was so sweet and easy to talk too. She really made my experience a great one! She also gave me the exact cut and color I had envisioned. I'm so happy with it!
Rating: 5
Alex Schweitzer
2 months ago
Professional and friendly staff. Clean and modern facility that uses great hair products. The owner and her stylists are all super nice and do a great job of creating an inviting atmosphere that gives great hair services. Been twice for hair cuts and color and the staff all know what they're doing and know what works on who and explain everything, getting confirmation along the way. Highly recommend.
Rating: 5
Karabel Bramow
2 months ago
Five star rating for Kristina Lindquist :) She is the best hair stylist I know. Very talented, professional, creative, and truly one of a kind stylist. I’ve been going to Kristina for 18 years and never have I had a bad experience with her. She is always on time and she is so fun to talk to. We always have something to talk about. I love that she is always going to classes, training seminars and shows to ensure she knows the latest on hair trends and styles for her customers. Definitely, the BEST hair stylist in Portland and the Pacific Northwest. Highly recommend Kristina Lindquist for hair service :)
Rating: 5
Elizabeth Roberts
2 months ago
Kristina is the best! I trust her opinion and always walk out feeling amazing! I used to dread getting my hair done and because of her, I look forward to it!
Rating: 5
Lisa Cairns
2 months ago
I have been a client of Kristina’s for 15 years. I appreciate that she continues to improve her practice by taking classes and always striving to be her best for her clients. I completely trust her to cut , color and style my hair and I have never been disappointed in her work. I feel fortunate to have her as my hair stylist and highly recommend her.
Rating: 5
Marlo Maroon
2 months ago
Love this salon. Brit is my favorite though I’ve never seen anyone leave looking anything less than amazing! Highly recommend.
Rating: 5
Andrea Schmeichel
2 months ago
Color geniuses, awesome salon!
Rating: 5
Wendy Atkinson
2 months ago
Best extensions in all of Portland!!!!! Love this salon. Kristina is so talented & super friendly.
Rating: 5
Mahriah Zimmerman
2 months ago
Kristina was great. I love my hair FINALLY. Beautiful studio. Highly recommend. And.... I'm a tough critic!
Rating: 5
Samantha H.
3 months ago
I recently started going to Koa after my previous stylist gave me stripey highlights that didn't blend well with my natural. Nikki gave me some balayage and low lights, toned my platinum down to blend better with my darker roots and along the way gave me pointers on ways to keep my hair healthy, non-brassy and overall just easier to manage. She was very friendly, professional and most importantly... I feel like I can trust her which is hard to find in a stylist. The salon is gorgeous, very bright and well decorated. I love the rose gold chandeliers! They aren't the cheapest salon but it's well worth the spend knowing that you're gonna leave with a beautiful new do. Cheap hair is not good and good hair is not cheap! I would recommend Koa to any of my friends or anyone looking for balayage or color-correction.
Rating: 5
Brittney M.
3 months ago
KOA is seriously THE BEST salon. I personally see Nikki, but know the other ladies are great as well. I had been looking for the perfect sylist for literally years. Nikki will consult until she is sure we are 100% on the same page, then executes perfectly. My first time in, I was a little nervous (as most people are the first time with a stylist), but Nikki talked through my wishes so thouroghly that the nerves very quickly subsided...even before she started the service! I left feeling prettier and more confident than I had in years. Just as others said, the ambiance is here is Pinterest perfect. I feel like a queen when here! Fun music, good drink selection and great conversation. Price point is in line with other high end salons. Nikki and all the other ladies are so friendly! The overall experience is so fun yet incredibly relaxing. I wish there were the option for 5+ starts because KOA definitely deserves it! I HIGHLY recommend!
Rating: 5
Mahriah Z.
3 months ago
Kristina was great! It's truly refreshing to see a business owner who cares so much. Terrible customer service seems to have become the norm in Portland. I've gone to several high-end salons in Portland and else wear searching for the "right" stylist who actually knows and cares about their craft. I enjoyed our conversation. The salon is beautiful. Great job Kristina! See you in five weeks:)
Rating: 5
Athena G.
4 months ago
Just had my first appointment with Nikki and I'm obsessed with everything. The environment is the cutest really industrial with touches of glam. Nikki was the best she listened to everything that I wanted. I'm going from red to blonde and she explained the process to me and recommended products that would help. Also she is just a super bad ass down to earth person that you can have a fun conversation with. I can't wait for my hair journey with her!
Rating: 1
D L.
5 months ago
I went into Koa on Monday the 19th of November for a color correction appointment. I contacted the salon through yelp and the salon manager was quick to pass me off to one of her "stylists" while ignoring the few questions I had , I should have taken this as a warning sign but I usually like to give people the benefit of the doubt as I understand that people get busy,  when I was scheduling the appointment with Nikki she said that she would be able to style my hair from 1:30-5, I scheduled the appointment and she asked if I could arrive any earlier. I said that I could try but it would only be by 10-15 minutes because I'm coming from work. When I'm 2 minutes away from arriving I get a text from Nikki saying she will be ten minutes late. I had no response to that because I felt it was completely unacceptable and I was already committed bc I was arriving to the salon early as she had requested. When I walked in the door of Koa Fearless Beauty I was greeted by a sad dying plant, grimy tables stored next to the wall, curtains covering a messy storage area and across from that a disgusting messy door covered in dye and dirt. I instantly felt uncomfortable, but with thanksgiving on Thursday and my work schedule this was the only time I had to get my hair fixed before the holiday. When I got past the hallway the rest of the salon was fine, lots of plants and other cheap decor. I was asked for my name at the desk and she said that I should have a seat and niki would be with me shortly. this was at 1:15. I was sitting for over half an hour before I decided to try to strike up a conversation with the salon manager about what would be best for my hair and she wouldn't give me any advice or definite answers, and ignored me and passed me off again while I was trying ask questions, knowing full well she could have given the girl some advice considering she was teaching another person later on. Finally around 2 niki decided to start to helping me with my hair. When I contacted the salon, I told them that a hairstylist previously damaged my hair with bleach and that it wasn't in the best condition. I knew how damaged my hair was and I communicated that over yelp messaging and text.  Niki got me into her chair and was continuously judgmental and rude making snide comments here or there about my hair being so patchy and dry, I already knew and I was there for their help. I really didn't need my confidence undermined for 5 hours. I told her about the products and process my hair went through and she basically said that she didn't have a plan and was going to try a few different things. after she applied hair stripper, and bleached my hair twice over the course of 3 hours she finally admitted she couldn't fix the color and if she attempted that it would come out brown and patchy, I was appalled and holding back tears bc at this point she had been lying to me for hours and damaged my hair even more! She cut all my length off to make it easier for herself to color my hair and it looks nothing like I asked her to do, and didn't even color it! I was upset but still respectful and asked that she just finish the cut and let me leave.  This girl was a mess, she attempted to give me "layers" and "texture" like I asked but she kept blaming the shitty cut on the texture of my hair and not her clear lack of skill as a stylist. My hair is currently uneven, an even worse version of the color I had previously bc they took color out of one side thoroughly and had another careless stylist do the other half of my hair. Then as she was continuing with her hack job she actually cut herself!! she cooly played off her carelessness and told me to "check out my hair" while she ran to the back again. this is when I really got upset bc I was sitting there for a while, left to stare at this awful haircut. when she came back she saw I was visibly upset and asked if I was okay and I said no and expressed my dissatisfaction that I had held back for the past 4 hours, THATS WHEN SHE THEW HER HAND IS THE AIR AND SAID "I CANT DO THIS IM DONE" so that's when I was over it too, and I got up and left her chair as she an her girlfriend blamed the whole situation on me instead of their dishonesty and carelessness and lack of professionalism. I tried to talk to the manger again but was only bullied and talked over and yelled at by the two, she was no help and clearly doesn't care about her staff or customers if she's willing to overbook her people and yell at their customers after ruining their look. Overall I just wanted to post this to warn other the other women they will tear down and lie to, I sincerely hope anyone considering Koa Carless Beauty will read this and avoid them like the plague, I swear a Supercuts would have been a better option than this mess of a salon. Save yourself some time and money and find a better Salon!
Rating: 5
Lyndsay W.
5 months ago
KOA is one of the most beautiful salons in Portland. Every detail is immaculately thought out. The lightening is just perfection with the big windows overlooking NW 21st. I had the pleasure of getting a last minute blowout here and look forward to coming back. The Owner Kristina truly cares about her salon and her guests experiences and you can feel it. Bravo!
Rating: 5
L K.
5 months ago
Nikki is always does a lovely job with my hair. Super professional, honest, helpful on care tips, and awesome to chat with. Online booking is easy and the salon is adorable. Thank you Nikki!
Rating: 5
Katie W.
5 months ago
Loving my highlight and cut! Don't really have words to express how much I love it! Britt's amazing both as a colorist and with her cuts. Highly highly recommend her! So worth it!
Rating: 1
Kanwal K.
5 months ago
Saw reviews on Kristina,i called and was told she does a consultation over the text messages first. I texted her and told her what i was hoping to get and she suggested i send her my hair photo and the color i was thinking.. after some back and forth messages and photos I asked her to confirm the date she was willing to do face to face consultation or the actual appointment... and she never got back to me !! Totally unprofessional attitude, strangely enough the consultation by texts and then she doesn't have the decency to confirm or even get back to you. If someone is so unprofessional at the start i wonder how it is if any client needs to follow up on after service. big NO for me..!!
Rating: 5
Sarah Larson
6 months ago
Nikki did an amazing job with my hair! I came in for a cut and blonde balayage. I told her what I wanted and she gave me exactly that. She was super friendly and easy to talk to. I'm extremely happy with my results and will definitely be coming back to see her. 10/10 would recommend.
Rating: 5
Sarah L.
6 months ago
Nikki did an amazing job with my hair! I came in for a cut and blonde balayage. I told her what I wanted and she gave me exactly that. She was super friendly and easy to talk to. I'm extremely happy with my results and will definitely be coming back to see her. 10/10 would recommend.
Rating: 5
Meaghan L.
6 months ago
This place is a gift! I had gone to another place that day and they butchered my hair! I called Koa and they heard my story and made the time to squeeze me in that day and saved my weekend! I really appreciate what they did for me and I am so happy to have found them. They were nice and friendly and the place was so cute! Great job !
Rating: 5
Mechelle V.
7 months ago
I have to say this was my first good experience in Oregon when it comes to hair. My stylist was fab! She was on time and I mean(15 minutes early) on time. She explained everything she was going to do so that we were on the same Page as far as the desired results. She didn't mind answering my questions at all where as other stylists I've been to seemed annoyed by my concerns. She is professional, kind, and a great conversationalist! You know that saying... You get what you pay for? Well... She's worth every penny even if it squeezes your wallet a little. My hair felt better leaving the salon after being processed than it did when I walked in. She cares about the integrity of your hair when you leave and is honest about expectations vs. Reality and the amount of work that may be necessary to get that perfect color just right! The salon itself was cute and intimate with good energy and positive vibes. I now can go out with hair I can be proud of and not just rock a mom bun because of the damage other stylists have done to my hair. I can't wait to go back and know that when I sit in that chair, my mind can stay at ease.
Rating: 5
Rebecca M.
7 months ago
I just recently moved to Portland and found this place by looking up reviews online. After my first visit, I can honestly say Koa did not disappoint. Brittany did an absolutely AMAZING job. Not only is she just the sweetest, but she paid such close attention to what I said I envisioned for my hair. I LOVE it. Highly recommend !
Rating: 5
Mani F.
7 months ago
I got an appointment for my wife with Nikki at the last minute. She was not only very out going but did a great job. I would love for her to move back to California. She is fantastic and priced perfect.
Rating: 3
Anna M.
9 months ago
I truly had high hopes for this place. Kristina the owner was super nice over the phone and originally my appointment was with her but because of a conflict I rescheduled with Britt. BIG MISTAKE. I arrived at the salon (which is beautiful btw and im a great location) for my balayage appointment. My hair was 2 different colors and box dyed at the bottom- true. But she made me feel terrible about my hair. Britt stated there was nothing that could be done about my hair and the most she could do was get it to the top color (medium brown) Really? Bleaching brown hair to get brown hair? I even stated prior to my appointment that I was just looking for a change and am completely aware that "the perfect balayage" takes a good 2-3 sessions. I was extremely self conscious about my boring hair and drove over an hour to see her. I was so disappointed. I'm guessing the stylists here don't know how to work with ethnic hair. Well-I went to another salon and my hair wasn't hopeless, I just got with the wrong stylist! I wish I stayed with my original appointment.
Rating: 4
Jamila G.
10 months ago
great people and vibes! sooo sweet and did exactly what i wanted with my hair!! I really like my hair stylist and the ambiance was awesome!!!!!!!
Rating: 5
Lauren Garverick
10 months ago
I love this salon! The vibe is bright and friendly. Rachel is EVERYTHING! I came here to get my balayage-gone-bad fixed. Her awesome personality and knowledge put me right at ease. One of the main things that set her apart from others was that she took the time to explain her thought process as far as color and technique. For some reason I really appreciate this over a stylist hearing me and saying "okay", then running back to mix color without telling me what they have in mind. She transformed my honey yellow hair into an on-point beautiful beige-y blonde, all while keeping the health and integrity of my hair in mind. This lady is talented with both color and cut!
Rating: 5
Vadim M.
10 months ago
I've had two men's haircuts with Krista, and couldn't be happier with the results. I have thick, wavy hair, which in the past has caused problems for stylists, which in turn causes problems for me. But Krista listened to what I wanted and provided feedback on what kind of cut can get me there. I'll be coming back. As for the business itself, Koa is a clean, open space with nice, big windows facing 21st street. Coffee and refreshments are provided. It's a pleasant place to spend 30-60 minutes.
Rating: 5
Renee D.
10 months ago
Britt absolutely KILLED my hair. I had recently gone platinum and wanted a more natural look. She was able to take my platinum hair and turn it into what seemed like untouched hair! It looked amazing! I received so many compliments! Excited to go back and go to a darker brown! Check out her instagram for some more of her beautiful work: @_styleswithlove
Rating: 5
Zarah DelGreco
11 months ago
Rachel has made me feel so beautiful, taking the time to teach me how to recreate the look, and she's also fixed someone else's horrendous haircut on me! This facility is also absolutely gorgeous inside though slightly hard to find.
Rating: 5
Liberty Paden
11 months ago
Rachel is my new absolute favorite person !! It was my first time getting my hair dyed, so I came armed with a million different photos of the color I wanted and she mixed the absolute most beautiful color for me. It looked so natural but bold, and most importantly it made me feel amazing. She’s super attentive to detail and was really communicative through the process. I left with exactly what I wanted, which is incredibly rare. (The fact that the salon was absolutely beautiful didn’t hurt either!!)
Rating: 5
Rachel S.
1 year ago
Rachel is amazing. I showed her a photo of what I wanted and she did pretty much exactly what I showed her! She was so sweet and did not try to overstep with my hair at all, which I have found is so frustrating in the past. I will definitely be going back to her!
Rating: 5
Amber W.
1 year ago
Thank you Krista! I'm loving my haircut! This was my first time in and I will be back. It started off with a little delay (not the stylist's fault) but the owner, Kristina helped out the second she was free! I have thick long hair and Krista did a great job with the style, my heavy hair has life! Thank you
Rating: 5
Meg Stansfield
1 year ago
I’ve seen Kristina a few times and she’s brilliant! So good at what she does and fun to chat with! I love this place!
Rating: 5
Anne R.
1 year ago
First time at the salon with Britt who did a fabulous job.  I felt like she took the time to really listen to what I wanted and had the knowledge base and skill to achieve it.  Rather than just go with the type of color appointment that I had booked, she explained how a different approach would be better for my goals which I really appreciated.  My hair turned out perfectly and had such a more healthy and natural look to it than it when I showed up.  Britt is also super friendly and just a natural sweetheart.  Highly recommend both her and the salon!
Rating: 5
Debbie Hoff
1 year ago
Great salon! Highly recommend Krista!
Rating: 5
Andrea C.
1 year ago
I just moved to Portland and was looking for a new stylist when I came across Koa's yelp reviews. The salon is so adorable...literally looks like a Pinterest board. I booked with Britt online (super easy and was able to get in two days later) after checking out her Instagram @_Styleswithlove and I'm soooo incredibly happy I did. I've been to some very nice salons in the Seattle area but this is by far the best color (babylights with balayage) I've ever had! I have definitely found my new Portland stylist!
Rating: 5
Ian G.
1 year ago
I was a regular of Aidan's at his old spot and I'll keep getting my haircut with him at Koa. I used to never do anything adventurous with my hair when I was younger and just the thought of figuring out how to style it gave me massive anxiety. Aidan's been great at walking me through different things that would work for me and what to expect as I work my hair towards a certain style. His recommendations for both how to style my hair and what to use with it have always been spot on. I used to loathe getting my haircut but it's always been fun and enjoyable with Aidan. Sidenote, I met the owner Kristina briefly and she was very nice and welcoming. I feel like the salon probably doesn't get many guys here (yet), and I felt a little worried going into such a nice place like Koa dressed in all black, but it didn't phase her a bit. Love the place and the location, I'll definitely enjoy coming back here again.
Rating: 5
Shasta Foster
1 year ago
Cristy is AMAZING! She listened to exactly what I was looking for, and did just that! She is so knowledgeable with color, skin tone, and the upkeep after you leave the salon! She made my experience so wonderful, and I can’t wait to come back! �
Rating: 3
Ela A.
1 year ago
I came in and saw Whitney for a hair trim. She asked me what my hair goals are and I told her I wanted to have a long bob, but not for a long time as my hair is growing out and I want it to be less damaged. So I told her I only wanted a trim to reflect the hair length I currently had. She trimmed my hair and I didn't notice until I got home and showered but she cut my hair in a bob style, even though I told I didn't want it like that right now and one side of my hair was shorter than the other so she didn't cut it very well. I was disappointed in my experience at Koa and with Whitney.
Rating: 5
Madison Meyer
1 year ago
Sarah is a hair goddess! I look forward to every chance I get to sit in her chair and let her work magic on my hair. 💘 The salon is chic and beautiful and the ladies couldn’t be more friendly. I recommend KOA to everyone I know!
Rating: 5
Tereasa N.
1 year ago
I came in to see Kristina the owner for a cut and color and I am so happy! I have been to a few places and no one has been able to get my color just right and she did it on the first try! My hair looks and feels healthy again and I feel beautiful! Thank you Kristina! I'm so glad I finally found my place!
Rating: 5
Liz L.
1 year ago
I have had two cuts/color with Sarah Heasley. She does a great consultation and makes recommendations that are creative and spot on. Highly recommend her for balayage- she gave me beautiful beachy blonde highlights. My hair is on the finer side and she gave a wonderful shorter, thickening cut. THUMBS UP!
Rating: 5
Sammi B.
1 year ago
Obsessed with what Cristy can do with hair, she's insanely talented when it comes to any kind of hair color, especially balayages. She's seriously the only person I trust to dye my hair; it's never brassy and very long lasting. Cristy's so talented, kind and really makes sure her clients get the results that they want. Definitely check out her instagram (@cristyjeanhair) to see her hair magic!
Rating: 5
Meggie B.
2 years ago
Whitney is my GIRL. I had been getting my hair done by a friend and in a pinch during the holidays, I couldn't get in with that friend, and that's how I found Whit. She got me in late (7pm) on a weekday during the holidays, literal DAYS before Christmas on short notice. I have not gone back to my friend since. I know, I'm a terrible person. But GIRL CAN DO IT ALL. I work in the beauty industry and need to change up my look often to stay in fashion. Whitney doesn't even break a sweat keeping up with it all. She executes cuts, dye, lifts, perms, color correct like a BOSS. She's also just a gem of a personality, so time flies when you're in her chair (which is obviously ideal). As long as she stays here in Portland, I will never see another hair stylist. Hair MIRACLE WORKER would be more accurate.
Rating: 5
Gabriela T.
2 years ago
My hair never had ANY color on it. I have a lot of hair, thick, long, straight black hair. Never bleached, never fully dyed...NOTHING. I've been considering a change for some time now but since it was such a big step and process I did A LOT of research. Thank God I found this place and Sarah. She is GREAT, I'm so happy that my first hair experience was perfect. Definitely recommend her and the salon. Everyone is super nice and the salon is really pretty, cosy and fashion. Super happy with my look.
Rating: 5
Rachel G.
2 years ago
After having a horrible experience at another salon, I found Kris on Instagram and emailed her about a color correction appointment to fix a balayage gone wrong....She explained to me how it could be fixed with toner.  I am so happy with the results! Kris did an amazing job blending the highlights out making it look more natural and seamless. She is the perfect balance of being both professional and personable.  I would confidently recommend Kris to anyone! She deserves six stars!
Rating: 5
Ariel Beier
2 years ago
I could never go to a different salon. The owner is amazing and has never disappointed me even when I want to go from dark to a crazy bright color.
Rating: 5
Janelle F.
2 years ago
Christy Bonilla is an amazing colorist! As a hairdresser myself I was looking for a stylist of my own and I discovered Christy from instagram. I wanted the same beautfiul balayage I saw in those pictures! So I made an appointment to see her. Right away I was impressed with how she reached out to me before my appointment to get to know me and prepare for our appointment. When I met Christy she made me feel so comfortable and at ease with her easy going personality. She is very professional, attentive, and extremely talented at what she does. What most impressed me about her was her enthusiasm for education, and staying up on the latest trends. The salon itself is chic, intimate, and the other stylists were very friendly as well. Overall it was one of the best salon experiences I have ever had. The best part is I LOVE MY HAIR! Christy gave me exactly what I wanted and now I am proudly apart of those beautiful balayage photos on her instagram!
Rating: 5
Billy P.
2 years ago
Whitney gives the best men's cuts. Great listening and ability to turn what you are describing into exactly what you are looking for. The scalp massage is great also.
Rating: 5
Amy D.
2 years ago
I found Cristy via rave Yelp reviews and her Instagram.  I went in to have my color corrected after two failed attempts with another stylist.  Cristy was so responsive to my desperate plea for help via email.  She asked me all the right questions and made me feel confident in her ability.  It took 4 hours to fix my hair but it looks amazing and Cristy's knowledge, skill and passion for hair color shined through.  KOA is a beautiful salon with a very relaxed yet professional vibe.  I am so happy with my hair and will be back again!  Thanks Cristy!
Rating: 5
Andrea Hogan
2 years ago
Kristina has such a warm and confident energy. She makes you feel welcome the moment you walk in the door and her space is beautiful! LOVE my haircut and thrilled to finally have found someone in Portland that is so talented!
Rating: 5
Monica G.
2 years ago
I had a haircut at a place where the people that work there, including the hair stylist and the owner, are really great, unfortunately my hair doesn't agree. I went there before a trip and it was very important for me to feel really good about my appearance, vain if you'd like, but that is what I wanted and explained in detail, showed pictures... The problem was only evident once I washed my hair the first time after that haircut and it was my turn to style it. Nothing worked, it was depressing. I came back during Memorial weekend and desperately started searching for a place that would even be open, forget about reviews. It was really out of luck that I found Koa and Natalie. The place is clean, lots of natural light, beautifully decorated, simply pleasant and serene. Natalie was very attentive and I could tell very soon after I met her, that she is an experienced hair stylist. She understood what was wrong and what I wanted, and she just fixed it. She was thorough and explained very clearly what I will need to do going forward. Sadly, my hair won't fully recover from the bad haircut I previously had for about a year, but others can't tell. It has been weeks now and people still complement me, I really do feel great! I am very happy I found Natalie (Aliff) and Koa, I would recommend it to everybody!
Rating: 5
Cherice P.
2 years ago
I have been going to Kristina for years and she always gets my haircut right! I even made the mistake of going to a salon close to home once which ended in a horrible lopsided disaster, but after one visit to Kristina she made it so much better and I ended up loving the new haircut. She has taken my hair from short to long, blonde to red to brown and back to blonde. Very professional and an excellent listener.
Rating: 5
Chelsea S.
3 years ago
Kristina is such a ray of sunshine. Like seriously. She saved my hair from another salon in pdx that attempted an ombré. I've been getting my hair colored for almost 15 years and sometimes what we envision or want is not possible. I have had other stylists do it anyways at the cost of my hair. She listens to what you want and is realistic. She tells you what the process will look like and any concerns she has. I have changed my mind so many times from silver, to purple, to blonde highlights, to brown low lights, and back to balayage. And I still have hair. She never blinked an eye when I changed my mind. She highly values her clients and wants them to be happy.Plus she doesn't double book and gives you the attention you deserve.
Rating: 5
Adrienne S.
3 years ago
I have extremely thick, coarse hair. After almost a decade of having every stylist in Portland take over an hour to explain to me that the only hair style that works on me is a long, grotesque mullet flat-ironed to pieces, Kristina has performed miracles. So far, she's given me a Meg Ryan shag and a chin-length bob and have it actually look good. I almost wish her short cuts didn't grow out so well so that I could come in more often.
Rating: 5
Jaime L.
3 years ago
Kristina is amazing! She always does a fabulous job on my cut and color and is also very efficient. Kristina has helped me achieve several light shades without causing breakage or damage. I have pretty dark and red hair but have never left the salon brassy after a color appointment. I recommend her to all of my friends!
Rating: 5
Sarah S.
3 years ago
Christa is magic. She's a great stylist who will take time and decide with you what you want and then take steps to get you there. She spent the time to get my hair just right and lightened using olaplex for less damage. My hair feels happy and healthy even after quite a bit of lift. She is also a great conversationalist and is super fun to be around. The salon space is super cute, everything looks clean and shiny. If you are a California girl scared to take the plunge in Portland, have no fear! Christa is here to help! She did a great style on my hair too, exactly what I wanted!
Rating: 1
Valerie Gonzalez
3 years ago
I had an extremely disappointing/frustrating experience with Kristina. I emailed her before scheduling to ask if she could achieve what I wanted (silvery hair) based on my current hair, find out cost, and the number of visits it would require. She responded saying she would love to do it and would likely be able to get me there in one visit (based on all the info I gave)and gave me a price. I agreed and set up a time. I was shocked at the end of my appointment when my hair was BLUE. She did not apologize or even act concerned. She commented that she loved it and would do this color on her own hair. Not what a client wants to hear when something this drastic happens. She then sent me home with a color remover and told me to let her know how it washes out. Well, it went bad. My hair was orange after using it. I told her I needed to come in and do something about it. She did another color remover and toned it, thats it. Thats what she considered "fixing it". When I asked her if another color appointment would be part of the first visit since she did not come even close to achieving what I asked but still took my money, she said no. She said, "it takes a lot of time and effort" so nothing will be free. So she thought it was appropriate to keep my money for making my hair worse than when I started. She also tried to claim my hair in the photo before seeing her is "so silver because you used Pravana silver" which is not true because I hadn't done anything to my hair in over 3 months. I used Pravana in the past but it washes out quickly. Certainly would not still be making a huge difference 3+ months later. My hair has the damage of someone being platinum but without actually achieving that color. She eventually agreed to refund me and apply the cost to another visit (meaning free like I asked initially). I agreed but she text me the morning of my appointment to cancel and refer me somewhere else. She never took responsibility for her mistakes or the damage she had done and then wanted someone else to fix it. The best part is she said she would mail me a check for the refund but surprise it never came! I had to drive downtown (from Hillsboro) to pick it up. When I reviewed it she spelled my name wrong and wrote the date as 3/16/2015... Needless to say I had her write a new one. I've never experienced anything like this before and hope I never do again. I do not recommend anyone go to her not just because of the skill, or lack there of, but how she decided to handle the whole situation. You've been warned.****I posted pictures of each phase on my Yelp review if you want to see for yourself***
Rating: 1
Valerie G.
3 years ago
I had an extremely disappointing/frustrating experience with Kristina. I emailed her before scheduling to ask if she could achieve what I wanted (silvery hair) based on my current hair, find out cost, and the number of visits it would require. She responded saying she would love to do it and would likely be able to get me there in one visit (based on all the info I gave)and gave me a price. I agreed and set up a time. I was shocked at the end of my appointment when my hair was BLUE. She did not apologize or even act concerned. She commented that she loved it and would do this color on her own hair. Not what a client wants to hear when something this drastic happens. She then sent me home with a color remover and told me to let her know how it washes out. Well, it went bad. My hair was orange after using it. I told her I needed to come in and do something about it. She did another color remover and toned it, thats it. Thats what she considered "fixing it". When I asked her if another color appointment would be part of the first visit since she did not come even close to achieving what I asked but still took my money, she said no. She said, "it takes a lot of time and effort" so nothing will be free. So she thought it was appropriate to keep my money for making my hair worse than when I started. She also tried to claim my hair in the photo before seeing her is "so silver because you used Pravana silver" which is not true because I hadn't done anything to my hair in over 3 months. I used Pravana in the past but it washes out quickly. Certainly would not still be making a huge difference 3+ months later. My hair has the damage of someone being platinum but without actually achieving that color. She eventually agreed to refund me and apply the cost to another visit (meaning free like I asked initially). I agreed but she text me the morning of my appointment to cancel and refer me somewhere else. She never took responsibility for her mistakes or the damage she had done and then wanted someone else to fix it. The best part is she said she would mail me a check for the refund but surprise it never came! I had to drive downtown (from Hillsboro) to pick it up. When I reviewed it she spelled my name wrong and wrote the date as 3/16/2015... Needless to say I had her write a new one. I've never experienced anything like this before and hope I never do again. I do not recommend anyone go to her not just because of the skill, or lack there of, but how she decided to handle the whole situation. You've been warned.****I posted pictures of each phase in the photo album here on yelp so see for yourself***
Rating: 5
Alex H.
3 years ago
I am as indecisive as it gets when it comes to my hair. I made an appointment with Christina Hollandsworth after finding her and the salon on Instagram, and let her know I wanted to go from long, boring brunette to a blunt blonde (but not yellow) lob (PTSD from a hair experience before). All of the products Christina used were amazing and my haircut turned out so cute. The color was blonde, but a little more subtle than what I was going for. So, I left the salon happy with the cut, but not so much the color. I emailed Christina that evening and asked if she would have a go at the blonde again, this time with more obvious highlights. She got me in the very next day, redid my hair (not to mention a blow dry and style)- for free! She said it was a continuation of the appointment the day before, and she wouldn't charge me for that. What a relief, and a surprise! I love my hair now, and Christina is awesome. If you've got to sit in a chair  for 3-4 hours to get your hair done, may as well be sitting there with someone you like! Thank you for dealing with me, Christina, I'll be back when I want go platinum, for sure!
Rating: 5
Lydia K.
3 years ago
Thank you! Thank you, Christa Mcspadden, for a wonderful haircut. I have a very coarse, heavy, straight Asian hair. And often hairstylists either don't know how to cut it or disappoint me with just boring haircut experiences. The previous hairstylists always wouldn't hear me out about the texturing. I am glad I found this salon and met Christa. She immediately recognized what I wanted and what would look good on me. And she delivered it perfectly. I love my new haircut. It has perfect amount of texture and it is a chic mid length haircut accentuating my square face beautifully. I feel a haircut should make you feel beautiful and refreshed. That is what I got. Thank you again.
Rating: 5
Constanza C.
3 years ago
Christa is my go to! She it's super great with my hair and makes it look incredible. I first came in for a light lavender fashion color and I have major dark brown hair. And 7 hours later I came out super happy with the beautiful color she had given me and my hair still felt just as soft. She really knows what she's doing.
Rating: 5
Alyson F.
3 years ago
Kristina did my hair and I'm in love!!! She was super nice and took great care of my hair. She gave me exactly what I wanted and made sitting down for 4 hours fly fast. Been to many different stylist but Kristina was the best. Great experience!
Rating: 5
Emily Stenlund
3 years ago
Christina H. is amazing! I have been seeing her for about a year now and she gave me the cutest pixie cut ever! She's so friendly and does a fantastic job with everything she does!
Rating: 5
Alexis G.
3 years ago
Kristina is a gem! I am so glad to have found her work via Instagram and Yelp. I am new to Portland as well and was terrified I wouldn't be able to find someone. I had a grown out ombré and wanted to go back to my dark roots. I requested a dark plum with a blunt bob. This cut/color combo can go either great or not very quickly so I was a little hesitant.  BUT Kristina put me at ease and read my mind by giving me the cut and color I envisioned. This rarely ever happens. My dark plum is shiny and vibrant and my cut is just amazeballs! I've gotten many compliments already. Her salon also has a cozy and classy vibe to it. I'm in love!
Rating: 5
Mark F.
3 years ago
I was a little apprehensive getting my hair cut, I've let it grow out for about three years now from a close buzz. Christina was able to enact my vision of taking off a few inches and keeping my natural flow, also adding some sweet french braids on the side. The braids came out after a while, but my hair looks great. If I do decide to cut my hair again anytime soon, I will return!
Rating: 5
Kristin Collins
3 years ago
Love Koa Beauty soooo much! They're always so friendly and up to date on current trends!
Rating: 5
Heidi Farland
3 years ago
Kristina is so fun and talented! Beautiful salon that makes your appointment everything it should be! I would recommend KOA beauty to anyone!
Rating: 5
Tania W.
3 years ago
When I moved to Portland a few months ago from the O.C., one of the things I was most nervous about was being able to find a stylist I could trust. I sifted through hundreds of Yelp reviews before I finally settled on Kristina (owner) of Koa. She is awesome! I'm so glad I went to her. I decided to be a bit "fearless" and drastically lighten my medium/dark brown hair to a light caramel-ly brown with some blonde. I booked the appointment for a balayage ombre, but discovered when I got there that I should have booked for a double-process color because my hair is kind of long and very thick. But this didn't throw Kristina off. She juggled me and her next customer beautifully. And I LOVE my hair!
Rating: 5
Bre C.
3 years ago
This spot is easily one of my favorite salons in Portland! The environment is amazing, and Kristina (the owner) is a wonderful stylist who I highly recommend. She's been my go-to stylist for years and never fails to offer the absolute best service and on-trend cuts. KOA is warm and welcoming, just like all of their staff! Wonderful salon full with a talented team you can trust.
Rating: 5
Yadi G.
3 years ago
I was not sure how to phase out the black in my hair until I found Kristina!  She encouraged me to take steps to make my washed out black hair into beautiful caramel brown bayalage.  Always a great time here with a stylist who listens to what you want to eventually end up with but also keep your hair looking healthy and great.
Rating: 5
Carly Poe
4 years ago
David is brilliant! Absolutely perfect, fierce hair every time!
Rating: 5
Monica D.
4 years ago
Do not hesitate to book your appointment here. I had my first appointment with Kristina today and I wish I could give her 10 stars. She is amazing!!! I really can not recommend her enough. I had balayage done to my thick, dark coarse hair and it looks fantastic. She is super friendly too:)  I have had lots of bad dye jobs over the years and I finally feel like I have found MY hairstylist for life. Thank you Kristina.
Rating: 5
Cyndy G.
4 years ago
This was my first time to Kristina and I absolutely love my hair color and cut. Kristina took the time to discuss what would be good color options for my hair and suggested some new ways in which to cut and shape my hair. I couldn't be more pleased with her creative ideas. The salon is great, very stylish and modern. Spacious and open. The large wooden table in the center of the salon is to die for. Product line is very nice and reasonably priced. I'll definitely return to Kristina and if you're looking for a terrific cut and/or color, Kristina is your gal.
Rating: 5
Brandi F.
4 years ago
Trying to grow my hair out for my wedding and still be a platinum blonde is challenging to say the least. Thank goodness for Kristina's incredible hair skills and product knowledge. She is amazing and the salon is top notch!
Rating: 5
Jessica P.
4 years ago
I had a wonderful experience with Kristina, the picture says it all :)
Rating: 5
Karrie B.
4 years ago
Koa is a lovely and calm space with amazing stylists.  Kristina is enjoyable and Olivia is Fabulous and amazing rolled into one. Kristina has created a pleasant atmosphere that is down to earth and calming with a decided lack of drama.  Olivia's skills with hair are exceptional and she's so willing to be as dramatic or as cautious as her clients prefer!  It was hard to find a stylist when we moved to portland, but I've been thrilled with Olivia.  Kids cuts are awesome and I get compliments on my hair cut and color all the time.
Rating: 5
lisa c.
4 years ago
This was my first time at Kristina's salon and Kristina was so incredibly warm, friendly, and professional, I was so impressed and blown away by her service. Her salon itself is super beautiful and clean, great atmosphere and chill vibe. We talked about my hair for a bit and I showed her some pictures, and she really listened and offered great feedback and advice as to what would work for me. As soon as she got started I could tell she knew exactly what she was doing, I felt super comfortable with her and totally trusted what direction she wanted to take my hair in. I left with an awesome cut, I was so happy with her work that I will definitely be back. I would recommend anyone to go see Kristina! She is at the top of her game with her work and you will leave feeling amazing ^__^
Rating: 5
Hannah S.
4 years ago
I have been going to Kristina for about 2 years now and I have never been so happy with my hair! She is the best hairstylist I have been to and I highly recommend her!
Rating: 5
K B.
4 years ago
I have been going to Kristina for 11 years:) This is a beautiful boutique salon located in downtown Portland. Her staff is friendly and the salon is very clean and organized. The atmosphere is very zen. Love it! You will love Kristina! She is amazing and very talented on what she does. She can make any hair beautiful and is highly reliable. She is the only person I will only go to for any hair appointments. She is the BEST hairstylist I know in the NW. Trust me, you will not disappoint :):)
Rating: 5
Jamie Mobley
4 years ago
Olivia is amazing!! She just moved to this salon and I am so glad to have followed her to Koa. This salon is beautifully decorated and has a relaxing, calm, light and airy atmosphere. Olivia's relaxed yet professional manner and spot-on style fit in very well in her new surroundings. Great salon, fantastic stylist, total satisfaction.
Rating: 5
Jos Read
5 years ago
Kristina is THE BEST. She always gets my hair perfect, which I've never found with any previous stylist. I'm really picky about my hair and it's so nice to find I don't have to worry about it coming out wrong when I go to her. Plus she's just an awesome person.
Rating: 5
Allyson A.
5 years ago
I've been a client of Kristina's for about 4 or 5 years now.  She is consistently awesome and I can't imagine going anywhere else to have my hair done.  I've had extensions, highlights, color, pixie cuts, bobs, cuts to help growing out a pixie cut, and even a perm.  I feel like Kristina knows me and what kind of hair is going to make me happy even if I'm indecisive or can't articulate what I want.  Before Kristina, I always had to have a specific picture (or pictures) of how I want my hair cut or colored.  These days, I may have a picture or may not... even if I don't bring anything with me (even much of a plan), I leave with perfect hair that looks exactly how I envisioned.  It's so nice having my hair cutting/coloring experience be so effortless and worry-free.
Rating: 5
B S.
5 years ago
Went back to Kristina with a photo of a models hair I liked. She told me what I wanted was a baylage color darker on top to help my dishwater blonde roots grow out with less maintenance. She nailed it. She listened to me! My long blonde hair is fine and very light on the ends. If you apply dye to the ends they just turn gray and then it fades out quick and it looks like crap. It's been a month and it still looks good. A true professional and expert.
Rating: 5
Bernadette M.
5 years ago
Im really glad that I found Kristina!  She is very gifted at coloring and her hair cutting skills is just what I was looking for.  She really listened to what I wanted to do with my hair and what I liked.  I told her I want a lighter color without having the damage in my hair.  I know, sounds impossible, but she did it!  I won't go anywhere else!  Oh and she is a sweetheart too!
Rating: 5
Becca Johns
5 years ago
Kristina is an amazing stylist, and wonderful woman. I've known her for years and she's cut and styled my hair many times. I've always left happy with an extra bounce in my step. I love this girl. <3
Rating: 5
Erin West
5 years ago
Kristina is very talented and I highly recommend her for her expertise with color. She's also incredibly cool and has great customer service. Go see her!
Rating: 5
Jennifer Butenschoen
5 years ago
Kristina is an incredible stylist & a wonderful person! Not only does she listen to what you want, she goes above and beyond what you are expecting! I have extremely thick, course and long hair and let's face it... I dont trust many stylists with my hair. Ive been going to Kristina for over 7 years now and everytime I leave her chair Im ecstatic with my "doo!" She will make you laugh while in her chair and you will be extremely comfortable with her, too. She will listen to what you dont want and try fun stuff if you are feeling adventurous! 100% of the time ive loved my hair and I thank you Kristina! So excited for you and your own salon..... I know with your husband, furbabies/kitties, family, friends and clients by your side, your business will be unstoppable!!!
Rating: 5
Shauna Marx Bryant
5 years ago
Not only is Kristina one of my besties, she is the most fabulous stylist I have ever been to. Bias aside I have always been so happy with every shade of blonde or purple she has done with my hair. Not to mention the style she did my hair for my wedding day, was also gorgeous!
Rating: 5
Kacy Dolan
13 days ago
Rating: 5
Leann Ogasawara
2 months ago
Rating: 5
Joelle Hval
2 months ago
Rating: 5
Susannah Fennell
2 months ago
Rating: 5
Shauna Henderson
3 months ago
Rating: 5
Shirley Liao
4 months ago
Rating: 5
Cami Dixon
1 year ago
Rating: 5
Kristin Cordz
1 year ago
Rating: 5
theresa gallagher
2 years ago
Rating: 5
Haley Zimmermann
2 years ago
Rating: 5
Ashleigh Wright
3 years ago
Rating: 5
Jhordan Arroyo-Day
3 years ago
Rating: 5
Cherice Pope
4 years ago
Rating: 5
Huy Pham
4 years ago
Rating: 5
Chelsie Killian
4 years ago
Rating: 5
Jason Gerken
4 years ago
Rating: 5
Susanna Frandsen Meeks
5 years ago
Rating: 5
Auntie Brooke
5 years ago
Rating: 5
Cori Lindsey
5 years ago
Rating: 5
Ashley Troy
5 years ago
Rating: 5
Courtney New
5 years ago
Rating: 5
Kris At Koa
5 years ago
Rating: 5
Ray Santos
5 years ago
Rating: 5
Angela Troy
5 years ago