About Us

Aka, Salon Is A Destination,
We Strive To Always Offer You Our Very Best.

AKA Hair Salon first opened in the Irvine promenade located off Jamboree and Dupont Drive in Irvine CA. Kelsey and Aldo became partners with one common goal in mind, leave clients feeling happy on the inside and looking great on the outside!

After 10 years in the Irvine location, it was evident that expanding was the next step! Kelsey stepped out of the Irvine location and opened up in the heart of affluent Newport Beach on the busy corner of MacArthur Blvd and Bison Av (last toll-free exit on the 73 heading South) in the upscale Bluffs Shopping center. We have established ourselves as 2 of the most premier Hair Salons in the Community. Our stylists are well trained to offer the best in grooming & styling needs. Our staff is there to make you feel welcomed and taken care of in a friendly hospitable atmosphere.

We have an array of services at different price points to suit your needs and wants. Our hairstylists and staff provide the advice, solutions, and consistency you deserve in a wide variety of services and treatments, including cuts, coloring, facials, and scalp treatments. If you are looking for the best hair salon in Newport Beach or Irvine, give us a call today to book your first appointment!

Newport Beach

Our Team

Kelsey Clay


Ever since Kelsey was a little girl, she always had a passion for hair, make up and anything involving beauty! When she was in 7th grade, she challenged herself to create a different hairstyle for an entire 30 days! Kelsey has been specializing in Great Lengths hair extensions and Novalash eyelash extensions since 2006. She has an eye for knowing exactly what you need to upgrade your look! She’s been spreading love through her work for over 16 years and will continue to bring joy to every client that sits in her chair.

Carrie Brant

Employee Stylist

Started working in the beauty industry in the early 90’s when hair was BIG and bright. My passion is making women look and feel great about themselves. Blonde hair is my fave, but I also love fun and funky colors. I enjoy doing both men and women’s hair!

Katelyn Vernanza

Employee Stylist

Katelyn has always had a passion for art and creating new hairstyles at a young age. She started her training in high school and graduated with both diplomas. Over the past 7 years of her career, she has perfected her art and continues to stay up to date on the newest trends. She specializes in blondes and lives in colour. Providing both services for men and women. She enjoys making clients feel confident.

Ivonne Villalobos
Discover the excellence of beauty & science with Ivonne Villalobos as she provides a relaxed approach to luxurious sophistication and industry craftsmanship. Ivonne’s approach to the best of quality & care for your salon experience is in the attention to detail that she provides to each client though unparalleled service.

Whether there is an intention to add volume, length, color, straighten natural texture or unveil a total transformation, Ivonne holds the ability and confidence to deliver. Working in the beauty industry for over 20 years, her relentless pursuit to master her trade, her creativity and success have allowed her to build relationships with world class clients. Ivonne’s inspiration is found through her love of science, nature, fashion, music, & art.

Gaby Quin
Gaby has 14 years of hairstyling experience from downtown Toronto. She offers a diverse range of services but specializes in blonde and color corrections. She is passionate about her craft and takes pride in creating beautiful, customized looks to enhance her clients’ natural beauty. She always stays current with the latest trends and techniques to ensure her clients get the best possible service. “I am thrilled to bring my skills and expertise to Orange County, and make your hair goals come true!”- Gaby
Reina Estrada

Employee Stylist

Reina has been in the beauty industry for 7 years. Her passion is styling from beach waves to a classic blowout to make everyone feel the most gorgeous version of themselves.

Nhi Tran

Employee Permanent Makeup Artist/ Esthetician

Nhi has 3 years experience in permanent makeup services. She offers ombre powder brows, hairstrokes, eyeliner and Lip Blushing which is a form of semi-permanent make up . This technique lasts up to three years and is suitable for all skin and hair types. She takes her time to shape the brows based off of facial features to find the perfect shape for each unique face.

Paris Azarisoreh

Employee Makeup Artist

Paris has been working in the Beauty Industry for 4 years. Her makeup artistry experience is broad and consists of beautifying Brides and Bridal parties, Boudoir sessions, fine-tuning makeup for Headshots, creating timeless looks for special occasions, film and fashion runaways shows.


Independent Hair Stylist

Teresa has been in the hair industry for years. Master Stylist with 13 years of experience. Teresa has done many different types of hair training all over Europe with Wella studios. She provides diverse services for both women & men.

René Antonio

Independent Senior Master Stylist

René’s trail blazing coloring style has captured the attention of industry leaders and stylists, who have nominated him three consecutive years as hair colorist of the year by The Professional Beauty Association at their annual North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA). The NAHA nomination is an honor and proof of René’s skill.

Last year, René decided to take a break from education so he could focus on his clientele, new hair creations and to discover new visions for the future. Growing up as a third generation hair stylist, René Antonio carries a strong and rich background in hairdressing. Over the past twenty years, René has dazzled runways, music videos, and the hair styling community worldwide with his avant-garde creations.
René traveled globally with REDKEN 5th AVENUE and taught stylists how to create beautiful hair using his personal coloring techniques. Furthermore, René worked with SCRUPLES as artistic director, educating their stylists across the country in his signature design, color, finishing, and platform artistry.


Independent Hair Stylist


Teresa has been in the hair industry for years. Master Stylist with 13 years of experience. Teresa has done many different types of hair training all over Europe with Wella studios. She provides diverse services for both women & men.

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