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! 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.

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.

Rene Antonio

Independent Senior Master Stylist

Rene’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 Renè’s skill.

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





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