Cheng Tan of KODA Salon


Koda founder Cheng Tan takes hair care far beyond the standard cut and color, ensuring that every client leaves her chair feeling blissful, beautiful and wholly satisfied. With several years of training and experience from L'Oréal Professionel and Kerastase, Cheng is as comfortable cutting and coloring as she is transforming stick-straight locks into luscious curls – and vice versa! An expert at building easy rapport with her faithful clientele, Cheng is also adept at several signature hair services, including digital perms (also known as thermal waving), keratin straightening treatments and corrective color cure-alls.

In addition to working alongside internationally acclaimed stylists such as Luigi Merenu and Odile Gilbert, Cheng is consistently sought out by local beauty icons and for editorial spreads. An annual fixture behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week, Cheng's work has graced top runways (Phillip Lim, Zac Posen and L'Wren Scott, to name a few) and stars of the small and silver screen—she's consistently the go-to beauty source at the Emmy Awards. As an accredited L'Oréal Professionel Portfolio Artist, Cheng frequently shares her passion and expertise with top stylists across the country, and imports the best treatments from the country's most exclusive salons.

When she's not at Koda, Cheng loves to explore the shops, neighborhoods, restaurants and music of her native San Diego. She frequently posts her style inspirations on the blog