Kirsten Kircher of KODA Salon


Born and raised in the Bay Area, Kirsten Kircher’s path to the stylist’s chair has been nothing if not unique, taking her from a degree in film studies to a teaching credential in mathematics (and from Boston to the O.C. to San Diego) before she landed at Advance Beauty College in Laguna Hills. Those varied disciplines—not to mention a stint teaching seventh and eighth graders, a task that requires colossal reserves of patience and not a little bit of courage—have served Kircher well at Koda, where she is revered for her expertise in color theory and adding depth and dimension to hair color, as well as her skills creating long, lush layers and stylish men’s cuts. That passion for the movies has informed her craft as well, making her a go-to beauty resource for on-site styling for film sets and weddings. Kircher, an admitted caffeine hound, keeps busy during her off-hours, trading the buzz of the salon for culinary adventures around San Diego or camping trips and hikes with her husband and two dogs.