Since moving west nearly a year ago, Massachusetts expat Rachel Stevens has fully embraced the California lifestyle, relishing the chance to bring her love of all things hair to the left coast. Beauty school led her to her real education: a rich, five-year tenure at one of western Massachusetts’ top-rated salons. Having worked with some of the premier stylists in the luxury Kerastase family, Rachel has become a go-to resource for both individual clients and renowned organizations—the Ladies Professional Golf Association recently tapped her to create hair for one of their commercials. Though she’s as adept with custom cuts as she is with color, Rachel plays favorites with the freehand balayage technique, in which she’s been specially trained. “It’s the most beautiful method of gorgeous, free-flowing highlights there is,” she says (spoken like a true California girl!). And though Rachel’s happy to spend the day within Koda’s cozy walls, she’s just as content working alfresco, braving the elements for photo shoots and wedding parties.