The Koto Culture

The culture of Koto Hair is one of respect.

We’ve understood from the beginning that we couldn’t exist separate from the community and world in which we do business. We strive to make a difference every day by making smart environmental choices as well as supporting our local community through fundraising events as well as causes that care for humankind.

We have been honored to be recognised by our local community for our work on several occasions and we are proud of the intent that exists in our salon. Whether you’re a guy looking for a cut, or a girl looking for a fabulous new look, we’ve got you covered. We invite you to make an appointment with one of our highly trained staff and come and see what Koto Hair is all about!

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Meet the team

Kristy - Owner / Director
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Kristy is our fearless leader who is the epitome of an industry professional. Kristy’s career started back in 1995 in a country town before finding her way to Malvern in 1997 and has remained in the area ever since. After managing someone else’s business for 10 Years with her sister by her side she decided it was time they go out and do things for themselves.

With all the knowledge that Kristy has gained from a lifetime in the industry she is not shy about sharing her craft and her business savvy know how. Kristy is an amazing example of what can be accomplished if you work hard and lead with Integrity.
Kristy nowadays spends equal time behind the chair looking after her guests that she has known over 2 decades and the rest of her time leading the team.

Kristy treats everyone who comes through the door like they are part of the koto family with her warmth and friendly disposition.

Tahleaha - Owner / Director

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Tahleaha has the finest eye for detail you will ever come across. Some including herself, might even call her a little OCD. She has a fantastic sense of humour and loves to make people feel and look amazing when they walk out, what ever it is that you are after from the most amazing Blow Wave to mind blowing colour she can help.

Tahleaha and Kristy are sisters and business partners and have worked together since 2000.

Tahleaha is brilliant at Keratin straightening treatments and she loves doing them. Blondes are also where she excels, being a hands on leader she loves sharing her passion and helping others achieve their goals.

Lucy - Director Hairstylist

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Lucy is our award winning Director and she has been in the industry for almost a decade and she has spent half of that time with us at Koto.

She is welcoming, warm and a true industry professional. She is always striving to bring on trend style to the salon.

Her cuts sharp and bold or soft and seamless are sophisticated yet edgy with attention to detail.

As a salon partner Lucy guides her team with integrity and respect, taking the knowledge that she has gained from her study in Melbourne and London to mould the team, taking pride in assisting each team member’s crafts.

Tess - Koto Senior Hairstylist

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Tess is our superwoman who is ready to take on anything.

Tess is currently on leave for major surgery but will be returning in 2020. 

A love for up-styles and creating a clients’ dream look, whether it be editorial, short and sharp or something soft and undone, Tess has been a valuable member of the team from day one. Starting and finishing her apprenticeship at koto, Tess has grown immensely as a stylist whilst putting her own style into her passion. By knowing what’s on trend and what’s popular, she can help you achieve the hair you’ve always wanted.

Tess throws herself into every opportunity especially when it comes to expanding her knowledge of hair and business. As a result of this Tess has chosen thus far to keep her areas of expertise broad and continues to be one of koto’s best all-rounders.

Jess - Principle Stylist

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Jess is a Principle stylist with us at Koto hair and she loves seeing clients walk out feeling fabulous and loving their hair.  This feeling can’t be topped, especially knowing that she has helped them with their transformation.  Jess is our ‘hair up’ go-to girl and will create an up-do to make your special event feel even more special!

Jess prides herself on keeping up to date on all of the latest trends and techniques.  She is Koto’s color and Balayage specialist.

When the weekend comes around Jess enjoys cooking and baking for her friends. She loves to put together a good cheese platter teamed with well… WINE of course!
She’s our in-house dinner party expert.

Karmen - Principle Stylist

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Karmen loves creating an all-over stunning look of fresh colour, finished with a funky cut and is especially interested in men’s grooming.  She is looking to add to her skills by taking on a barbering course in the near future.  She is certainly on her way to becoming an amazing all-round stylist.
Outside of work, Karmen is a horse enthusiast, competing in high-level equine disciplines. Enjoying a challenge, Karmen recently joined a Roller Derby team.  All Karmen’s interests outside of work are aligned with a passion to pursue perfection, transformation & happiness.  She enjoys the wind in her hair whilst riding her horses and motorbike, and with any leftover spare time she chooses to hang out with her dog Anika Jane or take summer holidays in Bali!”

Olivia - Junior Stylist

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Livi is Koto’s little pocket rocket of a stylist. She decided at the fresh young age of 17 that she would carve herself a career in the hair and beauty industry and we could not be happier to have her as part of the Koto Family. Alongside her hairdressing training, Liv is also undertaking a short course in beauty and make-up.

It’s safe to say that Liv is passionate about anything and everything hair and beauty. Working 6 days a week doesn’t leave much spare time however, Liv still manages to squeeze in some time on the weekends to hang out with her friends, go shopping and even play footy.

Megan - Junior Stylist

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Megan has been a long term member of the Koto team, initially starting out as a salon assistant before moving into a part time trainee position and now finally commencing her official apprenticeship with Koto.

This progressive start to Megan’s career has actually set her up and given her a great headstart with her training. Megan is the best student any employer can ask for as she is always looking for learning opportunities and way to improve her skills.

If you get a chance to have a blow wave with Megan, you’d learn that she loves the great outdoors, taking long walks on the beach or braving the snow in winter.

Lee - Hair and Makeup artist

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Lee is our freelance hair and make up artist with over 19 years experience in the industry, including fashion, film, photographic, bridal and special effects.
Lee has spent the last 9 years working primarily in the film and television industry, working on popular Australian dramas such as Offspring, Dr Blake Mysteries, Glitch, Romper Stomper and Winners and Losers, just to name a few.

When Lee is not busy on film or TV sets we have been lucky enough to have her jump straight back into our team.
Lee adds a diverse set of skills to the team, that create a culture and atmosphere you will have to see to believe

Bille - Award winning lash artist

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Bille is an award-winning lash technician who will design the perfect set of eyelash extensions to suit each individual. She is passionate about lashes and is constantly searching for new techniques, new products, and up-skilling.

Koto Beauty offers several other services including facial waxing, lash and brow tinting, lash lifts and spray tans.

When Bille is not talking and dreaming of lashes she loves to relax with a martini and Netflix.
She is also a devoted AFL fan and loves going to the footy with her family and friends.
The Koto Beauty space is conveniently located above Koto Hair.

Koto BEAUTY – Eyelash Extensions
03 9821 0330 – 0405 959 150

Paige Quine - Make up Design

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Creativity and makeup is Paige’s number 1 passion. With a nationally accredited qualification from the National Academy of Beauty.

She utilises her skills in makeup artistry to highlight your natural assets for any type of special occasion or simply because you feel like pampering yourself.  Paige believes that confidence is the most beautiful thing a person can have.

“I look forward to helping you become your most confident, beautiful self”

A Sustainable Salon

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We have always been an eco friendly salon but have now gone one step further and made the decision to go “GREEN”.
By partnering with Sustainable Salons Australia we are now able to recycle 95% of our waste!

Salon founders and owners Kristy and Tahleaha are two busy sisters and multitasking working mothers, who have created a beautiful high end boutique salon. Koto Hair is a peaceful sanctuary for pampered clients to get some much deserved “Me Time”. Enjoy walking out into the world feeling refreshed and fabulously glamorous, sporting your stylish new haircut or flashing those new pair of flirty eyelash extensions as you leave the salon.

Located on Malvern Road in Glen Iris – Melbourne, Koto Hair offers for both men and women.

At koto hair we are committed to deliver exceptional customer service and will go the extra mile to accomplish this. Together with passion,technical excellence and using only the finest, eco friendly products available, we strive to provide a comfortable and natural salon experience without harming the environment. Our talented team are continually educated and looking for ways to improve ourselves, thereby building long and lasting relationships of trust and commitment with each and every client.

We are a family friendly salon, in fact we encourage you to bring the whole family. We love looking after each and every member of our community, be it working professionals, stay at home mums, your studying teenagers right down to the teeny tots!
Our promise to you is to do our VERY BEST to make you feel your VERY BEST. Hair salons near me.