Jena Knox, stylist and owner of Mia Bella Salon in Portland, Oregon, started her career 15 years ago in Tucson, Arizona at the renowned Markley Salon. She’s known for her expertise in hair color and haircuts and specializes in curly and short hair styles. She has an uncanny ability to thoroughly listen and understand what her clients want, taking in their lifestyle, face shape and energy, to create the perfect individual look for each person. Her clients have trusted her for years as she has an unabashed sense of care and responsibility for each one.
Jena is also an avid believer in continuing education having attended courses from top of the line companies such as Kevin.Murphy, Davines, Moroccan Oil, Aveda and Goldwell along with intensive hair cutting and color seminars across the US from Seattle to Las Vegas and most currently, New Orleans.
She fell in love with Portland when traveling through the Pacific Northwest back in 2003 and knew she’d found her hometown. When she’s not making people’s hair beautiful, she loves to travel, take in live shows and explore the beautiful Northwest with her trusty sidekick cattle dog, Georgia.
A Portland native, Angela began her career in cosmetology in 1985. Angela specializes in hair color and regularly trains in the latest styles and techniques at European and domestic trade shows. She attends advanced product and training seminars with TIGI, Artec and Vidal Sassoon. When she isn’t at the salon, her hobbies include running, painting, cooking and movies.
Kim started her career as a licensed stylist in 2000. She has trained with top of the line companies such as Aveda, Tigi, Kerastase, Pureology and Wella.
As well as attending local classes, Kim has traveled to Seattle, Long Beach, Miami and New Orleans, to stay current on the latest trends and techniques.
She specializes in hair color and haircuts and is confident with curly hair, however, she is a versatile stylist who caters to each client’s individual needs. Kim has an easygoing personality and listens to the desires of her clients to ensure they have a truly positive and relaxing experience.
Connie Hill, Salon Manager
Front desk superstar! New to Portland, Connie started her career in the beautiful Southwest. She spent 20 years as a licensed massage therapist, 10 of those years training and working at the world renowned Miraval Resort & Spa. She changed climates from sunny Tucson to the Pacific Northwest based on her love of seasonal changes and nature. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, discovering great new restaurants, trying new culinary dishes at home, visiting the coast and central Oregon.
Dana is the newest addition to the Mia Bella family. She loves all things Aveda and hair. Passionate about continuing education, Dana has spent the past several years learning and challenging herself to be the best stylist she can be. She loves hair of all types and textures and is especially skilled with highlights and balayage.
When she’s not at the salon, Dana loves checking out vegan restaurants, making people laugh and stepping out of her comfort zone.
Nikki’s first gig was apprenticing for Mia Bella’s very own Angela Cava at G Best Salon. She later followed Angela to Soul Bella (aka Mia Bella) where she began her career. Many of her clients have been with her since those first years in Sellwood. They followed her to Tint, where she worked with an awesome team for 7 years, and then to Honeycomb Hair Studio where she was solo for another 7 years. Missing the camaraderie and inspiration of working with other stylists, things came full circle when she found herself back with friends, old and new, at Mia Bella.
Nikki is a great listener and methodical stylist. She enjoys doing natural looking hair color and will help you create a style you can re-create at home.
When she is not at the salon, Nikki spends as much time as she can with her dog, Sailor. She also loves her volunteer gig, walking dogs at Oregon Humane Society.
Heather was attracted to the art of hairdressing at a young age. She attended Cosmetology during high school and has been behind the chair ever since. With over twenty years experience, she still loves the artistic nature and connection to people doing hair has to offer. She is a native Texan who relocated from Austin to the beautiful Portland area in 2015. She specializes in dimensional, natural color, haircuts and is comfortable with a variety of hair textures. Always striving to perfect her craft, she continues her education regularly.
Heather is receptive and takes the time to listen to the expectations of each client. Heather likes to create a relaxing, positive experience and will put you at ease with her intuitive and mellow demeanor.
She enjoys exploring the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two teenage sons, crafting, gardening or reading a good book.
Jenny has over 23 years experience in hairstyling and provides a variety of services including haircutting and color. She specializes in fine hair and blondes and is a wizard with formal styles and fun party hair. Originally from Chicago, she moved here from Texas to be with her family, and she absolutely loves her new hometown of Portland.
Some of Jenny’s achievements include being the lead stylist in the Fort Worth Star Telegram Bridal Show for 7 years. She was also the lead stylist for the style section of Panache Magazine for 2 years. Working with Aveda at the prestigious Burt Grant Salon in Texas for the last 12 years, she was given the title of Advanced Master Stylist and even won an award for “Best Beehive” in Dallas/Fort Worth!
When Jenny isn’t making people gorgeous, she loves to have fun and laugh. She also enjoys cooking and spending time with her friends and family. Book an appointment with her today!