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.
Nicolette has always been fascinated by transformations. Growing up in the theatrical community, she watched in amazement as costume and makeup designers transformed actors into their characters with clothing, hair and makeup. In her 13 year career as a stylist, she has tried to infuse that kind of magic into every session with her clients.
Nicolette wants you to feel transformed. Whether that’s expressed through a gentle sun kissed balayage, showcasing your beautiful natural silver, embracing the gorgeous curls you were born with, or finding the cut and color that feels the most like you. Your hair is her canvas. Her goal is to help you express the amazing person you are.
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.
Hallie was born right here in beautiful Oregon. Watching her mom do hair was her first introduction to the salon industry. Her first job was as a salon receptionist, and then moved to sunny San Diego in 2001 to start her career at the world renowned Gila Rut AVEDA Salon. She worked there for 14 years, starting as an assistant and working her way up to a Master Color Specialist, as well as educating in the color department for several years.
One of her favorite parts of working at Gila Rut was being part of the Creative Team and working on exclusive photo shoots. Hallie’s work has been published in magazines such as Estetica, Estetica Italy, Esteticamagazine.com, Beauty Launchpad, Modern Salon, The Colorist Magazine.
Hallie has taken classes with esteemed companies such as Aveda, Kevin Murphy, UNITE, Kerastase, Hattori Hanzo, Elevation H, Seven Haircare, Brazilian Blowout, Keratin Complex, Great Lengths Extensions to name a few
She specializes in hair color, womens hair cuts and Great Lengths Extensions. She loves to make her clients feel special from the moment they sit in the chair! Hallie is a great listener and enjoys educating her guests to help them re-create their look at home. She treats her guests like family and truly cares about their time spent together.
Her artistic eye, creative edge and unwavering commitment to her guests is what keeps her happy. She can’t wait to share all of that with you!
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.
Kim is a native Oregonian. She completed cosmetology school here in Portland in 1991. Kim is a third generation hairdresser following in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother. After school, she advanced her education with 2 apprenticeships focusing on hair color. Kim has continued her education in cutting, color and hair design throughout her career around the US and of course here in our fair city of Portland. There is no hair type that Kim cannot master. Kim enjoys the outdoors, landscape gardening, spending time with 2 dogs and 2 grown boys. She also likes to sew as a hobby and Halloween costumes are her favorite project.
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.