Stylist & Owner
As a teenager, Koji dreamed about coming to the U.S. After graduating from high school, he opted for cosmetology school instead of college. With a clear goal in mind, he worked part time at a Wendy’s that was located on a U.S. military base near his house so that he could improve his English. Shortly after, he started his career as a cosmetologist at a locally well known salon in Hiroshima, Cut House CAN. After winning a regional winding competition, he advanced to the national level but immediately lost in the first round. This loss only fueled his desire to improve and become better.
Five years later, Koji became a stylist despite his struggle with dermatitis. This was followed by countless hours of meticulous practice (often after the salon closed for the day), intense training, and dozens of seminars, which included Sassoon workshops inspired by structural hair cutting methods. As Koji’s dedication and passion for hair continued to grow, he was promoted to manager in 2000 at one of the four branches of Cut House CAN. While developing his professional career, Koji also cultivated his curiosity about his own culture by learning the traditional art of Japanese Tea Ceremony.
One of Koji’s dreams became reality when he moved to San Diego, CA in 2005. A year later, although he was not confident in his English ability, he obtained his CA cosmetology license on his first attempt. Later that year, he started working for Dearinger. While employed at Dearinger, he attended several Sassoon Academy training sessions and various other workshops. He achieved top product sales in 2010, and persisted to diligently sharpen his skills and knowledge as a top stylist.
On March 1, 2013, Koji & Oanh Ngyen Opend their own salon, B:B Meme. He continues to strive for excellence in his work and provide his clients with only the best in customer service. Koji is also an avid photographer, loves music and the arts, enjoys history, martial arts and traveling.