Koji was born in Hiroshima, Japan. As a teenager, Koji dreamed about coming to the United States. After graduating from high school, he decided to attend 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 well known salon in Hiroshima by the name of CAN. After winning a regional hair wrapping competition, he had a chance to participate at the national competition. Although he did not win the national competition, the loss only fueled his desire to improve and become better.
Five years later, Koji became a stylist. 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 his work as a hair stylist continued to grow, he was promoted to manager in 2000 at one of the four branches of the CAN salon in Hiroshima Japan. While developing his professional career, Koji also cultivated his curiosity about his own Japanese culture by learning the traditional art of the Japanese Tea Ceremony.
One of Koji’s dreams became reality when he moved to San Diego, CA in 2005. A year later, as his conversational English was improving, he obtained his CA cosmetology license on his first attempt. Later that year, he started working for Dearinger Hair Salon in downtown San Diego. While employed at Dearinger, he attended several Sassoon Academy training sessions and various other workshops. He achieved a top product sales award in 2010, and persisted to diligently sharpen his skills and knowledge as a top stylist.
On March 1, 2013, Koji opened his own salon, and named it B:B Meme. He continues to strive for excellence in his work and provides his clients with the best customer service. Koji is also an avid photographer, loves music and the arts. He also enjoys history, martial arts and traveling.
As a beautician, Koji’s curiosity and desire to learn continues to expand. He takes classes at the Sassoon Academy and at Elevation H. Koji has recently completed additional education in color classes by Wella in Los Angeles. He expressed the excitement he feels as he discovers new color formulas and techniques. Koji is stepping up his basic color concepts to artistic designs and is now creating dimensional illusions which are usually only used by expert colorists. He is highly trained in the scientific reasoning behind why hair is affected by certain chemicals, and strives to promote the benefits of using non ammonia organic color products. Koji believes that, as he continues to build his expertise in hair color, he is also very concerned about maintaining the health and shine of his client’s hair.
Anna Chan is a great hairstylist and a makeup artist. She has been in the beauty industry since high school and also graduated from Paul Mitchell the school in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Anna’s great skills have allowed her many amazing opportunities such as working for models in photo shoots and going to fashion shows to do hair and makeup. Her goal everyday is to make her clients feel amazing. Born and raised in Houston, Texas Anna has learned a lot about life. She is dedicated to hard work and humble is the best definition for her. Her motto is “Work hard now and play later.” She also is a fulltime student studying for business management and one-day aspires to be a salon owner herself.