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The Studio Taka Experinece

Nestled in picturesque Laguna Beach, the team at Studio Taka takes pride in delivering personal and professional service. Our mission is simple… create a relaxed, calming environment combined with superior services providing clients with a getaway escape from the hectic world outside.

Studio Taka is not your typical salon. A wonderful combination of indoor and outdoor spaces creates a unique, salon environment. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and with an outdoor teak living room and dining set, Studio Taka is truly a special place to escape.

At Studio Taka, a complete offering of hair and skincare services are delivered by highly skilled professionals with extensive training and experience. The entire staff is focused on providing a ‘beyond expectation’ experience and result. Each service is started with a signature scalp, neck and shoulder massage.

As an Aveda Concept Salon, Studio Taka carries a full line of hair, skincare, make-up and grooming products. The staff participates in on-going master level training through Aveda.

Taka, Justin, Julio and Corey invite you to experience what they believe sets Studio Taka apart from the rest.

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Justin Metzger

Artistically focused and with a wide breadth of experience, Justin has a unique knack for identifying the most flattering effects for all types of clientele. Leveraging his extensive Vidal Sassoon and Aveda training, Justin developed a distinct personalized style that translates into spectacular results for male and female clients.

With a long history of service experience, Justin is extremely adept at creating a relaxing, friendly environment for clients. Justin’s design experience started early. At age 19, Justin founded what came to be a string of four floral shops. Justin established the aesthetic and design tone of each of the shops. After a stint in the hospitality industry, Justin realized a calling in hair design.

Justin’s artistic eye has proven to be a strong asset during his tenure at Studio Taka. Whether helping create a new style for a frustrated new client, or balancing difficult colors and textures for established clients, Justin’s experience benefits the Studio Taka clientele.

Justin’s strong skills as a colorist, combined with the Studio Taka resources, result in a tremendous range of capabilities to create stunning results. Constantly on the lookout for current trends, Justin is as comfortable creating a natural beach look using the Studio Taka ‘bBlond’ technique as he is creating a magnificent hair-do candelabra from 35 feet of woven hair (yes, it did light up!).

Studio Taka owner Takafumi Oiwa says, “I am constantly amazed at Justin’s ability to translate a client’s vague ideas into distinct hair styles that consistently hit the mark. His creative edge and color expertise can be seen in the terrific, wearable styles he creates for his clients.”

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Julio Martinez

Julio brings over twelve years of experience in the hair care industry to Studio Taka. He is a graduate of Pasadena City College, and has spent a large part of his career in the same city. Apart from his cosmetology training at the college, Julio has gained education through Aveda, Redken, Wella, American Crew Male, and JOICO among other leading hair product lines. He is also trained in Japanese straightening systems, Asian hair, Keratin treatments, ethnic hair, and the proprietary bBlond technique developed at Studio Taka for natural looking blond hair.

With his extensive and on-going education, Julio prides himself on his skills as a full-service stylist, meeting the needs of a diverse clientele. These include: color correction, a variety of highlighting techniques customized for each client’s needs and finding the appropriate hair style to make each client look their best. Julio attributes his success from having had the privilege to assist and partake in an intensive training program under the tutelage of Master Hair Stylist Freddie Arboleda; A well respected stylist who was trained in Paris and London and who has garnered recognition from the Los Angeles Magazine two years in a row. His knowledge and creativity continues to grow under the direction of Master Stylist Takafumi Oiwa at Studio Taka.

Apart from his passion for being behind the chair, Julio has fostered his creativity and love of high fashion hair styling through an extensive portfolio of work that includes print work, fashion shows, and television. He also enjoys donating his services for charitable organizations such as The AIDS Foundation and Project Angel Food.

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Takafumi Oiwa

Drawing from almost 20 years of master level hair care experience, owner Takafumi Oiwa takes great pride in providing superior services in a stylish, relaxing environment. As owner of one of the first Aveda Concept Salons in Orange County, Takafumi also has a long experience with Aveda products and techniques.

Talented both artistically and technically, Takafumi combines both color mastery and progressive hair design to create winning looks for his clients. Takafumi’s extensive ongoing training includes regular seminars with: • Vidal Sassoon Academy • Aveda Institute • Aveda Cut and Color Collection • Liscio Hair Straightening • Keratin Hair Smoothing.

Takafumi credits his success today to stringent training while working directly for Michi Kaji, a well known stylist in Beverly Hills, and Joe Huffstickler, an incredible colorist in Washington D.C. Takafumi is often the first to offer cutting edge treatments and techniques in Orange County including Japanese Hair Straightening, Keratin Complex Hair Smoothing Treatment, and Color Base Shifting.

Takafumi is well regarded as a colorist, working to correct client hair color issues as well as create new looks. Takafumi is well known for his unique knack for creating extremely natural looking blond hair through an advanced combination of coloring techniques in a way that emulates the sun’s effect on hair.

Comfortable with both long hair and short styles, Takafumi is skilled in creating styles that both flatter and enhance a client’s natural features.

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  • Taka's haircut price structures are higher. Taka's color prices are the same. The consultation and the color formulation are done by Taka and applications performed by his well-trained staff under Taka's supervision and direction.
  • *Please note that Studio Taka is closed on Sundays and Mondays
 

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Our business hours: Mon Closed • Tuesday through Friday from 10:00am-7:00pm • Saturday from 9:00am-5:00pm • Sunday Closed.
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Directions & Parking Info

For Laguna residents and have a parking permit, the easiest place to park is in front of the salon on Coast Highway. Those without a permit, please take advantage of out parking lot.
Input 1540 Galen Dr. 92651 into your smart phone or GPS. When you have arrived to the final destination, look to your left, and you’ll see a blue-ish grey building, and a big opening to our underground parking garage. Drive into the garage and go all the way down to the end. To your right, you will see a staircase with 3 spots marked Studio Taka. On Saturdays, you may park anywhere in the garage.
Finding Studio Taka from north Laguna drive South on PCH and make a left on Bluebird Canyon Dr. make an immediate left on Galen Dr. and go all the way to the end of the street. Then look to your left, you should see a blue-ish grey building, and a big opening to our underground parking garage. Drive into the garage and go all the way down to the end. To your right, you will see a staircase with 3 spots marked Studio Taka. On Saturdays, you may park anywhere in the garage.

Finding Studio Taka from south Laguna drive north on PCH and make a right on Bluebird Canyon Dr. make an immediate left on Galen Dr. and go all the way to the end of the street. Then look to your left, you should see a blue-ish grey building, and a big opening to our underground parking garage. Drive into the garage and go all the way down to the end. To your right, you will see a staircase with 3 spots marked Studio Taka. On Saturdays, you may park anywhere in the garage.

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