Julio Martinez

From a very early age, Julio displayed a strong artistic talent and a fascination with styling hair. For more than 20 years – with the past 8 years at Studio Taka – Julio has built an enviable level of experience in all aspects of hair color, cut, and style. This experience pays dividends for his clients – from hair straightening to the Studio Taka proprietary bBlond® technique for amazing natural looking blond hair, Julio’s extensive background combined with his innate feel for the style and fashion of hair results in terrific outcomes for his clients. 


Studio Taka master stylist Takafumi Oiwa describes Julio as “a stylist who has a very distinct style that is both current and classy. His cuts wear well and move effortlessly. He enjoys surprising his clients with creative cut and color looks that truly flatter. Julio loves working with people, and is genuinely pleased to see his clients come back time and again. And, his clients adore him!”


In addition to his depth of experience, Julio continues to grow through advanced education with some of the best. After graduating from Pasadena City College, he trained under renowned stylist Freddie Arboleda (a continual presence on the Los Angeles Magazine best list), and assisted master stylist Takafumi Oiwa at Studio Taka for more than three years before earning his own chair, Julio values learning advanced techniques. In addition to his apprenticeships, Julio has completed Advanced Cut and Color coursework at the renowned Vidal Sassoon Academy and advanced courses with Aveda, Redken, Wella, American Crew Male, JOICO and many others.


Apart from his passion behind the styling 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.