Stylist Spotlight

2019 MODERN SALON 100: Kelly Naso @kellynaso

by Jamie Newman | August 1, 2019

A perfect representation of cool California color, Kelly Naso (@kellynaso) creates works of sun-kissed tresses in a range of natural hues. Lived-in looks are her specialty, and Naso cites color-matching extensions is her hidden beauty talent to make all her clients look as seamless as the SoCal sun.  

Kelly Naso


Laguna Beach, California

Gold & Braid Salon, Mission Viejo, California

Specialty: Lived-in color, blonding, balayage

Top-performing post: A brunette lived-in look; everyone loved the tones and style.

Favorite apps: UNUM to view your posts in a layout form, Facetune to defocus backgrounds, Videoshop for editing videos

I follow: @natalieannehair, @amberoharahair, @xobeautybynicole, @cynthia.m.valdez, @brianacisneros

Pro tip: I believe lighting is so important because it’s going to help you capture the shot! The best lighting to me is indirect, outside or inside in front of a window. Less clutter in the backgrounds the better, or defocus the background.

Hidden talent: I’m really good at extensions and color matching. Custom coloring is my favorite thing to do! I don’t post a lot about it but I’m obsessed with it!

My audience follows me because: I think they love my work, which shows my passion and continuous education.

How social media changed my life: It’s made my journey as a hairstylist better because it’s helped me reach future clientele by creating a page unique to what I like and gives my clients information to reach me. It helps continue my education.  I have such a passion for sharing my work to attract future clientele and help other stylists as well or give them inspiration. Social media gives me inspiration as well being able to look at everyone’s work—it’s full circle!

My first @modernsalon feature: I was featured for a lived-in look that also had a few feathers beaded into her hair for a boho look! It was one of my favorite looks, and I was so excited to be featured!

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