Jena Larsen

Jena Strauss Larsen Green Salon Portland

My mom loves to tell the story of how I have wanted to be a hair dresser since I was four. Apparently, I wondered into the bathroom one morning and declared that I would cut, color, and perm her hair just the way she likes it. She says this statement stems from all the complaining that took place every time she tried to style hers. Imagine her surprise though when I actually followed through.

Always the creative type, I attended a magnet program in middle school focusing on English and Art. It was here I developed a great appreciation for color, shape, and texture. I knew after being nurtured by such a creative environment that I could never turn back.

I attended cosmetology school and high school at the same time allowing me to get both my diploma and license. I participated in two apprenticeships one learning Gene Juarez coloring techniques and one learning Vidal Sassoon cutting techniques. I have attended several training courses throughout the years but most recently with Toni and Guy, BES, MOP, Davines, Kevin Murphy and I am certified to perform Keratin Treatments. I also have worked in the film industry for the last 4 years styling hair for actors. I have worked on features such as "Into the Wild", "Untraceable", "Management", "Twilight", "Extraordinary Measures", and "Leverage". It has given me the chance to work with all kinds of hair in all types of conditions.

So here I am 11 years into it and still loving every avenue hair has taken me. I couldn't dream of doing anything else.

I'm excited to make green my new home! There is nothing better than being in a non toxic creative environment! I'm always trying to be as sustainable as possible. I use a color line called BES which is a vegetable liposome based color. Their permanent and high lift line has less than 1% ammonia and their demi line is 100% ammonia free. I often ride my bike and walk. I also grow what I can and try to purchase local whenever possible. I love the fact that Portland makes it easy and fun to live Green and I am excited to have found a salon that follows suit.