It's nice to meet you!
Welcome, friend! I’m Katie McIntyre, originally from the Bay Area in Northern California and I am now happily married and living in Orange County with my family!
As a mama of two little ones, I know how important it is to feel special, pampered, and beautiful in a relaxing environment. That’s why I have chosen to work at Gold & Braid Salon. This gorgeous and cozy salon is the best high end salon in South Orange County. You will love my easy going, approachable personality and be delighted in the fact that I will go through a thorough consultation each and every time you sit in my chair. I promise you will leave feeling uplifted, relaxed and more confident than you’ve ever felt before.
I’ve been doing hair for over 10+ years and have never been more in love with my clients or my craft. I specialize in custom highlights and hair extensions. I take pride in the fact that I am always learning more. I take classes at least monthly and I am certified in over 5 methods of hair extensions. Click here to learn more about each method.
On the weekends, you’ll often find me snuggled up with one of my 3 kitties or chasing my kids around a playground. We love exploring new beaches and make a point of travelling to a new beach town as often as we can! If you have any favorites be sure to let me know!
I am an expert at baking. I always love making cupcakes from scratch for my kids birthdays. My specialty is my chocolate chip cookies though; just ask my friends and family. I get constantly asked for my cookies to be made for special occasions! If you’re lucky, you’ll get a delicious cookie surprise on your visit with me!
Schwarzkopf color expert
Invisible Bead Extension certified
SKW hair extensions certified
Hairtalk hand-tied extension certified
Hotheads hair extensions certified
DreamCatchers hair extensions certified
Hair and Compounds hair extensions certified
diPietro Todd academy in San Francisco
Redken Symposium in Las Vegas
Brazilian Blowout Master Certification
Keratin Complex Certified
Katie McIntyre is hands down the best hair "designer" I have ever had! From cut to color to extensions and MORE- her care for each of her clients is very obvious and rare to find! Katie has complete passion for her trade!!! She won't let you leave until perfection is created, and folks- she is not just doing a job. She is purpose driven even weeks before having her second baby she is working working working because she loves what she does!
From the moment I walked in, I felt welcomed. Katie took time with me and really LISTENED to what I wanted and expected. She discussed my desires with me and told me what she could create at this visit and we talked about future visits as my hair grows and becomes more "user friendly"! I was comfortable with her and she gave me a good cut - one that I can style and am very happy with!! Additionally, she used some fantastic products on my hair, making it healthy looking and feeling! I plan to spread the word about Katie's customer service skills and pleasing personality, as well as her talents!
I just got my hair cut and colored by Katie and she was fantastic! I had been going to an upscale salon with a well known stylist for 7 years and I got tired of the arrogant attitude from the employees and the clients, the lack of service and the time and money spent to not have my requests listened to. She has exceptional service skills and listened to my requests and concerns and made appropriate recommendations on cut and color. Katie did a wonderful job on the cut and color! I can't recommend this place and stylist enough!!
My hair was amazing at my wedding because of Katie. She is a true and passionate professional in her trade. She truly cares, pays attention to details, works very quickly and proficiently. It is obvious she cares about her clients and does not just go through the motions that some of us have experienced at other salons in the OC. Katie is the go to for anything you need........what I want to say is "She gets it" when it comes to hair.
I must say that it has been the best hair cut I've ever gotten. I just moved from Miami, and from all the time I've lived there, I was never satisfied with my haircut. Katie did my hair and she is amazing. She is very friendly, and she listens to you regarding what kind of style are you looking for.
Katie is Amazing! I have been going to her for over 7 years and I have never been happier with my hair! She always listens to my needs, offers great advice and I walk out of there feeling wonderful every time. She was referred to me by a friend that knew I was in need of a new stylist and I am so grateful I tried her out. I continue to refer people to her and they always thank me for "sharing the wealth"!
I moved to OC a few months ago and was in search for a new hairstylist. Katie was super helpful with offering her professional opinion and gave me tips on how to style my hair at home. I walked out of the salon with the sexiest head of hair ever! Too bad I can't afford to have Katie style my hair EVERY morning! Great customer service and finished product! I'll definitely go back and recommend her to any of my hairy friends!