Hi there and welcome, it is so great to meet you! I'm glad you are here & I hope you find what you are looking for.  

I was born and raised in the Bay Area in Northern California, but moved to Orange County after Cosmetology school. I immediately fell in love with the Southern California lifestyle and knew I would stay here forever. Shortly after moving here, I met my husband and really started growing roots. We now have two beautiful young kids, Logan and Ashley, and three snuggily kitties, Paul, Molly, and Lana. 

I have been in the beauty industry for 12+ years. My love for the industry began as a college student at San Francisco State. I was forced to help do hair behind the scenes for a theater show and the rest is history. It was love at first sight and I have never looked back. I truly fell in love with the crazy combination of artistry and science that really go hand in hand. Secretly though, I really just love hanging out with my clients all day long.

I truly believe that in an ever changing industry, we as hairstylist are never done learning. I love attending classes and hair shows as often as possible. I began by assisting and training for 3+ years. During this time, I worked closely with 7 different expert stylists. I feel this experience really shaped me into the stylist I am today. I am not a copycat of 1 single stylist, I am truly a master of my craft.

I have always believed in keeping the integrity of your hair seriously. This is why I have chosen to work with Redken color products, Olaplex treatment products, and LivingProof styling products. I have a complete understanding of hair and why it does what it does. The best part is, I love to share this knowledge with my clients so you aren't left confused and bewildered. I can't wait to meet you and spend that extra time with you!

Redken color expert

Schwarzkopf color expert

SKW hair extensions 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

ColorProof Envoy Team Member


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! 




Katie McIntyre @

Gold & Braid Salon
27525 Puerta Real 

Suite 600

Mission Viejo, CA 92691

(949) 632-5567



Tuesday 9am-7pm

Thursday 9am-7pm
Friday 9am-2pm
Saturday 8am-4pm

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