Our vision at Context Salon is to create a unique style tailored to you as an individual, be it classic, avant-garde, or simply enhancing your natural beauty. Each stylist is well suited to provide for ladies and gentlemen of all ages, lifestyles, and hair types. 

Nestled deep in the heart of NE Portland, we are centrally located on the corner of MLK and Failing and open weekends for your convenience. You’ll find our online booking makes it even easier to make an appointment any time of day or night. So stop in, have a cup of tea, play our piano, and walk out feeling like a million bucks!


Samantha Tanis

Samantha Tanis

Samantha is a stylist who listens and provides solution oriented hair creations with your lifestyle as the priority. Artistically inspired by patterns, shapes, and color in nature and architecture, her goal is to customize the best work of art for you, with you as the canvas. She specializes in a broad spectrum of color and cutting, from bold to natural, short to long. And she KNOWS curly hair considering her own natural texture.

Samantha has been touching the lives of others through the avenue of hair for over 11 years, both in the salon as well as being an educator through John Paul Mitchell Systems. She has traveled to multiple countries sharing expertise and knowledge of the industry.

Her attention to detail and customer experience will leave you with a comfortable outlook on yourself and the world around you. When Samantha is not behind the chair, she is out on the trail or planning her next adventure.

Leslie Sorensen

Leslie Sorensen Stylist

Leslie was passionate about hair at a very early age. She chose to play with her teacher’s hair in pre school instead of play at recess. She never stops wanting to learn more about her craft. Her main goal is to have her clients leave feeling amazing!

Summer Cranford

Summer Cranford Owner

Owner and founder of Context Salon, Summer Cranford has been practicing the art of hair design for 15 years. She loves working closely with your best features to find your sweet spot whether it be a slight reshaping or epic transformation. Her natural talent to bring out your best shines in everything she does, not only soothing your soul, but also sending you out into the world with more confidence than ever.
When Summer isn’t behind the chair, she may be found reading poetry or tap dancing.