Kara Koontz – Owner
Kara began in the salon industry the day she turned 16. She has always had a passion, love and interest for the industry. She continuously attends Redken Salon Development classes to better the salon and it’s people. “Our people are why we are such a great salon…we have the best team in Knoxville”, she says. She completed her BS at MTSU in Business Administration while working full time in salon. She has made Bombshells a Summit Salon, where employees have a career path and clients have a price point to choose from. She says, “It is our belief that continued education, exceptional customer service and service quality are essential to making our guests happy. And THAT’S what it’s about.”
Ashlea Norman – stylist, shareholder, education director, pure artist, redken color certified
Ashlea is a stylist and lead salon educator of the Bombshells team. She has been in the industry since 2008 specializing in hair color and finishing. Her love for haircolor and education helped her achieve her Redken Haircolor Certification. As a Pureology Pure Artist she travels teaching other salon teams how to achieve beautiful, healthy hair with Pureology. This title has allowed her to travel around the country…training with some of the biggest artists in the industry. Ashlea loves education and is always up to date with the latest cut and color trends. She enjoys giving the guest exactly what they want while providing customized techniques that will help them achieve there desired look!
Lauren Fair – Stylist, Shareholder
Lauren is friendly and outgoing and she loves to meet new people and help them to look good and feel good about themselves. A 2007 graduate of the Tennessee School of Beauty, Lauren has been to New York City for Redken exchange class as well as many other Redken recommended classes. Since she graduated from Beauty School, Lauren has found a way to serve others using her knowledge and skills doing mission work in her community. Lauren specializes in color, shaping, styling, and updos for your formal event. Whatever look you want to achieve, Lauren is your stylist!
Denise Baum – Guest Services
Denise hails from Vermont and moved to Tennessee in 2012. She has over 35 years of Customer Service experience and knew the moment she walked through the door at Bombshells Salon and Spa, that she wanted to be a part of the Bombshells Team! Denise’s education and experience in the Spa Industry began six years ago and she has taken several Summit Salon recommended classes…..including online courses with Kristi Valenzuela (The Front Desk Doctor). “My goal is for every guest to feel welcome and excited to be here when they arrive…..and when they leave, to already be looking forward to their next visit!”
Allison Ardouin – Stylist, Aesthetician and Wax Specialist
Allison is outgoing, friendly and loves meeting new people! She loves making her guests feel and look their best. Allison has been in the beauty industry since 2009. She loves working with color and attends education classes regularly to stay up to date on the latest trends. She enjoys doing specialty color such as ombre and balyage. Allison also is our Aesthetician and waxing specialist….not only can she make you feel great about your hair, but your skin as well!
Anna Webber – Stylist, American Board Certified, Salon Educator
Anna is an American Board Certified hair colorist. She has endured extensive training and is certified in hair color correction and the laws of hair color. She has been in the industry for over 10 years giving her experience with many different personalities and styles. Anna loves to meet new people and always offers her full attention. She regularly attends education classes to stay up to date on the latest trends. She enjoys using celebrity fashion to customize a hair style for you. Her expertise will allow you to keep changing your look, visit after visit!
Kayla Bruner – Stylist, Mirabella Bridal Certified, Keratin Certified
Kayla has been in the salon industry since 2012. She has a passion for furthering her education and keeping herself up to date with all of the new fashion and trends. With her education, experience and knowledge….she can accommodate her clients with all of the latest styles and trends! Kayla is Keratin Certified as well as Mirabella Bridal Certified. She enjoys being a part of wedding parties and special events, to achieve a beautiful look with make-up and hair! Her outgoing personality will make you feel comfortable and her advanced skills will help you achieve your desired look!!
Permelia Harrell – Stylist, Redken Color Certified
Permelia attended Reuben Allen School of Cosmetology. She has been in the salon industry since 2008. Permelia is trendy, but versatile. She has a passion for what she does and for continuing her education. She keeps her skills sharp by regularly attending education events and classes. She loves to take your idea and customize that into a new look! Permelia especially enjoys working with any color guest and also specializes in special occasion hair.
Sarah Waldrop – stylist, makeup artist, extension specialist
Sarah graduated Douglas J Aveda for Cosmetology in 2014. She absolutely loves what she does and can’t imagine doing anything else! She enjoys working with fun, bright colors and always stays up on the latest trends for hair! Sarah offers all nail services and Mirabella Make-up as well and enjoys creating that special look for your special event! Sarah has a personality that you will love and can’t wait to meet you!
Shamra Estep – Stylist
Shamra has been doing hair since January of 2005. She has extensive training in both Matrix and Redken color. Shamra has also attended numerous cutting classes. She loves doing all types of hair and especially loves to cut and color. She also has skill with Up-dos. Shamra is very personable, easy to get along with, and outgoing which helps her put all of her clients at ease. Her hobbies include interior design, horseback riding, and spending time with her daughter.
Reagan Jordan – Stylist
Reagan graduated from Paul Mitchell in 2015. She continued her career through an intensive training program with the lead educator at Bombshells Salon and Spa. She also trained in Redken and Pureology color and cutting techniques. Reagan always welcomes clients with a fun but professional salon experience! She enjoys creating beautiful and unique colors and cuts. She loves continuing her education and learning all the new styles and trends. She can’t wait to see you in her chair!
Kellie Taylor – Stylist, Makeup Artist, Extension Specialist
Kellie graduated from Douglas J Aveda Institute in 2015. She fell in love with the beauty industry at a young age. Kellie began her cosmetology education in high school, where she competed in the Tennessee Valley Fair and placed each year. She also has a love for marketing and communication, so she went to Pellissippi State and The University of Tennessee to achieve an Associate of Science Degree. Kellie loves connecting with people and she has never met a stranger. Her passion is to make her clients’ vision of their hair and/or makeup a reality! She strives to truly educate through her guests’ salon experience in order to recreate the look in their everyday lives.
Courtney Patterson – stylist, makeup artist, extension specialist
Courtney graduated from Paul Mitchell in January of 2016. Before joining the Bombshells team, Courtney had advanced training in blowouts and finishing styles. She really enjoys color and styling/finishing the hair. Courtney loves to change her guest’s day by making them feel so much better than when they first arrived! She says, “It’s amazing to see the confidence that a great hair color and style can give my guests…I love it!”
Blake Mayes – stylist, makeup artist, extension specialist
Blake graduated from Tennessee School of Beauty and is living out the dream she’s had since she was a little girl! She has a contagious smile and warmth about her that will make you feel at ease when you’re in her chair. She has the ability to help you achieve the look that you desire! She loves coming to work everyday to help her guests see their true beauty!
Racheal Sexton, stylist
Racheal fell in love with the industry as a little girl when she was sitting in her grandmother’s salon everyday after school. She graduated from Paul Mitchell in 2013 and has a passion for styling! She specializes in up dos, styling and special occasion hair. She enjoys attending continuing education classes and learning new techniques!
Sam Kerley – Guest Services
You will be greeted with a warm smile by Sam when you enter Bombshells! Her positivity and warmth makes all our guests feel loved and welcome! Sam has had a passion for this industry for as long as she can remember. She achieved an A.A.S. Degree in Business Management in 2014 and began her career as Front Desk Expert with Bombshells in 2017. After only working in the salon for a month, she realized she wanted this to be a long-term career for her. She continues to take Summit Salon classes to learn how to better care for our guests.