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Established Hair Benders Salon expands to larger location

Anne Newton • Updated May 16, 2018 at 5:14 PM

Hair Benders, offering 35 years of service, has a long-standing reputation for staying at the top of the latest hair and beauty trends. In 2018, the salon’s growth and continuing commitment to its clients warranted the decision to expand to a new location. The goal was to create a glimpse of New York City salons while providing the latest trends, ensuring the ability to add professional stylists, increase specialized services and offer a unique clothing boutique with affordable looks for all sizes and ages.

The new location, 2608 E. Center St., hosts an industrial chic vibe in an inviting atmosphere. Unique features provide a high level of comfort, including shampoo bowls equipped with pillows for your head. “We really wanted to create an environment that our clients deserve,” said Sheila Ferguson, salon owner. “We’ve had such an amazing response and are thrilled our long-time, as well as new clients, love the feel of the salon.”

Quality is the foundation of the Hair Benders reputation. Hair Benders brings in top industry leaders to educate team members privately on the latest industry trends. Shelia and her team have received certification in New York City for design and color, and the team goes to the largest training in the industry at the Las Vegas symposium.

“We promise individual attention and exceptional value for all our customers,” Hollie Taylor agreed. “Our staff is dedicated to perfecting their skills and we are passionate about what we do.”

Hair Benders founder and Redken artist, Sheila is proud of her staff. “Hair Benders Salon is a team of ambitious stylists offering superior services customized to fit your lifestyle, face shape and personal style,” she said.

Kingsport has been a true blessing and support to Shelia and her salon throughout the decades. She says she feels blessed to have worked and lived in such a great community for more than 40 years.

The salon weighs heavy with senior staff members from 8 to more than 20 years who have taken on mentoring roles that allow so many stylists to make great careers out of doing what they love.

Senior staff include Sabrina Hartgrove, Redken Design certified and AA; Danielle Neeley, Pureology certified 4A; Wendy Gibson, Pureology certified 4A; Roxanne Shutts, Bethany Hamilton, Stacy Wieberg, past Redken Artist; Judy Carter, Kristin Wilmoth, Lelia Aleya, Cate Crawford, Jamie Coates, Redken color certified; Melissa Osborne and Allison Wolff have made it a priority to pass on their knowledge and skill.

“This is key to help grow the careers of up and coming stylists,” Sheila said.

Sheila added she is proud of their junior staff members who work hard and put in extra time to stay in the know and build their portfolio. They are Alisha Carter, Ashley Williams, Madison Tipton, Faith Snodgrass, Delena Francis, Gracie Pearson, Courtney Casey, Nicole Dalton, Amber Lovin and Taylor Goebel.

The Hair Benders team finds it important to give back to the community, Hollie said. “We take pride in giving back our time, talents and financial support for a variety of charitable groups with volunteer efforts and charitable giving. The whole team enjoys giving back.”

Shelia opened Hair Benders Salon more than 35 years ago and moved from Memorial Boulevard to their first location on Center Street when daughter, Hollie, joined to help manage the business. Together they expanded to the new location.

Services include blow outs, cuts and hair design for women, men and children. Specialized services include color, Balayage, balaombre, texture treatments such as smoothing or perming, keratin smoothing, makeup, waxing, brow shaping, manicures, pedicures, nail services, skin care treatments, microblading eyebrow and spray tans.

“Please come by our new location and look around and follow us on our social media. We love to giveaway huge items! This year we gave away more than $10,000 in prizes,” Hollie said. “We had a winner of a Louis Vuitton purse and a year of free hair services.”

You don’t want to miss the happy hour discount appointments. Appointments canceled at the last minute are opened up online with an up to 50 percent discount for those who can make it on time. Call after you read the article this week and get a free trial of farm house fresh.

Hair Benders is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, visit to book online at hairbenderssalon.com or call (423) 378-4247.

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