Our Team

Owners

Shelia Ferguson
Owner- Redken Artist
Shelia Ferguson

Owner- Redken Artist

BIO COMING SOON

Hollie Ferguson-Taylor
Owner & Level 4A Stylist
Hollie Ferguson-Taylor

Owner & Level 4A Stylist

License Date: 2002

As owner of Hair Benders Salon, Hollie Ferguson-Taylor is a certified REDKEN color expert. Hollie went to New York City to attend Redken's color certification class and passed with flying colors! On top of this, she has been given the title from Pureology as a certified Pureologist. Hollie received a bachelor of Science in Mass Communications with a concentration in Advertising and Minor in Marketing at ETSU before deciding to make cosmetology her career.

Hollie is here to make sure that everything about your visit is perfect. Your decision to visit us is a choice that we deeply appreciate. Hollie constantly strives to deliver the best services and products available in the Kingsport area. If there’s anything that Hair Benders Salon can do to improve your visit, just let Hollie know and it will be handled right away.

She loves to do fun colors and keep everyone up to date. Her favorite is dimensional hair color, brow sculpting and make up. She has done runway make up for Redken and loves the beauty industry with a passion. This multi-faceted person has learned first hand from her mother and growing up in the salon as a child makes being a skilled stylist natural to her.

Hollie has traveled to New York, LA and Las Vegas numerous times for symposiums and private training. She is a member of the National Cosmetology Association. Was honored to work as a make up artist to the redken symposium 2011 in Las Vegas. Hollie's passions are to help people and animals. She is a member of the Humane Society of the United States and ASPCA.

Hollie volunteers for all she can. She has been a part of the Stand Up for Cancer event in LA and is a fixture at animal shelters. She even donates monthly to help the animals have a chance at a better life. So her spectrum is very broad in helping!

She loves the industry and loves for the people around her to love it and want to learn from each other.

FAVORITE PRODUCTS
NANO SHAMPOO IS TRULY THE MOST AMAZING THING 50.00 A BOTTLE AND WORTH SO MUCH MORE!! NANO GLAZE, MODEL IN A BOTTLE, GERDA SPILMANN TOP-CHIC MAKE UP - SHE CANT LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT!!

Hollie was recently promoted to Lead Stylist, the highest designation for our salon, after earning her Redken Certification from the prestigious

Redken Exchange on 5th Avenue in New York City.

Hair Benders Salon brings world-class service and style to the Tri-Cities region. Our stylists regularly receive training and continuing education from world-class leaders in the beauty industry.

We can guarantee that at Hair Benders you are in the hands of accomplished professionals who invest themselves, heart and soul, into their craft. Hollie’s promotion to Lead Stylist is a well deserved mark of distinction and is our way of bringing the best and brightest to your local salon experience.

Guest Services

Cate Crawford
Salon Coordinator
Cate Crawford

Salon Coordinator

Started at Hair Benders Salon: August 2011

If you haven't had the pleasure of meeting Cate, you are missing out! As a part of our salon for almost 7 years, she always greets our clients with a bright smile and a happy voice! She formerly traveled and taught First Impressions classes to different salons so she is knowledgable in how to make sure each guest has top notch experience! She also coordinates our Weddings to ensure that your special day goes off without a hitch! She looks forward to seeing you on your next visit!

Melissa Cox
Assistant Salon Coordinator-Guest Service Expert
Melissa Cox

Assistant Salon Coordinator-Guest Service Expert

Started at Hair Benders Salon: November 2011

Level 1 Stylist

Delena Francis
New Talent Stylist
Delena Francis

New Talent Stylist

BIO COMING SOON

Alisha Carter
Level 1 Stylist
Alisha Carter

Level 1 Stylist

License Date: January 2015
Started at Hair Benders Salon: July 2015

Alisha is a graduate of Jenny Lea Academy, a Redken Elite school. While attending school, she assisted and trained under our very own Shelia Ferguson. Alisha's passion for her work and professionalism is shared with each client providing them with a creative and quality experience. She enjoys doing dimensional color, blondes, styling, special occasion styles, make up, hair removal, and nails. Alisha would like to thank you in advance for considering her for the opportunity to serve you and your family’s hair care needs. Added to the best shampoo in Kingsport, she will guarantee you a stress relieving scalp massage combined with a hot towel infused with essential oils. All of your cares will go down the drain. Guaranteed!

Taylor Goebel
Level 1 Stylist
Taylor Goebel

Level 1 Stylist

License Date: October 2015
Started at Hair Benders Salon: December 2015

Licensed since 2015, TAYLOR has worked at Hair Benders Salon since 2015.

As a graduate of Jenny Lea Academy in 2015, Taylor has been licensed since 2015, and has worked at Hair Benders since late fall 2015. She has always had a passion for making people feel and look their best. She has attended many Balayage classes and her special talent is braids. Taylor also trained under a level 4 stylist for a year before going on the floor and has been making her clients happy since.

Faith Snodgrass
Level 1 Stylist
Faith Snodgrass

Level 1 Stylist

BIO COMING SOON

Level 2 Stylist

Kristin Wilmoth
Level 2 Stylist
Kristin Wilmoth

Level 2 Stylist

License Date: November 2002
Started at Hair Benders Salon: May 2013

Kristin is a stylist who puts the time and effort into every client to make sure that your look is exactly what you need and want! As a former owner of a salon, she has the experience and education to help you decide what cut and color will compliment your face and skin tone! Reserve your next appointment with Kristin and you won't be sorry!

Level 3 Stylist

Lelia Alyea
Level 3 Stylist
Lelia Alyea

Level 3 Stylist

License Date: September 2011
Started at Hair Benders Salon: November 2011

Lelia's bright, shining smile is sure to welcome you to The Hair Benders Salon! Lelia has a sweet personality and is very fun to be with! She loves doing hair because she likes helping people feel beautiful inside and out. Her favorite aspects of doing hair include special occasion styles and color. Next time you book an appointment, Lelia would love to take care of you and help you become gorgeous!

Level 4 Stylist

Jamie Coates
Level 4 Stylist- Mini Chief
Jamie Coates

Level 4 Stylist- Mini Chief

License Date: April 2007

Started at Hair Benders Salon: November 2005

Jamie was recently promoted to Lead Stylist, the highest designation for our salon, after earning her Redken Certification from the prestigious Redken Exchange on 5th Avenue in New York City.

Hair Benders Salon brings world-class service and style to the Tri-Cities region. Our stylists regularly receive training and continuing education from world-class leaders in the beauty industry.

We can guarantee that at Hair Benders you are in the hands of accomplished professionals who invest themselves, heart and soul, into their craft. Jamie’s promotion to Lead Stylist is a well deserved mark of distinction and is our way of bringing the best and brightest to your local salon experience.

Jamie began her career at Hair Benders Salon in 2004. In her successful stint at our Salon she has built up a tremendous reputation for her fantastic styles and demeanor. She's a pleasure to be around and is truly one of the kindest people you will meet.

Her clients love coming to her and always look forward to their time in Jamie's chair. Jamie's favorite styles are short hair and her hair is one of the styles that our clients love to have done themselves.

She loves to foil and color with new and exciting techniques and is always one to attend classes to stay abreast with the lastest ideas.

Jamie is:
- Redken Color Certified
- Pureology Certified

She attends hair shows in Myrtle Beach every year. As well, Jamie has attended the Redken Symposium in Las Vegas and the Centricity Hair Show in Orlando.

Jamie has attended numerous in-salon classes from Redken/Pureology artists and attended make up classes in Knoxville.

Her specialties include:
- Dimensional Color and Foiling Techniques
- Cutting
- Casual and Dress Design
- Natural Nail Manicures and Pedicures
- Facial Waxing

Bethany Hamilton
Level 4 Stylist
Bethany Hamilton

Level 4 Stylist

License Date: February 2006
Started at Hair Benders Salon: May 2009

Meet Bethany!
With Bethany as your stylist, the transformation that takes place is always about you! ​If you’re looking for someone who can offer an in depth consultation that is all about you and your needs, she is the stylist for you! Always considerate of your needs, Bethany is there to advise and encourage you toward your goals. Bethany is an artist who loves nothing more than helping the timid first-timer experience the transformation of great hair color.

Color and Design
​Bethany’s expertise in color technique and cutting comes from her extensive work and study with industry celebrities such as Sam Villa and Ryan Morgan. She keeps up her leading edge skills by attending high profile events, such as the Redken Symposium in Las Vegas, and attending classes in New York City at the Redken Exchange and Myrtle Beach. In her first year of her salon career, she was the only stylist chosen from our region to attend the exclusive Matrix Academy.

Mens Styling
Not only is Bethany wonderful at color and cuts for women, she also stays up to date with the latest trends and hottest styles for men! Whether it be a fade, classic, or longer hairstyle, you will always leave feeling fresh!

You’re in Charge!
​Bethany will ensure the best results for your lifestyle preferences, whether you’re the casual, no-fuss type or the fashion forward diva. She knows how to optimize your best features and will send you home feeling and looking your best in a way that works with your lifestyle. Bethany’s first priority is your satisfaction. If you want to explore more options in transforming beauty, Bethany also offers top-notch makeup artistry as well. With Bethany as your stylist, the transformation that takes place is always about you!

Allison Wolff
Level 4 Stylist
Allison Wolff

Level 4 Stylist

Allison's career in the beauty industry began in the Fall of 2013. She is inspired by fashion and strives to incorporate trendy looks into her clients everyday style. Allison specializes in enhancing each clients personal style through color, cut, and styling. Continuing education has always been a vital importance to Allison's career. Allison continues to take classes with well known artists from Redken and Pureology.

Level 4A Stylist

Hollie Ferguson-Taylor
Owner & Level 4A Stylist
Hollie Ferguson-Taylor

Owner & Level 4A Stylist

License Date: 2002

As owner of Hair Benders Salon, Hollie Ferguson-Taylor is a certified REDKEN color expert. Hollie went to New York City to attend Redken's color certification class and passed with flying colors! On top of this, she has been given the title from Pureology as a certified Pureologist. Hollie received a bachelor of Science in Mass Communications with a concentration in Advertising and Minor in Marketing at ETSU before deciding to make cosmetology her career.

Hollie is here to make sure that everything about your visit is perfect. Your decision to visit us is a choice that we deeply appreciate. Hollie constantly strives to deliver the best services and products available in the Kingsport area. If there’s anything that Hair Benders Salon can do to improve your visit, just let Hollie know and it will be handled right away.

She loves to do fun colors and keep everyone up to date. Her favorite is dimensional hair color, brow sculpting and make up. She has done runway make up for Redken and loves the beauty industry with a passion. This multi-faceted person has learned first hand from her mother and growing up in the salon as a child makes being a skilled stylist natural to her.

Hollie has traveled to New York, LA and Las Vegas numerous times for symposiums and private training. She is a member of the National Cosmetology Association. Was honored to work as a make up artist to the redken symposium 2011 in Las Vegas. Hollie's passions are to help people and animals. She is a member of the Humane Society of the United States and ASPCA.

Hollie volunteers for all she can. She has been a part of the Stand Up for Cancer event in LA and is a fixture at animal shelters. She even donates monthly to help the animals have a chance at a better life. So her spectrum is very broad in helping!

She loves the industry and loves for the people around her to love it and want to learn from each other.

FAVORITE PRODUCTS
NANO SHAMPOO IS TRULY THE MOST AMAZING THING 50.00 A BOTTLE AND WORTH SO MUCH MORE!! NANO GLAZE, MODEL IN A BOTTLE, GERDA SPILMANN TOP-CHIC MAKE UP - SHE CANT LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT!!

Hollie was recently promoted to Lead Stylist, the highest designation for our salon, after earning her Redken Certification from the prestigious

Redken Exchange on 5th Avenue in New York City.

Hair Benders Salon brings world-class service and style to the Tri-Cities region. Our stylists regularly receive training and continuing education from world-class leaders in the beauty industry.

We can guarantee that at Hair Benders you are in the hands of accomplished professionals who invest themselves, heart and soul, into their craft. Hollie’s promotion to Lead Stylist is a well deserved mark of distinction and is our way of bringing the best and brightest to your local salon experience.

Wendy Gibson Ellis
Level 4A Stylist - Pure Certified
Wendy Gibson Ellis

Level 4A Stylist - Pure Certified

The Total Package!

Wendy’s energy radiates from the time you sit in her chair to the time you leave. As a fitness competitor, she believes in health and beauty from head to toe. Her talents cover a wide range of services from makeup artistry for your special event to rich color options to edgy men’s cuts.

Wendy welcomes the difficult challenges you face!

She begins her consultation by getting to know you, what you most like about your hair and what challenges you have with it.

“For instance, I love helping people tame curly hair, because I also have naturally curly hair. It can be tricky and sometimes frustrating trying new styles.”

Color Expertise
Wendy stays up to date on the latest trends in cutting design and color technique. She loves working with multi-dimensional colors from rich brunette to fire red. She is a certified Pureologist and an expert in Redken products who will make sure you have the right products and instructions to keep your hair healthy and properly styled.

Makeup Artistry
Wendy’s talent doesn’t stop at hair. She is also a certified Glo Minerals makeup artist and loves shaping eyebrows to bring out the best in your eyes. Let her do your makeup for special events or introduce you to some new ideas for an upscale professional look or upgrade your everyday casual look.

Men’s Looks
Men clients will benefit from Wendy’s expertise in military fade cuts, pompadours and mohawks. “There’s a real art to getting the fade correct in men’s haircuts. If it’s not done properly it can look choppy and show every flaw.”

Keeping the creative edge
Wendy is committed to staying up to date in beauty trends by studying the especially energetic work of Ty Isobe and Brayden Pelletier. She keeps her skills sharp by attending live demonstrations at hair shows in Las Vegas and Orlando.

It’s ALWAYS about you!
Wendy’s primary concern is that you leave the salon feeling and looking your best. She will make sure you are equipped with everything you need to maintain your look until the next appointment!

Sabrina Hartgrove
Level 4A Stylist- Redken Design Certified
Sabrina Hartgrove

Level 4A Stylist- Redken Design Certified

License Date: 2006

Sabrina enjoys collaborating with you, her client, to find the look that compliments your lifestyle and image. She thrives on giving her clients the sense of renewal they're looking for, whether it's an updated makeover, new hair color, totally new look or just some overdue "maintenance." Success, for Sabrina, is watching her client leave the salon feeling good about themselves and their appearance. Recently, Sabrina has enjoyed success on the special event-wedding circuit when she was invited to work for the bridal party at a Biltmore Estate wedding. The mother of the bride gushed in a recent letter:

"Sabrina made the entire wedding party and Moms look so beautiful. We all had our own thoughts and preferences, and she was able to exceed all our wishes. She was a delight to have with us and worked nonstop to make sure we were all ready to go right on time. We enjoyed Sabrina so much. She absolutely went the extra mile to ensure that we felt pampered and styled just right."

Hair
Are you more comfortable with a traditional style or do you need something new to spruce up your image and sense of style? Trained in Pureology Design, Sabrina enjoys contemporary hairstyling techniques that allow long hair to be styled into a bob (without cutting the length), formal up-dos, as well as edgier cuts for those who wish to be on the forefront of high fashion.

Sabrina keeps a fresh and creative approach by looking for the latest opportunities in professional instruction. New York's most recognized colorist, David Stanko has influenced Sabrina's approach to what is known in the business as "lifestyle coloring." Whether you prefer to explore trendy "Downtown" urban-chic coloring, a professional "Midtown" coloring or the more sophisticated color options called "Uptown," Sabrina can deliver fantastic results for you. Most recently she has boosted her "stylist toolbox" with courses from international sensation, Sam Villa, who specializes in contemporary styling using a variety of skills, such as coiling, blending and modern cutting techniques. Another global sensation, Chris Baran, Educational Artistic Director for Redken, has influenced Sabrina's mastery of finishing and cutting techniques.

Makeup
Sabrina enjoys pampering her clients with a makeover and it's easy to see why. The results are fabulous! One recent client, Angie, from Kingsport, said, "If I could enjoy any luxury everyday of my life it would be having Sabrina do my makeup!" Angie attended a formal evening event and noticed the difference in having her makeup professionally done when she saw the pictures from the event. "Even with camera flashes, I couldn't believe how fresh my face looked. I looked like a celebrity! The makeup looked natural and beautiful."

Make sure to request Sabrina Hartgrove for your next appointment!

Danielle Neeley
Level 4A Stylist- Pure Certified
Danielle Neeley

Level 4A Stylist- Pure Certified

License Date: September 2008

An Eye Toward Your Version of Perfect!
If you're one of those people who look forward to your salon appointments because you enjoy feeling renewed and pampered then Danielle is the stylist for you. A self-described perfectionist, Danielle works to get the perfect outcome every time. "Good enough" is not in her vocabulary! She seeks perfection on every level. An avid fitness fan, Danielle approaches everything she does with the desire to improve her own expertise and knowledge base.

A Personal Touch
Danielle's success as a hairstylist comes from her natural ability to build a working relationship with her clients. "I enjoy getting to know each person I'm working with so that I can connect with their personality and their sense of style." Danielle wants to work within your comfort zone, though she never shies away from the occasional daredevil looking for a radical change! She especially enjoys the process of coloring hair. In fact, Danielle's artistic eye for coloring techniques was recognized early on in beauty school when she won regional awards and recognition for her Up-do and Coloring techniques.

Bringing the Latest Trends That Suit Your Unique Look
Danielle knows the world of beauty and hair design and she knows that no one style fits everybody. Each client brings his or her unique combination of features. Danielle assesses every detail such as face shape, eye color, skin tone and lifestyle. She keeps her eyes and ears on the latest trends in beauty by following the work of Sam Villa and Patrick Fitzwater and she loves bringing that artistic eye to her clients and watching the process of transformation.

She loves the results she gets from Redken products and especially the Pureology line. Redken’s new technology, called Interlock Protein Network (IPN) , works as a protein and moisture boost, resulting in stronger and shinier hair. Danielle finds that these products not only repair damaged hair, but they also protect hair from the effects of processing. The anti-fade complex in Pureology products protects the color from fading, keeping it richer and longer lasting. Danielle’s high standards require using nothing but the best product line the beauty industry has to offer.

Special Events
Nothing calls for the eye of a perfectionist like a wedding! Danielle loves doing hair and airbrush makeup for the bride and the bridal party. She’s known for her steady hands when it comes to eyelash application. "There's nothing like making the bride feel special on her special day. I just love working at weddings!" Weddings and special events are the perfect time to call on Danielle.

Call Danielle and let her consult with you on how to find your perfect style!

Nail Technicians

Angie Thorpe
Nail Technician & Spray Tan
Angie Thorpe

Nail Technician & Spray Tan

License Date: September 2010
Started at Hair Benders Salon: March 2013

Angie Thorpe, a licensed nail technician, graduated from Tri City Beauty college in 2010. She is also a trained and experienced spray tan technician. Angie is a devoted, respectable co-worker and friend, and a loving mother of two teenage daughters. She loves to make people laugh and feel comfortable when you are spending quality time in one of her services. Angie strives to expand her knowledge in the beauty industry to be of more assistance to all who walk through our doors. She takes pride in her customer service satisfaction and has confidence in knowing each and every client will leave with a smile on their face!

New Talent Stylist

Gracie Pearson
New Talent Stylist
Gracie Pearson

New Talent Stylist

BIO COMING SOON

Jac Ward
New Talent Stylist
Jac Ward

New Talent Stylist

BIO COMING SOON!