Marina was born and raised in Kolomna, Russia. She obtained her law degree from Moscow State University in 2000 and was a lieutenant police detective, (pursuing a career as a criminal defense attorney), prior to immigrating to the United States in 2005. The beauty field was her passion from a young age, however, and she graduated from the Reuben Allen College of Cosmetology in Knoxville soon after her arrival. She quickly became quite the in-demand sylist at all three area salons in which she worked prior to her opening of The Hair Experience, LLC, in April of 2015. One goal in opening her own boutique salon was to create something extremely different from any other in the region, and it shows! The center of her philosophy is the creation of a strong team of experienced stylists that works together towards a common, customer-focused goal; always striving to master new techniques and working to duplicate Marina's proven results on each and every client.
Her inner-detective has never quite left, and she spends much of her down-time studying the latest hair trends; from balayage, color-melting, sombre', ombre', the latest cuts and upstyles... you get the idea! She exclusively uses Pravana Chromosilk hair color, and is a Pravana-certified Master Colorist. She is also Pravana-certified in the technique of balayage (French hair painting) and most-importantly, recently traveled to the Buckhead/ Atlanta area to train directly with America’s foremost authority on Balayage, Candy Shaw, at the Jamison Shaw Academy, where she received her latest balayage certification. To be the best, one has to learn from the best... and Marina did!
Krista comes to us from Knoxville, Tennessee where she has been a stylist for the past 8 years. She graduated from the Tennessee School of Beauty in 2008, and also completed a 7-month internship at one of the Top 200 salons in the U.S. She has worked with many color lines and techniques, and recently became a certified Pravana colorist, which is the chosen line of The Hair Experience.
She has experience with modern techniques such as balayage and ombre’ but is also quite talented at more traditional methods, color techniques and styles for mature clients and Baby Boomers. She works directly with Marina and is currently absorbing a lot of education, which is our cornerstone. In addition, she recently
obtained her Guy Tang Balayage certification. She works full-time, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays!
Moneta is originally from Michigan and obtained her cosmetology education through Glemby International Academy. She has been behind the hair for 30+ years. She relocated to the Maryville area from Michigan in 1996, and like Rachelle, has worked at several area salons. (Her last stint was at Maryville's largest salon for 10+ years from it's founding). She joined The Hair Experience in December, 2015, as a Senior Stylist after a 2- year hiatus from the hair industry.
She is a certified Master Colorist for the Keune and Matrix color lines, and is currently working towards her Pravana Master Colorist certification. She has received extensive training in balayage techniques as well. Professionally, she could be best-described as a blend of Marina and Rachelle, as she is very experienced in traditional cut and color methods, but she also seeks continual education to stay on top of the latest trends. Moneta works Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Rachelle was raised in Ohio, graduating from the High Point cosmetology program, and she brings 20+ years of experience to the chair. Her family moved to Maryville in 1997, and she has worked at several popular salons over the years. Rachelle worked with Marina at a popular area salon in 2010, prior to relocating to Texas for five years, where she owned and operated her own shop. Rachelle moved back to Tennessee in May, 2015, just as The Hair Experience, LLC, opened its doors.
Her focus and passion center upon the 50+ crowd and mastering time-tested hair techniques with a modern twist. Like Marina, Rachelle is a certified Pravana Master Colorist. Old-fashioned roller sets at The Hair Experience? Ummm... No! But if you are looking for a very-experienced technician for foil highlights/lowlights who is both confident and experienced with color and modern cuts for mature women, Rachelle is a go-to stylist! She is also very gifted at men's hair cutting. . She works Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.
Sydney graduated from the Douglas J. Aveda School of Cosmetology, Knoxville, in April of 2014, and has done nothing but impress everyone since she joined our staff in December, 2015. She is not a "beginner" by any means, as she was a salon tech at a large salon prior to joining The Hair Experience. Her understanding of modern cut and color techniques are well-beyond her years and she has quickly earned both Marina's respect and admiration for her work behind the chair! Whether it be balayage, ombre', color-melting or more-advanced modern cuts, Sydney can not only be trusted to do it, but to do it right! She works directly with Marina in her two-chair room, and is currently soaking in all of the education and hands-on experience she can. We are a team-based salon, and Sydney takes full advantage of utilizing other stylists' wealth of experience, when needed, to produce the best results for our clients!
Doug received his bachelor's degree in Journalism from Emory & Henry College, Virginia, in 1991. During the 1990's he primarily worked in sales for a Fortune 100 plastics/rubber company, working with Japanese automotive customers based in the Ohio area. It was there that he learned many details about efficiency, organization, inventory management, etc… In 2000, he relocated to Maryville area and started his own business, Organization Systems. As a professional organizer for more than 10 years, he utilized his learned and innate skills to organize in some of the Knoxville area's finest homes as well as providing business organizational services.
In helping to create The Hair Experience with his wife, Marina, Doug has tapped into all of these prior experiences to fashion something truly unique among area salons. From personally designing the salon's fresh, modern interior, choosing the business model, creating a state-of-the-art inventory-control method and selecting the best salon technology platform, he designed a system that ensures all aspects of the overall customer experience run smoothly so that the salon's team of experienced stylists can simply focus on doing what they do best… your hair!