TITLE Founder/Master Artist/Education Director/CEO, Atelier Salons
SALON Atelier Studio
CITY, STATE San Jose, CA
KARIE'S AVEDA STORY I cut my own bangs on my 3rd birthday, and got
creative with many Barbie dolls after that. Years of makeup, haircuts, and
color experiments on my friends followed. I can’t imagine not being a hairstylist.
My official journey as a hairstylist began in 1981, and as a salon owner in 1997,
when I opened my first Atelier in Los Altos, Ca. I had the good fortune to land in the
first Aveda salon in the South Bay in 1985. Since then, I haven't used anything but Aveda.
Atelier Salon, the Bay Area’s flagship Aveda salon. opened at Santana Row in San Jose,
California in 2002. Fast forward to today, Atelier is 65 employees strong, between two salon
locations in the Silicon Valley.
I still work behind the chair a couple of days a week—it’s the best part of my week.
I love working with the Aveda line—it has everything I need to create a beautiful experience
for my guest and I use it all too--my own shower looks like an Aveda store!
I love a good precision cut, I think it grows out well, and I also love to help my guests
transition their natural silver strands out of solid color in a very natural way.
Hint: it’s not just about wearing a hat for a year!