Designing Women salon provides personal service

Designing Women co-owner Debbie Caracci shows off some of their specialty merchandise.

Jolanda Jansma

Designing Women co-owner Debbie Caracci shows off some of their specialty merchandise.

Kelly Toney, left, gets a style by Crystal Caracci.

Jolanda Jansma

Kelly Toney, left, gets a style by Crystal Caracci.

Shannon Ellis, left, gets pampered by Shawna Naugher.

Jolanda Jansma

Shannon Ellis, left, gets pampered by Shawna Naugher.

Designing Women co-owners, Kathleen Johnson and Debbi Caracci, have not only given some of their clients a new style, they’ve also provided the salon they own a brand new look.

“We took it from shabby, shabby chic and brought it to a bright and architecturally pleasing environment,” Johnson said.

Johnson and Caracci bought Designing Women from its previous owner in June. Since then, they’ve painted, added new window treatments and purchased new supplies and equipment.

“Kathleen told me we should do this,” Caracci said, and then with her infectious laughter added that Kathleen would say that she told her they should do it.

The laughter that rings out in the salon is one indicator that the hair and nail designers and the customers are having fun. Another indicator is the new trendy hair colors they offer.

“Color is where the fun starts,” Johnson said. Caracci added that some hot colors are pinks, aquas and purples.

One thing the hair and nail designers at Designing Women take seriously is the service they provide their clients. The day after an appointment, a designer will call another designer’s client to inquire about their experience at Designing Women. According to Johnson, they want to ensure that each customer has a great experience and that they are completely satisfied with the service provided.

“It’s more than cutting and blow drying,” Caracci said. “It’s designing.”

The hair and nail designers at Designing Women include Johnson, Caracci and Caracci’s daughter, Crystalynn Caracci and Shawna Kidd Naugher.

In addition to a shampoo, cut and style, customers of Designing Women can also get their hair colored, highlighted, straightened or get a special occasion up-do. They offer a complimentary consultation before the special event, like a wedding or prom. The hair and nail designers offer other services such as manicure, lip and eyebrow wax and artificial nails.

The designers pride themselves on giving a good pedicure experience. They are performed in a serene separate room with relaxing lighting and aromatherapy in a shiatsu massaging pedicure chair where a client’s “piggies” can soak in a warm whirlpool tub.

“My favorite part of a pedicure is later that evening when you slide your feet into the sheets,” Caracci said, “It feels so great.”

The salon also offers fun and funky reading glasses and custom-beaded jewelry for any occasion. According to Johnson, customers can select the beads or the color scheme. One popular item are the personalized beaded name tag hangers for those customers whose job requires a hanging identification badge.

According to Johnson and Caracci, future plans for the salon are adding a massage to the services provided. Their plans also include offering a line of wigs.

Designing Women is located at 369 Sanderson Street in Alcoa across from Wendy’s in Midland Plaza. Their regular hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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