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Our Founders

Carlos Cancio

Owner

Carlos has been with balance salon spa (formerly level salon) for the past 25 years. He has over 28 years of career experience in the hair care industry being a native of Cuba, where he began in barbering. Upon literally coming to America, he continued to further his creative God-given talent. In 1994, he became an Apprentice, assisting shampoos and cleaning up the salon, not speaking a word of English. In 1996, he began learning English and styling hair, as a Junior Stylist. In 1997, he became a Main Stylist, for 5 years. In 2002, he became a Master Stylist. Now, he is a successful business co-owner/salon manager, along with his (behind-the-scenes) business partner and wife, Tina Cancio. Carlos handles all of the in-salon daily operations and guest/employee relations.

 

Carlos has successfully completed numerous business and technical training programs; including those at the Vidal Sassoon Advanced Academy in San Francisco, CA, Tony and Guy, Tampa, FL, and the AVEDA Institute Training in Miami, FL, and St. Petersburg, FL.  Although he is no longer able to accept new guests, we have an incredible array of talented, creative Hair Artist Stylists to choose from.

 

His son Christian (17), graduates from high school in May 2020 and the Cancio family lives in the Tampa bay area.

 

Tina Cancio

Owner

 

Tina founded the salon independently in 2008 and is the behind-the-scenes business partner of her husband, Carlos Cancio. As the owners of balance salon spa, they pride themselves on being a local, American owned and operated small business, since 2008. The salon was created after meeting one another in 2007. Tina spent years with her mother, a cosmetologist in the family salon, and grew up being loyal to the AVEDA brand. She has been surrounded by the culture for the past 40+ years.

 

She received dual Bachelor of Arts Degrees, in Macro Sociology and Psychology from Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois 1992. After 25+ years of working as an executive in the food and beverage industry with global brands, she was forced to retire, due to her chronic cancer and medical conditions. Tina manages all financial and support aspects of the business (behind-the-scenes) from home, volunteers her time online, as an LGL Leukemia Community Leader at the Rare Genomics Institute, and on the LLS Advocacy Committee at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

 

Her daughter, Sera (22), also works part-time, as a Front Desk Coordinator at the salon. She's graduating from the University of South Florida 2020, with her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work (BSW). Sera begins her Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) in 2021.

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2832 East Bearss Ave. Tampa FL

Lorraine

Hair Artist

 

Certification/ Awards

  • Aveda Artist Hair Stylist with 30+ Years Experience
    • Steiner of London Diploma
  • Aveda Florida Certified Hair Colorist Certification
  • Barbicide Sanitization and Disinfection Certification

 

Specialties

  • Creating Beautiful Blondes
  • Natural Curl Maintenance and Enhancement
  • Aveda Dimensional Color
    • Aveda Grey Coverage
  • All Lengths of Haircutting
  • Perm Aficionado

 

About

I owned my own salon in Manchester UK for 10+ years. I enjoy most sports, and life on the water. I love traveling home to visit my family and fabulous friends.

 

 

Clarissa

Hair Artist

Aveda Retail Ambassador

 

Certifications/Awards

  • Aveda Artist Stylist with 5 Years Experience
  • Aveda Institute Tallahassee Masters Graduate c/o 2015
  • Aveda Florida Brand Ambassador
  • Aveda Florida Certified Hair Colorist Certification
  • Barbicide Sanitization and Disinfection Certification
  • AIT Catwalk for Water Scholarship Participant

 

Specialties

  • Power Blonding Technique
  • Balayage Technique
  • Aveda Fashion Colors
  • Custom Curated Transformations
  • Long Hair Maintenance
  • Textured and Layered Haircutting
  • Special Occasion Styles
  • Make-Up Application and Lessons
  •  Benefits Based Consultations Leader

 

 

About

I am Pug mom, art enthusiast, movie watcher, and day maker!

 

Follow me on Instagram

  @creationsbyclarissa

 

Katie

Hair Artist

 

Certification/Awards

  • Aveda Artist Hair Stylist for 3+ Years Experience
  • Aveda Florida Certified Hair Colorist Certification
  • Barbicide Sanitization and Disinfection Certification

 

Specialties

  • All Aveda Hair Colors
  • Dimensional Blonde's
  • Natural Curl Maintenance and Enhancement
  • Braided Styles for Any Occasion
  • Event Up-do Styles
  • Men’s Haircutting
  • Medium to Long Length Haircutting

 

About

Enjoys weight training, traveling, and socializing with friends!

 

Follow me on Instagram

  @braidedbykatiek

Madison

Hair & Makeup Artist

 

Certifications/Awards

  • Aveda Artist Hair Stylist with 2+ Years Experience
  • Aveda Institute of Tampa Bay Alumni
  • Aveda Certified Lash Extension Artist
  • AIT Catwalk for Water Contestant 2016
  • Aveda Edwin Neil Full Potential Finalist 2018
  • Barbicide Sanitization and Disinfection Certification

 

Specialties

  • Men’s Haircutting
  • Pixie Haircutting
  • Wave and Curl Enthusiast
  • Edgy and Alternative Styles
  • Balayage Technique
  • Blonding Technique
  • Make-up Application and Lessons
  • Lash Extensions
  • Aveda Fashion and Vibrant Colors
  • Long Hair Maintenance

 

About

I am a cat and dog mom of 5! I’m very passionate about animal rights and have been Vegan for 5+ years. In my free time, I enjoy painting, drawing, and also paddle boarding in the Florida Springs.

 

Follow me on Instagram

   @cfbeautybymaddie

Nina

Hair Artist

Certification/ Award

  • Master Cosmetologist
  • Barbicide Sanitization and Disinfection Certification

 

Specialties

  • Dimensional Blonde Technique
  • Balayage Technique
  • Grey Coverage
  • Men’s Haircutting
  • Long Hair Maintenance

 

About

I LOVE being with my family, going hunting, being outdoors, working out, and playing the violin.

 

Follow me on Instagram

  @hair.bynina

Keisha

Hair Artist

 

Certification/Awards

  • Soon to be an Aveda Cosmetologist 12/22/2020!
  • Vormor Extensions Certification Coming Soon!
  • Barbicide Certification Coming Soon

 

Specialties

  • Medium to Long Length Haircutting
  • Up-dos
  • Blow out
  • Ethnic Hairstyling

 

About

Born and raised in Cooperative Republic of Guyana, S. America until migrating to the USA at the age of 16. Army Veteran medically retired after 5.5 years. Currently finishing Cosmetology Certification at Aveda Institute Tampa Bay. Enjoys reading, spending time with friends/family and learning new things!

 

Follow me on Instagram

  @kekeschair

 

Kristina

Apprentice

 

Certifications/Awards

  • Licensed Esthetician
  • Barbicide Certification
  • Barbicide COVID-19 Certification
  • Cosmetologist in April 2021

 

Specialties

  • Facial Waxing/Upper body waxing
  • Blonding techniques
  • Color Foiling
  • Short Haircuts
  • Hair color

 

About

I am a proud dog mom of a Basset hound named, Rosie. I love gaming and spending time with my friends and family, when I am not behind the chair or spa room!

Mary Beth

Guest Care Services Support

 

Certification/Awards

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Marketing Communication-Public Relations, Chicago, Illinois

 

Specialties

  • Communication Proficiency
  • Outstanding Customer Service Skills
  • Customer/Guest Focus
  • Help to manage our team and day-to-day relationships with our incredible salon guests
  • Maintain a “team” atmosphere

 

About

I am a boy Mom and a baseball Mom. I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, and wine and charcuterie nights with my gals!

Sera

Guest Care Manager & Retail Ambassador

 

I am the Guest Care Services Manager and have been with ​b​alance ​s​alon ​spa, ​since​ December 2013​. I am a Master’s student at ​the University of South Florida (USF), studying for my Masters in Social Work (MSW) with a concentration in ​M​ental ​Health.

 

I am also a Social Services PRN at Baycare Healthcare Systems. I have always had a desire for making a difference in the lives of other​s. I hope to accomplish that on a larger scale by becoming a Licensed Clinical Social ​W​orker (LCSW).

 

When I am not answering salon calls and reserving appointment​s,​ you can find me rollerblading in nature or at the gym! I am very fortunate to be able to work for our family business, and to be around my amazing colleagues​​ that promote success in a women led and positive environment.

 

Follow me on Instagram

  @sera_taylor_

Olivia

Guest Care Services

Certifications/Awards

  • Bachelor of Music in Music Theater, Oklahoma City University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Humanities, University of South Florida
  • Creative Loafing Top Ten Performances of 2015
  • Runner up Best Actress in a Film (Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival) 2018
  • Specialties

 

Customer Service Skills

  • Attentive to Needs of Guests and Team
  • Offer Adaptable, Creative solutions
  • Team Player
  • Maintaining a Friendly and Considerate Attitude

 

About

I’m an actor in theatrical productions, as well as film and TV.  You can see me in many local productions as well as on shows like Law and Order: SVU. In my free time, I have a passion for music, animals, and cooking!

Sam

Guest Care Services Coordinator

Aboutt

I graduated from the Tampa Bay Aveda Institute in 2018, and have been in love with Aveda culture ever since. I discovered that I enjoy customer service and prefer the front desk/behind the scenes aspects of working in a salon. When I’m not working, I enjoy roller skating, yoga, trying new plant-based recipes, and spending time with my fiancee and our fur babies!

Carlos Cancio

Owner

 

Carlos has been with balance salon spa (formerly level salon) for the past 25 years. He has over 28 years of career experience in the hair care industry being a native of Cuba, where he began in barbering. Upon literally coming to America, he continued to further his creative God-given talent. In 1994, he became an Apprentice, assisting shampoos and cleaning up the salon, not speaking a word of English. In 1996, he began learning English and styling hair, as a Junior Stylist. In 1997, he became a Main Stylist, for 5 years. In 2002, he became a Master Stylist. Now, he is a successful business co-owner/salon manager, along with his (behind-the-scenes) business partner and wife, Tina Cancio. Carlos handles all of the in-salon daily operations and guest/employee relations.

 

 Carlos has successfully completed numerous business and technical training programs; including those at the Vidal Sassoon Advanced Academy in San Francisco, CA, Tony and Guy, Tampa, FL, and the AVEDA Institute Training in Miami, FL, and St. Petersburg, FL.  Although he is no longer able to accept new guests, we have an incredible array of talented, creative Hair Artist Stylists to choose from.

 

His son Christian (17), graduates from high school in May 2020 and the Cancio family lives in the Tampa bay area.

 

 

Tina Cancio

Owner

 

Tina founded the salon independently in 2008 and is the behind-the-scenes business partner of her husband, Carlos Cancio. As the owners of balance salon spa, they pride themselves on being a local, American owned and operated small business, since 2008. The salon was created after meeting one another in 2007. Tina spent years with her mother, a cosmetologist in the family salon, and grew up being loyal to the AVEDA brand. She has been surrounded by the culture for the past 40+ years.

 

She received dual Bachelor of Arts Degrees, in Macro Sociology and Psychology from Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois 1992. After 25+ years of working as an executive in the food and beverage industry with global brands, she was forced to retire, due to her chronic cancer and medical conditions. Tina manages all financial and support aspects of the business (behind-the-scenes) from home, volunteers her time online, as an LGL Leukemia Community Leader at the Rare Genomics Institute, and on the LLS Advocacy Committee at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

 

Her daughter, Sera (22), also works part-time, as a Front Desk Coordinator at the salon. She's graduating from the University of South Florida 2020, with her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work (BSW). Sera begins her Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) in 2021.