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Our Founders

Tina Cancio

Owner

 

Tina founded the salon independently in 2008 and is the behind-the-scenes business partner of 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 retired, 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.

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Follow me on Instagram

  @tina_cancio

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, 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, graduated from high school, May 2020. The Cancio family lives in the Tampa Bay Area.

 

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Lorraine

Master Hair Artist

 

Certification/ Awards

  • Aveda Artist Hair Master 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

Master Hair Artist

Certifications/Awards

  • Aveda Institute Tallahassee Masters Graduate c/o 2015
  • Aveda Florida Certified Hair Colorist
  • Featured artist in the Aveda 2021 Color Formulation Guide
  • VOMOR Artist

 

Specialties

  • Blonding/Balayage
  • Alternative Fashion Colors
  • Long Hair Maintenance
  • Textured and Layered Haircutting
  • Special Occasion Styling/ Make-up
  • Benefits based consultations

 

About

My name is Clarissa and I’m a new Mommy to the most precious little girl. She joins two Pugs who absolutely adore her and make my heart burst! I’m a bit of an astrology junkie and enjoy all things art…live music, movie theaters, museums and appreciating local food culture!

 

Follow me on Instagram

  @creationsbyclarissa

 

Katie

Master Hair Artist

 

Certification/Awards

  • Aveda Artist Hair Master Stylist for 5+ 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

Master Hair & Makeup Artist

 

Certifications/Awards

  • Aveda Artist Hair Master Stylist with 4+ 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
  • Vomor tape in extensions certified

 

Specialties

  • Short hair / pixie cutting
  • 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
  • Clipper work

 

About

I am a cat and dog mom of 6! I’m very passionate about animal rights and have been Vegan for 7+ years. In my free time, I enjoy painting and drawing with digital and traditional mediums.

 

Follow me on Instagram

   @cfbeautybymaddie

Kristina

Hair Artist

 

Certifications/Awards

  • Cosmetologist License
  • Esthetics License
  • Aveda Florida Certified Colorist
  • Vomor Extension Certification
  • Barbicide Certification
  • Barbicide COVID-19 Certification

 

Specialties

  • 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!

 

Follow me on Instagram

  @Kristina.balancesalonspa

Grace

Hair Artist

Certification/ Award

  •  Certifications/ awards
  • Cosmetology license
  • Barbicide Covid 19 certification
  • Aveda Florida certified colorist

 

Specialties

  • Aveda hair colors
  • Lightening services
  • Medium to long hair cutting

 

About

I graduated cosmetology school in 2020 and love being behind the chair. I enjoy meeting and connecting with new people. I’m a Pisces who loves astrology!

 

Follow me on Instagram

  @grace.balancesalonspa

Sierra

Hair Artist

 

Certifications/Awards

  • Aveda Institute of Brandon Alumni
  • Barbicide Sanitation and Disinfection
  • Vomor tape in extensions certified

 

Specialties

  • Balayage Technique
  • Foilyage Technique
  • Dimensional Color
  • Dimensional Brunettes
  • Blonding Techniques
  • Layered Haircuts
  • Soft Shags Haircuts
  • Aveda Vibrants and Fashion Colors
  • Wavy Hair Styling

 

About

I moved to Tampa from Chicago August of 2021, and that was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’ve always been so passionate about making people feel happy and confident in themselves, and I’m so grateful to have a career where I can do that on a daily basis. Outside of the salon, I love trying out new things and going on different adventures with friends and family.

 

 

Follow me on Instagram

  @hairbysierramarie

Lauren

Hair Artist

 

Certifications/Awards

  • Aveda Institute of Brandon Alumni
  • Barbicide Sanitation and Disinfection

 

Specialties

  • Lived in blondes
  • Dimensional Brunettes
  • Foilyage
  • Balayage
  • Highlights
  • Aveda vibrants
  • Short cuts
  • Layered cuts
  • Waving styles

 

About

After moving to Tampa in 2019 from the south suburbs of Chicago, I decided to pursue my passions in the Art of Cosmetology. I have always had a love for Art and making people feel their best. I also am a mother of two boys. I love spending time outdoors, attending concerts and going on adventures with my family.

 

Follow me on Instagram

  @lokat.creates

Geraldine

Apprentice

I am the I’m an artist who enjoys painting, crafting and creating beautiful projects with hair. Music and singing is also a love of mine. In my free time, I’m spending time with my beautiful daughter or practicing my tattooing skills. Any opportunity I get to create art, I take it with passion.

Sera

Front Desk Coordinator

I am the Guest Care Services Manager and have been with ​b​alance ​s​alon ​spa, ​since​ December 2013​. I completed my masters in social worker from the University of South Florida (USF) in the spring on 2022.

 

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

  @seradipity_

Lucia

Guest Care Services Coordinator & Aveda Ambassador

 

As your Guest Care Manager, I look forward to ensuring you have an exceptional salon experience. I have spent the past 20+ years in the jewelry industry. I am honored to be at your service on behalf of Carlos and Tina Cancio.  I have had the pleasure of a 10+ year professional and personal relationship with this amazing family.  It’s exciting to work with a team of such talented and kind hair artists.

 

When I’m not at the salon, you will find me with family, surrounded by dogs. I am an advocate for animal welfare and volunteer at Pasco County Animal Services. The well-being of Tampa’s homeless and vulnerable pets are very dear to me.

 

I feel very fortunate to be part of the Aveda community. A vegan company that shares my values for our planet, inclusion, diversity, and a positivity.  I look forward to seeing old friends & meeting new ones!

Aly

Guest Care Services Coordinator

I’ve been in customer service for 5+ years and my top priority is making sure all guests feel welcome and excited for their appointment! I’m currently going to school for Character Animation at PHSC, I’m a huge advocate for fighting animal cruelty and I’ve been vegetarian/vegan for over a year so it’s very fulfilling working for Aveda as they are a vegan and cruelty free company! In my free time I love to study Japanese and other subjects as well as take care of my pets.

Tina Cancio

Owner

 

Tina founded the salon independently in 2008 and is the behind-the-scenes business partner of 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 retired, 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.

 

 

 

 

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, 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, graduated from high school, May 2020. The Cancio family lives in the Tampa Bay Area.