Written By: Marlene Osteen | Issue:
Bombshell Hair Boutique has added Katy Munoz to its team of hair-styling artisans. Bombshell Hair Boutique is located at 71 Commons Drive in Cashiers. Call for an appointment at (828) 342-9623.
Most of us understand that a salon recommendation is, actually, an offer of friendship.
Which is why, as Bombshell Hair Boutique Owner Carla Gates told me recently, “I want you to have bombshell hair, but I also pride myself in making your time in the salon fun.”
Last December, Carla’s long-time friend and mentee, Katy Munoz, joined the studio. They have a shared viewpoint about the salon – a place where customers can experience the best in hair care and styling – along with a shared history. Katy’s Mom and Carla went to high school together in Highlands and Carla’s son graduated in the same class at Highlands High School as Katy. They both attended cosmetology school in Sylva, and it was Carla that Katy reached out to in 2020 for advice when she was deciding between a career in cosmetology and nursing. Carla urged her to follow her passion for cosmetology, assuring Katy that, “It is hands down the best career I can think of.”
As Katy told me, “I jumped at Carla’s encouragement.”
Over the next year and a half – during Katy’s schooling – they talked daily.
As Carla says, “Katy and I really are the dream team. She came out of cosmetology school and hit the ground running. It usually takes someone years to get to the level of excellence she has already achieved.”
In the months since joining Bombshell, Katy has earned the trust and loyalty of the salon’s patrons, many of whom seek her out for her expertise with coloring techniques – including blonding, color correction, and balayage (a process that creates a natural gradation of color). She tells me that the highlight of her job is the bond that she builds with her clients and “the gratitude I see on their faces.
“The smiles and laughs I share with my clients every day fuels the exact fire I wanted in my career. I can’t imagine anything that would make me happier.”
With bookings through December and an appointment calendar filled with wedding parties and events this summer, it’s clear that the community has responded in kind. When I asked Katy about her plans, she told me she was hoping to soon offer eyelash styling.