Kimberly Roberts, owner of Kimberly May Salon, in Loudon, worked most of her storied career in Manhattan.

From 1973-76, she was mentored by Richard Stein, one of New York’s most celebrated hairdressers, dubbed “master of no-care hair,” the inventor of the shag haircut, and a young protégé of the legendary Vidal Sassoon. Working at Richard Stein Hair, Kimberly mastered the revolutionary “wash-and-wear-haircut,” a low-maintenance hairstyle that maintains its natural, beautiful appearance long after the client has left her salon. She also made a name for herself in New York for her expertise in working with “fine, limp hair,” one of the many skills she has imported to her Tennessee salon.

In 1977, Kimberly and business partner, Mei Wong, opened Kimberly Mei on Madison Avenue and 64th Street, twice listed by Town and Country Magazine as one of the top salons in New York City. Kimberly Mei attracted a star-studded clientele including the likes of supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, pop musician James Taylor, Broadway actress Maureen Stapleton, and children’s book author Maurice Sendak.

In 1984, she opened her second successful New York salon, Kimberly May, on 19th Street in the fashionable Flatiron District.

In 1995, she was offered the position as hairdresser/crew member to accompany the first and only passenger expedition in history to circumnavigate the continent Antarctica, aboard the Russian Icebreaker Kápiton Klébnikov. Away for nearly three months, from November 1995 until February 1996, Kimberly returned a truly seasoned world traveler. Directing this penchant for adventure toward an entirely new vocation, she and husband, Tom Roberts, bought and renovated a 19th century building in which they conceived, designed and built Tic-Toc Ice Cream Parlor in Loudon, Tennessee. They managed this business for six years, from 1999 through 2004, and received various media accolades, among them, Southern Living Magazine’s “2004 favorite places in the South.”

In 2005, raising the ante on adventure-seeking, Kimberly and Tom sold Tic-Toc and drove their car twenty-four hundred miles from Loudon, Tennessee to Costa Rica, where they lived for a year. After returning and doing volunteer work in Knoxville, she opened her current salon, Kimberly May in March 2010 in a renovated historic building behind Tic-Toc Ice Cream Parlor in Loudon on U.S. Highway 11.

Kimberly is happy bringing her hairdressing experience, philosophy and skills to East Tennessee. Now using many natural and organic products, such as All-Nutrient Hair Color, she continues evolving as a modern hairdresser, attending workshops and tradeshows throughout the United States.

Terri Hoffman recently moved here from Charlotte, North Carolina, where, for the past twenty-two years, she maintained a host of clients while renting a chair at A Shear Delight.  In addition to having mastered a wide range of women’s hairstyles, Terri’s specialty is color and highlights, blending more than one color to achieve a natural and youthful look.  She is also exceptional at cutting men’s hair.

The daughter of missionary parents who served eighteen years in Indonesia, Terri first found her hairdressing talent while boarding at a co-ed high school in Penang, Malaysia during the late 1970’s.  She was hired by her classmates to keep their hair modern and stylish-looking within the parameters of the school’s policies.

After returning from Asia and graduating high school in Nyack, New York, Terri studied elementary education, financing her way through undergraduate school as a licensed hairdresser.  She taught school in Nyack while maintaining her haircutting clients in the salon.  In 1989, she married Mark Hoffman, a Pastor in the Evangelical Free Church of America, and they later settled in Charlotte, North Carolina until his recent call to be Executive Pastor at Two Rivers Church in Lenoir City.  They have two daughters, Emily and Megan, both undergraduate students at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Terry, thrilled to be employed in the warm and friendly environs of Kimberly May, enjoys building relationships with her East Tennessee clients.