I was born in Texas but raised in Nashville and have been doing hair here for ten years now. Hair is something I always knew I wanted to do but never anticipated it turning into such a wonderful career. After working at a couple salons, an opportunity presented itself to open my own salon and I took the jump on June 1st, 2009. Fresh is what it is today because of the amazing stylists that fill it. It simply wouldn't exist without them. I've had the pleasure of working or knowing most of this talented staff my entire career. Fresh is like a second home to me and I want that feeling to be the same for anyone who visits.
I do both color and cut, but color has always been my passion. There's nothing I love more than a natural, shiny, healthy head of hair. Call me boring, but to me the best hair color is the type that doesn't look colored.
When I'm not at Fresh, I am spending time with my husband, son, and our two pugs. I am a huge foodie and love trying any new restaurant. Other hobbies include decorating and running.
Brian J. O’Connor is a staple in the styling scene in the South’s entertainment capitol, Nashville. Shortly after begining his career, Brian already had girls of all ages showing up at his salon to receive the signature style he had created for Paramore band lead singer Hayley Williams. In a few short years, Brian’s resume would include scores of MTV and CMT music videos including not only Paramore, but also Lady Antebellum and an A-list of Christian music artists. He has worked his magic in hair and/or make-up backstage at the Grammys, American Idol, Good Morning America, MTV Video Music Awards, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Ellen, CMT Music Awards and even MTV’s European Music Awards in Madrid.
Brian is also known for his artistic processes in hair cutting and colouring. He has had the opportunity to work with some of the top celebrities in the entertainment/polititcal industry such as, Hayley Williams (Paramore), Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum), Kellie Pickler, Kimberly Williams Paisley (Actress), and Al Gore.
Print-wise, his styles have been featured in Spin, Alternative Press, Elle, Country Weekly and Cosmopolitan. Beyond the resume, Brian is one of the most likeable young men you will ever meet. His clients from the edgy mom to the star-studded glam-rocker adore him to a faithful level rarely seen in the styling industry. Brian is a stylist at Nashville’s exclusive Fresh Salon.
As a Canadian native, Candie moved to Nashville in 1997. She comes from a very artistic family that enjoys painting, photography, and music.
She started in the beauty industry specializing in aesthetics, eventually shifting into the hair world. With 10 years under her belt as a stylist, Candie's passion for her work and professionalism is shared with each guest providing them with a creative and unique experience.
Using a plethora of techniques, she excels in customized color. Candie is devoted to achieving rich, dimensional hues, vibrant reds, fashion colors, and natural classics, all while taking special care to protect the hair's integrity.
She thoroughly enjoys developing a special bond with each and everyone, feeling so grateful to be a daymaker.
Michelle is a Nashville native who has had a passion for hair since she was a young girl. At five years old, she was already giving blowout’s to her Aunt Joy and in high school, she had girls lining up for prom hair!
Throughout her career, she has worked both behind the chair and behind the scenes as a Director of Operations at a high end salon in Franklin.
As an Aveda Institute Valedictorian, Michelle specializes in Updo’s, braids & wedding hair, but also serves a multitude of clients with cut, color, styling and help creating a cohesive look. She is constantly learning and finding ways to better serve her clients and helping them feel beautiful from the inside out!
When she’s not doing hair, you’ll find her at a local coffee shop reading a good book, singing and writing songs, or spending time with family and friends.
Kat Smo was born in the hills of southern California, in West Hollywood. Having lived in Hollywood, Detroit and Denver, Kat finally decided to call Nashville home in 2009. Born into a family of musicians, her singer-songwriter father and a backup singing mother met on the road in the 70s and nurtured a very creative household. Kat has a deep-rooted connection with Nashville and all its rich music history. In addition to music, art is another passion of Kat’s. She attended College of Creative Studies in Detroit for Illustration and Photography, before realizing her true passion was in the art of cut and colour.
Kat believes life should be fun and enjoyed to the fullest at all times! With her easy-going personality and sense of humor, she sets a comfortable tone for all her clients. Specializing in bold and creative colors and techniques, geometric cuts, as well as bleach and tones, and advanced balayage, she aims to create looks that stand out. If you’re looking for a creative edge in this town, Kat isn’t afraid to take it there and loves to push the envelope.
Being in the amazing industry for 20 years, my undying passion for the hair world is stronger than ever. Having moved from Chicago , I have loved meeting & interacting with fresh new faces and smiles. Making every person recognize his or her own beauty and feel special is a powerful gift within my profession. Nothing is better than seeing that twinkle in my guests eyes that screams They Feel Amazing!
Not only am I Aveda and Bumble & bumble trained, I am artistic, creative, have a witty sense of humor and carry the ability to make you feel like family. I love providing people with the hair that makes you strut your stuff with a smile.
My Top 4 Favs
*My dogs, Swayze & Kaner – my world of unconditional love
* Concerts – Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.
* Hiking – Reminds me how beautiful the world can be
* Friends & Family – Make me laugh louder, smile brighter and live better.
Kimberly Patton was born in Illinois, raised in the deep south of Alabama, and moved to Nashville in 2015. All of her life she has had a passion for positivity and beauty and that is what eventually led her straight into the hair industry. Viewing life as an opportunity to positively impact the life of others, she is passionate about helping her clients see the beauty that they hold within and without and nothing makes her happier than delivering healthy, beautiful hair to her clients.
Kimberly is trained with Paul Mitchell, Aveda, Keune, Davines, Kevin Murphy, and Vidal Sassoon cutting. She offers a range of services including cutting and coloring but has always specialized and been very excited by the art and creativity of coloring hair.
When she is not doing hair, Kimberly enjoys the outdoors, traveling, coffee shops, and getting a good sweat in at the gym!