...with true love for the art of hair design!


Tropical Expressions Boutique and Spa is a full service salon located in Altoona, PA that offers hair, nail, and waxing services.

Owner Carly Sullivan took her idea of creating an atmosphere, one where the client is at the center of everything the salon does, and made it a reality. Tropical Expressions' goal is to make the salon experience not just a necessary activity in your life, but one that you look forward to with anticipation.



Our Services

Tropical Expressions is your place to go when you want to look your absolute best! Let our team of experienced stylists bring your best you out. Our salon offers the following services to help you achieve your new look:

  • Complete hair transformations including haircuts, styling and master coloring
  • Hair smoothing services
  • Olaplex hair bond perfector treatment
  • Complete full-body waxing services
  • Lash and brow tinting
  • Lash extensions
  • Custom blended foundation liquids and powders
  • Makeup application and makeovers
  • Bridal party services
  • and so much more!

Check out our full menu of services.


I absolutely love my new "do." And the new look of the salon is amazing! I'm so happy for Carly and glad that she has decided to create such an inviting and professional atmosphere here in Altoona.

-Casey M.

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About Us

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Tropical Expressions is not just a salon, it's a collective styling team that is here to serve you!

To begin with, a little bit of my background, I graduated in the 2006 class at Pruontos Hair Design Institute, now The Salon Professional Academy here in Altoona. I received high honors for my scores on all testing above a 95%.  Returning to become a licensed Cosmetology Teacher in 2006, I was also awarded for my high scores.

Photo of Carly Having a few short journeys since then, I have collected valuable information to increase my knowledge and help develop keys to my trade.

From Cosmetology school, to Shoeneman’s Beauty Supply Store to Holiday hair and many years at ULTA, my path has brought me to where I am now.  I am the proud owner of TROPICAL EXPRESSIONS BOUTIQUE AND SPA, INC.  Sometimes I am amazed at how things happen. During my first few months, I’ve been making some changes to create more of the atmosphere I’m looking forward to sharing with our guests.

I am truly grateful to all of those who have continued to allow me to service them through all these changes.  Through your actions, I have learned that haircuts aren’t just haircuts and color isn’t just color.  But the art of hair design comes from somewhere deep inside and I am proud to be your hairstylist.
I will continue to educate myself as well my staff and provide a nice get away to enjoy taking care of your beauty.



Carly Sullivan - Owner & Senior Designer



Meet Our Team

Photo of Jen Hello I'm Jen and I eat, sleep and breathe makeup. From an early age I was fascinated with the power of make up and bringing out peoples natural beauty. As a Paul Mitchell the School graduate, I received expert training by leading makeup artists in the industry. I specialize in wedding, prom, and special events makeup. With over a decade as an artist I'm very passionate about making people feel beautiful.

I am also a brow lover and activist for brow change. Did you know everyone is looking at your brows, even if you aren't? Well-shaped brows define your eyes and refine your whole look. They finish and polish your features. They can make you appear younger, thinner, and more refreshed. Great brow shaping is the ultimate instant face lift! How would you describe your relationship with your brows, barely there? Rough around the edges? All over the place? Disconnected or too connected? Whatever your brow problems are, I am here to make you look fabulous. I would love to shape your brows and redefine your look.

Jen Ebersole - Wax Specialist & Makeup Artist


Photo of Amanda Hello ladies and gentleman and children of all ages :) I am so pleased to be a part of the team here at Tropical Expressions Boutique and Spa, Inc. My name is Amanda. I am one of the newest members of the team, but have been involved in some manner since day one. My position here has allowed me to ensure that each and every guest has the best experience we can provide. I am a TSPA graduate, now known as The Salon Professional Academy, I also took some continuing education classes at Altoona Beauty School. I sincerely enjoy accentuating your beauty. I would love to mix you a Motives custom blend foundation in liquid or mineral powder form. I will apply and teach you to apply your makeup, and always be a phone call away if you would need me after your salon visit. Come let me make you glamorous. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you. See you soon :)

Amanda Sullivan - Stylist

Photo of Angelica Hey, I'm Angelica. I am a young graduate from Altoona Beauty School. In my free time I love spending time with my family and friends. I am an outgoing and hardworking person who is always looking for way to make myself better personally and business wise. I have recently joined the Tropical Expressions team and I LOVE IT!! I believe that this is the best place to apply what I have learned with my current, new, and soon to be clientele. I truly enjoy Gelish manicures, pedicures, wedding up styles and color. As a recent graduate, I would love to further my experiences since the beauty industry is continuously growing. My motto is to make sure every day I leave a positive impression on my coworkers and clients minds. I understand that the beauty business is huge, but I do not let that discourage me, I use that fact as motivation to try to grow and become the best hair stylist by studying and searching for new and improved trends.

Angelica Torruella - Stylist

Photo of Kim Hello, my name is Kimberly. I am 23 years old and currently enrolled at The Salon Professional Academy located in Altoona, PA. I work here at Tropical Expressions as a salon assistant and love every minute of it. I enjoy this industry very much also. To be able to learn how to make people feel and look great professionally is really a dream. I look forward o learning and growing with the Tropical Expressions family. I also look forward to meeting and servicing YOU! So come check us out, we'd love to meet you.

Kimberly Case - Stylist

Photo of Ebony Hi! My name is Ebony, I am 15 years , and I currently attend GACTC Cosmetology Program. Along my journey of entering school I sought a job, and found an amazing salon that took me in. I've recently joined the Tropical Expressions team where I work as a salon assistant and love every minute of it. I have enjoyed learning the ins and outs of a salon business, including meeting new people and friends along the way. Some of the areas I would like to gain more knowledge in is hair braiding, coloring, and hair cutting which are my personal favorites. I hope I will continue to learn and experience new things at Tropical Expressions. Hope to see you soon.

Ebony Wilson - Stylist

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Theresa Maccinile - Stylist

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Beth Blackburn - Designer




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We are looking forward to getting to know you and your hair. Our team of artists take pride in their work and want to make your feel and look your best so you will be a walking exhibit of their talent!!!

  • Complete hair transformations including haircuts, styling and master coloring
  • Complete hair removal services, including threading and full-body waxing
  • Hair smoothing services
  • Makeup application and makeovers
  • Bridal party services

We carry only top of the line products that are guaranteed to help you look like a million bucks. But the best part is that it won't cost you that much. Our retail offerings are affordable and selected with you in mind. Come in today for a one on one consultation to determine the best lines for your specific needs.

Products & Brands

  • IT'S A 10


  • OPI



A Little Bit of Paradise - $70

This package is designed for women looking for a slight color change or possibly to camouflage gray without a line of demarcation. Includes a shades EQ color gaze, haircut, and a blowout designed for your hair type.

A Day at the Beach - $90

This package includes an accent highlight which will enhance your features and give you a feel of sun-kissed hair along with a treatment, haircut and a blowout designed for your hair type.

Aloha - $35

What says "hello" better than a clean, crisp brow along with a long-lasting Gelish manicure?

Smooth Sailing - $65

To either prepare for the beach or simply to become a regular part of your routine, get a Brazilian wax along with a tummy wax.

Caribbean Queen - $85

Special events happen all year! Let us prepare you with a formal style along with a makeup application.

Bahama Mama - $65

Do you need a fresh look? This package will give you a fresh new haircut and blowout designed just for you, along with a brow design and a long-lasting Gelish manicure.

Contact Us


We are a family run business and often adjust hours to meet our clients' needs. We strive to provide services when it is convenient for you.

Call or stop in today to reserve your time with a Designer!

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Mailing Address

202 West Plank Road
Altoona, PA 16602

(814) 941-2739

Email: bamboosulli@yahoo.com

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