...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, waxing and spray tanning 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.
  • Complete full-body waxing services
  • Hair straightening services
  • Spray tanning services (COMING SOON)
  • 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


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.

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 & Master Designer



Our Team

Hi, I’m Jen, a brow lover and activist for brow change.  I’m also a highly trained expert with fresh breath and a great personality.  I would love to shape your brows.  Did you know that everyone is looking at your brows, even if you aren’t?  Well-shaped brows define our eyes and refine your whole look.  They finish and polish your features.  They refresh, brighten and open your eyes.  They can even make you look younger, thinner and more refreshed.  Great brow shaping is the ultimate instant facelift!!!  How would you describe your relationship with your brows?  Barely there, rough around the edges, all over the place, disconnected or two connected?  Whatever your brow problems are I am here to make you look fabulous!!!

Jen - Wax Specialist & Makeup Artist


Hey, I’m Connie! I'm so excited to be a member of the staff at Tropical Expressions. The girls are all so nice and fun to work with. Carly gives 100% to making sure we have everything needed to have happy customers that enjoy their time in the salon and look forward to returning. Professionalism with smiles and teamwork make this possible. After 23 years in the hair industry, I still love going to work and using my God given talent for my awesome clients.

Connie - Senior Designer

Hey, I’m Becky! I recently joined the team here at Tropical Expressions. I’ve been doing hair for a few years now, and I love the friendly and warm environment here! We are a salon family, and I thoroughly enjoy being a part of this family. I also look forward to giving my clients an enjoyable experience and giving them some awesome hair! Carly is not only my boss, but a great friend, mentor, and leader in this business. I’ve gotten the privilege to work beside Carly at ULTA, and I am excited to start this new journey here and I look forward to meeting new guests and continuing to grow in my career!

Becky - Master Designer

Bio for Theresa: Coming Soon!

Theresa - Junior Designer





We are looking forwrad 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 full-body waxing services
  • Hair straightening services
  • Spray tanning services (COMING SOON)
  • 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


  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body full    
  • All soft    
  • Color extend
  • Smooth lock
  • Clean brew   

    Styling products

  • All soft supple touch
  • Argan
  • Color extend rich recovery
  • Grip tight gel
  • Working wax maneuver
  • Guts
  • Iron silk
  • Wool shake
  • Rewind
  • Thickening lotion    
  • Pure force
  • Duo shield
  • Real control intense recovery
  • Satin wear
  • Quick tease
  • Firm grasp    
  • Tousle whip    
  • Control addict
  • Stand tough    
  • Outplay    
  • Smooth lock stay sleek    
  • Smooth lock heat glide
  • Extreme anti snap


  • Chromatics color- 100% coverage, permanent color, ammonia free, odor free, leaves hair 2x fortified, multi dimensional
  • Shades EQ- demi permanent color, high in shine



  • Super silk shampoo
  • Super silk leave in treatment


  • Volume spray 25
  • Platinum hot spray


  • Super skinny serum
  • Twist around
  • Ultimate wave beachy texture cream


Waxing Services: Satin smooth


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 - $20

What says "hello" better than a clean, crisp brow along with a wax for your lip and chin, if needed?

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 - $65

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

Contact Us


Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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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