Benner was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. She graduated with a
degree in Cosmetology from the Wilfred Beauty Academy where she
majored in hair, nails and makeup.
Impressed by her effervescent
personality, creativity and energy, the multi-talented Karen was
invited to join Candy Ecstrom's prestigious Hair Benders Salon where
she worked for ten years.
Karen entered national and
international hair shows, where she won an impressive 21 first place
In July 2001, Karen opened her own
salon and day spa, Salon DIVA in Lake Mary, Florida. Within two
years, the upscale salon with contemporary interior styling earned a
reputation as "the place to go".
In 2004, Karen decided to return to
her roots in serving individual clients. She sold Salon DIVA and opened a private salon
in the Lake Mary / Sanford area.
specialties include fusion hair extensions, hair color (she is a
Master Colorist), Bio Ionic hair straightening, and makeup.