Warm lather dapples the faces of reclined patrons of Capps Barbers. Barbers, their hands steady and sure, pull glinting straight razors across whiskers, flicking aside the foam. During the shaves, hot towels open facial pores, and relaxing neck and shoulder massages ease tension from filling in for a muskrat on a totem pole. Shears purr through hair in short and long cuts beneath shelves laden with Paul Mitchell, Woody's, and Crew styling products. Patrons pivot in crimson barber chairs or wait in leather wingback armchairs in a lounge area, where wedding parties may sip their favorite brews before the big day. Monthly membership packages include unlimited haircuts, free or discounted shaves, and free cuts for kids under 13 years of age.
Candice Holtzclaw is Candi the Barber, a stylist who specializes in cutting men's hair and traditional hot-towel shaves. At her private salon inside iStudio Salons in Maitland, she offers trims, clipper cuts, and luxurious shoulder and neck massages to clients, lavishing personal attention on each customer. Come in to have hair shampooed and clipped back into shape, then sit back to have a hot towel soften beard and neck hairs before they're expertly shaved off.
As owner, cosmetologist, and hair specialist, Lisa Cowan not only hopes to make visitors to Enlighten Salon feel utterly at home, she wants to make sure they turn heads when they walk out. After chatting and getting to know clients, Lisa sets out performing the same hair-reanimating services that she deploys to ready people for photo-shoots, including applying highlights.
Dawn Martinez has been cutting coifs for just about 20 years, and in that time she's learned her way around a head of hair. At Anudawn, she customizes hair treatments to each client, touching up color to disguise roots, highlighting strands to create depth, and shampooing hair to rid it of excess oil and long-lost car keys. Dawn is available Tuesdays and Saturdays, when her scissors are at their sharpest.
With two decades in the industry, Tim Pinkney knows hair. The owner and head stylist of Tim's Healthy Hair Care Center has spent that time both wielding scissors and training others in the hair artistry. His extensive travels to Brazil, the Caribbean Islands, Europe, and Puerto Rico have prepared him for working with a wide range of hair types, and his detailed knowledge of products ensures that only renowned lines such as L'Oreal, Paul Mitchell, and Matrix will caress his clients' strands.
Inside the salon, Tim and his team bestow a long list of services upon their clients' heads, from highlights and color to extensions and weaves. Stylists can also gussy up male hair with barbers' cuts and give kids' locks a trim before a school picture or a high-stakes job interview with an imaginary friend.
The sounds of shears snipping hair and files brushing against nails fill the contemporary, red-walled interior of Blades Salon & Day Spa, where licensed staffers blend styling directions from clients with their own treatment expertise. Stylists and makeup artists pace around chairs as they cut and color hair or add a touch of blush to complexions. Spa Joy thrones massage feet during soothing pedicures, and technicians stationed at sleek wood manicure desks thoroughly groom fingernails. Across the salon, aestheticians swaddle faces in exclusively contracted Phytomer products while massage therapists untangle knotted muscles and legs tied together by prankster friends.