Self-professed military brat Tawana may have traveled the world with her family, but she found her inspiration inside her grandmother’s salon, where she watched her grandma style hair. Since then, the licensed master cosmetologist—who boasts more than 30 years of experience—has styled hair with relaxer treatments, custom color services, and sew-in weaves, her specialty. She also crafts wigs for cancer patients and those suffering from alopecia.
Surfing savant Tiffany Layton caught her first wave more than two decades ago and has been launching her board into open waters ever since. Tiffany's pastime evolved into a way of life about six years ago when she began surfing competitively and racking up an impressive list of championship titles. It was around the same time that Tiffany became certified to teach surfing, and today she shares her knowledge of the ocean at Jacksonville Surf Training.
Tiffany and her team of talented surfers welcome pupils of all ages and skill levels, encouraging healthy lifestyles through surfing lessons and camps, standup-paddleboarding lessons, and yoga and fitness classes on sand and water. They even host surf and yoga retreats in exotic lands—the next trip journeys to Costa Rica, the famous location where the ocean made its first wave while attending a rowdy futbol game.
The vibe at Cortello Hair Salon is one of controlled chaos. An assembly of eclectic decorations such as plush green chairs, hanging chandeliers, and red accent walls contribute to the open space’s energetic ambiance. Facing full-length framed mirrors, stylists consult with clients before snipping hairs in custom styles or selections from the salon’s curated list of looks. To augment their designs, they add hair extensions, which can fall as naturally as the original hair, or add color in a five-step sequence that includes a consultation and ongoing maintenance. To ease the getting-ready process for dates or big events, the stylists lead clients to the efficient StyleMe blow-dry bar, where they whip hair into different looks such as beachy, glam, or wife-of-Frankenstein chic.
Upon entering this luxurious but unstuffy salon, clients may be struck by any number of elements—the framed pictures of classic movie stars that line the shampoo-room wall; the modern light fixtures; the oversize vases brimming with plants; the sleek, art-deco couches and chairs. But what really sets Sutra Salon apart from its competitors is its staff. The 10 beauty experts pride themselves on their teamwork and their dedication to staying on top of trends through education, whether they are permeating strands with all-over color or performing a makeup application on volleyballs serving as companions. Equally dedicated to quality, they wield handpicked products by renowned lines including Moroccanoil, Bumble and bumble, and Aveda when lovingly styling tresses.
California Trends Day Spa & Salon’s eclectic team—which encompasses hairstylists and an aesthetician—reflects their dual nature as both day spa and hair salon. Their hair services range from custom cuts and chemical texture changes to color, which stylists can apply to the full mane or specific strands with foil highlighting. For 14 days after their coifs, clients can return for free touchups, snipping away any stray strands or the lingering effects of having transformed into a werewolf. Spa services include ear coning, mani-pedis, body wraps, and waxing, as well as facials tailored to women, men, and teens.
Picasso Day Spa & Salon takes its name from salon founder David Manaute's favorite artist. In many ways, the stylists channel the painting paragon by treating their clients as though they were canvases, using haircuts, color, waxing, and airbrush tanning to achieve an artistic personal aesthetic. The team makes its process collaborative, though, soliciting input from clients when coming up with a style, unlike Picasso—he pretended not to hear the things his canvases said. Their services take place in a building as equally beautiful as the custom looks they craft for clients. The spa's decor showcases a European atmosphere, and reproductions of Picasso's artwork hang on the walls.
Salon 912’s skilled stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists beautify and soothe their clients with a long list of services. For haircuts, styling, and color treatments, hair experts might use Goldwell or Kerastase Paris products. Nail technicians clean, shape, and embellish nails using only meticulously sanitized equipment. And the service menu extends to improve complexions through facials and brighten teeth with whitening treatments.