Barber tools are not toys. But even as a child, Dennis Marquez couldn’t resist playing with his father's set of barber tools in the attic, as he told Wellington the Magazine in 2008. This early admiration led Dennis to train at many prestigious hair schools including Vidal Sassoon in London. More than 35 years ago, Dennis and his wife, Kristina, opened the first Pizzazz Hair Design. The venture succeeded: their business has grown to include five separate salons, many of which have gained praise from NBC 5. Each salon’s stylists, armed with Redken and GKhair products, consult with men, women, teens, and children before revamping their manes with cuts, foil highlights, and hair-smoothing treatments. At the adjoining spas in three of the five salons, technicians paint nails with OPI polishes and cleanse skin with botanical-based Pevonia products.
To stay up to date on current hair trends, each salon's beauticians attend continuing-education courses and dissolve fashion magazines older than three months in jars of barbicide. The Pizzazz team also gives back to the community by donating a portion of salon proceeds to the Adopt-A-Family organization.
Paradise Tan expedites a hot, slow process with three levels of UV beds and two spray-tanning options along with a team of mobile airbrush artists ready to take their spray tans on the road. Five UV beds and booths boast sessions no longer than 15 minutes; the high-pressure Supersonic shortens the time to 7 minutes and the Sungate boasts special facial bulbs and shoulder tanners. Armed with Norvell solutions and a light touch that has brought them to weddings, beauty pageants, and body-building events, the airbrush technicians evenly coat limbs in a natural, golden color that develops in as little as 1 hour. A VersaSpa spray-tan booth spritzes a custom misting to let visitors emerge bearing a sun-kissed appearance without the gaudy hues of the sun's cut-rate lipstick. Lotions from Designer Skin and Ed Hardy speed the process by increasing circulation and moisture, and Tykini bikinis imported from Brazil reveal results. Evincing their dedication to vitamin D, the staff keeps the salon open every night until 10 p.m.
Boca Tanning Club salons bronze clients with the help of super tanning beds and booths, as well as UV-free VersaSpa spray-tanning booths. Clients walk past the painted vines, rocks, and rainforest-themed decor before stepping into the spray-tanning booths, which gild limbs in 60 seconds, or into a super bed, which caramelizes skin in less time than a traditional bed. In private rooms, technicians wielding airbrush systems custom shade and contour muscles while de-emphasizing vestigial tails.
At Eye Candy Lash Lounge, owner Veronica and her cast of certified eyelash extension specialists—better known as the Eye Candy Team—take pride in their high levels of procedure personalization from the moment a client arrives. First, visits at the lounge begin with a “get to know you” questionnaire so that the crew can properly ready treatment rooms for each client's visit. Upon entering their treatment space, a client may find their favorite music playing, or perhaps an audio book of the dictionary, and sheets scented with a preferred aromatherapeutic scent.
The lounge offers four unique private rooms, such as the Lash & Dash basic suite, where techs specialize in applying semi-permanent lash extensions. Spa extras give the other three rooms their own perks, such as a simultaneous mani-pedi, reflexology massage, or body waxing, at the same time lashes are applied. Though lash extensions are the studio’s specialty, customers can also stop in for a la carte beauty services, including teeth-whitening and weight-loss wraps, which are just like a giant hug that makes you appear more attractive.
The staff of The Longevity Center solves clients' hair and skin concerns with an advanced IPL system, whose bursts of concentrated light work to erase acne, broken capillaries, unwanted hair, and signs of aging. Technicians use the handheld device to deliver pulsating fluorescent light over problem areas, while the heated energy helps stimulate collagen and destroy follicles at the root. Clients looking for help building a healthier lifestyle can be buddied up with a personal trainer, who can create custom exercise and diet plans that help fulfill goals ranging from weight loss to triathlon completion. The Longevity Center also offers an array of other services, including physican-supervised weight loss therapy and vitamin injections.