Cuttin' Loose Salon is mere minutes from the rippling waters of the Gulf Coast and has been ranked one of Florida's top three salons for eight years running by Independent News. Golden-yellow walls and brick accents fill the space with bright charm as expert stylists use Matrix and Redken products to transform tresses with color, keratin treatments, and trendy cuts. Walk further back, and you'll step into the tranquil bodywork studio to encounter the salon's licensed massage therapist, Ann Sheppard, who has turned Pensacola's muscle frowns upside-down for nearly 10 years. She calls on the skills she learned at the Pensacola School of Massage Therapy and Health Careers and from training with a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine to both foster total relaxation and target pain stemming from injury or chronic conditions—she's treated everyone from pro athletes and coaches to expectant mothers and patients reeling from recent join-replacement surgery. Rather than sticking to one modality throughout her massage sessions, she calls on a number of techniques, picking and choosing her approach depending on what her clients require.
Since 2004, stylist and color specialist Crystal has helped clients overhaul their unruly manes, transforming hair through elegant cuts and striking colors. Within Posh Salon and Spa, she harnesses the rich tones of Redken, Wella, Pravana, and CHI hair color, customizing each service based on the hair's type, condition, and current number of hit points. Her services aren't limited to standard cuts and colors, though—she also works hair into updos, performs keratin smoothing treatments, and waxes facial hair away. She prefers to schedule consultation appointments before performing any hair services to ensure that guests get their desired look and no damage befalls tender locks.
Stylist Nikki Ransford has been involved in nearly every aspect of the salon industry, from teaching at beauty schools in San Diego to styling hair for charity events and fashion shows with Bloomingdale's, Macy's, and Nordstrom. She uses every bit of these experiences at Studio 7, where she cuts, colors, and styles coifs, with a focus on maintaining the health of hair. Although Nikki has almost 10 years of experience as a stylist, she never stops learning. Keeping up with the industry through ongoing education is at the very top of her priorities—in the course of her career, she's taken classes through Aveda, Schwarzkopf, and Bumble and bumble.
Inside Eimaj Spa & Salon, aestheticians give free consultations before beautifying faces and bodies with treatments such as body wraps, waxes, and facials that utilize the Obagi Medical line of products. The menu of facials includes kinetic dermabrasion, which gently softens and is safe for most skin types, and the Repêchage glycolic-acid facial peel, which aims to erase discoloration and fine lines. Meanwhile, body wraps aim to cleanse toxins haunting the lymphatic system's attic with aloe vera, herbs, and strips of cotton while helping contour curves and reduce inches.
Stylist Kara Hardin joins a team of experienced cosmetologists and aestheticians at Shear Illusions Salon. A full-service beauty salon, Shear Illusions provides hairstyling alongside a wide range of color, nail, and skin services.
Experienced stylist Becki Bryce lavishes personal attention on coifs with the Chi Enviro American Smoothing Treatment, whose formaldehyde-free formula tames curly or unruly strands for up to four months. The system supplies hair with amino acids, proteins, and hypnotic whispers, adding shine and silkiness as it eliminates up to 95% of frizz. During the 90-minute appointment, Becki applies the smoothing treatment and locks in the formula's bonding power with a flat iron. Patrons leave the salon with a take-home kit that includes Chi shampoo, conditioner, and a silk serum to help to keep tresses as smooth as Tony Bennett on ice skates.