Stacey Pope zips around her private salon suite beautifying her clients with head-to-toe treatments. In addition to haircuts, customized for each client’s lifestyle and propensity to tumble through flaming hoops, Pope also makes hair dazzle with highlights and rich single-process hues. She finishes beauty treatments with skin-smoothing facials, body waxes, and mani-pedis. To fit her clients’ busy schedules, Pope features a 24-hour online scheduler so customers may book an appointment without interrupting work hours.
Vanity Salon houses a closely knit, five-person team that operates much like a family. Each of the master cosmetologists specializes in a specific aspect of beautification, from Shellac mani-pedis to haircuts and coloring. The salon's service list illustrates other essential treatments, including waxing, skincare, and pampering for any hands and feet that have grown tired of typing emails or waving at dogs.
Panache ranks its stylists according to four levels of expertise (artist, designer, master, and top stylist), but all know how to keep appearances fresh and flattering with an array of mane-based services using Aveda products. Clients can relax or gargle the national anthem with a cup of Aveda tea as their scissor samurai cuts ($25+ for men, $37+ for women) and styles ($10+) hair into exciting new follicular sculptures. Panache also keeps anime hair looking its purplest with a variety of color treatments, including a color cleanse ($35+), touch-up ($60+), full color ($70+) with highlights ($25+ for partial, $45+ for full), or paint-can swirly.
In a cozy studio less than a half-mile from the Atlantic, licensed massage therapist Mary Coleman sends calming ripples across muscles with custom Swedish or deep tissue massages. Each personalized session helps to both relax and heal bodies with modalities including deep tissue, hot stone, and aromatherapy. Agape Massage's skilled therapists understand that the muscular structure, range of motion, and hidden superpowers of each body are different, incorporating advanced techniques ranging from reiki to myofascial release into massages as needed.
Individual styling stations stand freely throughout Brittany’s Spa Salon, their pointed-dome mirrors reflecting shiny hardwood floors and shelves stocked with rows of professional salon products. Brittany Molina founded her studio after graduating from cosmetology and hair-design programs in 2002, and she continues to expand her repertoire at educational events in New York City, Paris, and Spain. She shares this knowledge with her team of stylists, teaching them new techniques for creating vibrant colors and weaving in strand-lengthening extensions. These skills have certainly paid off; since its founding, Brittany's Spa Salon has been featured in publications such as Ortega Times and Folio Weekly. Hairstyling is merely one aspect of the salon’s service menu. As guests recline in plush black chairs, technicians brush nails with vibrant Zoya polish and carefully remove chinese finger traps. Private rooms nearby host relaxing massage-therapy sessions and moisturizing Dermalogica facials. When she isn’t styling hair or overseeing her staff, Brittany is something of an inventor: shelves throughout the salon stock jars and bottles filled with her own line of hair products.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lewis Obi of Renaissance Center for Cosmetic Renewal has assembled a staff dedicated to the artistry of beauty-enhancing therapies. A Jacksonville native, Dr. Obi served in the United States Marine Corps and graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a pharmacy degree. He then continued his medical education at the University of Miami, where his medical thesis was published in the international magazine Medical World News.
Dr. Obi performs myriad plastic-surgery procedures such as face-lifts, tummy tucks, and liposuction, as well as minimally and noninvasive laser procedures ranging from skin tightening to laser hair removal. He and his technicians also perform facial cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and photofacial treatments that aim to treat a variety of skin types and ailments, such as rosacea, sun damage, and Sharpie unibrows.