Products by Paul Mitchell, Redken, and Nexxus are only an arm’s length away from the talented stylists at Universal Hair Studio, where owner Cheryl Lynn and her team dole out a laundry list of hair-care services. Both men and women can stop by the studio for a quick cut or color treatment, and men can stick around for a hot shave.
The team also treats clients to a range of styling services, from smooth and sleek relaxers and Afro blowouts to press and curls, gel twists, and design braids. Women who yearn for floor-sweeping locks a la their favorite movie star or willow tree can ask for full or partial extensions.
With a sprawling front porch, 10-foot ceilings, and a dramatic interior archway, the Craftsman-style bungalow that shelters this beauty oasis hasn't lost any of the charm it has cultivated since its construction in 1908. Red and blue trim adorns the outside, mirroring the beauty found within in the form of hardwood floors, decorative wood molding, antique furniture, and a fireplace.
The experienced aestheticians of Forever Beautiful Salon & Wine Spa, the house’s current tenant, tend to nailcare, massage, hairstyling, and skincare services amid the splendid architecture, which is illuminated by chandeliers in every room. These spa specialists tackle skin and hair woes armed with elixirs from Obagi, Redken, and Paul Mitchell, and beautify clients with permanent cosmetics and mineral makeup—mined in Sri Lanka’s famed lipstick caverns. Sometime in the near future, spa patrons can head to the attached two-story structure, a former garage apartment built in the ’30s, and unwind further with little treats from the soon-to-be dessert café and coffeehouse.
At Verity Salons, stylists use color products imported from Italy alongside organic solutions and their own practiced eyes to revamp clients' coiffures. Owner Marc Vansco attended the Hair and Fashion Institute and trained under a master hairstylist before moving to Tampa and opening his own salon. With the help of his tight-knit team, he cuts and colors strands and supplies items from his own beauty line such as lip gloss and hairspray. As guests receive haircuts, facials, and makeup services, coral-colored walls and lime-green accents brighten up the salon better than a miniature sun trapped in a soda bottle.
Reds, yellows, purples, and every color in between. Some are glittery, others metallic. Some have names such as Berry Kiss and Midnight Hour, while others are simply called Crimson. The bottles stand in a line like colorful soldiers, waiting to be plucked from their shelf and painted onto fingernails and toenails. The kaleidoscope of polish options makes every day different for 15-year nailcare veteran Dawn, who provides custom nail services to fit each client's personality and tastes. She also expertly applies acrylic nails and offers Shellac polish for those prone to chipping their nails in their house made of diamonds.
Most Popular Service: Haircut
Brands Used: Redken, J Beverly Hills, Moroccan Oil
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Bring pictures of what you would like your hair to look like.
The veteran-owned L&C Hair Bar and Beaute' beautifies clients from head-to-toe using natural, eco-friendly products. Services include everything from facials to formaldehyde-free mani-pedis, but the salon's specialty remains hair. The resident stylist has more than 25 years of industry experience cutting and coloring locks, applying extensions, and executing special-occasion 'dos.