Outside Salon Zero, Inc.?s second-story windows, palms and tall trees sway as a stylist feathers strands of hair through fingers for a precise clip or colors hair using ammonia-free products. Because it's a fume-free salon, services are accomplished without shrouding clients in a cloud of chemicals, which can cause teary eyes or Toxic Avenger sequels. During consultations they hope to inspire clients to avoid such harmful chemicals, educating them on healthy alternatives. Their services range from infusing hair with vitamins while expunging built-up minerals and chlorine left behind by damaging hair products to massaging botanical-based Phytopolleine universal scalp elixir into craniums, treating dry or oily conditions. Their aestheticians brush low-temperature, all-natural wax along faces to eliminate unwanted hair and soften skin. The team can also take their chemical-free ways to weddings or photo shoots with on-location services.
Owner, stylist, and 22-year industry veteran Ray Caballero helms Casa R. Caballero Salon, Spa & Boutique with an eye for style and a preference for experienced team members. Ray's styling chairs are flanked by numerous beauty and wellness experts, including stylist 25-year veteran stylist Yolie Kelly, 15-year veteran massage therapist and master aesthetician Stacy Glass and 10-year veteran nail tech Mickie Trieu. Leveraging products from Lanza Healing Haircare, Pravana, Redken OPI, and Essie, team members assist clients in achieving their aesthetic aspirations with salon and spa services ranging from waxing to feather extensions to facials. They also keep the door open until as late as 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday to accommodate those who work, sleep, or sleepwork during the day.
Within every Salon Loft location resides a coterie of talented tendril-tamers, each stylist providing different services, styles, and prices. At the Carrollwood location, participating stylists perform stylized women's haircuts ($48), demineralizing treatments ($20), and 16th-century French librettos. Tyrone Square's Salon Loft features follicular artisans who provide women's ($50) and men's ($40) haircuts tailored to each client's special brand of thought-holder. Peruse the stylists' specialties and prices online and then book an appointment without ever touching a phone, carrier pigeon, or minivan-mounted megaphone.
The aestheticians at Blu Salon not only gussy up guests from head to toe with a range of beautifying services but also go the extra mile to ensure that clients are as relaxed as possible. After soothing skin and remedying epidermal maladies with glycolic peels and a variety of facials, the relaxation experts complement face-refurbishing treatments with shiatsu massages that catapult sore bodies onto cloud nine—or into the neighbor’s backyard jacuzzi. While clients yield their hands and feet to the skilled manicurist Shantel, they snuggle into a tension-taming massage chair and unload their stresses. After nail techs finish dolling up digits, they also can perform a foot massage upon request. The salon’s menu of services rounds out with eyebrow, lip, and forearm waxing as well as UV-tanning sessions.
As an advanced nail technician, Natalia does more than just trim, file, and polish nails. She can completely revitalize fingers and toes with a variety of services and European-style enhancements. Sculptured acrylic extensions, for example, add dramatic length while maintaining a natural look. Natalia's nail art, meanwhile, allows visitors to personalize their nails with Swarovski crystals, 3D designs, or miniature portraits of former Secretaries of Education. Of course, Natalia also performs classic mani-pedi treatments, although she places nearly as much emphasis on comfort as creativity, treating hands and feet to herbal baths, hot towel applications, and gentle foot and leg massages.