At the age of 11, Peggy Newlan began sculpting her mother's hair into beehives and french twists. She practiced on friends and family members, her fingers becoming more and more adept as she styled manes and picked locks. Despite her innate talent for hairstyling, Newlan pursued a career in accounting and banking. Eventually, she returned to her true calling, joined ooh la la Salon, and purchased the company in 2003.
Newlan now leads a team of stylists, as well as a massage therapist and a skincare expert who is an educator at Florida Academy. The beauty specialists perform a variety of services, from cuts, highlights, and ionic hair straightening to nailcare and spa services such as facials, massages, waxes, and spray tans.
Le Bijou Salon & Spa helps clients find inner tranquility while enhancing their exteriors. The salon’s stylists shear tresses into new ‘dos and alter colors in front of gold-framed mirrors. Aestheticians perform facial treatments with seaweed and essential oils, customizing products to banish crow’s feet or renew cheeks worn out from communing with puffer fish. They also lavish hands and feet with spa treatments and wax away unwanted fuzz from any area—even ears. Meanwhile, the spa’s massage therapists invite aching bodies into private treatment rooms, where they knead muscles in modalities that range from prenatal to craniosacral.
To earn the title of stylist at Bruce Todd Salon, all team members must complete one year of advanced in-house training. Schooling does not end there, as each stylist must participate in continued education to stay current with industry trends and celebrity poodle fads. The rigorously tested stylists craft vibrant styles with high-end Goldwell color products, and finish said styles with equally top-notch products by KMS California. In addition to hair services, the salon also offers waxing and nail care.
An acupuncture physician and two massage therapists have joined forces to help clients find relief from pain. Their treatments alleviate muscle spasms, arthritis, gastrointestinal issues, and allergies. The team also helps resolve emotional difficulties, such as insomnia, depression, and anxiety.
It isn’t the nature of Our Salon’s beauty pros to merely chop hair and file nails. Rather, they consider themselves something of artists. Stylists alter hair’s texture with keratin smoothing treatments and pack on eye-catching glimmer with highlights or crystals. Nail techs treat each nail as if it is a tiny canvas. On top of candy-cane prints and glittery polish they top fingers with gel color—a special formula that resists chips for up to two weeks of normal wear or one attempt at petting a piranha.