Erhan Sakaoglu and Ali Batibay had two things in common: Turkish heritage and the dream of opening a hair salon. They became fast friends and supported each other as they forged separate career paths in America. Batibay built his client base as a hairstylist while Sakaoglu went to law school and became an attorney, but found his passion for the beauty industry irrepressible. The duo finally made their dream a reality by launching Studio 34.
They assembled a team of European stylists who use a European-inspired, proprietary technique to cut hair and transform looks with color, foils, extensions, and relaxers. A skincare specialist performs nonsurgical facelifts, addressing facial skin loosened by aging or repeated bungee jumping. The crew also offers nailcare, waxing, and makeup services. As noted by Skip Sheffield in the Coastal Star, the salon offered complimentary makeovers in 2009 to wives of military personnel as a way to give back to the community.
All the clients who walk in the door leave with stylish dos that not only reflect their personality but complement their facial features, natural hair texture, and lifestyle. With their emphasis on customer service, stylists make sure to start appointments with a thorough consultation to determine each client’s desired look and daily maintenance routine. Then, the stylists get to work giving precision cuts, changing hues with hair dyes, and finishing styles with a selection of products.
The team can also perform more dramatic transformations with specialty services such as applying hair extensions, hair-smoothing treatments with thermal reconditioning, and vibrant highlights with a unique ombre technique.
An orchestra of humming blow dryers welcomes guests into FlyDry Blowdry Bar, where expertly trained staffers enhance hairs via a menu of blowouts, mini manicures, custom makeup applications, and relaxing neck massages. FlyDry’s signature Flight Plan blowouts start with a scalp massage and shampoo, and include the Runway blowout, which produces sleek, pin-straight locks and the Round Trip blowout that results in bouncy, defined curls that rival the cute little tails of Shirley Temple’s pet piglets.
Men can find a style sanctum inside Lanzetta's retro barbershop, which puts a modern twist on the classic shop with wide, leather-bound barber chairs and a nostalgic barber pole rotating in the window. Minimal styling makes for a more contemporary setting with the ambiance of a cigar bar—sleek leather chairs circle around a rustic wood coffee table where patrons can kick back and watch TV before severing stubble with a straight-razor shave or keeping locks trimmed with a traditional scissor haircut.
The color specialists and master barbers at Serenity Styles mollycoddle strands inside a calm salon space marked by earth-toned walls and cushy brown leather couches. Like a city planner with a vendetta against cul-de-sacs, the stylists’ nimble shears remove dead ends before moving on to beautifying the whole head. Redken products power a number of treatments, augmenting specialty services such as facial waxing and updos for weddings, dances, and beekeeping conventions.