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.
Fifteen years ago, Richard Santana leapt into the hairstyling industry when he began an apprenticeship at one of Atlanta's largest high-end salons. From there, he moved back home to Tampa, graduated from hair school, and became a Redken Master Specialist and a member of the Redken Performing Artist team, where his duties included educating others on the use of Redken products through interpretive dance. Today, he plies his trade at RTS Hair, where he has impressed clients with his specialty work in hair design, color, and keratin treatments, as well as age-appropriate cuts for kids.
A painter at heart, Crystal Leigh Wood has adopted hair as her art, with Paul Mitchell color being her primary medium. She coats locks in vivid hues, streaks strands with highlights, and tints manes in varying shades of blond. Painting hair in rich shades of color isn't her only skill, though. Crystal sharpened her shears at the Paul Mitchell the School Tampa, where she learned to fashion stylish coifs for men, women, and children. The school also honed her expertise with Paul Mitchell products, including the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger line, which she uses to add softness and shine to her palette.
Antoinette "Ditto" Soares has been in the beauty industry for more than 16 years, working as a master stylist at salons in New York and Florida before opening up her own studio. The cheerful hairdresser prides herself in the individual attention she provides her clients, making sure to take time before every appointment to discuss desired outcomes and determine flattering styles. Within the sunlit Kutz-N-Kurlz Salon, Antoinette extends her expertise toward a variety of salon services, including haircuts, extensions, and smoothing keratin treatments.
Dream Weave Hair Gallery's name clearly identifies its speciality.The salon offers more than a dozen techniques for applying hair extensions and weaves. However, Falon, who helms the salon, takes pride in educating her clients on the looks that best suit their faces and how to keep hair healthy, regardless of if they have a weave, chemically treated hair, or natural hair. As a result, the salon provides services including Dominican blowouts, relaxers, and roller sets.
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.