From the soft pillows on the wicker furniture to the luxurious drapes that conceal private treatment rooms, April Beauty Time and Health Spa is clearly a place intended for relaxation—for guests. The spa's aestheticians, however, are models of productive activity, working to beautify clients' faces and skin with waxing and skincare services or to rid bodies of excess fat cells with contouring treatments.
When he sees a problem, Pasquale DeVito fixes it?even if that means he has to reinvent scissors. Frustrated by the overthinning, cuticle-damaging effects of normal shears, DeVito drew on his more than 20 years of hairstyling experience to create the Intext Shears. These blades cut strands slowly and with more control while also maintaining the cuticle?s integrity. DeVito employs the shears himself at DeVicci Salon, which he launched with Amanda Insua. There, amid sleek black-and-white decor brightened by blue and purple lighting, DeVito and his team shape both classic and modern ?dos that flatter faces whether they?re oval, heart shaped, or octagonal.
At The Atelier, staffers pamper customers' hair, skin, and nails with premium, often organic products as their guests sink into comfy salon chairs. Nail techs brighten nails with OPI and Essie polishes, and premium add-ons, such as a mineral clay mask or chocolate-shea-butter scrub, transform mani-pedis into luxurious spa experiences. The aestheticians use organic Image products during facials and use seaweed during detoxifying body wraps or mermaid-lookalike contests.
At Becoming New, a diverse team of licensed cosmeticians, a paramedical esthetician, a massage therapist, and nail technicians enhance appearances with modern technology. The experts shy away from invasive surgery and instead employ ultrasonic technology to target fat deposits and ultherapy to sculpt arms and necks. The spa’s arsenal also includes detoxifying and slimming body wraps, as well as chemical peels that help erase fine lines and other signs of aging. For gentler rejuvenation, skin experts treat pores to blueberry and champagne facials. The staff add the finishing touches to appearances with permanent hair removal and manicures that brighten nails with CND Shellac and Gelish polish, which resist chipping even while slapping a rude statue.
For 15 years, Permanent Makeup of Tampa Bay owner Kathryn Abbey honed her aesthetic sensibilities as a working artist. Now, Abbey brings her keen eye and steady hand to permanent-makeup application and recruits only the most experienced permanent-makeup technicians to her salon’s ranks. Staff usher clients into private treatment rooms enlivened by black-and-white rococo wallpaper and opulent chandeliers. There, technicians draw upon sterile equipment and one-use needles to give facial features definition that won’t smudge or smear when singing in the rain.
After nearly two decades of styling hair in Tampa Bay, Siggy still looks forward to arriving at her salon each morning. The passion that initially drew her to the beauty industry—helping people feel great about how they look—stays with her to this day.
Luckily, Siggy’s skilled salon team shares her passion. Siggy clips hair into flattering styles, and nail technician Ana Domenech beautifies hands and feet with soothing manicures and pedicures. Ana embodies the salon’s signature sense of warmth, welcoming each of her clients with a smile before gently removing the sock puppets from their fingers and setting to work on their nails.
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.