Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lewis Obi of Renaissance Center for Cosmetic Renewal has assembled a staff dedicated to the artistry of beauty-enhancing therapies. A Jacksonville native, Dr. Obi served in the United States Marine Corps and graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a pharmacy degree. He then continued his medical education at the University of Miami, where his medical thesis was published in the international magazine Medical World News.
Dr. Obi performs myriad plastic-surgery procedures such as face-lifts, tummy tucks, and liposuction, as well as minimally and noninvasive laser procedures ranging from skin tightening to laser hair removal. He and his technicians also perform facial cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and photofacial treatments that aim to treat a variety of skin types and ailments, such as rosacea, sun damage, and Sharpie unibrows.
The stylists at Harmony Salon balance outer beauty with inner peace, adhering to owner Leo's belief that true allure radiates outward. Between the soothing sea-green and white walls of the salon, stylists draw out each client's inner chic with hair, nail, and waxing services. Treated with Alfaparf Milano and Coppola hair products, strands lose their split ends in exchange for vibrant color and shine, which can be purchased from rainbows using bags of hair. Creative pampering sessions for feet include the fruit-smoothie-bath pedicure and Leo's Volcanic pedicure, which leaves toes hot enough to melt clogs into stylish open-toe shoes.
The certified professionals at Bella Esthetique take on the endeavor of unwinding overly tense bodies and beautifying human hides in a modern-day cabana tranquilized with zen décor. Aestheticians halt Father Time's wrinkling rampage with personalized facials, Botox treatments, and Pevonia Botanica products that infuse skin with youthful fervor. The salon also caters to below-the-neck needs with custom spray tans, waxing or laser hair-removal treatments and massages that relieve aches caused by sleeping in dollhouse guest rooms. Soothing colors surround clients inside the peaceful oasis, complete with tree murals and treatment rooms doused in cool blue tones.
Each of Imagine You New's skincare specialists brings at least 10 years of experience to the spa's treatment tables. Still, they refuse to rely solely on their own experience when crafting custom treatments for new clients. Every facial or waxing service begins with an informal consultation, during which the aestheticians select products designed for the client's individual skin type or condition. Their collection of such products is extensive; professional DermaQuest formulas exfoliate and cleanse pores during facial treatments, OPI polishes add a glossy sheen to nails, and Jane Iredale mineral makeups imbue cheeks with a radiant glow. Imagine You New's free WiFi gives guests the chance to show off their new look on a social-networking site or research why their body makes a mechanical hissing sound when pressed on during a deep-tissue massage.
A passion for creative hairstyling brought Tony Woodley, owner of Shine Salon, from London's Oxford Street to Orlando's Park Lake Street. The story of his journey, however, isn’t quite as simple as that. After sweeping floors as a 15 year old at Andre Bernard’s flagship salon, he apprenticed at John Frieda’s salon and continued to grow as a stylist. His obvious skills led to jobs at magazine photo shoots and finally to the fashion capital of New York City. Frustrated with the lack of truly creative opportunities in the U.S., Tony took matters into his own hands, moved to Florida, and started a salon that he could call his very own.
Since opening, Shine Salon has made a name for itself as a haven for creative hair design. Tony and his staff continue to pride themselves on creating flattering cuts and coloring treatments for any number of occasions. Their concern for beauty doesn’t stop at the scalp; the team's aesthetician doles out facials and waxing services that leave skin smooth and nourished, and a nail tech moisturizes hands and feet before painting nails with highly detailed maps of local bus lines.
Rossie Nail Tech Salon's friendly team of technicians beautifies hair, hands, and feet with well-honed techniques and a specialty line of nail and hair products at a new location. Once nails are filed and freed from scraggly cuticles, daubs of traditional or Shellac polishes coat digits in vibrant, long-lasting color. Natural nails longing for length turn to acrylics, whose sturdy square or rounded edges adorn hands with white french tips, tiny inset jewels, and other embellishments. Each staffer calls on an arsenal of professional-grade tools, which are sterilized using the same autoclave technology used on medical instruments to ensure equipment is spic, span, and up to date on Doogie Howser, M.D. plotlines. On their way out the door, clients can pick up a bottle of Rossie Nail Tech Salon's specialty line of hardening topcoats, which are imbued with ingredients such as garlic oil and collagen, or grab bottles of shampoo and conditioner formulated to nurture hair before and after keratin treatments.