The hair artistry emerging from the cool, modernistic walls of Salon Bongini looks like it belongs in a picture. That's because seasoned salon owner and expert stylist Joel Bongini's work has appeared in top fashion magazines and on international runways. Bongini honed his skills at prestigious salons in New York and Los Angeles, and after a career in film and television, he decided to make the Sunshine State his home.
Bongini has assembled a talented team of stylists who can transform looks with razor cuts, highlights, blowouts, or hair extensions. The crew vivifies hues and softens strands with products such as Goldwell color and Moroccanoil, and also offers mani-pedis, waxing services, and poolside massages for stressed-out mermaids. The sleek white and silver salon cultivates an upscale vibe with hints of color from red and yellow paintings and orange chairs.
Those looking for Las Olas Barbershop need only look for the striped Padair barber pole, which has been spinning out front for generations. Made in the year 1948, it’s emblematic of the longevity of the shop, which first opened on Las Olas Boulevard in 1951 and was helmed by the same man—Ben "The Barber" Adamo—for more than 46 years. Though Ben has since passed, the traditions set down by the old-school barber are continued by current owner David Quinn, who takes care to ensure his third-generation customers receive the same quality service as their fathers and grandfathers before them. He's also taken great pains to revamp the aging hub—which he described as "a piece of history on the boulevard," to Go Riverwalk writer Kevin Lane—while respecting its legacy and character.
Today, though the wood floors and paint colors have been updated, guests can still see Ben's familiar photo and prized golf club hanging around. Upgrades have included barber cabinets and chrome-and-porcelain Paidar barber chairs dating back to the 1930s, which add authenticity to the shop's vintage aesthetic and nightly jitterbug marathons. And while the new generation of barbers continues to dole out the shop's signature shave-and-a-haircut service, they now also cater to women and kids and have even added manicures to the menu.
Beauty experts at 2 Blond Salon use professional techniques to color, cut, and style hair and apply makeup. Their treatments transpire in an airy salon with a white interior that's accented with brightly hued lime-flavored and orange walls. Sunlight pours in through floor-to-ceiling windows, which usher in views of the neighboring meadow's broad, green expanse.
Peering into ritzy, gold-framed mirrors, clients at Hair Las Olas can watch stylists as they turn envisioned hairstyles into reality. The long-open salon specializes in traditional hair care for men, women, and children. Their services range from highlights and updos to clipper cuts and beard trims to keratin treatments, which transform frizzy hair into a sleek, manageable mane for up to five months.
Since 1978, Billy Sullo Salon has invited both men and women into its chic confines for a range of hair and skin services. In the salon, stylists twirl around pearl-colored styling chairs, as they snip off split ends, ribbon strands with highlights, and mask grays with full color treatments.
Devone of Hair by Devone transforms overgrown or out-of-style hairdos with a full range of services designed to help clients enhance their personal style. Her specialties include keratin straightening, men’s fades, and blowouts that can turn hair smoother than a sax player’s chest cough. She also offers hair-coloring services and features products by Framesi, Matrix, and Sexy Hair.