Stepping through the door of 1160 Hair is like tiptoeing into another dimension. Pink cherry blossoms hang from the ceiling in defiance of the physics of the real world, and a big-eyed girl and the Mad Hatter peer from swirling paintings on the wall.
Owner Wendy Kahn envisioned her salon as a fairytale-like experience, a whimsical place where aesthetic fantasies become reality with hair care, facials, and mani-pedis. Today, she presides over a salon that indeed looks plucked straight from Alice in Wonderland or a Tim Burton film. Depending on what room guests are in, they'll experience a different aesthetic. In the manicure area, pink velvet seats slide up to black-and-gold tables. In the shampoo room, with artificial-turf floors, a plastic trophy moose head watches from the wall above chairs that are the bright red of a fire truck discovering a “kick me” note on its back. In the salon area, clients sit in white leather chairs in front of gilded antique mirrors, donning leather-print smocks to protect their clothing from errant hairs.
Just as its name promises, Xtension Xpress is dedicated to quickly giving guests longer, fuller locks. After purchasing top-quality hair in-store or turning locks they brought with them, patrons sit back as double-track installation weaves extra strands into hair. The salon's custom extension procedure outfits customers with their extensions as quickly and efficiently as possible, like April Fool's day at the DMV. Other coiffure-boosting services include feather extensions, perms, and trims that clean up 'dos.
Cosmetologist Marie Charles brings more than 20 years of experience in the beauty and fashion industry to her salon, Marie Hair Designs. In addition to working for top fashion names, such as Chanel and Armani, she’s perfected looks for styling shows across South Florida at Neiman Marcus and Saks. Tapping into this vast knowledge base, she beautifies her clients with everything from cuts and styles to hair-extension weaves and keratin straightening treatments.
When she was young, Michelle's mother taught her that pursuing dreams is the only way to find true happiness. That’s why her mother moved the family from Puerto Rico to Florida, and why today, after a detour through medical school, she runs her own day spa. Among the salon’s scents of lavender and candles, she and her staff give clients individual attention during L’Oréal scalp-renewal treatments, all-over blonding processes, and Brazilian straightening treatments. They also accommodate guests seeking complete makeovers with makeup applications, facial waxing, and lash extensions.
Upon entering Robar Beauty Salon & Spa, a visitor might first notice the recently remodeled interior, splashes of canary yellow or vibrant fuchsia, or the smell of organic hair products wafting through the air. But owner William Robar—an industry veteran of almost 40 years—remembers his salad days in less prosperous locations. His first salon "was so busy I didn't know where to put the people!" he laughs, recalling its cramped layout. His clientele ranged from street criminals to drug dealers. "In those days it was wild. Every walk of life came into my salon."
Now a sought-after celebrity stylist, William has clipped and styled famous hair for Frank Sinatra, Barbara Walters, and President Bill Clinton, who needed a trim before delivering a presidential speech. Inside his upscale salon, William and his team of certified stylists use their fashion instincts and mastery of the sibilant scissor language to team up with shears and craft elegant coifs for men, women, and children.