Barber tools are not toys. But even as a child, Dennis Marquez couldn’t resist playing with his father's set of barber tools in the attic, as he told Wellington the Magazine in 2008. This early admiration led Dennis to train at many prestigious hair schools including Vidal Sassoon in London. More than 35 years ago, Dennis and his wife, Kristina, opened the first Pizzazz Hair Design. The venture succeeded: their business has grown to include five separate salons, many of which have gained praise from NBC 5. Each salon’s stylists, armed with Redken and GKhair products, consult with men, women, teens, and children before revamping their manes with cuts, foil highlights, and hair-smoothing treatments. At the adjoining spas in three of the five salons, technicians paint nails with OPI polishes and cleanse skin with botanical-based Pevonia products.
To stay up to date on current hair trends, each salon's beauticians attend continuing-education courses and dissolve fashion magazines older than three months in jars of barbicide. The Pizzazz team also gives back to the community by donating a portion of salon proceeds to the Adopt-A-Family organization.
Inside of her Kekki Chiropractic clinic, Dr. Tanya Kekki operates a smaller office that specializes solely in laser and skincare treatments. Experienced laser technicians use the filtered beam of the Palomar pulsed-light system to bust up follicles at their roots. Every treatment begins with a free initial consultation that lets techs give an expert opinion as to the effectiveness of the process for you, as well as answer any questions or taffy-wrapper riddles.
In addition to smoothing skin, they happily polish and nurture faces. Using Neova skin care products and chemical peels, they tailor treatments to specific skin complaints. They also harness the Palomar laser's IPL technology which, when applied to faces, décolletage, and arms, can erase sun and age spots, smooth uneven pigmentation, reduce the signs of visible veins, and scan for dormant superpowers.
It looks more like a home than a clinic—travel up the brick walkway and past the hedges and you'll come to a large house decorated and furnished like the living space of a family with a taste for flowers and contemporary furniture. But that domestic air vanishes the second you glimpse the center's high-tech equipment, which ranges from a Beautiful Image microcurrent machine for spot-treating cellulite to a Candela GentleLASE laser for removing hair and vascular lesions. Because these machines, like a shower's hot tap, should only be operated by medical professionals, Dr. David Priscal and a staff of certified technicians run the clinic. These staffers, certified in such medical fields as nursing and electrology, also deliver Dermalogica facials and permanent-makeup procedures for eyes and lips.
Helmed by Ellen Lillian, a master barber with more than three decades of experience, The Old Fashioned Barber Shop strives to return community and camaraderie to haircuts through traditional barbering. After moving the shop from its original outpost in New York, Lillian and her team of barbers and stylists swiftly went to work bestowing their specialization of flat tops, shaves, and beard trims on the Sunshine State, though their service menu also features cuts and colors for women. The traditional red, white, and blue pole spins outside, while inside, the space beams with the gloss of bulky leather barber chairs and the smiles of patrons enjoying complimentary beverages and lessons on how to use left-handed scissors.
A bilingual skincare specialist who prides herself on providing individualized services for men, women, and teens, Tatiana Russo couples her experience with an armory of high-tech gadgets designed to foster smooth, blemish-free skin. Tools, such as the Beautiful Image micro-current machine, help sagging facial skin regain lost tone without surgery, and the Revitalight LED light-therapy system targets fine lines and wrinkles and helps to boost collagen production. Medical-grade products from lines such as PCA Skin also feature prominently into her treatments, which include facials and peels that sweep away signs of aging and discoloration.
Connie spent a good portion of her career focused on looking flawless, working as a model and television actress in New York City. But once she embarked on a cosmetology career, she started dedicating her energy toward making others look flawless, too. Connie managed a number of salons in New York before making the move to Florida, where she opened Illusions Spa & Salon. Connie helps beautify her clients with a number of services, including facials, hair treatments, and Cavi-Lipo treatments.