When Giovanni and Diana Manzano founded Sol? Spa Wellness Center in 2007, they chose to focus on services that rejuvenated their clients physically as well as emotionally. They also chose to honor Giovanni's mother?Sol? Manzano, a victim of breast cancer?by gracing the spa with her name. The haven of relaxation they've built blends contemporary touches with Asian-themed d?cor. Instead of relying on a throng of fireflies, the studio creates a warm atmosphere by filling rooms with earthy tones and the calming glow emanating from hanging lights.
Although waxing is their specialty, the aestheticians' body treatments?including a full-body sugar glow with imported sugar cane, tropical nut oils, and fruit enzymes?also helped to earn the spa a place on Jacksonville Magazine's Best of Jacksonville list in 2011, 2012, as well as best day spa of 2013 by Void Magazine. Manually applied airbrush tans imbue skin with a rich, sun-kissed hue that can last as long as seven days, much like a citywide game of hide-and-seek. Facials similarly make skin glow by slathering cheekbones with vitamin-rich salves or seaweed masks. During massages, therapists can employ a number of modalities, customizing every treatment to address clients' needs with a combination of Swedish, deep tissue, or reflexology techniques.
Stylist Alena and skincare expert Natalia apply their international training to performing skin and hair services that use professional salon and spa products. Men stroll into the beach-themed salon for a customized haircut from Alena, who trims locks according to individual face shapes and the whispered longings of the clients’ top hats. Redken product accompanies the haircut and scalp massage, the gentle pressure of which eases clients into full-body relaxation. During the signature European facial, Natalia concocts a customized blend of essential oils and skin creams by Image, Beautiful Image, or Dermalogica to cleanse and exfoliate. An individualized facial mask follows, and Natalia massages the face, neck, shoulders, and arms to keep the upper body from going limp in protest in the middle of a trapeze act.
Picasso Day Spa & Salon takes its name from salon founder David Manaute's favorite artist. In many ways, the stylists channel the painting paragon by treating their clients as though they were canvases, using haircuts, color, waxing, and airbrush tanning to achieve an artistic personal aesthetic. The team makes its process collaborative, though, soliciting input from clients when coming up with a style, unlike Picasso—he pretended not to hear the things his canvases said. Their services take place in a building as equally beautiful as the custom looks they craft for clients. The spa's decor showcases a European atmosphere, and reproductions of Picasso's artwork hang on the walls.