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.
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.
Abby Couture Boutique Salon’s bold, art-lined walls and modern décor entertain eyes while stylists revamp 'dos with a range of treatments. Wielding high-end products from such brands as Davines, stylists first wash away dirt, oil, and confetti from New Year’s Eve 2003 from strands before engaging in a snip session to create fashionable coifs. Clients can then elect to alter their hue with a single-process color using Goldwell products, or add dimension and subtle shimmer to tresses with partial highlights. A blow-dry and style sets locks into shiny formation, readying them for nights on the town or repeated, showstopping entrances at work via a revolving door.
Since 1988, Philip Alastra and his team of tress trimmers have been rejuvenating head covers with a variety of salon services. Patrons sink into salon chairs as savvy stylists move fingers through their locks, scrubbing scalps with shampoo to remove oil, grime, and incriminating party confetti. Then the professional mane tamer infuses tresses with a deep-conditioning treatment before evening out layers and trimming dead ends. A salon style completes the visit, whipping strands into street-ready shape.
Total Image Salon & Spa Oasis’s staff cossets clients’ bodies with a smorgasbord of scrubs, masks, and detox treatments that can help soften skin and prep pores for nutrient absorption. During the mineral salt scrub, beauty mavens rub bodies with a blend of mineral-laden sea salts, seaweed, natural oils, and botanical extracts to cleanse and exfoliate the skin, letting inner youthfulness and the pyramids of long-lost epidermal civilizations shine through. The gentler body-foliation therapy aims to soothe away dead cells, sunspots, and hyperpigmentation with a soft scrub of oatmeal and rice-bran powders. Pro pamperers ensconce clients in a warming wrap of tea-infused natural clays during the sea-mud therapy to help suck out toxins, stimulate circulation, and induce sympathy with golems.
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.