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.
Since 1988, Philip Alastra and his team of skin-savvy aestheticians have been rejuvenating visages with soothing European facials. A thorough cleansing preps faces for a conditioning mask customized to skin's specific ailments, working to diminish signs of acne, fine lines, or late-night pie-eating contests. The treatment works by plunging deep into pores to unclog them of complexion-destroying pollutants before a rich moisturizer infuses parched epidermises with much-needed hydration. The spa treatment helps refresh and enliven dull complexions while relieving tension accrued from working long hours, raising a family, or waging real-estate disputes with local rams.
Fishtail braids, cascading waves, and delicate updos are just a few of the looks that the stylists at JM Hair Design & Co. at Salon 1 Studios have perfected. They cut, color, and style hair, and they smooth away frizz with Brazilian blowouts and keratin treatments. In addition to hairstylists, makeup artists are on hand to ready clients for special events, applying blush for weddings and attaching eyelash extensions for nights out.
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.
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.
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.
Salon Mikimoto's Nova-certified owner, Abby Yuen, helms a team of beautifiers versed in hair, makeup, skincare, and cosmetic services and therapists who deliver care packages of stress reduction via Swedish massage. Each stylist draws on at least 10 years of tress-trimming experience to perform standard mane makeovers, color treatments, and keratin straightening procedures using products such as Goldwell and Moroccanoil. Clients can gussy up phalanges or reward dexterous robots with mani-pedis and paraffin hand treatments, or submit facial canvases for skin artistry, including airbrush- and bridal-makeup applications, microdermabrasion treatments, and facials. For stare-worthy peepers, a certified NovaLash eyelash extensionist outfits lids with curvaceous lash sets. A complimentary valet service keeps restless vehicles from sneaking off to the nearby Carmine's Gourmet Market with the neighbor's scooter.