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.
At Go Bare! a team of veteran aestheticians elevate their range of traditional spa and waxing services with a carefully curated collection of skincare products made both locally and around the globe. Their Belgian waxes are triple-filtered and infused with zinc and titanium dioxide to minimize redness after hair-removal sessions. For skin nourishment, aestheticians use a physician-developed line of epidermal elixirs hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, where they're made with vitamins and antioxidants. Locally made creams, meanwhile, boast 100% organic blends of mint and chocolate, or vanilla and honey, and are painted across freshly waxed skinscapes to soothe the aches that follow follicular uprooting.
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.
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.
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.
A licensed aesthetician and the owner of Coral Cove Spa, Jill Johnston loves to help her clients feel relaxed and pampered. At her soothing full-service skincare spa, she offers indulgent facials and microdermabrasion treatments, along with chemical peels, facial waxing, scalp treatments, and foot massages. Clients can also visit the spa for reiki sessions, a form of healing energy therapy. Jill has been making spa-goers' skin and auras glow for more than 17 years.