In Studio 14—one of Paradise’s many spaces occupied by an extensive roster of beauty-industry specialists—Tiffany Lifton tends to hair with a bountiful repertoire of salon services. As guests soak up the island-inspired decor and works from local artist Talin Johnson, Tiffany smoothes their locks with keratin treatments, reshapes their ’dos with precision cuts, and rejuvenates looks with hair-coloring services. Once they feel properly beautified, clients can re-energize at Paradise's café. There, organic coffee or lemonade pairs with culinary treats made by the café’s executive chef. Along with its daytime skin, body, and wellness services, Paradise Salon, Spa, & Cafe often hosts evening entertainment, including occasional karaoke nights.
All the clients who walk in the door leave with stylish dos that not only reflect their personality but complement their facial features, natural hair texture, and lifestyle. With their emphasis on customer service, stylists make sure to start appointments with a thorough consultation to determine each client’s desired look and daily maintenance routine. Then, the stylists get to work giving precision cuts, changing hues with hair dyes, and finishing styles with a selection of products.
The team can also perform more dramatic transformations with specialty services such as applying hair extensions, hair-smoothing treatments with thermal reconditioning, and vibrant highlights with a unique ombre technique.
Thirty years of beauty-industry experience inform the artistry of owner and creative director Alex Hussey, whose career launched at the world-famous Vidal Sassoon in London when he was just 15 years older than an infant. After honing expertise and skipping across the pond, Hussey established his Delray Beach retreat with the help of a roster of highly experienced stylists. Each cut, low-ammonia color, or retexturing treatment at Blush Salon begins with a personalized consultation, wherein the stylist soaks up important information regarding the client's fashion sense, lifestyle, and openness to change.
An orchestra of humming blow dryers welcomes guests into FlyDry Blowdry Bar, where expertly trained staffers enhance hairs via a menu of blowouts, mini manicures, custom makeup applications, and relaxing neck massages. FlyDry’s signature Flight Plan blowouts start with a scalp massage and shampoo, and include the Runway blowout, which produces sleek, pin-straight locks and the Round Trip blowout that results in bouncy, defined curls that rival the cute little tails of Shirley Temple’s pet piglets.
Men can find a style sanctum inside Lanzetta's retro barbershop, which puts a modern twist on the classic shop with wide, leather-bound barber chairs and a nostalgic barber pole rotating in the window. Minimal styling makes for a more contemporary setting with the ambiance of a cigar bar—sleek leather chairs circle around a rustic wood coffee table where patrons can kick back and watch TV before severing stubble with a straight-razor shave or keeping locks trimmed with a traditional scissor haircut.
The color specialists and master barbers at Serenity Styles mollycoddle strands inside a calm salon space marked by earth-toned walls and cushy brown leather couches. Like a city planner with a vendetta against cul-de-sacs, the stylists’ nimble shears remove dead ends before moving on to beautifying the whole head. Redken products power a number of treatments, augmenting specialty services such as facial waxing and updos for weddings, dances, and beekeeping conventions.