A refreshing breeze off Dorset Lake fills Backstage Salon and Spa, where clients relax during a variety of salon and spa services. Hair procedures range from simple cuts for men, women, and children to more complicated services, such as organic keratin treatments, dimensional color, and relaxers. Spa services include long-lasting Shellac manicures, eyebrow waxing, and facials that cleanse and hydrate faces better than dunking them in buckets filled with soapy water.
Nichole Bardes uses products from Redken and Pravana during hairstyling services that include cuts, color, and deep conditioning. She also smoothens frizz and straightens curls with Global Keratin treatments. Nichole isn't just a friend to hair—she also removes unwanted strands on the face and under the arms with warm wax that pulls follicles from the root.
Fifteen years ago, Richard Santana leapt into the hairstyling industry when he began an apprenticeship at one of Atlanta's largest high-end salons. From there, he moved back home to Tampa, graduated from hair school, and became a Redken Master Specialist and a member of the Redken Performing Artist team, where his duties included educating others on the use of Redken products through interpretive dance. Today, he plies his trade at RTS Hair, where he has impressed clients with his specialty work in hair design, color, and keratin treatments, as well as age-appropriate cuts for kids.
A painter at heart, Crystal Leigh Wood has adopted hair as her art, with Paul Mitchell color being her primary medium. She coats locks in vivid hues, streaks strands with highlights, and tints manes in varying shades of blond. Painting hair in rich shades of color isn't her only skill, though. Crystal sharpened her shears at the Paul Mitchell the School Tampa, where she learned to fashion stylish coifs for men, women, and children. The school also honed her expertise with Paul Mitchell products, including the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger line, which she uses to add softness and shine to her palette.