With a sprawling front porch, 10-foot ceilings, and a dramatic interior archway, the Craftsman-style bungalow that shelters this beauty oasis hasn't lost any of the charm it has cultivated since its construction in 1908. Red and blue trim adorns the outside, mirroring the beauty found within in the form of hardwood floors, decorative wood molding, antique furniture, and a fireplace.
The experienced aestheticians of Forever Beautiful Salon & Wine Spa, the house’s current tenant, tend to nailcare, massage, hairstyling, and skincare services amid the splendid architecture, which is illuminated by chandeliers in every room. These spa specialists tackle skin and hair woes armed with elixirs from Obagi, Redken, and Paul Mitchell, and beautify clients with permanent cosmetics and mineral makeup—mined in Sri Lanka’s famed lipstick caverns. Sometime in the near future, spa patrons can head to the attached two-story structure, a former garage apartment built in the ’30s, and unwind further with little treats from the soon-to-be dessert café and coffeehouse.
At Verity Salons, stylists use color products imported from Italy alongside organic solutions and their own practiced eyes to revamp clients' coiffures. Owner Marc Vansco attended the Hair and Fashion Institute and trained under a master hairstylist before moving to Tampa and opening his own salon. With the help of his tight-knit team, he cuts and colors strands and supplies items from his own beauty line such as lip gloss and hairspray. As guests receive haircuts, facials, and makeup services, coral-colored walls and lime-green accents brighten up the salon better than a miniature sun trapped in a soda bottle.
Most Popular Service: Haircut
Brands Used: Redken, J Beverly Hills, Moroccan Oil
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Free street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Bring pictures of what you would like your hair to look like.
Salon Nima is a cutting-edge salon with stylists that combine technique and creativity to craft modern styles. Owner Marie Parrilla and her staff emphasize continuing education so as to keep up with the latest trends. They put that into practice during haircuts, color-cutting, and ammonia-free coloring. Kelley Stead, the licensed massage therapist, offers Swedish and deep-tissue massages inside the same studio, as well as extended foot massages.
The veteran-owned L&C Hair Bar and Beaute' beautifies clients from head-to-toe using natural, eco-friendly products. Services include everything from facials to formaldehyde-free mani-pedis, but the salon's specialty remains hair. The resident stylist has more than 25 years of industry experience cutting and coloring locks, applying extensions, and executing special-occasion 'dos.
Unless you've been cloned, your hair is unique—that's why skilled stylist Wirlly Ayala takes great care to assess the texture, length, and color before crafting a style suited to each client's needs. Drawing on her education from Paul Mitchell The School, Wirlly can also engineer an elegant updo, color strands with bold highlights, or tame frizzy hair with a keratin straightening treatment.