Clients often linger at the Mens Dept. Barbershop, even well after their haircuts and shaves come to a close. The shop functions much like a clubhouse for grown-ups, with dart boards, a pool table, and leather couches set in front of an HD TV. The staff keeps beer on tap, or it can mix up root beer floats for younger visitors (or the young at heart). Indeed, the barbershop serves as an ideal place to watch a game or play some cards, but the most important events still happen at its 10 barber chairs, which are split into two separate rooms and parallel dimensions. For a signature cut, barbers shampoo and massage the scalp before cutting hair and shaving the neckline for good measure—complete with a hot-towel treatment to melt away any tension. The team's expertise in getting rid of hair also extends to four levels of shaving services as well as facial and body waxing.
With a background in pediatrics and nearly 30 years in practice, medical director Dr. Sheryl Haynes added aesthetic and laser therapies to her rich resumé following her move to Florida in 1981. Along with Dr. Robby Rockets, medical aesthetician Noelle Krauth, and licensed massage therapist Sheryl Merz, Dr. Haynes maintains a relaxing atmosphere––complete with verdant plants and cozy massage tables––where clients can indulge in a variety of medical and clinical services. Weight-loss programs aid participants in shedding unwanted pounds, and photofacials tackle irregular skin texture, acne scars, and skin damaged from bathing in the actual sun.
Continuing an enterprise as old as the historical 1950s building it calls home, Salon 314's multifaceted stylists add drama to tresses with custom haircuts and non-ammonia coloring services. The salon's space blends modern and retro décor and washes guests in neutral colors as they enter, immediately followed by staffers offering to wash palates in complimentary beverages, such as tea, coffee, and soda. Stylists begin appointments with verbal consultations, and then employ their own special techniques as they color and sculpt a variety of hair types into 'dos suited to clients' tastes and apply bleach highlights with foil to turn hair into landing beacons for tossed hats and migrating butterflies.
Ridding unwanted hair from clients' bodies since 1975, the skincare specialists at European Wax Center have had plenty of time to perfect the four-step waxing process. First, a specialist cleanses the skin and layers it with pre-wax oil so the wax adheres to the hair and not the skin. Next, the specialist applies exclusive EWC Comfort Wax crafted in Paris from beeswax, which is gentler to the skin than traditional wax or wax made from ground-up rocks. Finally, after the hair has been removed, a rejuvenation product is applied to freshly waxed areas, leaving behind soft, silky-smooth skin.
With such a talented staff, Largo Salon & Spa has split the team in two experience levels. Regular and master stylists unleash Redken and Scruples products during haircuts and coloring services. They also twist hair into updos, french braids, and pretzel knots. Standard and master wax techs tend to face and body fuzz, and master techs blast through acne and oil with facials.
Heather's Day Spa's owner and licensed aesthetician Heather Ann Sakelariou has been committed to the beauty of the Tampa area for more than 20 years. After graduating from the Elite Skin Academy she armed viewers of WTSP Channel 10 News with beauty tips in her segment Heather Ann's Eye on Your Appearance. In time she deepened her commitment by opening her spa and formulating her own line of beauty products.
When not busy maintaining her cosmetics, she spends her days pampering pelts with various skin services. From facials for men and women to body treatments such as the Hawaiian-salt body-glow scrub, she strives to nourish and heal skin. Heather also uses her knowledge to expand the beauty community, leading makeup lessons that teach women how to amplify their natural features without using a highlighter or attaching brightly colored arrows to their heads.