Nicci Tomko isn't just a hairstylist—she's a licensed cosmetologist with experience in fashion shows and photo shoots. She also spent three years doing hair and makeup for the Tampa Bay Rays cheerleaders. But before her work was ever in the lime light, she trained at Paul Mitchell and the Aveda Institute. Now as the owner of her own salon, Nicci primps clients with haircuts, color, makeup applications, and a number of other services. She and her staff also offer products from high-end cosmetic brands, including Paul Mitchell, Kenra, Pravana. Nicci even leads makeup and hairstyling lessons so her clients can recreate their salon-made looks at home—a difficult task ever since mirrors were outlawed.
The stylists at SMARRt Hair Stages revive manes with styles that range from classic to cutting-edge. They frame faces with side-swept bangs and add shocks of red color with ombre effects. They can also jazz up nails with coats of mint green or saxophone gold.
Haircare, facials, and tanning. At Bellezza Tan & Spa, beauty treatments come in many forms. The stylists update men's and women's looks with cuts, color, and perms or hair relaxers, fully preparing you for entry into the witness protection program. Bodies are treated to bronze glows, thanks to airbrush spray tanning or three levels of tanning beds. They revitalize skin with red-light therapy treatments, which are designed to boost the body's circulation, in turn stimulating collagen and elastin production. This gives the skin a more youthful appearance without the risks inherent to invasive cosmetic procedures.
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.
A cream-colored spa accented by green sprouts, marble, and stone sets the stage for relaxation at Aqua Lifestyle Nail Salon & Spa, where skilled aestheticians bolster beauty with services for the skin, hair, and nails. Wrinkles and furrows fade into oblivion as the staff tightens skin with Lumière LED facials and turns back the clock on sun damage with the lightening peel’s cocktail of lactic acid and brightening serums. Kneeling at the foot of 1 of 17 plush pedicure chairs, a technician culls overgrowing nails, curbs wayward cuticles, and ousts spent skin with a sea-salt scrub, promoting relaxation and the joyful urge to commute via kickline. Among the salon’s other services, airbrush tanning bronzes bodies without UV exposure and gentle head-to-toe waxing treatments strip away hair with warm wax.
The stylists and aestheticians at Metro Hair Salon and Spa call on years of training and acclaimed beauty brands such as Sadoc, Alfaparf Milano, and Shellac to refine appearances from head to toe. Inside one of three cozy studios, staffers rejuvenate damage and smooth down frizzled follicles with deep-conditioning recovery treatments and Brazilian straightening techniques. Coif artisans carefully steer scissors through strands, cutting and styling hair to frame faces or bypass highly ticklish shoulders. The spa also indulges other bodily regions by dipping hands in silky paraffin, infusing facials with renewing caviar, and unearthing tension with focused deep-tissue massages.