Acaj Salon's collection of talented stylists stay up-to-date on the latest fashion and styling trends by sharpening their skills in quarterly continuing-education courses. Their commitment to learning manifests itself in flattering layers, bold highlights, and classic colors. Acaj is a departmentalized salon, which means people who specialize in giving haircuts give haircuts, people who specialize in color do color, and people who specialize in straightening straighten clients' ties as they get their hair cut. As the proverbial cherry on top, Acaj's staff provides a complimentary moisturizing conditioner treatment with each and every service.
Candice Holtzclaw is Candi the Barber, a stylist who specializes in cutting men's hair and traditional hot-towel shaves. At her private salon inside iStudio Salons in Maitland, she offers trims, clipper cuts, and luxurious shoulder and neck massages to clients, lavishing personal attention on each customer. Come in to have hair shampooed and clipped back into shape, then sit back to have a hot towel soften beard and neck hairs before they're expertly shaved off.
Master stylist and colorist Michael brings more than five years of experience to Hair Studio Salon, where he cuts and colors hair to bolster the beauty of his clients. A transplant from New York City, Michael uses Schwarzkopf products during his hair cutting, coloring, and conditioning services.
Full sets of acrylic nails. Deluxe pedicures that unfurl across a full, relaxing hour. OPI gel manicures that stay chip-free for weeks. These are just a few of the nailcare services administered by Angie Breedwell inside her cozy studio space, which features a comfy leather pedicure chair and verdant plants. In addition to buffing nails to a high shine and moisturizing dry cuticles, she will include the customer’s choice of American- or French-style nail painting with any service, depending on which language cuticles speak.
When you’ve been styling hair for more than 35 years, it can be easy to fall into a routine. That’s why Hairs 2 U owner and master stylist Toni Staskus continues to attend classes and hair shows whenever she can, ensuring she stays up-to-date on the latest trends and techniques. Her commitment to education has led Toni to earn master hair-colorist certification from Wella, Clairol, and Redken, as well as certifications in hot-fusion hair extensions and KeraGreen organic hair straightening.
Inside the lavender-walled salon, pop-art paintings and magazine clippings inspire clients to request classic cuts or the modern, asymmetrical looks favored by most Picasso models. Beyond relaxing, texturizing, and perming tresses, Toni and her staff also weave in glitz in the form of feather, tinsel, or party-color extensions and can lend their coloring expertise to tint eyelashes or freshly shaped brows.
For co-owners Catherine Imbesi and Arlene Webber, Salon Ciseaux hasn’t just been a place to use their talents as master stylists: it’s also a place to share their passions with others. For Imbesi, that means showing off her strong work ethic, one she formed when opening her own salon and simultaneously finishing her college degree. Webber, on the other hand, uses her global experiences and people skills to make the salon a welcoming space for clients of different cultures. Together, the curly-haired owners tame tendrils in their certified Ouidad curly-hair-specialist salon and helm a team of stylists who craft new hairdos, remove unwanted hair, and meticulously groom nails. The duo has also shown off their hair skills on the runway, having been handpicked by designer Juan Carlos Obando to style his model’s hair during New York Fashion Week in 2008.