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.
Victoria Danico has accumulated a litany of cosmetic skills. She's certified in microdermabrasion, lymphatic drainage, chemical peels, microneedling and microcurrent, and body wrapping, using her powers for good as the head of Victoria's Salon Secret. In addition to overseeing advanced skincare treatments and subduing supervillains with detoxifying wraps, Danico and her team eliminate fuzz with waxing, confer sun-kissed hues with bronzing, and tend to craniums with haircut and color 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.
The myriad scents of flowers and fruits inside Una Donna Piú might convince visitors that they're wandering through one of the spa's Mediterranean locations. Just as they do in Rome, Paris, Madrid, and Caracas, available treatments draw from nature's alluring fragrances and vitamins, utilizing European products to award guests a hiatus from stress.
Hair artists—whose complimentary consultations and customized cuts helped the salon earn the 2012 Readers' Choice Award for Best Hair Service in Orlando Style magazine—clip away and recolor hair at their stations. During texture treatments, they can enhance volume or work fruit-based straighteners through curly hair that refuse to relax after wearing a propeller beanie upside down. Nail treatments address cuticle care and beyond with seasonal services, such as a papaya-honey mask, exfoliating scrubs, and aromatherapy massage. Warm sips of "Erbe de Frutti" tea lull the senses following facial or waxing appointments, and makeup applications serve to accent features.
When Aneta Filardo first got involved with laser hair removal, she was just a client. Impressed with the results, she became a Certified Medical Electrologist herself and, eventually, opened Winter Park Laser & Anti-Aging Center. In the decade since it was founded, she's joined forces with other medical and cosmetic professionals including a board-certified plastic surgeon, physician assistants, and medical aestheticians who use the latest advancements in medspa technology to address a wide range of skincare issues.
Today, staff wield Palomar and NaturaLase QS cosmetic laser systems to foil follicles, even out skin tone, and erase tattoos. Body-contouring technology uses focused radio frequencies to disperse fat deposits by playing their least favorite music. To complement the high-tech treatments, aestheticians can recommend skincare regimens that use medical-grade products, including the medspa's private-label line.
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.