Faye Bailey was beginning an uphill battle when she told her mother she wanted to open her own salon. Faye had been braiding and pressing hair since she was 14, but her mother worked as a teacher––and all 11 of her other children attended traditional colleges. After a brief stint at the university, though, Faye could no longer ignore the pull of hairstyling.
Thus, Faye moved from Macon, Georgia to Florida and started studying at a beauty school. Before long, her dream became a reality: she opened All Dolled Up Salons and Stores. Now a chain of five salons, including a braidery house, her stylists specialize in natural hairdos such as loc styling, cutting, and short hair wraps. But they also color, perform smoothing treatments, and affix weaves to natural hair.
At more than 140 locations across the country, tanners stand and Hollywood Tans delivers. Each salon has an average of 15 Hollywood Tans–manufactured standup booths that gilt pelts with high-performance bulbs, resulting in speedy tans. Since each location offers so many booths, no appointments are needed and clients are rarely asked to wait around or scrounge for scraps of sunlight. For a UV-free experience, the salons furnish their glow spas with Mystic Tan, a standup spray-tan booth that operates at four levels in less than a minute. To keep hides healthy, the shops stock their own brand of lotions, skincare products, and shower gels.
At Go Bare! a team of veteran aestheticians elevate their range of traditional spa and waxing services with a carefully curated collection of skincare products made both locally and around the globe. Their Belgian waxes are triple-filtered and infused with zinc and titanium dioxide to minimize redness after hair-removal sessions. For skin nourishment, aestheticians use a physician-developed line of epidermal elixirs hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, where they're made with vitamins and antioxidants. Locally made creams, meanwhile, boast 100% organic blends of mint and chocolate, or vanilla and honey, and are painted across freshly waxed skinscapes to soothe the aches that follow follicular uprooting.
Under Dr. José Ruiz's guidance, the Florida Institute of Rejuvenation Medicine's certified technicians wield high-tech gadgets to rid bodies of spider veins. Spider-vein-removal sessions commence with a consultation, in which technicians evaluate skin and form a plan for banishing the offending spider veins—an ideal process for body areas such as the face, neck, thighs, and liver. Steady hands then guide a laser over skin surfaces to blind veins with light for 10–20 minutes, causing blood vessels to gradually fade away. Post-treatment, skin may temporarily appear flushed and brown spots may seem darker.
The multitalented team of beauty specialists at Hair Magic Reflections gussies up visitors with an eclectic array of services for hair, nails, and skin. After a consultation, hairstylists prune overgrown head gardens, add sheen to locks with highlights or color treatments, and tame hard-to-manage curls and frizz with protein-packed keratin serums. Across the salon, nail technicians reward hardworking appendage-enders with soothing mani-pedi services, during which they file down natural scratchers, shoo away chinese finger traps, and adorn digits with acrylic nails. With similar enthusiasm for beautification, Hair Magic Reflections' epidermal specialists use ageLoc Science to restore skin's youthful glow and silky smooth touch.