Though his specialty lies in revitalizing tresses with extensions and dynamic coloring services, Luis Vitas doesn't limit his attention to just the top of the head. At Luis Vivas Hair Studio and Day Spa, Luis and his staff take care of clients from head to toe with a spread of services that includes facials, hair treatments, body work, and nail care.
Stepping through the door of 1160 Hair is like tiptoeing into another dimension. Pink cherry blossoms hang from the ceiling in defiance of the physics of the real world, and a big-eyed girl and the Mad Hatter peer from swirling paintings on the wall.
Owner Wendy Kahn envisioned her salon as a fairytale-like experience, a whimsical place where aesthetic fantasies become reality with hair care, facials, and mani-pedis. Today, she presides over a salon that indeed looks plucked straight from Alice in Wonderland or a Tim Burton film. Depending on what room guests are in, they'll experience a different aesthetic. In the manicure area, pink velvet seats slide up to black-and-gold tables. In the shampoo room, with artificial-turf floors, a plastic trophy moose head watches from the wall above chairs that are the bright red of a fire truck discovering a “kick me” note on its back. In the salon area, clients sit in white leather chairs in front of gilded antique mirrors, donning leather-print smocks to protect their clothing from errant hairs.
Inside the recently remodeled Paul-Eric Sinclair salon, customers seated atop comfortable styling chairs sip coffee as stylists set to work primping hair and nails. The beauty crew cuts the manes of men, women, and kids, and strips away unwanted hair via waxing. Nail technicians bedazzle finger and toe tips in a spectrum of colors during manicures and pedicures, which, unlike getting trapped inside a panic room, induce relaxation.
Hairtoure Beauty Bar helps clients attain their ideal looks with haircare and beauty services such as lash extensions, professional makeup, and blowouts. The salon also stocks a selection of hair extensions, lace-front wigs, and weave accessories.
Fallon Fitzgerald was something of a child prodigy in the world of hairdressing?she took her first course at the age of 14, and as a youth traveled to France to train. Graduating with top honors from a prestigious trade school in Sydney, Australia opened the door to the many international awards and commendations she earned later, including a L'Oreal Color Trophy.
And even with all that talent, Fallon's own business idea was refreshingly simple: to open Dry de Luxe, an elite blow-dry lounge. Armed with Pureology's vegan products and Living Proof's MIT-designed formulas, stylists give voluminous blowouts, style intricate braided 'dos, and administer aromatherapy scalp massages. They also conduct makeup applications, their canvases illuminated by the chic salon's crystal chandeliers.
A childhood spent on the beach turned into a big business for the family behind the Boucher Brothers. They started the business in 1987 and continue to serve hotels, condos, and public beaches with concessions and beach rentals on Florida’s coasts, at Virginia Beach, and on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago. They take beachgoers parasailing above the waves and rent out a slew of equipment that includes Waverunners, boogie boards, and kayaks. Alternatively, landlubbers can sun themselves on lounge chairs or take shelter from the sun's rays in a cabana, beneath an umbrella, or in the shadow of a highly trained cumulus cloud. As a testament to the staff's dedication to pampering patrons, Boucher Brothers has received the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences' Five Star Diamond Award for 10 years running.