Over the course of his career, stylist George has revamped hair with a multitude of cuts, a spectrum of colors, and every length of hair extension. He uses his know-how to give clients a style that's bold and edgy or casual and everyday. Making his home at 1160 Hair, George administers his beauty services in a fantasy-themed environment, flecked with bushels of pink leaves hanging from the ceiling, gold-hued walls, and filigreed mirrors.
When she was young, Michelle's mother taught her that pursuing dreams is the only way to find true happiness. That’s why her mother moved the family from Puerto Rico to Florida, and why today, after a detour through medical school, she runs her own day spa. Among the salon’s scents of lavender and candles, she and her staff give clients individual attention during L’Oréal scalp-renewal treatments, all-over blonding processes, and Brazilian straightening treatments. They also accommodate guests seeking complete makeovers with makeup applications, facial waxing, and lash extensions.
As a welcoming gesture, Daymara Navarrete and her staff of licensed aestheticians press a cup of wine, tea, or coffee into the hands of arriving guests. The team fosters a familial bond with clients during services ranging from therapeutic wraps and massages to cuts, styles, and hair texturing. Each staff member offers experience in a particular area and hones his or her skills through continual training on new products, such as Gelish polish, or through wagers that they can get a bespectacled mannequin asked to prom. As they execute their pampering services, most of which call upon OPI products, staff members navigate between rows of pedicure chairs and black leather-backed salon chairs. Their busy hands release a symphony of soft sounds that reverberates off dark wood accents and sea-green walls as floral arrangements nod their colorful heads in time.
Helmed by master stylist and makeup artist Kat Koroniotis, the professionals at Oh La La Salon by Kat keep a finger on the pulse of the beauty industry to bring the latest techniques to each hair, skin, body, and nail service they perform. For instance, the salon's hairstylists specialize in thermo-cutting, an approach that uses specially heated scissors to seal the end of each snipped strand and help leave hair healthier for longer. The staff merges this passion for innovation with a slate of acclaimed products such as Tigi haircare serums, Wella hair dyes, and organic keratin proteins. Pevonia skincare products power pore-cleansing European facials, and nails fresh from mani-pedis bask in layers of OPI or Essie polish.
Most Popular Service: Haircut, color, highlights, and keratin treatments
Brands Used: Redken, Ouidad, and Eufora
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Staff Size: 25–50 people
Parking: Parking lot
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.