The aspiring beauticians at North Florida Academy pamper hair, skin, and nails while instructors with more than 20 years of experience in the field mentor from nearby. To prepare students for careers after course completion, North Florida Academy models itself after traditional salons, stocking its shelves with professional products such as Image, Redken, Chi, and Paul Mitchell, and requiring that all who enter sport powdered wigs. The same aesthetic equipment employed by med spas whirs and buffs skin within the relaxing treatment rooms, replete with dim lighting and light music, and warm wax deftly whisks away unwanted hair.
The stylists at Miguelina's Beauty Salon reform 'dos with cuts, styling, and color services. Hands lather shampoo over scalps, prepping tresses to undergo their transformation. The scissor-wielding stylists then trim-away unwanted inches and split ends, reshaping shaggy hair into museum-worthy replicas of George Washington's stately wig. To soothe out-of-control strands, clients may opt for a conditioning treatment, during which beauticians smooth Moroccanoil over hair, easing frizz and leaving fringe as soft and shiny as a gold-lamé cumulous cloud. A full-color treatment alters hair hues with AlfaParf products, and highlights add dimension to coiffures with lighter striations of color. All services conclude with a blow-dry, which ensures locks won't catch a cold upon going outside.
When welcoming guests for cuts and color treatments at San Marco Hair Company, Tara Jordan thrives on leaving them feeling happy, confident, and beautiful. As clients slip into a salon chair, the St. Augustine native offers a color consultation to identify problem areas and make sure the correct shade is applied. Clients can choose a custom shade based on their preferences, as Tara's color system allows for endless shade possibilities. In addition to several hair coloring techniques that include multi-dimensional highlighting and corrective coloring, she also specializes in thickening manes for fine-hair clients, as well as seamless hair extensions for those wishing to accessorize or add length to their dos.
Joe Garrasi opens salons as often as some people change their hairstyles. He began his career as a stylist in 1979, and from there he honed his craft in New York and Florida before opening five salons and a spa of his own. Capelli Salon, one of his many ventures, helps clients realize their ideal hairstyles with cuts, highlights, and conditioning treatments. The salon's stylists tame frizz with keratin protein treatments and elongate tresses with Hotheads brand extensions—which use human hair to blend in seamlessly with natural coifs or add believability to faux mustaches.
Individual styling stations stand freely throughout Brittany’s Spa Salon, their pointed-dome mirrors reflecting shiny hardwood floors and shelves stocked with rows of professional salon products. Brittany Molina founded her studio after graduating from cosmetology and hair-design programs in 2002, and she continues to expand her repertoire at educational events in New York City, Paris, and Spain. She shares this knowledge with her team of stylists, teaching them new techniques for creating vibrant colors and weaving in strand-lengthening extensions. These skills have certainly paid off; since its founding, Brittany's Spa Salon has been featured in publications such as Ortega Times and Folio Weekly. Hairstyling is merely one aspect of the salon’s service menu. As guests recline in plush black chairs, technicians brush nails with vibrant Zoya polish and carefully remove chinese finger traps. Private rooms nearby host relaxing massage-therapy sessions and moisturizing Dermalogica facials. When she isn’t styling hair or overseeing her staff, Brittany is something of an inventor: shelves throughout the salon stock jars and bottles filled with her own line of hair products.
Located on San Jose Boulevard on Jacksonville’s Southside, Aveda Institute is a well-oiled hub of cosmetology where in-training hair stylists and cosmetologists complete weeks of hands-on schooling to become certified Aveda technicians. From the impressively large lobby complete with makeup and skincare samples to the separate hair and nail salon areas, Aveda Institute is a one-stop shop for beauty needs. The school also offers reduced fare services where students (overseen by supervisors) perform everything from haircuts and highlights to shampoos, color services, blow outs and several styles of pedicures. Staff members are friendly and accommodating, in preparation for working in Aveda salons upon graduation, and satisfaction with your beauty needs is their highest priority. The institute is clean and offers the same trend-setting services available at other high end salons for a fraction of the price.