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.
Owner Maggie DiFalco's shear-wielding staff mollycoddles visitors with an array of sumptuous hair and spa services. Tired tresses are first tickled awake with a deep-conditioning treatment, wherein a coat of conditioning cream slips beneath cuticles to strengthen hairs from within. Next, a five- to 10-minute scalp massage delights lonely domepieces as a stylist's pulsing fingers melt away memories of your first day on the zoo's walrus-shaving team. A 20-minute warming stint under the salon’s heater polishes off the process, locking in moisturizers and nutrients and leaving mops lustrous.
The decor at Chic Kutz is starkly modern with its geometric leather chairs, white walls, and pale wood floors. Any rainbow-hued accents here come from the visitors and services themselves. Clients can complement their new hairstyles for bright ombre highlights and other color treatments or a neon green mani-pedi paired with a moisturizing paraffin treatment.
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
The team at D Vine Hair Nail Spa and Threading takes pride in their versatility. There's almost nothing they can't do when it comes to beauty, whether they're subtly trimming hair or performing a full-scale makeover (and with hair extensions, ombre coloring, and straightening treatments all on the menu, the potential for the latter is real). The finer touches of beauty are also attended to with options that include threading, waxing, mani-pedis, and good old-fashioned beauty pills.