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.
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.
Upon entering Robar Beauty Salon & Spa, a visitor might first notice the recently remodeled interior, splashes of canary yellow or vibrant fuchsia, or the smell of organic hair products wafting through the air. But owner William Robar—an industry veteran of almost 40 years—remembers his salad days in less prosperous locations. His first salon "was so busy I didn't know where to put the people!" he laughs, recalling its cramped layout. His clientele ranged from street criminals to drug dealers. "In those days it was wild. Every walk of life came into my salon."
Now a sought-after celebrity stylist, William has clipped and styled famous hair for Frank Sinatra, Barbara Walters, and President Bill Clinton, who needed a trim before delivering a presidential speech. Inside his upscale salon, William and his team of certified stylists use their fashion instincts and mastery of the sibilant scissor language to team up with shears and craft elegant coifs for men, women, and children.
It would be nearly impossible to tally up all the haircuts, highlights, and mani-pedis stylists have performed since Daisy Nails & Hair Salon first opened its doors in 1968. More than 40 years later, they still keep up with the latest trends, priding themselves on creating celebrity-like hair and washing away the pheromones that attract paparazzi. Aside from cuts and coloring treatments, stylists shape fetching brows with threading and install cascades of flowing tresses with 100% natural human hair extensions. The salon also relaxes customers with services such as soothing massages and luxurious caviar facials.
For a dramatically different look, or just a professional style, leave your hair in Maia's hands. As a licensed cosmetologist and certified hair extensionist, she uses her knowledge and skills to beautify her clients' locks. Virgin hair extensions, Powerdose conditioning, or keratin-smoothing treatments transform hair with new texture or new lengths. Understanding that people have various schedules, Maia also accepts late-night appointments or will journey to clients to provide her beautifying services.
All salon service providers are not created equal. That's why Drew James Aveda Lifestyle Salon Spas enlists only Aveda Institute graduates, putting them through an advanced training program before making them work their way up a three-tier ranking system. This emphasis on high-quality staff—coupled with an exclusive selection of plant-based Aveda products—lures clients in for services ranging from basic haircuts to thermal straightening to rosemary-mint body wraps. The salon and spa also adds special touches to many of its treatments, including a complimentary stress-relieving scalp treatment and makeup touchup with each hair service. Both locations feature a wall of mirrors and trendy styling chairs, as well as Aveda tea for clients to sip on while thumbing through style portfolios or folding magazines into swans somehow.