You won't find a frantic salon atmosphere at Christie's Hair Studio. Rather, the atmosphere is calm and natural—Christie describes it as a "living room ambience". Facials fit into that scene in a meditative way as Christie makes use of homegrown herbs and chakra-healing crystals. Candles add to the calming facials by illuminating the treatment room with a soothing glow, much like the one that indicates the phosphorescent remote control has not been lost to the couch forever. The menu of services includes beauty shop standards as well, including haircuts, color applications, and mani-pedis. Christie also gets brides and models ready for their close-ups with photo-shoot makeup and hairstyling.
You can spy skilled stylists of 1662 Salon East through the salon's lofty front windows, expertly snipping up new styles and blow-drying locks into luxurious waves. Technicians perch at manicure stations, trimming cuticles and buffing nails. Clients recline on cushy chairs as skincare specialists administer waxing services and replenishing facials. Other guests await treatments in the seating area, sipping on gourmet Green Mountain coffee and nibbling on biscuits.
Handshakes become much trendier under the skills of EGO Lacquer & Beauty Suite?s technicians. They bedeck keratin sheets with honeycomb and cheetah prints and monochromatic hues from pink to blue to black. Technicians add an extra layer of creativity by gluing on crystals that sparkle like a disco ball, and plastic flowers that grow when you wash your hands.
Those looking for Las Olas Barbershop need only look for the striped Padair barber pole, which has been spinning out front for generations. Made in the year 1948, it’s emblematic of the longevity of the shop, which first opened on Las Olas Boulevard in 1951 and was helmed by the same man—Ben "The Barber" Adamo—for more than 46 years. Though Ben has since passed, the traditions set down by the old-school barber are continued by current owner David Quinn, who takes care to ensure his third-generation customers receive the same quality service as their fathers and grandfathers before them. He's also taken great pains to revamp the aging hub—which he described as "a piece of history on the boulevard," to Go Riverwalk writer Kevin Lane—while respecting its legacy and character.
Today, though the wood floors and paint colors have been updated, guests can still see Ben's familiar photo and prized golf club hanging around. Upgrades have included barber cabinets and chrome-and-porcelain Paidar barber chairs dating back to the 1930s, which add authenticity to the shop's vintage aesthetic and nightly jitterbug marathons. And while the new generation of barbers continues to dole out the shop's signature shave-and-a-haircut service, they now also cater to women and kids and have even added manicures to the menu.
Coleen Evans planned on becoming a lawyer. After years of pondering law school, she realized that she'd rather work with deep auburns and chestnut browns than the legal system's shades of gray. Nearly three decades since trading in the gavel for the scissors, Coleen is the owner and artistic director of Salon Enchanted. She oversees a team of stylists that uses Paul Mitchell salon products as its members shape locks into asymmetrical ‘dos or polished styles that have passed the test of time: the SATs. Coleen requires her Paul Mitchell-certified stylists to attend at least three continuing-education classes every year to keep expanding their skill sets.
The salon's colorists blend hues by hand at a color bar, tweaking mixtures to produce chestnut tresses that match eyes or a mane so golden it passes for legal tender. Beyond the color bar, Coleen invites clients to relax in the H2O lounge. Hot towels cushion necks and mood lightning glimmers amid mint-green tiles and decorative branches that evoke a desert oasis.
A visitor to Diamante Day Spa won?t be hurting for options: between the spa?s 20 different massage styles and 18 distinct facials, clients could be forgiven for having a hard time knowing which treatments would benefit them most. That?s why it?s fortunate that holistic practitioner and spa founder Tara Darlene Diamant? Canhos is not only a skilled massage therapist, but also an experienced lifestyle coach and spiritual consultant. Canhos and her staff utilize this experience to help clients devise the perfect array of treatments. Specialty services encompass mainly Eastern holistic healing practices?chakra balancing, yoga nidra meditation, Tibetan reflexology?which is why it?s fitting that the spa is also home to a zen lounge area complete with fresh fruit, organic herbal teas, and no howler monkeys.