In 1993, Les Arthur Bauman finally realized his dreams of opening his own salon, which he called Arturo's. He had two stylists, some shears, and not much else, but he worked hard to build the business. While he got the salon up and running, his son, Jes Bauman, became the second generation of the family to pursue hair as art, pursuing an education in New York. Eventually, Jes returned to Orlando to help his father and, ultimately, to take over the studio. He renamed the business J. Bauman Salon, but he preserved the family tradition of expanding the customer base, one expertly cut head of hair at a time.
To date, Jes has accrued more than 20 years of experience and has built up a talented stable of more than 20 stylists. His team constantly snips, colors, and extends hair at 17 stations spread throughout the now-upscale salon. The decor has matured alongside the business. It blends dark hardwood floors with high ceilings fitted with bright, recessed bulbs, which are ideal for helping stylists focus on their work rather than those mysterious shadows looming in the corner.
The Spa's focus on customer satisfaction and relaxation has gained the staff recognition from the press, including a nod in Orlando Weekly's Best of Orlando 2011 list. Its vast menu of spa services runs a soothing gamut from traditional western massage to Dermalogica skincare treatments, as well as extravagant spa packages designed for men and women.
About once a month, or whenever the original cast of Footloose shows up, The Spa cranks up the tunes and opens up its hardwood floors for dancing during happy-hour spa parties. The themed shindigs pair lavish massages or facials with a nightclub ambiance of cocktails and activities such as gambling tables or oxygen bars.
The stylists at Hair Dynamics West specialize in delivering vibrant, safe, and glossy hair color, but the team is just as adept at cutting, styling, and treating strands as it is in dressing them with an all-over glow or vibrant highlights. Since 1991, women, men, and children have taken a seat for classic and couture cuts. The stylists can customize each appointment by pulling hair products targeted by hair type and condition from the salon's large display of beauty products. Aside from color and haircuts, the staff can also smooth hair for up to twelve weeks with a surface-smoothing bath that reins in frizzy locks and curls that have given themselves motion sickness from twisting and turning.
The sounds of shears snipping hair and files brushing against nails fill the contemporary, red-walled interior of Blades Salon & Day Spa, where licensed staffers blend styling directions from clients with their own treatment expertise. Stylists and makeup artists pace around chairs as they cut and color hair or add a touch of blush to complexions. Spa Joy thrones massage feet during soothing pedicures, and technicians stationed at sleek wood manicure desks thoroughly groom fingernails. Across the salon, aestheticians swaddle faces in exclusively contracted Phytomer products while massage therapists untangle knotted muscles and legs tied together by prankster friends.
An experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. George H. Pope outfits his office with a well-trained staff and the latest technology to meet clients' cosmetic needs. Like orange groves, unsightly spider veins can develop anywhere on the body and their progress must be halted by lasers—especially lasers that live in a comforting environment with soothing waterfalls in the waiting room and warmly colored furniture. During your duo of anti-arachnovein sessions, trained technicians will aim a Cutera Excel laser at your blood tubes, heating and dissolving the vexing vessels. Spider veins can take several weeks to disappear entirely, and the best results are typically seen after multiple treatments; today's Groupon can also be used to treat vascular lesions including telangiectasias, angiomas, and the rogue veins that live deep within your legs.
Chocolate Salon & Spa's coiffure clippers reinvent human plumage with custom haircuts, intensive conditioning treatments, and vibrant feather extensions. Spiff up follicles with a set of two multichromatic feather hair extensions available in three lengths. Expertly woven into tresses in fewer than 20 minutes by the salon’s deft stylists, feathers imbue hair with the flair necessary to wow onlookers at weddings or trick bouncers at peacock-only night clubs. Clients can sport the reusable wisps for up to six weeks, safely flat-ironing or curling them for added texture. Or don an alter ego during the salon’s three-part haircut. After infusing hair with strand-softening conditioner, stylists prune split ends, flyaways, and lonely creeper vines with precision snips. A blowdry follows, manipulating manes into wash-and-wear coifs.