The space at Shears Plus Salon has more color than a box of crayons. Depending on where you look, the walls may be bright red, neon green, or mint. And then there's the hair-washing room, with snow-white molding set against soothing lavender paint. All these jazzy accents remind patrons that the salon is a place of creativity, as well as craftsmanship. Clients can request a traditional wave, a modern pixie cut, or leave it to the stylist's whim for a cut tailored to face shape and personality.
Jennifer Cherry, owner of Hot Bodies USA, has stocked her 1,300-square-foot salon with Encore and Ovation tanning beds. Alternatively, customers can supplement their UV tans in the Magic Tan spray booth, which features a bronzing formula that makes physiques look similarly beachy without the need for using UV rays or hanging out only with ghosts. The shop also stocks bronzers to enhance the work of its makeshift suns and provides additional beautifying services including lash enhancement.
Clix Hair & Nails took its name from the cozy clique of stylists who worked together for more than 10 years before cementing their bonds of friendship by opening their own salon. The 18-person staff now welcomes each new client into the fold, taking care of patrons’ style with custom scissors work and looking after hair health with safe color-management techniques. The team also specializes in nail services, whipping up popular pink-and-white acrylic sets for loyal followers and cotton-candy thieves in search of camouflage for their felonious digits. Rounding out Clix’s available treatments are facials, spray tans, and waxing.
Since 2005, the stylists at The Look Salon & Spa have trained with Aveda, Redken, Paul Mitchell, and the American Board of Certified Haircolorists. They continually train on the latest techniques, products, and styles, and they equip their clients with Enjoy haircare products, which are free of sodium chloride.
Licensed massage therapist and aesthetician Monica Restrepo Jones is the "Mo" in MoJo Wellness Therapies. Starting off as a student athletic trainer for a local high school, Monica ascended through the ranks and eventually manned the sidelines of XFL and AFL games as the team trainer. These experiences shaped her understanding of the human body and what angle is unusual for an ankle, as well as increased her desire to spread wellness through massage. With a special certification for medical massage, she boasts the qualifications needed to fulfill doctor's orders after patients endure an injury or accident. To these treatments and her traditional massages, she sometimes adds heat or ice and organic, hypoallergenic creams to augment soothing without hiring a jazz saxophonist to play in the corner.
In addition to massage services, Monica wards off aging with facials and powerful treatments. Her skincare regimens are tweaked to target specific woes, such as acne or surprised expressions that won't wash off.
Decorated with framed playbills and mirrors surrounded by bright lights, Box Office Hair resembles a celebrity’s dressing room where guests feel like they’re the stars of the show. The salon’s beauticians, who boast skills that range from stylist to master consultant, reimagine hairdos with basic cuts and coloring as well as treatments that yield more-dramatic effects, such as spiral perms and block coloring with three different hues. Brazilian keratin treatments tame wild, frizzy strands for a camera-ready finish, and extensions let short hair act the part of a longer, thicker mane, which gives clients an acceptable excuse to intimidate zebras at the zoo.
Faye Bailey was beginning an uphill battle when she told her mother she wanted to open her own salon. Faye had been braiding and pressing hair since she was 14, but her mother worked as a teacher––and all 11 of her other children attended traditional colleges. After a brief stint at the university, though, Faye could no longer ignore the pull of hairstyling.
Thus, Faye moved from Macon, Georgia to Florida and started studying at a beauty school. Before long, her dream became a reality: she opened All Dolled Up Salons and Stores. Now a chain of five salons, including a braidery house, her stylists specialize in natural hairdos such as loc styling, cutting, and short hair wraps. But they also color, perform smoothing treatments, and affix weaves to natural hair.