Whereas most people enjoy retirement by relaxing, Mary Lou Boyle has enjoyed hers by helping others relax. By transitioning from her radio job to her current role at Saving Face and Body, Boyle returned to her original career path: More than three decades ago, she opened and operated one of Oviedo’s first full-service salons. Years later, she garnered more experience as a cosmetologist at an upscale salon, where she also delved into aesthetics. Boyle left for a stint in media and, after retirement in 2008, opened Saving Face. Now, equipped with years of experience and a license in massage therapy, she along with a team of therapists relieves pain and tension through massage therapy and rejuvenates skin with a collection of facials.
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.
Victoria Danico has accumulated a litany of cosmetic skills. She's certified in microdermabrasion, lymphatic drainage, chemical peels, microneedling and microcurrent, and body wrapping, using her powers for good as the head of Victoria's Salon Secret. In addition to overseeing advanced skincare treatments and subduing supervillains with detoxifying wraps, Danico and her team eliminate fuzz with waxing, confer sun-kissed hues with bronzing, and tend to craniums with haircut and color services.
S.K.I.N.'s licensed aesthetician, Cathy Falconer, tailors her complexion-boosting treatments to eschew cosmetic fluff in favor of concrete and therapeutic results. Each signature facial, performed with botanical Peace Spa products, begins with a consultation, during which head-masks are analyzed, prescribed personalized home-care plans, and encouraged to air sub-dermal grievances. Next, bio-therapeutic cleansers work up a facial lather while gentle exfoliators team with ultrasonic pulses from a Dermasonic brush system to flush and refresh pores.
Skilled skin-care specialist Michelle Phillips has devoted 17 years to researching product lines, learning new techniques, and honing her skills in both cutting-edge clinics and spas that focus on natural treatments. Over the course of all these years, the expert esthetician has developed her own repertoire of rejuvenating facials, favoring anti-aging treatments that smooth wrinkles, diminish blemishes, and soften skin. She offers innovative, non-invasive microcurrent body treatments that can repair damaged skin and rejuvenate muscles, as well as Bioslimming body wraps that encourage weight-loss and cellulite reduction. Michelle also extends her expertise into the realm of waxing services, stripping away unwanted facial hair with a natural wax that moisturizes the skin. Regardless of the service she is performing, Michelle takes great pains to ensure clients experience deep relaxation, whether that's by treating scalps to soothing massages, keeping wax at a comfortable temperature, or obligingly double-checking under massage beds for monsters.
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.