With new styles and trends emerging every season, stylist Bonnie Gosack knows that staying on top of the game means continuing her education. She graduated from a Redken-endorsed academy with expertise in Redken cutting and coloring techniques. Then she went on to earn a certification as a hair-extension artist—Bonnie specializes in the keratin-fusion method, which she believes produces the most natural-looking styles. At SalonSpa Lavish, she puts her skills to use by cutting, styling, and coloring strands and applying hair extensions long enough to double as a muumuu.
When it comes to hairstyling, Meghan Bechard is always ready to hit the books. After graduating from the Redken Salon Professional Academy, she moved on to study color at L'Oreal and Wella academies, hair extensions at Balmain Paris International, and agrarian scissor husbandry at Bumble and bumble. While absorbing technical know-how from experts, she jetted between Miami and New York City, where she noted the fashion-forward hairdos of each metropolis, learned to do them herself, and shared the inspiration with her clients via her blog.
Today, she works as a full-blown professional stylist who specializes in color and hair extensions, stocking her salon with L'Oreal Professional, Redken, and Wella products. For most of her hair-extension services, she augments volume and length with So.Cap's real human hair. Her expertise and more than seven years of experience has lured celebrity clients such as So You Think You Can Dance's Mia Michaels and One Tree Hill's Lisa Goldstein.
The stylists at Jannettics Hair Studio cultivate a lighthearted, friendly atmosphere in which they transform hair with a variety of treatments, all of which are accompanied by a complimentary signature martini or glass of wine. The team employs organic SielosRx products during classic or contemporary cuts and styles, and is certified in color correction and Brazilian or Japanese straightening systems. They also host private evening parties, where guests enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and limousine service as the crew beautifies faces with makeup applications, hair and eyelash extensions, and facial waxing.
Inside the salon, green plants accent mirrors with ornate golden frames atop antique-style bureaus. An elegant chandelier illuminates wall art depicting scenes reminiscent of the Tuscan villa where a young Fabio received his first and only haircut.
Serendipity Salon and Spa’s treatments draw from countries around the world—and even from the animal kingdom—to promote beauty and relaxation. The salon’s eyelash extensions, meanwhile, are crafted from mink fur, and applied to the lashline one-by-one. Leading the team behind these treatments is head stylist Heidi Porath, who draws on experience styling runway models and celebrities to ensure top-notch handiwork, whether she is mixing personalized hair color or brightening complexions with a facial. Customers can also stay up to date on exciting products and services offered at the salon by visiting the staff blog or requesting messages delivered by the staff carrier pigeon.
At Verity Salons, stylists use color products imported from Italy alongside organic solutions and their own practiced eyes to revamp clients' coiffures. Owner Marc Vansco attended the Hair and Fashion Institute and trained under a master hairstylist before moving to Tampa and opening his own salon. With the help of his tight-knit team, he cuts and colors strands and supplies items from his own beauty line such as lip gloss and hairspray. As guests receive haircuts, facials, and makeup services, coral-colored walls and lime-green accents brighten up the salon better than a miniature sun trapped in a soda bottle.
Founder and CEO of Hair Solutions Of Tampa Shannon Sorbara was simply following in her father's footsteps when she entered the hair-replacement biz. A one-time employee of his studio in Pittsburgh, she now brings her styling talents and beauty know-how to warmer climes. At Hair Solutions, she and her team offer nonsurgical hair replacement systems tailored to men, women, and mannequins brought to life by a magic. Treatment might include laser hair therapy, which helps to stimulate and repair damaged follicles on the scalp, hair grafting, extensions, or even custom hair pieces that can be perfectly blended into the client's own hair.