Cuttin' Loose Salon is mere minutes from the rippling waters of the Gulf Coast and has been ranked one of Florida's top three salons for eight years running by Independent News. Golden-yellow walls and brick accents fill the space with bright charm as expert stylists use Matrix and Redken products to transform tresses with color, keratin treatments, and trendy cuts. Walk further back, and you'll step into the tranquil bodywork studio to encounter the salon's licensed massage therapist, Ann Sheppard, who has turned Pensacola's muscle frowns upside-down for nearly 10 years. She calls on the skills she learned at the Pensacola School of Massage Therapy and Health Careers and from training with a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine to both foster total relaxation and target pain stemming from injury or chronic conditions—she's treated everyone from pro athletes and coaches to expectant mothers and patients reeling from recent join-replacement surgery. Rather than sticking to one modality throughout her massage sessions, she calls on a number of techniques, picking and choosing her approach depending on what her clients require.
Over-the-top extravagance. Out of the common course. Those are the definitions of "outré," a word with French origins that Outré Salon‘s owner Becki Bryce felt perfectly summed up her salon’s mission. She and her staff keep individuality and intricacy in mind as they cut and color hair in a way that leaves their clients feeling more confident. Along with traditional haircuts, highlights, and all-over color, they hand-paint balayage highlights, which give hair a sun-kissed punch of color that grows out naturally and often require fewer touchups than regular color. They also re-texturize frizzy hair with smoothing Chi treatments, sculpt bridal and formal updos, and add dramatic length with extensions that attract any fairy-tale princes within a 10-mile radius of the salon.
For the health, safety, and well-being of clients and the environment, the salon uses all-natural and organic products. The certified-organic All-Nutrient hair color brand provides robust hues without fading or the use of animal byproducts.
The iron curlicues and elegant lettering on the sign in front of Le Salon aren’t just decorative—without them, it’d be difficult to notice the salon there at all. Flowers bloom, palm trees lean, and flags flap around the neat brick-and-stucco bungalow, which blends right into a block of vintage wood houses. It’s equally homey inside, where a family of four stylists snips and lathers as women, men, and children sit before old-fashioned vanity tables, sink into a paisley sofa, or stretch out on the gleaming wood floor. The stylists are happy to share the secrets to getting the most out of their wide lineup of Redken products, and they will gladly special order anything they don’t have so clients can take home the latest in smoothing treatments or bottled hair.
Since 2004, stylist and color specialist Crystal has helped clients overhaul their unruly manes, transforming hair through elegant cuts and striking colors. Within Posh Salon and Spa, she harnesses the rich tones of Redken, Wella, Pravana, and CHI hair color, customizing each service based on the hair's type, condition, and current number of hit points. Her services aren't limited to standard cuts and colors, though—she also works hair into updos, performs keratin smoothing treatments, and waxes facial hair away. She prefers to schedule consultation appointments before performing any hair services to ensure that guests get their desired look and no damage befalls tender locks.
Inside Eimaj Spa & Salon, aestheticians give free consultations before beautifying faces and bodies with treatments such as body wraps, waxes, and facials that utilize the Obagi Medical line of products. The menu of facials includes kinetic dermabrasion, which gently softens and is safe for most skin types, and the Repêchage glycolic-acid facial peel, which aims to erase discoloration and fine lines. Meanwhile, body wraps aim to cleanse toxins haunting the lymphatic system's attic with aloe vera, herbs, and strips of cotton while helping contour curves and reduce inches.
Jennifer Demps and her staff of stylists, cosmetologists, makeup artists, and nail technicians keep clients in tip-top shape at Signature Stylez Salon. They usher guests into leather massage chairs, which work the kinks out of torsos as nails are coated in vibrant hues and artistic touches such as polka dots, flowers, or replicas of the Sistine Chapel. Stylists also tend to beauty in above-the-neck areas, performing traditional salon services such as haircuts, highlights, and keratin treatments.