A passion for creative hairstyling brought Tony Woodley, owner of Shine Salon, from London's Oxford Street to Orlando's Park Lake Street. The story of his journey, however, isn’t quite as simple as that. After sweeping floors as a 15 year old at Andre Bernard’s flagship salon, he apprenticed at John Frieda’s salon and continued to grow as a stylist. His obvious skills led to jobs at magazine photo shoots and finally to the fashion capital of New York City. Frustrated with the lack of truly creative opportunities in the U.S., Tony took matters into his own hands, moved to Florida, and started a salon that he could call his very own.
Since opening, Shine Salon has made a name for itself as a haven for creative hair design. Tony and his staff continue to pride themselves on creating flattering cuts and coloring treatments for any number of occasions. Their concern for beauty doesn’t stop at the scalp; the team's aesthetician doles out facials and waxing services that leave skin smooth and nourished, and a nail tech moisturizes hands and feet before painting nails with highly detailed maps of local bus lines.
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.
As co-owners of Trend Studios Orlando, Matthew Bengston and Anthony Cortes have cultivated a business that reflects their own areas of expertise. Matthew brings his skills as a stylist to the hair salon, where he and his team cut men’s and women’s hair, add highlights, and lengthen locks with extensions. For his part, Anthony draws on his talents as a teeth-whitening and airbrush-tanning specialist to oversee those branches of the studio. Both Matthew and Anthony go out of their way to ensure a comfortable experience for clients: Anthony’s airbrush tans, for example, employ an Evolv. Sidekick tanning system that warms up its tanning solution before gently misting skin. For the spa services in which they do not specialize, Matthew and Anthony employ a knowledgeable staff that performs massages, waxing treatments, and a cappella renditions of the spa’s relaxing soundtrack.
With two decades in the industry, Tim Pinkney knows hair. The owner and head stylist of Tim's Healthy Hair Care Center has spent that time both wielding scissors and training others in the hair artistry. His extensive travels to Brazil, the Caribbean Islands, Europe, and Puerto Rico have prepared him for working with a wide range of hair types, and his detailed knowledge of products ensures that only renowned lines such as L'Oreal, Paul Mitchell, and Matrix will caress his clients' strands.
Inside the salon, Tim and his team bestow a long list of services upon their clients' heads, from highlights and color to extensions and weaves. Stylists can also gussy up male hair with barbers' cuts and give kids' locks a trim before a school picture or a high-stakes job interview with an imaginary friend.
Armed with Euro-centric Tigi products, Ego Lab Hair Salon & Boutique's expert staff keeps up with the styles trending across the pond to trim tresses and sculpt new 'dos in fashion. Stylists work with both men and women, and specialists in the color lab extract hues from the cheeks of embarrassed children for corrective and dimensional color treatments. The salon also administers services ranging from keratin hair straightening to facial waxing. Elsewhere, the facility's fashion boutique outfits visitors with a mix of clothes, shoes, and accessories from brand name and local designers.
On Friday and Saturday, the lounge stays open until 1:30 a.m. to host frequent soirees such as photo shoots, DJ dance parties, and staring-into-space sessions.
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.