Minimalist lamps dangle from Intuition Salon and Spa's high ceiling, illuminating the four stylists beneath as they chop coifs into creative styles, paint on highlights, or pile tresses into glamorous updos. The salon owner, Merri Lollis, has navigated the intricacies of the hair industry for more than two decades, a long-term dedication that shows in her handiwork and her calendar, on which every month is named Hairtember. To complement their hair offerings, the team at her full-service salon also nourishes skin with facials, brightens nails with manicures, and waxes away facial stubble.
During more than two decades in the beauty industry, Charity—the head of Hair 1 and Spa 2—has amassed a wide-ranging arsenal of expertise, excelling in fields as diverse as laser hair removal and manicures. In her capacity as a stylist, her cut and color services revamp coifs, and her facials, peels, and Photo Lite age-spot treatments rejuvenate the faces beneath them. Alternatively, her massages, which include Swedish or deep tissue, dissolve stress and facilitate internal harmony. Clients can pop into her Zen-like salon or schedule an appointment for her to visit their homes or live-in solariums.
Led by licensed paramedical aesthetician Ariel Starr, Salon Du Soleil Medi-Spa's staff aims to send their clients home pampered, rejuvenated, and with head-turning new looks. The specialists have honed their skills in a variety of areas, sculpting new hair designs or donning flawlessly applied war paint as they battle unwanted fuzz with waxing services. The spa pamperings, which also include manicures and massages, pair with medical treatments to fully make over bods with methods including microdermabrasion, which blasts away signs of age. Salon Du Soleil's staff works to create a clean facility by completely sterilizing equipment and only telling PG-rated knock-knock jokes.
A painter at heart, Crystal Leigh Wood has adopted hair as her art, with Paul Mitchell color being her primary medium. She coats locks in vivid hues, streaks strands with highlights, and tints manes in varying shades of blond. Painting hair in rich shades of color isn't her only skill, though. Crystal sharpened her shears at the Paul Mitchell the School Tampa, where she learned to fashion stylish coifs for men, women, and children. The school also honed her expertise with Paul Mitchell products, including the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger line, which she uses to add softness and shine to her palette.
Deep avocado green walls and white tile floors greet guests to Advanced Salons' elegant studio, where expert stylists scissor-cut bold layers and defrizz tresses with keratin smoothing treatments. Clients may also solicit an aesthetician for lash extensions, or request an array of hair removal techniques ranging from waxing and threading, to arguing with contentious hair until it retreats back into the follicle.
Inside the mod confines of Spa Cafe's South Tampa location, a team of hip aestheticians boils down the latest runway trends and treatments into everyday styles tinged with hints of glamour. Whether sculpting brows with gently applied wax, adding hints of color with permanent makeup, or replacing lashes with peacock feathers, the team leaves bodies catwalk-ready. Augmenting the array of spa services is Spa Cafe's quiet space.