The expert stylists at Advanced Hair Designs wield their scissors confidently, snipping away split ends and revealing a trendy pixie cut or long, flowing layers. Recognized by Practical Living Magazine as the best hair salon in Osceola County, they cut hair for men, women, and children, styling coifs with blow-dry services, as well as adding dimension with highlights or single-process coloring treatments.
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.
Trained stylists and spa technicians at Exquisite Salon and Day Spa cater to busy professionals with customized haircare, an express menu that provides services more quickly, and free WIFI. Color experts whip up individualized blends of Difiaba hair hues to brighten strands or re-create a pointillist masterpiece as technicians administer formaldehyde-free keratin treatments. Technicians at the spa melt muscle knots with two types of massage and clarify complexions with Jurlique facials. The staff pours complimentary beverages, including wine, as clients relax in the lobby amid magma-red wall panels and marbled-glass lampshades.
The style-savvy beauty gurus at Affinity Hair Salon, an upscale Paul Mitchell Focus salon, nurture noodle nests with a variety of haircare services. Hairscaping sessions commence with a complimentary consultation, during which Affinity’s friendly coiffeuses learn about each client's lifestyle, hair routine, personality, and favorite founding father before diagnosing a hair type. Revive a tired ‘do with a new haircut designed to complement faces whether they are round, square, or dodecahedral ($40+ for women), or replenish parched head threads with a deep-conditioning treatment ($10). Attention-seeking strands are brought to the forefront with partial highlights ($35+), and a full-color treatment cultivates monochromatic anonymity ($65+ for women). Gentlemen are also invited to trim up follicular shrubberies ($25+), as well as sprinkle them with pigmented pizzazz before winter’s hibernation ($25+ for men's highlights).
The owners and barbers at Real Barber Shop, Pablo Miranda and Juan Mojica, believe that the key to their 15 years of barbershop success has been a good reputation and word-of-mouth advertising. Old-fashioned straight-razor shaves, meticulous attention to detail during haircuts, and plenty of individual attention bring clients back to this classic barbershop.