Gold picture frames, curlicue chandeliers, and animal prints accent the chocolate-hued drawing room where hair and nails receive royal treatments at Oliva Salon & Spa. Digits delight in herbs and essential oils made from pressed, vine-ripened rhinestones before nails are slicked with polish from shellac and Axxium by OPI. When owner and certified Alfaparf color instructor Zan Oliva isn't training stylists throughout Central Florida, she's using her 20 years of experience to pamper her own clients' strands with dimensional and corrective coloring.
A refreshing breeze off Dorset Lake fills Backstage Salon and Spa, where clients relax during a variety of salon and spa services. Hair procedures range from simple cuts for men, women, and children to more complicated services, such as organic keratin treatments, dimensional color, and relaxers. Spa services include long-lasting Shellac manicures, eyebrow waxing, and facials that cleanse and hydrate faces better than dunking them in buckets filled with soapy water.
The stylists and makeup artists at Jazzy Jewels Parties count everyone from models prepping for the runway to brides to girls visiting a salon for the first time as previous clients. Their services include updos, facial waxing, glitter body art, makeup applications, and glitter extensions, which they pare down for kids’ parties.
Spa Sundara's licensed aestheticians and massage therapists beautify clients with 90-minute wraps performed amid flickering candles, golden-hued walls, and draped fabric. Sessions commence with a 15-minute stint in a warm, infrared sauna to start the detoxifying process, relax tight muscles, and loosen socks sealed-on with wax. Practitioners then apply a sloughing scrub made from highly caffeinated Balinese coffee to smooth uneven skin texture, refine contours, and infuse the body with antioxidants. An aromatic coffee mask teamed up with a warm blanket wrap follows to evict impurities from cramped pore apartments. Spa Sundara's staff recommends clients receive one body wrap a week for six weeks to obtain maximum detoxification and the energy of a child playing in a pool of Mountain Dew.
Open seven days a week, King Nails staffs a squad of experienced nail nurturers to keep finger and toe shields shapely and shiny. During the rose exfoliation pedicure, a comforting chair massage targets tense muscles while the salon’s friendly phalangists clean, trim, and buff calcium-rich toe tips. Rose-exfoliation gel rids dermises of skin cells that have died, dried out, or stopped trying, and healing lavender warm-sensation lotion adds another comforting tactile touch. An application of your choice of polish leaves your piggies ready for open-toed sandals and invisible work boots. The salt and sugar glow manicure beautifies finger shingles with artful scrubbing, snipping, and shaping, after which a generous helping of salt or sugar glow scrub is applied to hands to repair dryness and refresh skin. Like the pedicure, both manicures include your choice of polish, allowing you to dress your extremities like twins or decorate them differently so you can tell them apart.
Within every Salon Loft location resides a coterie of talented tendril-tamers, each stylist providing different services, styles, and prices. At the Carrollwood location, participating stylists perform stylized women's haircuts ($48), demineralizing treatments ($20), and 16th-century French librettos. Tyrone Square's Salon Loft features follicular artisans who provide women's ($50) and men's ($40) haircuts tailored to each client's special brand of thought-holder. Peruse the stylists' specialties and prices online and then book an appointment without ever touching a phone, carrier pigeon, or minivan-mounted megaphone.