Pretty is as Pretty Does takes a proactive approach to beauty with more than 15 facial treatments that don’t necessarily stop at the face. The spa’s aestheticians scrub the feet, back, neck, and other areas of the body with paraben-free Sanitas Skincare products formulated to exfoliate skin after wrestling in mud or lap swimming in a bog. Aside from their long list of spa and clinical facials, the aestheticians swipe away hair with waxing treatments and soothe muscles with Swedish, deep-tissue, and reflexology massage techniques. To keep their clients in the know, they maintain an FAQ page on their website, along with further information about the benefits of skincare.
A portrait of Marilyn Monroe looms over the treatment table at Elle George Skin Care, per porcelain complexion a glowing symbol of perfection. But while Marilyn had makeup and lighting artists on her side, the clients here have something even better. Elle George has spent more than a decade studying the anti-aging properties of natural and organic ingredients––such as vitamin C, pumpkin, and sea salt––which she incorporates into a slew of time-freezing facials and scrubs. A licensed aesthetician, Elle also specializes in advanced treatments such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels. And, for a full-body effect, she can even administer a mermaid seaweed body wrap, which moisturizes the skin with citrus-infused body cream and grants the user temporary underwater-breathing abilities.
Salon Paz borrows its name from the Spanish word for peace, which is exactly what the staff hopes to bring to the customers who enter into the relaxing, sage-green space. After admiring the salon's artwork––which is all created by the staff––clients settle in to plush, chocolate-colored styling chairs to put their strands in the hands of seasoned stylists or put their feet up to enjoy the soothing massage that accompanies each pedicure. They'll also enjoy peace-of-mind knowing the salon reaches for high-quality shampoos and conditioners from Paul Mitchell and complexion-clearing skincare products by Keyano. They also use all-vegan hair color by Pravana, which are free of sulfates, sulfites, and parabens, and are never tested on animals, no matter how much they beg.
Two hair designers and a makeup artist staff Stasia's Organic Element Salon, and they ply their trades with organic products. For makeup they use products from Vapour Organic Beauty. For hair, they might use Onestà or Marrakesh Hair Care products. Like many other salons, the interior is full of soothing soft purples and softly lit private treatment rooms, and the staff tries to be equally gentle on skin and scalp by eschewing harsh chemicals found in nonorganic products. The salon's owner, Stacy, has personal experience battling eczema and found that organic salon products helped clear up her skin. So, today she has a deep personal investment in the products she uses for haircuts, keratin treatments, and color applications.
At Verity Salons, stylists use color products imported from Italy alongside organic solutions and their own practiced eyes to revamp clients' coiffures. Owner Marc Vansco attended the Hair and Fashion Institute and trained under a master hairstylist before moving to Tampa and opening his own salon. With the help of his tight-knit team, he cuts and colors strands and supplies items from his own beauty line such as lip gloss and hairspray. As guests receive haircuts, facials, and makeup services, coral-colored walls and lime-green accents brighten up the salon better than a miniature sun trapped in a soda bottle.
After nearly two decades of styling hair in Tampa Bay, Siggy still looks forward to arriving at her salon each morning. The passion that initially drew her to the beauty industry—helping people feel great about how they look—stays with her to this day.
Luckily, Siggy’s skilled salon team shares her passion. Siggy clips hair into flattering styles, and nail technician Ana Domenech beautifies hands and feet with soothing manicures and pedicures. Ana embodies the salon’s signature sense of warmth, welcoming each of her clients with a smile before gently removing the sock puppets from their fingers and setting to work on their nails.