Owner, stylist, and 22-year industry veteran Ray Caballero helms Casa R. Caballero Salon, Spa & Boutique with an eye for style and a preference for experienced team members. Ray's styling chairs are flanked by numerous beauty and wellness experts, including stylist 25-year veteran stylist Yolie Kelly, 15-year veteran massage therapist and master aesthetician Stacy Glass and 10-year veteran nail tech Mickie Trieu. Leveraging products from Lanza Healing Haircare, Pravana, Redken OPI, and Essie, team members assist clients in achieving their aesthetic aspirations with salon and spa services ranging from waxing to feather extensions to facials. They also keep the door open until as late as 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday to accommodate those who work, sleep, or sleepwork during the day.
With new styles and trends emerging every season, stylist Bonnie Gosack knows that staying on top of the game means continuing her education. She graduated from a Redken-endorsed academy with expertise in Redken cutting and coloring techniques. Then she went on to earn a certification as a hair-extension artist—Bonnie specializes in the keratin-fusion method, which she believes produces the most natural-looking styles. At SalonSpa Lavish, she puts her skills to use by cutting, styling, and coloring strands and applying hair extensions long enough to double as a muumuu.
Two hair designers and a skin care specialist staff Stasia's Organic Element Salon, and they apply their trades with organic products. For makeup they use products from Youngevity makeup. For hair, they might use Onest? or Mastey and John Masters 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.
Fifteen years ago, Richard Santana leapt into the hairstyling industry when he began an apprenticeship at one of Atlanta's largest high-end salons. From there, he moved back home to Tampa, graduated from hair school, and became a Redken Master Specialist and a member of the Redken Performing Artist team, where his duties included educating others on the use of Redken products through interpretive dance. Today, he plies his trade at RTS Hair, where he has impressed clients with his specialty work in hair design, color, and keratin treatments, as well as age-appropriate cuts for kids.
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.
Antoinette "Ditto" Soares has been in the beauty industry for more than 16 years, working as a master stylist at salons in New York and Florida before opening up her own studio. The cheerful hairdresser prides herself in the individual attention she provides her clients, making sure to take time before every appointment to discuss desired outcomes and determine flattering styles. Within the sunlit Kutz-N-Kurlz Salon, Antoinette extends her expertise toward a variety of salon services, including haircuts, extensions, and smoothing keratin treatments.