It’s clear why Paul James Salon recently was ranked in American Salon Magazine as First Class. Guests enter to cherry-red walls and cozy leather sofas. Further in, stylists can be seen effortlessly crafting sleek layers and decorating strands with ammonia-free highlights. The salon also offers a wide array of beautifying treatments, ranging from private makeup consultations to waxing and restorative facials.
Located just off Clematis Street in lively West Palm Beach, One XI Salon & Beauty Bar fits right in among the neighborhood’s boutiques, nightclubs, and restaurants. The salon’s high-spirited stylists clips to the rhythms of trendy music, putting down their shears every so often to offer their guests complimentary glasses of beer and wine. Owner Cathi oversees the team of stylists she handpicked for their friendly demeanor and wealth of haircare and styling certifications. Before leaving, guests can take home specialty products from L'Oreal Professional and Moroccanoil to help maintain salon-like hair and silky mutton chops at home.
The highly trained stylists at Pretty Suite Inc. dress up glamour-hungry follicles with artfully executed cuts, deep-conditioning, and color treatments. Before each procedure, the staff ensures a style that complements each client using a combination of verbal consultations, photographs, magazines, and telepathy. In addition to brightening up the above-shoulder feng shui with careful cuts, a tress artist can carefully paint craniums with a single-process color, or dress locks in fashion show camouflage with a partial highlight. To calm hue-soaked hair, gentle conditioning infusions pave over rugged and wild keratin strands, leaving hair soft and supple to the caress.
Salon W and Spa burnishes bodies from bangs to toenail using brand-name products. Skin rules inside the spa's private treatment rooms, where aestheticians draw inner beauty outward with glycolic peels, skin-resurfacing facials, and Jan Marini skincare products. On the salon floor, stylists add dimension to locks with highlights backed by haircare products from Davines and Bumble and bumble. Massages come in seven editions, from an aromatherapy version that includes fragrant essential oils to a hot-stone variety that both melts the tension in clients' backs and warms the pies in their overalls.
Cosmo & Company's staff of beauty bolsterers employs years of experience from spas all over the globe to professionally pamper clients’ faces. During a 75-minute classic facial, extractions, cleansing, and a soothing steam help free faces of pore-clogging grime, while an arm-to-scalp massage quiets squamous cells' protests against bath time. Finally, an exfoliating mask with Image skincare products sloughs away dead skin. Alternatively, the half-hour microdermabrasion preps skin with a steam and cleansing before skillful technicians wield a crystal-tipped tool to burnish and exfoliate facades, renewing complexions and erasing expired time stamps from foreheads.
The stylists of Changes Hair Studio think that hair is everyone’s best accessory, and they’ve spent nearly 30 years revamping that accessory with fashion-forward styles. Over that time, their team evolved into two divisions: the new talent perfect skills by practicing basic cuts and color retouches at discounted rates, and the advanced design team administers professionally priced cut and color services as well as keratin treatments and hair extensions affixed with brain waves. New and seasoned stylists alike draw from the same lineup of professional salon products, including patented protein formulas from Redken.
Barber tools are not toys. But even as a child, Dennis Marquez couldn’t resist playing with his father's set of barber tools in the attic, as he told Wellington the Magazine in 2008. This early admiration led Dennis to train at many prestigious hair schools including Vidal Sassoon in London. More than 35 years ago, Dennis and his wife, Kristina, opened the first Pizzazz Hair Design. The venture succeeded: their business has grown to include five separate salons, many of which have gained praise from NBC 5. Each salon’s stylists, armed with Redken and GKhair products, consult with men, women, teens, and children before revamping their manes with cuts, foil highlights, and hair-smoothing treatments. At the adjoining spas in three of the five salons, technicians paint nails with OPI polishes and cleanse skin with botanical-based Pevonia products.
To stay up to date on current hair trends, each salon's beauticians attend continuing-education courses and dissolve fashion magazines older than three months in jars of barbicide. The Pizzazz team also gives back to the community by donating a portion of salon proceeds to the Adopt-A-Family organization.