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.
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.
Though every hairstylist has probably cut the hair of a client named Ashley in their career, only a handful of stylists can boast that they have styled the hair of Ashlee Simpson. A hairstylist and makeup artist for nearly three decades, Omar Becerra is one of those talented few. He has developed an impressive resumé over the years that includes accomplishments such as spots in publications, including Ego Magazine, and opportunities to style famous tresses. Today, Becerra works at Obsession Hair Studio, where he treats men and women to his expert hair and makeup services.
Appointments begin with a free consultation, allowing Becerra to design the most flattering style for the client’s face shape, skin tone, and lifestyle. He may simply snip off overgrown length and split ends, or he might take a more in-depth approach and completely revamp the hair's color and shine with luminous highlights. Becerra also offers keratin treatments that force strands to relinquish their curl and frizz for months, and basic deep-conditioning treatments repair locks damaged by blow dryers or trying to break into the Home Alone house. Clients can also visit Becerra prior to weddings and proms for a complete makeup application.
A nightmarish experience led Ellia to the world of extensions. Her hair had been double-processed with a perm and a relaxer, causing the strands to break off and leave behind frazzled, four-inch tufts. Ellia tried to hide the damage with glue-on hair extensions, but because of their heaviness, she had them removed shortly thereafter?a long, expensive process that left her with bald spots. Then she discovered microlinks. These tiny, lightweight copper tubes hold extensions in place without glue or heat, allowing existing hair to grow out naturally. It's been 11 years and Ellia's still wearing extensions?not for their masking properties, mind you, but for the extra volume they bring.
Now at the helm of Spoiled Hair Extensions, Ellia continues to fine-tune the art of lengthening hair?still using the microlinks method, but cutting down on application times with her own patented tool, the Spoiled Hair Belt. When she isn't training stylists and installing natural human hair she's gathering it from donors who meet her exacting criteria. It's because of this eye for quality that Ellia's hair extensions come with a 10-year guarantee?the average prison sentence for a long-haired princess.
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.
The many statues of the Buddha that decorate George Ryan Salon should clue customers into the fact that this isn’t just a hairstyling business. Of course, the staff here do cut hair and make it smoother with keratin treatments. But by emphasizing inner calmness and reflection, the salon helps clients relax and take a break from everyday stresses. After complementing their natural beauty with sun-kissed highlights or a tidy manicure, clients can take home a soy-based candle that matches their zodiac sign or a book on spirituality to bring that newfound peace home.