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.
After nearly 30 years of working as hairstylist, Christine decided to make the leap to self-employed stylist and rent her own salon booth. Now, loyal fans and new customers alike can visit Christine for cuts, clipper cuts, color treatments, and dynamic highlights. Christine also offers more specialty treatments, such as keratin straightening and perms, as well as skilled styling.
Drawing on a diverse range of skills, the stylists at Supreme Cuts snip and style all types of hair. Their services range from traditional scissor cuts to advanced color treatments and fusion extensions. The salon also employs a team of male barbers who specialize in men's haircuts and hot shaves.
The licensed cosmetologists at 4 Dollz Only Salon dole out natural hairstyles, designer cuts, and Brazilian blowouts for a diverse group of clientele. But they don't stick to a script; the team constantly updates its menu of services with continuing-education courses.
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.