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.
As the hair-replacement specialist at J. Turner Salon & Spa, Kareemah Johnson wields her dexterous hands to thicken strands with extensions that she places in row by row. Despite her work in adding hair, though, she also removes it with an all-natural sugaring method, which can minimize the irritation that sometimes comes from other hair-removal tools like wax or velcro.
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.
With more than 17 of years of experience performing cosmetic and medically corrective permanent-makeup services, Ashley Swain effortlessly marries a keen aesthetic sensibility with technical proficiency. When she isn't training professionals or leading seminars on permanent makeup for such organizations as the Dermatological Society and the Parkinson's Foundation, she performs each procedure personally. Her palette includes an extensive array of pigments, which allows her to create natural-looking eyebrows, distinguished beauty marks, and fully defined liplines. In addition to virtually eliminating the need for daily makeup applications, her treatments can also help hide the appearance of surgical scars or pockmarks left by ill-advised molten-lava facials.
Instead of remaining in one location, Ashley lends her services to three of the area's permanent-makeup facilities, each of which boasts a full staff as well as an arsenal of medical-grade digital technology.
Hands and feet reign supreme inside Top Nails Techs, where nail specialists tend to appendages with skin-softening treatments and artful flair. During paraffin pedicures, a technician removes calluses with a gel scrub and lotion and massages the feet, then wraps them in hot towels to cleanse them after a moisturizing, waxy dip. Nail-enhancement services coat natural nails in sturdy gel polish or give them a decidedly french air by applying pink-and-white acrylics or slathering each one in foie gras. Aside from nail services, Top Nails Tech also enhances eyes with eyelash extensions and waxes away unwanted hair from both the face and body.
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.