Lake Mary Life Magazine

Tuesday 1 July, 2014 – Lake Mary Life Magazine – Lake Mary Life

There are those who view a trip to the salon as yet another necessary errand to squeeze into an already too busy schedule. And then there are those who see it as a time to be pampered, a delicious refuge from the busy world, the place where all of life’s demands float away like clippings swept from the floor. For the latter, there’s the Matthew Michael’s Salon Experience, an oasis of serenity now open in Colonial TownPark.

From the moment you walk through the door and a bliss-inducing array of essential oils gently tickles your senses, it’s clear Matthew Michael’s is not your typical hair salon. Sure, it has blow-dryers, mirrors, and scissors, but underneath the beautifying tools is a mission to make you look fabulous and feel completely relaxed and cared for.

Your hostess will offer you a warm or cool cup of Aveda tea or a glass of wine and then encourage you to take a Sensory Journey. Say yes, and then close your eyes and breathe in various essential oils wafted under your nose. Pick your favorite, and it can be crafted into your very own personalized fragrance.

As you await your appointment time, steal a moment to peruse the hundreds of Aveda products available at Lake Mary’s only Aveda retailer. These botanical products are renowned for their straight-from-nature ingredients and the company’s staunch stance on sustainability and environmental responsibility. From hair care to skin lotions to make-up, a seemingly endless and comprehensive line of plant-based products await.

Then it’s off for a tour of the salon.

“This gives us the chance to make you feel at home,” says Matthew Michael Stefanavage himself. You’ll see the color bar, where guests can chat with their stylist about their hair color goals and then watch as the perfect solution is mixed right before their eyes. “We don’t emerge from the backroom with a mystery bowl of color solution. We mix everything right in front of our clients. It’s all part of making everyone feel informed and comfortable.”

Those receiving a hair wash will head to the Shampoo Spa, a Zen-like room tucked away from the bustling salon floor where subdued lighting, ambient tunes, and heavenly scalp massages transport guests to new heights of relaxation.

At the 10 beauty stations, stylists apply an immense level of education to their task, training that includes ongoing skill enhancement performed every Tuesday morning. All stylists arrive at the salon with a firm foundation, but that base is constantly fortified in a climate of lifelong education and the constant pursuit of excellence.

“We all take pride in our work, and all of our stylists want to hit a home run,” says Matthew. “Our goal is to tap into your unexpressed desire by asking a lot of questions. We want to make sure you get exactly what you’re hoping for.”

You might even get a few little surprises you weren’t expecting, including a complimentary stress-relieving ritual, such as a neck and scalp massage or a relaxing hand massage.

Men are also pampered at this salon, where even a basic cut and style includes a scalp and neck massage, warm face towel, and the best shampoo ever, as the salon touts.

For ladies, a slew of services, from blowouts and extensions to bridal up-dos and deep conditioning treatments, make this salon the only salon you’ll ever need.

As guests leave, they’re offered a complimentary make-up refresher at the make-up bar and booked in for their next visit.

“There are 12 points of difference we use to delight all of our guests,” Matthew explains. “It is important that they feel the wow factor, that they’re treated like royalty. We’re all about the experience.”

– Kristen Manieri