VIDEO: CONGRATS! Under The Dryer Award Winners

VIDEO: CONGRATS! Under The Dryer Award Winners

Saturday, February 18, 2012

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Lots have happened since Saturday, January 24, 2009, the very first publication of Under The Dryer. For starters, Marie Simone Hall (Sima) took the plunge and moved The Face Place to its own home -- an impressive, modern edifice that could pass muster in any metropolis.

Vonessa Smith stepped out boldly, too, and opened the ever so elegant Vonessa's Salon & Spa.

Sandra Samuels moved her Totally Male ClubSpa and Salon to 48 Constant Spring Road and is, for 2012, in bullish expansion mode.

Nettle & Moss director Aisha Morgan has not only dared to create a cosy endroit for great hair products, but is also intent on teaching us just how to maintain great-looking tresses.

Who would have thunk it? Jane Carter, founder and CEO of the all-natural Jane Carter Solution haircare line, and her spokesperson/natural hair artist Thando Kafele were here, in Jamaica, conducting a hair clinic.

The stylish go-getter, Racquel Jenkins Moss-Solomon, pushed the envelope even further, introducing top make-up consultant Sam Fine and Eve Pearl to our shores. And how could we ever forget Vivica A Fox in Jamaica for FNO and dinner with Jimmy and Racqs?

Artist Natalie Barnes and sisterlocks consultant/stylist Roxanne Green have turned Adzua into an oasis for natural hair, while Roxanne Shields of Roxanne's has in three years become the go-to hairstylist. Lisa Hutchinson has impressed with her amazing cuts, while Carolene Dennis has not only moved her clients to the more spacious Cutting Edge Beauty Salon at the Liguanea Post Mall, but has also ensured the Observer is on hand for her patrons to enjoy (thanks much, Carolene).

Is she or isn't she? Melody Aarons and Tricia Anderson of Chic Lines beauty salon kept all guessing and their clients smug in the knowledge that only they know for sure. Never one to rest on her laurels, Melody Aarons has opened her first overseas salon in Florida.

Chicsters and guests of the stylish Spanish Court Hotel not only know their way around the Zen Spa -- where services are as discreet as they are fab -- but also have spa manager Marsha McKnight on speed dial.

The Athena Salon and Gaia Day Spa in Mandeville, owned by the charming and professional Jennifer Groves, remains the established centre of beauty, even as Monique and her fab mum Norma of Norma Webster Salon & Spa continue to serve St James and beyond with aplomb. New hair and spa products have created quite a buzz, and "the best is", according to new mum Monique, "yet to come".

Perfect words with which to close and for me to throw down the gauntlet for 2012!

For what would we do without our salons, stylists and therapists? You are all integral to our well-being and vital for us staying fab!

Thanks for your support this year, and congratulations to all of our winners. We look forward to adding new establishments to our roster come 2012/13.

The customer is now more than ever KING, for with so many choices, excellence and attention to detail will keep them pressing the buzzers of your establishments.

Until soon...

Novia McDonald-Whyte

Lifestyle editor

Jamaica Observer


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