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There are few people who are more skilled in making you look your best than barbers and hairstylists. Throughout the Sunshine State, these men and women have honed their craft and are ready to give you a haircut or style that not only expresses who you are, but what the hair care professionals have learned throughout their careers. We asked barbers and stylists at Grooming-2015_barber_Elena-Linareseight local businesses this question: “When someone comes to you for a haircut or styling, how do you give the hairstyle your own special touch while still giving the customer what he wants?”

“What’s different about RazzleDazzle is that women (as the barbers) let men (the clients) know what looks best on them, and who better to know what looks best on a man than a woman? They melt in our hands. They love a woman’s point of view!” -Elena Linares, RazzleDazzle Barbershop (six South Florida locations, one located at Grooming-2015_barber_Jose-Lima1530 Alton Rd. in Miami Beach; 305-534-6166)

“First, we flirt with them. [laughs] We ask them where they’re from and get personal with them and see what their interests are. We try to find out more about them. We make it very person-to-person. We try to remember all the important things about our customers, so they get personal treatment and it’s more than just another haircut.” -Jose Lima, Ron’s Barbershop (1220 NE 4th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-999-0365)Grooming-2015_barber_MojosBarbershop

“I always envision how the particular hairstyle that the client is asking for would look on me first. That helps me give it my own special touch.” -Joseph Sansone, Mojo’s Barbershop (2348 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors, 954-566-1350)

“Photos are a great way to bring an idea or concept style to Grooming-2015_barber_Shannon-Spotsyour barber or stylist. Any good barber will take it as inspiration and work from there to give you the best look or advice you to try something else…Work with your barber or stylist on putting together a kick-ass look that makes you stand out. You want strangers taking your photo to give to their barbers.” -Shannon Spotts, American Made Barbershop (1206 NE 4th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-297-2324)

“A consultation is most definitely the first thing I’d want to have with myGrooming-2015_barber_Danny-Davis client in order to give them our special touch. There are not many professional salons out there that give the kind of service that we do. Being cordial and welcoming always satisfies our clients.” -Danny Davis, Salon Capelli (1155 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, 954-530-9430)

“We are professionals, having worked in our field for 30 years. Our experience, and listening to our clients, are our special touches.” –Grooming-2015_barber_Lisa-and-DianeLisa Nothardt and Diane DeStefano, Hair Solutions (4390 N. Federal Hwy., #104, Fort Lauderdale, 954-773-1700)

“We have the latest medical and non-surgical procedures guaranteed to get your hair back. I can make any man look Grooming-2015_barber_Chuck-Alfieriand feel younger and give them back their self-esteem. I know the guys love it!” -Chuck Alfieri, Alfieri Salon (3022 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-489-3050)

“We put in care and time into each and every haircuts as our special touch. If we leave too much of our own imprint, we risk Grooming-2015_barber_Kennedyscompromising the style or the cut. Each client has different needs and wants; we customize as we go.” -The staff of Kennedy’s All-American Barber Club (346 S. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407-628-8445)

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Mike Halterman
Mike Halterman has been the editor of Hotspots Central since its launch in July 2016. He joined the Hotspots Media Group family as editor of Hotspots' South Florida magazine in June 2013. A former "40 Under 40" honoree in The Advocate magazine, Mike lives in the Tampa Bay area.