By Louise Bolger
sun staff writer
Mary Ann Speciale is spiritual by nature and believes that divine intervention played an important part in guiding her toward purchasing her salon, Hair’s To You in Holmes Beach. Over six years ago when she was considering the purchase, a gentlemen in a wheel chair came in for a hair cut.
Through the course of conversation it was revealed that he was a doctor in the same small town in upstate New York where Speciale was born. After a brief reading of her baby book, Speciale confirmed what she had suspected that indeed it was the doctor who delivered her. As far as she was concerned, the angels had spoken and the deal was sealed.
Thanks to a twist of fate, Hair’s To You Salon, has been going strong for six years, offering a full menu of salon services that keeps changing and improving. The large salon is housed in two stores in the Anna Maria Island Centre with a large reception area, spacious hair services stations and private rooms for other treatments and services.
It offers a full line of hair services for everyone — women, men and children, ranging from cuts and styling to color and highlights to conditioning treatments. The spa services include manicures, pedicures, acrylics, paraffin dip, and waxing to mention just a few. Permanent cosmetics are available by a licensed nail technician and esthetician. A tanning salon is on hand and, within a month, Hair’s To You will be offering massage services as well.
Wedding parties can kick back on the big day and have their hair, nails and makeup done while partaking of the salon’s complimentary beer and wine. Gift certificates are available for any occasion.
Speciale is especially proud of the salon’s laser hair removal and electrolysis services. Both she and Pansy Heger are licensed in laser hair removal and electrolysis and will be happy to arrange an appointment for treatment or consultation.
Speciale’s daughter Ashley, due to deliver a baby boy any day, not only does nails but also maintains a display of Cookie Lee costume jewelry. In fact, the open house anniversary celebration is being postponed until Friday, June 22, at 5 p.m. to accommodate the new arrival, so mark your calendar.
The staff at Hair’s To You, has been with Speciale between two and six years. She says they are stable, competent and create a great friendly working environment, making their clients feel welcomed and comfortable. Speciale is also grateful to the Island’s full-time residents and all the local clientele who have helped build her business through the years.
If you collect angels like Speciale does, you may also listen to your inner voice for guidance. Speciale thinks Hair’s To You was "Heaven Sent." It could turn out to be a little piece of heaven for you too.
Hair’s To You
Anna Maria Island Centre
3218 East Bay Drive
Summer hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday
Evenings available by appointment • Walk-ins welcome