By Callie Sharkey
Longtime Wellington hair studio Visions Salon celebrated its milestone 30th anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 11.
The evening included cocktails, music, a raffle to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and a fashion show highlighting many of the salon’s talented stylists. Representatives from Goldwell, with award-winning hair color products, and celebrity hairstylist Nick Arrojo were both present for the festivities.
Arrojo is famous for his work with top fashion designers and a seven-year stint as the lead hairstylist on TLC’s iconic television show “What Not to Wear.” He has worked closely with Visions Salon owner Tom Monticello for years.
“I literally work every single day,” said Arrojo, “but this, 30 years, was a big deal, and I couldn’t miss it.”
Monticello is passionate to keep both his staff trainings and the salon’s techniques at the forefront of industry trends. He gave credit to his staff of long-term and newer stylists alike. “I could be the leader of the train, but it’s about the team,” Monticello said. “We have an amazing team.”
Visions Salon has grown to more than 30 staff members while remaining a constant in the Wellington Plaza.
Monticello’s commitment to both his craft and community are a driving force behind the company’s success. Master designer Sue Hooks spoke of his leadership style.
“You always make decisions to benefit the salon,” Hooks said, speaking to Monticello. “You give to staff selflessly to move forward. Tom is our legend.”
Arrojo also took the time to address the packed salon about Monticello. “I am proud to have Tom as a fellow stylist and friend,” Arrojo said. “With the Visions team, I treasure the experiences and success.”
Monticello brings some of his staff to Arrojo’s expo in New York every year to keep the designers inspired and growing professionally. The overall attitude about education for the entire team means there are stylists who have been with Visions Salon for many years despite an industry where stylists often come and go.
Monticello thanked many of the guests, but continued to stress his staff’s talent and their ability to keep the culture of the salon innovative and fresh.
Visions Salon is located at 12793 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington. For more information, call (561) 790-1696 or visit www.vhsalon.com.