Month: August 2012

The happy medium between Marilyn Monroe and Janis Joplin

We are in the last few weeks of Summer… but here in South Florida, Summer sun and highlights are possible all year long.  The topic at hand is how to achieve truly natural sun-kissed hair color.  It is important for the blonde tones to not overpower or end up brassy.  The natural undertones shouldn’t be too dark or “blah”, drowning out your complexion.  Our goal at Salon Bongini is to achieve perfectly natural highlights by taking the time to study your natural color and undertones.  We will select the perfect color(s) and possibly a toner for you.  There is a happy medium out there for everyone… somewhere between Marilyn Monroe and Janis Joplin.

See below for some of our favorite before and afters.


Meet the Team

Joel Bongini

Joel Bongini – Owner & Stylist

Joel Bongini is an expert stylist with a technical approach to the industry. As salon owner for 10 years, he achieved great recognition in today’s top fashion magazines, such as Vogue, Allure and Marie Claire.
Joel’s experience landed him a top stylist position at the prestigious Garren Salon in New York…More

Working with Garren and being a part of his team for years was highly inspirational. His international runway work includes: Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Escada and ana Sui.
Working with the best in his field opened doors to a freelance career with Timothy Priano at Artists. Artists took Joel across the country to Los Angeles. After his career in film and television, Joel was compelled to move back east and open Salon Bongini.

Tools of the Trade: Joel’s favorite product is the Cristalli Liquidi by Alfaparf. “Apply a few drops to palm, distribute evenly throughout damp or dry hair.  Watch your hair’s luster shine through.”

Kristen Black

Kristen Black – Stylist

After six years experience and training on Las Olas, Kristen is both an expert in color corrections and a master colorist. With an approach that combines technical skill, artistry and an acute attention to detail, she will create a complete look customized to your hair type and personal style. She uses the most up-to-date techniques and is knowledgeable on the latest trends.

Tools of the Trade: Kristen’s favorite product is the Goldwell Spray Hair Lacquer

Quote:  The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice. ~Tupac



Jeffrey Baker – Stylist

Jeffrey began his career in the beauty industry 20 years ago in Philadelphia. Schooling with Aveda and Vidal Sassoon laid the foundation for his journey. His passion for all aspects of the beauty culture drove him forward. He is professional and personable as he creates multidimensional colors, soft, sexy cuts and blowouts, or contemporary men’s looks that keep you looking and feeling your best.

Tools of the Trade: To tame unruly locks, Jeffrey turns to Davines. Begin with Love Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner, follow up with the Relaxing Fluid for a beautiful and reflective blowout.

Favorite Quote: Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Amber Watters – Stylist

Growing up in South Florida Amber always had a love for art, fashion, body art, and hair. She knew from a young age she would be a hairstylist. After being in the industry for 8 years Amber has realized that hair is truly her passion. Hairstyling is an art and skill that she works toward perfecting every day. Always up to date on the latest hair trends and techniques, she is consistently continuing her education, and loves learning and trying new techniques. She is acclimated to all different hair textures including very curly to very fine. She loves a challenge: whether it’s color correction or cutting and blowing unruly locks— no hair type or texture scares away this daring diva! Her look may be considered extreme but she gears services to suit the client, whether their look is conservative or demure, funky or extravagant.

Tools of the trade: Alfaparf Crystalli Liquidi drops, “ The smell is intoxicating and makes hair shine like glass!”

Favorite quote: “I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.” ~ Jessica Rabbit


André Ferreira – Stylist

Born and raised in Brazil, Andre’ came to the U.S. at the age of 20.  His career began, as he learned mastery of the art at Oribe Salon in Miami.  After spending six years in Miami honing his skills, his talents took him across the country and to the blazing sun and sets of Los Angeles, CA.  Andre’ worked across California and in Las Vegas as a highly demanded hairstylist for commercial photo shoots, high-profile clients, and extravagant shows.  After twelve years and many miles traveled, Andre’ has returned to South Florida to bring his eclectic experience and talents to Salon Bongini.