By Michelle Caceres

Few hairstylists can say that Farrah Fawcett’s “flippy” hairdo was popular when they started in the business. Master colorist and stylist Robert Ricchini Jr. can. “I’ve been in this industry more than three decades and I’m seeing styles come full circle because a modernized version of Farrah’s big hair is now in style,” he said.

Ricchini, who received training in London from Mr. Vidal Sassoon, isn’t the only stylist at La Mèche Hair Salon with more than 30 years in the industry.

Salon owner Petra Hollins is European-trained, holding a Master’s in cosmetology from Kassel Institute of Hair and is proficient in French, German and British style of cutting. She and Ricchini each have more than 7,000 hours of training in the business of hair. Adding master stylists Kat Johnson’s 27 year’s experience and Belinda Moore’s nine year’s experience, the team at La Mèche Hair Salon has more than a century’s experience making people look their best.

Located at 1023 E. Bloomingdale Ave., in Valrico, salon services include haircuts (for men, women and children), color and highlights, conditioning and straightening treatments and AIRbrush makeup.

Clients know the importance of experience in salon business. Valrico resident Litwina McGill has been one of Hollins’ clients for almost three years and always receives a good cut. McGill currently sports a bob, an easy style for her to maintain at home. “Petra advises me and I tell her what I want and I’ve been very pleased with the results,” she said.

The salon’s Customer Loyalty Program offers clients the ability to earn points for salon services, referrals and rebooking, then redeem points for free hair services. Loyalty program members also have an opportunity to enter a drawing for a $500 prize.

An organic salon that meets OSHA requirements, stylists use ammonia and sulfate-free products that are gentle and restorative to hair. A full line of Alterna and Goldwell products are also sold.

Salon hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling the salon online at its Website. For more information about La Mèche Hair Salon, visit or call 684-0465.


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MIchelle Caceres has been writing for the Osprey Observer for seventeen years. She enjoys writing human interest pieces about inspiring members of the community who are working to better our community. She lives in FishHawk Ranch with her husband and recently became an empty-nester. When not writing, Michelle is serving her church community, reading and enjoying Florida's weather.