By Joy Bergman

Nowadays, with so many salons and barbers to choose from, you’d think that it would be easy to find a good haircut. But the reality is, it’s not so simple. And if it’s hard just to find a good trim, how hard is it to have another special service performed, like highlights, specialty styles, or perms? You might just hop into your car and try a random salon, hoping for the best, but end up disappointed. If this has been you, then you’ll be happy to know that your worries about finding a great salon are over. At the Fantastic Sam’s in River Crossings, you can expect highly-trained and passionate stylists that truly bring “fantastic” to the area!

Salon owner Jon Bennett first began opening up several Fantastic Sam’s locations for his late wife Kim in 1991. Kim was a talented hairdresser who had dreamed of owning her own salons, and for many years, the happy couple ran them successfully. Although Kim had passed away, Jon has continued her legacy by operating 10 of the finest Fantastic Sam’s salons in the Bay area, including the favored River Crossings location.

While Jon has operated this store for five years, he and his new store manager, Elda Careaga, are thrilled to share all the latest updates that this gorgeous salon has to offer. “I haven’t been to this location in several years,” local guide Amanda S. writes. “It’s now under new management, and I was blown away by the staff and my new haircut.” If anyone understands the complications of explaining what kind of haircut they’re after, it’s Amanda. She continues by saying, “When I get a haircut, I know a rough idea of what I want, but never know if it will work with my hair, etc. So I pretty much leave it up to my stylist. My stylist today nailed exactly what I wanted, without me even knowing exactly… Happy client 🙂 Thank you!”

In order to provide the best hair services, you have to hire the best in the business! With professional stylists like Elda and her team, you can rest easy knowing that you will get the results you want. Elda herself has more than 25 years of styling experience and has even run her own salon in New York City for a decade. The veteran stylist has also successfully worked in Miami as an “on-base stylist/barber” for U.S. Air Force service members and their families. Elda also gained more experience in the Hollywood, Florida area, before moving with her family to Tampa Bay, where she has been working at the Fantastic Sam’s since last September. 

“[We are] the most budget friendly salon,” she shares. “We’re delivering quality cuts at a very good price.” And the feedback definitely proves it! Client Lisa commented, “It is so nice to find a salon that is close to home, clean, reasonably priced, and where the ladies know their craft well.” 

In fact, due to the excellent prices and amazing services, some clientele from high-end salons, often choose Fantastic Sam’s as their “go-to salon” instead. And it’s obvious as to why, with such caring staff who offer the very best in hair products. “Let me start by saying, I have been to many high-end salons, but none of them have compared to the quality and end results I have gotten from Mary Beth!” Impressed client Jen praised. “She knows exactly the color/highlights that look best with my skin tone, PLUS for a way more reasonable price. Mary Beth truly cares about the work she does and it shows!”

 If you’re in need of a simple trim, take advantage of the regular shampoo and haircut deal for only $17.00, which includes a tousle dry. While this is already a stellar price, check out the “Night Owl Special” where cuts and shampoos are merely $13.00 Mondays through Fridays between 4-6 P.M.  Once your hair is cut to your liking, sit back and relax, and enjoy some Fantastic Sam’s signature shampoo therapy, which includes a calming neck massage. Nervous about taking your little one for a trim? No worries! The staff are great with kids and help them feel comfortable while providing exceptional cuts. 

For those looking to add some color to their locks, check out Fantastic Sam’s “Color Days” special! This fun special runs Mondays through Wednesdays, and starts at $45. To top it off, Fantastic Sam’s offers Olaplex treatment, which is a high-end protective product that contains no ammonia and provides optimum coverage for those with colored hair. There are plenty of signature Fantastic Sam’s products to fall in love with that can be purchased in-store as well.

 Specialty cuts by consultation are also available to suit all of your styling needs, as well as brow, lip, and facial waxing. Appointments and walk-ins are welcome at the trendy neighborhood salon

. Whether you’re looking for beach waves, a beard trim, a standard hair cut, or a stylish updo for your next big event, check out Fantastic Sam’s in River Crossings today. Discover the difference with stylists who are professional, highly talented, and actually care about what you want. It’s time to take your everyday “good” style to “Fantastic!”

Get your hair done right today by calling the specialists at Fantastic Sam’s in River Crossings at (727)376-8300. This exciting neighborhood salon is located at 5340 Little Rd. #108, New Port Richey, 34655, right by Publix. The hours are from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. Mondays through Saturdays. Check them out on FaceBook at Fantastic Sam’s/River Crossing.