family beauty salon serving niceville for 20+ years

our staff

We are excited for you to get to know our talented staff at Ritz Salon! If you want to schedule an appointment with any of our stylists, just call the salon at (850) 897-4466.














Q. What do you love most about being a hair stylist?
A. Making someone feel beautiful and building friendships.

Q. What inspired you to become a hair stylist?    
A. I was always cutting and styling my Barbie dolls and loving watching my stylist doing my own hair.

Q. How long have you been a stylist?
A. Well I was doing color and cuts and dance updo’s on my friends since middle school, but licensed since 2006.

Q. How long have you been at Ritz Salon?
A. Since August 2013

Q. What do you like most about working at Ritz Salon?
A. Everyone is so helpful and kind. And the salon has a great reputation.

Q. What is your go-to hair product?
A. Coppola shampoo and conditioner

Q. What is your #1 stylist tip?
A. Cool shot when round brushing to hold the curl.

Q. What would you say your hair philosophy is?
A. Make your hair a priority, you have to wear it everyday!

Q. Who is your style icon?
A. Lauren Conrad, Jennifer Aniston and Scarlett Johanson

Q. Tell us one random fact about you.
A. I am an aunt to two identical twin boys.

Q. What do you like to do for fun?
A. Be with my family and friends, and go shopping.

Q. Tell us about your family life.
A. I have two children, a boy and a girl and have been married for 7 years and have two sisters.

Q. If you could could color your hair any color other than your current one, what would it be?
A. Brown with warm copper highlights.

Q. Did you always know you wanted to be a hair stylist?
A. Yes, always!

Q. What advice do you have for someone wanting to pursue a career in cosmetology?

A. Set your foundation with a well-respected beauty college. Always have an open mind and willing to learn because hair trends are forever changing.



Get to know your stylist ::Bonnie Rarick:: 


Q. What do you love most about being a hair stylist?
A. The people, the clients, and their stories and adventures.

Q. What inspired you to become a hair stylist?    

A. I needed a job and it was a reasonable price for the education.

Q. How long have you been a stylist?
A. 45 years

Q. How long have you been at Ritz Salon?
A. 12 years

Q. What do you like most about working at Ritz Salon?
A. Co-workers and good supply of products

Q. What is your go-to hair product?
A. Light-hair spray or oil for frizzy hair

Q. What is your #1 stylist tip?
A. Work with your hair type

Q. What would you say your hair philosophy is?
A. Use the best products for your hair - take good care of your hair.

Q. Who is your style icon?
A. Jennifer Neetles and Sharon Osborn

Q. Tell us one random fact about you.
A. I worked in a steel mill.

Q. What do you like to do for fun?
A.  Laugh at comedies and weave.

Q. Tell us about your family life.
A. Husband and two dogs, mother and son and his family who live close by.

Q. If you could could color your hair any color other than your current one, what would it be?
A. Being a breast cancer survivor, I am happy to have hair but I colored it as soon as it came back.

Q. If you could pick any one person to sit in your chair, who would it be?
A. Donald Trump - needs major hair help and Hilary Clinton - needs better look

Q. Did you always know you wanted to be a hair stylist?
A. No

Q. What advice do you have for someone wanting to pursue a career in cosmetology?

A. Go for it. It is very rewarding skilled career you have work all of the time you meet all types of people and you get to change the way people look at feel.


Get to Know Your Stylist ::Cherri Peeples::

Q. What do you love most about being a hair stylist? 
A. People - helping them feel good, seeing the smile on someone’s face when they see their new style or color. 

Q. What inspired you to become a hair stylist? 
A. I became a stylist because I was encouraged by my grandmother’s hairdresser and for the opportunity to go to college. 

Q. How long have you been a stylist? 
A. Licensed since February 1961...that’s 53 years!

Q. How long have you been at Ritz Salon? 
A. Since January 2012

Q. What do you like most about working at Ritz Salon? 
A. It is a professionally run salon with a great staff who care and encourage one another - no gossip. 

Q. What is your go-to hair product? 
A. Volumizing Mousse and hairspray

Q. What is your #1 stylist tip?
A. A good haircut is the basis for a successful style. 

Q. What would you say your hair philosophy is? 
A. Give the client what they want. It is all about them. 

Q. What do you like to do for fun? 
A. Read, play games with friends and family, go to the beach and cook. 

Q. Tell us about your family life. 
A. I come from a large family who is close to three and four generations. Now it’s just Billy and me at home with our two fuzzy children, Foxey and Honey Bear, but we love having friends and family visit and visiting them. 

Q. If you could could color your hair any color other than your current one, what would it be? 
A. Blonde all over 

Q. If you could have one person sit in your chair, who would it be?
A. My mom or my grandmother

Q. Did you always know you wanted to be a hair stylist?
A. From the time I was 14!

Q. What advice do you have for someone wanting to pursue a career in cosmetology?
A. Get a good foundation by going to a good school that teaches business building, technical aspect of styling, cutting, coloring, perming, finishing and above all practice good work ethic. 
It is a wonderful career; seek to work in a professional environment and love what you do. Continue to educate yourself as long as you continue to work you must keep u p with the techniques and products to keep your clients looking their best and coming back.


Get to Know Your Stylist ::Dawn Woodhams:: 

Q. What do you love most about being a hair stylist? 
A. Making people feel their best inside and out!

Q. What inspired you to become a hair stylist? 
A. I have always been a people person and it just seemed right!

Q. How long have you been a stylist? 
A. 33 years

Q. How long have you been at Ritz Salon? 
A. We opened the salon on the 1st of May 1995. I’ve been here since day one. 19 wonderful years!

Q. What do you like most about working at Ritz Salon? 
A. Having employers that care and support the stylists makes our salon a pleasure to work at. 

Q. What is your go-to hair product? 
A. Aquage finishing hair spray and Shine Mist are my grande finale! 

Q. What is your #1 stylist tip?
A. Invest in good tools, good products and regular appointments. 

Q. What would you say your hair philosophy is? 
A. Hair is fun, not a chore!

Q. Who is your style icon?
A. Ms. Hitzman - she was my beauty school instructor. She taught me everything from color formulation to compassion. 

Q. Tell us one random fact about you. 
A. My first job was a car hop!

Q. What do you like to do for fun? 
A. My idea of fun, hmm...I live, love and sleep!

Q. Tell us about your family life. 
A. I have been married to the love of my life for 30 years...blessed with four amazing children, 1 son-in-law, one daughter-in-law, one grandchild and one on the way! 

Q. If you could could color your hair any color other than your current one, what would it be? 
A. Red!

Q. If you could have one person sit in your chair, who would it be?
A. Robert Massi (a legal consumer analyst). He needs a new look.

Q. Did you always know you wanted to be a hair stylist?
A. No - tried it, loved it and here I am!

Q. What advice do you have for someone wanting to pursue a career in cosmetology?
A. Start with a reputable school. Add a dose of passion, fold in a healthy measure of hard work and it yields many years of happiness.


Get to know your stylist ::Joanne Tournear-Sills::

Q. What do you love most about being a hair stylist? 
A. Making my clients look and feel great about themselves.

Q. What inspired you to become a hair stylist?
A. My aunt - she was a great stylist, too!

Q. How long have you been a stylist? 
A. 42 years

Q. How long have you been at Ritz Salon? 
A. 10 years

Q. What do you like most about working at Ritz Salon? 
A. I love the great atmosphere and fantastic group of ladies I get to work with every day

Q. What is your go-to hair product? 
A. Mousse and silkening oil

Q. What is your #1 stylist tip? 
A. Keeping the appropriate cut for your style of hair

Q. What would you say your hair philosophy is? 
A. Keep your hair in great condition with regular maintenance. 

Q. Who is your style icon? 
A. Halle Berry and Jennifer Aniston 

Q. Tell us one random fact about you. 
A. I love being around people.

Q. What do you like to do for fun? 
A. I love going to the beach or doing water sports

Q. Tell us about your family life. 
A. I have two sons, a daughter-in-law and two grandsons 

Q. If you could could color your hair any color other than your current one, what would it be? 
A. Red/auburn

Q. Did you always know you wanted to be a hair stylist? 
A. Pretty much - ever since I was in Junior High!

Q. What advice do you have for someone wanting to pursue a career in cosmetology? 
A. Find a great salon with a great reputation. Be committed. Have the ability to listen to and truly hear your clients.


Get to know your Nail Specialist ::Sandi Broxton::



Q. What do you love most about being a nail specialist? 
A. Making lovely nails and pedicures. 

Q. What inspired you to become a nail tech? 
A. Making friends, nails pretty and I realized I had talent for this profession. 

Q. How long have you been doing nails? 
A. 19 years

Q. How long have you been at Ritz Salon? 
A. 10 years

Q. What do you like most about working at Ritz Salon? 
A. My wonderful clients and the great group of ladies I work with. 

Q. What is your favorite product for keeping nails and hands beautiful? 
A. Shellac and Moroccan Argon Oil Lotion

Q. Tell us one random fact about you. 
A. I love trying new products. 

Q. What do you like to do for fun? 
A. Handbag shop

Q. Tell us about your family life. 
A. Married, and Kittra, our furbaby kitty. 

Q. What is your favorite color of nail polish? 
A. I love all colors! 

Q. What is the most popular color nail polish for your customers? 
A. Not really one popular color, but I do a lot of Shellac French manicures. 

Q. If you could pick any one person to sit in your chair, who would it be?
A. Nicole Kidman

Q. Did you always know you wanted to be a hair stylist? 
A. Yes!

Q. What advice do you have for someone wanting to pursue a career in cosmetology?
A. Stick with it and work hard!




Ritz Salon is a Matrix Platinum Salon with 11 Master Stylists offering a range of coloring, hi-lighting, 3-Dimensional coloring, color correction, straightening and permanent waves. A nail tech also offers a wide range of nail services.

Ritz Salon has been a family beauty salon for 23 years in the Niceville community of Bluewater Bay. We are your friends, family and full-service hair care providers! We are proud of our community and hope to beautify it one head at a time!

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